Live On Camera Media Group presents “Naked Art; An exposed in Bodypainting” book!

Really excited about this upcoming book release “Naked Art; An exposed in Bodypainting” written by the amazingly talented sisters from Live On Camera Media Group. As well all know these ladies are about making moves and documenting truth, arts and culture in the most accurate yet creative way. So it is awesome to hear that their journey documenting body art of over two years has finally resulted in a book for all to enjoy.

You can purchase this book at tonight’s book release and art show at Over the Edge Gallery Opening which is located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90016. Tonight April 29, 2016 7:00pm-10:00pm. OR you can purchase directly at the link below:

Here is a link with more information about the Grand opening tonight and book release as well all the great products Over the Edge Gallery will be sharing with us!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Naked Art Book Cover


“Broken Beauty” Isaac Pelayo’s First Solo Exhibit

A very special evening awaits us this coming June 18, 2016 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Paul Stewart presents the first solo exhibit of our talented friend Isaac Pelayo at Over the Edge Gallery which is located at 5413 West Adams, Los Angeles, California.

The Arts community has seen this young talented artist grow and his sophisticated yet a brutal reality approach to how he perceives his surroundings has gotten us sitting on the edge awaiting to admire the final product. I enjoy his social media networks because he does not bluntly give you a final art piece; he takes you as the viewer to be a part of his artistic thinking process and flow along with his imagination and skills from the various stages of his masterpiece. He shares with the viewer the satisfaction on the final touch and we can all agree that we also feel proud and satisfied of its final product on every art piece he has been working on over the years. So I must say that I am excited and curious to see his first solo exhibit; to see the timeline of his hard work and most importantly to finally stand in front of the pieces we have all been seeing online.

“Broken Beauty” Isaac Pelayo’s first solo exhibit will be curated by his father Antonio Pelayo; congratulations to the both of you on this great accomplishment. Curating an amazingly talented young Fine Artist and its your very own son! It will also be hosted by legendary Freddie Negrete, so as you can see, this is an evening you do not want to miss. See you all there.

Here are some links to follow his work:

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Bio Statement from the Artist:

Growing up I’ve watched people become depressed and somewhat broken when looking at themselves through a mirror or lens. People tend to believe what’s described and defined in the media. Hidden behind an artificially mixed mask, injected with silicon to reshape what society labels as flaws, imperfections, and ugly, altering the complexion of ones skin, and forgetting that beauty comes from within.

As a child I would stare at myself in the mirror forgetting time even existed. Paying close attention and examining my self being. Sometimes I would not like what I had seen. I started to lose confidence and self-esteem. Slowly correcting what I believed were mistakes and so-called flaws. As I grew up I realized I was wrong and accepted myself for who I am within. Everything around me suddenly became clear and more beautiful than anything I had ever seen on T.V. screens, heard on the radio, or read in vogue magazines. I realized beauty is not defined. Beauty is seen with the heart and mind, not with the eyes.

-Isaac Pelayo



Coming Soon: 805 Artist Collective’s Skateboard Art Show!

I am so stoked about this upcoming art show which is designed specifically for all you skateboard junkies. On May 14, 2016, 805 Artist Collective presents “These arent’ the Boards you are looking” Skateboard Art Show at legendary Skatelab Museum, which is located at 4226 Valley Fair St, Simi Valley, CA 93063. This show will feature Star Wars themed art work on skate decks, canvas, shoes and many other art forms.

This dope event will take place 7:00pm-10:00pm, Free Event and for All Ages.

For more information on this art show or to learn more about 805 Artists Collectives, please click on the link below:

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon




Recap of Spicy Tuna Goes Mod @ KGB Studios

“Spicy Tuna goes Mod” Art show & music event presented by Haven Studios at KGB Los Angeles gallery presented an exquisite photo documentary series of popular band Kotolan by the one and only LA based photographer Joshua Ian. On September 10, 2015, Los Angeles was alive! Aside to the Downtown LA Art Walk, the VIP Reception to Exodus Events, Tatuaje”, I got the chance to hang out at KGB. It was a night filled with not only great photography and live performances but also an enormous energy of passionate individuals; it was such a surreal night to remember but the best part was the presence of our younger generation inspired by these talented artists!

This was one of the largest art shows for Haven’s studios and it featured photo-based works of Joshua Ian along with artwork by Danny Greene, Mr. Black Brain, Emerson Barrett, Geoff Melville, Lekit, Atomik One, Rusty Blades, and Geo. I enjoyed every piece of art and aside to the great works; having the opportunity to greet and mingle with the artists was even more surreal; very humble and passionate individuals. Aside to the art, we got to dance to cumbia and the tunes of Los Angeles based rock-cumbias band Kotolan! Along with legendary Chicano icon Lalo Guerrero, D.J Black Shakespeare and many others brought such great vibes to this venue.

I have attended many events at KGB, aside to the Graffiti shows, or live performances, this event was different and its got a lot to do with the people who filled up the place. From the moment I walked in the venue, I was welcomed with heart warming open arms, every person, artists, musician or community organizer was genuinely happy to be there and support one another. KGB was under another type of magic; a fresh ambient where we all came together to network and feed off of our different accomplishments and taking them as our own. This is an example of what community building is all about, aside to executing successful events, bringing our youth to partake in what goes in our arts community. I had the pleasure to share my story with lovely young ladies this night, about my background, my crazy life moments which led me into believing in myself and pursue a higher education and become successful on what I love best; Art! To be in a place, where you are not being judged, but instead applauded for all hard work and dedication leads to a memorable lesson for these young teenagers. If I can do, so can you and I believe in you!

Great job Haven studios! Thank you for always thinking of you to be a part of your awesome LA Art Nights. I left KGB Studios inspired more than ever knowing we are inspiring the youth to follow our steps, to look up to us as role models. Very humble to be there. Congratulation to Joshua Ian on your great work on documenting Kotolan band. Looking forward to more of your work and projects!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Here are some useful links to learn more about the artists, bands and galleries of this night:





Recap of the Grand Opening of Collective Ink Gallery & Sublime’s 20th Anniversary Art Show

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 Big Gus SKA along with Sullen Clothing’s member Opie Ortiz hosted the grand opening for the Collective Ink Gallery/Tattoo/Clothing shop and what best way to set their presence in the neighborhood than to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sublime’s final album as well as releasing their new clothing line. Collective Ink is located at 6072 Chapman Avenue, Garden Groove, California and it brought us a night filled with cool vibes, tattoo fanatics, live entertainment and an awesome display of one of the favorite bands of all times depicted in the every artist’s unique perspective.

As we walked to the venue, which by the way we got there a bit late but the place was so packed with people overflowing from the parking lot, to the entrance which took us about 30 minutes just to get inside and all the way to the back of the venue where it was filled with lots of fans and art lovers and most importantly; the food and drinks! I can still feel the moment I walked into the main gallery space; it was a supernatural moment, as Sublime was in the background singing “I don’t practice Santeria” and standing in front of iconic album covers and other mind-blowing art works’ it literally gave me goosebumps. The venue was so packed that it was hard to take photos of anything but it gave me a chance to stand by every piece close up and admire every aspect of it. Some of my craziest “Mi Vida Loca” moments happened while listening to their music and being there that night was so surreal. Opie Ortiz which was the curator of this awesome art show; did such a great job on the layout of the entire space, it felt personal, at some points, nostalgic yet filled with so much talent. You just had to be there to experience that night, it is so meaningful when you as the viewer loves the theme, and understands what it takes to execute a successful exhibit. Every corner was filled with a story with different groups of artists partaking in this story telling; it was magnificent. As an art lover and Sublime fan; all the artists in this show did an amazing job capturing what Sublime was all about in their own way.

As I mentioned in the beginning, the public was more of tattoo fanatics and rock n roll rock stars ambient. But for those of us that know Big Gus as a Graffiti Artist, the SKA Crew came to show their loyalty and support for his special night. From Sand Diego to the SGV; they all came together to share laughs and good times with this new creative space. And as you all know Pryer; never a dull moment wherever he is present. So aside to the show, music and tattoo lovers; the SKA Crew was deep this night! I love going to places where the people are all there for the same love, same passion and interests because everybody plays an important part on such successful nights like this. I wish Collective Ink Shop the best of luck and success in their new adventure and looking forward to more nights like this. Representing the West Coast at its finest. California at its best. Much love to the Sullen Angel models, my sister Love SKA, Dowts, Skol, and everybody that made this a memorable time for the books!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon


Here are some useful links if you want to shop, get tatted or simply support their Sullen Art movement:


More coverage on the event at the following dope video: