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Antonio Pelayo presents El Velorio 2017

Que Ondas Los Angeles! So excited to announce another mas firme que wow event in our City of Angeles brought to you by my camarada Antonio Pelayo. El Velorio will take place on November 4, 2017, 7:00pm to 1:30pm located st legendary Plaza de la Raza 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, Califas 90031. Remember this is a 21+ event so portends bien!

Antonio Pelayo presents
EL VELORIO
Hosted by Alysha Del Valle

MAINSTAGE:
Headlining
NORTEC COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: BOSTICH & FUSIBLE
PALENQUE SOULTRIBE
DJ SLOE POKE

BACKSTAGE
DJ ChrisRox
DJ Orlando

Art Exhibit curated by Antonio Pelayo
Live art by Isaac Pelayo

Sponsored by
El Jimador

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/el-velorio-tickets-32071922985#listing-organizer

 

 

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Kush Mobile Sesh Party-

Come out and network with the 420 event, Friday, September 29, 2017 7pm to 12am. Located at Black Hollywood 8916 Western Avenue, Los Angeles California. With special guest DJ Choice One from 93.5 KDAY-Back in the Day Hits!

Live Graffiti Painting by KCC.

See You all there

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Love My City of Angels

Belmont Art Space

Fawksie1 & Dj Ethos//No Artificial Flavors//Album Release Party

West Up Los Angeles! So proud to announce our girl from the NELA Fawksie One debut a long awaited Album “No Artificial Flavors” Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Kaos Network located at 4343 Leimert Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas 90008. Hosted by Abstract Rude and live performances by Vel the Wonder.

Cd’s 20$ (portion of each purchase of the album will be donated to Maternal Mental Health Now an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to Postpartum Depression ♥)

5$ Donation at the door (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) But we must support this community space!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon


The last project I put out was May 2012 //LOVE SICK// and before that //DON’T TAKE ME LIGHTLY// October 2010. I also have become a Mother in between this period of time suffered and survived a horrible postpartum depression… amongst other setbacks …anyway lol I’m back with mo fiyah! I really want to bring together the Hip-Hop community for this event combining the elements and basking in the beauty of it all as one! So come one come all MC’s, DJ’s, B-Boys & Girls, Pop lockers, Graffiti Writers, Beat makers and creative and conscious minds LET’S GET DOWN and celebrate my blood sweat and tears! FAWKSIE ONE


For more information, check out their Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1276811712436051/?active_tab=about

 

 

UTI 30th. Anniversary Mural x Cartwheel Art

Check out this exclusive and very articulate coverage on the legendary UTI 30th. Anniversary Mural at Westbrass located by Santa Fe and Olympic Blvd in Big Bad Los Angeles, California. By Michelle Homami in collaboration with our friends from Cartwheel Art!

 

 

JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

http://www.cartwheelart.com/2016/08/02/uti-mural-commemorates-30-years-of-artistic-union-spiritual-growth-and-las-elevating-graffiti-culture/

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

Women’s Herstory Month: Honoring Lupita- Woman of Steel

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A strong Mujer is one that always thinks about others, her actions are honest and genuine. She always sacrifices for righteousness even on her weakest moments without thinking about recognition; sees the good in people and believes she can change the world. This defines a strong Chingona Mujer and I am honored to kick off Women’s Herstory Month 2016 with our very own Woman of Steel: Lupita Garcia Founder of Fuck Cancer Crew. She deserves recognition for all her hard work in the community; not only as an advocate for any victim of this monstrous illness but also for being such an amazing individual with whom we can all rely on any time any place.

Lupita is consistently organizing fundraisers, benefits concerts and always coming up with new ideas to help others, especially Cancer victims. And as a result, the Graffiti community as well as many artists that love and support her have also joined forces with her and her battle with Cancer. On August 9, 2014, the Graff Lab and Frame DTK organized a Graffiti party “Fuck Cancer” fundraiser to help Lupita with her treatment expenses.  This is just one of the many times we have all joined with her treatment expenses.  This is just one of the many times we have all joined together to honor Lupita over the years.

She is not the type of woman who wants her battle with Cancer make her appear weak or live in self-pity; instead, she holds herself strong as the great Woman of Steel she is. Her mission is for others to have a good time and celebrate life to the fullest while she makes events such as “Dancing the Cancer Away” Benefits concert she held on November 14-15, 2015. During the holidays, her spirit lights even brighter; as she hosts her annual Haunted House in her community to bring scares and laughs to everyone during her favorite Halloween festivities with not only Haunted Houses but also awesome traditions of Pumpkin Carving Contests as the one she held on Halloween 2014.

She gives the public the opportunity to genuinely want to help her as much as she wants to help others. I have known Lupita for a few years now and I have had the honor to work with her in various art and community events and I must say that it is always a pleasure to be in her presence. I have never met a woman who approaches life in such a strong Chingona way as she does! No pity parties here. For this and for an end less list of good deeds she has done for Cancer victims, children and her Graffiti community; she has been nominated as one of our Strong Inspiring Woman that over the years she continuously supports her community. And I am sure we will see many more years filled with adventurous moments with Lupita, organizing benefit shows and selling her brand merchandise everywhere. Her statement is as true as it gets, Fuck Cancer! She has established not only a brand but a statement to live for herself. She has given this gift to hundreds of victims and supporters over the years as well. She is an inspiration to many of us and we all got her back on anything she plans to do to make this world a better place.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Here are some links to help support our Woman of Steel!

http://gngscreenprinting.bigcartel.com/

http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=74291&pg=personal&px=38513095&utm_campaign=rfl_2016&utm_source=cd&utm_medium=email&utm_content=MA_sharemyteampage&s_src=boundlessfundraising&s_subsrc=bfAphFbTpMypg

 

LUPITA’S STORY:

Here’s my story for those asking:

My name is Lupita Garcia a mommy to 3 beautiful kids (JR 19, Bella 11, and Ari 20) and a wife to (Ray Garcia). They are not only my life support but also my happiness and reason for wanting to fight to live. Without them I don’t think id survive this battle. For what now seems like a lifetime (going on yrs) I’ve been battling cancer. I’ve had cancer in my breasts, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer the most recent diagnosis is stomach cancer that has metastasized. This journey with cancer has been the hardest, most chaotic and heart breaking experience of my life. Still, despite so much tragedy, loss and almost giving in I was able to find myself. In doing so i found the person I was meant to be. Looking back at that moment I realize that I was walking down a dark path I was allowing this cancer to consume in more ways than one. I’ve heard people say that in darkness we either find ourselves or lose ourselves. I was lucky to be able to experience both sides. I needed to lose myself in order to find the new me. What lead to my new self is my end but for now I call it my salvation. Cancer, yes the c word the monster the horrible disease that devastates and kills, I call my salvation. Don’t get me wrong it is my worst enemy I HATE CANCER. Still somehow my cancer journey has been one that has changed me and my outlook on MY LIFE. To make it that much sweeter for me CANCER brought my family closer together and has made us all more compassionate human beings. This is what I’ve learned to live is not just breathing or getting through another day. To live is to know love happiness and most of all fulfillment. My mind and heart are in sync and for the first time in a long time I can see clearly. Every day I am alive is a blessing, it’s a gift. So every day that I get to wake up will be a day that I share my story and give someone a reason to smile. It’s my responsibility to give back and to show others that there is still hope for us. One person at a time one small act of kindness goes a long way. My family and I have found a way to fight cancer together and help those that are struggling get thru a rough patch. Together we are a stronger force and it’s the best feeling.
There is nothing in this world I want more than to be cancer free. I guess it’s not in my cards not yet anyway. My hubby once said to me cancer is the worst thing to happen to us but it has also been the best thing. It’s an unexpected blessing. I didn’t get what he meant not until I had my moment of clarity with this monster. You may understand this next statement or not. I am to some point grateful that CANCER is a part of me. I can’t say that I would have preferred to have found my purpose and myself another way. There’s a saying I can relate to now: To appreciate what you have you must suffer for it. Cancer has made me suffer its broken me more than once. It has caused the most damage to not just my life but those close to me. We’ve had to endure things that no one should ever have to. ALL THIS STILL WONT CHANGE HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY CANCER JOURNEY. I CAN ACTUALLY SAY I’M GRATEFUL THAT I WAS DAMMED WITH CANCER. I’VE MET SO MANY PEOPLE, DONE AMAZING THINGS, EXPERIENCED THINGS, LEARNED AND HAVE BECOME SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE LOOK UP TOO BECAUSE OF CANCER. THE MONSTER THAT INVADED MY BODY WITHOUT PERMISSION OR INVITE IS NOW A VIP HOLDER, FOR THE MEANTIME.

Recap of L.A Art Show 2015

The L.A. Art Show celebrated its 20th. Anniversary at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend and as thousands of Art lovers from all over the world enjoyed the Modern, Contemporary and Historic Art works on view; our local artists and friends made sure their presence was felt as many of us can agree that this 2015 L.A. Art Show was strongly influenced by our Graffiti Art Movement. Street, Urban or whatever they want to reference it to; is clearly making its strong impact for many artists from different genres and yours truly never felt so proud of witnessing this movement evolve to all these new and upcoming artists.

First of all I want to thank Petal for allowing Lil Frida and myself to partake on this awesome Art Show; it would not have happened without her help and support. Our entire weekend was so inspirational!

I must say the first reaction while entering the L.A Art Show; it was a bit overwhelming to take in all that Art! Did not know where to start but obviously, I started by going to check out the live painting my friends from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles which included dear friends Petal, Blosm and with the added addition of Sonji, Los Angeles Based Muralist and artist. As I walked towards the back of the convention I noticed there was a panel discussion going on and to my surprise it was our friend and brother from UTI El Mac! What a great way to start enjoying this event, but by listening to a true Artist in regards to the mural conservancy and other issues our city has dealt with in the past. Aside to him was legendary comedian and art collector Cheech Marin, who seemed very proud to be sitting next to our brother from UTI Crew. Other brothers from the UTI Crew were also present on that January 17, 2015 date. Chee, Picture and Nuke were also there to show their support. This moment set the entire day for me as the public has witnessed Los Angeles at its best by being represented by artists that are true to this movement in the streets, have come a long way to now be viewed as prestigious and legendary Artists today. Most of the event I was accompanied by dear friend and great photographer Wendy Random chavez; always a good time to talk about art and document special moments to this Art Scene.

After the lecture panel, Lil Frida and I decided to finally get started on our journey of discovering and enjoying all of these galleries that were not only local but also worldwide. Imagine, the perspective, the different types of mediums and different processes and cultures emerging less than one roof glorifying the true essence of a diverse art form. We worked our way to the entrance. Just way too much to take in, what to photograph, what catches our eye first. Very interesting that although it felt as I had taken hundreds of photos, there was not as many as I had figured. One of the best parts of walking thru all this art, was Frida s reaction to everything, I love her mind and her appreciation to Art. She walked with so much reassurance of knowing what good art should be. She was wearing her pieced up jacket her dad Pryer had made for her last night specifically for this event. With her afro puffs and high boots; Lil Frida stole the show as she was as well a piece of art that everybody wanted to photograph as she walked by. This was our first day at the L.A Art show, we came back the next day to the grand finale of our friends Petal, Blosm and Sonji’s live production to document for the books. As we were able to hang out with Roten, Anuh and Sleeps at the Cartwheel Art’s Exhibition for Dark Progressivsm’ Metropolis Rising which was curated by Lisa Derrick of Cartwheel Art and Rodrigo Riber d’Ebre, filmmaker of Dark Progressivism. You can say the weekend ended as a success for all my fellow comrades from Los Angeles. I am very proud to be a part of this established Movement of artists and revolutionaries that use art as a form of communicating with the masses of political, social and artistic issues we are all faced with today. I love Los Angeles and love Art. Please enjoy some of the best captured moments of the LA Art Show 2015.

Much Love & Respect to all the Artists and Organizers Representing Los Angeles!

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

 

Recap of Dia De Los Vivos 2014

On November 1, 2014 our 2nd Annual Dia de Los Vivos event rocked the Belmont Artspace and the streets of Los Angeles. As more than 300 spectators joined us along with the Bob Baker marionette Theater to celebrate life and the lives of those loved ones we have lost. It was definitely a block festival filled with vivid colors and festive traditional Dia de Los Muertos art theme throughout. Our celebration consisted of live Graffiti Art which were the highlight of our day with legendary Graffiti Artists such as Pryer, Aloy, Evol, Pesky, Petal, Cre8, Vox, Rebornz and special guest Black Light King. It would not have been possible without the sponsorhip and support from Ironlak for these legendary Graffiti Artists to create masterpieces on our walls! We also had an amazing exhibit with art work from Liliflor, Cache, Zender, WizRok, Sandro, El Kawalk, Ion, Savv, Zeal and Wukang 82. Delicious food vendors as well as great Art and merchandise vendors such as Lupita F%@ Cancer, R & A Designs, Bus Mobbers, OG Huskey Radio, Luna Luz Designs as well as Blossm’s Face painting. It was definitely a family affair as well all joined together with the most sincere love and pride for our culture and shape fond new memories for the public at Dia De Los Vivos.

We also had a very special part in our day; the Bob Baker marionette Theater performed a great show for our spectators! Both children and adults enjoyed it so much. I have never smiled so much in an event as it was filled with warmth and smiles from the children. Our focus was mainly towards provide a family oriented environment which can speak for itself as we filled the event with various activities for families to partake in, such as the mural project for the children in association with .We also had live performer and Hip Hop artists setting the ambient for all of us. For many people who are not familiar with out culture of Celebration of the Dead, it might appear a bit shocking to believe that we are celebrating death but the reality is the complete opposite we are actually celebrating life in our own cultural and creative way!

Although the event did start off pretty rough and dramatic, as Mother Nature decided to soak the city the night before leaving high chances of rain for our event date! It was still raining on Saturday morning, I called our committed and asked if we were canceling the show due to the weather circumstances. It would have been a disaster for our Live Graffiti Artists to paint on damp walls and rain, so we all waited for a few hours and praise God the skies cleared and the sun was shinning. Lets get this show on the road. The entire committee from Praise Chapel worked so hard to make this event a success, from the venue set up, decorations and performers as well as helping the vendors and food vendors set up in the most convenient way. Now my biggest challenge was to make sure all the Graffiti Artists were accommodated and most importantly had the perfect wall space to paint due to the weather circumstance  but they were all humble and rocked it out anyways. By noon, we had legendary Evol, Pryer and Aloy sketching and planning a Memorial Tribute to our dear friend Trigz. The Seventh Letter members came to pay their respects and hung out with the guys as they painted in their own way their tribute to our lost crew member, father and friend.

As the show progressed Pesky set up a booth along with Petal, Drew and Guillermo from Alternative Source, an actual student of mine from the Art Institute. As well as OG Chaka set up his art for many to admire. I must say although I had to run around the entire time just to make sure everything was going smoothly, the public looked very happy and seemed to be enjoying themselves. We all truly enjoyed singing along with the performers songs like “La Llorona y Sabor A Mi”. Aside to the cold weather and chances of rain we all came together to enjoy a time of art, culture and music on this day. The feedback on our Dia De Los Vivos has been great and it has introduced me to a new circle of people, artists and supporters who are more interested on sharing family events with their neighborhood. I enjoyed this event so much and so did my Lil Frida and family!

I would like to thank all of you that took the risk on coming down and being a part of a great family event. I could not have done it without the unconditional support from my Graffiti Family, community and the Belmont Artspace. A big shout out to all the vendors, performers and exhibiting artists that made this event a success!

Please enjoy the gallery of pictures from Dia De Los Vivos!

With Much Love And Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

TRIGZ FOREVER!!!! THIS ONE WAS FOR YOU!

 

Dia De Los Vivos Interview with OG Huskey Radio

On October 16, 2014 I was able to go and hang out with OG Huskey Radio and talk a little more about our Dia De Los Vivos which is taking place at the Belmont Artspace located at 1341 West 1st. Street, Los Angeles, Ca. 90026, which is right across the Legendary Belmont Tunnel.

Just click on the link and below and check out our vision for this outreach!

 

It is always a pleasure to hang out with friends!

Shout out to MissReeds for allowing me to take you to the hood…for Pesky for being our bodyguard and most definitely our respect and love to MR. TRIGZ.

TRIGZ FOREVER! Honey we love you and are here for you always

 

Much Love and Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

Live Graffiti Artists for our Dia De Los Vivos @ Belmont Artspace!

Check out our Live Graffiti Artist that will be part of the Dia De Los Vivos event at Belmont Artspace, this November 1, 2014 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at 1341 West 1st. Street, Los Angeles California 90026, in conjunction with the Bob Baker Theater .

Come out and support our Graffiti Community!

Much love and respect to all these legends in the Graffiti Art Movement, always a pleasure working with them.

ALOY,EVOL, CRE8, PRYER, PESKY, PETAL, REBORNZ, BLACK LIGHT KING, VOX!

 

 

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