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Los Angeles Where You At! So excited for this upcoming art show at OG L.A Art Show tonight January 10, 2018. Cartwheel Art is yet to present another exhibit at Booth #7030. Please make sure you come out and support our Los Angeles Based Legendary Artists.

For more Information on these artists and Cartwheel Art, check out the link below:


Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon


THE LA ART SHOW~January 10~14, 2018

Celebrate the 2018 LA Art Show, the West Coast’s most exclusive Art market experience.

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
South Hall

 For More Information, click on the link below:

SHOW DATES – January 10-14, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7pm – 11pm
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Friday, January 12, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11am – 5pm

The LA Art Show is distinguished as the region’s foremost celebration of the visual arts offering collectors, galleries and the community the opportunity to view, exhibit and purchase art from around the globe. Every year we exceed all expectations and 2017 proved to be record breaking as we deepened our roster of galleries, pursued new exciting art programming and engaged LA’s major art institutions. The demands of the evolving art market in Los Angeles and it’s emergence as a vital player of the global art scene drives our marketing and planning. Creating an art show which influences the highest level of creative innovations through the connection of world-class galleries, renowned artists, top curators and collectors is our goal. The LA Art Show is proud to be one of the world’s largest and longest running events with more than 100 leading galleries from over 18 countries exhibiting in 200,000 square feet of exhibition space to an estimated 70,000 attendees over a four day period.


Tempt One- Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop @ Maintain Shop!

Next Saturday, December 3, 2016 Maintain Skate Shop located at 2643 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Califas, 90063 will be hosting “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” fundraiser for Los Angeles Original Hand Style Writer Tempt One, K2S, STN, 213, LOD. This dope event is from 2pm to 7pm. Free Event & All Ages.

Come join us and check out some Skate Decks with amazing arte by Los Angeles Graffiti  heavy hitters and Fine Artists such as Angst, Duke, Key, Defer, Style, Slick, BIG Sleeps, Heaven, Vox, Dva, Gas, Petal, Plek, Wizrock, Sonji, Cache, Cre8, and more to be announced!

You will have the opportunity to own limited edition merchandise designed by OG Slick and Tempt One collaboration of Hoodies and Tshirts. 
We will have live music, dj, and food vendors. Come and join us for a good cause, show your love and support to our brother TEMPT ONE.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon 

L.A. Muralists: In Their Studios II. See you all there!

A great event here in our beautiful city of Los Angeles will take place on June 6, 2015 at the Couturier Gallery 166 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca. 90036. pm 8pm.

You know I will be there supporting my brother Alex Defer Kizu as well as Kofie UTI and all the other artists that will partake in this exquisite line up exhibit. I love my city and our original forms of style and art social movement we are all a part of.

Come thru and support of fellow friends and artists!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon



La Bulla Art Exhibit & Cultural Event @ Plaza de la Raza this weekend!

I am really excited about the event that will take place in our beautiful city of Los Angeles this weekend; yet another reason to feel so Brown & Proud and take part of such an inspiring and enriched Cultura. The most anticipated art exhibit, lucha libre and concert of the year is about to take place this Saturday April 11, 2015 at Historical Plaza de La Raza which is located at 3540 Mission Road, Los Angeles, California. 90031. From 7:pm 1:00am. As many of you know, I am always supporting our local artists as well as organizations working towards a good cause and what else but a good pachanga that represents our Hispanic Cultura y Sabor. For this and so many other reasons I encourage you all to come down to La Bulla and be a part of this amazingly organized event. Aside to the sick line up of sponsors, Lucha Libre wrestlers and celebrities; so many of my friends and family will partake on this glorious night such as Ed Gutter, Susie Cue, Germizm, Shepard Fairy, Atomik Art, and so many other artists whom I am a huge fan of!

Proceeds to this event will work towards more cultural events and concerts for Plaza de la Raza which will benefit our Lincoln Heights community!

To all my International followers, please stay tuned for a Dope Recap of La Bulla Event!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Tickets are being sold fast! You can easily purchase your ticket to La Bulla at the link below:


You can also find out more about La Bulla, sponsors, partners as well as the entire team behind this exclusive event at: http://www.labulla.org/index.html La-bulla 1506673_637571893043208_4690608669742485482_n

Alphabet Soup Art Show Recap


On May 24, 2013 one of the best Art Exhibit openings in Los Angeles took place at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights California. I know this is a little bit late, but it is always good to go back on time and relive such an amazing night for many of us Art lovers and friends of this amazing group of artists that are stamping their legacy in the history of Los Angeles Urban Art.

I must say that I was very excited to come to this show and absorb as much as I can the amazing art that was going to be on display. But like always we end up on a little adventure before getting to our final destination.

On this night our dear friend John Zender Estrada, well-known established O.G. muralist and Graff artist had an art show going on the same day so of course we had to go and show our support before heading to the main event for the night. I always enjoy going to his shows because they are family oriented and Frida (my daughter) always has a great time seeing her own circle of friends from the Art scene. The arte at their show was really good, they had some arte from Raul Gonzales as well as many other conscious artists whose subject matter is always our culture and political views.

After being there for a bit, we finally made our way to the big Show. I was very excited and concern at the same time for the location since it’s a very active area. But really, I had no idea that there was a gallery setting space at this park in Plaza de la Raza so I was very excited to be there for the first time as an art lover.

We got the venue around 10:00pm thinking we were going to only get the end of the show; the venue was packed! The parking structure was full still. So we had to park far, Pryer, Lil Frida and myself walked thru the dark park, while ducks and swans were sleeping, struggling with my high heels again we finally get closer to the parking structure, minding our own business, we hear someone yelling out the top of their lungs “Pryer, Smiles, Frida!!!!” But we just wanted to get to the venue so we ignored it, that crazy vato kept on yelling so we finally turned around to look and there he was, the one and only Mr. Crazy Loko Fate SKA, MSK AWR, haven’t seen our brother in so long, we love you vato.

As we entered the venue, it was filled with new faces and amazing art collectors and press media. I was so happy to see what a great turnout our dear friends had, Chaz, Retna, Defer, Big Sleeps, Prime, Cryptik and all the OG’s that were part on this historical moment for Los Angeles Graffiti Writers. It was so difficult to walk thru the venue to check out the art because it remained extremely packed with visitors throughout the entire time. Although we had gotten there late; the party was still going on and the night did not end until almost midnight, only by constant request of the staff there. Ha ha ha!..

As an Art historian, and a former university student, one always studies those amazing masters in the Art world, we envision and try to know as much information as how an opening show was for Andy Warhol, or Picasso and any of those amazing artists we research now in the history or art. Although the research can be endless we cannot ever relive it, know what it smelled like, what the environment was, who was there, the attitude of the artists, the food, the drinks, the laughter and the conversations on those amazing open receptions of the past. But I must say to you, with sincerity that this Alphabet Soup show reminded me of those great open receptions I have been studying about all of these years. The public was very welcoming to all of us that partake in the Graff movement. I never felt a feeling of discomfort or mistrust; we were all in great harmony standing side of side with some of the greatest and cherished art collectors nationwide. I was extremely excited to be present at this show not only because the art was breathtaking but also to witness how the public, educators, community leaders and the top press medias taking in all our culture and share this night with all of us.

As the night went along, with the moon out and bright, the tunes of the DJ’s sets consisted of salsa, reggae and cumbias which for many of you that know me, these are my favorite music tunes as well as Frida’s. My little Frida and myself danced the night away as the crowd was surprised to see such a young girl have such great moves, we love you Frida!. My lovely girls Uzi and Lea also joined the fun, mis morenazas always make any place fun. There were a lot of familiar faces that appeared and vanished during the night. Pryer’s brothers and sisters from the SKA Fam were there supporting as well such as Kalm, who by the way has some really nice and sophisticated lettering as well; my opinion is that he should have been part of this show as well. But hopefully soon, you can all get to enjoy his style of writing as well. I also got to finally meet Oiler’s and Leeyah’s little baby Oil; such a cute big cacheton boy!. Also my girls from “Mi Vida” were there, if you don;t know who they are, they are a dynamic Primas Duo that support the community as well as artists, they are also part of the NELA Art walk that takes place the First Saturday of every month.

Anyways, the night ended for us around midnight, as we stayed back until the public left so we can look at all the art work from every angle and document it as well. I got the chance to talk with one of the curators for this show, and she mentioned that it was her first time working with artists from this Graffiti medium and they were all shocked on the outcome and attendance from the public. She threw in some of the prices of the pieces as well as the pieces that were sold and I was very proud of our homeys…we are all looking forward to more amazing news and events from your now well-established careers.

Congrats to you all and let the Good Times Roll……

-Monica Smiles Tobon