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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

 

 

Photo Recap of Per Bernal Exhibit & Artists for Trauma

Sur le Mur présents premiered the most anticipated opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio in Los Angeles. Which took place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 7:00pm-11:pm. Opening Reception with Artists was located at 4935 McConnell Avenue, Studio #2, Los Angeles, CA. 90066.

In addition to his debut, Per Bernal partnered up with “Artists for Trauma” along with a selective group of artists such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and dear friend Black Brain.

 

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12-10-16 NELA ART WALK!

ZEPPELIN MUSIC-NELA ART WALK!
Come thru and show your support. Purchase some dope art right before the Holidays! See you all at there!

Zeppelin Music- 5030 York Blvd. Highland Park, Ca. 90042 12pm-9pm
#monicasmilestobon #merchotr #sleezlod #cre8#wcacrew #thisislosangeles #nelaartwalk#zeppelinmusicthenela #supportyourlocalartist#petal #peskyoner #temptone

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Recap of Tempt One’s “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” Art Show

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On December 3, 2016 Maintain Skate Shop which is located at 2645 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Califas hosted the “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” Benefit Art Show and Pop Up Shop for legendary Tempt One, K2S, 213, STN Crews.

OG Tempt, no needed introduction on who he is and his contributions to the Los Angeles Graffiti History Movement. His legacy of fresh styles and unique ability of elaborated pieces with crisp colors and sharp lines were way ahead of its time. While many were inspired by East Coast styles and letters, crews such as K2S were paving the way for the West Coast style in Graffiti and OG Tempt marked his legacy from that point on. This is Los Angeles baby! Understanding the amazing creative individual Tempt One is makes this event special because aside to the years and roller-coaster of unfortunate circumstances, there are many of us out here who hold a fond respect and love for Tempt. Tempt, if you are reading this, know that what we do for you is genuine. Maintain Shop was the perfect location to execute the true essence of who Tempt is, showing our support for him not only as a friend, or an artist but also as a Skater, Team Creeps Ese!

Big ups to Los Angeles based Graffiti Art Chingona, muralist and community builder Petal LOD for organizing such a dope event in our city of Angels. Do not hesitate to show her the ultimate respect when you see her because I got to witness the development process, just to give you an insight on how this idea turn into a reality; it is not an easy task. The hard work and dedication Petal, Duce and all of the participating artists invested for their friend Tempt; is inspiring. Much respects to you all!

On this lovely sunny afternoon, Maintain transformed itself into a Tempt, One Stop Shop, limited edition caps, pins, t-shirts, hoodies and most importantly, Art Skate decks by some heavy hitters such as Angst, Key, Defer, Style, Slick, BIG Sleeps, Heaven, Vox, Gas, Petal, Plek, Wizrock, Cache and Cre8.

Before coming thru the venue, got to kick it with my Mala Influencia SIZE OTR and brother from another mother, BESK LODUCA, Tony and Nikky. Never a dull moment with these vatos; cheers homeys! Got to the venue early with my skater kid Frido Dorito and Jayden to help my sister Petal with any last details needed. As I got there, she was already en chinga status making sure everything was on point before the public arrived. Gaso and Search were the first ones there, so of course we put them to work, well Search was smart and took off to do his thing and left Gaso to do all the man labor, thanks brother for hanging decks, climbing ladders and doing anything you were told to do. Ha-ha. As the event progressed, a lot of Tempt’s friends came by to show their support and purchase merchandise. What a treat to hear many childhood stories as well as Graff relived moments. All I can say is, Tempt, you are one crazy vato!. The venue got packed indoors and outdoors, quickly turned into a black book session and slaps trades. Our kidos turned the front of Maintain into a skate drop as the locals kids, Frida and Jayden showed off their skills throughout the event. And you know the night coul not have been completed without the presence of dear friend and photographer Steve Grody, thank you for contributing photos of OG Tempt. DJ Luman had us bumping our heads to his sick sets which Tempt got to see on Facebook Live Stream; thank you for donating your time to make this event more memorable, what up Doll Uno! Los Angeles came out tonight and I was all SMILES to see so many familiar faces happy to be there for the same cause. What up Pesky, Gordo, Allegra, Sonji, Nuke, Anger, Search, Este, and everybody that came out! Do not worry if you could not make this event, many more on the way!

If you missed out on this event, you can still make your contribution by purchasing some of Tempt One’s merchandise. Just click on the link below:

http://peddler.bigcartel.com/

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

“As a human being; Tempt has set an example of what I strive to be as a friend and he definitely has made me want to be a better person.”  –Style 213

“Tempt is one of the most inspiring and motivating people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being friends with through Facebook. As an artist his work speaks for itself from his styles to his social commentary when he was working on bigtime magazine. As far as his contributions to the graffiti scene in my eyes is his versatility of the letter form how he can go from a simple style piece to a complex wild style. That and how he’s continued to influence generations with his work and his drive.”  -WizRok 
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Recap of “Reserved Wall Project” presented by DSK Crew

Los Angeles, I love you! Today was just one of those days that I felt so proud to be from this big Bad West Coast Graff Movement. As the DSK Crew Dope Spot Killas, gave us a unforgetable Sunday Afternoon on October 9, 2016, in the heart of the Arts District. Debuting “Reserved Wall Project”, these wild kids are Daily Spreading Knowledge and we are all looking forward to more real Graffiti paintouts bringing crews and supporters together in peace for the love of Graff!

The DSK Crew, originally stands for ” Dead Silent Kult” celebrated its 10th year anniversary of establishment in the streets. The crew came out of the notorious SGV, San Gabriel Valley, which is birth place to many heavy hitters in Los Angeles Graffiti history, so it does not surprise us all the hard work this younger generation is putting on the map for their crew. I was shocked to find out it only consists on seven members, (for now) Avoe, Calus, Delux, Dize, Leak, Roots and Sektor, they must be Doing Something Krazier than the normal expectation of bigger graffiti crews.

I have been knowing Roots for a while now, as our paths met in NOHO, and the very first time I met him I asked him if I could check out his slappies, he turned around surprised and asked me what I knew about slappies, haha without knowing how deep I was in the mix. From that moment on, as he showed me nothing but love, fed me many times and spoke to me with all the respect a man should. I became a loyal supporter to all his endeavors in the Arts scene. So of course I came out to show my support to him and his crew, who are just as dope and down to earth as him. You guys did a great job! It fascinates me and gives me hope to see a younger generation of Graffiti Writers organizing themselves and others crews to come together for the sake of keeping raw Graffiti traditions alive. As the event not only displayed the works of the DSK Crew, NSB, I2W, CAT KREW, UTI, BLA, OTR, WAI, STP, BAMC, VDS, LAW, 2SR5, SDF and many more.

‘WE ARE STARTING THIS PROJECT, TO BRING WALLS TO OUR COMMUNITY, TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR CAPABILITIES, AND SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS, BECAUSE WE SEE THAT THEY ARE BRINGING ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND HIRING THEM TO DO MURALS AND DO JOBS THAT OUR LOCAL ARTISTS CAN DO, WE SHOULD BE HIRING OUR LOCAL ARTISTS AND GIVE THEM RESOURCES, WE ARE HERE TO REPRESENT OURSELVES, WE HAVE BROUGHT TOGETHER CREWS THAT WOULD NORMALLY NOT PAINT TOGETHER”                           –ROOTS- DSK MEMBER.

It was refreshing to see younger, new faces with the same love for Graffiti and it was just as inspiring to see older generation of Graffiti writers showing their support, as Miker OTR BLA, Gas MTA WCA, Moezart UTI, Thanks SKA UTI CBS DCV BLA, P82 WAI UTI and many more showed nothing but love this Sunday afternoon. Big shout out to Este OTR, Merch LOD OTR, Hevn CATK, my hot babe Leslie & Frida. This is Big Bad Los Angeles! West Coast is the Best Coast and Graffiti is life!

“THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE REPOSTS, AND EVERYBODY THAT CAME TOGETHER TO COLLABORATE ON THE WALL, AND EVERYBODY WHO MADE IT OUT TO CELEBRATE EVERYONE’S HARD WORK, WE THANK YOU”– DSK CREW.

FOLLOW THE DSK CREW ON INSTA @DSKCREW_711

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Recap of Tatuaje 2016!

On Saturday, July 30, 2016 Antonio Pelayo Productions really set the bar high in entertainment for Los Angeles. Celebrating his 2nd. Annual Tatuaje , there is no better way to say this to you but Lincoln Heights was on fire! If you missed Tatuaje let me take you there and enjoy the way us Angelinos like to celebrate our culture, tattoos, good music and Arte. This reventon took place at legendary Plaza de la Raza and we all know half of the proceeds fund programs for the Lincoln Heights community. Great cause to help our younger generation and to have it done so with style and Tatuajes and to be hosted by Patricia Lopez, Danny Trejo and Emcee Anthony Fernandez, what a night to remember!

First of, I would like to thank Antonio for always welcoming me with open arms to his fantastic events, Natily I love you too your community will always come out and support your hard work. So the night started by picking up my hot Birthday girl Pesky Oner, amazingly talented artist and friend. As we got to the venue which for once got there right when it started to have a better chance of taking photos of the art gallery which was curated by the legend himself; Freddy Negrete. As we walked to Plaza de la Raza we were welcomed by my dear friend Eriberto Oriol; an accomplished photographer whose iconic images are recognized worldwide. Along with the Bombitas, custom bikes and other low riders brought to by Bomb Magazine, one can say that the party was getting started there. The energy walking thru the venue was surreal; so many stunningly beautiful people everywhere we turned; I felt right at home.

The Sullen Angels were everywhere that night and as this new movement of tattoo culture acceptance by society has broken many stereotypes and critical judgment on appearance and one of the areas that has changed a lot is for modeling and women. It used to be such a taboo for a woman to be considered a model covered in tattoos and now we have embraced those differences in body shape norms and body appearance by admiring these women as beautiful as they are; tattoos or not, you ladies rock! There was just so much to do, from the Live tattoo competition, awesome gallery art exhibit, catching to take pictures with all the celebrities that were walking all over Tatuaje but where the party really was at the Main stage with our homeboy DJ Gargamel spinning for us throughout the night. I have never witnessed the public get upset every time they made him stop playing! Ah the sight to see, we love you Gargamel; you really brought the best Cumbias, old school funk and boy did my feet hurt by the end of the night. Hot sexy Lizette from Sullen Angels, pinche loko Joe Formula, and you know the presence of the SKAsters was there. As Roten, Phowl, Payback, Big Flaks, and other members came out all the way from San Diego. Always great to see familiar faces supporting the same people I do too. Thanks Payback for dancing the old funky beats with me! Yes, no shame in my game as I got caought slipping a few times on the dance floor with Og Overgold, thanks Nick for keeping up to La Sonora Dinamita.

It was a gathering of talented professionals in the Tattoo industry, artists, friends and community supporters so at no point did I feel out of my element, the vibes at Tatuaje were on that “ Puro Pari” tip. As the night progressed and the crowd was getting loose to the shots of Jimador and Jack Daniels, Johnny Ortiz, Mike Flores, Danny Trejo and all actors lokotes made their rounds around the event cheering on the crowds and the backstage lounge room was the place to be, as you got to hang out with all these talented musicians, artists and models and get to learn more about their upcoming projects. The bands performed in front of a public that was 100% down on the dance floor, as Corey Miller’s Powerflx5, LP3 & The Tragedy, The Blackouts and Gabba Gabba Heys ripped the stage all night. As I mentioned it before, it was a surreal experience but it got real when the one and only Efren Ramirez comes on stage and gets down on the harmonica. He spoke to us about his humbling beginnings in his very own stomping grounds of Lincoln Heights and as you might have guessed it, yes he said it, “Vote For Pedro”!

Tatuaje also held their very first Pachuca contest and it was a hit, as Wardrobe Divas finalized the touch of style with their very own inspired Pachuca/o Fashion Shows presented the Men’s look by El Pachuco Zoot Suit, flowers by Cute by Bupi and hosted by Leslye Rox. Great job Elvira, you are one Xingona Mujer. Congrats to reservoir Tattoo Studio for winning the Tattoo Competition and to Freddy Negrete and Antonio for receiving awards and recognitions from the Museo Casa Leon Trotsky in Mexico City and La Casa del Tatuaje. See, you have to really analyze and appreciate what is going on here with every event Antonio Pelayo produces, to understand that yes, these are events that will give you the ultimate experience and have a great time. But what he really is saying, is that us as a Raza, as a Cultura, we are a community founding our own Galas, our own cultural events and the support and response is as astounding as the hard work Antonio and his entire family and team sacrifices for us all. With that being said, I just want to give a big shout out with all my love and respect to Antonio Pelayo, his family, Natily Gonzalez, Elvira from Wardrobe Divas, Lea Monique, Edwin from Cold Fire Co. My boy DJ. Gargamel, Eriberto Oriol, Anuh and Yasmin Ferrada, photographer Jenny Jen, Drew, Monalisa, Isaac Pelayo, OG Overgold, the SKA Crew and of course my amiga Pesky Oner . Thank you for reminding me once again how very lucky we are to be part of this exclusive Artistic Raza Unida Community! Till next year and remember; keep creating, keep showing your support and most importantly; Be Proud to be from Los Angeles.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

Coming Soon “All In” Group Photography Show”

On August 27, 2016, Cold Fire Art Co. & Bob Flowers presents “ALL IN” Group Photography Show with Shooters from the East Coast to West Coast. Located at 5702 E. Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas, 90022. This is an All Ages event and it will run from 8:00pm-12:00am. Brought to you by the same team team that brought us the famous Record Cover Art Show Tour! So you know this is a show you do not want to miss.

As we know photographers are not only artists but they are the ones that walk the streets, and capture the true essence of what is really happening out there. There is no set up on the beauty they capture and the line up of photographers will us just that.

Stay tune for more details, as this event develops to its final product; please follow them on Instagram to keep posted with the line up of photographers.

Follow: @COLDFIRE53  @BOB_FLOWERS

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon 

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27 Junkies Present Studio 60 Grand Opening Warehouse Party!

This Saturday July 16, 2016 World Famous 27 Junkies presents the grand opening of Studio 60 which is located at 1819 Belcroft Avenue, South El Monte, California 91733. 1:00pm to 7:00pm. This is an All Ages, Free Event and will be hosted by our homey Burstrock and DJ Caveman; so you know this is going to be a dope event! Aside to the live BBoy/BGirl Performances there will also be a Car Show, Lowrider, Old School and Original Cars competition.

Come out and support your community.

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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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:

http://infohavenstudiogal.wix.com/havenstudiogallery

http://dislocatedexperience.com/ep1/index.htm

http://www.kotolan.com/

 

 

 

 

Petal x Blosm: Las Amazonas Prints Available @ Art Angeles Gallery!

So excited to announce that our very own Los Angeles based legendary Graffiti Artists Petal and Blosm have joined forced with Art Angeles Gallery and will be presenting to the public their iconic Las Amazonas Fine Art prints for sale. This is a very rare and limited edition of the prints that were showcased at the L. A Art Show 2015 as well as part of the panel discussion of Las Amazonas which was held on Saturday August 9, 2014 at the ESMoA museum. The subject matter of this print is depicting how the contribution of Graffiti women in this male dominant world is larger than life just as their contribution in the arts. Therefore it is a symbolic image representing this exquisite Los Angeles Graffiti Art Movement.

You do not want to miss out on owning such a historical fine art print; especially if you consider yourself a graffiti art lover. This is as real as it gets.

AND FOR A LIMITED TIME YOU CAN ORDER NOW!
AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS ONLINE EXCLUSIVE OFFER TODAY. 50% OFF!

Small 12*18- ($100)$50
Medium 18*24- ($200)$100
Large 24*36- ($300)$150
X large 36*48- ($400)$200

to purchase prints please click on the link below:

http://www.artangelesgallery.com/

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Fore more information on PETAL & BLOSM please click on the links below:

https://mstobon.com/2015/03/26/womens-history-month-petal-blosm-graffiti-art-legends/

https://dangerbeez.wordpress.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petal_and_Blosm

 

MUCH LOVE & RESPECT

MONICA SMILES TOBON

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