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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

 

 

LA BULLA Presented by Antonio Pelayo Productions this May 6th!

 

Antonio Pelayo presents,
La Bulla -The Lucha Libre Experience
Live Lucha Libre-Art Exhibit-Concert
Featuring BLUE DEMON JR
Lucha Libre matches curated by Masked Republic

Hosted by
Denise Ruiz & Joe Diaz
Musical performances by
LA CHAMBA
SUBSUELO
Special performance by Alien dance Band
Art Exhibit curated by Johnny Quintana with special guest artist Mr Cartoon
Back Stage
Hosted by Calipso
Featuring DJ Thrives & DJ ChrisRox

Car Show-Vendors-Food-Drinks and more!

Sponsored by
AGUA LUCHA
BISHOP
CLEAN
EL JIMADOR
VEGA PRINTING
CALIFORNIA COMFORT

Powered by
Moby Arts

Media Partners
AlterLatino
Gypset Magazine
Sunset Eclectico
Bichuda

Get your tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-bulla-tickets-31640797477

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/antoniopelayoprod/


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DISCLAIMER: All event attendees must be 21+ with a valid photo ID upon check-in. No in and outs are permitted. Upon entering our events, you are allowing our photographers and videographers to include you in video footage and photography. We reserve the right to use, reproduce and distribute any video and photography produced at our events. Solicitors are not allowed on the premises. Passing out flyers and/or promoting other events at or during our events is strictly prohibited and is grounds for removal. Ticket sales are final, no refunds.

 

Recap of the Cannabis Show @ Infinity Room!

On January 28th, Paul Stewart and Over the Edge Gallery kicked off the year with the Cannabis Art Show which was located at the infamous Infinity Room in conjunction with Delicious Pizza located at 5413 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles Califas.

Paul Stewart  partnered up with major Cannabis companies in the industry to bring to the public a massive line up of artists, Graffiti artists and special DJ appearances.  Along this collaboration show featured a heavy hitter artist line up with OG Slick, Michael Miller, Eric “Cre8” Walker, Keo, Lauralee Benjamin, Petal, Jennifer Korsen, Mr. Trixter, Sanecorner, Somehoodlum, Adria Cruel, Xistheweapon, Style One, WizRok, Gas, Sebastien Walker, The MadTwiinz, Phever, Bihno, Antonio and Isaac Pelayo.

This was an excited event for me as it was my first time working along with OG Paul Stewart, coming up with a fresh Cannabis theme along the beautiful and talented Tasha Nguyen who was in charge of all the DOPE vendors. If you attended this event then you all agree with me that the dopest part of the event was walking thru the back of the Infinity Room to the spot of vendors such as TGD, PotRocks, Legion of Bloom, Stonedgamers which was a popular hit with the public that night! It was a surreal experience to see all the Cannabis themed vendors, pastries, drinks, video games, bong hits, and dope vinyl records while listening to fresh DJ’s throughout the night; the final thought: Oh shit, this is really happening in Cali, Smoke Up!

Big Ups to our Fresh Los Angeles Hip Hop Heads, Cannabis Vendors, Artists, the Sponsors PBR, photographer E5D Zine for some of these great moments captured. Shout out to my fam from Cholos Try, Scar and Irene, thank you guys for always coming thru to show love and support. Here’s to more nights Up in Smoke, Tunes, Arte and Good People. Waddup Sista HailStorm, Petal, Gas, Wizrok, OG Cre8, Lea, My Mija Tatyana Ali,Korsen who stole the space in the Infinity Room with her massive Cannabis Art Piece which was used throughout the night as a backdrop. Just to show you that when creative genuine people get together, unforgettable events like this happen.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Stay Connected with Over the Edge Books for more Upcoming Events and Info at:

http://overtheedgebooks.com/blog/

THIS IS LOS ANGELES BABY!

 

GAS MTA WCA

Electric Box Tour in LA

Los Angeles is filled with dope art everywhere we turn and as we have seen every single part being beautified even the electric boxes are getting pimped out!

Check out our homeboy and OG Graffiti Writer Gas MTA, WCA get down on a few locations throughout Big Bad Los Angeles! The Hunt is on, check them out!

GAS MTA WCA- BOX No. 1
GAS- MTA WCA BOX No.2
BOX No.3  Dedicated the the men and women of the LAFD real life heros
BOX No.3
Dedicated the the men and women of the LAFD real life heros

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 El Velorio 2016!

Q’vole my beautiful Raza of Los Angeles! If you were at Antonio Pelayo’s Productions “El Velorio 2016” at Plaza de La Raza located at 3540 North Mission Rd. Los Angeles, Califas this past Saturday, November 5, 2016, then you are well aware of the tremendous festivity that went down that night. For those of you that missed out on the hottest event in Los Angeles, follow closely to the reventon I am about to show you; should have been there Fam!

This extravagant Day of the Dead inspired fiesta was hosted by stunning Melissa Santos with headline bands such as Metalachi, Mariachi Manchester, DJ Gazoo and Casa de Calacas, Ev Dub, El Carro Fantasma, and many others. It is inspiring to see so many talented individuals as well as the supporting public join together to celebrate our beautiful cultura de Dia de Los Muertos. A big shout out to Antonio Pelayo and Natily Gonzalez, the amazing duo behind every successful event in the past few years; thank you for always welcoming me.

I was actually at El Velorio last year and I must say that this year was the best El Velorio turnout, the energy was immense. Beautiful Catrinas y Catrinos everywhere I turned, really awesome to see how the public went all the way out to dress the part and celebrate the lives of our Loved ones con Mariachi, tequila y baile. This is exactly how this night is supposed to be celebrated; you know how we do it, puro pari! The night started late for me as I had to look around for a pinche parking space, no joke when they say to Uber or Lyft it #estacabron. But I walked in to El Velorio at its strongest force and although it was a bit late, the lines were still forming outside. This night was packed, to walk from one part of the venue to the other was an adventure itself, never a dull moment though with hot ladies and handsome caballeros dressed in full attire for the occasion.

First stop, find Natily to get this party started, as I had just came from another show she helped with Sur le Mur, this woman works hard. Finally made my way to the main stage and hang out with Natily and Melissa Santos, really down to earth lady (thanks for dancing with me) as always, the ultimate experience is backstage with all the performers and artists, as the energy and excitement to be there pretty much vibe off on all of us while they performed. I think the funniest part of the night was not realizing that my Press Pass fell off and so there I was walking thru the event randomly asking people if I can photograph them without being aware that my Press Pass had fallen off hours ago! OMG what were these people thinking? This chola asking to take photos of us, oh well why not!. A big thank you for still letting me do my thing!

After a few tequila shots, I finally worked my way thru the entire venue to snap shots of our gente, arte and vendors. I really enjoyed the Art exhibit, as the grand entrance was welcomed by the breathtaking masterpiece of Johnny Quintana. Great art work display as always could not be any more Brown and Proud of my fellow artists! On the other side of the gallery space was the dance floor hosted by my Chingona Friend Calipso and DJ Sloepoke, pretty dope to be welcomed by my new fond family from Cholos Try, got to boogie on the dance floor to some cumbias with the homey Scar and la Chulada de Mujer Irene Soto. Big ups to Big Tokes and Carlos. I always enjoy hanging out with you all at these events. Make me feel right at home chilling with the homeys; they are the real deal, no fronting. As the night progressed, ended up getting into a desmadre with Scar up on the main stage while Metalachi performed, the crowd was hyped to see him on stage, dancing and drinking and clowning with everybody was the highlight of my time at El Velorio. You all know how I feel about humble, down to Earth celebrities!

The best surprise of the night was to see my Mala Influencia Size OTR and my lady (well, his girlfriend) Blanca! Love you both to the moon and back. The night ended with some bomb tacos from Chicas Catering and I don’t say this much but their tacos al pastor were the best I have ever eaten, I really do not have anything else to argue on that. Thank you for feeding me at the end of a long night. You ladies rock!

Big shout out to all my peepz I got to hang out with tonight, Size OTR and Blanca, Roten SKA, Anuh, Payback, Jackie Boy and his beautiful wife, DJ Sloepoke, Calipso, Pauline, Mike Flores, DJ Gargamel, Isaac Pelayo and Dakota, Yasmin Ferrada, the one that holds my heart Elvira Zamora, CEO of Wardrobe Divas, Estela Hydes, Jose Joker, Jaime and Priscilla. And of course Antonio Pelayo and Natily Gonzalez.

It is always important to always remember where you come from and the people who have blessed you with so many opportunities, and that is the mutual respect that these artists, performers and Antonio express to the public. With that being said, Antonio, (and I speak for the community) Thank you for allowing us to have our own events and our very own art exhibits in our beautiful city of Angels. Please continue to represent our Cultura and Firme Style.

Please check out my Recap Gallery of El Velorio 2016!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

Recap of Kofie’s Above the Streets Preview Art Show

On October 22, 2016 Art Share LA which is located at 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, California 90013, celebrated its 3rd Annual “Above the Streets” fundraising event benefiting Art Share, and this year around they highlighted the works of our dear friend and Fine Artist, Augustine Kofie, honoring the 6th. Street Bridge. The event hosted Hit+Run, with live screen-printing, music and Resident Beer by Mumford Brewing.

Kofie’s works can be best described as an architectural drafting, abstract masterpieces with a strong influence of urbanism approach with bold striking lines and complimentary colors that remind us of nature but with a twist of architecture design. His works forces me not to glance at it and walk to the next one, it requires one to articulate what one is looking at.  It feel as if we can travel thru his art, his perspective genuinely takes you in a journey of lines, patterns and rough surfaces; which can be compared to the a stroll down the streets.

First of all, I want to give a shout out to my boy Cre8, for going on a mission with me all day and night. We started off on the streets of West Los Angeles earlier and as always absorbing all the Graffiti History knowledge he is always willing to school me on. I truly appreciate those that take the time to teach a young Art Historian the truth! As we walked thru our beautiful city of Angels, we were able to admire Defer’s mural right alongside of the Container Yard, as well as other pretty dope murals. You got to love and enjoy this Downtown L.A. City night Life. I have visited Art Share LA in the past, actually helped with a fashion show a few months ago with Wardrobe Divas so I was curious to see how they would play with the space for Kofie’s art show. But the space was inviting, and as soon as you walk upstairs to the show, you are welcomed by digital art and his amazing collection!

The entire time, Kofie was surrounded by people and although we know him thru the Graffiti family and he is more of a brother to us all, I was trying to be respectful and just be there to support without actually interrupting him. But when Isabel Rojas and Steve Grody showed up, this was my chance to go snatch him from the crowd for a group photo; and that is exactly what I did, went across the venue, pulled Kofie out of the crowd, (I apologized ) dragged him with a tight hug to come and hang out with his Graff family. After that moment, and seeing his big smile and appreciation for us to show our support; the ambient changed and we felt more at home than ever. And as Steve Grody and myself played photo shot, my girl Petal showed up, along with other Graffiti writers from the UTI such as Rubik and AiseBorn. Shout out to my new friend Ruti, Kofie’s lovely girlfriend and professor. Cannot wait to see how much these two lovebirds grow together.

We stayed with Kofie and our friends till the reception was over and I do not know how, but got home at 1:00am, but as they say when you are having a good time, no need to check time, your phone or your surroundings, just live by the moment and enjoy it!

The actual reception will take place at same location, Art Share LA on October 27, 2016. 6:pm 10:30pm. So please make sure you stop by tonight and show your support.

 

To check out more of Augustine Kofie’s work and events, please click on the link below:

http://keepdrafting.com/

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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BIG BAD LOS ANGELES GRAFF! CHECK OUT DOPE ASS COLLABORATION FROM MY NINJA MERCH, MUMBLS, THIS IS THE WEST COAST!

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Recap of “Mariachelada – Mariachis, Micheladas y Más”

Los Angeles, I love you! Last night October 16, 2016 Fuego Rooftop Lounge was the place to end your Sunday Funday with one of the many series of “Mariachelada – Mariachis, Micheladas y Más” presented by Antonio Pelayo and Walter Viteri. Located at Don Chente Bar-Grill & Lounge, 1248 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, California 90015. We all joined as a big happy family to also celebrate the birthdays of Roxy Jane, Silvia Villegas, Adrian Mendoza and Elaine Aguayo.

Dancing to the spins of my friend DJ SloePoke, DJ Oskr, live music by SR80 Band, live art by Big Ray, Cuit and Pablo Damas. It was hosted by our beautiful friend Calipso Aranda who kept the crown going throughout the entire event. For all of us that were there celebrating got many great surprises during the event, got to mingle with the funny “Cholos Try’ crew, and the ladies from the team as well. Always a pleasure to see them at events as they are so humble and really vibe off the public showing them love. And yes, we love you guys too; keep bringing to the audience our Firme Style and Cultura.

We got to enjoy a sneak peak of “El Velorio” Dia De los Muertos Fashion show which is coming up next month so make sure you check them out and purchase your tickets ASAP. Much love to Elvira Zamora, CEO of Wardrobe Divas, the fashion show was amazing as always and really looking forward to the inspiration you brought for us ladies to rock this style for all the Day of the Dead events.

Shout to to Mike Flores, Anthony Fernandez, Mario “Scar” Ponce, Omar Big Tokes Camacho, the best Micheladas bartenders, thanks for healing my cruda realidad. Don Jose, Jose, Pauline Chris, Dj SloePoke, all the ladies I danced with, and Antonio Pelayo for bringing yet another dope event in our city of Angeles.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon