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.
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Much Love & Respect
Monica Smiles Tobon
On September 22, 2016 AiseBorn exhibited his first solo art show “Worth the Weight” at The Container Yard located at 800 E. 4th. Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90013. The show will be up until October 20, 2016, do not sleep on this and go check it out. It was an intimated gathering of friends, Graffiti crew members and supporters of a promising bright future for this young and talented artist AiseBorn, curated by Lester Grant of The Grant Collections.
First of all I would like to thank my dear friend King Cre8 for bringing me along to this exclusive night in Downtown Los Angeles, the West Coast is the Best Coast! I have actually been invited to the infamous The Container Yard several times, still haven’t had the chance to go check out their art space, but for this night I just had to get out and support AiseBourn. I have heard so many great things about his work and his humbling approach to Street Art and Culture; you all know how I feel about artists that carry themselves this way. Nothing but love and admiration for artists that keep the true essence of utilizing art as a form of communication, educating the masses and having the ability to gather up a diverse community to speak on not only the aesthetics of Art but also addressing social and political issues that are affecting us a whole. And that is exactly what AiseBorn did on Thursday, September 22, 2016 “Worth the Weight”. Such a surreal feeling as I entered the venue, filled with such beautiful people and the layout of the exhibit invited you into a timeline of works from a more Contemporary Art perspective and as the public walked deeper into the exhibit, one can see how his works become more complex, enriched with his African Roots with a combination of American social/culture/political influence and stunningly captured portraiture, really shed light to the skills Aiseborn has, not only in Graffiti, or calligraphy painting but as a well-rounded talented young artist. I think this is one of the high points of such a successful First solo art exhibit, he took us on a journey of various stages in his career, and one can see the development of his Art throughout the time frame of works. One can say it was a mixture of a romanticized Baroque influences and traditional calligraphy with a strong presence of Golds which reminded me of the Masterpieces in the history of Art in Renaissance but with a blend of Street Art Culture, such a sight to see! Aside to solo works, he also collaborated with Kofie UTI and Cache, there was a wide variety of subject matters for all different types of tastes in Art. A large mural production wrapped half the venue space, and it was obviously the main focal point as you entered the venue and from any point one was standing, such a breathtaking execution of letters and colors.
“I look at them [paintings] as gold. Gold is not a light material, it’s a heavy one. There was a time when people would only pay for things based on weight. There are a lot of people (my supporters) that have been waiting to see this show come to be. Now that it is happening, it’s worth everything,” AiseBorn.
One of the best moments I enjoyed, was the genuine love and support from his peers, especially those like Cre8, Toons, Swan and others who have seen him grow as an artist from an early age. They kept mentioning on how he had disappeared for a while and now completely understand and appreciate what he had been doing with his time. This was expressed by several people throughout the night which makes sense of the title “Worth the Weight”. Apparently, this show was a long wait for many of his supporters and his UTI Graffiti Crew extended family, I will tag along with you all and agree “IT WAS WORTH THE WEIGHT”
And of course the ambient could not be any better & enjoy the rich conversations from the older Graff writers in the place, big shout out to THANKS, his lovely wife BRITTNEY JONES, SWAN, CRE8, TOONS, GYLT, STROE, JOHNTAY and everybody coming out to support AiseBorn’s first solo art exhibit “Worth the Weight” We cannot wait to see what future holds for this amazingly talented and humble man, we are all proud of you here in the Big West Coast!
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Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon
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.
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MUCH LOVE & RESPECT
MONICA SMILES TOBON
What an honor to present these amazingly talented and Legendary Mujeres for Women’s Herstory Month! For those of us that know the true essence of what it takes to be a part of this Los Angeles Graffiti Art Movement, we know and appreciate the contribution both Blosm and Petal have given to the Arts for over two decades.
Petal and Blosm are both Los Angeles based graffiti artists, muralist and environmental activists. Petal LOD or Peligro Abejas (Danger Beez) has been writing graffiti art since the early 1990s. She is known for her iconic Bees symbols which brings awareness to her “Save the Beez” Foundation, which educates the public the dangers of environmental pollution killing the existence of bees.
Blosm LOD MTA WCA is a Los Angeles-based graffiti artist and muralist. She has been writing graffiti art since the late 1980s. She is one of the few Los Angeles-based graffiti artists that have made a strong impact as a leading Graffiti writer in a male dominant graffiti art movement. Petal and Blosm were two of the only women graffiti artists that took part on the LA Liber Aminicorum, which is also known as The Getty Graffiti Black Book.
Both Petal and Blosm have established their names and notable works in art shows such as the ESMOA; Las Amazonas-LA Graffiti Women which was held on Saturday August 9, 2014 at the ESMoA museum in conjunction with the previous Scratch Art Show which was held on June 8, which was an important lecture discussing the women in the Getty Black Book, as well as discussing issues of art, culture and most importantly feminism. This discussion panel brought these women back together and we owe it all to the efforts of Petal & Blosm. It is important to recognize these women sacrificed their lives for years for the sake of getting up and being a part of history. If it weren’t for these courageous L.A. Graffiti Writers; a lot of these newer generations of artists, “street artists” wouldn’t have the acceptance of society to paint just like “the boys”. My respect and admiration is given to all these Mujeres as well.
One of the recent works Petal and Blosm have been a part of was at the Los Angeles Art Show 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as part of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles exhibition. The Danger Beez’s along with the assistance of Los Angeles based muralist Sonji did live art painting for the public, taking the opportunity of bringing awareness of police brutality, social injustice and consciousness awareness. Please check the gallery below for pictures on this awesome event.
And in most recent news; Petal has recently been added to the family of the Mural conservancy of Los Angeles and we are all excited to see her grow more as an artist and muralist but most importantly; representing for us Mujeres in this movement.
For this and more than 20 years of non stop contributions; You ladies deserve to be on this list of Women making Herstory heard! We are all proud of your hard work and dedication to both Graffiti and our Arts communities!
With Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon
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