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Writing on the Walls: Street Art Lettering Workshop

In conjunction with the exhibition Charting the Terrain, street and graffiti artist Eric “KING CRE8” Walker guides participants through the process of drawing fonts and elements commonly used in graffiti and street art. Workshop participants will be encouraged to design their own signature, words, phrases, or art elements in a graffiti style. No prior art experience needed; recommended for ages ten years and up.

Sunday, July 29, 2018- 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Location: California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90037

Please follow link below for registration & more information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-on-the-walls-street-art-lettering-workshop-with-eric-king-cre8-walker-tickets-46424969333?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

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LAWS Crew 18 Years Reunion

On May 5, 2018 South Texas Museum of Pop Culture located at 1017 East Mulberry Avenue, San Antonio Texas hosted the 18th Anniversary of LAWS Graffiti Crew, check out the gallery of some of the finest art pieces, photography and graff by San Antonio’s Graffiti Crew.

 

 

 

VISION: Paintings by Isaac Pelayo

What’s up Los Angeles! Isaac Pelayo presents Vision: Paintings by Isaac Pelayo, Opening Reception on June 2, 2018 located at 1108 South Los Angeles Street, Unit 101, Los Angeles, California. From 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Hosted by Antonio Pelayo Productions.

Artist Statement: This current body of work explores the inspiration of the great minds that came before me. Visionaries, artists, culture producers, entertainers, and grandiosos alike; those individuals whose enlightened contributions to history inspire and inform my creative practice today.

Like them, I too seek enlightenment; spiritual, intellectual, and most of all within my creations. Thus I have begun a visual exploration of the occult power, and wisdom granted by the ever-present awareness reached by a meta-physical knowledge contained in the theory of the third eye.

In an homage to those who influence me, such as Frida Kahlo, Walt Disney, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Biggie, Einstein, and Basquiat, I too yearn to engulf myself with the wisdom and serenity afforded to me within the mastery of my own craft.

This body of work is allowing me to pursue and explore a psychological and spiritual realm within my own work that manifests itself through my paintings. Thus the extracts of my own interrogations are presented representationally, and serve to bring awareness to the deep significance I bestow on the level of consciousness I pursue while creating.

Please join us for a night filled with art, passion and homage to some of the greatest influences of Isaac Pelayo.

For more information, please follow the event at:

 Event FB Link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/415945762179601/

About the Artist: Isaac Pelayo (Los Angeles, b. 1996) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, Ca.

Isaac Pelayo’s hyperrealistic aesthetic expressions are a mixture of classical painting, enlightenment, and pop culture. Inspired just as much by Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Dali, as by The Renaissance, Baroque period, Chicano Contemporary Culture, and Street Art Movement. As a young child, Pelayo found friendship with graphite and paper, son of renown fine artist Antonio Pelayo Jr. who early on exposed him to the Arts. At the age of eleven, Pelayo exhibited his work for the first time and won a 1st place award at an Art Contest that led him on an artistically curious path.

Today, only a decade later at twenty-one years old he works at the Ink and Paint Department for Disney alongside his father. His artwork has graced multiple publications such as Brooklyn and Boyle, Frank 151, Out of Step Books, and was recently on the cover of the Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, published by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

As of today, Pelayo’s artwork has been exhibited at various museums around the globe, such as the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and The Trotsky Museum in Mexico City. As well as renown galleries, such as Plaza De La Raza, Known Gallery, and The Seventh Letter Gallery, amongst many others.

Rest in Paint SERCH UTI STP RTDK RTH


RIP OG SERCH UTI, STP, RTDK, RTH

On Saturday, November 11, 2017 between 12am-7am. Our brother Eric Serch Ginsburg passed away in his sleep. As many of us knew he was epileptic since childhood; it is probable he had a massive seizure during his sleep.-UTI Crew. I pray his exit was painless and he is resting now for he was taken away too soon, leaving behind his son, brother, mother and the entire Los Angeles Graffiti Movement, his crews and hundreds of friends and fans of Serch All City King! It is difficult to sit here and write about a great friend, a genuine person that always found a way to make you crack up; even in the most unexpected places and moments, you had to have a special kind of humor to be able to hang with Serch. He was blunt, straight to the point, our boy had no filter but yet respectful, always kind to our children and families; he was loved and welcomed everywhere! Never too busy to hit your books, hook you up with his King Slaps; or bust a flow right on sight. It is hard to find OG’s keeping it 100% 24/7. This harsh reality has placed a financial necessity on his family and close friends, with the deepest sincerity I ask of you to please assist monetarily or any other way on this time of need.

Please take the time to click on the link below and support!

https://www.gofundme.com/og-serch-one-memorial-services

The Graff Lab Presents: Athena’s Garden

Mark your calendars for November 11, 2017 @ 12pm-5pm, “Athena’s Garden” representing female writers, artists, empowering all women from different genres. This event is promoting women unity through the arts and music, family oriented and filled with MC’s, live painting and much more. You Do Not Want to Miss Out on this firme Los Angeles Afternoon!

The Legendary Graff Lab located in the heart of Pico Union, located at 1038 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles California.

See You All There!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

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

 

 

Ancient Civilizations, Art & Music Festival

 What’s Up San Anto, it was great visiting this cultural enriched and heart warming city! Graffiti Heaven, industrial landscapes, train tracks and mobbed carts, just some of the surroundings I explored at the Paint Yard while checking out the Ancient Civilizations; Art & Music Festival. The Paint Yard opened its doors in conjunction with Pop Up Texus; an Art market for all the masses with various taste in art, music and fashion. It was a sunny day and as for us being from California, we are not used to this heat but we still managed to mingle with firme people with the same passion for Art & Community. You all did a great job, looking forward to more events in the near future. Until then, Stay Up from Los Angeles to San Antonio.

Much love & respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Check out some of the fresh pieces San Anto Style:

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

“From the West to the East” King Cre8 & Keo @ Espacio 1839

What’s Up Los Angeles! check out this special invite to a grand opening reception of works by OG King Cre8 & Keo. Come out and witness history in the making of 2 legendary artists  from Los Angeles early Graffiti Art scene, original style & skills. “King Cre8  & Keo  have exhibited their masterpieces in the Pasadena USC Pacific Asia Museum, California African American Museum, ESMOA, MOCA & the GETTY Museum Research Institute permanent collection to name a few. So you do not want to miss out on this evening.


The event will take place at Espacio 1839 East 1st. Street, Los Angeles, California 90033

See you this Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.


Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

For More Information follow Cre8 at:  https://kingcre8.com/