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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:

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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!

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Dedicated the the men and women of the LAFD real life heros

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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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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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 AiseBorn’s First Solo Exhibit “Worth The Weight”

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!

GO CHECK OUT HIS WORK AT THE CONTAINER YARD!

TO GET MORE INFO ON HIS WORK AND UPCOMING EVENTS FOLLOW HIS SOCIAL MEDIAS:

https://www.facebook.com/Mr.Aiseborn?fref=ts

https://www.instagram.com/aiseborn/

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

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UTI 30th. Anniversary Mural x Cartwheel Art

Check out this exclusive and very articulate coverage on the legendary UTI 30th. Anniversary Mural at Westbrass located by Santa Fe and Olympic Blvd in Big Bad Los Angeles, California. By Michelle Homami in collaboration with our friends from Cartwheel Art!

 

 

JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

http://www.cartwheelart.com/2016/08/02/uti-mural-commemorates-30-years-of-artistic-union-spiritual-growth-and-las-elevating-graffiti-culture/

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 

COLD FIRE FLYER MONICA SMILES TOBON

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UTI Crew 30th Year Anniversary Celebration!

Get ready Los Angeles! On August 13, 2016 UTI Crew presents a memorable night for all Graffiti heads and Graffiti supporters at the Undercurrent Arts Collective, located at 417 E. 15th Street, Los Angeles 90051. 5:00pm to 1:00am. 18+over. This is a FREE event and free parking. cash bar and food vendors.

The event will feature a 4,000 square feet Art Gallery by various UTI members and outdoor live painting. Live performances by Mellow Man Ace, Jizzm High Definition and Spoon of Iodine, Kosmic Four and Just One Reason. And you know they will be spinning for all you ladies to get on the dance floor with DJ Snap, DJ Trix, DJ Luman and many more. 

As we all know, Los Angeles Graffiti History would not be complete without the contribution of the UTI Crew. Their diverse crew members have excelled not only in Graffiti Art but also as muralist, fine artists, history makers, activists, community builders, musicians and teachers. What best way to celebrate their 30th Year Anniversary than to come together and join this legendary crew and take it back to 1986!

For more information please click on the link below and check out any updates, dope pics and posts from the “UTI Crew 30th. Year Anniversary Celebration” Official Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/305065703177681/

Follow the uti crew social medias:

Instagram: @uticrew

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/uti.crew.50?fref=ts

 

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Recap of So Rough, So Tuff Dia de Los Muertos

On November 1, 2015 Inland Empire’s On Tap Barshop set off their very first Dia de Los Muertos Arts & Cultural Event; So Rough, So Tuff! And for all of us that were part of this family affair can say that the love for their city was inspiring; so much talent and good atmosphere throughout the day.
It is always a pleasure to attend events and support local communities but this So Rough, So Tuff Dia de los Muertos Arts & Cultural festival was so much more than that an attempt to keep our cultura alive; it was a union of different artists, performers and subcultures with the same vision to help the city of Ontario begin their very own Arts District. I was more than honored to assist and make Love SKA, Richard Royal Jr. And the staff from On Tap Barbershop’s dreams a reality. As we represented our beautiful city of Angels; we brought the best artists, graffiti artists, vendors and performers to represent our support to this community. From Los Angeles to San Diego; we held it together on a hot sunny day for our new found family!
Before the event took place, the movement that was created behind So Rough, So Tuff was already making history itself; the hard work, sacrifices and new friendships that were built along the way speaks on the importance of growth within our subcultures and arts communities. Pryer and Aloy were chosen as representatives of the Los Angeles Graffiti Movement and they painted live throughout the festival. We also had many artists from all over the United States as part of their Art show that was also on view for purchase throughout the day. But one of the best highlights of the day was the most anticipated performance of the Los Angeles Poplockers and Original Poplockers which consisted of OG Jeckle, Playboy Eddie, Burst Rock, Tic Tac, Ace Rock, Cre8 and Lil Bina from Funnybones Crew.
As the festival got started, the heat was raising very rapidly, vendors were setting up while the DJ played some good old school music and rock n’ roll. I got to set up my booth right next to me music system so it was a perfect location to set up my community Altar which consisted of personal items and friends that have passed on. I turned it a public altar as I set up a space for everyone to write the names of their loved ones that have passed on too. It was a great way to connect with all the spectators as they shared stories of ther loved ones and hit their placaso next to others. There were lots of vendors there setting up with a reflection of cultura and Dia de los Muertos inspired art. Raul Ataye from R & A Culturas. Mario Moreno’s Nahua Olin’s booth came all the way from San Diego to vend his amazing merchandise and art. Thank you so much for supporting us from so far away!
As the day progressed, the local community began to arrive, there was so much to look at such as the art show which was held inside the OnTap Barbershop which was amazingly displayed; the entire space was filled with great art. As you walked out the art gallery you were welcomed by all the car clubs and bikers with their beautiful collection of cars; it was a nice sight to see. The public was able to walk around get their face painted by Blosm, eat delicious pupusas from El Salvador and get to mingle with all the vendors such as the Junkies, Lupita from Fuck Cancer and Tic Tac’s lovely family but most importantly to get to watch the live Graffiti Art by Pryer and Aloy.
There were all good vibes at this festival and family was very important for all us as we kept the kids safety and fun as our priority. Our kids got to play all day with the sugar skulls faces playing soccer, running around and painting at my booth. It was funny to see how my booth became a mini center for all the kids; it was the cool hangout spot!
So the time finally came, as the Inland Empire s very own Graffiti Artists Dowts, Kesoe, Kalm and Pres began to put together the anticipated unveiling of the City of Ontario’s mural. That moment the mural was revealed to the public, it stamped the reason why we were all there; to support the talent and dedication from these artists to their community. The mural became the center stage for all announcements and performances; the Envy Co. Hip Hop dancers performed there as well as the Los Angeles Original Poplockers! That was such a historical moment to see all these OG’s reunited and doing what they do best with the beats of Zapp and Roger’s So Rough, So Tuff! Brilliant way to dedicated that shinning moment to the event’s title theme. It was such a sight to see, poplocking behind a vivid mural while Pryer and Aloy painted live and as the public went wild just taking in all this movements all at once! As the sun went down and the heat cooled off, the barber battles began to take place inside the OnTap Barbershop; this art form is new to me but the public was so excited and really taught me about a new different creative world. Thank you Love for showing us what you on a daily basis. So much respect for what your teams does.

All of these different elements connected under one thematic night; and I was really proud to bring Los Angeles to this city and show them how its done but most importantly that their new journey on creating an Arts district is going to be So Rough and Tuff but with hard work and dedication; anything is possible.
I cannot wait to see this community grow as time passes, I am sure they will make us all proud and looking forward to many more community engaging events that promote artists union and family affairs. Thank you for making us feel right at home.

BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE I.E
ARTISTS DOWTS, KESOE, PRES & KALM. AND TO LOVE AND RICHARD THE MASTER MINDS BEHIND THIS SUCCESSFUL EVENT BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY ENVY, BLOSM, LILIFLOR, LUPITA, MARIO MORENO, BONEJONES, DREW, BURSTROCK, PLAYBOY EDDIE, OG JECKLE, TIC TAC, CRE8, ACE ROCK, BINA, PIECE MAGAZINE, ALOY, MY LOVE PRYER ONE, LIL FRIDA FOR RUNNING OUR BOTH AND SUBMITTING A NICE ART PIECE AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT HAD MY BACK AND SUPPORTED ME TO MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon