Chocolate and Art Dallas Edition

Indulge yourself in some of Dallas’ finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators! There is something for every body including live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate!

This event will be held in DALLAS Art Distric at


816 Montgomery St.

Dallas, TX 75215

**There is street FREE parking
*Both days show begins at 8PM and goes on until 2AM. Also the show is 21+

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Synthesis// The Collaborative Artworks of Cache x Aiseborn

On December 9, 2017 Tonalli Studio is presenting a unique evening of two extraordinary Los Angeles based Artists Aiseborn and Cache. You might have seen their art either in the streets or galleries as both artists have their signature style of art making. Tonalli Studio is located at 4539 East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, East Los Angeles, California 90022. This is a Free Event- All Ages Welcome- Opening Reception is 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Official Press Release:

“Two Well-Known LA Graffiti Artisits Collaborate In An Unexpected Synthesis”

CACHE and AISEborn (ArtIsSelfExpression) have painted murals all over the city. Although the two differ more than stylistically, their collaboration reveals a commonality that goes beyond the human barriers and into the realms of spirit.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, December 9, 2017 6pm – 10pm

The artists known as Cache and AiseBorn will show a series of collaborative works in a show aptly titled, Synthesis. Cache’s playful and colorful chicken murals can be spotted on nearly every street corner around the city, while AiseBorn’s massive and impressive mandalas reside in the streets as well as museums.

At first glance, no one would guess two artists would find a common ground artistically. Cache’s cartoon-like characters come in bright, geometric, playful forms, while AiseBorn works with intricate brush strokes and realistic imagery. It was an unexpected yet organically natural union when these two found themselves sharing a mural space after an introduction by their mutual friend, another well-known graffiti artist, Atlas.
“When we come together, we influence each other in unexpected ways. AiseBorn’s work pushes me to flex my other styles; playing with futuristic linear forms and light and shadows.”, says Cache

The show will take place at TONALLI STUDIO in East Los Angeles or “Old Town Maravilla”, a gallery space owned and operated by long time residents and artists, Ofelia Esparza and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens. Cache and AiseBorn were drawn to the space because of its focus on wellness and community. For the first time, the two artist collaborative works will come together in a new formation on gallery walls. Synthesis will be on exhibit until January 6, 2018.



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!


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
Hosted by Alysha Del Valle


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:




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.


See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon 



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:


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Antonio Pelayo presents Tatuaje 2016 !

Tatuaje 2016 is coming to you this Saturday July 30, 2016 at legendary Plaza de la Raza located at 3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 9003. 7:00pm- 1:00am. This is a 21 & over event so get ready to party all night and dance to the tunes of DJ Gargamel and many others. This year will be hosted by Danny Trejo and Patricia Lopez, Emcee by Antonio Fernandez. You will also enjoy an amazing Fashion Show by Wardrobe Divas and art exhibition curated by Freddy Negrete! Last year I was able to attend Tatuaje and it was a blast from beginning to end so you do not want to miss out on another dope event from Antonio Pelayo Productions. 

To purchase tickets please click on the link below


See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Antonio Pelayo presents TATUAJE 2016 2nd Annual Tattoo Culture Tribute Soiree Unites 100+ Tattoo Artists, Latin Celebrities, Painters and Musicians to Raise Money For the Arts.

The 2nd annual Tatuaje festival celebrating the distinct tattoo culture of Los Angeles will return Saturday, July 30 at Plaza de la Raza, a kids arts education non­profit that will be benefitting from proceeds from the event. Hosts Danny Trejo (Machette) and Patricia Lopez (Mex 2 the Max), and emcee Anthony Fernandez will guide partygoers through the night, featuring over 100 top tattoo artists, live painting, a live tattoo competition, an art exhibit by curator Freddy Negrete, music by DJ Gargamel & DJ ChrisRox, band performances by LP3 & The Tragedy, Corey Miller’s Powerflex5, The BlackOuts and Gabbas, and a fashion show by Wardrobe Divas.

Tatuaje 2016 is the secod production of the event by Antonio Pelayo, who will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Plaza de la Raza, a non­profit that provides after­school arts education and mentorship programs to children on the eastside of Los Angeles. “The main reason I produce Tatuaje and events like this is so I can raise funds for organizations that teach kids art,” Pelayo says. “Drawing was how I dealt with things growing up, but I had to learn how to do it on my own. What I love about Plaza de la Raza is that these skills and techniques are taught by artists who make a living from their work—who have mastered their craft. That kind of mentorship can’t be taken for granted.” The tattoo is one of the oldest art forms in the world, with the ink on skin phenomenon present in nearly every major civilization throughout history. Tatuaje 2016 is a tribute to the unique tattoo culture of Los Angeles, and its multi­heritage melting­pot. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 7pm to 1am at the Plaza de la Raza headquarters, located at 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.tatuaje2016.eventbrite.com.


Recap of El Velorio

This past Saturday November 7, 2015 Exodus Events hosted their 5th Annual El Velorio Day of the Dead themed festivity. And the line up of performers, las Catrinas and art exhibit were out of this world in its creativity and originality. I must say it was one of the best Day of the Dead Art exhibit I had attended in 2015.
As the Dia de Los Muertos popularity has risen; its demand for art, body art and fashion inspired by our motherland’s tradition of honoring our loved ones in panteones every 1st. Of November; El Velorio has taken this tradition and has executed their own way of paying tribute to the dead by bringing together a large variety of artists with their own unique representation of our cultura and los muertos. Along with the beautiful fashion and body art of Las Catrinas, they had the most gorgeous ladies covered in festive vivid colors and faces painted like sugar skull reinas; I enjoyed so much the artistry in every Catrina that walked through the event all night.
As I arrived to the venue along side of my fine vato Pryer; our very first interest was the art exhibit curated by Antonio Pelayo but were driven to the center stage by the drums of the danzas and ceremony. And right next to the danza was Lalo Alcatraz and his altar! How exciting to stand right in front of the art of a legend for the Chicano community and an honor to have him as the host for the event throughout the night. Alysha del Valle from ABC News was also El Velorio’s host for the night and her stunning presence was also an exclusive sight to see. So proud to be a part of this Cultura!
Finally I made my way to the gallery space and my God I was blow away by the most beautiful and detailed art; every single piece was so special and it took me a few times to just take in all the art. Such a great job on the selection of every artist; if it were possible I would have stayed there the whole night. Aside to the gallery space, there were so many other things to do such as getting your face painted, admiring the beautiful altares and room of dolls which personally was a bit creepy since I have scary childhood scars of the walking dolls. We were also able to sit down and watch a silent film with a Chicano twist which was a bit bizarre to see a woman getting abused by a man. Other than that it was an interesting piece to watch.
It was an interesting crowd outside the screening room and came across Eriberto Oriol, artists from the show as well as DJ.Slowpoke. Always a treat to see familiar faces. But the best part of the night was to see so many people come together and enjoy a good time of cultura, live performances and beautiful ladies. And one of the highlights of the night was the Wardrobe Divas fashion show inspired by Dia de Los Muertos! I enjoyed shooting those photos and I think I have found a new passion for Fashion photography; so inspiring!

Please enjoy the photo gallery of this spectacular night of music, art and cultura.

Until next year! Thank you Exodus Events and Plaza de la Raza for bringing yet another majestic night for our city of Angels!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Recap of TATU-aje @ Plaza de la Raza!

TATU-aje was the multicultural tattoo event of the year; mas Chingon! This past Saturday September 12, 2015, Exodus Events and Plaza de la Raza joined forces and executed the perfect way to celebrate the passion and dedication to beautifying our bodies with ink. This was the first time I have attended an event like this; where a mixture of different cultures, tastes in music and art styles stood strong and proud along side instead of overlapping each other. The respect among the artists, tattoo artists and performers was mutual and I must say this was one of the main reasons this event was such a success. And of course we were all there because we all have one thing in common; the love for tattoos! The A-list of performers and celebrities such as Danny Trejo and Tatu along with their host Mike Flores; made it a memorable night for the fans to remember. No one does it better than The West Coast. The event attracted over 4,000 people and raised $9,000 towards funding Plaza de la Raza so we can all say that it was a successful night for Lincoln Heights.

As we walked to Plaza de la Raza on a hot summer night with my love Pryer One, we were welcomed to the venue with a few choppers and low riders. It almost felt as if we were walking up to these vatos getting ready for a cruise night thru our beautiful city of Los Angeles. I must say that although we arrived early, the venue was completely in full force and packed. The red carpet with its photo shoot backdrop of sponsors gave it the perfect touch of exclusiveness as the guests arrived. Most of the night I kept going back to the entrance of the venue; as many more celebrities, artists and beautiful fans took pictures. I did not want to miss a familiar face to capture for my followers to see. And as always, my first stop was straight to the gallery which was curate by legendary Freddy Negrete. And there it was, our brother Trigz at the entrance of the art gallery show welcoming us and reminded us that he is also here with us as he had been years before with his crew members and tattoo partners. This amazing Trigz portrait by our young and talented artist Isaac Pelayo, he is and a such a humble artist and you all know how much I love and respect humble individuals. I truly enjoyed the gallery layout, and one thing we can all agree on is that the frames used for every piece of work were elegant and made the entire show appear mysterious and tasteful for the eyes. One of my favorite piece was of our brother Big Flaks SKA Mob, it is an iconic picture that can be seen as the ultimate form of respect to this talented tattoo artist and graffiti writer; Pryer must have felt like a proud Papa that night. Not only Big Flaks, but Phowl and Big Gus are also part of his crew so it was a special moment for us to view all art. Firme way to begin our evening, being welcomed by Trigz and seeing the works of our friends made us feel right at home along with every tattoo lover.

As the night progressed and as we realized we were outnumbered by bikers, pin-up beauties and rockabilly’s more Graffiti writers began to arrive, our friend Saul Mora and his beautiful lady Kim, Jackie Boy, Huero, Young Chavo, Tyson and many of the SKA crew members made their presence known as well as the Seventh Letter fellas. Always good times with my family! Shout out to Mona Lisa too! Haven’t seen you in a minute girl. Also, got to hang out again with Susie Cue, we all know her for her skills in body art as well as canvas work. You did a great job that night; it came out really nice. I also got to hang out with dear friend Eriberto Oriol, I always enjoy his conversation because he is always open to teach you and share great experiences with me. I learned about not being intimidated on the equipment of a camera but to have the eye for it. It is meaningless to walk around snapping pictures if you cannot capture the emotions of the people; thank you Eriberto for the great advice. It was a bit interesting for me to walk around with a professional camera because as opposed to feeling as a writer; I felt the pressure of a photographer. Which we all know I am not and it was interesting as how intimidated I felt as I saw other photographers doing their magic. But hey, at the end of the day, I was able to know I was among the best, Pocho photography, Eriberto Oriol and among other great photographers; please do not judge my amateur pictures of you guys!.

But one of the best spots to hang out at was the stage, the live performances were so awesome, the crowd went wild all night long. Another great touch was the all female tattoo competition that was going on throughout the event, I think that was a smart way to balance out the male dominant presence of artists and performer as I did not se too many female artists as part of the gallery show. Hopefully next year we have more ladies participating, step it up ladies, the opportunities are there.

The presence of the Wardrobe divas were also there and they are such energetic and approachable ladies to talk to; you are all so beautiful and love how you are turning our subculture and style into high fashion. And that is something important for us all to learn about this night, yes it was a festivity of tattoos and art but it is deeper than that because if you step back and see that this movement was not always accepted. These styles of fashion were not presentable to society, especially being covered in tattoos; one can easily get discriminated against. One can be easily be judged by appearances without even having the opportunity to show who we are as humans and I think this was the perfect way to show how much this subculture has grown, the acceptance and respect given to these tattooed creative individuals is a step closer to lose judgment on others. I must say that overall this TATU-aje event kicked ass, the art, the music, the celebrities and the ambient will be talked about and remembered forever!

Thank you Antonio Pelayo and Natily Gonzalez for allowing me to document yet another proud moment of being Chingones Chicanos. I Love our Cultura. And a big shout out to everyone that hung out with me and showed me love, Lea Monique it was a treat to see you again! Please enjoy the gallery of photos from this firme night in Lincoln Heights!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Recap of “The Wild West Art Show” @ La Vida Tattoo Shop

Shout out to all the great family, artists, fans and people who came out to La Vida Tattoo Shop’s “The Wild West Art Show” last night. So proud to call this my city and most importantly to be part of this Wild West Coast California lifestyle.
As always the team of La Vida Tattoo Shop is welcoming to all of us and this day was yet another example of the magic that happens when creative minds work together; successful event that marks another milestone for our Graffiti and Tattoo Art community. And I am forever supportive to the visions Honey or Leslie want to make a reality!. I was really excited to have Pryer One be a part of this show and so proud on the art pieces “Billy the Kid”canvas which textures and rough-looking colors made the silver letter define how really skilled he is as a Graffiti Artist, and as well as the photography “The Feeling I get when I look to the West” modeled by our lil Frida in Downtown Los Angeles in front of legendary mural of our very own West Coast Tattoo pioneer Mister Cartoon. Both Lil Frida and myself personally delivered Pryer ‘s art work hours before the show started so we were lucky to take a sneak peek of all the pieces and had the opportunity to photograph all of them before the show started. We were looking at a show that was not only representing our West Coast Art family but also international artists from as far as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Every art piece was so unique and the way it was exhibited made them all have their own spotlight even though the space appeared crowded. But most importantly, the depictions of our brother Trigz all throughout the  show was a sole reminder that if it weren’t for him and his love for both Graffiti and Tattoos; none of us will be there together last night. TRIGZ FOREVER. The list of artists was legendary, too many to name but among them, Estevan Oriol, Risky, Swan, Pryer, Mr. Glare, Ozer, Antonio Pelayo, Issac Pelayo, and many others.

We started the night a little bit late but still enough time to enjoy the show, as we walked to the venue; we were welcomed by a slick white dropped Cadillac and some of the crew members from J4F Crew. As we entered the gallery space with its final touch and every piece included in the space; the elaborated set up was brilliant and most pleasant; an aesthetic exquisite taste for our eyes. But the party was really happening in the back of the venue,  with over 100 art and tattoo lovers from all walks of lives. Honey as always on hustle mode, loyal to her hubby’s dream and brand, selling Trigz gear throughout the night while Vida ran around and played with Frida while we all hung out. The presence of J4F, MSK, WCA, UTI & THE SEVENTH LETTER members were strong last night and I want to send you all a big shout out for the good time we spent last night! Among familiar faces and top Graffiti and Tattoo artists such as Pryer, Norm, Risky, Drew and other great friends; a particular couple caught my eye. Pedro and his girlfriend just came to America from Mexico City and apparently, he had been following Pryer online, the youngster made it a mission to hang out with all the guys he had been looking up to all these years in another country and online. Walked around with a box of Modelos and introduced himself to all these top heads in the Art scene; genuine awesomeness! The stories he will take back to his friends, kicking with all these legends on a hot Saturday night in Califas.

I want to say thank you to all the ladies that kept me company all night; always make me feel like family!  Photoshoots for days lol! And especially of our hubbies; who say men do not enjoy taking photos? And speaking of photos, the talented photographer Birdman was also there with his beautiful lady as well as my personal hero Siva MSK. Wendy Random Chavez was also there but no pictures, just leisure time for her. The pressure of taking photos of them and in front of them is real. Do not judge me as you see them.  As the night progressed, everybody came in peace and showed nothing but respect to the venue, but we all know there is always going to be that one that ruins it. And yes, I am referring to the asshole that decided to steal a piece of art work from the show, not only was that shady and disrespectful, that train was painted specially as a gift for Vida of her Daddy Trigz; I hope it was worth you taking something from Trigz home and family.

But aside to that, we all had a great time and  the show was a success and a lot of art work was sold so congrats to Leslie and Honey for an awesome night! The show will be up for two weeks and it will be open during regular business hours for those of you that missed the show or would like to purchase some art. Show your support!

So much love and respect to Leslie,  Honey, Kim,  Remy, Kimberlynn and eveybody that showed me so much love last night!


Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon