So I was contacted a while back by Design Spillz who were doing a project called The Power of Art Los Angeles and they were given permission to ask artists to create artwork on specific electrical boxes across LA. I did mine a while back and- through some snafu on the city's part, it was almost immediately buffed. So I was given a new location to put up the same art and I did so, but this time I decided to set my phone up and film me doing my thing. I even caught a moment when some police tried to stop me... but thanks to my trusty letter of permission from the city, they had no choice but to let me do my thing- even congratulating me. I felt untouchable and drunk with power. I felt the way I imagine mob bosses and crooked judges feel- though that usually ends with a hail of bullets or a prostitution scandal so- maybe I should just dial it back a bit. Anyway, here's the video!
I did a fun radio interview with Mosaic of Sound, a radio show on KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine. I picked six songs that have been personally and creatively important and inspirational for me over the years and still today. Take a listen over at KUCI.ORG/MUSICINTERVIEWS. Due to some FCC restrictions, the re-posted interview omits the songs themselves- but here are the songs I picked. I recommend you download them all immediately because they are amazing. Big thanks for the interview Shaunie!
"RYOT’s Original Series ‘Brick By Brick’ highlights a different artist every week by providing each artist with a blank cinder block canvas as the artists creatively express their voice while challenging themselves as they adapt to a different art-form.
This week features Morley, a street artist who specializes in pasting up humorous, but hopeful typographic posters on walls throughout the world. He stopped by to talk about why he does what he does, and how our ambition usually results in heartbreak."
On Sunday, May 3rd - 2015, I went to Carlsbad, CA, where I was invited to make a mural. I decided to the wall into a giant chalkboard that said: "IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW" and encouraged people to use the wall as a sort of "creative time machine" where they could write messages to their younger selves. I explained that they can be silly jokes, lessons you’ve learned, warnings of mistakes you wish you could have avoided or things that would have given the younger you some relief.
I was there to hang out and hand out free stickers- and as a bonus- there was a scavenger hunt! The scavenger hunt continued the theme of messages and time and involved fortune cookies that I had made. Inside the cookies was the message "You Will Be Mighty." This message was directed to the future, instead of the past. The cookies were hidden in the general area of the wall.
To those who lived far away or otherwise could not make it out, I asked to e-mail me there message to me and that I would write their message on the wall for the.
It was an awesome experience and I hope for the next month (until the next artist takes over the wall) that it will continue to evolve and act as a source of hard earned wisdom for all who see it.
...and getting tangled with you was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Reclaim the right to say "when I grow up" - no matter how old you are.
Posted in the Gabba Arts District across the street from The Gabba Gallery . Take their art tour if you get a chance. There's some great art around there!
Some small good can always come from things falling apart.
Maybe the movie Ex Machina is actually just a reboot of Weird Science- a super dark and moody reboot. I like to think that Oscar Issac's character had to wear a bra on his head when he created Ava.
At some point in life, we all need a freeze frame moment like the end of The Breakfast Club
Live fast, die young, let them leave their shoes on!
And for those who take themselves too seriously- it's only a joke, I know that cleaning up shoe prints is annoying.
I made fortune cookies! Unlike a lot of fortunes I've received in my life, this sentiment seemed like something guaranteed to come true for every person eventually. At some point in our lives, we will all face varying levels of adversity, tragedy and any number of moments that require us to be stronger than we feel we are capable of being. Do we fail some of the time? Sure. But if we're still here, it means we have another chance to be tested again- and even in the tests we fail, simply taking them requires an endurance and stamina we'd likely been unaware of. Like white water rafting, surviving the experience can seem as though you're just being passive, that you're not so much fighting the water as just kind of letting it push you around- and it's true, the best you can hope for is to navigate it well. You can't alter the direction that the water is flowing or reason with it to be more accommodating, but if you get thrown from the boat, you can get back in and keep going- and that takes a lot more strength than you might think. You can face the coming adversity and not close your eyes til it's over. Some wars, the only way to win is to just survive them. With that knowledge I can safely say that everyone at some point will be forced to see how strong they can be- and if they live to tell the tale, they can claim this fortune to be fact. (And now we can cue the many "IN BED" jokes to follow).
I decorated an alley with a load of amazing artists yesterday thanks to The Gabba Gallery and Jason Ostro in the Gabba Arts District. I highly recommend going on one of Gabba's alley tours and seeing the work up close. I got to use some of the famous @allthegirlsloveearl paste and also highly recommend it to my fellow pasters out there for all their pasting needs. Good paste is so hard to find. And make. And explain to people what it is when they see it splashed on your jacket sleeve three days later.
Root root root for the home team. Don't forget that your home is where you make it- and who you make it with.
"Comparison is an act of violence against the self."
- Iyanla Vanzant
Don't get going, get staying.
For all of those still waiting for their big break.
Sometimes you just feel like taking all the tabs. I know how it is.
If I got marooned on a desert island, someone would show up six months later and think I had been there 2 weeks. My Island Beard would be more of an Island Peach Fuzz. It's the main reason I hope to never get marooned. That, and I would most likely eat poison berries and violently crap myself to death and my remains would be discovered in the cave of whatever animal dragged my corpse away to feed their cubs. But the beard is the main reason!
Looking back on the years that made us who we are, we can discover that it wasn't the triumphs that shaped us the most- but the struggles, the disappointments, the frustrations as well as the friends that stood by us through all of it. You also might discover that you're always changing and evolving- you're always becoming yourself. And yet, it's in the looking back that the pain can be redeemed into something useful- because it made you who you are today- and you're pretty great (if you ask me).
Like an old bike in the garage, take it out for a spin.