Sometimes it's not so easy to see that you've always had an opportunity to do the right thing until someone presents you with a simple suggestion to do it.
For anyone who has helped someone move, this might make sense.
BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY... Thirty Seconds Where Nothing Can Hurt You.
Some new Morley Parachute Men have landed across the streets of LA. Keep your eyes peeled and maybe you'll find one!
Yesterday I was honored by the city of Los Angeles for taking part in the Gabba Gallery's alley project. I got a neat certificate and everything! Primarily though, what I do is illegal and I've had a number of pretty close calls over my years putting art on the streets. Cops that have stopped me, times I've had to hide or dip out quickly from a spot. I might start carrying this around in case I get caught red handed to explain "but look: the city says I'm an angel in the city of angels!" and maybe it will be a get out of jail free card.
A recently completed commission piece.
To close out the Burn Bloom Shine show at ewkuks we'll be having an event in which I'll be live pasting a piece and you guys can come down and take part! More info on that coming soon! We'll also be releasing this design as another limited edition hat. To me this slogan has a few meanings. People can waste their lives listening to the same inner voices of regret on repeat. They can let a mistake paralyze them into not moving forward with their life. For these people this message could be one of releasing their regrets and letting go. For others however, some regrets are mistakes that were severe enough that they shouldn't forget them- perhaps for them these mistakes should act as a flame to ignite a better person. To fuel the positive change that could help others not make the same mistakes. Either way, moving forward, changing and growing is vital to us all and the mistakes of the past don't have to define your future.
Highway signs offering direction come in all shapes and sizes. This one is a reminder that the things we chase don't complete us. No matter how much money we acquire, how much praise we receive, how high up we get in our profession- even if we find a beautiful person to love us- there may always be that moment or feeling of missing something. Contrary to what Jerry Maguire says- we can only complete ourselves. The trappings of success and love are great but it's inside our hearts that we fit the pieces together and only we can be responsible for putting them all in place. Other people and things can't do it for us, no matter how much we wish they could. Really, it's not fair to place the burden of that expectation on other people. We complete ourselves and it takes the journey of life to find out how, so keep journeying down that highway.
We should all consider just what we cast aside... and who.
If only I could adjust the damn thing, the things that don't make sense would all be clearer.
I wish the sentence of youth could run on forever.
If you let it guide you, it will take you in the wrong direction.
A word of warning.
Isn't that why they invented social media?
I was asked by Preux & Proper to design art for their windows so what I thought I'd do was utilize the context and create art that would look as though you were seeing through the window and the Morley character was writing on the fogged up glass. I'm happy with how they came out!
Let’s remember that we are a nation built on the backs of immigrants who carried their hopes and dreams from thousands of miles away to build a better life and collectively made America what it is today. Today, immigrants are still a vital part of what makes this country great. I partnered with Smirnoff to create a series of posters inspired by 10 real immigrant stories. Follow the links at the bottom of the poster and you'll get to hear the real people tell their stories. You can find these posters in bus shelters across the city and you can hear the stories by visiting wethep.pl. Happy 4th!
I recently opened an exhibition called "Burn Bloom Shine" at the ewkuks shop on Fairfax in Los Angeles (eWKUKs... 527 N. Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036)! It wraps up on October 5th! There's a bunch of my art there and an interactive element that I think is pretty cool.
These slide viewers hang from the ceiling and give you a peep at my work as it lives on the streets.
ALSO: Morley hats that I designed with the Ewkuks team. They are as the young people say: "on fleek." Do they say that still? I'm gonna guess no. Maybe instead I'll say they're "awesome to the max!" That's more like it.
The creation of Hanksy's very cool Surplus Candy show was documented by Ovation TV and now the episodes are live! Check out my episode here. I discuss one of the pieces I made for the show (the one seen here) and I highly recommend you watch the whole series to hear insights from the other artist featured. Great work was done by the Ovation TV team capturing this special event and at least a few of the artists that contributed their talent to it.
I'm super excited to announce a brand new project! It's a podcast- but maybe not the podcast you might expect from me. It's called Paper Crown and it's a series of short (10-15 minute) radio-style scenes that I wrote and directed. Every episode will be a new story and feature different actors performing them. Some of the scenes are meant to be funny, some heart warming, some sad, some absurd- but the hope is to show little glimpses of humanity- warts and all.
Subscribing to the podcast on iTunes is totally free so please tell your friends! I uploaded the first four episodes and I'm super proud of each of them. New episodes will be uploaded every couple weeks.
On either side of a construction awning I pasted these long thin messages. One which says "I really really really... mean it" and another that says "I really really really... hope you feel the same." These are the two thoughts I've had before and after telling someone I love them for the first time. I like to think that in the span of time between someone walking under that awning they could say "I love you" to someone and those book ends would be perfectly placed.