There's a new episode of my podcast up. This one is called "Grease Paint" and it stars Keir O'Donnell and Brian Maillard. The story follows a party clown explaining to his co-worker why he got angry and pushed a little kid in the pool at his birthday party. Subscribe at iTunes by searching for Paper Crown Podcast!
Always awesome to see my work decorating the set of 2 Broke Girls. Here's 2 Chainz hanging out in front of a piece of mine which reads: "I WILL LIVE FOREVER IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO." I can't help but notice that 2 Chainz has more than 2 Chainz. Maybe his name should be At The Very Least 2 Chainz or No Fewer Than 2 Chainz. I guess those aren't as catchy though.
Here's a video documenting the creation of the Regrets piece at the closing of my show at Ewkuks Gallery. Thanks to all of you who e-mailed me your regrets and to everyone who made it out and got their hands dirty! You guys are awesome!
Music by Death Cab For Cutie
The people who take the time to look deep into someone are gifted with an intimate understanding of who that person really is that few have the privilege of uncovering.
Define your perseverance.
I painted this piece for a couple in El Sereno, CA in September of 2016.
Music by Lewis Del Mar.
A love that when you throw it into the mix of who you are, colors so many parts of your life, forever leaving it stained.
"It's highly unlikely and yet..."
"We never thought they'd make it, and yet..."
"I didn't even think I had it in me, and yet..."
And yet, and yet, and yet.
We may be broken, but you'd be surprised what a little hope, love, time and super glue can fix.
In my past I've loved people who wanted me to be someone I wasn't. Usually this is disguised as wanting someone to grow and reach a new potential, and that it's something that you should strive to do. That they're helping you mature or that they are helping you learn to like, or care about, or laugh at BETTER things. The things they approve of. Sure there are flaws that people shouldn't accept in their mates- people that suffer from rage issues or addictions or narcissism and a bunch of others- these should be addressed of course- but for me, this poster came from thinking about the parts of myself that I wanted to change because I wanted this person to like me more- only to realize that I didn't want to be someone else- that I wanted them to want the person I was- not the person they could turn me into. A love that comes from someone loving the person that you ARE- before the makeover- brings out the best in you and gives you the support and encouragement to change and grow for YOU and not for someone else. That's a change that sticks- and a love that sticks too.
It's somewhere, locked away in all of us. We just need to find the right key.
Let's skip to the montage. With the upbeat rock song and the quick passing of time and gradual improvement that illustrates that maybe- just maybe- we have a chance of beating the odds.
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.