Friday, August 15, 2014

Street Meet NY.

A couple weeks ago I came across a post on Instagram from one of the illest brands out now, The Hundreds. The post was promoting another Street Meet with Van Styles. For those who don't know, The Hundreds along with Van Styles host Street Meets where anyone with any kind of camera is invited out to roam the streets together for the love and passion of photography. The first happened in LA followed by another in San Francisco with street photographer Travis Jensen. This latest Street Meet though was to be met with surprise--a new guest photographer, one of my favorites. The one and only 13th Witness would be joining the fun, this time in New York. It was posted a week before it was to go down and I wasn't sure whether to make it out to this rare occasion or not. I had to ask myself one simple question: "In five years, am I gonna be kicking myself for not going to this?". And with that, I booked a room and rental the Sunday night prior from the same tiny, cornered Starbucks table that I'm typing this post. My girlfriend and I packed up and with our puppy boy Ollie, we hit the open road Monday morning. Flying is always fun and a much faster way to travel. However, driving cross-country has it's benefits too. The biggest being that you can stop and see whatever you want, anytime. I have been through Tennessee plenty of times and it is still one of my favorite states to drive through when heading east. It's state highways are lush with beautiful green trees much taller than the Pecans I'm used to here.

If you're from Texas or live in Texas or have driven through here, then you know it's a fucking journey in itself just to get out of the state. Coming from San Antonio headed in any direction will literally take one HOURS to get out to a neighboring state (or country; S/O to all mine south of the Rio!). So I've grown such an appreciation for interstate road trips. This one was much more exciting though as I was with my girlfriend, our puppy, and a thirst for a photographic adventure in the city of New York to shoot alongside two favorites. Dope.

After our long journey, we landed in Brooklyn at about 3 a.m. and checked in, fucking exhausted. Ollie wouldn't sleep the entire ride and it hit him hard when we finally got into the bed. We all woke up the next morning and were all recharged and excited to be in NY. We ate breakfast and headed out to the city. I'll save the headaches I experienced that is driving through NY and get straight to the good stuff lol. After parking our car and getting Ollie some wet food, we headed North a few blocks in the heat. New York gets hot for sure, but I think SATX still got em beat with Phoenix still remaining the solar champs. Rabbit treated us to Baohaus which not only has great food, but a dope staff too. Thanks to all who prepared our food and accepted our gifts. We headed out to GRND soon after to meet up with what turned out to be damn near 100 people of varying backgrounds and tools. We walked through THNY and after a brief wait for 13th Witness, we began to shut shit down. Literally, we stopped traffic. MULTIPLE times.

Fuccit, keep it movin'.

We were joined by a good homie and our NY guide, Levi Dopeness, as walked through Chinatown, down by the river, and ending at the Brooklyn Bridge. I've always held a huge appreciation and fascination with bridges. When I first came out to NY at 18, I took a few photos of the many bridges from a great distance away. This time though, I got to shoot on the bridge which made my fucking day. We ended the meet shortly after and we headed out back to Brooklyn. Just in time too, as it started to rain. I drove out after dropping my loved ones off at the room to get a huge ass Sicilian pie that was damn near the best pizza I've ever had. Yes, I could've eaten so many other foods while out there but I'm a Ninja Turtle at heart and I love trying new pizza. Plus, at 11pm and tired as fuck with your family feeling the same, it's the best option. J & V is the TRUTH, yo. S/O to VICE and Frank Pinello for the heads up (I couldn't make it in time to the spot you told me Tim, so it's on me next time I'm in town). We slept it off and hit the road back to SA the next morning. It was a short trip, but we do have our obligations back home and had to make it happen. We experienced some staleness in New Jersey at the Secret Stash, but let's not sully the amazing time that was had overall.

The trip was so amazing and one that lives with me as if I went last week. I learned so much about myself, my relationship, my family, and my skillset & techniques. Below you'll find a few images from the Street Meet, hit the rest (along with a few more stories) right here, here, here, and here. I know it seems a bit odd with these back and forth posts between sites, please bear with me; sometimes I just need to get the stuff out. I'm still playing catch up with my photos and personal work all together as well. I have photos to edit and share from the actual road trip itself as well as some more in New York, before and after the Street Meet. For those that don't mind, I see you and thank you for sticking with me through it all, hope you enjoy what I share as much as I enjoy creating it all!


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

PS. Big thanks to The Hundreds, The Hundreds NY, Van, Levi, 13th, my girlfriend, our dog Ollie, all the photographers that we met and shot with, and lastly the citizens of New York for providing some great images and experiences. THANK YOU.








Thursday, August 14, 2014

Woozy K-60.

I haven't been able to get to drawing as much as I'd like this year. It's been a bit of a roller coaster getting my life in order but I'm happy to have knocked this one out the other night in time for the Krink contest being held over at TPY Urban. This is my rendition of my favorite marker, the phat K-60. I used the K-70 and K-60 to create it. I hope to get some colors on this some time soon, it was a lot of fun to create. Join in on the fun and submit your entry! :D


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Second Saturday - August 2014.



Late post, but I wanted to share the work with you all anyway. Promotional flyer I created for yesterday's event at TPY Urban. Personal photos to follow. Read in-depth at my Behance located up top there. Cheers! :D


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

So Long and Safe Travels My Friends.

Today is one of those days you see in movies. You watch the story of a blissful couple on-screen for about an hour, becoming engrossed in their lives until you reach a point where you feel as if you know them personally. You see all the good times: the laughs, the smiles, the morning moments in bed under the sheets, softly holding one another. You get so wrapped up in their story that you get to know these characters. Relate to them. Feel them on their journey.

You take their side when the world is against them. Cheer for them, anxiously awaiting their rise from it all. Then the second act hits the climax and the story shifts. The couple begins to fall on hardship and eventually separate. You see it unfolding before your very eyes but you can't believe it's happening. You don't want to. You went for the ride because it all looked so beautiful. You didn't see this turn coming.

And it hurts.

It all seems like a dream sequence because none of it makes any sense and you're too caught up in the increased pace of the story to react. The story is reaching the end and it hits you...this is happening. You see the characters packing it all up. One character leaving to the airport. The other too hurt to follow. To hurt to see them go. You feel the pain, you wait for that last glimmer to completely overexpose everything in frame and shine so beautifully that the histogram completely shatters...

But it doesn't happen. The character boards their flight, the other stays behind, and a new journey for both begins. The credits roll, Wholesale Piracy plays through the 7.1, your heart aches, and you sit there in disbelief. 

Today that movie comes to life for a lot of us. Whether you know them or not, these characters are beginning anew. As we watch and wait for the sequel. For many of us, this means finding a new outlet. ArtSlam! is [was?] the biggest live art show in San Antonio and bigger than many other shows in other cities. I've watched it grow from a handful of artists in smaller venues to the comiccon-esque show that it is today. For many of us, painting at ArtSlam! meant you made it. At least as far as this city goes. It was a true launching point to even greater opportunities. Many artists strive to be a part of it. To share in it's creative spark. To paint alongside not only local greats like Saint Jahn or Craig Patterson, but also international heroes like Dave Crosland and Jim Mahfood.

We collected ArtSlam! shirts, ate tons of delicious cupcakes, and partied with some of San Antonio's best musicians as well for over eight solid-as-fuck years. Many of us moved on to other projects and shows, many of us returned to every single show. Either way, ArtSlam! was an amazing thing to be a part of--as a patron or as an artist/musician. It's easy to get caught up in the sadness that is unfolding. And it takes strength to push through and turn the page to the next chapter. But the next pages may be even better then this entire book so far.

Rob, a few years ago I met you at what was easily the best gallery here in town, Gallery 11. There I learned a bit more about this mysterious ArtSlam! I saw so many dope flyers for. I eventually made it out to see it first hand, taking part in the next event soon after. I fell in love with live painting even more and at what was maybe my second ArtSlam!, I really felt I connected with my now love Rabbit Rye.

ArtSlam!: Toys of Christmas Past was the night Rabbit and I hung out and played. Laughed. Joked. That is the night she got her name Rabbit. That was the night I met my best friend. That was the night I painted My Pet Monster next to your awesome punk rock Ruxpin (and felt super honored and privileged to be in that spot). That was the night I met Cris Licea. That night was and is so dear and special to me. As I hold back the tears from my co-workers to type this and avoid my work for the morning, I have only good thoughts. As sad as this may be, again, we push through to see the light in it all.

Liz, I know all that Rob has done with ArtSlam! was so much easier to manage with you at his side. I'm sure you were a much bigger part of it all other than the awesome themed-cupcakes you used to fill our bellies with. Having been in a solid relationship for two years, I know how much it means to have someone so close to you constantly have your back and help you build your dreams. It just makes it so much easier. I have so many good memories seeing you at ArtSlam! whether through selling treats or tees. You two invited us into your home numerous times and I am so grateful for it all. For so long I saw you two work and share together; it's what many of us held to be the ideal relationship. You always have a smile on your face Liz, and that means a lot.


Life.

Life happens. Every single day. We all have our ups, downs, and all arounds. Although we may see this departure as just that, let's take a moment to see it as a venture forward. For both of them. Let us rejoice in all the creations we've shared, all the laughs and cupcakes and music notes and beers and cheers and sales and giveaways and success and falls and rises and all the wonderful things we all learned and loved from Rob and Liz. Let us always rejoice in ArtSlam!. The experience that gave birth to so many things including our cherished Art Vibes, whose many artists went on to do ArtSlam! numerous times and kick so much ass at it!

Liz, may you continue to live up to the name "Sweet Lizzy" and stay as sweet as the treats you make.

Rob, may you one day drop the Deadbeat and just be "The Hero".

I love you both so much and wish only great and wondrous things for you as you push forward. You know I am here for you two and will continue to spread the love you two inspired within me. Thank you both for EVERYTHING, even all that you cannot see. I only wish Liz were there for the last hurrah....

...but, perhaps, she was there, somewhere, in this photo.



I am sure she is.


Long Live ARTSLAM!
#makeitcount


Stay Grindin',
BLUE731.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

River City Rockfest 2014.

A late post but I got a spot going at River City Rockfest in the AT&T Center. It's a great day out and there are tons of awesome people here. Other artists and vendors are set up too so if you got tickets already, come out to the show! Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah, fucking DEFTONES are here yo. Bangin'. You can't go wrong other than missing out. Fellas grab your cutoff sleeves tee, ladies grab your cowboy boots and come enjoi the dope atmosphere.

Stay Creative,
BLUE731

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ever Expanding.


Here's my [animated] finished piece from the Clogged Caps Spillover at TPY Urban last month. I had a blast painting alongside some great artists. The humidity was dense, but we still had a great time and crushed it, swept away the dust, and built something awesome in it's place. To read more of the process, check it on in my portfolio section.

Cheers.


Stay Creative,
BLUE731.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sneaks Up 8.

We back at it again. This time we are congregating at Cowboy's Dancehall for all the fun and good times. The space here is HUGE and once again, collectors and brands from all over will be coming together for the love of kicks and hip hop culture. This event will be FREE and open to the public so clean up your best pair and get ready for a great time.

I myself have some new things in the works for this one. I've been cultivating my photography craft for quite sometime and now I will be showcasing some new works as well as having some fun and unique prints available for purchase. It's gonna be a great Sunday full of fun, great people, and awesome SHOES!

See you all there!

Stay Creative,
BLUE731.