Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NEW WORK: ALBUQUERQUE EL REY Theatre Mural Collabo : Day #1 w/ Jaque Fragua

Jaque & I had started yesterday on our mural at the back of the El Rey theatre. The wall is actually way bigger than I thought, but we've made  quite a progress yesterday. We started at the back of the Golden West Saloon, Albuquerque's famed red velvet-walled bar/venue that had burned down a few years ago in a tragic fire accident. Everyone who came through to check what we were up to had found memories of it. The first thing that we both saw in the burnt wall was a face, so we decided to do a GATEKEEPER that will guard the celestial happenings about the happen...I see the project as a form of space-theraphy, using the healing power of color & form to bring the rubble back to life. The transformation was pretty mindblowing...


We each painted on the two sides of the face our ancestral tribal symbols. Mine is the TURUL the divine messenger of the Magyars (the way Hungarians call ourselves), who perches on the Tree of Life along with the other spirits of unborn children in the form of birds. Legends hold that the Turul was the forefather of the first Hungarian king (and our ancestor Attila the Hun as well). Nomadic Magyars had a shamanistic tradition and traveled in tribes along with other Turkic and Mongolian tribes in Easter-Central Asia..all of our history before 900 A.D. was kept oral. They were called the Turul clan, who migrated toward the west from Central Asia and settled in the Eastern part of Europe in the 9th century AD. The clan was later called the House of Arpad, and traditionally descends from the wise and just king Nimrod, the first king on Earth.


the Gatekeeper's Red Carpet Tongue to the Otherworld


BRANDNEWOLDSOUL: ALOE BLACC New Release & Free Download

 just arrived in albuquerque, new mexico to get started on this big mural project with Chris Stain and Jacque Fragua...having an amazingly (3rd)eyeopening & inspiring time building with the local artists. my host Jaque and i were chilling, listening to music and this song came up...i can't believe that i've been sleeping on ALOE BLACC! well, better late than never, i'm definitely one of his new fans. and not surprisingly, he comes from one of my favorite record labels, Stones Throw. 
i looked him up and found out that “My purpose for music is positive social change,” says Orange County, California native Aloe Blacc. “Even if the music itself does not explicitly express anything that may signify positive social change, the product of the music will.” 
Check out a recent interview with him for Centric TV about his new album that just recently dropped. Go to stonesthrow to see his Fall tour dates and download  one of the tracks from his new album, GOOD THINGS.
subCentric //Aloe Blacc Pt. 1 from Centric TV on Vimeo.

Friday, September 24, 2010

ARTIST TO WATCH: KESED + Galaxy Ride // Dream Catcher [FREE DOWNLOAD]


Brooklyn-native MC//actor//lyrical alchemist KESED is back after having taken a matrix-deplug break from the world. A born artist at heart, he is manifesting his skills as a MC and songwriter this time. While most of us have a hard time imagining ourselves having cut off from the addictive world of the inter-net-working game, KESED took a radical year-long break from all that to refocus his direction and to work on his next project...a pretty brave move, but it proved that if you got what it takes, you don't necessarily have to maintain a virtual presence to have people still checking for you while you're refining your craft. His track Dream Catcher got leaked a couple of days before he put it up today on his own site and already made it in a few hours to a number of big music sites. 
   
These tracks come with a vision and a multidimensional storyline...On the surface it may seem like a boy-girl-romance of love lost & found, but it also has a mythical layer that takes you into Kesed's spiritual world a lot of his lyrics draw on (he claims he got his science from comic books). Pretty complex like an alchemical tale of transformation, but I would expect nothing less. 



Galaxy Ride is a future throwback paying homage to Sun Ra while riding on the super sexy disco classic GQ 'Disco Nights'...it is definitely one of my favorites, has a feel-good-get-free-get-into-the-groove fantasy spacetravel vibe. Recalls the golden days of the A.L.I.E.N fam, the collective KESED was a contributing member of. Appropriately, the cover was an illustration by one of my fav artist comrades, A.L.I.E.N founder Quan Luv that I finished off with the typography.
On the B side of the EP comes Venus; inspired by Bjork 'Venus As A Boy' takes a different pace while continuing on with the story. Venus is a tale of the separation of the sexes set in the mythic post-androgynous time when the feminine principle finds itself incarnated into the body of a boy who feels much more at home amongst the inhabitants of Venus as he's still connected with and seeking his missing half... also a metaphor for the forces of Venus-Mars/Love-War/Union-Separation. 

The single, Dream Catcher was supposed to come out a little later, but since it already got leaked and circulated, he decided to release it immediately following Galaxy Ride. Like Chuang Zu's dream of the butterfly, the protagonist finds himself questioning his own sense of reality after awakening from a nightmare... 



I've been pretty psyched about the video for this coming up and for the whole project in general. Kesed is a definite artist to watch, and I mean it beyond his musical path, also as a poet, actor and visionary.

 Stay up on his bandcamp page to get more free downloads and new stuff. If you haven't seen this, you can get a better sense for him in the feature that K-SWISS did with him.
[photo courtesy of Rahan Cotterel]

Thursday, September 23, 2010

UPCOMING SHOW: painting a mural with Jaque Fragua & Chris Stain at the STREET TEXT Exhibit at Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO

I'm super psyched about this project that takes me to Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO. I was invited by fellow painter, Pueblo artist Jaque Fragua (scroll down for video) to participate in a collaborative mural project with him and Chris Stain as part for this week-long street art festival in the city. Earlier I had posted a video about him; beside being a working artist, Jaque is also an outspoken social and environmental activist with whom I've been building with for over a year-I'm really honored to be part of this. Plus I can't wait to experience the art movement outside of NYC, I'll be working on this for a whole week next week. The show is going to open on October 2nd at the 516 ARTS Gallery.



STREET TEXT is a two-part exhibition examining Street Art and its evolution into a worldwide cultural movement. The upstairs portion of the exhibition titled Art From the Coasts is curated by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at The Albuquerque Museum. He compares masters of graffiti art from New York and Los Angeles, including the work of Chaz Bojórquez, Gajin Fujita, John Lorne and Lady Pink, as well as the documentary photography of Henry Chalfant. The downstairs portion of the exhibition titledThe Populist Phenomenon is curated by Francesca Searer of 516 ARTS. It includes a mix of local, national and international artists, and examines the artists’ work as a means of expressing a message to the masses. Featured New Mexican artists include Ernest Doty, Jaque Fragua, Stevan Gutierrez, Thomas Christopher Haag and Albert Rosales; and guest artists include Shepard Fairey, Gaia, Mark Jenkins, Alexandre Orion, Chris Stain, Slinkachu, SWOON and Chip Thomas. Work includes on and off-site installations, photographic documentation, portable representations of wheat-paste, stencil and canvas work methods and video clips and films of street artists in action. The STREET TEXT exhibition is the center of a citywide series of events titled STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression during October and November, presented in partnership with the ACLU-NM and involving 25 local organizations. The project celebrates art in the urban environment and explores issues of free expression. Download the Street Arts Guide
http://www.516arts.org/exhibitions.html


Some words from Jaque's last show in Santa Fe."Though their traditional lifeways are based in the natural world, many Native communities today find themselves deluged by trash.  Jaque Fragua's exhibit RUBBISH aka Cities of Trash features objects—steel cans, automobile parts, scrap wood, glass bottles, used tires, and loose paper—drawn from heaps on southwestern Pueblos and reservations and re-integrated into various contexts as public art. These works, from the ongoing project of artist Jaque Fragua, are designed to provoke dialogue about the exploitation of Native lands and encourage environmental conservation."
To learn more visit  or www.ccasantafe.org
Music: "Off Time" by Wilder Beasts (Hoka Skenandore, Jaque Fragua)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

LUV2FUNK: DÂM-FUNK - Hood Pass Intact (Official Video, Vocal Version)

The LA equivalent of the phrase 'spread love the Brooklyn way' from the Grandmaster of Modern Funk. Keeping it true is definitely not just a lyrical phrase with Dâm-Funk who, as anyone who knows him can attest, has kept his realness all along the way to his international recognition. One of my fav tracks, the video pays homage to Dam's local LA roots.
stonesthrow.com/damfunk
Director: Henry DeMaio

Aural Visions presents: JOHNNY VOLTIK 'DO YOU' [FREE DOWNLOAD]


Here is a new release from my man, JOHNNY VOLTIK aka the Alphalove. 'DO YOU' is one of my favorites of his tracks, and was the first one I've heard (remember listening to it while driving around with him & some friends, and I yelled out, 'who is this?!!'). So I'm specially excited to introduce it as one of our brand new music/visual collabo projects. I've been doing some visuals for JV for a while and this latest one is a part of a series from a collective project called LUX27 that photographer WEZN (light painting photography) and myself (art direction, graphic design) had founded.

So back to the song, 'DO YOU' is like a psychedelic space trip riding the cosmic love frequencies to the final destination..an ascending and explosive aural journey...use your imagination.

<a href="http://johnnyvoltik.bandcamp.com/track/do-you">'DO YOU' by Johnny Voltik</a>

Here are some instructions for listening from JV himself,
"This song is an experiment…follow the directions below while listening to the album version. Really try this!!!
1. Close your eyes, relax yourself and focus on your breathing. (If your mind is wandering, listen to it wander. Once you have done this you have taken control of your thoughts.) Oh yeah, have your hand on the play button but don’t press play yet!
2. When your mind is relaxed and clear, focus on your midsection. Feel the life force inside you getting more and more present.
3. Begin to feel the feeling of having that person or thing in your life. Really act as if they or it is with you. Experience the joy, the happiness, the real thing!
4. While holding that feeling press play and enjoy.
*Note: Intensify the feeling and visualization as you get to the end of the track"


Here is my footage of another favorite: JV performing 'Higher' live w/ Enki & Kira supporting on the vocals at Littlefield, Brooklyn. Check out more freebies on his website.Don't sleep, people!
JOHNNY VOLTIK "Higher" live from Lichiban EV [Electric Vision] on Vimeo.

VONY presents: The 2nd Annual VONYSpeaks Conference & Benefit Show 2010

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Voices of New York (VONY), the organization that I've been part of as a teaching artist/ youth mentor is getting ready for its 2nd Annual VONYSpeak Benefit Conference and Show. The conference features an amazing line-up speakers, educators, activist, filmmakers and New York performing and visual artists. If you'd like to get involved or just check out what we are all about, please come and support!  (Here are  some previous VONY projects we have done in the past.) I'll be showing a collabo piece with Quan Luv along with a number of other artists/activist, such as Taagen Swa, Alice Mizrahi, The Love Movement, and Cannon & Indira Hersey.

To find out more about the program, conference schedule, and panel discussions and film, art and music program, please visit vonyconference2010.

Check out the conference PSA featuring last year's conference speakers and performers.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CHANDON LUCIEN to go...

Travel is on my mind...'Created for the distinguished tastemaker who wears the best accessories money can buy, the debut collection of Chandon Lucien includes leather bags, hats, men's jewelry and scarves.' High quality craftsmanship with an edge-dope!
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Chandon Lucién SS2011 Lookbook - Click here to view
Chandon Lucién will make its formal debut in the heart of SoHo on Thursday, September 23rd
at 8 Bond Studio. Invited guests are key taste makers in the fashion, media, and entertainment
industries. The evening’s highlights includes DJ Lani Love, Crunch Gym passes, delectable
goodies from BiteMe Cheesecake and men’s skin care products from Anthony For Men and
Sharps. In addition, the brand will unveil its very own Chandon Lucién Ice Cream flavor, in
collaboration with Guerrilla Ice Cream; 100% of the proceeds will go to the Street Vendor

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

WHERETHEPARTYAT: SFNY w/ KON (Kon & Amir, BBE), MONI, GE-OLOGY, King Most, Mamabear, Freddy & Marky 9.19.2010

I'm excited to see my homie, KON (Kon & Amir, BBE) spin tomorrow at the next SFNY party, where he'll be spinning along with NYC's own, MONI and GE-OLOGY. KON is one of the best DJs out there, his sets always turn out the dancefloor with the sexiest disco, boogie, soul and old school hip-hop joints. Check out SFNY's interview with him here on while listening to his mix.
Also, there are mixes from the other DJs as well at www.p-r-o-p-s.com.

SFNY returns to the Big Apple just in time to kick off the beautiful autumn season in New York City... Bay Area ambassadors KING MOST, FREDDY, MARKY and DJ MAMABEAR make the East Coast connection with GE-OLOGY, DJ MONI and KON at a glorious daytime jam of feel good music, warm vibes and folks getting down in the sunshine. Enjoy tasty libations, choice beats, and a fly setting from 3pm-9pm. The Left Coast do the right thing... Fall thru!
The location for this show is secret, but you can RSVP here to get on the list.

Monday, September 13, 2010

iRECOMMEND: RELENTLESS a film by Andy Amadi Okoroafor

I can't wait to see RELENTLESS, the debut film of my friend, Andy Amadi Okoroafor. Art director, visionary, nomad, founder/ owner of my favorite creative arts & fashion magazine, CLAM, Andy has been working for the last couple of years on this project that showcases his skill as a director and visual story teller. Shot in two different countries, Freetown Sierra Leone and Lagos Nigeria, the movie is not only visually beautiful but it also boasts an amazing soundtrack that will most likely become as iconic as the score for "Shaft or "The Harder They Come". A mixture of contemporary Nigerian music, 60's highlife tunes and popular African tunes, the films feature tracks from the Nubians, Keziah Jones, Patrice, Ayo, Femi Kuti, and internationally known artists like Manu Chao, Sade, Seal, among others. Also featuring in her debut film role another favorite, Nigerian-German singer NNEKA. As far as the story goes, Andy's own words describe it best:
"I see Relentless as a story told through innovative contemporary images. It is not a voyeuristic eye, it is participative and engaged, it is an insider perspective and the form of the images is a vital element of the film. I want the film to look under the surface, to look at Africa with a new intensity.

Relentless is a love story, a story about war, loneliness, and the workings of the human soul. It is a simple story of ordinary people finding themselves in extra ordinary situations, acting out their destiny. It is not a political story but it is about the effects of war and thus the backdrop is a component to the film, but not the hero.

Though set in Freetown Sierra Leone and Lagos Nigeria, the story could easily have been anywhere in Africa; Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Congo, Rwanda; It is an African story, but also a universal tale. An African story in its landscape and particular circumstances, but a universal story in its characters, its heart and theme.

Relentless deals with the consequence of wars on the psyche of the contemporary African. From Rwanda (genocide), the Congo (the African world war), Burundi (ethnic struggle for power) to Cote d'Ivoire and Darfur. Wars with different ramifications, and brutality, Liberia and later Sierra Leone was at the vanguard of these brutal conflicts of which the biafran war into which our hero Obi was born is one the first in a long list of conflicts that has distorted Africa.

The film has the ambition of exploring Africa beyond the news headlines, sound bites and statistics. It is about looking at Africa from a contemporary point of view. It's about the little people; the ones nobody reports after the satellite transmission dishes have been folded and moved to another cliché. I want Relentless to also be a mirror for African society to look at itself, criticise itself, and celebrate itself.

I am making this film so that Africans would love it and be challenged by it. The world hopefully would follow. I want anybody in the world to identify with the characters and emotions in the film. Africans are believers and we somehow believe a hero will come and save us, he's not shown up and the present African generation is still looking for the new Nkrumah’s, Mandela’s, people with vision and clarity of thought. Hard to produce in refugee camps, running under fire in a world of kid soldiers.

Relentless, is a celebration of Africa, the music, the sensuality, the joy, the jokes and the laughter, the energy, the sheltering sky and the hope that the good men will prevail. It is also a film about Lagos, the biggest African city and how ordinary people navigate this challenging untamed urban jungle. From the security guard to the prostitute, from the big time politician hoping to pull the strings of power, to the okada driver hoping to make it big.

Finally, it is an acknowledgement of the possibilities that lie in the modern African experience; it is to shine the world's light on us, if not for our ingenuity, at least the acknowledgement of our will to survive.
I am hoping to tell that African story through film, like Fela did with his Afro beat music and Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka did through literature and touched the world
." ...to read more visit clamfilms.com

RELENTLESS will be featured at the 54th BFI London Film Festival on October 13-18, 2010. Stay tuned for US show dates

ERYKAH BADU on BILAL // BILAL's "Airtight's Revenge" is out now

Today is the official release date for BILAL's highly-anticipated new album, "Airtight's Revenge". Check out what the beautiful Erykah Badu has to say about him
Please support true artistry by buying the album, you won't regret it! Some words from plugresearch

"We are very excited to announce the day has finally come. This is as special of a day to us as the first record we released, 15 years ago. Its been an amazing journey and we hope that you feel our latest endeavor as much as we do. Find it here on this site if you would like to support us in our efforts."

Amazon : here
Itunes : here. The itunes version has the banging bonus track that we think you guys will appreciate!
Zune : here

CROWN YOUR HEART: Robert Palmer : Every Kinda People

one of the songs my dad used to listen to back in the days...i didn't even understand the lyrics back then. brings me some intense emotional childhood flashbacks. thanks to my boy, KON for bringing it back to my memory (check out his new mix that has this song)

Friday, September 10, 2010

NEW WORK: THE GATEWAY (Goddess from the Jaguar Lux Clan)

New character revealed from Citraka:
Goddess from the Jaguar Lux Clan manifesting Catships through mental projections
detail from a new piece that I've been working on for the last two weeks with fellow visionaries Quan Luv and MEGA for a mural project High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in Canarsie, Brooklyn involving artists such as Maya Hayuk, Michael De Feo, Thundercut, Toofly, The Love Movement & several others ...more behind the scenes photos and details from my collaborators coming soon.
Big shout out to my West coast fam, The Love Movement for making this whole project happen!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

FREE DOWNLOAD & VIEW: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Exit Through The Gift Shop is a story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as 'the world's first street art disaster movie' the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. Written by Sundance Film Festival

I just found a link to view the film for free online...I guess posting a film to view online while it's still debuting around the country is true to the prankster spirit of Banksy...

FOLLOW THE LINK TO WATCH IT.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

ARTIST TO WATCH: ONRA

1 minute & 40 seconds with ONRA during a dj set on Domeright Radio Show 88.2 Génération FM, Paris. ONRA is making big waves in Europe and is gearing up for a US tour...don't sleep on his album! Check out an interview I did with him earlier this year here.

Footage from his new album's LONG DISTANCE release party held in Paris on June 19th, 2010 at the Bellevilloise accompanied by Walter Mecca and Buddy Sativa, two of the other artists you should also check out from France.
Follow his updates on twitter.

THE RETURN OF CRAZYAWESOME: BILAL: 'Airtight's Revenge' drops next week! September 14th on Plug Research

Back in June, I was invited to be part of BILAL's private listening party at his recording studio in New York. I first heard the album in its entirety while driving to Philly back in the spring, when he was performing at the same fundraiser for Haiti that I was booked to live paint at, but this listening party was the first time I heard it on a real sound system. I've listened to it innumerable times since and it still has the same impact.

The highly-anticipated "Airtight's Revenge" is one of the landmark albums of the year, and undoubtedly will score many awards (def Grammys-material). It is one of those groundbreaking records that defies all the boxes and labels people have been trying to force BILAL into...(it is time to drop the derivative 'Neosoul singer' label which he never really identified with). Classically-trained with a range of an opera singer and the dynamism of a rockstar, BILAL's spectrum of musical background ranges from jazz, soul, R&B as well as funk, pop, rock, hip-hop and electronic music, and this album is a true testament to his genius not only as a singer but as a producer and songwriter who can make music that pays homage but transcends the limitations of genres. Like Prince or David Bowie, BILAL is his own genre, and this album proves that without a doubt. Born from the ashes of his disappointing relation with his previous label, Interscope, Airtight's Revenge is a true labor of love & personal struggle and victory. With this album, BILAL took his time to find a label that would give him the artistic freedom his vision required to fully manifest (for instance, Interscope would tried to control who produced his songs and would make him write love songs based on market demands). LA-based independent label Plug Research, which has Shafiq Husayn, Exile, and Quadron on its roster, have recognized that an artist like him needs total green light because real music comes from a place of creative freedom and no one else could do the job better than he himself.

BILAL worked with a small crew of close friends who have supported him from the inception of the project, like Steve McKie (Jill Scott, Estelle, Kindred, Vivian Green) who co-produced the album with Bilal, as well as Nottz (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Drake), 88 Keys (Mos Def, Macy Gray, Musiq Soulchild), and Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and Tone Whitefield, which makes the project all the more intimate and real. It is more guitar-driven and experimental than his previous albums, but the end product is a bigger, more cinematic sound, that will sweep huge outdoor festivals the same way it will more unusual venues.

Like I heard Michael Jackson, Prince or Dam-Funk stress before, good music comes from the heart---this project has definitely got that heart-piercing emotional soulpower which you can feel while listening (only topped by hearing him perform live)...it is an emotionally charged personal journey through BILAL's life moments and visions, at points dark (Flying) and political (Robots, The Dollar) at others spiritual (Who Are You, All Matter) with an underlying forward-seeking, elevating tone (Move On, Restart, Who Are You) and a power to uplift and transform one's life. It stands in the line of the best works of Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, or Radiohead to mention only a few.
Please show your support for true artistry by not bootlegging the album.
You can PRE-ORDER the CD or the Vinyl (comes with digital tracks as well) on plugresearch.
Connect with him on twitter & vimeo to get the latest updates.
New Yorkers can see him live on September 18th at BB King. For tickets and more info, follow link.

[note: the correct album title is 'Airtight's Revenge & the song is 'Flying'..I didn't have the full album info yet]
You can pre-LISTEN to the tracks on nrp.org
Check him talk about the album on his recent interview on Greedmont Park.
[via Greedmont Park.] Make sure to check out part 1 & 2 where he talks about his musical background and his musical carrier collaborating with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, 88Keys and others.

Also check out another interview that sheds light on Bilal's less known spiritual side as well that my NY fam, Nikki NTU & Thony Remy had produced for Young, Gifted and Black here.

ARTIST TO WATCH :: Walter Mecca 'Gaab Squad'

New video by one of my favorite artists from Paris, time-traveling sounddoctor WALTER MECCA for 'Gaab Squad' a track off of his debut album Tonnerre. Check out my earlier interview with him here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

PRESS: I'm featured in 'The Artist Process' Documentary!


Last summer, my friend and fellow artista, Marthalicia had approached me to be part of her documentary, she called 'The Artist Process.' Her vision was to capture an insightful glimpse into the lives of four unique New York City visual artists. The original concept was to document only the artists' hands, feet and mouth...so I decided to wear my mask and transform into one of my avatars, AIO. The camera then followed us to the big finale at 5POINTZ,Queens NY, where we joined over 15 artists to paint a huge mural on the famed graffiti museum's wall. That was when I did the "LoveShipVibration Gate" mural (you can check it here).

The Artist Process" tells the story of Danielle Mastrion, Mistah Metro, Marthalicia and myself going about our daily routine, while sharing our thoughts on performing, art, and life. I loved another artist fam, Mistah Metro's feature, whose been on my radar, but didn't have a chance to build with yet. I give thanks to the amazing Marthalicia who has been a beacon of light and inspiration for all of us pushing hard in New York...been a fan & supporter of her since I've known her. Her vision was able to manifest through joining forces with amazing mover-and-shaker, world-traveler, activist, performer Cathleen Angelo aka Felecia Cruz (Fighting for Futures), who was behind the camera and Spills who did the original soundtrack and edited the film. Also shout to the lovely Victoria Holt for the documenting the process with her camera. Thank you!


Looking at the film made me nostalgic about my old place, one of my Brooklyn homes, ROOM 777...it was one of the most intense vortexes of my nomadic life and definitely one of the most creative spaces. Alas, my new home is different but equally powerful entryway to the world of imagination.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

GALAKTIKAT presents: ShatiKa of the Rising Serpent Love Force

NAME : SHATIKA of the Rising Serpent Love Force (Leopard Lux clan)
HOMELAND : Planet Citraka
CARRIER : Catship Lotus 1
ROLE :: ambassador / vibration control through dancing
MESSAGE :: love, healing through harmonizing the sexes
MEANS OF INTERACTING WITH EARTHLINGS : visualization & mental projections, dancing, vibration control, sweet melodious singing

Stay tuned for prints and new series

iheART NYC: live painting at the LEVI'S Curve ID event featuring Janelle Monae


August 27, 2010. Bryant Park, New York City
I was booked to live paint at the LEVI'S Curve ID promo event w/my artist homies Marka 27 &Ron Upperman (one half of Leroy Jenkins). The live art was part of the massive giveaway LEVI'S had organized to promote their new Curve ID jeans (1000 pairs were promised to be given out for free). The event was a big success, the line was already wrapping around the Bryant Park when I got there at 9:30am. Beside free food, t-shirts and the jeans, people could pick up some art work for free as well. Well, I literally turned into a McLichiban, cranking out 40 pieces of quick stencil and brush work...as you can see, some of these pieces were a hit & miss. This was super fun though, I loved giving away the work to my beautiful sisters.
hehe...that was the 1 min playtime...the rest was all work, non-stop. We worked from 10 am till 8:30pm when we still had customers lined-up waiting for art work!
The treat of the day was Janelle Monae's sweeping performance. This is why I go to see live shows...her performance was dynamite, full of fire & energy and seeing an artist being that free makes you feel free too...She can turn a crowd out with her energy, while singing about real issues most artists at her level don't really touch. One of the most amazing artists of today, hands down. For the month of September, Amazon is offering her new album " The ArchAndroid" for $5!!. Get more info here

Ron & Marka deep in the zone.
Thanks to Marka 27 & Ron for the amazing day and of course for LEVI'S for putting up this event and taking care of us!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

PRESS :: YRB x Fly Lady Di love!

I always remind myself how amazingly blessed I am to be an artist at this time in New York City and connected to a global network of fellow artists. Despite the scary economic realities (or perhaps because of it), artists are coming out with amazing work, truly next level stuff. No one can deny that there is a renaissance of all forms of art all across the globe. The generation of artists that I consider as peers and friends have been my biggest inspirations and source of support...we give a lot of support and love to each other, which frankly been part of the reason why I kept it going even when it was a real struggle to survive as a visual artist in the city...I live and breathe the 'spread love is the Brooklyn way' and it is what fuels my work. One of these sources of love and support has been my beautiful friend & fellow artista, Fly Lady Di, whom folks have known for her many talents- her badass dancing & live art skills, though she's been working on her acting as well. She moved back to her native Toronto and kept on building her emporium & inspiring others to do the same. I was super touched and honored to be mentioned along with my other close friends and peers Ibrahim Yaqut, Yang Chi, Livingroom Johnston, Pesu, Amanda Diva, Concep, Marthalicia, among others in her recent interview in YRB. She gave me a huge big-up that I have to live up to!! Wow, thank you, Diana-the love continues!! Check out her work here.

"Lichiban is also a huge source of inspiration as an artist- I believe she will be one of the most influential artists of our generation."

Brooklyn misses you, mama!