Posts Tagged ‘Art’
AKAYO “I hate the police they all can suck my dick”
Endless Canvas: How many years have you been doing the art thing? (how many years have you been writing?)
AKO: I’ve been writing since 1994 and creating art pretty much my whole life and doing it for a living since 2006-7 i think..My mom is a artist so i started young.
EC: What graffiti artists influences your work? if you could go into some detail how they helped you out that, would be awesome.
AKO: My influences come from the streets of San Francisco and the Bay area. Revs, King Tie, Kr, Mr. McGee, Felon, Rem, Dug one, King Dream where always big influences in my graffiti. Growing up in the Bay I was exposed to the best graffiti in the world and thats all I saw growing up, we didn’t have internet back then so local graff was it. But my big influences in graf are my folks and friends like Serch UTI RTH, Smear, Rekoil, Otis, Graffia, Musk, Susr, Ceze, Branded, Melo and all the homies..
EC: What influences your work other than graffiti?
AKO: Skateboarding, making films, traveling, life’s ups and downs?
EC: Is beer good or bad?
AKO: Beer is good. I don’t drink much I’m way more of a stoner than dranker but beer is kool. Where the weed at?
EC: When was the last time you paid taxes?
AKO: Last year, I did some stuff for a few companies and had to pay taxes. Taxes suck. They just raised taxes here in california
EC: Rate your love for the police on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest?
AKO: I hate the police they all can suck my dick
EC: Would you call yourself a tagger, bomber, artist or what? And could you give a reason why?
AKO: I just do what I do, I’m not into labels.
EC: On average how many times do you go out and paint in a month?
AKO: I get up everyday I’m alive. For some reason I feel the need to write on something everyday, its apart of everyday routine. When I travel I write alot more cause new cities are awesome and I have to leave my mark.
EC: What era/ region of graffiti do you hold up as the greatest (NYC 80 Subway, 90′s LA, etc……)?
AKO: San Francisco 1990s where my all time favorite, its where I’m from seen and lived in. Some of the best graffiti and most groundbreaking bombing was going down in SF in the 90′s and still to this day. I would have like to seen new york during the subway movement,i bet that shit was sick!
EC: What got you started making art or keeps you making art?
AKO: I enjoy making art and I don’t know what else I would do with myself without art in my life. It has enabled me to travel,work on projects, make stuff I, show my work, pay my bills. I’m still excited about making art and when I’m not excited I’ll stop.
EC: What is your favorite beer?
AKO: hmmm weed.?
EC: Have you done stencils or wheat paste? (if not) Have you ever thought of doing such things?
AKO: I’ve done wheat paste before but never really into that much, I like tagging and painting. Wheat paste and stencils are both great mediums if used correctly.
EC: Do you see a different between what some call “street art” from what some call “ego graff/ tagging”?
AKO: Street art and graffiti have nothing to do with each other in my eyes, different ball game and lets keep it like that. I hate the term “street art”
EC: What is your feelings on the buff?
AKO: Its life we have to learn to live with it and its only getting worse these days it seems. Lately its still all about the streets but I’ve been painting more landmark spot where I know it will take the buff years to get it..?
AKAYO “I hate the police they all can suck my dick”
EC: You can only pick one to save from total destruction.
a. your mom
b. your girlfriend
c. your beer
AKO: my skateboard
EC: Nice try but your still wrong, its always beer.
EC: Could you give a brief history of your graffiti career? or. Could you give a brief history of your local graffiti scene? If you want to answer both that would be awesome.
AKO: I stared in 1994 in the sf bay area been working on the streets here since a young age. Grew up like everyone else who got into graffiti. I got into it from mainly from skateboarding and being a little punk kid looking to do some damage..
EC: Anybody you would like to shout out or give thanks to?
AKO: Everyone who’s supported me in my life journey, my family, My Family RTH, Smear, Serch, Osiris Shoes, All the galleries I work with and support me, 531 Gallery, Danny Warhol, my muse, Two Rabbits Studios, James, Susr, Yoshi, Jdis.
Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodgriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Favianna is a co-founder of both Presente.org and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation that has recently swept the nation. Pulitzer Prize winning author Jose Antonio Vargas explains the ironies of anti-immigration hysteria in a country founded by immigrants. Favianna participates in a visual campaign using the Monarch Butterfly as a symbol of the beauty and dignity of migrants.
Voice Of Art follows Favianna Rodriguez, Culture Strike and Sound Strike to the front lines of the immigration battle in Tucson, AZ. Local human rights lawyer Isabel Garcia illustrates how D.H.S. funnels migrants into the deadly Arizona desert. Activist Roberto Lovato reveals the truth about immigration crackdown and how it is big business for the prison industrial complex. Jasiri X, Invincible, Shining Soul and a group of artistic visionaries come together for a hip-hop/poetry cypher at the U.S./Mexico border before rocking crowds at a pro-migrant music and art jam.
Favianna Rodriguez and crew join the fearless riders of the Undocubus as they arrive in Charlotte, NC — while the media spotlight shines on the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Artist Julio Salgado explains why the Undocubus activists are there to protest. Later, as the city sleeps, Favianna and a team of artists hit the streets on a clandestine postering mission. As the Undocubus riders plan a direct action protest, artist César Maxit explains the butterfly art he has created to help them express their messages. Favianna, Rosario Dawson and a large crowd join Undocubus riders as they stage their dramatic sit-in street blockade designed to send a message to the President before he accepts his nomination for a 2nd term.
More Episodes of Voice of Art here: http://bit.ly/NPJfj7
Man, Animal and the Machines: Print Show
Friday Dec. 7. 5-10pm
33 Grand Ave, Oakland
This past Saturday (December 1st, 2012), True Modern set up a guerilla cocktail party inside The Carbon Warehouse. The abandoned ink factory housing Endless Canvas‘s SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012 Mural Exhibit provided a beautiful contrast to the custom Modernist furniture displayed at the cocktail party. As models served h’orderves, guests were given flash lights and encouraged to explore three stories of the post apocalyptic museum. It was pouring rain and the flooded floors turned into giant mirrors giving new life to the artwork. Water ran through the eyes of murals from floor to floor creating the Bay Area’s own Trevi Fountain. What I thought was going to be a simple furniture shoot turned into one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen.
The Breakroom Cafe
300 13th St. Oakland
Mon – Fri 10am – 3:30pm
Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery
362 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
This venue is AWESOME… don’t miss it…
Ras Terms was very recently involved in a car accident. The car he was in, along with his partner, was struck by a speeding car that was evading the police. The right side of his body is completely swollen. Terms is a full time artist and thus receives no benefits or insurance. You are the only community there is to help him pay for his medical bills and to assist him while he is not able to work.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 6:00pm – 12:00am
954 60th St., Oakland,Ca.
$5-10 donation at the door
Doors open at 6pm
Come early to buy artwork. All sales from the artwork goes to Terms
most of the artwork for sale is priced at $5 to $50
from all your favorites:
Terms, Gats, Safety First, Broke, Deadeyes, Turnip and more to be announced.
$10 special dinner served at 8pm (all proceed to Terms)
There will also be a movie shown that night at 8pm.
Donate now $5 , $10, $20 or $100
Anything at all helps!
The Council needs to hear from us again! The community prevailed when we raised our voices against similar cuts in October 2008. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN! The Oakland City Council considers a 50% Cut to Oakland Arts at a special budget session on Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7pm. This is one move closer towards the elimination of the Cultural Funding Program, the long-established, competitive City program to provide arts and cultural services with attendance over 1.4 million.
3 STEP CALL TO ACTION:
1. Get the Word Out! FORWARD this alert to constituents, colleagues, students, friends, families, neighbors, friends-of- friends– Or Share Facebook Alert
2. CALL, EMAIL or WRITE your Council Member NOW! You can make the difference- Cut & Paste sample text or write your own message (See Sample below); Remain Positive and Respectful in your communications. We need the Council’s support!
3. Be There April 1 at 7 pm! TAKE ACTION & MAKE A DIFFERENCE during the special City Council BUDGET MEETING at City Hall, Sign-up for speaker cards at the meeting or in advance online -Agenda Item tba.
***Strategy & Info Meeting at Pro Arts, Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 pm 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza at Oakland Art Gallery Learn about public comment at Council, sign-up for a speaker card, review talking points, and get your message to Council!
What’s at Stake: The City Council faces an unprecedented budget challenge. The additional proposed 50% cut to the Arts 1) is disproportionate to other City program cuts, 2) stands to cripple the arts sector, and 3) significantly reduces City tax revenues. Oakland is currently 13th in the nation for Arts Businesses per capita.
For every $1 the City invests in arts and culture, the City gets back $4 in fees, licenses and taxes. Nonprofit Arts in Oakland generate over $103 million in total gross annual economic activity and provide more than 5,000 jobs. The proposed cut means less revenue, more arts organizations closing their doors, loss of jobs and irreversible damage to the sector’s infrastructure. The Arts are a means of economic investment and renewal for Oakland! STOP
THE 50% ARTS CUT!
Supporting Documentation & Resources:
A. SAMPLE Letter/Email: Dear Council Member ________________, Oakland Arts are the means to Oakland’s economic renewal and are fundamental to our quality of life. It has come to my attention that the City Council is considering a disastrous and disproportionate 50% cut to the Cultural Funding Program. As a concerned citizen, I understand that difficult choices need to be made to ensure that essential services and infrastructure remain in place. I also understand that there are no easy solutions to our budget crisis. However, I believe a disproportionate cut to the arts exacerbates the crisis, cripples Oakland’s nationally ranked arts sector, and undermines our economic competitiveness,the compassion within our communities, and our investment in our future. I call upon you to mitigate the Arts cuts through a lens of equity and proportionality. Thank you for your leadership in investing in a better Oakland.
B. Council Contacts:
District 1, Jane Brunner, email@example.com, (510) 238-7001;
District 2, Pat Kernighan,firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 238-7002;
District 3, Nancy Nadel, email@example.com, (510) 238-7003;
District 4, Jean Quan, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 238-7004;
District 5, Ignacio de la Fuente. email@example.com, (510) 238-7005;
District 6, Desley Brooks, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 238-7006;
District 7, Larry Reid, email@example.com, (510) 238-7007
At-Large, Rebecca Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 238-7008
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C. Key Talking Points – Nonprofit Arts in Oakland:13th in the nation for Arts Businesses per capita. Generates over $103 million in economic activity Provides more than 5,000 jobs. Produces more than $ 4 million in revenue to local government Arts funding is a Low Cost Investment with High Economic and Cultural Return Arts are a means of community and cultural development Art serves public safety, violence prevention and saves lives Arts education contributes to academic success and increased skill development for youth Art generates revenue; If the arts decline then other businesses decline in a ripple effect.Oakland benefits from one of the largest artist populations in the country Art Cuts = Bad press for the City and undermine national and regional marketing campaigns
Additional Resources and References available online: http://www.proartsgallery.org/oaklandCulturalTrust/artsAction20100401.php
Community Organizing is our best option for ensuring the survival and sustainability of Oakland Arts. Please forward this email to friends, colleagues and mailing lists; the arts have strength in numbers.
Thank you for your support,
Chair, Oakland Cultural Trust
Mission: The Oakland Cultural Trust advocates for a vibrant, safe and sustainable Oakland by policies and action that support and nurture the vitality of Oakland artists and cultural organizations. More Info: http://proartsgallery.org/oaklandCulturalTrust
“Half Tooth, Half Pill”
9×12 inch canvas
Turnip aka Eat Roots, is a graffiti artist from Southern California who has been putting in a lot of work recently in the East Bay. You have probably seen their colorful roots around down town and west Oakland.
We are only offering this original piece for a limited time here… http://endlesscanvas.bigcartel.com/product/turnip-half-tooth-half-pill-original-painting