“PAINT IT FORWARD”

Spring has arrived, family and friends will soon flock to the sunny beaches in Fla. Tourists from around the world will come explore what our state has to offer.

Tampa has an abundance of sports, concerts, festivals and the arts are also on the rise.

Now thru April 7, 2017 visit Cass Contemporary located at 2722 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629 to see works of art by: BASK, Tristan Eaton, Gregory Siff, Buff Monster, The London Police and many more established and upcoming artists.

To learn more about Cass Contemporary please visit: http://www.casscontemporary.com/

Scroll below to preview the opening of “PAINT IT FORWARD.”

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FADER CASS.jpg (Above) DJ Fader

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(Above) BASK

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(Above) Killer Acid

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(Above) The London Police

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(All photos are my property all art work is respected to every individual artist.)

 

Internship with USF Athletics

This spring I intend to graduate from the University of South Florida.  I have gained an abundance of experience at USF.  I am majoring in advertising; however, I do not know if I will seek advertising as a career choice. I began to find a passion for (production) photography and videography. I enjoy telling stories and creating emotion with digital multimedia.  I have taken on an internship with the USF Athletics department and have had the opportunity to get behind the camera more to gain experience.  The internship is helping me be more proficient in the use of Adobe CC.  I’m excited to be so close to graduation and to venture into life’s new adventures.  I enjoy shooting film and producing and editing content for others to view.  Please feel free to watch the following video that I created for the  USF Men’s Tennis team.

Unexpectedly Walking Into a Building to Find Some of the Best Street Artists Under One Roof.

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(Images above are from the opening reception for Rime featuring the MSK crew. The image is a sticker.)

I’ll never forget the day that I went with my cousin Jose Torres, to do some urban exploration in Los Angeles, Calif. I attended Rime‘s opening reception on accident. I didn’t even know there was an event going on.

As I entered into Galeria Con Safos, which goes by a shortened name known as GCS Pomona located at 168 West Third Street. Pomona, Calif. 91766. People were drawing in their black book’s there was lots of alcohol flowing around. It felt like a huge house party but with prolific artists all around me. The date was Feb. 14, 2009.

(All images for this blog are mine.)

I didn’t believe my eyes when I saw the majority of the MSK crew to include Saber, Augor, Rime, Ewok, Zane and probably more that I didn’t recognize at the time. I suddenly immersed into my surroundings and my adrenaline was pumping through my veins because I was in a building with some of LA’s most notorious street artists. I was able to talk to each artist individually on a one-on-one basis. I purchased a shirt from Rime which he signed with a sharpie marker and i purchased a silk screen print from him as well that is numbered 48/100.

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(Above Revok)

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(Above Saber)

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(Above Zane)

The inside of GCS Pomona mostly had art work by Rime because he was the headliner of the event.

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(Above: Saber, me and Revok)

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(Above Rime told me to hold my hands like the character he painted.)

I feel that living on the West Coast exploring galleries, seeking urban art, observing arts in general to include architecture and sculptures was something that made me feel alive and free. I felt in a way that I was growing, meeting new people, socializing with like minded individuals. Anybody who experiences the West Coast and comes back to the East Coast or vice versa I’m sure they will experience a culture shock. There is a huge difference overall between the weather, the people’s attitudes, the demographics, the arts, the food, the nightlife, the lifestyle and so on. I’m happy to say I have had a taste of both world’s. I’m interested in experiencing more that the world has to offer and wish to travel to seek unique arts.

(All images are my property)

TWENTY-SIX

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Twenty-six is a graffiti art solo exhibition by a street art legend known as Risk.

Opening day for the event was set  on Dec. 13, 2008 at Track 16 Gallery Located in Santa Monica, CA.

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(Above Image: Spray paint and marker on glass, spectators see this image first as they walk into the Track 16 Gallery.)

 Twenty-Six was a unique, down to earth, West Coast style underground art exhibition. It showcased all 26 letters of the alphabet created by Risk and each individual letter had its own canvas. I felt the instant rush of an underground California style culture emerging upon me as I entered the gallery.  Many well-known artists were in the building from around the world supporting Risk‘s first solo show. It was phenomenal. Pictures do not make up for the vibrant energy flowing through the gallery. Artists were collaborating with other artists, the disc jockey was spinning up turntables using old-school vinyl records.  It was an epic night to say the least and one that I will never forget.  As one walks into the gallery they instantly see abstract creations that are difficult to fathom. Risk didn’t do the ordinary and  just paint the canvases on the walls, he painted beyond the canvases and onto the walls and onto the floor in some instances.  It really reminded me of thinking outside the box, but in a literal fashion.

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My favorite magazine of all time is Juxtapoz. (seen below) Juxtapoz is an art and culture magazine.  Every month Juxtapoz covers events around the globe.  Surprisingly I discovered Juxtapoz included Risk‘s event that I attended in issue number 98 with the publish date of March 2009.

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Support underground art, subscribe to Juxtapoz and research street artists. Observe every color, line and detail created by artists.

Urban Art Attack!

Urban arts have been sprawling across many regions in the bay area lately.  Some people view a splash of color on a wall and take it in as destruction, while others view it as expressive art.  Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder.  Local artists have decided to organize events throughout the Tampa Bay region they have created a unique show in Ybor City, Florida at a local venue called MF ARTS Ybor. The event took place on May 30, 2015 and was titled “ALL YOU SEE IS.”

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The turnouts of these pop up events have been really successful luring in hundreds of people showing interest in a local art explosion.

Local vandal / worldwide graffiti artist known as Bask is currently being commissioned $100,000 by the City of Tampa to create murals at the William F. Poe Parking Garage on Ashley Drive. Bask has a parking garage as a playground to experiment with and create something visually stunning for the residents of Tampa.

Bask has traveled the world and has helped organize events such as the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival.

Advertisement for Shine Mural Festival
Advertisement for Shine Mural Festival featured in Juxtapoz Magazine.

Bask and Pale Horse

(Above: Bask left. Pale Horse right,St. Petersburg, Florida.)

There is a movement taking place in the city of Tampa and people are finally accepting the arts into the community.  It’s exciting and its great to see people finally come together.

If anyone is interested to view murals from well known artists around the globe. I highly recommend that you visit St. Petersburg, Florida and follow the Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival map to see some really creative pieces of work.

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Greg Mike. Shine Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Shark Toof. Shine Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida.