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.
I suddenly picked up an urge to venture into photography. I enjoy going visiting different stadiums. I’m interested in street art and enjoy showing support to all those who create.
(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.
The inside of GCS Pomona mostly had art work by Rime because he was the headliner of the event.
(Above: Saber, me and Revok)
(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)
I used to be accustomed to skin fades with the barber using two inch shear guards attached to the clippers to give me a short length on top. After the basis of my haircuts I preferred the barber to use the Wahl professional 5 star bump free shaver / shaper or a Phillips Norelco electric shaver to give me a true skin fade. I used to get conservative haircuts but sometimes I think to myself why not try something different and unique. I have been to a few barbers in the past but I become loyal to the ones that are knowledgeable on how to cut hair. Finding a good barber is a trial and error experience, usually for most people unless you have been referred by someone you trust.
I go to a barber shop known as Barbers By Design located at 7542 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL. 33614.
I reside in New Port Richey, FL. and I drive an about an hour away to Tampa to get my haircut because I do not trust barbers in my town. I do not feel like going through another trial and error experience because sometimes the barbers don’t understand how to cut hair to my standards. My barber is Luis Oliveras he’s a barber at night and a main barber instructor at Shear Excellence Hair Academy during the day he teaches students interested in getting a certified barber’s license. Oliveras asked me if he can use my head to practice designs so he could improve on his skills and build his portfolio. I agreed and he started to do some wild freestyle designs that I thought looked real good.
(All photo’s below were taken by Luis Oliveras he has granted permission to use the pictures.)
(above: Same hair cut as the first design by Oliveras, showing different angles of my head.)
(above: A unique idea that was thought out within minutes by Oliveras.)
(above: Oliveras started using the internet to gain ideas and to try to mimic other designs he discovered online and tried to change things up a little bit.)
(Above: Oliveras, uses different shear guards to fade the design.)
(Above: Oliveras, saw a concept of another barber online using a mirror to take a picture showing both sides of the haircut in one picture.)
Why not step outside of the boundaries and do something different. After Oliveras performed designs on my head he has gained a steady customer base of people coming in for designs to include kids, teens, adults, men and women.
Oliveras has an Instagram account that showcases a large portion of his work, his page is unfortunately private but he can be followed by going to the following hyperlink: https://instagram.com/bambamthebarber/
8(Above:Poster from Twenty-six’s opening reception)
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.
(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.
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.
Support underground art, subscribe to Juxtapoz and research street artists. Observe every color, line and detail created by artists.
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.”
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.
(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.