Monday, May 2, 2011

Famous Four Colors Show. Friday, May 6th. Oakland, CA.

Pretty excited about the show opening this Friday, May 6th at the brand new Famous Four Colors gallery space in Oakland.  I will have 2 exclusive prints available in limited amounts. Unfortunately, due to my recent schedule, I won't have any original work but the rest of the artists in the show will more than make up for it. They're all great. If you're in the area, please show up and show support for a local business that's busting their asses.

Come view local Art and participate in hands-on screen-printing!

Our goal is to educate the public in the art of screen-printing, while providing a medium for local artists to display their work. As well as creating a platform for artists, w...e aim to engage youth in the skills of artisan entrepreneurship via education and mentoring.

The Famous Four Colors Screen Print Collective is opening a permanent spacious gallery in the front of our industrial screen-printing shop in downtown Oakland — original fine art will be featured, as well as screen-printed replications of that art on posters and clothing.

The gallery is opening Friday May 6th with new works from Sirron Norris, MR. Shane Jessup, Tim Diet, Ray Robinson, Orly Locquiao, Marcos LaFarga and Daniel Albrigo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

New York Adorned "Tradition".

A lot of people that know me really well probably don't even know that I was 'training' to tattoo before I got in to computers and graphic work (unless they're cursed with my permanent markings). I probably only did about 25 tattoos total but only a few of them were what I should have been attempting. I'm not much of a 'what-if' kind of guy but seeing so many of my friends move in to the tattoo field and excelling beyond comprehension, along with questioning if I want to sit in front of a computer all day anymore, it has been coming up a lot lately as an internal dialogue. This video brought up a lot of those questions again.

NY Adorned “Tradition” from Evan Owen Dennis on Vimeo.

I couldn't afford to go to college. Actually, take that back. I guess I could have made it work, plenty of people do, but I didn't care or even wanted to think how to plan out the rest of my life and drop a lot of money on it at age 18. I was young and out of high school, last thing on my mind was going back to school. I loved and only focused on graffiti for years while managing a skate shop and running a graffiti mail order company out of there, which spawned Phantom Magazine, delivering pizzas, then on to office supplies while I saved up to buy a computer. I was given 2 paths at an important time in my life: continue to learn to tattoo, or take a job at Santa Cruz Skateboards in the Art Department, which is a dream come true to a small town Texas boy that loved nothing more than skateboarding, even though I was definitely a beginner and had plenty to learn in any design world (and still am). I did both for a couple of months, heading to the tattoo shop after work but it didn't last too long. I found my place, my peers, and was able to work with my heroes. Those heroes included the skateboarders I worked with and the people in the Art Department. Those people brought me to wherever I am now and I love them for it.

Back to the video. I knew the name NY Adorned for years before I moved to our horrible apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with DIET, SLIE, and J. Lee. Shortly after I met Daniel Santoro, and he eventually tattooed me at their East Village location. It was a great experience, hanging out on the back patio and catching up during breaks from our Permanent Vacation session. Adorned eventually opened up a Brooklyn location and I'd like to thank them for the block parties they threw on hot summer afternoons, those are some great Brooklyn memories. Daniel has moved on to Smith Street Tattoo in Brooklyn that holds an incredibly impressive roster and you should check them out when you can. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The History of American Graffiti Book Launch.

Well its finally out and getting a lot of good feedback. Everyone involved worked really hard on this project and I'm proud to finally have it sitting on my coffee table. To coincide with the Art in the Streets exhibit opening at MoCA Los Angeles on Sunday, there is going to be a book launch and author signing. A lot of the artists featured in the book will be in attendance. You definitely don't want to miss this.

If you can't make it on Sunday, you can always pick it up over here. See you this weekend!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Music Post.

Recent releases that I have in constant rotation at the time being. Things are looking up again for hip hop music.

First up: Action Bronson. This album, Dr. Lecter, blew me away. Can't stop listening. The homie Mr. Kiji did the cover art, too. Favorite track = None, I like the whole album equally.


Next: Pharoahe Monch. One of my top 5 favorites of all time. New album is titled, W.A.R. (We Are Rengades). Favorite track = Assassins ft. Jean Grey and Royce 5'9".

Pusha T dropped a new mixtape titled, Fear of God. Can't front, excited for everything he drops. Download it over here at Favorite track = I Still Wanna Rock ft. Rick Ross & Ab-Liva.

Finally, for today at least: Big K.R.I.T.. I've been putting off checking him out for a while now and I'm kicking myself for it. Big K.R.I.T. just dropped a free mixtape titled, Return of 4eva. Do yourself a favor and go download it at Another old homie, Eric Bailey did the cover for him. Favorite track = Sookie Now ft. David Banner.

Friday, February 4, 2011

These Friends 2. Tonight!

Friday, February 4th is the 1 year anniversary celebration of THIS Los Angeles over in Highland Park. I'm pretty happy to be included in the celebratory show. Great group of people running a great space doing great things. Make sure to keep checking their blog, they've been updating daily with introductions to each artist in the show.

Had a chance to check out the show last night and they've really outdone themselves this time. 110 artists! See you tonight!

Super slick new reel from Scien and Klor over at 123Klan. Color me impressed!