Last night I was lucky enough to be a part of a historic art show involving over 100 hand painted wooden crosses. The art show included some of my dearest friends and some of my favorite artist. I want to thank my friend Franco of Vatican Studios for including me in such a special event. Here’s my piece.
This Oceanside California surfer girl painting was one I whipped up for the Oil and Water 2nd annual art show, that was held in downtown San Diego last night, I wish I could have been there to see all the amazing things my friends did for the show. I was honored to have a small piece in it along side artist of such giant talent.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfit. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do, is ignore them because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs RIP (Advertisement from Apple Computer, adapted from the writings of Jack Kerouac
A painting for my friend Stephen
I had such a short trip last weekend to Miami, and the main reason of the trip was to go to support my friend Chris Nunez with his new tattoo shop opening. Hand Crafted But it was Art Basel that weekend and I got to pull away for a bit to check out the “Wynwood” district which always has amazing walls painted by some of the most talented graffiti and street artist, I really like this one, strong message.
“The wolves will stop at nothing to get at that which is most precious to you, it is up to you to protected it”
When I started tattooing, Dave Gibson, Morgwn Pennypacker, and Milford Barnes all helped teach me a thing or two about painting with watercolors. To me its like exercising, you want bigger muscles work out more, you want to be a more efficient tattooer, draw and paint more. The medium I paint with is similar to the way tattoo ink works in the skin, not as many variables as skin of course, but similar. Just as painting random images without deep purpose or meaning is great and I do that often, sometimes I get all emo and paint. This painting here is one of those times, it represents the feeling I have about my last break up, I loved the girl completely, and it broke my heart to break hers. Also the yellow rose represents; a promise of a new beginning, jealousy, and “I care”. I’m a big fan of symbolism and incorporate it into my paintings perhaps much more often then noticed.