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.
Although it is not legal to declare this anymore in actual war, due to “The Laws of War“. I declare “Expect no Quarter” in my life as a metaphor for not quitting. No Mercy !!
I’ve spent quite a few nights at this legendary Lower East Side bar/art gallery called Max Fish. Out of the many places I’ve been to in this city, this is the one I feel the most at home. Thats why When I was asked about doing a show here I jumped at the opportunity. (second solo show ever, maybe last)
Max Fish is a Lower East Side institution, it has been serving cheap drinks back when Ludlow Street was nothing but dry goods stores and drug dealers. Now it’s all overpriced boutiques and frat boys, but Max remains, though the local clientele has been augmented by British tourists and PR girls. The big, high-ceilinged room has a pool table in the back, booths at both ends and a creative, ever-changing paint job pulling it all together. Many complain about how bright the bar is, but the light level allows you to appreciate each month’s art show and offers a fighting chance against beer goggles.
The NYPD and the owner keep making attempts to shut this historical Lower East Side bar down, for no good reason. For now bar remains open and a landmark of significance to NYC, in particular its Lower East Side. After over two decades, we hope it stays that way, open.
Im honored to show some of my watercolor paintings at Max Fish, And to have my big brother Stack Aly DJ the event.
Opening reception Feb. 21st 9 pm- on (178 Ludlow St, LES, New York City) is open to the public.
This one is a bit edgy with the upside down cross and stuff, but as you grow and go through life you learn to question the things that you may have been forced to believe as a youth. I wont get too deep in what I write here about this sheet. All I’ll say is I try to paint whats on my mind and in my heart. Seek truth.
(this is a 11″x14″ watercolor on Archer Paper)
A Little fun painting I did yesterday of the Pharaohs Horses. A fun spin on one of my favorite classic tattoo images. (Thanks MP)
Learn more about the original Pharaohs Horses