Love this Dan Smith print “Hide Your Heart” Happy Valentines Day.
“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.
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.