The MAAC Community Charter School in conjuntion with The Letter Series Present: The Kingz of Style 2017!
Join us for a day of live art, music, and fun! In an effort to help raise funds for MAAC Project Students, we are featuring some of the areas finest Graffiti Artists who will be rocking fresh pieces live for your viewing entertainment.
Location: MAAC Community Charter
1385 Third Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Hosted by Kahlee of #barsweekly
Sound and Music by Daks-ISA (UTK=SADK)
Wild Style Technicians
G Style Clothing
Battlegroundz 2015 is going down May 2nd, 2015! Come check out some of the area’s finest, including a handful of WST Crew members, painting live at the MAAC Community Charter School located at 1385 Third Ave, Chula Vista, Ca. 91911
I was asked a few months back if I would be interested in creating the official event and tee shirt artwork for Paint Louis 2014. Being familiar with some of the history behind the event made my decision a “no brainer” and I gladly accepted the challenge. I attempted to create a piece that was relatively easy to read, yet not watered down in any way stylistically. I also had to work with their color limitations for screen printing so I tried to keep the pallet to a minimum. I ended up going with a Gold, Navy, Black, and Lt Grey color scheme which is similar to their local NFL team’s colors. I also threw out a few more color options I liked for good measure. In the end, I believe they made some changes to the colors for their event tee which I am eager to see this weekend in person at the event this weekend.
Paint Louis is taking place from August 29th through Sept 1 in St. Louis, MO. If you are anywhere near the are, we encourage you to come out to check out all of the artwork and events that will be taking place this weekend. Saratoga Sake and myself will be there repping Wild Style Technicians along with our freind Unique ASK XMEN so feel free to stop by and say hi if you see us out there working!
I was extremely honored a couple of months back to be asked if I could help arrange a line up and help host Ironlak BBQ Burners San Diego to be held at Writerz Blok. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity as San Diego has been a bit slow on the number of events as of late and it’s something that I enjoy doing. Plus it was a great opportunity to get everyone out for a day of painting, music, and free BBQ! It took a while for us to get the date on the locked in on the calendar but with the help of Sergio from the Blok we got it done and the event took place August 16th, 2014. Some of the artists who painted that day include:
Pose 2 CBS
Sake 1 WST IBM
Unique Izzy WST
Arest WST Zone WST DazeRoc WST
Style TFL CBS
and Ewok MSK courtesy of Ironlak!
Overall, it was a great day of painting and BBQ with good people that will go down in San Diego Graffiti history. The Writerz Blok team of Sergio and Jose should be commended for their great work in hosting the event and managing the Ironlak paint and supplies for the artists. Also, a big thanks to DJ Kid Riz for bringing out the Turntables and Sound and in addition to lining up a few more DJ’s to keep it lively throughout the day. Lastyly, on behalf of Writerz Blok, the San Diego Hip Hop community, and all of the artists involved, and myself, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Ironlak for all of their support in helping bring BBQ Burners to San Diego!
I was very honored to have been able to have opportunity to help out a couple of good friends and crew mates execute their idea for a Tony Gwynn Mural Tribute. Tony Gwynn is a baseball legend and San Diego icon who was respected as much off as he was on the field for his craftsmanship, character, and loyalty to the City of San Diego. This project was spearheaded by Zone, who came up with the idea and Mr. Padre sketch, and Sake, who created the amazing Tony Gwynn portrait in addition to a lot of organizational, logistics, and media promotional work. I played a supporting role in helping to obtain some support for supplies from Ironak, WST, and Writerz Blok in addition to numerous digital mock ups, and numerous late nights of grunt work painting. Credit goes to Unique ASK XMEN for helping out with painting and to DazeRoc for also assisting with painting and video documentation of the project.
The entire process was an awesome experience of which to be a part. The scale of this mural made the project somewhat challenging but I’m very proud of how the team came together to make this vision a reality for the City of San Diego. Thank you to Rocco at Undisputed Gym for allowing us to use his building as canvas. And last but not least, we appreciate all of the support, financial and otherwise, and the tremendous feedback we’ve received in the process of creating this tribute!
A few of us got invited to do some live painting at Writerz Blok for the Society group from C3 Church who were having an event in the yard. I ended up finding some space on this wall next to Sake who was already painting when I arrived and Jest squeezed in on the end. Awesome way to spend a Thursday… Thanks to Writerz Blok for hooking up some Yardmaster and Ironlak so we could do our thing.
Ebik reached out a couple of weeks back to let me know he was coming down with a friend to San Diego to paint and asked if I wanted to join. I was glad to be able to accept the offer as I felt I needed to paint something anyway to kick things off for 2014. So as usual, I didn’t really plan anything in the way of colors and I didn’t have a completed sketch but I figured those minor details could be ironed out on the spot. I arrived at the Writerz Blok around mid afternoon and we met by Ebik shortly thereafter. We picked a prime location on the first wall and went to work buffing our spots. Ebik knocked his outline off the dome quickly and picked a color scheme that I agreed to try and match to a certain extent. Having to return back to LA the same day, Ebik completed his piece. I on the other hand took my sweet time trying to maximize my scraps to put together a decent fill and had to come back 5 days later to complete my piece as the Blok was closed for 4 days. Overall, I was pleased with the outcome and was happly to get in a couple of much needed painting sessions. Thanks to Ebik for dragging me out! Check out his work and follow him at @ureye on Instagram.
I took a little road trip this past weekend to paint with Ebik and Strae at the Venice Beach Art Walls. I have been wanting to paint there for some time so I was happy to receive the invite. We arrived at the wall around 1PM and thankfully there was still space so we went straight to work. About 4 relaxing hours later we were putting on the finishing touches and trying to get good flicks with our phones. Definitely a very different experience painting on the beach with a fresh ocean breeze but its something I could definitely get used to. Great day painting with good people. I’ll be back soon.
I am honored to be teaching a new Graffiti course at the Art Academy of San Diego beginning on January 11th. The beginning course runs for 7 weeks with an option to attend a second 7 week intermediate course. My initial plans are to have a heavy emphasis on lettering development, sketch and black book work followed by a few weeks of spray paint work and exercises with hands-on instruction. Some of the areas I plan on covering include: History, Terminology, Styles, Basic Styles, Bar Letters, Black Book Work, Hand Styles, Color Theory and the proper Use of Tools which all ultimately lead to the students being able to create their own styles and pieces.
I have taught and helped many aspiring artists in my 28 years as a Graffiti Writer. While many are able to grasp and execute the basic and relatively mechanical lettering concepts I instruct, only a handful have utilized the system as it should be used: as a stepping stool to creating more advanced and organic letter styles. People often say “you have to know the rules before you can break them”. Metaphorically speaking, I teach “the rules” in the hopes that one day you know them well enough that you can break them and have it go unnoticed.