Artwork for Summertime 06′

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The talks and praise of Long Beach rapper Vince Staples have been fully realized in his debut studio album Summertime 06′, which drops June 30th. It is one of the year’s best releases so far; it is a tale that brings you into a glimpse into his world, almost an origin story to one of the artist whose unapologetic deconstruction of ‘gangsta rap’ is unrelenting, poignant, intelligent social commentary. His music goes to police brutality, sex, gang violence, poverty, classicism, the struggle of black people, without dipping into the realm of preachy heavy handedness that you’d expect of such a layered work. He doesn’t attempt to glorify the realities and brutality of gang violence of his neighborhood or upbringing like how trap music has been doing recently. Nor does he attempt to chastise the hood he comes from or renounce it. He sits on an in-between of commentary and personal vulnerability that I can only compare to an act such as Killer Mike and Chance the Rapper. Even acts like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, two astounding rappers who speak consciously, don’t reach the balance and delivery of Vince Staples, and they are considered two of the greatest rappers of this generation.

Alot of fans, critics, and hip hop artist hope that Vince Staples is the future of hip hop music, and I honestly hope he is. It’s refreshing because he stands on his own and if he collaborates with fellow artists such as Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Jhene Aiko, or Common, he always delivers a standout performance. The recognition has been a long time coming for the rapper and I fully support his work. Pre-order his album Summertime 06 here.

Keep scribbling.

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Dope Illustration

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Last night- well technically, Friday night because it’s 2am on a Sunday- a few friends and I saw the film Dope, which was spectacular. The Rick Famuyiwa film is a coming-of-age story set in Inglewood, California about a trio of college bound high school geeks who get involved in a plethora of crazy shit after deciding to go to a drug dealer’s birthday party.

The cast is spectacular, the storyline is part comedy, part drama, and part romance, with a really good message about being yourself and is as if Pharrell Williams, Superbad, House Party, Breaking Bad, The Wood, Spike Lee, and John Hughes had a baby. And yet, it is still a vibrant, original film that stands on its own. I haven’t enjoyed a film on this level since Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and it’s up there with my favorite teen comedies (Superbad, Scott Pilgrim, 16 Candles, Heathers, Napoleon Dynamite, ATL, etc.)

It’s relatable to me on a personal level. I never was heavily influenced by one sub-culture (in the case of Malcolm played by Shameik Moore, it’s 90s hip hop fashion and music) but skate culture, 90s punk, 60s fashion, anime, manga 80s punk,90s hip hop, and 60s rock are part of the components that make me.  And I appreciate that film went beyond just having the geek character and making his character (and actually every character in the film) more complex and giving a social background to the comedy, drama, and character development.  I’m grateful for films like this because showcasing non-stereotypical characters and being inventive in film not just for the social commentary, but for the inventiveness. For the most part, I don’t like calling my work fan art for purely arrogant reasons, but this is a fan art. I wholeheartedly support this film and despite being broke, I’m going to take more friends to go see this.

Go see Dope in theaters.

hackxsack for sale

No, this does mean my body, my moniker, or my site domain is for sale, it just means some my artwork is for sale. Although….if you have a good deal to sell my body I may consider it…just kidding…maybe.

Where can you find it? No where because this is just another announcement to annoy you all, so you know it’ll be out soon.

So what can you do until the etsy, society6, and amazon websites are out?

(Go to more professionally done websites with better artwork?) No, just look at my other sites to look at my other work and be sure to give feedback in the form of hearts and pluses and thumbs and soon you can convert those hearts, pluses, and thumbs into money.

Here are a few illustrations I’ve been finishing up that I’ll be posting up on my various websites to sell. I’d love to get feedback, even if you don’t have money to buy it, likes and comments are free.

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You can check a few more of them here at my tumblr blog and feel free to add me. I’ll follow you as well. Probably.

You can also find more of my work here for my portfolio page. You can message me on my twitter or instagram for feedback and artwork you’d like to see on my page.

the secret springs of the mountain

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A painting I did using gouache, Prismacolor pens, and micron pens. The gouache had a heavy amount of water, which gave it a watercolor look to it.  This was inspired by one of my favorite artists, Gala Bent and math rock music such as Giraffes? Giraffes!, Redneck Manifesto, Toe, and other bands  whose names are too unnecessarily long for my short attention span to remember off the top of my head,