#Recovery (My Gallery Exhibit)

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December 18, 2014

Day 30 of #Recovery: #Detroit #Love. As cliché as the statement “if you can make it out of here, you can make it anywhere” sounds, it feels like it was a phrase custom made for #Detroiters. There’s NO PLACE like Detroit. I wouldn’t have wanted to be raised anywhere else on the planet. Although there’s a lot of #depression there, there’s even more to be proud of. I love watching and hearing about all of the new developments in my city, it’s an ongoing hope like none other. From the #Music, to the #Art, to the #Historical Neighborhoods, to the people, it’s a great city. Maybe it’s not as big of a host to #Celebrities, #Money, and #Entertainment as a lot of other cities, but that’s part of it’s greatness; it’s a city that breeds #Hustlers & #GoGetters. So, this one is my dedication to my city… a self-portrait of my city and me. I hope you enjoy.

December 16, 2014

Day 28 of #Recovery: #Loyalty & #Love Not a long story at all. Just what was on my mind at the moment. I grabbed my #SketchPad, doodled some little images as they came, scanned them into illustrator, traced them, added a #PaintBucket that I found, reworked and gave some threshold value to, threw the #ROSESandDAFFODILS color swatches on there, scribbled a background, and Boom, #FIN. Thank you all for coming, #GodBlessYou / #GoodNight.

December 14, 2014

 

 

Day 27 of #Recovery: #BlackLivesMatter #Awareness #Ribbon. This needs to go into effect. Not really the ribbon, but the awareness. This morning when I woke up, not sure what channel it was on, but there was a group of young black men speaking on the current issues of #injustice in our country. A country that is more so rightfully ours, we built it (for free / by demand), and still maintain it. I’m not racist by far, and I’m not putting blame on white people for the things that have been going on; the blame is completely on #America’s Justice System. It is clearly unfair, and proven to be unfair towards black people. The lack of indictments or any charges to these officers is insane! They’ve unrightfully killed people and got off scott free with it. While in turn, a teenage boy in Florida gets a definite 23 years in jail for killing a police dog. This is what they think of us… Clearly a dog’s life is worth more than the life of a black mans. Just my thought’s ladies & gentleman, just my thoughts.

December 14, 2014

Day 26 of #Recovery: #LaurynHill is the personification of #Talent. I was listening to #TheFugees #Vocab remix. It always takes me back to the first time I heard it. The content and styles that she contributed to the group is most of what made them #Legendary. She had a line on there where she said “I pay the toll fighting for my own soul / 'Cause the bourgeoisie type of mental sucks like a flat comb”… this was back when it was ok to include messages in a #HipHop song. The thing about her being a female emcee was cool… but that fact that she was better than mostly every other emcee in the industry in her era was the impressive part, and on top of that, she could sing… well. She’s also ranks #2 for most #Grammy nominations in one night. I could go on, and on, and on, but what’s the use? From what I see on #YouTube, she’s still performing here and there, dope! Lauryn is definitely one of those people on my #MustSee perform live list. I’m just taking today’s piece to acknowledge talent. Raw Talent. L. Boogie, Thank you.

December 13, 2014

Day 25 of #Recovery: #ChallengeYourself. Today has been a little bit of a challenge for me. I try to keep myself reminded that #God wont give me more than I can handle. Life is unknown, except for the present moment that you’re in… which you have TOTAL control over, don’t ever believe otherwise. This journey comes fully equipped with non-stop loops, turns, bumps, and falls. Sometimes, these obstacles make life seem hard, but you know the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemon Italian ice (or something like that)”… this is the challenge. Challenge your #beliefs, your #faith, your #love, your #ambition, your #skills, your knowing that God is always walking with you. So many things are made to make us feel like this life is hard, don’t believe that. Our life is a gift; embrace it, with all of its goods and bads. The unique part about challenging yourself is, it’s a win/win situation… so why not go for it? I hope you enjoy.

December 12, 2014

Day 24 of #Recovery: #CMYK #WOLF (Way Of Life Forever). I can’t really explain this one that well… but it’s how I feel. I love to #draw, I love #photography, I love #painting, I love #FashionDesign, but I’m a #DigitalArtist. It’s what I know the most. It’s what comes easiest to me. #Simple. I hope you enjoy.

December 10, 2014

Day 22 of #Recovery: #HappyBirthday #ReddFoxx. Today is the birthday of a legend. He has made all of us laugh. His comedy was so country, raw, and #IDGAF like. I used to love watching #SanfordAndSon just to hear classic lines like “I'm callin' you ugly, I could stick yo face in some dough and make some gorilla cookies.” So today’s piece is a birthday dedication, to the late/great Redd Foxx. If you’re not familiar with any of his material, you owe yourself some research. 

December 9, 2014

Day 21 of #Recovery: #BLANKSTARE What will we do when/if technology ends? There’s a little bit of irony in this piece, seeing how my work is being displayed via internet. However, I still question it, “What will we do when/if technology ends?”. I can almost surely say that more than 80% of the people in the world invest most of their day on technical devices. From #VideoGames, to our #CellPhones, to #Computers, to #Television, and on and on… #Technology has become somewhat of a #ghostly figure of #worship. We have become a generation that lives by it, like #Zombies. While this is all a part of #evolution, don’t forget, #God is still the reason for it all. He deserves some of that daily investment. Just write yourself a reminder to thank him everyday. I say #Alhamdulillah (All Praise and Thanks to God), some say #ThankGod, #PraiseJesus, some praise #Jehovah; what I’m saying is, whatever your faith is, just don’t let technology detour you from it. Remember, we live in a world with a system, a system that operates exactly how they want it to, and we subconsciously fall right into it, every time. Just stay aware. Peace & Love.

December 7, 2014

Day 20 of #Recovery: #UnHappyHolidays… these days haven’t been too happy. This is the first holiday season that I’ll spend without #MyFather. I know he’s sad about what’s happening down here. #TheUnitedStatesOfAmerica have been showing us their true colors lately. The lack of #justice being displayed has been a continuous thought since the murder trial of #MikeBrown. It’s like that started a chain reaction of televised “throw it in our face” #injustice. I told myself that I wasn’t going to keep doing pieces about this topic; however, I also said that this series would be daily installments of whatever is on my mind. My thought’s about cops in America is what it always has been, just a little more extreme now. If cops are going to continue to harass, beat, shoot, and kill us for no reason, then we might as well #ShootBack, it’s a “better safe than sorry” situation now. This is our lives, and just because you wear a badge, doesn’t make your life more important than ours. And even more important, it doesn’t give you authorization to take ours. Now most law abiding citizens can’t even #ChristmasShop without having to wonder if they’ll be stopped by an officer to ask, “what’s in the bag?” And before they even get the opportunity to show that it’s a train track for their child, #BANG… they’re shot and killed. #StopKillingUs #BlackLivesMatter #iCantBreathe   

December 7, 2014

Day 19 of #Recovery: #Mercy, Mercy Me… Things ain’t what they used to be. This piece doesn’t have much to do with anything in particular. The lyrics were just playing in my head. #MarvinGaye has always been one of my favorite singers. He projected so much #care in his music. A true to heart artist, who wanted to provide change. There’s not much more to go into this description. I just felt like doing this piece, just because. I hope you all enjoy. 

 

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