#Recovery (My Gallery Exhibit)

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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 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 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 6, 2014

Day 18 of #Recovery: Where would I be without #TheHipHopShop? I think about this pretty often. If you know anything about me, then you know my passion for #HipHop. When I was 14 years old, I was lucky enough to get hired at this incredible store (The Hip Hop Shop). I was hired by a guy named Jerome Mongo by a referral from the late/great #BigProof. I then met a #Mogul of #FashionDesign, #MauriceMalone (owner of The Hip Hop Shop). This is what fueled my desire to do design, and just be involved in a progressive scene. Maurice used to draw these little quick sketch characters of people around the store. I was also able to learn a little about fashion design from him, as I would check out in detail his denim sketches and how he would do all measurements, size/color/material callouts, etc. I even had the chance to go by his house on #Detroit’s #Westside and get a few lessons. Proof taught me how to network, and meet/gain clientele. He introduced me to Brother Johnnie Muhammad, who assisted me in getting all of the right tools that I needed to get started with design. Johnnie delivered over $5,000 worth of graphic design software to me, Proof bought me a zip drive and a gang of zip disk… it was go time. I would design flyers for the #OpenMic Saturdays at the shop and mid 90’s #StAndrews shows. Then I went on to designing #MixtapeCovers for local Dj’s and Artist… This was in the #Cassette era. I had the honor of meeting sooo many people, most of which I’m still in contact and close friendship with. I was a 14 year old kid trapped in the amusement of early stage #DetroitHipHop, #Eminem, #SlumVillage, #RoyceThe59, #D12, and the list goes on and on and on… I met #Elzhi there, he ended up going to the same school as me, along with the late #Bugz of D12. This was one of the best eras of my life, and I truly believe that it made me who I am today. #iMissTheHipHopShop.

 

#Vector Drawing from original photo by: @elroywill

December 4, 2014

Day 16 pt2 of #Recovery: I had to do a part 2, as today’s display of #NoJustice has been on my mind. Quoting #Jdilla from his song “F@#K The #Police”. Just #expressing how I feel. Here are a few lyrics from the song.

 

“And all a ni**a see in the news

Is cop corruption

Ni**as gettin popped for nothin’

And ni**as get stopped

And cops pull out glocks and buss’ em

Yall need to get shot for nothing!”

November 29, 2014

Day 12 of #Recovery: TRY TO #CARE. We live in a very #careless world, which is the number one cause of all negative things that surround us. #Caring isn't a difficult effort, in fact, it's a natural instinct that we were all born with. To not care is to consciously resist that instinct (in most cases). In other cases, amazingly, there are really a lot of #Heartless people on this #Earth. Today, I'm just thinking of everything that goes on in this world, and a lot of it is a result of #Carelessness. I just put in my request to #God for more #Care, #Love, and #Support. We need it. 

November 29, 2014

Day 11 of #Recovery: #MyFather, Winston David Butterfield was the best man ever invented. He passed on July 1st, 2014... He's now my #GuardianAngel, I feel him everyday. His spirit was with me during my surgery, just to keep and eye on everything and make sure they did everything right. He takes every step and every turn with me. For him, I will be more than ALL I can be, I will be #Magnificent! Daddy, I love you sooo much!!! I wear your necklace everyday, I keep you with me 24/7. You have always been my #Hero, I'm happy that it was you and mom who raised me, Y'all did the most perfect job. #iMissYou #iLoveYou #MyTeacher #MyHero #MyDaddy #Dad #Father

November 27, 2014

 

Day 10 of #Recovery: #HappyThanksgiving!!! I'll leave out the stories of #Squanto, slaves, lynching, etc. And focus on the important meaning that our modern world goes by. Today is a day to reflect on things that you're thankful for. The number one thing on my list will always be #God. No matter how tough life gets, I look back and remind myself, at least I have life, and a healthy one at that. There are so many people in this world who are fighting to survive, whether it be on actual life support, or sleeping on a bench in these cold winter days. We have so much to be #thankful for, and I believe that it starts with #Life & #God. 

 

November 27, 2014

Day 9 of #Recovery: Today I went for my surgery follow up... the doctor say's I'm doing pretty good. My recovery is going well, my spirits are a little less than that, seeing all that's going on with the publication's of our kids being shot and killed. There has to be some kind of #Change that is possible to put in action. #MarvinGaye said it best in one of his lines fom #InnerCItyBlues... "Crime is increasing / Trigger happy policing / Panic is spreading / God knows where, where we're heading" This is the world we live in. #TheyDontCareAboutUs #ItsNothingNew #RacismLives #NoJustice #SadButTrue

 

November 25, 2014

Day 8 of #Recovery: We live in a country where it isn't ok for us kill in defense, but it's totally perfect for us to be killed just for not walking on the sidewalk, possessing candy, speaking our mind, and being a minority/middle class. If the outcome of standing your ground, or simply doing act's of defense or innocence will conclude in you being killed, then I say SHOOT BACK, It's the only logical option. The Jim Crow Laws are still so very much alive, the only difference with the modern Jim Crow Laws than the 19th Century laws is they don't have a southern barrier, they're now nation wide. We as US Citizens will NEVER have power in this nation, no matter how much voting, picketing, rioting, or petitions we get signed. They do what they want. They kill who they want. They get away with it all. #TheyDontCareAboutUs #ItsNothingNew #RacismLives #NoJustice #SadButTrue

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