#Recovery (My Gallery Exhibit)

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December 17, 2014

Day 29 of #Recovery: #KobeBryant over #MichaelJordan? How? Because the #statistics say so? Yeah, ok. In this matter, until you control an era in sports, have a complete country of children eating their #Wheaties and practicing to be like you, you’re not the best. #JustMyThoughts. I’m not saying #Kobe isn’t good, I’m just saying, #Mike is #TheBar. Hope you enjoy.

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 11, 2014

Day 23 of #Recovery: Aye, it’s everyone’s favorite game, #Monotony. A dedication to all of the #Followers, thank you for not being #Leaders, it guarantees my spot in this world. There are so many people in the world who are complacent with the way things are, change isn’t even an idea. It becomes Monkey See, Monkey Do, which is a very sad way to live “your” life. The key word in that last sentence is “your”… It’s yours, so give it your own theme, your own platform, your own meaning. There are presets and templates for life; I refuse to use any of them. I paint my own canvas, and the colors are a custom mix. Create your own colors, or remain monotonous, doesn’t matter either way to me, #clones can be happy too (I guess). I won’t go too deep into this piece… From here, it kinda speaks for itself. 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 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 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 of #Recovery: #JayWalk #ColorOutsideTheLines. Today’s piece sort of has a double meaning as to why I did it. I wanted to do something with shapes and that’s kind of outside of my character as an artist. I believe as an artist, there shouldn’t be any lines. So if I want to do something very in depth one day, and something extremely simple the next, it should be ok… I’m allowed to. We all are allowed to do what we want, to do what we feel. Our only restriction is our own doubt or fear. The other meaning kind of revolves around what’s going on in #America (aka #Amerikkka) today. I kind of feel less and less like abiding by the “systems” rules. I feel like #JayWalking… without the risk of being #shot, #choked, or #beat for it. I feel more and more like having my rights. My rights to be a #human, to be #equal, to be #free, to #express myself… and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. P.S. My surgery incision is healing pretty well.  

 

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