#Recovery (My Gallery Exhibit)

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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 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 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.  

 

December 2, 2014

Day 14 of #Recovery: I'm still not 100%, however I have been given the release from my surgeon to go back to #work (my #dayjob). It felt good to go back, it felt good to be #able to go back to work. Today was day one of work & recovery project in the same day, along with all the other little tasks that I take on. I think this piece is pretty cool... it's #simple, it delivers the #message, and that's it. Oh yeah, I think it's cool how the slant of the keyboard gives the #illusion of the frame being crooked. I hope that the post isn't too small to read. Thanks again for all of your support. 

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