It was an absolute honor to be invited to paint at the first aWall Festival in the Bird Road Arts District in South Miami. This was an unbelievable experience for me - painting, hanging out, learning from, and being inspired by all the other artists involved. Huge thanks to Registered Artist for organizing the event and bringing me into the mix!
This may have been the best Thanksgiving ever! I was invited, among 20+ amazing artists, to paint murals and transform Ft. Lauderdale's former city hall building. My family was in town and were able to share in the experience and paint with me!!
Wynwood has been a huge inspiration to me and the pieces all over the walls there are from some of my absolute favorite artists. Painting there for the first time was a little nerve wracking since I'm generally full of doubt about my work, especially when it's surrounded by work from masters. The support and enthusiasm from everyone as I was painting quickly made that nervous feeling go away and made the experience something I will never forget!! This is right across from Panther Coffee in Wynwood - on NW 2ne Ave, just before 24th St.
In an effort to create unexpected beauty without being destructive, I started painting my own street signs and putting them up in places that compliment the environment or serve as a distraction in an otherwise mundane setting.
Getting to be a part of The Jax Kid's Mural Project's annual event and paint at the legendary Kona Skatepark is something I will never forget! This was by far the most fun and positive event I've ever been to - 3,500 people came out to paint, skate, see live music, and raise money for the Jax Kid's Mural Project and help the underserved youth of Jacksonville. A huge thank you goes to out to Nico, one of my favorite artists and founder of the project, and the whole crew for bringing me in and making it feel like home!
I was selected as one of the featured artists to be displayed on a pillar downtown. This was part of an initiative to bring more life to the downtown area of Miami by turning the parking lots on Biscayne into a park with tons of amazing events for 3 weeks.
My work was used to display how Snapchat's new Lens Studio could be used! If you use Snapchat - check it out here!
As a massive reggae fan, this was an honor to create, and was even more amazing to finally collaborate with one of my favorite gig poster artists and friend Nathaniel Deas. Everything about this is very special to me, not just getting to create something for with Lee "Scratch" Perry, who's influence on music and creativity is unmatched, but creating something with Nate, he has been a huge influence to me and had a huge role in my journey into creating art outside of day jobs.
Walking around this abandoned historic building on my street I saw some little drawings and messages that inspired me to come back paint a mural. While I was painting, a family came up to me and was really excited about what I was painting, especially the son, so I gave him some brushes and he started painting too. After talking for awhile it turns out he's a digital artist too and was the one who put the drawings and messages that inspired me in the first place!
The building has since been destroyed - I think they're putting up condos.
Craft Food & Beer is a delicious restaurant in Little Haiti - I had a ton of fun painting their walls and hanging out with everyone. Check the place out - the food is amazing and there is also an unbelievable mural by Nico on the outside of the building!
Working with the Youth Concept Gallery has been the absolute best way to use my art to help, create extremely meaningful connects, and has taught me so much. Learn more about the project here: How Art Is Transforming a Facility for Miami's At-Risk Youth
I've always been a firm believer in finding any way possible to do the kind creative work you want to be doing. No one is ever going to ask you to do something you've never done before. You have to hire yourself.
After finding the art style I loved to work in, I wanted to start painting murals, but had never done it before so I used my own apartment as a canvas. This was the first time I was ever happy with something I created right after finishing it and got started me on the path I'm on today.
The side of Lincoln's Beard Brewery in Miami has one of the best collections of Miami artists in one place - not only is it an honor to be on the same wall as some of my friends and heroes, but it's at my favorite brewery in Miami!
I created these installations for the first annual GroundUP Music Festival in Miami. Was pretty amazing to see people surrounded and interacting with by my artwork while watching some of my favorite bands play - even though I nearly destroyed my apartment painting them!
Umphrey's McGee are one of my favorite bands so I used an upcoming show of theirs as a test to learn how to translate my painting style into screen printing. Once I figured it out and got the art into where I wanted it, I sent it to the band and they hired me and used it for the offical poster! Once they we're printed, my friend and amazing photographer Shaun Jay and I had some fun getting photos of the print.
After painting my apartment, friends and friends of friends started reaching out to me to paint there places as well. This was a ton of fun to paint because it was the first time I'd been to my friend's new apartment but her living room was already full of stuff that was almost the exact colors I planned to use!
Had an amazing time painting live at the Miami Heat's annual Family Festival to help the Miami Heat Foundation.