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My homie Greg Bojorquez, who I really admire his work came by and hung out with us
every couple of days while Mac and I worked on this piece. There are many more great
photos which he took of the process and experience, but these are the only ones We are sharing at the moment. You can see more of Gregs work at www.mugshotphotography.com

A Day of Service

April 22nd, 2009

I was asked by my friend Ron Finley if I would go speak with students from La Salle Elementary School. His freind and Teacher of a 5th grade class there had recently seen the new mural Mac and I just did called The Knight, and some of her students had expressed interest in it as well. I called Frame and he came with me, and Rons good freind Zubari came and spoke as well. His photos follow. It was a pleasurable experience we talked about art and ways in order to follow what ever path it is that they feel most passionate about. Also Last Saturday I was visiting with a good friend of mine named Steve McKune whom is a councilor over at the ADC High Gain Project, and while I was there hanging out I was asked if Id be willing to go to Olympic High School continuation and speak about drugs and alcohol abuse, to these students. It took me a minute to actually commit to this one because of my own battles with abuse, but I realized that If i could help someone or just share with them a little bit of my life maybe they could relate and see that there is more to life than damaging your future or the lives of those whom love you. Ron, Zubari, Frame and my old friend Alex went with me, It was brief experience but it was well worth it and very fulfilling, It seems like not long ago I was a 5th grader all ready on my journey of graffiti, and a high school student who became a stoner which then led to other drugs and alcohol abuse. I am no better nor worse than any other human being in this world, and I have come to appreciate the great people in my life and feel honored to speak to the bright future of America and offer words of encouragement and support and understanding that we are all in this together, each one of us just has to do our part. I learn a lot about myself in the process so i want to say Thank You.

Here are a few snaps Zubari and Alex Cantarero took of both schools which took place yesterday..

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This was a wall that SABER REVOK MAC and Myself did in Brooklyn NY.

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Taken from Knowngallery.com

The Seventh Letter crew members RETNA and THE MAC recently did this amazing wall in Miami that Barneys New York used for their newest COOP catalog. Be on the look out for upcoming projects with RETNA, THE MAC and Barneys New York.

I recently went down to go chill with the southern birds they let me play in their ocean for a bit here are a few snaps….Got to see the Fam Ewok, Liz ROC, Mr. Tenore, Dmote, Cricket, Kelsey Brooks, and the rest of the RVCA camp..


RETNA at RVCA from RVCA on Vimeo.

Here are a few snaps of some good freinds. If you ever wondered where I learned my style from, the gig is up, Here is the man behind the curtain Mr. Aidan, and his young Sis Ms. Demi,  yes ladies and gentlemen hes been secretly designing my peices for some time now.  Check out these letter forms he has … watch out you see that E with the lil Hat? thats fire…He was showing me the new MSK styles i gotta Rock… I love it…. Im a have to borrow that one…  The lil pooch who looks like the cow is the boss with his one eyed partner in crime.  Thank you Candie and Shakuntala for keeping the inspiration alive.

Mac and I just finished this installation for Taylor now a good friend, He expressed what interest him and we took his thoughts and ran with it from there.  This was the end of a 3 week run with Mac out here right after we did The Knight.

From Mac: “This is a mural Retna and I just painted in Los Angeles called Memento Mori. This is a Latin phrase meaning ‘be mindful of death’ and can be translated as ‘remember that you are mortal’ or ‘remember that you must die. That could seem a little grim, but the point is really to encourage us to properly value and make the most of our time here.”

Mac continues, “I painted the figure and Retna did all the rest.  Retna’s lettering in the background is from a pre-Hispanic Nahuatl/Azteca poem:

Must I go like the flowers that perish?
Will nothing remain of my name?
Nothing of my fame here on Earth?
At least my flowers, at least my songs.
Earth is the region of the fleeting moment…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

We played him Spanish music, some Black Sabbath, some old Jazz n a lil 2pac and we reminisced about old friends we have lost, and sprinkled him with love.

Today I play it a lil Beatles.

Yesterday,
All my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I’m not half the man I used to be,
There’s a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Thank you to everyone who always find a way into our lives to encourage us to stay diligent and true to the heart..

Peace Brothers and Sisters…. Que Dios Te Bendiga



THE KNIGHT

The text reads:

“SOMOS LOS NINOS DE LA CALLE BAGO QUE QUEREMOS
LA BARRIOS DE EL MUNDO, UN DIA TODOS VAMOS A REGRESAR,
A REGRESAR A RECOGER MI GENTE QUE AMOS PERDIDO AQUI…”

On the right:

“MOTHER MOTHER THERES TO MANY OF YOU CRYING. BROTHER BROTHER THERES TO MANY OF YOU DYING YOU KNOW WEVE GOT TO FIND A WAY TO BRING SOME LOVE.”

The Brim on the hat reads:

“FOR ONLY LOVE CAN CONQUER HATE.”

THANK YOU

Photos by Ron Finley

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