August 24th, 2010
Heres A video that the Good Folks over at RVCA put together for me and the young comrade El MAC. This mural was made possible by RVCA, RIVERA & RIVERA, and Graphaids. Thank You all for your support in our pursuits. My man CUZBIRD helped me with this piece. Just recently he has been diagnosed with cancer, it was great seeing him in this video in better health, I hope for the best, your brother BlackBird.
July 26th, 2010
RETNA and EL MAC have teamed up for another mural, this time in Culver City. Their newest mural, titled Of Our Youth, can be seen on the side of Graphaids art supply store, on La Cienega between Jefferson and Washington.
The imagery and text used in this mural was inspired by their time spent at Skid Row, while painting their previous mural. The artists met a man by the name of Ralph Woodruff aka Chato and were inspired by this man’s past hardships, experiences and overall outlook on life. His ability to recognize his mistakes and atone for his sordid past was something that resonated with RETNA. The text which reads, “So today I’m trying to change a few things to rectify the situation of my past. So today I’m looking towards the future (of our youth highlighted)” is a quote taken from their conversation.
Photo Credit: Kohshin Finley
April 11th, 2010
November 20th, 2009
July 23rd, 2009
I just got back from hanging with the RVCA fam. I was invited to come paint the new training facility for the BJ PENN camp, as he is in the midst of training for his upcoming fight. It was an honor to come hang and paint a Roll Call of all the fighters and people who are affilated whom make everything possible down there. My VA motha LIZ ROC took care of me as always, and got to see George, KC, Kevin Ancell, Pm Tenore, and the rest of the RVCA players. I think I can move down to Costa Mesa / Newport one day, seems like a nice way of life.
It starts out ;
RVCA . VA . AWR. MSK. RVCA. VA. CLUB. CA
BJ PENN.JD PENN.REGAN PENN.PARILLO.UNCLE RUDY. TRACTOR. VITOR BELFORT. DR. G. SUGAR SHANE NELSON. IRON CHEF EVAN. KJ THE POET. PM TENORE. RICHIE RICH. VA . DIAZ BROS. LUCAS. MAKUA. LEO VIERO. RV. JOHNSTONE. FRANCO. ANTONI. HENRY. APPLE. KRON. YVES. GORMAN. PETE ROCK. PUNKER. BRADLER. EMERSON. MC CULLY, YOUNG SEF.
Then I painted a wall behind the ring that reads:
RVCA. WE ARE A BROTHERHOOD OF AN ANCIENT TRADITION OF OUR ANCESTORS WHO FIGHT WITH HONOR AND RESPECT FOR OUR ADVESARIES ALTHOUGH WE HAVE COME TO HUMBLE YOU. DONT TRIP. VA
BEHIND ME STAND A HUNDRED MEN, WARRIORS OF THE AGES, THROUGH OUT THE STAGES OF OUR LIVES, WE HAVE SPARRED AND BRAWLED OUR WAY TO VICTORY, WE STAND AS ONE TIMELESS MOVEMENT, NOW LETS BEGIN THE RITUAL OF OUR FATHERS AND BROS. MANO A MANO.
Then My friend Young Sonia, came to visit me and took me to chill on the beach and relax the mind.