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We spent the last two days scavenging burnt down and abandoned buildings for materials and luckily haven’t run into any serious trouble. One of the gems (or “honey pots,” as Bask calls them) that we found was Eastown Theater, where we found the mother load of perfectly worn wood panels. The theater, which opened in 1930 and housed some of rock and roll’s finest, such as Alice Cooper, the Doors, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead, was quite spectacular and I can only imagine how rad the theater’s energy must have been at its peak. Many thanks to Bask and 1xRun‘s Mike Popso, who helped me score some critical loot and for making it quite the adventure!

Photography by Miya Tsukazaki.

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I finally arrived in Detroit for my month-long residency with 1xRun. It was a mixture of apprehension and excitement coming to this notorious city, which already exhibits a lot of activity and potential for the arts. The DIY culture flourishes here, perhaps where greed and industry has failed. It was great to time my arrival with the homie Bask (who I collaborated with on the ‘Iron Pueo‘ mural at POW! WOW! HAWAII this year) and the opening of his solo show, ‘Location, Location, Location’ with Inner State Gallery . I’m looking forward to the productivity, adventures, and new experiences in the month ahead!

Photography of Bask’s ‘Location, Location, Location’ by 12ozProphet. All other photography by Miya Tsukazaki and myself.

PangeaSeed Presents – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a ground-breaking street art project created by PangeaSeed to bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe. By collaborating with internationally renowned artists, we create large-scale murals that focus attention on pressing environmental issues the oceans are facing.

In collaboration with our friends at 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila,World Art Destination and Juxtapoz Latin America we embarked on our biggest Sea Walls project yet. We’ve invited some of today’s most talented and renowned contemporary street artists to join us on our first-ever Sea Walls expedition.

The mission of the expedition is to offer these artists the opportunity to swim with and study endangered whale sharks and oceanic manta rays off the coast of the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico from July 20-28, 2014. Inspired by their interactions with these majestic giants in the wild, the artists created a series of large-scale public murals on the island to help educate and raise greatly needed awareness within the local and tourist communities for the plight of these animals and the oceans. The murals highlight the benefits of ecotourism and long-term sustainability of natural resources.

Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a new approach to ocean conservation, marrying art and activism – or as we like to call it “ARTivism”.

For more information on how you can help save our seas – or inquires to host a Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans festival in your city / town, please visit: pangeaseed.org/

Cinematography by Aaron Glasson, Yoh Nagao, Celeste Byers and Tre’ Packard
Edited by Aaron Glasson rahkaishi.com
Music by Island Boy islandboy.bandcamp.com/album/island-boy-ep

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I am currently back in the LA studio working on several commissions and my upcoming solo show at Inner State Gallery in Detroit on September 20. Here’s a quick preview of works in progress. I will be doing some live painting in Santa Monica this Sunday and then will be traveling to Detroit and DC for the next month and a half. See below for details… if you’re in the neighborhood, come say hello!

UPCOMING PROJECTS

U.R. ART FESTIVAL, BERGAMOT STATION, SANTA MONICA, AUGUST 17, 2014

SOLO SHOW AT INNER STATE GALLERY, DETROIT, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

EMERGE ART FAIR, WASHINGTON D.C., OCTOBER 2, 2014