An excellent set of TAKING SHAPE opening night photos from Lionel Belluteau of Un oeil qui traine are available here.
An excellent set of TAKING SHAPE opening night photos from Lionel Belluteau of Un oeil qui traine are available here.
An excellent set of TAKING SHAPE opening night photos from François-Xavier LAURENT are available to view here.
View the exhibition installations here.
A comprehensive view of my collage, paintings and exhibition exploits, past and present.
Keepdrafting has been the home of all of my creative exploits since 2001 an will remain so, but shall maintain a focus on public works and up to date projects.
LE PETIT VOYEUR is an independent magazine released bianually by curator, designer and publisher Kristian Rosėn out of Denmark.
LE PETIT VOYEUR - Issue 02
Visual Arts, 24×34 cm, 273 pages incl. cover and special Ian Kuali’i cut out insert, 33 artists from around the world. Sold in a limited and numbered edition of 1000 copies – all individually numbered on the cover.
Offset printed in Denmark on Igepa Avanta Card 280g/m2 (cover) and Arctic Volume White 130g/m2 (content). Embossed logo on the cover.
Featuring the works of:
Alexis Diaz, Ashley Oubré, Augustine Kofie, BATES, Boris Tellegen – DELTA, Bryan Liston, Cameron Davis, Caroline Mackintosh, Claudio Oliverio, CMP ONE, CPHCPH, Erik Jones, Erin Elizabeth Kelly, Hélio Bray, Ian Kuali’i, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jouk Oosterhof, Juan Francisco Casas, KACAO77, Kasper Eistrup, Kevin Cyr, Kevin Peterson, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Michael Johansson, Miko Lim, MODE 2, Rasmus Weng Karlsen, ROA, Rob Timko, Scien & Klor, SOBEKCIS, Tristan Eaton & Tyler Shields.
Very please to have a feature article in Issue 26 of VNA magazine. Excuse their typos, tho.
In VNA 26 we’ve managed to cram in large-scale muralists, fine art, graff writers who’ve transitioned to galleries, abstract art and even some skateboarding. From London and California, to New York and Penang by way of Bristol, we’ve scoured the world to bring you a mix of awesome artists we’ve just discovered alongside some of our old favourites who haven’t yet had their time to shine in VNA.
This issue, our cover feature is a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D.
3D’s brooding, politically motivated work stems from early punk album-art influences. Always one to buck social trends, he cut his own path and his own stencils, unwittingly sparking interest in a trend that surged from the States, leaping the Atlantic and taking the UK by storm.
After our inaugural visit to Pow! Wow! Hawaii, we made the most of our contacts there, staying in touch with Augustine Kofie, we also went back to dig in the crates with Buff Monster. We’ve pulled out the stops to bring you some gallery talk with Jonathan LeVine, as well as crossing over to Australia to catch up with James Jirat Patradoon and Numskull.
We also feature 10101010101010101010, or Ten Ten for short, the mystical eastern styles of Calma, London-based print wizard, Aida, and US-artist, Greg Lamarche, as well as Lithuanian street painter, Ernest Zacharevic and abstract Icelandic mark-maker, Katrin Fridriks.
Photo features focus on London, Singapore and Los Angeles, with contributions from NoLionsInEngland, Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney, Chasing Ghosts and Birdman.
With cover shots from the talented photographer James Sharrock, we’re stepping up our game all round with this issue.
Released internationally June 1s, 2014. AVAILABLE HERE.
About The Release
With the beginnings of UK based label Pragmatic Theory inspired by interactions & admiration of the talent found within an underground music community, happening upon Bläp Dëli’s page, we unanimously felt we had stumbled across someone special. Immediately reaching out, talks of releasing both his first LP vinyl & Pragmatic Theory’s, went underway. In capturing the musical essence of the finished album, its cover art was an integral representation of the project as a whole & we had the pleasure and fortune to be able to work with the extremely talented LA artist Augustine Kofie to fulfill that aim. Spanning a wide range of genres & styles that align with the vision of both the artist Bläp Dëli & label Pragmatic Theory alongside the perfect visual landscape Kofie has created, we welcome you to join us in this journey a year in the making of which we hold close to our hearts. Please enjoy Bläp Dëli’s ‘Whispër.Më’.
Bläp Dëli ‘Whispër.Më’ LTD Edition Vinyl is available from our Website, Bandacmp page & as of the second week of June HHV, Jetset Japan & various Worldwide independent record stores. ‘Whispër.Më’ will also be available digitally through i-Tunes, Amazon, Juno, Spotify & various online digital music sites in the coming days & weeks.
About The Artist
California beatmaker and Goldie Records founder Bläp Dëli [Emmet Kai] began his venture into electronic music in late 2011. With years as an instrumentalist in various punk/metal bands, transition into making his own music came easy leading to an artist and musician group in 2012: The Sandbox Collective, a San Francisco and Sonoma County based label. With all of Bläp Dëli’s projects released independently, the collaboration with Pragmatic Theory Records and focus on his current label Goldie Records made born to his his first 12″ LP “Whisper.Me” (June 2014). Currently residing in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa area, Bläp continues to make music and play in bands.
About The Art
We feel truly blessed to be working with Los Angeles based street artist Augustine Kofie, whom has established himself within the local West LA graffiti scene since the mid 1990s & has then been manifesting a coalescence of artistic & structural aesthetic internationally. Having had no formal Art background past high school, Kofie’s natural inclination to experimentation of drawing was expressed when he was younger by use of the materials & supply available around his home by his mother, whom studied Fine Arts at UCLA. Further developing his skills through the type of experience gained as a veteran graffiti artist, his abilities, perspective, and approach of personal visual expression was further strengthened and veered toward merging simple shapes & linear lines on a structural form skillfully approached to become his canvas.
Along with his visual creations, Kofie has also been exploring with music from back in 1995 tying in another connection of providing the cover art of Pragmatic Theory’s first vinyl to beatmaker Bläp Dëli, who also resides in the California.
About The Label
UK based label Pragmatic Theory began as a movement for the love & appreciation of music & inspiration from the talent found within the SoundCloud community. In 2012 marked the first compilation being a Curtis Mayfield tribute released as both an album (mcs/beatmakers) and a beat tape. Not long after, the Pragmatic Theory bandcamp platform continued to release alternating compilations to support both underground scenes that shared the same love for music as well as independent artist releases. Continuing to be blessed with many talented artists/beatmakers as well as a loyal fan base, growth of the label opened up another opportunity to venture into vinyl & physical releases. Today the ethos of the collective & label remains the same, to provide a platform to promote underground artists & share with listeners new & innovative music. All for the love of music & the beat culture.
Was an honor to contribute artwork for a recent publication from Professor and author Edward W. Soja, My Los Angeles: From Urban Restructuring to Regional Urbanization. Many thanks to contributor Stefano Bloch for the recommendation.
On the Author and the book:
Edward W. Soja is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions and the co-editor of The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century among other books.
At once informative and entertaining, inspiring and challenging, My Los Angeles provides a deep understanding of urban development and change over the past forty years in Los Angeles and other city regions of the world. Once the least dense American metropolis, Los Angeles is now the country’s densest urbanized area and one of the most culturally heterogeneous cities in the world. Soja takes us through this urban metamorphosis, analyzing urban restructuring, deindustrialization and reindustrialization, the globalization of capital and labor, and the formation of an information-intensive New Economy. By examining his own evolving interpretations of Los Angeles and the debates on the so-called Los Angeles School of urban studies, Soja argues that a radical shift is taking place in the nature of the urbanization process, from the familiar metropolitan model to regional urbanization. By looking at such concepts as new regionalism, the spatial turn, the end of the metropolis era, the urbanization of suburbia, the global spread of industrial urbanism, and the transformative urban-industrialization of China, Soja offers a unique and remarkable perspective on critical urban and regional studies.
Available for purchace at UC Press
My most recent print ‘Circulate System Shift’ with 1XRun will be on display as for sale along with a number of other great artists partisipating in the 2014 POW! WOW! Hawaii. View the entire collection HERE.
The team at 1xRUN is excited to announce a unique partnership with Pow Wow Hawaii, the world’s leading mural festival. This February 1xRUN will arrive in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu starting on February 3rd. At 3pm EST we kick off a series of 40 + print releases by participating 2014 Pow Wow artists, wrapping up on February 18th.
With an expansive roster of over 50 artists converging on the island to paint large scale murals for nearly two weeks Pow Wow Hawaii is a one of a kind event not to be missed. As things wrap up 1xRUN will host a special print exhibition on February 14th at Loft in Space / Fresh Cafe. Along with the expansive 1xRUN print exhibition we have partnered with Pangea Seed, a local non profit to exhibit prints from their archives and their new Sametan figure customized by over 30 global artists.
View All Pow Wow Featured Artists: Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue 1 & 2, Angry Woebots 1 & 2, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe Gold & Silver, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar and Dabs Myla.
During my December 2013 residency and mural intervention project with All City Canvas in Mexico City I sat down with Amber Bravo Of Herman Miller to discuss how the mural project came about as well as my mindset going into such a project.
I can’t thank IMPACT HUB, ACC and Herman Miller Mexico enough for the support and opportunity.
“Kofie’s work is a clash between really old and new technology and innovation. And looking at where we’re painting—we’re in a turn-of-the-century neighborhood, but we’re doing a project which talks about innovation and moving forward, we like how he gets inspired from architecture, schematics, and from machines.” -Gonzalo Alvarez
I have a featured interview translated in both spaish and english in the current issue of the graffiti culture digital magazine Illegal Squad.
I have a featured interview in the arts and culture digital mag Bizarre Beyond Belief issue #11. Very humbled to make the cover as well, Cheers BBB!
With another 100+ page issue, this lengthy new edition of BBB is an artistic gold mine. With a broad range of visuals such as Zeus40 of Wildboys, XRay, ANSER: Mysterious Date, Dick Cherry, Mikael B/KetsOne, an editorial on the graffiti Mecca “5 Pointz” in NYC, AGENS ABM Crew, Trevor Wheatley‘s NIKE Project and Augustine Kofie, this issue is sure to be an instant classic.
[ During my stay in Portland, Oregon during the ‘Three The Hard Way’ exhibition at Breeze Block Gallery, John Goff of Serigraphic Systems Inc. and I took some time out to create this 3-color screen print, my first with SSI. The entire production was completed on the campus of Portland State University in the arts and science campus. I painted the transparencies, mixed the specific colors and John hand pulled the edition by hand. Each is signed with my A.Kofie signature and embossed with the Agents of Change & TRANSCEND icons, same used on Jerry Joker Inscoes recent edition with SSI.
The title is a play on words referring to isometric, the exercise of illustrating 3-dimensional renderings in a 2-dimensional manner. Bump that against the hectic balance of a fast paced structural case study. The cool blue color way manages to warm the sharp illustrations as well as hint to my admiration of the outdated process of blueprints. ]
18″ x 24″
3 color silkscreen on 275 gsm archival paper.
Editions of 40
Printed at Portland State University
Released January 5th, 2014. 12 Noon Pacific Standard Time
This print is SOLD OUT
Enquiries on future releases can be made here:
Edition Size: 75
15 x 15 Inches Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Fine Art Paper
This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Kofie and 1xRUN.
This edition is sold out
I’m very proud to announce the release of this recent print. This will mark my forth official multi color screen-print in my career, and one if my finest.
“Study of A Manifest Horizon“ is a 5 color, hand pulled, screen print on Coventry Rag 320gsm archival paper with hand-torn deckled edges at 18 x 24 inches (Standard frame size). Each print is signed and numbered by the artist on the front with certificate of Authenticity included.
What makes this a unique print is that each transparency was painted by hand with opaque inks, markers and spray paint, making the final print as painterly and illustrated as a true hand could. Completely hand pulled by Ryan McIntosh of Intellectual Property Prints.
A recent interview posted on GRAFFUTURISM conducted by Carlos MARE 139 discussing my partisipation in the Three The Hard Way exhibition at Breeze Block Gallery, Protland. A pretty through interview covering interesting points, including my recent show ‘Structurally Sound’ at White Walls, SF.
Three-person exhibition curated by Sven Davis
Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR.
7 November – 30 November, 2013
For the month of November, Breeze Block Gallery is very proud to present Three The Hard Way; a three-person exhibition featuring Augustine Kofie, Jerry Joker Inscoe and Christopher Derek Bruno.
All three artists come from a graffiti background, and are firmly established members of the pioneering Transcend graffiti collective. These highly versatile artists are equally known for their large-scale mural projects, as well as their own very individual voices in a gallery setting. Traditional letterforms are abstracted into geometric configurations within their work; and dimension, form and space are considered and explored within their dynamic compositions.
Their collective approach to art-making is steeped in academic discourse, and whilst retaining the vibrancy of their graffiti backgrounds, traditional art movements such as Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Precisionism are also embraced by the visual vocabulary imbued within their work. The exhibition title itself is a literal reference to the historical terminology Hard-Edge painting; which was first coined in the late fifties and used to describe intense and abrupt delineation of color within the burgeoning Geometric Abstraction and Op-art movements. Whilst these artists acknowledge and embrace movements of the past, they confidently stand outside of historical classification and have established themselves as a core group of protagonists defining a contemporary movement they have made their own.
Whilst the three artists have shown together previously in larger group exhibitions, Three The Hard Way is the first time that this trifecta has shown together in a collaborative environment. For the month of November the three artists will take over both of Breeze Block’s gallery spaces for an installation that incorporates the full range of multi-facetted oeuvres from each of these influential creators. Continue on..
My brother Osandi has a vision called VNYLST. For record heads like myself this is that go to web and mobile application we’ve been waiting for. I can truly stand for such a concept and company, so I was proud to be asked to contribute to the cause in the form of a vinyl slipmat for your record player.
This marks my first design for such a product and I can’t think of a better home then through VNYLST. 100% of your pledge goes to the company to support the cause. Take a look and dig…
I am very proud to be part of this publication offering a stunning survey of Street Art and Graffiti from across the Globe. To be one of 5 artists representing Los Angels is pretty Important to me. Many thanks to Rafael Schacter for including me in such a well curated, written and comprehensive text on contemporary independent public arts.
Rafael Schacter; Foreword by John Fekner
400 p., 9 x 9 1/2
700 color illus.
Yale Press (US), Aurum (UK) & University of New South Wales (Australia).
Rafael Schacter is honorary research fellow at the Department of Anthropology at University College, London. John Fekner is a street and multimedia artist.
All photo © Fatina Faye
OPENSPACE GALLERY Presents:
GRAFFUTURISM Paris Exhibitions series
35 Artists - 1 Group Show - 4 Solo Shows
Augustine Kofie | California Soul
May, 25 – June, 06, 2013
56, rue Alexandre Dumas. Paris 11e France
09 80 66 63 94
I am very pleased to be contributiong to another international GRAFFUTURISM project. Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus of GRAFFITI ART Magazine & OpenSpace Galeri reached out in early 2013 to begin talks on this extensive Graffuturism Paris exhibition, including 4 solo shows to follow the highly anticipated Group show in April. My inclusion marks my first true solo show outside of these United States as well as my first solo in Paris… A great personal accomplishment for me.
As most of my shows I do my best to solidify a theme and a fitting title that best describes the works as well as continues to highlight my style. California Soul came to me as a perfect direction. A great way of bringing some of this progressive West Coast aesthetic and a costal cool sunwashed color pallette to Paris.
A little over a dozen new works on paper, wood and canvas will be on display from May 25 - June 6th, just a bit shy of 2 weeks. With all new works created since February, I continue my theme of finding balance with shape and form in each of the pieces, whether big or small. Contrasting soft color fields and washes with grid work and linear forms that speak of transition and structure. Themes touch on a golden state of mind, overcast optimism, southlandishness and the complexities of the good life in the rural paradise that he saw bulldozed into urban submission.
Expostion du 25 mai au 5 juin 2013
MTN Colors recently released 5 new limited edition spray cans featuring Belin, Mistery, How & Nosm, Roid MSK and myself. As always they they are presented in an individually designed wooden box, stamped with the artists personal seal. Limited to only 500 units in total.
The Qualities of Light is a film project curated by my good friend and collaborator Shane Sakanoi of Draftsmen and Rich Hama.
I must say, after a number of years giving it up to cameras for interviews an the like, this is by far my most cherished contribution to a doc piece to date. Yes, I did have some say in the style for the film and a bit of direction and I’m sure that’s helping the sway of my judgement, but the guys went somewhere else with it and I’m happy for that.
Music by Teebs & 4×4tracktor.
The circulation of a process of elimination 
47 x 65 x 2 inches
Acrylic, enamel, white-out & enamel spray-paint on canvas.
Finished in matte satin gel medium.
Framed in mahogany lattice
Curated by it’s founder Poesia [Transcend]
Featuring the works of:
2501, Aaron De La Cruz, Augustine Kofie, Boris “Delta” Tellegen, Carl Raushenbach, Carlos Mare, Clemens Behr, Derek Bruno, Doze Green, Duncan Jago, DVS 1, El Mac, Eric Haze, Erosie, Franco “Jaz” Fasoli, Futura, Gilbert 1, Greg “Sp One” Lamarche, Graphic Surgery, Hense, Hendrik “ECB” Beikirch, Jaybo Monk, Joker, Jurne, Kema, Kenor, Lek, Marco “Pho” Grassi, Matt W. Moore, Moneyless, O.Two, Part2ism, Poesia, Rae Martini, Remi Rough, Samuel Rodriguez, Sat One, Sever, Shok-1, Sowat, Steve More, West, Will Barras.
“Over the last year the Graffuturism blog has become a major player in the documentation of artists who share a Graffiti background/history but have taken their work to new heights, leaving the ‘rules’ of writing behind.
This December, in collaboration with Soze Gallery, the folks at Graffuturism are hosting a large group show featuring some of the major players in the genre. Obviously, this is not showing everyone who is doing amazing work work that falls into this category, but it is a great selection. Hopefully the show will become an annual event to give opportunities to more and more artists as the blog, and the genre, continue to grow.”
Cape Town based photographer Gregor Röhrig documented myself and Paul Senyol over a period of two weeks, while we worked independently and collaboratively on artworks for the ‘Gather’ live exhibition presented by The Lovell Gallery in association with Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection.
Publié le 22 août 2012
Im very proud to be a featured artist in the 16th issue of French publication Graffitit Art Magazine. I believe my issue can be ordered here on their websight. Some of this issues pages can be viewed here.
This issue of ‘Graffiti Art’ will follow you under the sun and will make you see the world through rose-coloured glasses. From the flashy-coloured artworks made in LA by Rime to the origami-type installations of young German artist Clemens Behr, we are taking you on a journey from the US West Coast to São Paulo with stopovers in New York and Barcelona. And if you haven’t planned your summer yet, it’s still time to look up our special Mural Art dossier to concoct tailor-made thematic holidays. The visual odyssey will continue with American Augustine Kofie who immerses the viewer in his intersidereal universe full of lines and curves while young Frenchman Yaze unveils his latest canvases mixing paint and embroidery, before leaving for a residence in New York. And finally, because it’s been scientifically proven that reading under the parasol is good for your brain, we advise you to open your eyes on some heroes from the past, present and future: Gérard Zlotykamien and Tania Mouraud. And as if all this wasn’t enough, Graffiti Art’s formula is changing and becoming more ambitious and punchy than ever before.
Illustration by El Mac [June, 2010]
Ink on paper
Mac and I had just spent a little less then a week in Basel, Switzerland for Art basel 2010 doing a little live painting with LA Art Machine. At this point we were on our grind to Berlin where I had a live painting project curated by the illustrious Jaybo Monk for the Project Room. During the travel up by train Mac and I were both doing our usual, sketching during travel. To my delight I became one of his subjects, hence the illustration above. Not many have seen his raw sketchbook illustrations of figures, many of which include sleeping travelers. I’m blessed to be familiar with such creative peoples.
I was invited via Juxtapoz to submit some of my artwork to the Uncommon Project. They produce and sell customizable mobile phone cases for most Apple products. You’re able to scale and rotate images from a vast selection of artists to get a composition you like on a mobile device case.
To date there are about 8 images to choose from in my collection. All are taken from sellect works from both my personal collection, commisions and gallery works. Below is just a small sample of your options.
Scorpio & Smoggy Air courtesy of Gela Skins
I was approached by GELA SKINS to submit some original art for their line or mobile device covers. Gela Skins produces high quality removable protective covers to customizing you various portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images.
So far I have submitted two designs, Scorpio & Smoggy Air, Both collage heavy works incorporating found ephemeral paper, my line work and structural aesthetic. I felt that these works would fit the project, keeping my ‘Vintage Futurism’ design direction.
Futuristic modern mobile devices wrapped with vintage paper in a structured collage assemblage.
I had the honor of having my Circulatory System installation and a mural in SF documented by Colin M Day
during my stay in SF last year. Due to Colin documenting 2011’s Art Basel projects, this one got bumped back, so it was a treat to see it finally posted.
Im really pleased with the piece and it covers some particular bits I dont speak on that often + the inclusion of my re-edit looping of Silver Apples’ “Oscillations” gives the vid a steady smashing.
LE GUIDE DE L’ART CONTEMPORAIN URBAIN 2012
LE PREMIER HORS-SÉRIE DE GRAFFITI ART MAGAZINE
+100 ARTISTES / 212 PAGES / 400 ILLUSTRATIONS
Most recently I was included in the the French urban contemporary art publication ‘Graffiti Art’ magazine’s
LE GUIDE DE L’ART CONTEMPORAIN URBAIN 2012. The beautiful 300 page issue brings together a selection of more than a hundred artists from both Street and Graffiti arts of today who had an important place on the art market in 2011. The guide is directed to the art lovers and the curious. A catalogue to learn all about this important movement of the twenty-first century.
Many thanks to Sophie & Samantha of Graffiti Art magazine for the support!
My fellow AOC member and good friend Jaybo Monk will be exhibiting recent works including a large collaboration with myself.
Opening February 28, 2012 at Soze Gallery, 652 Mateo St. #107, Los Angeles, CA.
A true artist and an amazing soul, to see these works in person is mandatory, as web images can not capture the texture and life of these creations.
I was in London last December of 2011 to create a collection of exclusive works for Hotel Megaro’s upcoming Restaurant Karpo with members of the Agents Of Change Collective. The teaser video below documents the creation of the works on sight. In the following month a larger project at Megaro will be taking form.
Case study No. 1 & 2
Ink, paper & digital collage
It’s a global online project dealing with the future of the city. They ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo. The results are visions, ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles, modern social systems and forward-looking developments in the fields of architecture, design and technology. The worldwide event series ’smart urban stage’ is exhibiting ideas and solutions of forward thinking future makers.
I was posed the question “What is LA going to do with suburbia?” You can follow up up my answer here..
Save the date: Thursday, October 20th Mochilla & Hit+Run present:
“MOCHILLA REMIXED” at the Townhouse Gallery in Venice. Some of our favorite visual artists have flipped the classic Mochilla logo, originally designed by Stephen Serrato – check out Augustine Kofie’s version (included). On opening night, these logo remixes will be on display alongside iconic photographs by Mochilla founders B+ and Coleman. Each has selected special photo selects from their vast collection for this exhibition that runs from October 20th-November 12th.
Participating Mochilla Logo Remix Artists:
Aaron De La Cruz, Abcnt, Alfred Hawkins, Augustine Kofie, Brent Rollins, Cody Hudson
Eric Coleman, Ernesto Yerena, Patrick Martinez, Retna Ritzy Periwinkle, Stephen Serrato
Also running alongside the show will be a pop-up shop with our recent releases and a few classic selects. Keep an eye out for some very special limited edition Mochilla gear that will only be available the night of the show. Don’t miss the opening night after party next door at the Del Monte Speakeasy with surprise guests! We’ll be celebrating our recent Timeless Remixed project on our “Feito Em Casa” Mixes.
Be sure to RSVP on Facebook
[Above is my contribution to the MOCHILLA REMIXED project to celebrate 10 years of service, dedication and documentation by Eric Coleman and Brian Cross. It’s been a very humbling to be included in this project and I appreciate the ‘reach out’. I took me some time to conceptualize what I could do with this already classic word, so I felt it was best to keep it simple, a hand style and a bit of distress for movement and wear.] -AK
Client: G4 TV/ Time Warner
Project: G4’s Attack of the Show Add Campaign backdrop
Location: Los Angeles
Medium: Latex paint, acrylic & spray paint on 8 x 8 foot wood panel
In the Fall of 2010 I was commissioned by the design crew at G4 TV to produce an original backdrop for an add campaign to promote the upcoming season of the viral video and gadget heavy G4’s Attack Of the Show. The final design incorporated my looser style and interwove iconic electronic gadgets and media related to the shows subject matter. I felt there was a great fit here + I wanted to make sure my work was organic and loose enough to not look so ‘digitally printed’ as a backdrop.
The Street campaign consisted of full size billboards as well as train and bus adds from January to March of 2011.
One of the highlights of this project was that the final piece is publicly on display in the main lobby of the E Entertainment Building on Wilshire where they film Attack Of The Show.
Edition One Hundred Presents I LOVE LA
Designed to provide beautifully packaged and produced art and photography at prices within reach, Edition One Hundred is a gallery without walls, open twenty-four hours a day in any time zone around the globe. The gallery is located at Editiononehundred
Edition One Hundred launched on June 30, 2010, with I LOVE LA, a six week exhibition curated by founder Cat Jimenez celebrating the influence of the Los Angeles art scene on its denizens, and its impact around the globe. Fusing high and low, young and old, independent and commercial cultures, I LOVE LA features local artists, from the famous to the unknown including B+, Augustine Kofie, Estevan Oriol, Miles Regis, Katie Shapiro, and Tasya van Ree. Ms. Jimenez brings them together to reveal the power of their imagination as it is made manifest for the pleasure of art collecting.
Each artist’s work is printed in an exclusive edition of 100, and each print sells for $100. All prints are signed by the artist, come with a certificate of authenticity, and are made exclusively on Mohawk papers unless otherwise indicated.
LA can be anything you want it to be. Precisely because LA is so sprawling makes it natural for clusters of communities and groups to organize and occur. From the Valley to Santa Monica and everywhere in between, there are thriving art scenes. People say that the geography divides us but I think it’s created this dynamic place of subcultures and communities where one can easily navigate within, or get to. That’s the undercurrent I get…you have to be pretty organized and determined here; there’s not much whimsy.
I LOVE LA is about the artists who chose LA, who create in LA and who help to inspire Los Angelenos and the world. These artists belong to their own respective communities. In bringing them together under Edition One Hundred, they get to belong to another community, or the first “class” of Edition One Hundred artists, if you will.
I selected artists that have inspired me, or inspired hundreds of individuals here in Los Angeles; artists that are total unknowns but are super-prolific; and artists whose fame has secured them legions of fans. The artists all have different end products, some will chose the digital path, and some will remain in the traditional photo printing technology. Some will chose to use serigraphs as their prints, and other digital reproductions, so it’s about what feels right to the artist themselves.
I am a lover of the arts, especially photography. For me, collecting is a luxury that I most often cannot afford. I, alongside many of my friends, follow many artists and hope to be able to afford their pieces in the future that are sold through galleries, but in the meantime, there is this great possibility where new technology can create a space for selling art more affordably. Every artist that I am inviting is an artist that I’d love to support and also to collect. It’s that simple.
-Cat Jimenez, Curator
My bio and Q & A are HERE.
My contribution to this series is available HERE to purchase.
+ remember, a percentage of the sales goes directly to the “InDuskWeTrust” charity, which was set up by his younger brother Rashad in 2008 to honor DJ Dusk a.k.a. Tarek Captan for three reasons: To keep him alive in our hearts and minds, to further his social activism by raising money for charities and scholarships, and finally to preserve one of his life’s works…his record collection.
The Private Sektor
April 2010/ West LA
Wari and I shared many mutual friends. I cant claim to be in this top tier of peoples, but we always chopped it up deep about music, samples and such when we happened into each other in the Mid city districts of Los Angeles. Wari was a meticulous beat maker and sample connoisseur. It took him a minute to warm up to me, but he finally let me listen to some tracks once in a while.
Taken much to early, he will be missed by many underground Angelinos.
Client: Take AKA Sweatson Klank
My second time around working with DJ Take. For this cover art I pulled a section of an existing assemblage that was on display in Seattle as well as in Los Angeles. I felt if set the mood for Sweatsons Galactic Neo Funk parade of recent & unreleased music gems.
Lowrider magazine Japan
Issue 06/June 2009
Interview and photos, Kiwamu Omae
Kirakos losifidis Presents: Mural Art: Murals on huge public spaces around the wold from Graffiti to Trompe l’œil. Published by Publikat.
I have a very sexy 2 page spread in this 290 page mural publication. It would have been a great icing on the cake if they had published my Charizmatik mural, my largest to date, but somehow it was not added to the final layout.
Project: Dublab Positive Projection Proton Drive Identity
Jeff Madrid of TRSRHNT & I recently completed the artwork for The Dublab Positive Projection Proton Drive. We went back and fourth digging on various images and text as well as a set of original watercolors to produce a body of work with positive & inspirational value.
We also produced over 300 f 1-off screen printed ‘Positive Projection’ postcards and a 2009 Calender featuring artwok form various artists.
DUMBO is an incense company based in Kobe, Japan. All of the incense sticks are all hand crafted & come in a high quality package with 25 sticks. In late spring of 2008 I collaborated with DUMBO on this design based on one of my mix media collages of found paper with pencil and ball point pen. So far they are only available in Japan for 1,500 yen pack. I may be selling a few on the sight in the near future.
Pen & Ink Illustration. Color Play in Photoshop. Camu Tao was a talented cat from Cleveland, Ohio associated with RJD2 & The Definitive Jux Crew. He passed away on Memorial day of 2008 after a long bout with Lung Cancer. Keepdrafting sends our condolences to his family, loved ones and peers of the this late, very talented producer/emcee.
When El-P was in Los Angeles promoting his now-classic solo debut album, Fantastic Damage, I was in the middle of a customizing trucker cap session.
Making one for El made sense since that was a Def Jux fashion staple in the early 2000’s. During his in-store set at Amoeba Records in Hollywood I passed along the custom cap. He seemed humbled and in that moment a seed germinated.
The following night at the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire, that seed flowered as El-P halted his performance 3/4 of the way through to grab said cap, set it on his dome like a crown, gave a shout-out to yours truly (and the rest of the cheering Los Angeles crowd) then proceeded to rip through the last quarter of the show.
I was not personally looking for anything in return for my action, just a fan wishing to share my work, so that act as way more than I expected. Many thanks and much respect to El and his fellow Def Jukies.
Contribution No. 09 / Live art for Parco Gallery
Kichijouji Prefecture, Tokyo Japan, Summer 2007
Acrylic on canvas.
Painted live Outside The Parco Store in the town of Musashino, in the Kichijyoji Prefecture.
Invited to paint to commemorate the opening of my friends Camo Store.
Live Art: Parco Gallery. Shibuya, Japan
Contribution No. 8 
Acrylic on canvas. Painted live at Shibuya PARCO Gallery., Tokyo Japan.
Invited to paint to celebrate the opening of my friends Camo Store. It was a saturday during holiday, so it was more packed that usual. On top of that Maroon 5 were aound the corner signing autographs at Parco Radio. My man Sebastian Angle Killed the filming which you can watch below. The piece is on display @ the 6875 Office in Kaigan, Minato-ku.
Cream Of Her Profile, 2007
Watercolor Acrylic on Canvas
2 1/2′ x 2″ x 5 ‘
During my 2007 visit I was commissioned by Win & Kim of LOL Salon to paint a piece for their savvy retro Unisex Hair Salon in Yoyogi-Uehara located in the Shibuya Ward. This was a last minute project that came about while the word spread I was in town that ended up being one of everyones favorite. What made it even more special was that I painted the piece in the salon for the employees and select friends and clients. They straight closed up shop for the day to watch it go down. The canvas & the area was already masked & prepped for me, very on point. Afterwards, a feast of Sashim to celebrate.
Shinkawa Cho-Ku, Japan. July 2006
I was commissioned to paint a ‘Contribution’ style piece for a customer in the Ubiquily office of Shinkawa. Shinkawa is the business district of Tokyo & my distributer has been established here for a number of years. In the background is a piece I painted live a few years previous at a Stones Throw event in Shibuya.
Kyusjhu. Fukuoka Prefecture. July 2006
Fukuoka is the third-largest island of Japan & most Southwesterly of its four main islands. I was commissioned by Mr Fuji to paint his boutique in the Fukuoka Prefecture called Past-Present-Future. Went with the red-black-grey color pallet to match the decor of the store.
This was another ‘dead of summer’ Japan trip, so the humidity was on blast as usual. Island humidity tends to elongate the painting process, but I was in no hurry. Fukuoka was hit with a pretty heavy Quake the previous year & the damage was still very visible.
Watercolor Illustration on paper
Layout by Jeff Madrid of TRSR|HNT
Producer, writer, arranger & guitarist Dan Ubick of Connie Price & The Keystones/The Lions Commissioned me to rock the layout for this Scion Promotional release featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percee P.
2006. Tronic is a well established NYC based Multimedia studio. Scrawl Collective artist Mr. Jago & myself were commissioned by Tronic to paint 2 identical 8 x 8 x 8 white cubes for Target. The short film was never aired on public television, but projected on 8 jumbo LED screens that move across the faced of a building at Victory Park in Dallas, Texas. The actual painting was executed on an abandoned airplane runway near Coney Island, NY in the fall of 2006 from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Yes, I came home with the worst case of bronchitis.Tronic_Revolutions
Single Table commission 
4 x 12 ft
Acrylic on masonite
I was commissioned by Set Designer Charisse Cardenas to create a painting for an NBC pilot entitled ‘The Singles Table’ staring Alicia Silverstone. The piece is displayed in the living room of a teck geek/aspiring DJ in NYC. Last i heard the show was drooped, but they did film about 6 episodes so there is sill a possibility of it airing. If so, this was planed for a thursday Prime Time slot.
BlowNuts Skateboards, Japan
During my time working on Draftsmen in Japan, I was blessed with many opportunities and fresh projects coordinated via my friend Yoshi of Ritual Of Roots. For this project I was commissioned to create an original urethane wheel design for this Japanese Skateboard hardware company, BlowNuts. The client wanted to incorporate my traditional shapes, a Jeep & the 4×4 logo. It was a tuff fit, but it all worked out great. There was also a limited run of coaches jackets produced along with the wheels. I came from a skateboarding background so this was a true pleasure to work on this.
Illustrationsused for the Labwaste 12″ 
Released on One Cell Records.
This is the second release from the Zwarte Achtegrod album. A 12″ with 8 remixes. When Giovani (Subtitle) first showed interest in me adding a lil something to the album I was excited. I smashed out about 4 portrait illustrations of them based on Eric Coleman’s photos & just gave Sub xerox copies. I had confidence in his design taste & gave him free range of usage, pro bono. It was a treat to see what they did with them. Both Subtitle & Thavius Beck are so naturally talented & work very well together professionally and personally. It’s always an honor to provide my services to those cats.