New Artist to Love Thanks to Tribal

Along time ago I put a documentary in my hulu queue because the short description included some of my favorite things: graffiti, tattoos, b-boys, So. Cal., and today I finally had time to watch the 20 Anniversary documentary for Tribal Gear.    Tribal is a So. Cal. brand that works collectively with numerous artist to encompass and create  ware that represent the streets that inspires it.

Well to be honest, I only watched half because every 10 minutes they introduced a new artist, who is apart of the Tribal family, that I had to find out more about. Now not only am I inspired I am super jealous of Bobby and Joel Ruiz for line of people they have worked with and call “family.”   They were Mister Cartoon, Shepard Fairey, Noah, Justin Bua, Retna, OG Abel, El Mac, Revok, Estevan Oriol, Munk One, Fieldy of Korn, Steve Soto, Risk, Jose Lopez and many more.   If I showed you art from each one of them I would be writing this post all night, instead I will pick my top favs. (which does not include Shepard Fairey…because he deserves a post of this own).

Estevan Oriol

(I like this pic even more because it looks like a guy I dated, lol).














Monk One



Justin Bua



“Words do not express thoughts very well; everything immediately becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish.  And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”  -Siddhartha

Living Art

Candy Chang is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner, and co-founder of Civic Center who likes to make cities more comfortable for people.  Here is one of her amazing living pieces.

This is her site:


Anyone that knows me knows that I have an infinity to street art / graffiti, which is why this morning when I opened hulu I was excited to see a feature on JR.


JR, a French street artist, who uses his camera to show the world its true face in the worlds largest exhibit space, it’s streets.  What started as tagging evolved into projects to open dialogues between the people of the world.

One of my favorite projects is Face2Face.  Where JR and his mates took portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and to post them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on the Israeli and the Palestinian sides.

Why? Because in a few years they want to come back for the HandinHand project.

If my terrible writing inspired you in the least, I suggest you watch and hear JR tell you his own story in his own words and how he wants to use art to “change” the world.

If  you don’t have time, make time.  But until then JR is using his $10,000 TED prize to use art to turn the world inside out.   To be reach the masses and start a funny, moving talk about art and who we are, JR with the help of some friends is allowing the world to become apart of his project, by allowing them to upload a photo, where they want to paste it, and why?  In return, the person who uploaded the picture will be allowed to do just that when they recieve a blown up version in the mail for them to paste.  To learn about this project or take part in it go to

I will share my addition as soon as it is complete.

The amazing Google Doodle!

There are some simple things in life that continually make me smile, Google doodle is one of those things.

Today, I had so much fun playing with the logo,

that I had to do some more research about this little thing that I  and a lot of the world love.


A great page that talks about the Google doodle brand is, or you can read below for my favorite parts of the article.

The Google brand mixes marketing with true imagination, and goes against the rule of brand management: that a logo has to be consistent in color, positioning and character – always – no exception.    Maybe the only the strongest of brands survive a metamorphosis beyond proper color and characters?

Prime example that Google has us brainwashed – the bar code google doodle.

Why did it work without the distinctive silhouette? Why did it work without the letters “Google”? Why did it work with no color? Because we are so accustomed to seeing that size box in that position on our computer screen. Remember the brand managers mandate – consistency – they are right!

Doodle not Logo

The irony of the Google doodle is the verb or the emetology of the word doodle “is to kill time”. How many hours have all of us lost in our lives to the Internet and our multiple searches or Googles? As a noun, a doodle is a “design or scribble done absent-mindedly”. The doodles of Google are anything and everything but NEVER absent minded. The doodles are always tasteful and in celebration.


Google holds a Doodle4Google competition for students in grades K–12 to create their own Google doodle. Winning doodles go onto the Doodle4Google website, where the public can vote for the winner, who wins a trip to the Googleplex and the hosting of the winning doodle for 24 hours on the Google website.

5 of my favorite Google Doodles …not an easy decision.


Your favorite doodle not featured?  You can go here and try to find it,  Once you do post a link to it in the comments section below, so I can enjoy it too.


Then post a link below so I can see it too




I’m going to kick your butt writing nemesis!

This blog has a dual purpose:

1.  It will also force me to practice and hopefully crush my nemesis… writing.  I loathe writing, but I need to practice if I want to “reach my dreams”  according a few teachers and mentors.    Starting today, I will post one new item a week.  And, just so I don’t “accidentally” forget I put a reminder on all my calendars.

2.  Make me write even more, because when I started my travel blog, I realized I needed another blog for all the other things that make me feel and I want to share with the world.  It will act like an online junk draw for all cool things I have found online, or don’t fit in my travel blog.
Enjoy and don’t laugh to hard 😀