:: Oakland A’s Stomper Mural by Illuminaries ::

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On Monday, March 27th 2017 the illuminaries and Oakland Athletics had their official mural unveiling for one of Oakland’s largest murals measuring @ 100’x100′.  “Rise & Grind” is a huge mural showcasing Stomper as a war elephant carrying the town on his back. Located at 355 19th St (at Webster), Oakland, CA.

NBC Bay Area
Monterey Herald 
LIVE 105

:: 3 Valuable Resources for Creative Professionals ::

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For my professional creatives these are the things that have proven valuable to me, hopefully they can be of help to you.

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1. The Win without Pitching Manifesto – If you’re a creative professional navigating the business side of things with clients and prospects then this book is the one. It gives you guidance on how to avoid all the bullshit while staying the course of being a valuable creative and not just a service.

2. The Futur – An amazing and in depth YouTube channel that focuses on education for creative entrepreneurs. The client vs designer role play videos are hella helpful. It covers everything from education, design, business, and learning.

3. Designspiration – A high level resource of great design inspiration from all around the world. They make it super easy and quick to search any keyword.


:: CCMS x NFL Play 60 Mural by Illuminaries ::

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This one was humbling. Illuminaries got to build with and inspire the comrades. Cesar Chavez Middle School & Safe Routes to School received a grant from the NFL Play 60 to get kids active. The solution was to have a mural to draw attention to the bike rack area since it was hidden and unkempt. A piece that shows diversity and equality. Land, air, and sea … boys and girls … enemies turned friends … just cruising. We invited the students to paint and had them vibing. Besides the art they had a ribbon cutting ceremony and a helmet giveaway. Definitely reinforced why we do what we do.


:: Jute Crossfit Mural by Illuminaries ::

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Had hella fun painting this mural for Jute Crossfit in Benicia, CA. There’s nothing better than knowing how much your artwork is going to make a difference and how much it’s appreciate. Alan and his team are stand up characters. I trust they are going to be around for a long time. Salute! To see more of our murals visit www.illuminaries.net.


:: Kero Uno “Reflection Eternal” Album Art ::

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Blessed the artwork for my good friend Kero Uno’s (fka Kero One) new album Reflection Eternal. It features one of my favorite emcees, Blu, includes the lead single “Princess Diamond” and Starro Remix*. Available on Vinyl, CD, and MP3 at www.PlugLabel.com


:: FiveStone & Piper “Walk As One” Cover Art ::

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Recent artwork for FiveStone and Piper “Walk As One” entrance theme music. The thumbnails are early versions of the cover before arriving at the final solution. You can listen to the track here on YouTube or head over to www.FiveStone.net


:: Illuminaries x Cesar Chavez Middle School Mural ::

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Timelapse footage of our latest mural … We threw down on the music building at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City, CA this past week. Painting during school hours was an experience. We heard a gang of quotes, but the illest was “I love the smell of spray paint!”

Really amazing how the principal and teachers pushed to make this happen for the kids. Thank you for being progressive enough to redefine what a typical school mural should entail.


:: Illuminaries Steph Curry / Dubs Mural ::

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Golden State Warriors “Dubs” mural featuring Stephen Curry doing the infamous Mac Dre thizz face. Located at corner of 27th Street and Northgate, Oakland, CA.
Dubs All Day Golden State Warriors mural in conjunction with Tony.PSD. Located at Lumber Baron at 500 Cleveland Ave, Albany, CA

A few weeks into the 2015 NBA Finals we had an opportunity to paint a few Golden State Warriors / DUBS murals. Little did we know how much this would catch on. It spread like wild fire! You can see all the press below. Aside from all that it’s the Warriors and the fans that made it happen. Congratulations on becoming 2015 NBA Champions!

NBC Bay Area
CBS Sports
Bleacher Report

Warriors Twitter

You can still purchase shirts of our mural at the Illuminaries Store.

:: (Case Study) DJ Goldenchyld Logo Redesign ::

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Dominic “Goldenchyld” Cueto is an accomplished DJ/Producer from San Jose, CA and has rocked countless audiences from around the world with his showmanship through the turntable arts. He has over 15 years of DJ and production experience and is a founding member of The Bangerz Crew. When he asked FlavorInnovator for assistance with a logo redesign the challenge was gladly accepted.

Problem: His previous logo mark was current and had a nice visual weight. However, it became illegible when scaled down. On top of that it felt a bit too structured. Needed to stand its own in a diverse music community.

Solution: Develop a brash, handwritten mark that is clear, and can adapt to a range of environments and screen sizes.




Initial sketches and type explorations.




Initial concepts fleshed out digitally. He chose A2 and A5 to explore further. A2 because of the readability and handwritten aspect. Graffiti but not really. A5 because of the classic element.



Revisions … plus a pass at a futuristic/electronic concept. At this point A12 was looking like the winner with the exception of a few changes.





Before and after. Did this improve on the old mark?