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.
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.
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.
Here is our finished piece at The Sparkling Carwash on 55 N Saratoga Ave, San Jose. (L to R) Phoenix by Tim Hon, Crane by Romali Licudan, and Rooster by yours truly. The idea was to flip a Chinese New Year theme, but instead of the snake we chose to do birds. The Phoenix symbolizes resurrection and strength, the Crane longevity, and the Rooster is known for warding off evil spirits. I consider this a big accomplishment for me since I haven’t drawn a character since forever. Always fun and refreshing painting with my dudes!
Another Illuminaries mural finished. This piece is located at the Masonic Temple (above the Factory 2-U) on Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd in San Francisco. The mural was completed on January 24th. However, we were contacted by KTVU, NBC, and CBS a few days before the Superbowl so they could get some news coverage. It’s always fun to see how things snowball, and they type of reactions we get.
Footage of the graffiti session with Romali and myself for Homegrown Blends is now live! This was a true collaboration in every sense of the word. Crewmate Supakoopa on the beats, while Jo_iLL shot and edited the video. Proud of our collective! For a larger picture of the finished piece click Here.
Here’s a little glimpse into the Homegrown Blends creative process featuring Jo_iLL and myself. It’s also a sneak peak for the Fall/Winter line. On top of this we turn 10 this year. Come vibe with us at one of the events below and get the new gear while you’re at it.