Graffiti Artist Panel:
Turning the Ephemeral into the Permanent | LA Made

Panelists: Chaz Bojorquez, Petal, Zoueh, Aiseborn
Moderators: Man One and Scott “Sourdough” Power
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm (followed by book and print signing)
Location: Central Library @ Mark Taper Auditorium
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This panel will discuss how contemporary Los Angeles graffiti artists have gone from creating temporary works of street art to permanent and important “marks" on society. Through the publishing of their work in books, the installation of permanent murals, and original canvas works collected by both private individuals as well as important institutions, graffiti art has become an art form that exists beyond the short-lived nature of street tags.

The artists on the panel will share their unique experiences and the evolution of their work toward becoming a lasting tradition. The panel will be curated by myself and Scott "Sourdough" Power (Crewest Studio founders and hosts of the Not Real Art podcast) and will feature graffiti artists Chaz Bojorquez, Petal, AiseBorn, and Zoueh.

Following the panel discussion, I will be doing a book signing of my first picture book, Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remixwhich is currently receiving national awards and accolades for its colorful and original illustration work. Books, prints and other merchandise will be available by the other artists as well.


I want to thank the The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles for helping me secure funding and commissioning me to restore my mural "They Claim I'm a Criminal" at Southern California Library on Vermont in South L.A. 

Originally painted in 2010, the mural was hit hard in the last year with a wave of graffiti that had turned the mural into an unrecognizable wall of  bombs and tags. 

This is the first graffiti art mural they have ever restored!

Earlier this year, the MCLA stepped in, thanks to my dear friend and Exec. Director Isabel Rojas-Williams.  She told me it was unacceptable for my mural to be in that state of ill repair as we were all celebrating the passing of the new mural ordinance city wide.

She worked with Councilman Price from the 9th District to secure funding for me to repair the mural and give it a much needed anti-graffiti coat.  We were able to hire SPARC to give it the sacrificial coating.

Now it looks great! Hopefully for many years to come!!

Thank you Isabel Rojas-Williams, the MCLA, SPARC, Razer, Easi, Yusef, Michelle,
Socal Library and Councilman Price for all your help!

Monterey Park Library Mural..VOTE!

I'm one of eight artists chosen as a finalist to produce a public mural for the
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.

They have posted all the artwork up for public review and voting.
Please go to their website and vote for me and feel free to comment as well!

I'm honored to be in such good company with some fabulous artists like my friends
Paul Botello, Mario Torero, and Ricardo Mendoza.

But since I'm the only graff artist in the lineup it would be nice to get the gig!

Go to this link and vote for me!:

You can also view the artwork in person and give your opinions at the following locations, all open to the public:

-June 21st from 10am-2pm all the mural proposals will be on display at East Los
Angeles College Edison Auditorium Foyer for public input.

-The Art Acceptance Committee will meet Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 P.M. at El Encanto
700 El Mercado Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Below is the narrative for the mural...

“Creatures of Imagination”

The mural depicts three young children laughing and sharing a good time. Together they read a make-believe book entitled, “Creatures of Imagination”, that teaches kids to imagine fantastic creatures in their everyday surroundings. The kids sit and play on the grassy areas in front of Monterey Park's Cascade Park and the historic “El Encanto” building as they look up into the sky and create magical creatures with the clouds passing by overhead.

They each imagine a mythical dragon from cultural pasts. The Chinese dragon evokes a symbol of cosmic Chi (energy) as well as good fortune. The Mayan dragon, a symbol for the god of rain, shows his face in the center of the mural. On the left, a European dragon rises from the horizon to protect its treasure from Medieval knights of mythical times.

With this mural my intent is to bring unity to the community through cultural pride, historical sensibility, and the joy of reading. The message is that although we may have differences, when we read and learn about our common histories and cultures, we can imagine and create a beautiful future and world together, starting with Monterey Park.

Man One
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