Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ELEPHUNKTL

My newest mural "ELEPHUNKTL" in Lincoln Heights.  

I wanted to combine the importance of cultures and how they make up this unique
Los Angeles neighborhood, the 2nd oldest in the City.

The mural depicts a multi-armed elephant that symbolizes the Asian influence in the neighborhood.  Although I didn't mean it to directly reference the Eastern god Ganesha, the Chinese view the elephant as a symbol of wisdom and strength. This neighborhood, specifically the building that hosts this mural, 
has been the home for many garment companies who have been employing Asian seamstresses for decades.  The work ethic and long hours these mostly Asian women put in daily is what made me want to use the elephant as a symbol in the mural.

Behind the head of the elephant-like figure are large colorful Aztec feathers and plumes. Obviously the Mexican influence in this part of town is undeniable.  Directly across the street from the mural is Lincoln Park and the Parque de Mexico where hundreds of Aztec dancers gather each year to celebrate near the statue of the last Aztec Emperor, Cuahtemoc.  

Finally, the reference to the spray can necklace and the aerosol tip 
the creature is pointing at, are a nod to the young people of this area, almost like the patron saint of street art to this community.

This mural is part of the #Latagrafica campaign bringing murals and art to Angelenos in 2014 and was made possible by Red Bull.  Here are some pics of the mural unveiling held at the Sweatshop Studio.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

MAN ONE: #FACESLA

Since we now have a new mural ordinance allowing for permitted murals to be erected around the City of LA, I have decided to finally launch my own citywide mural campaign!

I'm calling it #FACESLA.

(preliminary concept sketch, "voLAr", © 2014, Man One)

My murals for this campaign will focus on creating large multi colored portraits of people I consider worthy of recognition, not because they are famous or celebrities, but simply because they are common Angelenos.  Ranging from community leaders to family members or just happy playful children, these murals will serve to re-shape the landscape of our City of LA.  I will also be hiring young apprentices to help me create these works of art so that they may learn to one day create their own works of art on the City's streets.

As a native Angeleno, I know that L.A. is more than just Hollywood glitz and glamour.  L.A. has countless stories to tell that are hidden within beautiful communities of multi-ethnic people.  Most of these people are hard-working and thankful to live in this "City of Angels" and I am proud to put the spotlight on them.

Although I have secured private funding for the first few murals, I will be looking for others who are interested in this campaign to offer their walls, give financial support, or by simply nominating possible "faces".  I plan on producing at least 1 mural a month (indefinitely) throughout L.A. County.  

Mural #1, entitled "voLAr", will begin in August in Downtown L.A. Please share the campaign using #FACESLA on all your social media accounts and help me re-brand, re-shape, and re-face
 Los Angeles!


To get involved contact: pr@manone.com
For the full press release go to: UrbanHeartPr  

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

MAN ONE ON ARTBOUND | KCET

This just came out and I really like the unique angle they did on this one!
Thanks to Ed Fuentes and KCET for this piece.

Read the entire story on Artbound:



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RED BULL X MAN ONE


This mural unveiling event is FREE for collectors and friends who wish to support!

 I will have original art, prints and other items available for sale inside the studio!

If you'd like to attend please rsvp to:
pr@manone.com

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Monday, July 07, 2014

BLUESHIELD X MAN ONE: SOCCER BALLS

In honor of the World Cup, here's a flashback to late 2013 when I was commissioned by Blue Shield to paint a bunch of soccer balls for a campaign.

I really like the way they came out. Too bad they're all gone!

Hit me up if you'd like to commission one for your favorite team!













Click here to view more.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MCLA HELPS RESTORE MY MURAL

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!





(SECRET) POP UP SHOP ON MELROSE


I've got some artwork for sale and will be blowing out all my limited edition prints on
Thursday June 19th @ 7711 Melrose Ave.

The one day pop up shop is being hosted by :

They are having a secret sample sale on some great furniture 
pieces all day starting at 11am.

I'll be there from 4-7pm signing prints, come on down and say hello!

If you can't make it down in person, you can now purchase 
all my available prints online on my site:

Hope to see you there!!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

DSW #SHOELOVERS

Some artwork I painted recently for a DSW #shoelovers commercial

Check out the time lapse video:


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

THE NEW DEAL: ARTIST PANEL

I'm speaking on this public art panel this coming weekend…hope you can make it! 
Check the teaser vid...

May 24th at 5pm followed by the closing reception for The New Deal exhibit.
I've got a couple pieces in the show and some prints as well


All the info….

18640 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana
(Cross Street is Ventura and Yolanda)

Thanks to 11:11ACC for hosting this event

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