Sam Rodriguez in Kobe

Here’s a great photo of the brand new Sam Rodriguez mural painted in Kobe, Japan, during this year’s POW! WOW! Japan mural festival. Epic stuff. Still can’t quite believe much of this event went down at my old high school there. Small world! Photo by Brandon Shigeta.

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POW! WOW! JAPAN

POW! WOW! JAPAN 2016 starts today! I was lucky enough to be there last year during the first POW! WOW! JAPAN. This year the mural festival and accompanying events are going down in Kobe, a city in Kansai, near Osaka and Kyoto. It’s a lovely place – I lived there for about 5 years during high school. Funnily enough, many of the murals are going up on my old high school. You can follow the fun on their Instagram account.

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The Cages / Rendered Problematic

Culver City art gallery Thinkspace has a double opening this evening with new work by Sandra Chevrier in an exhibition titled “The Cages; and the Reading Rooms of their Lives” in the main room, and new work by Sean Mahan with “Rendered Problematic” in the project room. I was lucky enough to meet Sean in Hawaii during POW! WOW! a couple of years back, and have been following his great work closely since.

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No Wind is Favorable

The talented homie Jeff Gress has just launched a typography-driven timed print with the good people at 1xRun today. Based in Hawaii, Jeff is a super talented typographer who does all sorts of amazing custom lettering. I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside Jeff during several POW! WOW! mural festivals and nobody works harder than he does.

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Between The Lines

Some more great coverage of the recent POW! WOW! LONG BEACH 2016 mural festival I helped produce, via Havoc TV. This clip features incredibly talented Hawaii-based artist Defer, who really has a lot of great things to say about the event, and really nails how much extra work goes into it. It also features amazing French artist Kashink, who I was lucky enough to meet during the event. There’s a chat super-accomplished photographer, Martha Cooper, who was also in Long Beach, documenting the event. And last but not least, a visit with my new friend Pantonio, who painted at the wonderful Aquarium of the Pacific.