i owe my success to the beloved friends who come into my life to lift my spirits when everything seems…overwhelming. after moving to New Orleans my life drastically changed for the better.realistically i needed to enter a larger city for more eyes to view my art to take me further. i didn’t want to go too far from Louisiana just yet-it will always be home for me. so here i am, thankful to even having made it this far.
this is Gavin, this is before we went to this place called The Republic. i feel like i harassed the marketing guy (Chris) to check out my website- mainly because he said he would, so i was just verifying that he would by asking him twice. i just really never believe anyone who i meet in a club setting that says they will do something without even getting any contact information.
that’s like saying i will be right back to your merch table to get something,
anyway- my phone isn’t broken anymore but my service will be off tomorrow.
life is always bittersweet and for this i am grateful.
in New Orleans to be a street artist you must first be harassed and hazed by police officers who’s job it is to prevent culture- apparently. good thing for me im apart of a group who work to fight for artists to defend our art and the culture around us. if you don’t do or say anything about it, it will keep happening.
this is not okay and i am mad as hell about it,
in other news i made some very rare prints that im EXCITED about.
including some rare misprints.
wow brother thank you for getting this tattooed onto you, Josh you’re the goat and I can’t wait to build cvltaesthetics together. really looking forward to it.
this is surreal to me, i am so flattered and honored at the same time. friends who take time out of their day/life to get my work put on them for the rest of their lives leaves my head spinning.
the realization that i am creating works that can speak to you hits harder each day, this reminds me so much of myself in a weird way. a reminder to get back to my focus, to the mission at hand.
the wonderful artist who tattooed this onto my pal Josh: @necronomitron
i miss south Texas so much, it was so surreal seeing the full moon in the gulf how i did, it was literally like i was living in a dream. a memory i want to return to sooner than later.
in 2014 me and a group of friends were sitting at a coffee shop in Shreveport while drawing and we decided to get up and travel down major cities in Texas selling artwork for gas money to make it to Corpus Christi.
one of my first real on the road experiences ever really. i had to learn how to travel in a big number, it was six total. haha i know we looked like goof balls.
the coolest part was selling artwork in each city. from Dallas to Austin, to San Antonio to Corpus Christi, meeting people and sharing our stories together, i wouldn’t have traded that experience for anything.
draw to survive.
i have been turning water into wine. sometimes it works with the aid of Heather from Where Y’Art. a lot of my focus lately has been perfecting the pen. my illustrations have no limit lately. as some of you are aware, i’m trying to become one of the greatest pen illustrators. i believe in being challenged.
im learning to not allow the mood and opinion of others trouble my mental health. the mind is where i create from, it deserves to be protected.
all of November i’m going to be curating my first art show in New Orleans called MAGIC BOX at the Rook Cafe. it’s a collaborative art show that has art representing the occult, mystery, and folk lore of life. we have the pleasure of various artist takes on it. please if you are reading this join the fuss we would love to have you at the reception at 11.11.16 –
it’s kind of funny because i need to find some frames for my works.
always lacking something right.
i’m always lacking a great chai as well, still trying to find the best chai in town that isn’t over priced and local. i’m probably going to have to bike to the Bywater today.
i’ve been typing this post, contemplating my color pallet for my latest work and thinking that sometimes i get too upset worried about “messing up” or being embarrassed in the eyes of some individuals. those emotions hinder so much progress and i want to take steps into dissolving them.