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REAL ROOTS, REAL ART: PART 2 – Standing for Cultural continuity.

A while back I blogged about my good friend Andrew Morrison aka Staa aka ZIPLOK, read past blog here. He is a amazing Native American muralist based in Seattle, WA. made it on the front page of the Seattle Times. The headlines read “Beloved Native American murals at Wilson Pacific may disappear.” The Seattle School district said they would pay for the reproduction of the mural and put Andrew on the design committee for the new school. Sounds all good, but there’s more to the equation; enough for Andrew and others in community to loose confidence in the new proposal. Read the full article to see why. We support you Dru! Keep it Fresh!

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I would like to dedicate this blog to a really good and old friend of mine from Seattle, Andrew Morrison. I met Andrew back in 6th grade, our families had a lot in common in regards to values, spirituality, native Indian culture, and athletics. Andrew and I connected at school over graffiti and Hip-hop. I remember Andrew’s older brother James had spotted my school binder all tagged up and loaded with graffiti artwork, he told me that I had to meet his brother because he’s an artist too, I met Andrew later that day and it was on.

Andrew and I were always doing pieces in class and exchanging them back and forth, critiquing and sharpening our skills like iron on iron. We later started a crew called The Burn Unit, and although we were rookies we brought fire to the walls of Seattle. I went by the name “Romeo GT”, and Andrew took the name “Ziplok” because he was known to keep it fresh. When High School came along, we both began to dive into the fine arts, seeking to add a whole new dimension to our craft. This was the point when Andrew’s skills went through the roof.

The unique thing about Andrew’s style is that he brings Native American life to the table and paints the uncensored heart of American History. Andrew is full blooded Native Indian, Apache/Haida. I can recall a charcoal drawing that he did of an elderly Native woman crying that was put on display in the school art gallery. The message was clear to many people, and it penetrated the toughest hearts, bringing people to tears. The pain in the woman’s face was real, and you witnessed through this piece of art the painful history of a nation through the tears of one woman, it was amazing. Andrew took his art to the streets and pursued to paint huge murals around town, he became an overnight success. I have had the privilege to assist him in some of these amazing productions.

Andrew is a warrior, if you know him personally then you know what I’m talking about. He paints his victories and defeats, his strengths and his weaknesses, and burning on the canvases lay messages we all can identify with. Andrew is of the few who has a boldness to be transparent and true to his roots, and his art has no fear, which is a trait we all aspire to have as artists. You can find his work all over the beautiful Northwest and abroad.

Check out his website HERE. Much love Dru, keep on keeping it fresh bro.

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The Craft And Folk Art Museum in L.A

There are so many unique and interesting museums in LA that our list of places we want to visit is really piling up! This Sunday we decided it was time visit The Craft And Folk Art Museum which we have driven past a thousand times and said to each other “we need to check that place out!”  The museum is held in an adorable two story building on Wilshire Blvd. I admit, what caught my attention was the museum’s store that you can see through their front window (I am always a sucker for museum stores) and the crochet light post outside their building made me wonder what the inside was like.

On Sunday when we went to visit, the top floor was a an exhibit called L.A skin & INK which showcased Los Angeles tattoo culture over the past 60 years. The bottom floor was an exhibit of glass sculptures by Californian artist Steve Klein. After the exhibits we looked around the store and picked up a calendar of events offered at the museum. They have some really cool activities like printmaking sessions, Etsy craft nights, bazaars, book signings, even a Tamale making classes!

A visit for non-members is $7 a person but it would be a good idea to become a member if interested in all the classes they offer. Definitely worth a visit on a Sunday afternoon!  

Check out the website for more information and directions.

Wanted this basket made out of an old garden hose, but for $120 I resisted. Also thought it might be a fun craft to try at home…and what I really mean is Roman to try at home! Lol  

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