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REAL ROOTS, REAL ART: STAA aka ANDREW MORRISON aka ZIPLOK

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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“MIRI IN THE VILLAGE” VS “LAST FOREST IN THE CITY”

The amazing and very talented Miri Kehler reviewed our new record “Last Forest In The City”. You can read it on her awesome blog “Miri In The Village“, check it out, she’s the best and such a riot! But also beware, just a heads up, her blog showcases some of the most amazing foods that she has made, we are fanatics for her cooking, check it out and don’t drool on your computer, it could really ruin it, we’re serious, its true.

 

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SEFAT- THE CITY WHERE OUR FEET DON’T TOUCH THE GROUND

Rav Yosef Caro Z"l Synagogue

Artist Quarter

Shraga a local Sefat artist

Arriving in Sefat

Hannah and her seven sons grave

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