Shepard Fairy ” OBEY ” – On Banksy

Shepard Fairey – Obey on Banksy

The film he’s referring to is “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. Incredible documentary but also frustrating for an artist. Being able to see the street art world unfold was very inspiring and profound in my eyes. However, seeing Terry (AKA Mr. Brainwash) become an artist over night made me wanna pull my teeth out. Most artist’s spend their entire lives perfecting their talent, developing their style and doing their best to get it out to worlds eyes. Most of us just want a little recognition for our work, maybe even pay our bill, but usually it never comes. Terry on the other hand took marketing to a whole new level. A man who had zero artistic ability became a sensation over night. He managed to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars in work before his gallery even opened simply by utilizing the connections he’d made in the art community and marketing his product. He was able to reach an incredibly large market and appeal to masses by ripping off Andy Warhol as no other artist had done before. There is zero originality in the world, every piece of art mimics it’s predecessor. And that’s okay, any artist or poet has to be inspired by someone or something. It’s very rare that an idea spawns from nothing. The last time that happened was 13 billion years ago during the big bang.

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Cheyenne Mountain Tattoo

 

I’ve known these guys for several years now. I worked with Mark Hartenberger a while back at a tattoo shop here in Colorado Springs. Great artists, very personable, very professional. Just good, laid back dudes… They’re right in between Old Colorado City and downtown off Colorado Ave. If you’re in the area and wanna get some great artwork, stop by and check these guys out. Ask for Mike Culley or Mark Hartenberger.

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN TATTOO
729 COLORADO AVE
COLORADO SPRINGS.CO 80905
719.434.1597
cheyennemountaintattooco@hotmail.com

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“Soda Pop” John

I was downtown Colorado Springs the other day taking photos under the Colorado bridge when I ran across this gentleman (his name is John but everyone calls him “Soda Pop”). I asked him if he was homeless, he replied “No, I may be houseless but it’s the people I meet and the friendships that develop that make me feel at home”. Some times we let opportunities in life pass us by but it’s our character that keeps us going. I’m so happy to have met so many great people in my life. I’m sure that my family is just as dysfunctional as the next but it’s a great one; so much love, so much compassion and their arms are always wide open. My brother is a pain in the butt but I wouldn’t trade him for a can of snails and boy do I love snails! Keep those you love close and tell them everyday how wonderful they are. Hope you like the picture, his face has such a story to tell…

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Colorado Graffiti

Since I moved to Old Colorado City, I’ve been cruising the Schwinn between there and downtown. During a ride last week I came across some old graffiti from a few years ago. Still vibrant as ever. It may be illegal but this is great work. Let me know what you think…

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