2008 was hands down, one of the darkest years of my life.Our band had abruptly split after 8 years, and it was depressing for me transitioning into working a full-time 9-5 job as a two-way radio salesman.Tearing my ACL and meniscus in my right knee that year didn’t help much either.
Later, my band manager hit me up and presented an opportunity to invest in an Americana style clothing line that was backed by a couple of All-Star MLB players.The founder of the company took his former clothing line (Third Rail) to $20M.So my two friends and I invested.
The result?We lost $103K fast. I later found out other investing members lost way more.There were physical threats, legal threats, just an ugly time for all of us.
The clothing line never made it to launch.
I personally blew all of my money, depleted my Roth IRA account, and ended up owing a lot of money to creditors, my mom, and a couple of friends (now ex-friends). Read the full article here.
Coming from two opposite sides of America, SEEN and RISK witnessed the movement of graffiti all the way through, from different perspectives and career paths. Starting off at a very young age, SEEN turn to art at a very young age, and wrote his first graffiti on subway trains in his teens. Known for bringing super heroes and comic book figures to life, he turned to other mediums throughout the past decade, making pieces out of discarded materials and mixed media. Same is said for RISK, who was among the first graffiti artists in Los Angeles and is still famous for his unique letterforms and influential way of making pieces. RISK founded a graffiti crew called WCA aka West Coast Artists, together with a fellow artist RIVAL and . . . READ MORE HERE.
“In collaboration with other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Geoff Melville, Richard Mirando, and more, RISK has curated the multi-million dollar art collection at The Mayfair Hotel (now opening in phases through Summer 2017). Kelly Graval, the multi-talented artist, illustrator, and graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs, and billboards—dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to gallery..” Read More Here
LA FASHION WEEK and LOREAL have teamed up with iconic Los Angeles artist Risk to do a commemorative print for this years LA Fashion Week.
Prints are a variation of the artists iconic riskoleum image with famous quotes from iconic designers of the past. The can silhouette is filled in with a variation the artists collateral damage series.
The prints are printed with archival pigment on 290gsm archival Coventry Rag acid free paper with a deckled edge.
“RISK has a few unique pieces on display. “The Usual Suspects” was created with acrylic, enamel, aerosol, kandy car paint mixed with crushed abalone shell & lacquer. Some real mind-blowing techniques being used here by an incredible artist..” Read More Here