Archive for June, 2013

Citizen kaNO at the MoMA
June 10, 2013

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I’ve been going to Art museums since I was a kid, a credit I owe entirely to the NYC Public School system. Those class trips had a profound influence on what I do till this day. As a kid one of my favorite parts of the trip was ending up in the gift shop checking out books and souvenirs.

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The Museum of Modern Art is one of my favorite art museums in NYC. While back home on a short trip, I managed to land a meeting with one of the MoMA Design and Book Store buyers. The meeting resulted in them officially carrying my book –“CITIZEN KANO, The Art of The Hustle”!

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The MoMA Design and Book store is located in the actual Museum of Modern Art on 11 W53rd Street in midtown. The museum averages 2.5 million visitors a year, so I’m definitely psyched about the exposure!

CK-book-at-MoMAFront and center with some really good company! I’d be fronting really hard if I said I wasn’t super psyched about this. For those of you who don’t have the book, it has forwards by Jackson Publick creator of Adult Swim’s The Venture Brothers, super cartoonist Stephen Destefano and Ray Wong from Intricate Concepts.

Picture_3CITIZEN KANO is the first official published collection of my work, mainly capturing my works from 2007/08. This book has a little bit of everything, character designs, illustrations, paintings, Graff sketches, toy designs and toy customs.

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The book retails for $25 USD, if you don’t have a copy yet, show your support and pick one up from the MoMA store the next time you visit the Museum 😉

A special thank you to Brand Studio Press for making the book happen and to my awesome sister Izay for snapping these pics for me.

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Paying my respects…
June 4, 2013

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8917_144807699314_341767_nLoosing people in your life never gets easier, no matter how many times it happens. I lost an old friend this weekend who left this earth way too soon. Alexis was a super talented artist and a great friend. We both graduated from the High School of Art & Design, followed by The School of Visual Arts. Upon graduation we both went our professional routes and kept in contact throughout the years. Alexis went on to a blooming design career in the music biz, working with some of her favorite recording artist, something I always admired. She was a beautiful spirit that came along with tons of jokes and snappy comebacks, my favorite type of girl. I’m choosing to celebrate her life, rather then mourn at this moment, I truly believe it’s the way she would of wanted it. Her memory will live on through all of her friends and family, here’s a little snippet of one of the last convo’s we had, gonna miss you a lot homie…

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