Dilla Day!
February 24, 2014

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February 7th marked the anniversary of the passing of legendary Hip-Hop producer J-Dilla. His life is celebrated internationally on this day throughout the Hip-Hop community. I was asked to design a T-shirt for Dilla day in Hawaii by the Lightsleepers crew. J-Dilla is responsible for so many of my favorite tracks in Hip-Hop, so I was super excited to jump into this tribute piece.

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All I needed was some reference and some Dilla beats to dictate the direction and mood.

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Once the line started taking form, I simply had to guide it. As a character designer who always has to stay within a said style, there is no greater pleasure then when I get free range to design something in my own style, without restriction of an animation production pipeline.

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Once I was happy with the design, I brought the image into Adobe Illustrator, vectorized it and did the color separations for the 3 color silk screen. The color scheme was inspired by those classic Rawkus records T-shirts that I wish I held on to.

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Emailed the file to the homies in Hawaii, and VIOLA! the shirts came out super fresh!!!

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The shirts where packaged with a “Donuts Are Forever” record tote bag and Free stickers. A portion of the proceeds went to the J-Dilla Foundation to help fight against Lupus. A huge shout out to Truest, sneaker and street wear boutique for holding down the event.

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Thank you to all the Dilla fans and to TRUEST for supported the release, I wish I could of been in town for it, but there’s always next year, Mahalos!!!

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Fying Fortress Bodega (Dekorner Exclusive)
August 9, 2013

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Flying in from Germany, Art pilot Flying Fortress comes in for a landing with the Bodega artist series, featuring his classic Teddy Troops mascot. I’m a huge fan of bold and clean design, so I was super excited to get one of my favorite aerosol navigators on board.

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The Teddy Troops mascot has the capability to blend in seamlessly into it’s environment…

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… and at the same time, pop off of the inner city landscape.

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The Flying Fortress Bodega is limited to 100 pieces, and available exclusively at Dekorner’s online shop.

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Each Bodega comes with this limited edition giclee print, signed & numbered by yours truly, edition of 100.

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To make it a little more fun for all you collectors, I decided to grab 10 out of the hundred, I customized the caps white & blue, then shuffled them back into the mix.  These chase Bodega figures are signed and numbered by me as well.

Here’s Flying Fortress and Nychos putting in some heavy work!!! remember to swing by Dekorner to pick up your Flying Fortress Bodega!

~Peace!

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.