hand lettering Tag

Mixed Kid – Gold Sticker

Here’s a new sticker I created this month. For those actually reading this, I come from a mixed background and I wanted to make some art celebratingG that. Some kids and adults are still struggling with who they are, but I hope artwork like this can affirm their identity.

Send a sticker to a friend or cop one for yourself HERE

Dig this? Check out the first “Mixed Kid” sticker I made.

Quotes I Like – Toni Morrison

I wrote this down on a piece of paper after watching the documentary about writer Toni Morrison’s life. I came away with lots of gems but this quote stood out. The context is the racism she and her family experience in the United States but I think it applies to governments like the United States who have used colonialization or imperialism as a way to steal resources and gain power.

“If you can only be tall when somebody is on their knees then you have a problem” -Toni Morrison.

Dig this? Check out this quote from KRS One

Video: Sketchbook Tour 4

I’m a sketchbook lover since I was a kid and I have tons of them. For the past 3 years I have been sharing them via video tours like these and specific sketchbook pages like this one from this same book.

What are these? This is a video where I flip through my sketchbook and show some of my doodles, drawings, paintings, and ideas in between client and personal work. Watch and share.

Dig this? Check out my sketchbook tour #3 or this recent sketchbook page

READ Print 7 – Welder Girl

NEW Print! You can purchase a print HERE

Just finished painting this. Normally I can knock these out in a day, but my little one started school this week with minimum days so it got done in increments. This is the 7th print like this I’ve done. It’s a series with the word “READ” on them. The first 4 each had a different young person on them holding a book (2020). This new set of four features young people in the places of joy, passion, or dreaming.

This one: An illustration of a young girl with some welding equipment. I’ve always liked the re-emergence of a DIY, maker movement who not only repaired or customized things, but also built new things. I imagine this young lady to be a welder who works on “Go Karts”. Hence the track behind her. Feeling it? I am! I also know there are books out there for kids about welding, wood work, 3d printing, and making stuff. Not sure if my idea comes across but I like it.

Again, you can purchase a print HERE

Dig this? Check out the first set of four READ prints

Inspiring Artist – Cymone Wilder


Thank god for Maurice Cherry who has done so much work to highlight Black designers, artists, and creatives with his work. I just came across Cymone or “Simon and Moose”. Wow, what a breath of fucking fresh air it is to see this person’s work. She is Amazing. 

What’s this bruh? This is where I share artists that have been inspiring to me in my work sometimes directly and other times indirectly. Check out Cymone Wilder’s website here. You can see the many clients she work with , her personal work, merch, and more. Wow is what I keep saying to myself.

I haven’t highlighted that many type artists or designers who work with letters but I will do that more because I pull inspiration from them as much as I do illustrators or muralists. Cymone is someone you should watch and follow. Like now, do that now. Here is her IG.

You can read an interview she did with the Nashville Voyager (where she’s based) and get a sense of what makes her do what she does. Stay tuned for more.

Did you catch the posts I made about these other amazing artists?

Creative Mornings presentation!!!

Dig this? Check out my last inspiration board here.

Ethnic Studies in Every School 2- Purple


Just painted this new joint before the San Jose Made show and LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out. I get in a rut sometimes and returning to this subject matter and composition really helped me do my thing and get loose. Check out some of the process art for this one below.

If you’d like a print of this bad boy, please visit my shop at THIS LINK

What is Ethnic Studies? Short version is that US history is Eurocentric and throughout time either mis-characterized, ignored, or completely barred stories and history from African American, Native American, Latinxs, and Asian Americans. I throw in Middle Eastern families as well. In the late 60s San Francisco State University (my 1st college) and then UC Berkeley were the first schools in the US to create college departments that housed teachers and courses dedicated to some of this knowledge. And to be frank, it is not just about a diverse we are the world photo. It’s a bout understanding systems, power, challenging that, and changing the narrative. And that is why some are terrified of it.
Did you like this? Check out the previous “Ethnic Studies In Every School” painting I did (2019). Oh, and have you ever heard of Dolores Huerta? The Contract Buyers League? What about Marie Butchie Tom?
photo credit: My Momma!

2 Sticker Packs Revisited


These stickers took over a year to complete and when I did I made them into sticker packs which are fun! My. lovely wife helped me redesign these recently for fun. Check em out eh? They make great gifts for interns, college students, or your team at work.
Affirmations Pack: This pack is all about reminders to take care of your self. It’s about affirming needs with 6 phrases: Pause, Breathe, Rest, Focus, Step Forward, and Grow. Get a pack here.

Multicultural Pack: This pack is filled with phrases and words to identify. Black folks and people of color. In it are the following phrases: Black Is Beautiful, Raza, Blasian, Mixed Kid, Blaxican, and Poc Pov. Get a pack here.

Dig this? Check out this sticker sheet for self care

Keep Abortion Legal 2022


Been wanting to redraw this logo! I remember seeing it at abortion rights protests in the 80s with my mom. I can’t find who designed it but it’s tied to the National Organization for Women or NOW. For those who don’t go to protests I wanted to let you know if you’re following my work I believe in safe, legal and widely available access to abortion for all women and humans with wombs (inc gender non conforming folks). 
1.  I believe whoever’s body has the ability to carry a child should have the right to decide if they want to carry that child to term whether they become a parent or give a child up for adoption. To me, this is a basic human right. Non negotiable. It’s no longer the dark ages, it’s 2022.
2. I believe this is a form of medical healthcare. Like universal healthcare, I believe it should be accessible to all. I believe it should be free. If not free today, it should be at least affordable.
3. If you don’t want to get one, it goes against your religion, or you don’t subscribe to it-cool. I wouldn’t force you to get one. Whether you support this form of healthcare or not should be your choice. But you don’t have the right to decide what. my family does. For real, stop fucking w/ folks right to obtain this form of healthcare 
4. The majority of the world does not teach about safe sex, contraceptives, or protection. Access to birth control and education on how to use it for women, men, or people with penises or vaginas is still not as widely available as it should be. This is fucking backward stone age bullshit.
5. All that talk about pro life is BULLSHIT to me! The same folks talking that noise do nothing to make healthcare universal instead of a $ making business. They do not stop the death penalty, their governments from starting wars, men from carrying out mass shootings, or men from raping. In fact what I see when I hear their arguments is thinly veiled control of women and people with wombs. 
6. When we start to talk about race and class the picture becomes even more real. Not having access to abortion disproportionately affects Black and Brown people. The rich will always have more access to abortion and procedure’s like it if they choose. They speak one belief while practicing another. Black women, women of color, poor or working class women and gender non conforming folks have less resources, access, and having the ability to have an abortion increases their quality of life and gives them power to decide when, how, and if they will have children.
You disagree? Cool. But just know I stand in solidarity with women, gender non conforming folks, trans folks, and anyone who wants access to abortion. Now and forever. We can negotiate what I want for dinner or what kind of clothes I like, but healthcare is a human right. We moving forward not back. Never again.

ACTION STEP UPDATE June 24, 2022: Make art about issues like this. Support the artists who make it whether that be in film, dance, music, architecture, sculpture, animation, kids books, illustration, etc. Art changes culture and awareness. If you don’t make art, support artists! Their work helps organizers and activists working to change actual tangible laws and policy. Why? They just overturned Roe V Wade in the supreme court. 

If I made a print of this to donate funds to Abortion funds would you buy it? Lemme know via comment or email.
Dig this? Peep “Stop Asian Hate”
Check out this platform laid out by the Movement for Black Lives about reproductive justice!

Affirmations Sticker Pack

Yooo, just put these bad boys together in a pack. This is a 6 sticker pack of words and phrases meant to be reminders to self, motivational, and affirming. You can cop a pack for yourself or your team here.
This is some process from one of the stickers in the pack: PAUSE
This is the previous sticker pack: Multicultural

Step Forward Gold Sticker


Man many moons ago I did this painting and a whole series of pieces I called “positive wall affirmations”. It was a great creative exercise for me since I do a ton of figurative/ portrait work. It’s fun to play with lettering since thats how I got my start. But for folks who couldn’t buy an original painting, I decided to approach some of those same positive sentiments as stickers. And so far so good.

Cop one here

The last one in the series was “Pause