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CrayonBeats Presents Vol. 5: “The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats”

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ll know that this year we’ve released a couple of concept compilations. In February, we dropped our love-and-heartache themed compilation, titled “Love… This Might Hurt“. Then, Tiffny and I decided to each take on a compilation, where we’d be handling separate projects. In September, Tiffny dropped the stellar “Girls Named Tiffany“, featuring ladies named… Tiffany. Yup! You should understand why. Stream and download both of those, and our previous volumes, if you missed them. No, really, go do it!

Our last compilation this year is volume number five. Put together entirely by me, CrayonBeats presents “The Monsters Are Due on CrayonBeats“. The title is a play on an episode of The Twilight Zone. However, this compilation features two different themes — The Twilight Zone (episodes) and Goosebumps (books).

Humans of New York

#StreetPhotography #NYC @humansofny

Humans of New York started back in 2010 by Brandon Stanton after he had the ingenious idea to put together a photographic census of the people who live in the greatest city in the world. The mapped census soon morphed into something more as the photographer began adding quotes and anecdotes from his subjects, giving over 300 thousand followers of the blog worldwide a more personal and intimate look at NYC’s diverse and awesome inhabitants.

1xRUN: Peeta “Negotiation”

@peeta3D @1xRUN

Yesterday was Peeta‘s birthday, and, today, he’s selling limited copies of his artwork on 1xRUN. Manuel di Rita is a young Italian artist, from Venice, Italy, that began writing under the name Peeta in 1993. He became well-known in the Italian graffiti scene. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX, and RWK crew (both NYC). He has toured all over the globe, has been featured in numerous magazines, has displayed his work in various galleries, and much more.

This graffiti artist does stellar 3D pieces, and one of them can be yours today. “Negotiation” is a piece that he painted in London, and he describes that it’s concept is “to remind us that decision is a risk, picking up elements from the vortex of all possibilities and arrange them together (internal negotiation) might not be always easy, but to make decisions is the only force that make good things happen in our life!

The Festival of Gnarnia

@GnarniaFestival

The Festival of Gnarnia is a music and art festival in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, between August 9th-11th. That’s right, a week from today! You must be 18+ to attend; if you’re under 18, you MUST be with your legal guardian at all times. During the 3 days, you’ll see numerous musical performers, performance arts (burlesque, dancing, hula hooping, fire arts, stilt walkers, etc), visual arts, workshops, art installations, and more.

Musical acts to expect at the festival include Beats Antique, Gramatik, Eskmo, Eliot Lipp, Emancipator, Gift of Gab, Cas Haley, 12th Planet, Ott, Papadosio, Rising Appalachia, Paper Diamond, The Polish Ambassador, and many, many more.

Help Awol One with his children’s book, The Mombie

@AWOLONE #books #themombie

Awol One, known for being an underground hip hop solo artist and a member of The Shape Shifters, is currently working on a children’s book. Completely written, illustrated, and composed by Tony “Awol One” Martin, his 24-page hardback book is called “The Mombie“. It also comes with a CD soundtrack. Awol says, “Keeping in tradition of some of my childhood favorites like The Munsters, Scooby Doo, The Addams Family or Beetlejuice, they all had something in common, friendship and love and creepy monsters.

The Mombie is about a friendly, but weird, family and how they deal with a new born baby. If you follow him on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll often see sketches from the book. Pictures can be seen below.

But, he needs your help. He has set up a Kickstarter, to help raise money for this really cool project, and in turn gives you incentives for your donations. You’ll get things such as a copy of The Mombie first-run print, a signed and numbered copy (limited to 200), coloring pages, a personal note, a Mombie book bag, and more. Check it out.

1xRUN: Ekundayo – Mother To Another Dimension

@1xRUN #art #ekundayoreid

The latest piece of art on 1xRUN is by a multi-media artist named Ekundayo. He was born in Honolulu, but is based in Los Angeles, California. His artwork is colorful, surreal and visually stunning. He’s done exhibitions throughout the Los Angeles area, and has painted gorgeous murals on walls in various locations, such as his hometown Honolulu. He’s done commissioned works for DC, Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

So, yes, he has a piece up on 1xRUN. It’s called “Mother To Another Dimension“. He talks about how this piece is about discovery, and how the “elderly woman is meant to represent our ancestors passing on the mysteries and knowledge to the past of the youth.” This piece is going by quickly, so get yours while you can. Each canvas costs $75, comes signed, numbered, and with a Certificate of Authenticity.

1xRUN: RISK & Nathan Ota – Crucifix

@1xRUN #RISK #NathanOta #art

Graffiti artist RISK has been painting for over 27 years, and was one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains, and he pioneered writing on freeway overpasses. In his early years, he started the crew Prime Crime Artists with friends. Not too much longer, in 1985, he started another crew with RIVAL, called West Coast Artists (WCA). He eventually brought his graffiti into movie and music video sets, galleries and onto clothing, and has done many art shows.

Painter and illustrator Nathan Ota (aka Cooz) began doodling all over his homework and tracing old comic covers as a kid. In high school, gravitated towards graffiti, then, in college, he was introduced to the world of Illustration. Some time in the early 90s, he started working as a freelance artist for newspapers (LA Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, & more), magazines, recording companies, gaming industries, and galleries.

1xRUN: Natalie Shau – “Siamese”

@NatalieShau @1xRUN #art

Mixed media artist Natalie Shau, from Lithuania, is selling a piece she did in 2008, featuring siamese cats under hallucination, through 1xRUN. She often does photos of people, so this one is unique (check her interview with 1xRUN). Although, all her pieces are unique and stunning to look at, this one really grabbed my attention. I love how hypnotized and wicked they look — black cats, with their spines and bones visible, and they have wings. Excellent piece.

This particular 1xRUN piece is called “Siamese”, and it is available for $70. It will come signed, numbered, and with a Certificate of Authenticity. And, as with all 1xRUN pieces, this is limited edition, so hurry up and make it yours.

Ruby Red: Aboriginal Dancehall

Since we last interviewed her, international dancer and choreographer Ruby Red has been continuing  her hard work promoting Jamaican and Indigenous Taiwanese cultures in Taiwan. As resident Dancehall Queen and proud descendant of the Seediq tribe, she has appeared in Ryu Black’s Metsu Anstsusaken last year and she also teaches dancehall classes at Lumi Dance School. Her latest project continues her passion for  bringing awareness to, and combining Seediq culture with Reggae/dancehall. Teaming up with fellow choreographer Yin, Ruby Red created this amazing piece for her student’s showcase in traditional aboriginal dance was combined with reggae-dancehall steps. The result is visually amazing. With this new dance, Ruby aims to create a new genre all together: Aboriginal Dancehall.

1xRUN: Tes One “Stand Our Ground”

Graffiti artist / graphic designer Tes One, from Florida, puts his latest piece up for a 1xRUN. Paying tribute to the tragedy of Trayvon Martin, this is Tes‘ “Stand Our Ground” piece (in relation to the faulty Stand Your Ground Law in Florida). If you’re not in the loop with who Trayvon was, and the tragic event that occurred in February, do some research. It’s an unjust case, and Zimmerman should be rightfully punished for his wrong actions.

This run is available in two different forms – Screen Print (Limited edition of 100), and Canvas Wrap (Limited edition of 25). And, like all 1xRUN pieces, it’s available for a week only (or until it sells out, whichever comes quicker). All the proceeds from this piece go directly to Trayvon’s family.

1xRUN: Claw Money

Today, TOTT Global, Claw Money, and 1xRUN bring you an exclusive online release of Claw Money‘s new TOTT Global Poker Chips and 2-color screen print set. As with other 1xRUN items, this is limited edition and you only have a week to get one for yourself.

Yes, Claw Money is graffiti artist Claw‘s (Claudia Gold) fashion line. And if you’re in NYC tomorrow, she will be at KidRobot to celebrate the release.

Natalia/Damaris

Meet Natalia Andino (16) and Damaris Vasquez (17), two young entrepreneurs who started their business of designing and creating fun, fashionable and quirky accessories only this past November. Their Perler Bead artwork/business started when Andino’s stepsister  happened to show off her own creation, prompting the light bulb to go off in the girls’ heads. And so, their business was born.