Wednesday, February 28, 2018

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 28: Jay-Z

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 28: Jay-Z

And so we've arrived on the final day of Black History Month and the final Illustration of the Black History Toonz series.

And I chose The G.O.A.T.... HOV!!!


Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as JAY-Z,a]is an American rapper and businessman. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. MTV ranked him the "Greatest MC of all time" in 2006.[12] Rolling Stone ranked three of his albums—Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003)—among The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2017, Forbesestimated his net worth at $810 million, making him the second-richest hip hop artist in the U.S.

As an artist, Jay-Z holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14. He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one ("Empire State of Mind") as lead artist. In 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind EminemNelly, and 50 Cent. He was also ranked the 88th-greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Jay-Z owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sportsand is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent.
Jay-Z married singer BeyoncĂ© in 2008. As a couple, they have an estimated combined net worth of $1.16 billion.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 21-27

First thing first, my apologies on being super late posting these. I've been making them but my camera took an L. So here's Day 21-17 of the #BlackHistoryToonz.

Day 21: Dwayne McDuffie

"I've always felt that the cool thing about being a writer is that all you need is paper to do the job."

Day 22: Angela Bassett

"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us."

Day 23: Michael Jordan x LeBron James
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."

You have to be able to accept failure to get better."

Day 24: Venus & Serena Williams
"Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do... but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there."

"Family's first, and that's what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game."

Day 25: Whitney Houston

"I like being a woman, even in a man's world. After all, men can't wear dresses, but we can wear the pants."

Day 26: Muhammad Ali

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

Day 27: Martin Luther King Jr x Malcolm X
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Painting Treal Toonz at The Street Painting Festival

The past weekend saw another installment of the annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. I've been going and observing for years. Last year I had the opportunity to curate artists for Exhibit Treal to
do it. While this year I did the same, this year I myself decided to finally participate.

Just a Black Bear painting an elephant

So what I did was create a piece featuring Teddy Elephante and invited people to add on to the piece Young and Old.

I took advantage of where I was position by bringing my Treal Toonz artwork & books for the masses to view. The reactions to Teddy & the Toonz was overwhelmingly great.

There were times where parents would be sitting on the curb reading the books to their youngest and their other children painted.

I found myself explaining Teddy & more to kids and adults and I literally was feeling like Jim Henson or Dr. Suess or something... But the Treal version.

Peep the Visualist at work!

On Day 2, I brought a
couple Treal Toonz paintings and did my #PayItForwardArt move that IveI been doing since 2013. Where I would hide paintings with messages around.

It was amazing to see who ended up finding them as they would message me.

When you stumble on a kid in the crowd who found one of your pieces #payitforwardart #trealtoonz

When you watch kids find a piece, read the message, look around unsure, take pictures of it and put it back lol
#payitforwardart #trealtoonz

Finders Keepers 

It was a great weekend.

My favorite pieces was that that showed why representation matters. Yup The Black Panther took over!!!

My body is sore but worth it!

Stay Treal!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 20: Nelson Mandela

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 20: Nelson Mandela

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global
peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Who Was Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 to December 5, 2013) was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. Beginning in 1962, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for political offenses. In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. For generations to come, Nelson Mandela will continue to be a source of inspiration for civil rights activistsworldwide.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Customizing the Kicks

Sometime last summer my nephew and some of the neighborhood kids got the bright Idea to have me paint their shoes. It turned out they liked it so they all came back needing more shoes done.

This is how it turned out.