Sunday, August 24, 2008


August 2008

Hey Folks

We made it back to California but we're far from done.
This will be the
most sleep deprived week of the Trust Your Hustle Mural tour.
If you're in
the Bay, you can't miss this one.


Galería Studio24
2857 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening Reception:
Thursday, August28th @ 7:30 p.m.

DJs Wonway Posibul & Shred One
Exhibition Dates: August 8th - September26th
Suggested Donation $2

Miguel Bounce Perez
Shaun Turner
Robert TresTrujillo
Erin Yoshi

Tanuj Chopra
Tze Chun
Amber Field
Pia Infante
Stephanie Yang.

On The Wall is a dynamic exhibition comprised of both Latino and
Asian Pacific Islander emerging artists.
Through the mediums of spray paint,
installation and video,the featured artists examine the current issues of
the immigration debate, such as shifting identities, cultural ownership and
community building.
On The Wall is the last exhibition of the year-long
series, PICTURING IMMIGRATION,which included exhibitions and public
events examining immigration from a variety of perspectives.

The exhibition will feature a large-scale installation and public billboard
by the Trust Your Struggle collective, a group of visual artists and
educators, based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.
The group
is dedicated to social justice through art and works in conjunction with
several other collectives, producing engaging exhibits and community events.

This presentation at Galería culminates the 2008 Trust Your Hustle Mural
Tour, which started in July in Brooklyn, New York and has traveled until now
through Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Flagstaff,Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

For the exhibit at Galería de la Raza,the Trust Your Struggle group will
join forces with multi talented video artists selected by Kearny St.

Workshop, creating a vibrant venue of art, thought, and
cross-cultural community activism.

Kearny Street Workshop’s video artists include: Tanuj Chopra, Tze
Chun,Amber Field, Pia Infante & Stephanie Yang,who thoughtfully explore
questions of identity,race and class relations, and generation gaps in
modern day society where cultures are continually informed by one another.

For more info
www. galeriadelaraza. org
415 826 8009
415 826 2345

-TYS Collective

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Flag, AZ

Here is the finished mural at the Victory Grill en Tejas
Click to enlarge

Whats up people. Sorry for the delayed blog, we've been kinda busy here in Flagstaff, Arizona. When I say kinda, I mean kinda because we've been doing a light load of work.

We got here late last Tuesday from one of the longest drives we've had from Austin Texas to Flagstaff. Texas is like crossing the world, man, hella big. Anyways, so after traveling a good 16 hours or so we met up with the homie Cy that works with several Native groups out here in AZ. His group were already painting a mural on the side of an apartment with some youth from the area. They was putting it down doing some dope stuff. The following 2 days we started a small mural on some plywood sheets with the youth in this garden that they have constructed. Their group works to promote awareness of the environment, culture, and art. They pretty much raised this garden out of an empty lot and now is growing corn, sunflowers, and other herbs while teaching the youth.

Other than that we've also began another mural here on the same apartment complex that Cy's group worked on. The families here, like the others, have showed us super love and hella feeding us. Love to Somana, Gabe, Scott, Brett, Eli, Derek from Applesauce Theater, and Cy.We got rained on early today while we worked so we had to call it. We're hoping we finish so we can be out Monday afternoon to make it to San Diego and LA, then up to the Bay.

Don't forget all the people in the Bay that we're having our opening for our show "On the Wall" at the Galeria de la Raza in SF,Thursday, Aug. 28th. We'll see you there.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Leaving NOLA, Big Texas, and Victory Grill

Hello people,

Writing you from the Lone Star State known as Texas. We arrived here Thursday morning after driving from New Orleans the moment we finished the mural at the Craige Cultural Center. Check the finished piece.

As for Texas, Austin is pretty chill, with its art scenes, music, etc. We are blessed to have a home to stay in while here with our wonderful host Courtney. 7 mo fo's in your house takes a lot.

Our first piece began last friday at the Historical Victory Grill on E. 11th. The history in this place is crazy rich with Blues singers and musicians. From what we've been told Austin was segregated into two parts by a highway, highway 35. Blacks could not go into the white part of town and when WWII was going on Black soliders would come home and go to the Victory Grill to catch some acts. Now the area around the Grill is getting super gentrified with new rich money coming in and the city wants the Victory Grill to go. So they are basically fighting to keep history, especially Black musical history here in Austin alive.

People have given us nothing but love in the community for doing this piece for the Victory Grill. Residents here have said that this was much needed in the area and it is bringing some good attention to the place.

Eva Lindsay the 61 years young owner of the historic Vicotry Grill in Austin Texas

Victory Grill


Eva & Charlene

Victory Grill entrance

Joe who runs The Yard Boutique in downtown Austin

Good friend of Victory Grill, Harold

Courtney, our lovely host (along with Martin) in Austin who has opened up her house to us.

The homie Sloke let us get down at his spot.

Borish at Slokes spot.

Shout out to Mark, Joe, Courtney, and Sloke who also made us feel at home. You guys always have a home in the Bay or New York.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Orleans

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Mural #2
Craige Cultural Center
Algiers, New Orleans

Craige Cultural Center in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans

This mural depicts some well known leaders alongside local leaders marching on the levy's and crossing the bridge that links New Orleans East and West Bank.

The homie Monk helped us get down

Some of the crew at CCC

Downtown New Orleans from Algiers

Farley Boy

We were honored to have painted at their center, where they are trying to do some amazing things for that community. Thank you Vince, Todd, Farley Boy, and Rondell from YAYA's for making us feel at home and teaching us a little about their city.
Farley Boy
Claude The Ghetto Scientist

Before we left we got a pretty dope run down of the 9th Ward by Rundell who was a former resident. It is still pretty much the same as it was when the levees broke (or were blown). A lot of homes, schools, and other centers are still gone, destroyed, or just abandoned. It was a well planned operation to get a large population of poor people of color to out of New Orleans. But that's just our opinion or thoughts. We'll let you come to your own conclusion.

Yaya's (Young Aspirations/Young Artists) "Painting It Back" Project in the lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.
We were supposed to help out with the installation of this project but missed it due to our car trouble in ATL.
Luckily we were still able to meet up with them and see this important project they put together.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mona's Back, the Big Easy, a cop, an americore girl, and a gang of muralists

Peace friends and fam.

Last Thursday we escaped from Atlanta with our Young Mona, fought through a storm and made it to New Orleans. Not that we don't love Atlanta, but we was getting some serious cabin fever.

Here is the Mural #1 Painted at the Omenal-Griot Museum in Atlanta. (click to enlarge)

Leaving ATL Shaun, Rob, and Miguel do one last piece in Little 5 Points

In New Orleans we're staying with the homegirl Candice who works for Americore here in NOLA organizing volunteers to help rebuild out here. But we're enjoying our stay here, especially cause we got beds to sleep on and a shower.

We started working quickly as we got here trying to hook up murals and contacting our connections. We met up with Vince from the Craige Cultural Center in the Algiers area of the city. This area was not flooded in the storm, but the center, for example was damaged and the city officials would not let Vince and his family back into their homes and the center. If you don't know about the dirty politics or racism that went down with the city/U.S. government and the citizens of New Orleans during and after the storm, you should really do some research.

The Craige Cultural Center (CCC) was created by Vince's father, Dr. Craige, where they would provide classes and workshops to the residents of Algiers. Since the storm they have rebuilt a lot of the center and now provide not just classes, but a computer lab, art classes, dances, performances, and other events. Their goal, as mentioned by Vince, is to help empower and build strong links in the community. We've started a mural inside the center and will be finishing by tonight or tomorrow morning so we can get out of NOLA and make our way to Austin, Texas.

...and to our friend of the law, Greg, you the mentor and dope tour guide. Give love to the family.

Here are some last minute photos from Atlanta...

The homie Amara from the bay cooking a wonderful dinner for us in ATL. Love to you mama.

How Borish do in the South

HotLanta for reals

Borish & Shuan gazing into each other's eyes

Trolly Stop in NOLA

But wait! How can we not have a picture of Phil..

The groundskeeper at Omenala-Griot Museum in Atlanta