Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TYS New Years Eve-Bay Area

If youre in the bay and looking for something to do on new years which is affordable, come through and say hello.We'll be chillin, drink in one hand, paint brush or can in the other...

Monday, December 7, 2009

CECE Live Painting at SOB's -DEC 8th

Cece will be painting something special tommorrow night at SOB's in NYC. Come through if you have the time.....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saturday 21st, BK NY

Come out and support TYS member Robert Trujillo and Ana Bravo (and a bunch more super dope artists) this coming Saturday in BK. We'd love you see you.

Skylight Gallery @ Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton St. BK

Friday, November 13, 2009

HOMEMADE Saturday, Nov. 14th Berkeley Califas

onstage emcee Yosimar Reyes
performances by..
DJ Santero
Mia Zuniga
Diskarte Namin
Bang Data
Los Rakas (special guests)
DJ Leydis

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will be grilling quesadillas emblazoned with the art of Favianna Rodriguez, as well as Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes.

Slideshow of recent murals painted in Central America by the Trust Your Struggle Collective

4X4.FilmFest 4 digital visions from 4 analog visionaries

$10 advance/students $12 at the door
Doors open at 9pm @ La Peña Cultural Center

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shows (TYS Members getting down)


Ok folks in the Yay Area, come out and support Bounce and Cece, who will be a apart of the Tabi Tabi Po Show Tommorow in San Francisco .The informacion is below:

OPENING RECEPTION: FRI November 13, 2009 7PM-10PM

Show is open until: Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 9:00pm
1000 Howard Street, SF, CA

1:AM gallery presents “Tabi Tabi Po,” an exploration of Filipino Folklore creatures through Urban Contemporary art featuring artists of Filipino descent. The Kapre, Manananggal, Dwende, Tikbalang, and Aswang are just a sampling of these haunting creatures that will be brought to life in this exhibit.

Annd, if you havent been to the Asian Resouce Gallery to Check out Erin Yoshi, you need to get over there because she has work up with long time homies, family, and collaborators Tiffany Eng and Joy Liu. The information is as follows:

Profiles of Asian Women


October thru November 2009

310 Eighth Street/ Harrison
Oakland Chinatown
OPEN M – F, 9AM – 6PM
For more info: Greg 510/ 532-9692


Tres/Rob will also be in a show with the Coup D' etat Crew in Brooklyn on November 21st. Lots of homies in this show, check out Cekis and Ana Bravo!
Come through and see us at any one of these events....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Memoria Viva Process video

BIG props go to YOSHI and SHAUN BURNER for putting this together. No doubt these two were exhausted when they put together this time lapse, but the result came out pretty fresh!

Bogota Memoria Viva from Trust Your Struggle on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

CECE Carpio & Erin YOSHI in 120z. Prophet!

Big props goes to Yoshi and Cece for getting the front page shot by Martha Cooper on the 120z. Prophet site. Heres the shot, go to the site to see more. Good work yawl, you deserve it. Thanks to the Younity crew for putting such a beautiful show together. So many talented artists, graf heads, youth, and all around dope community were in attendance last night. Its good to see folk come together like that. Keep it going!
TYS Calamity

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Younity Presents FRESHER! This Saturday in NYC

YOUNITY PRESENTS: FRESHER! AN ECO-ART EXHIBITION Third Annual Exhibit Features 40 Female Avant-Garde Artists Who Recycle & Create Art for the Earth

Back for its third annual show, YOUNITY presents an eco-art exhibition entitled FRESHER!, opening October 3, 2009 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center in the Lower East Side section of New York City. Running until October 23, 2009, the exhibit is not the average "white-wall" art show; the all-female collective will transform the art space into an eco-funhouse of raw materials and street art. Elements such as graffiti, photography, design and construction are used to connect ideas about consumerism, environmentalism, health, and renewable energy. The private press hour from 6pm-7pm will grant access to notable, oft-unseen artists right before the public unveiling of work at 8pm. FRESHER! features main-stay YOUNITY artists such as Lady Pink, Martha Cooper, and AIKO while introducing emerging artists such as China Morbosa and Amanda Lopez.*

PRESS HOUR: 7pm-8pm
Opening Reception: 8pm - 11pm
October 3, 2009 - October 24, 2009
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002
between Rivington Street and Delancey Street
F train to Delancey

*Also showing is Yoshi and Cece from Trust Your Struggle!

Monday, September 21, 2009

SENSOREAL Opening This Saturday, 26th BKLYN

Hey peoples, please don't miss out on the Hustlenomic Family getting sensitive with the Avant Yard group for a dope show going down in Brooklyn, Saturday 26th. All happening at 124 Washington Ave, at 5pm.

Music by DJ Brainchild (BK) and Wonway Posibul (Bay Area) and visual arts by: BORISH, YOSHI, and MIGUEL BOUNCE PEREZ (of Trust Your Struggle), Crystal Clarity, Juan Doe, Tony Peralta, and many more. Live silk screening by Mikey 1SOUL & Dylated. Food & drinks.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Invite to Participate: Trust Your Struggle

This September 11th we, the Trust your Struggle Collective will be presenting The Black Art Show at D-Structure boutique and gallery in San Francisco.

Part of our mission is to reflect the struggles and beauty of our own communities as well as communities around the world. It wouldn't be right to do so without a collaborative effort from YOU, our friends, our family, our comrades, the people we work with and the people we work for.

What we ask of you is to depict what term Trust Your Struggle means to you. Our only constraints are that we ask you to keep your piece

8.5"x11" and only use black and white (with shades of gray if needed).

The piece you submit can be anything from a handwritten definition/sentence/poem of what Trust Your Struggle means to you to a 3D sculpture.

The opening reception with be
September 11th
520 Haight St.
San Francisco CA 94117

You will retain all the rights to your creation as well as the full profit if sold.

The piece will be on display from September 11th - October 7th at D-Structure fully credited with your information.

If you choose to participate please fill out this form and mail or deliver with your artwork.

PRICE (if applicable):

Please mail or hand deliver your piece no later than September 9th to

520 Haight St.
San Francisco CA 94117
include a self addressed stamped envelope, to return your piece after the exhibit is over or to send you a check if the piece is sold.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Friday, August 14, 2009

San Francisco Goes Black

Another Bay Area invasion by the Trust Your Struggle Collective, this time going down at D-Structure in Frisco, Califas. Be sure to be there because the rumors of D-Structure's opening nights (which are true!) is that they always bangin'.

DSSF & Trust Your Struggle Collective Presents:

The Black Art Show

Guilty Party:

(and a few extra as always...)

**All visual art will be executed in only black and white**

Audio by:

520 Haight Street
San Francisco Califas

Afterparty at NICKIES
466 Haight Street
w/ Dion Decibels & The Whooligan

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Barrancabermeja and Bogota, Colombia

Hey Folks,

Man things have been busy. Shaun Burner came down to Colombia to participate in the Memoria Viva project and we were cooking. The first city we hit was Barrancabermeja and that region is hot in all aspects. Politically there is a lot of violence that occurs and literally the minute you step out of the plane you are sweating.

We got in and hit the ground running. First we completed a mural at Credhos, a human rights organization. The founders of Credhos have been displaced and their current leaders are on the government list for the paramilitary to assassinate. Even though the folks there knew their life was in danger, they still continue to fight for human rights in their city. Their strength, resilience and dedication was humbling. It touched us to the core.

Credhos was nice enough to house our workshop, so in return we dropped a mural for them in their patio.


We conducted the workshop with folks ranging in age from high school to elderly. Their stories were amazing and their losses were enormous. They painted their ideas for the murals and shared with us their experience. From this we created the mural at the Public Library Galvis Galvis which is on the campus of the University of Barrancabermeja. The University was very supportive and let us paint the mural on wood in the auditorium of their main entrance.



And on our last night, after the mural was carried over to the Library and installed, we dropped a little mural for fun right next to the office of the administration. We even got some students and administration to paint it with us.

From there, we jumped on a cold bus for a long ride back to Bogota. We enjoyed a week of rest then got right back to it painting a mural for the office of Reiniciar, the law firm that currently has the case against the Colombian Government in the Inter American Human Rights Courts for their participation in the massacre of the Union Patriotica.


Then for the next few days we linked up with the artist crew APC to complete a mural at the National University of Bogota. This was a great collaboration and a blessing to be able to paint with Bastardilla, Stinkfish, Aeon, and Zas. Then with the luck of great timing, Skope from Australia landed in Bogota and came through to help it all come together. It was a great collaboration between TYS, APC, and Skope.

The quote and theme of this mural was based upon a quote from Pablo Neruda: They can kill the flowers, but they cannot stop the spring.


The videos from these murals are coming shortly. We are waiting to see which version will be released because, we are concerned for the safety of our participants from the workshops. We will either release just the mural version or the version with the workshops included. We are waiting on clearance. So please be patient with us, we just don't want to put anyone in more danger.

Thanks for keeping up with us,


Monday, May 25, 2009

University of Llanos, Meta, Colombia

Hey Folks,

Man just made it back from Meta a state a little south from Bogota, the capitol. Meta was truly a hustle, I finished my first solo mural in 5 days and worked my butt off. Below are photos of the wall, a new video of the making of the mural, local newspaper coverage, and a little diary entry along the way...Check it out...

Click to watch the Making of the Mural.

Meta University Mural English Version from Trust Your Struggle on Vimeo.

Click to enlarge: Mural at University of Llanos.

This wall is at the entrance of the University.


Day 1
I painted the wall with primer today. Man by the time I got to the top, I could roll two strokes then rest for 10 breaths, then roll two strokes and rest again. I was sweaty and freakin dying. I just got back to the hotel and I can barely close my hands... man I miss the crew

Day 2
Today I battled tropical rainstorms and frying sun. When it rains or gets to hot, I have to carry my large suitcase full of spraypaint and 20 buckets of paint upstairs to the location the University gave me to store my supplies. Who needs a gym when you got gallons of bucket paint.

Day 3
Wow! As I was getting bit by mosquitos today, my new security guard friend said... um you should wear repellent because we have Dengue here. Note to self: ask when you get to a new region if they have Dengue or Malaria there.

Day 4
Kinda have a little food poisoning, man my stomach is trippin. And today I have to spend all day on the top of the scaffolding. Nothing like balancing on one narrow piece of wood 3 stories in the air. I have already derived on exit strategy if this thing falls, but I pretty much summed up that if it falls odds aren't in my favor. My hands are more sore from holding on to the scaffolding than using the spray can. But I am almost done...

Day 5
My usual schedule, get to the school early like 8:30 and power it out until the sun gets so hot I feel my head melting then take a siesta and work though the night. Tonight I finished the mural at 5:00am. Worked through the night. I have no words...

Anywho, that was me struggling, but thankfully it all came together. When the mural was completed, I dedicated the mural to the Victims of the genocide of the Union Patriotica. The region is so tense right now that the school asked me to change it because they couldn't be seen as having party affiliations. I told them I understood but argued that the UP is no longer a party, so it is not a solicitation for new members. The party was destroyed as over 5,000 of their leading members were assassinated or disappeared in the late 80's. This was a dedication to remember the Genocide.

They couldn't change it themselves because the students and staff supported it and it would look like censorship. So the dedication still rides. I know that this is easier for me to do as a foreigner because it would be more dangerous for a local person to write this message. So I knew, I had to stand my ground. For example, the lawyer representing the school was shot 3 times in the head 8 days before I arrived for being political. This region is tense...

Thanks folks for keeping up with my adventure. Shaun Burner gets here Wednesday as we take off to the next region for some more.

And here is the local newspaper coverage of the mural:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

NDHS Rootop Legends 2009


Join us this coming Saturday for New Design High School's opening reception of Rooftop Legends 2009 with dozens of New York's graffiti & mural artists.

Opening Saturday May 16th
NDHS Rooftop
350 Grand Street NY NY 10002

Music provided by DJ Enuff of Hot 97

Suggested donations at door/ all funds benefit NDHS

Monday, May 4, 2009

Fotos from Hoodscrapers Opening

Check out the photos from our opening, thanks to all the folks who made the trek up there and all the Hip Hop Seasons Folks for holding it down on music and dancing.

Click here if you can't see the slideshow.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Memoria Viva Movies

Hello Folks,

Dropping the first videos from Colombia.

Check out a little street video of Bounce, Makila and Yoshi.

Street of Cali Colombia from Trust Your Struggle on Vimeo.

In addition, here is the little video of the project Memoria Viva. Thanks to Mikey, Migs and Pablo for helping Yoshi make her first video.

Univalle Mural - Memoria Viva from Trust Your Struggle on Vimeo.

This mural is at Univalle, the public University in Cali, Colombia. It is the first in a mural series painted with the theme Memoria Viva. Memoria Viva is a project to remember the people who were displaced, disappeared or assassinated who were apart of a political party called the Unión Patríotica (UP).

This mural was a collaboration between survivors and family members of the violence in the UP, students and Maintenance Personnel at the University (special thanks to James, Camilo, Mauricio and Carlos), and artists: Bounce, Makila, and Yoshi. It is a Trust Your Struggle Production sponsored by Reniciar.org.

History of the UP:

In 1984, the FARC had peace negotiations with the government and out of the negociations a political party was created that represented the people. They emphasized one of the
problems was there was not a political party that represented the progressive left so many people didn't have a voice in the government. So the outcome of the negotiation was the beginning of the political party called the Unión Patríotica , the UP. The FARC agreed to a cease fire in 1985 as a result of this negociation. The party grew very fast over the next few years gaining
political power. They won many mayorships, control of local
municipalities, and the party grew very large in numbers. Many people
remember this as an amazing time, one of hope. Though the idea of the Party came about from the negociation, the UP was started by leftist philosophers, professors, artists, and regular folks who became politicized.

In 1986 because of the fear of growing power of the UP, the government and the military started secret assassinations, disappearances and displacement of the members of the UP. The two of the major military plans were called the "Red Dance" and "Plan Return." The government created paramilitary teams whose jobs were to search out members of the UP to assasinate and disappear them. This effort destroyed the party and by 1987 because of the masacres, the
FARC stopped the cease fire. Over five thousand of its members who were killed or disappeared. Colombia is now the largest country with internal displacement, recently surpassing Sudan. Over 4 million people have been internally displaced. And it is funded by the United States, over $6 billion
have filtered in and over 1000 U.S. personnel are in Colombia... this what the "War on Drugs" has funded...which has actually increased the amount of cocaine coming out of Colombia.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Memoria Viva en Colombia

Here is the first installment of the Memoria Viva Mural project Yoshi has been putting together in Colombia. The project will consist of 4 more murals throughout Colombia. For more info on the project check out this trailer Mikey put together.

Yoshi, Dr. Makila & Bounce
The allotted 3 weeks to work on this mural was reduced to about 4days, but with the hard work and persistence of some good friends, we finally got this wall done. Thanks to Makila, James, Camillo, Pablo, Mikey, Octavio, the maintenance staff at Univalle, the bag-o-rum and many more.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Warming up in Cali Colombia

Yoshi & Bounce playing with colombian paint

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sketches & Studies for HOODSCRAPERS

While TYS members Erin Yoshi, Bounce, and Mike are enjoying the warm weather and waterfalls of Cali, Columbia as they prepare to start a mural at a local university, New York members are getting ready for another gallery installation. Here are some sketches for the upcoming HOODSCRAPERS: High Rise & Low Fall show, opening May 2nd.





Saturday, April 11, 2009

1 day burner en Cali Colombia

Muro pintado por : Trust your struggle (yoshi+Bounce) de California y Fuzil(Dr.Makila) de Cali. APC.Autopista con 50.Cali. (about 100ft long)

Thursday, April 9, 2009


We're working on our new show entitled HOODSCRAPERS: High Rise & Low Fall, opening May 2nd (Saturday) in Newburgh, NY. It's part of a larger event called Hip Hop Seasons, all happening in Newburgh for the second year in a row. More updates and photos as we start working in the gallery.

Hoodscrapers Flyer 1

Hoodscrapers Flyer 2

Heres the festival info:

hiphop seasons

Event Schedule-

Dinner and a Movie

Thursday April 23RD 7:00PM- 9:00PM

On the Corner of Liberty Street and Broadway (Outdoors)

Newburgh N.Y 12550


Children of the Night Scholarship Concert

Friday April 24TH 7:00PM – 9:00PM

N.F.A High School Auditorium

201 Fullerton Ave, Newburgh, NY

ReadNex Poetry Squad, Saul Williams, John Forte, Rugged & Raw, Alex Schein, Eunice

$5 for N.F.A Students $10 for Public

NOTE: All money will go towards the Children Of The Night scholarship started by Saul Williams. Money will benefit N.F.A Students and Teachers. Tickets are on sale at N.F.A and Newburgh Art Supply 87 Liberty St, Newburgh New York 12550

Drum Circle & Brazilian Capoeira

Saturday April 25TH 12:30PM – Until the energy runs out!!!

Downing Park


Carpenter Ave/3rd St.

Newburgh N.Y 12550



Triple Threat

Saturday April 25TH 8:00PM

Beat Battle, DJ Battle, Break Dancers & Freestyle Challenge

Mount Saint Mary College Hudson Hall Auditorium

330 Powell Ave

Newburgh, New York 12550


Where My Ladies At?

All Women’s Hip Hop Panel

Sunday April 26TH 3:00PM

Newburgh Free Library

124 Grand Street

Newburgh, N.Y 12550


Poetry Coffeehouse Black Box Theatre

Wednesday April 29TH 7:00PM

Newburgh Free Academy

201 Fullerton Ave, Newburgh, NY


Hoodscrapers: High Rise & Low Fall (Graffiti Art Opening)

Saturday May 02nd 7:00PM

Ann Street Gallery

104 Ann Street




email at readnex@hotmail.com

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Works by Borish

"Miriam" 8.5" x 11" Pen & Ink

To see more of new works by Trust Your Struggle's Borish visit: mincho vega is borish.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lucha Libre...TYS, Punto EXE, and APC

Hello Folks,

Yoshi here reaching out from Bogota. This weekend was packed with painting. Saturday was the Lucha Libre event which was hosted in Oaxaca, Medellin, and Bogota. The event telecasted the creation of the murals in all cities simultaneously taking place in the different cities to the theme of Lucha Libre. In Bogota the mural is on a main street where traffic runs Carrera 5 with Calle 20 in downtown. It was a collaboration between TYS, Punto EXE and APC crews. And now we have a Confia en Tu Lucha (Trust Your Struggle) riding on the streets of Bogota...

Check the little video:



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(from Left to right: Bastardilla, Saga, Say, Stinkfish, Jako, Zas, Yoshi, Wap, Ark, Gris)

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Some other photos of the night

The two crews minus the ladies:

Then on Sunday in between little sprinkles of rain, we finished the other mural we started last week. It is placed in between a rich neighborhood and a poor one clearly divided by the paved road and the dirt road. We were there three different days and each time folks walking by would come, watch and hang out. The mural is on part of an apartment building and a demolished building. We invited the guys from Punto. Exe crew (WAP, Jako and Say) to finish the mural with us (Stinkfish, Ark, and I).

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(left to right: Yoshi, Say, Wap, Stinkfish, Jako, and Ark)

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Anywho my project starts next week so off to Cali, Colombia to complete two murals at the public Universities. I am hoping to have some crew mates meet up... We will see, keep your fingers crossed...The adventure continues...