Monday, December 21, 2009

baby's got back

Well, for some time now The back of my frames have been neglected. Really, who care whats behind the painting. For presentation/professionalism reasons I had to put a stop too this so over the summer I put down the hammer and nails and taught my self a better way.

No more finishing nails....I would suggest the Logan's Frame Fitting Tool which I use. It is around $40 bucks.... but if you spend $40 more you can have your self a professional grade fitting tool at a framing supply store. (not Arron bros) I had many problems with this tool it doesn't punch the inserts into the side of the frame all that well.

On the back of the panel I write down the info of the painting: artist, size, title, date etc... in some cases a " working title" when I don't have a title figured out. I even write the measurements on the frame and also sign it.

3m Super 77 is the brand I use. I like the sound of that it sounds like a writer from the 70's.
I spray a medium amount of adhesive.

After the adhesive has set I place a sheet off brown construction paper over the glue.
I then take a X-acto knife and cut off the excess.

I then I use finishing tape to clean up the sides. The L bracket that is screwed into the frame is for extra support for some of my older weaker frames.

Then i take a squeegee and get out all the wrinkles.


I measure and mark the spot were the eye hooks and wire will go. I make sure the wire will hang at 3" inches from the top of the frame.

Once completed I hand sign the title, date, size and use my stamp. I also have a business card pouch for the collector to give out as well.

For final touches I make certificate that I glue on the back.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Good stuff

This group reminds me of portishead. They have a creepy sound and the singer Angela McCluskey has a cool voice.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


This is a Great Great book! Doze has the biggest spread in the book! I'm not surprised.... He is the king of Mugsy/B-boy type characters! That alone is worth the 35 dollar price tag of the book!

For me it was like looking through a time capsule. especially the Doze section. I had forgotten about his black book drawings. It has been 20* years since I last thumbed threw he's black books, random photos and drawings. out of site out of mind ,right? For me it was like opening up a time capsule. I did have some copies of the actual photos in my pre 1994 arrest collection along with some original photo copies of Brims characters and other tat crew gems that I had since 86.... This has brought back a lot of memories and it reminded me why I love subway graffiti.

*I intended to post this 2 years ago when I got the book*

Friday, December 18, 2009


I'm ashamed to say, but this is probably my first complete drawing in my own black book since ....the 80's

Around the first part of 1990, I started decorating my black books with stickers, clipping, photos, etc. Because of these shenanigan's, I became paranoid to draw in them. I didn't want to make any mistakes and would be forced to rip out the pages or glue a clean sheet over it. What also added to my fear was Back in the 1980's I had at least a half dozen completely filled full color black books most were stolen, lost or I gave away.

So I just started working on outlines on loose paper. From the beginning of the 90's up until this week...Dec 13 2009. I mostly did my layout with a Bic pen or a pencil sketch's on some loose piece of paper. I would just freestyle my fill In's when I would paint the piece.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

weather report.

San Diego was hit with some really cool weather on Mon...about time! We really need the rain. Days like this are ideal for me, good energy for creating art.

Black earl grey.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I was reunited with this photo recently along with others. It was in one of my Mom's photo albums. My copy of this photo are long gone... luckly she had all the doubles and negatives of the trip we took back home in 1989
SAke 1989 NYC

Friday, December 4, 2009

Catching up

About 4 months back...maybe longer....whew!!! This year flew by!!!.... I FINALLY started moving into the new art studio that was rebuilt by my good friend and my 1st writing partner, Richie... aka Kaze. This was happening right before the new edition to the family, our daughter Matisse. At the time I did have a few opportunities... not much, but just enough to at least get the moving rolling. I was also working on a dozen of drawings and paintings for a few art shows that was quickly rearing its head. ( I will post flicks later)

During my move and going through all my stuff and organising. I would draw at the kitchen table and paint on the porch, which I don't mind. Not to mention the expansion of our family's restaurant was finally completely finished and up and running for a few months before hand. We also did a name change from "Megans" to The Trails Eatery . I was in charge of decorating the new restaurant...which is not quite finished yet....Due to finding frames that fit the art work/vintage photos/collectibles and finding the time hunting pieces down at antique shops and from regulars and family members, personal archives of ole stuff that won't work in the art studio/tat station/home decor. We also had few construction jobs inside our house to get it ready for Mati. And....Around the same time I started working at my good friends tattoo shop (propaganda) After 2 years of not tacking I started missing it and gave it a try....more on this later!!!! So after all that.... Slowly but surely I had some time to move in to the studio, decorate it a little... I still have tons more stuff to put up. and finally was able to start working on some older unfinished paintings and start the new larger paintings with a new direction and technique..... Here is a few shot I took the other night.

Found the rack behind our restaurant.. ironically it was
planning on building one that day..but found this instead.

This is were I keep all of my frames that waiting for the art work to be finished.
Rosy the manikin is keeping an eye on them.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009