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MLK Memorial Wall 2016

Original Wall from 2005

The year was 2005. Leon Rainbow and William Kasso, two local artists, collaborated on their first mural together. At the time, each artist was only acquainted for a short period; less than a year, and each of their names was beginning to rise in the local art scene. The idea came up to produce this mural while brainstorming different opportunities to evolve their work, while watching graffiti bombing videos at Kasso’s apartment. The opportunity to work together on a groundbreaking project like this was tremendous. That project was the Martin Luther King Memorial Mural.

The original mural, which was created in the 1970s by an unknown artist, was falling apart. It was simple in execution; red brushed block letters with a white background. The two artist designed the new mural with the intention on focusing on MLKs image and message.

The original wall by unknown artist
The original wall by unknown artist

The two worked for hours…12 to be exact..in 115 degree heat. They battled a swam of bees…and a rain storm. But alas, after a full day of trails and tribulations, the wall was complete. It was met with great fanfare and press coverage. The mural put the two graffiti artist in the local limelight and got the kind of attention that most in the graffiti scene would cloak themselves from…it made there faces known.

Since ’05, many murals and projects from each passed. In the fall of 2016, the two artist, now season wall art veterans and each with international recognition, decided to redo the MLK wall, which fell to years of decay and neglect. With proceeds raised from a Go Fund Me campaign, the two artist set out to update this iconic mural yet again.

Leon focus was the background imagery and quote, while Kasso focus was on the portrait. The quote:

“When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love”. This quote in particular was chosen due to its promotion of standing together in the face of evil and wickedness.”

“Its a great quote, especially in the way it promotes a healthy way of solving conflicts”, say Leon Rainbow.

Leon chose a bright red font for the quote that was balanced out by a baby blue colored sky and titanium white fluffy clouds. Kasso’s portrait centered the wall with a straight forward rendering of Dr. King, while in giant bold white and red letters, the word DREAM stretched across the right half of the mural.

This was a quick production…taking all of two days to produce. During their time working on the mural, the two artists shared tons of laughs and good vibes, no different than 11 years prior. The community response was at first, not so pleasant…mainly because they thought the artists were removing the previous work out of disrespect. Once the community dialogued with Kasso and Rainbow, did their collective fears began to ease.

The work ethic of these two artists and the energy it takes to constantly answer the call to create these masterworks is phenomenal. The neighborhood and city of Trenton owes a huge debit of gratitude to these gentlemen. Art is life and its consistently provides an outlet to many who otherwise have no voice. Its the missing positive link in a chain forged out of hopelessness. Art matters. Trenton matters. Art is the message…and S.A.G.E. Coalition is the method.

-Earlie Harrell, Director of Urban Affairs, S.A.G.E. Coalition Inc.

Paint Fridge Pink 2016

I knew Debbie Schaeffer from Mrs.G’s Appliances for a few years and we always talked about doing a collaborative event. So in 2011, she contacted me about painting a fridge at an Breast Cancer Awareness event in October.  We did a contest in the local schools and had the finalists come out and paint their designs on refrigerators.  The event was called “Paint Fridge Pink” . It was a great event and it was really fun working with the art students at her Lawrenceville, NJ store. This year we decided to revisit the idea. We had an event at her new location and broadcast it Live on Facebook. I focused on  the theme Peace, Love, Cure .  The fridge will be auctioned off to benefit Susan G Komen  Breast Cancer Foundation.

Check out the Fridge from 2011

Lot 323 Mural in Woodbury NJ


Created this namesake mural on a shipping container for Lot 323- an urban garden/park with an industrial motif- an inviting area to gather, play, remotely work, relax and enjoy light fare and entertainment. A fun “Third-Space” that’s FREE for the public to enjoy as well as available, by reservation, for emerging artists and musicians, other arts and cultural organizations, schools and educational groups to promote their programs and engage their audiences. LOT 323 will be an open flow-through park monitored in part by the City of Woodbury Police Department. The space will be outfitted with furniture that is designed to be played with, painted, written and/or climbed on. The focal point of the area will include a performance stage, which will repurpose surrounding architectural elements.

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Mosaic Shipping Container Mural Pennsylvania to South Africa


Bale came to me and said that he had a mural project that he had a project for a church. So I met him one afternoon and we started driving. An hour and a half later we arrived in Downingtown. I just expected it to be local..hahaha. After talking with Mike Banka and Tony Brantzig from Hopewell UMC, Downingtown, PA . They told us they wanted us to paint a 50 ft container that was going to be shipped to South Africa full of supplies and installed and converted to a classroom. We were so excited! It was such a cool concept to have our work in South Africa. I always say that my art will travel places I never dreamed of. After submitting some sketches we were able to start painting. The way things were scheduled we wound up painting it on one of the hottest days of the Summer. We stayed hydrated and had a pop-up tent near by to save us from the scorching heat. We chose to do a warm and cool concept to really make the featured pieces pop. We had lots of fun playing with different patterns and designs. Houston we’ve landed!

Find out more about the project: Mosaicsa-us.org/the-hoop-blog/

West Coast Trip 2016

In May 2016 I went to see my Dad in Yuma for Memorial Day. So I decided to meet up with my friends Isaias Crow and Pose 2 and get some walls in. We started in San Diego.

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Isaias Crow and Myself at Writers Block in San Diego

Then we went to stay in Rosarito, Mx for a few days at Pose 2’s beach bungalow. I had an amazing time the ocean, landscape, and people were so chill in Mexico. We did a 3 man wall in the compound. Next we went to look for a wall in the city of Rosarito. We were able to get permission for a large wall at a fish taco spot..Win, Win! We were able to paint the 100ft +x 10ft wall in a day in a half.  I think we all learned a lot, created and stretched out of our comfort zones. I really needed this trip to Mexico to bring my creative energy back to life. Not one I will soon forget!

Finished Burner Wall Crow, Rain, Pose
Finished Burner Wall Crow, Rain, Pose
Another dope wall in the compound
Another dope wall in the compound
Finished Wall in Rosarito
Finished Wall in Rosarito

The last part of my trip was spent visiting my dad and benching trains in Yuma, Az. It was a slower tempo then i am used to and I got some much needed rest. I was able to paint a piece or two on my own in Yuma. Kwatsan Nation!

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Yuma Az
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Quick lil character to fill the space in

River Roots Festival

The Danny DeGennaro Foundation and Music at Snipes Farm have partnered on The River Roots Music and Arts Festival on May 14th, 2016. When I talked with the guys from the The Danny DeGennaro Foundation about painting at The River Roots Music Festival I didn’t know what quite to expect. We wound up painting 8ft x 16ft wood panels that were next to the stage. We had it set up to glow in the blacklight. I love black lights. Kasso and Myself instantly decided to do a Jimi Hendrix Tribute. He painted the portrait and I did the lettering. I wanted to try something different so I used 60’s psychedelic posters as reference and went with the flow.  it was a fun project and I love how it came out! Lori Johansson and Lank painted a satellite inspired space theme that also came out amazing.

CDM LA Graffiti Mural Project

About 5 years ago i was contacted by a party planner to do murals for a hip hop themed Bar Mitzvah. I created the pieces for the event at the Trenton War Memorial. In September 2015, I was contacted by a global advertising agency CDM (Cline Davis & Mann), to create graffiti-styled murals for their Los Angeles office. I was referred to them by the family that I created the murals for the Bar Mitzvah. Over the next few months we planned out the process and I took their ideas and did computer generated mock ups. In early December 2015, I flew to San Diego to start the project. I enlisted my good friend and fellow artist, Isaias Crow to help me with the project.  I painted the murals at his outdoor studio in San Diego. I painted 2 murals which were made up of 5 panels. The science and imagination mural measured 12ft x 8ft. The mural represents the company’s declaration “We are fearless partners who combine science and imagination to create the exceptional”. I mixed letters with symbols to create an amazing mural that represents the company’s style and flair. The 7ft x 8ft dynamic abstract life guard stand pays homage to LA and the company’s proximity to some of the best beaches in the world.



Art All Day 2015

First there was Art All Night – an annual, twenty four hour art party held in the former Roebling Wire Works factory building in Trenton, New Jersey. Then, there was Art All Day. Since 2012, Art All Day, Trenton’s city-wide open studio tour – and all around arts festival – has illuminated the cultural life of New Jersey’s capital city.

I have been participating in Art All Day since it’s inception. Much of my work is on-sight murals and custom projects so I only have a small home office. So for Art All Day I team up with George Zienowicz at Z-Signs, 202 E Canal St. Trenton, NJ.  George has helped me with numerous projects over the last few years and is a great friend. Normally, Colleen Larkin-Ayers does a pottery demonstration but this year she took the year off to see the rest of the sights at Art All Day.

I was supposed to paint fellow artist, Jesse Vincent’s  Scion XD at this years Jersey Fresh Jam. As time wore on  and I was swamped working on other pieces I knew that I would not be able to get to it at that event. We agreed that I would work on it at the next event which happened to be Art All Day. It was a neutral grey so it would work with almost any palette.  I talked with Jesse and she agreed to give me free reign to express myself.  I asked her if she had any ideas and she said that she loves the Philadelphia Flyers! So I decided just to rock with it! I wanted to limit the design so that I would be able to finish during Art All Day, so on the sides I only painted the bottom half of the car. The first step and biggest pain in the ass is masking and scouring. I carefully masked off all the lights and scuffed all the areas of the car that I was going to paint.

I started with the hood and painted a skull because she is “punk rock” and also I thought it would look mean coming at you. I also like to use the back of the vehicle to be a face using the back window as shades. With the front and back worked out I used the dynamic abstract designs and patterns to connect the front and back. On the drivers door I snuck in the Flyers logo and on the passenger side I added the Philadelphia skyline.  From there I used my blues/oranges and grey scale pallete and went to town. It all came together nicely.

It was great meeting and talking to the new people that came around on the tours. So until next year!