April 23, 2009
This is a mural Retna and I recently painted in Los Angeles called Memento Mori. This is a Latin phrase meaning ‘be mindful of death’ and can be translated as ‘remember that you are mortal’ or ‘remember that you must die. That could seem a little grim, but the point is really to encourage us to properly value and make the most of our time here.
I painted the figure and Retna did all the rest. Retna's lettering in the background is from a pre-Hispanic Nahuatl/Azteca poem:
Must I go like the flowers that perish?
Will nothing remain of my name?
Nothing of my fame here on Earth?
At least my flowers, at least my songs.
Earth is the region of the fleeting moment.
April 8, 2009
These are some shots of a new mural I just painted with my good friend Retna in Los Angeles. We both had a great experience painting this and felt blessed by the positivity we received from the neighborhood. It was created in response to increasing gang violence in LA. Retna's text in English & Spanish attempts to bridge cultural differences. The lettering on the hat reads, "FOR ONLY LOVE CAN CONQUER HATE". The one & only Estevan Oriol also came through and took some cool shots.