Black books + Strikers

Years ago, I would spend countless hours writing and drawing in black books. I remember getting my first one when I was 17 and the possibilities were endless. It was also very important to have a good quantity of pencils, sketching markers, colored pencils and pens to make sure the pieces I put in looked sick.  These days, I still keep sketchbooks going, they mostly hold my thoughts as I jot them down messy and quickly in order not to lose them. It’s the idea that I am trying to capture and its funny but the tools are still the same and just as important. These black books prepared me for painting walls and canvases. They prepared me for laying out t-shirt graphics and rock posters. I still look through my old piece books as time capsules to where my head was at in my younger days and compare them with what I am drawing now. I will always value that first book though, it set me onto the path that I am on today.

Photo by  Brent Broza   CRAOLA  With  2SHAE ,  7SEAS , &  PLEK  Redondo Beach, CA, 2014

Photo by Brent Broza
CRAOLA With 2SHAE, 7SEAS, & PLEK
Redondo Beach, CA, 2014

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Streets: Greg “Craola” Simkins x Lyte (Redondo Beach)

Sleepboy from Arrested Motion shared photos taken by Birdman, of the wall I painted with LYTE on Monday....

After a successful showing that opened last month in Los Angeles (covered), Greg “Craola” Simkins (featured) went back to his roots recently and painted something on the streets of Redondo Beach. Collaborating with Lyte/THC, a fellow crew member from CBS, the duo beautified the wall with their letterforms while throwing out a shout out to 2SHAE in the process. View photos here...