New York City artist and co-founder of Ownzee

Michael Vasquez: Street Life Paintings

Posted 2011-05-10 21:35:38 | Views: 13,611



Check out the work of my good friend Michael Vasquez working out of Miami, FL. I’ve followed Michael’s work for years. When I had my studio in Miami he would come by sometimes and enjoy a beer with me. He has always shown me a lot of love.


His work deals with growing up and not knowing where you belong. Thousands of boys don’t have a father figure in the U.S. and Michael was one of them. I think this is why his narrative focuses on street and gang life. It’s a way for young males to find a home and look up to someone.  

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "The Line Up" 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 72 x 96"

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "Zombies" 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 72 x 96"

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "Chain Strangle" 2010 | acrylic on canvas | 60 x 84"

View more works at: Michael Vasquez

Tales from my Childhood

Posted 2011-05-09 12:41:58 | Views: 9,596



What can be said about the amazing vintage comic book, Tales from the Crypt? As many other kids that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s we all watched the epic Tales from the Crypt television show on HBO. Just the fact it was on cable TV at night made it a forbidden treasure for most kids. In the 1950’s kids enjoyed the same stories just in a different format. No TV, but the comic books were just as popular! When I was 13 or so, without the internet things seemed harder to find out. I wasn’t aware that the TV show was once a real life comic book by the same name.


 I was shocked when I investigated this. I called every comic book shop in town and nobody carried it. I started to wonder if this was my imagination and it maybe really didn’t exist. The only thing that kept me searching was the fact a few years prior when I went to Frank’s Comics on Galloway (Miami, FL) and I noticed some issues on a rack. I wasn’t interested at the time and barely noticed them. I was buying some Weapon-X comics instead. But, thanks to my photographic memory I remembered the cover art reminding me of Mad Magazine. It must have been a Jack Davis illustration.


 Anyway, after many phone calls, one day I noticed this little shack called A&M comics. My mom would take me to a near by shopping plaza to get my hair cut every few weeks. On the drives I noticed this battered old comic shop. I looked them up in the phone book and called them. I asked if they carried the comic, and they said yes. I couldn’t believe my ears. My mom took me to get my hair cut that weekend. As we drove home I asked her to stop by the store, as an awesome mom she did this. I got out of the car, stepped inside and searched boxes and boxes filled with these wonderful books. I picked one up. The cover you see below. I remember getting back in the car and just staring at the cover the whole drive home and being in awe. I couldn’t believe I found it. It doesn’t seem like a big deal. It’s one of the small but great memories of my childhood. A guy comes back from the dead to get revenge from some weird bizarre love triangle. What isn’t there to like?


Kiki Valdes New Painting

Posted 2011-05-09 08:27:56 | Views: 9,925


"Rivals"  Oil on Panel 2011

We Love Jim Hunter

Posted 2011-05-06 14:38:18 | Views: 11,903
Pray for our dearest friend and brother Jim Hunter. He has been diagnosed with cancer. He was so supportive to all young artists at new world school of the arts in miami. He will never completely know how much he means  to us and our big family of pigeons.



The FUN'S INSIDE: A Film Portrait of Kenny Scharf

Posted 2011-05-03 16:01:00 | Views: 14,507


Please support my friend Malia and her film partner Nathan in making a film on the legendary downtown New York artist Kenny Scharf. They are looking for people like you to help fund this amazing film. They are very close to reaching their mark but really need a final push to make it happen. When you help you also get awesome incentives like one of a kind art collectables and other fun goodies. Their project is up on Kickstarter and check out some footage below.

Help my friends reach their goal of $15,000. They are so close! For more information on this project visit: KickStarter

Messin' with Family at the Gansevoort Hotel

Posted 2011-04-25 14:49:53 | Views: 8,164




Ha, I totally forgot about this. This was last summer and my cousin just uploaded these on Facebook. My cousins were on vacation in Miami Beach and me and some other relatives came by to hang out. Once both of my female cousins fell asleep, me and the boys had to take advantage. First we slowly started putting food around them and then we took this epic money shot. Fun times. Makes me look forward to the summer.

The MAD Magazine Office Visit!

Posted 2011-04-20 14:28:16 | Views: 13,798

My good friend Jessica is someone I’ve known since highschool. We graduated in the same class, etc. She contacted me the other day about her visit with to the Mad Magazine Offices! See, what you don’t know about Jessica is…her grandfather was one of the legendary Usual Gang of Idiots! Yes, her grandfather is Antonio Prohías. Who was most famous for creating Spy vs Spy. She said she will invite me next time she goes to the offices. I am looking forward to it. But, till then you can enjoy these photos as much as I have. Seeing these made it totally nostalgic for me. I still have a bunch of Mad Magazines in my closet. There are a few things that will always have a close place to my heart, and Mad is one of them. I’m sure thousands feel the same way I do.


Wow, the lobby. How cool is that?

What Me Worry?

I love Jack Davis. One of my favorites.

Talk about collectiable heaven.

This is so dope. Black Spy Headquarters!!

John Richardson's jackets

Posted 2011-04-14 22:11:46 | Views: 9,264



Tonight was a big night. It was the opening of the new Picasso exhibit at Gagosian,Picasso and Marie-Thérèse L’amour fou. The line was down the block and most people that came had to wait for at least 45 minutes. I lied to the door people and tried to tell them I was Manolo Valdes's grandson. Who happens to be one of the most imporant painters from Spain.


Anyway, once inside it was filled with Picasso's that are dismissed by the museum establishment. Well this show looked like a damn museum. I saw Picasso's friend John Richardson, who is a legend Biographer/Curator of the exhibit who continues to produce the book series “Life of Picasso.” He stopped me, reached out his hand, I shook it.  He smiled and told me how much he liked my jacket. I was stunned. As you can see we enjoy the same type of jackets. It was a pleasant experience. I started getting into a nice conversation with someone from the National Gallery of London and then everybody started getting kicked out. Picasso wins again from the grave, via John Richardson and Larry Gagosian.

Prometheus Springs at my studio.

Posted 2011-04-13 10:44:40 | Views: 8,822


The guys from Prometheus Springs stopped by the studio and let me try the newest flavors that are about to hit the organic food market. Doug Atkins of marketing made sure I got to try every new flavor which includes Lemon Ginger, Spicy Pear and a few others. The drinks are spicy and great to drink warm if you’re sick with the flu. If you’re into spicy drinks and food this is for you.


There’s something pretty addictive about it. Shout out to Doug and to P.S. Founder  Alexis Van Ess Mincolla. Many thanks for looking out for me with the wonderful supply of spice.

Prometheus Springs

stops by my New Jerusalem studio!

Chinese Police Detain Artist, Activist Ai Weiwei

Posted 2011-04-11 17:56:20 | Views: 9,015

Boycott China: Let ai weiwei go!

The Chinese government hasn't really been too excited with what artist/activist Ai Weiwei has been doing for a while.  They have been watching him and this was just bound to happen. His art and activism has been critical of China. He has now been detained and nobody knows where he is or how to contact him. This is totally disgusting. Don't trust China. It does not respect basic human rights and there is no free expression. Don't buy anything from them. They have crappy products anyway. We need more jobs here  at home. We need artists in the world that have soft power. They should have a voice. Please stand with Ai Weiweni and don't support anything made by this communist piece of shit country. 


Please look up more info from the media and get involved somehow. They can't scare the young artists in China. The will in saying what you want or express it can never be surpressed.