The Resistance Revival Chorus

The Resistance Revival Chorus: “This is what is happening in this city; art is at the heart of the resistance, and hear our voice, because the resistance isn’t going anywhere.” So excited to see them in person tonight!

Tonight at Gramercy Theatre in NYC. Part of the Employee of the Month Show hosted by @catie_lazarus – with special guests Hannibal Buress, Emily Mortimer and Alex Lacamoire. See you there – doors at 7, starts at 8.

Who is Corky Gonzalez?

Corky Gonzales was a founder of the Chicano movement of the 1960s in the American Southwest. He was also a boxer and a poet. With his poem Yo soy Joaquín, known in English as I Am Joaquin, Gonzales shared his new cosmological vision of the “Chicano”, who was neither Indian nor European, neither Mexican nor American, but a combination of all the conflicting identities. With his poem Yo soy Joaquín, known in English as I Am Joaquin, Gonzales shared his new cosmological vision of the “Chicano”, who was neither Indian nor European, neither Mexican nor American, but a combination of all the conflicting identities. He died at his home in Denver in 2005, saying, “I’m indigenous. I’m going to die at home among my family.”

Soft brown eyes of expectation for a Better life.
And in all the fertile farmlands,
the barren plains,
the mountain villages, smoke-smeared cities,
we start to MOVE.
La raza!
Méjicano!
Español!
Latino!
Chicano!
Or whatever I call myself,
I look the same
I feel the same
I cry
And
Sing the same.
I am the masses of my people and
I refuse to be absorbed.
I am Joaquín.
The odds are great
But my spirit is strong,
My faith unbreakable,
My blood is pure.

Save our Bayous, Fundraiser print

There are 12 threatened species, 11 endangered species and 20 at-risk species in the Louisiana bayou. I’m selling this as a print with 100% of the proceeds going to conservation in America’s bayous. If you’ve never been to one — I highly recommend it! They are both repealing and alluring. They glow, and stink and glisten. They are bizarre, unique and ultimately very necessary for animals, plants and humans alike. Despite conservation efforts, Louisiana still loses an acre of land every 33 minutes. That’s 25 miles a year. The city of New Orleans is especially at risk, as its surrounding bayous once protected it from tropical storms.
To buy a print, send me a message! $30 for 11×14”

Believe the Autocrat

Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, author, translator and activist who has been an outspoken critic of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin and the President of the U.S.A., Donald Trump. In addition to being the author of several non-fiction books, she has been a prolific contributor to such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, New Statesman, Granta, Slate, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, and U.S. News & World Report.

I have the privilege to meet her next week. She’s one of the guests on @catie_lazarus’ show, Employee of the Month where I will be live illustrating. April 7th at Abrons Art Center in the Lower East Side. I hope to see you there!

Common Tides Fundraiser Print

My friend Katie Dyal co-founded and runs the amazing non-profit Common Tides that takes kids from underserved communities in developing countries on sailing trips to teach them about marine science and ocean stewardship. These trips are completely free for the kids, but the costs for renting a boat, housing and travel expenses for crew and so on can get quite high.
I’m selling these prints through my Etsy store to fundraiser for them and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Common Tides.

Megan’s lie.

@megskeefc’s lie. There’s a TON of animals who aren’t burdened by societal expectations of their gender identity, animals who can reproduce asexually and animals who can change their gender midway through life if they wish to. Clownfish are one of the latter. If you haven’t been following, I asked folks to tell me the lies they tell themselves and others and I would incorporate them into my daily drawings. Lie to me!

Tyke’s Ghost

I was commissioned to create this piece of Tyke, a circus elephant that was brutally killed in 1994 after killing her abusive trainer. She was shot nearly 100 times until she died from her wounds. The photos of the incident are graphic and extremely heartbreaking. I’m going to create prints of this illustration to sell, with a portion of proceeds going to animal rights organizations. At least we can celebrate one thing about 2017 – the closing of Barnum and Bailey and the international trend of banning wild animal use in circuses.

Net Neutrality Matters

This is the likely future if we lose regulations that protect net neutrality. On December 14th, the FCC is voting to get rid of regulations that protect consumers. Call your senators, the FCC (specifically the chairman, a former Verizon (but clearly still very much acting in their interests) lawyer Ajit Pai) and let them know this will not be tolerated. Or expect to begin paying a premium to access most of your usually internet uses – especially to politically organize. 5calls.org is a great resource for finding your legislators’ phone numbers and a call script. The FCC’s number is 212-408-1000.

St. Croix Animal Shelter needs your help!

I’m doing these holiday pet portraits to raise money for an animal shelter in St Croix, an island in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Maria. They make great gifts! For $75, your purchase gets you a single half-page portrait, 5″x6″. I’ll paint and draw it by hand with ink and watercolor. The price includes shipping and postage. I’m happy to do more than one animal in the image, too! If you’d like a larger size, just let me know and the price will go up in proportion to the size. These make awesome gifts! Turn around time is a week. 50% of the proceeds goes to the shelter — I have 5 prints left for sale with 100% of proceeds going to aid organizations. Get in touch with me if you’re interested.