THE Beastie Boys Book, Feminism, and A Must Read. All in All A Good Trip to The Bookstore

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So lately on YouTube I have been seeing these segments of Mike D and Adrock of The Beastie Boys doing this stage show talking about the history of the band. At first I thought it was all about the passing of the great Adam Yauch A.K.A. MCA. Turns out it goes deeper. This is the history of one of my favorite bands, told by the band. The book is just what you would expect, not ordinary but extraordinary. Highly stylized and funny the book is much like the band. On the surface everything is a joke, dig deeper and there is the real soul of a defining group in early hip hop. The Beastie Boys share a special place in my musical lexicon because while they were growing, so was I. The Beastie Boys Book is a must for any fan or just anyone who digs culture. The group had so much range and was always part of, yet individual from whatever was going on.

R.I.P MCA

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    • The Art of Feminism Includes some of my favorite artists. Jenny Holzer and The Guerilla Girls. Both didnt truly get their due in the Street Art movements history. It's absolutely bonkers that a lot of the books topics are still going on or were not long ago at all.
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My favorite current street, graffiti, whatever. One of my favorite artists SWOON.

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Beyonce quote. Agreed.

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The next book I really really really recommend is Patti Smiths FANTASTIC book “Just Kids” about her early life with fellow Artist Robert Mapplethorpe. This book is filled with the feelings that I have such a hard time conveying about the magic of youth, love, and the need to create. Patti Smith is tender and rough and, well fuckin Patti Smith, I need not say anything other than read this.

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So there we go, now you have some books to brag about and show off your well read worldly nature.

Pick them up at Barnes and Nobles, your local Mom and Pop, Amazon, You know the deal…

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Thank you to everyone who has grabbed something from my shop. I am going to be removing some of the products to maintain truly limited edition pieces. I'm honored that people support on this level. I'm honored to sell original paintings. I find it fresh that people have the insight to seek out art. It remains a vital part of this life........ (About to go off on a tangent) 

thank you

john

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Throw Pillows by John Michael Gill

Home decor has always fascinated me, especially when I can apply my work to it. Check these ones out right HERE...

John Michael Gill 2014.

California

Home for the holidays in California. Traveling is so much different when you have a child. It is so hard to squeeze in creative time, social time, down time, but it is all worth it. I really miss California for obvious reasons as well as personal reasons but I also like being away in my fortress of solitude, Washington.

I Can't Believe I grew up here. Torrance Beach.

I Can't Believe I grew up here. Torrance Beach.

I got to do a mural on a pretty big wall. Hadn’t used cans in awhile so it was equally fun and frustrating. I have learned recently that many people claim a background in graffiti when really they have none. Why? It can only hurt you. My experience with graffiti is very simple, I have done many murals with cans but never got with a crew. That is something I regret sometimes because I was offered introduction into crews that would have made me a much better all around artist. I felt I didn’t want to go down a traditional graffiti path and since I had no idea that graffiti would be the hipster wet dream that it is today I began to only implement cans (Spray-paint) as a tool to do my paintings larger. This is in essence graffiti but I cannot claim the title of “Graffiti Artist” and neither should anyone who hasn’t paid their dues. It’s a real deal respectable art. “Street Art” is a whole other mess.

This was a lot of fun. Downtown L.A. 2013 John Michael Gill

This was a lot of fun. Downtown L.A. 2013 John Michael Gill

"Line Dance". John Michael Gill

"Line Dance". John Michael Gill

"Recyclable" Last piece of 2013. John Michael Gill

"Recyclable" Last piece of 2013. John Michael Gill

I had a good trip and by accident learned a lot about art. What some people want from it, why they do it, and most of all how pricing is never fair. No big revelations. I miss my beautiful Torrance and didn’t get to see even a quarter of the people I intended on seeing. Next time Los Angeles.

The Hope of a New Kind of Pope

As someone who was brought up in the Catholic Church/School (and am proud of that part of my own history) and then public school, I have a feeling of being let down by organized religion. My Mothers side is Irish Catholic and my Father has Christian values. I myself have stepped away from the church and most religious ideologies for personal reasons. I am a believer in God as a term of relating to what is bigger than man can ever understand.

With all the controversy within the Catholic church regarding the treatment of thousands of victims of the worst crime a human can commit other than murder, and the way the priests have been shuffled around to escape legal action I find it impossible to believe in religion. I am spiritual, an understanding that lies within me that I have no need to explain, and that faith has helped me personally on a million levels.

I recently learned that the new Pope, Pope Francis is a man of great integrity and bravery. I have learned that he got involved in the priesthood in his early thirties and studied philosophy. This is profound to me but not nearly as profound as the knowledge that Pope Francis has known what it is to be in love. CRUCIAL....

A man or woman who has experienced true love, abstract and vulnerable has the potential to see the human condition as it is as opposed to how it might be taught. I am positive that this is why Pope Francis has embraced the Gay community and seems to care more about humanitarian issues than the long line of Popes before him. This is a revelation, a PROFOUND step in the right direction. Pope Francis has the power to enact real change and even though I may not step in a church anytime soon, Pope Francis has made me proud to be associated with Catholicism in a way I never was before. This is a man to watch and celebrate. A true believer in both God and mankind. I am hopeful.

John.

Running away into you

A piece for a short film based on a song by the same name written by John Frusciante.

Drive up and down thru water

Live where your poor

i heard between snores

Sighing babys go to work

crying days rooted lurk

Thru the back of the room

Play him a tune down low

If the sun could melt like snow

I would run to you and flow into 

A cloud melt running away into you.