Continuing on my tour, I was off to Brazil for my 5 city adventure! After a loooong long 14 hour flight from LAX, I landed in São Paulo and was picked up by Eduardo from Choque Cultural. After this tour is done I will have spent 2 months in Brazil in 2009. Pretty damn cool! You know, a lot of people asked me in my interviews, why did I want to come back to Brazil again? And the answer really, for any city that we love to visit... Its the people! Such big hearts and open minds. I have met so many beautiful and gracious souls here (and all over the world) and I'm so grateful for such amazing people in my life!
Here are the awesome guys setting up in the gallery at Choque Cultural. Painting the walls and having fun.
I painted a huge mural on the wall downstairs over a period of 4 days. Was really cool to do and a my second one ever. Here is the preliminary drawing.
And here is a time lapse video I made on my camera of the whole thing! Yay! It's the first time I finally used this on my camera... so cool. I wanna make some more of these of me painting.
Some of the prints Choque made for the show that they pasted all over the walls.
Then it was time for a sushi break. This fish roe was some of the best I've had. I even ate jellyfish that night!
Here is the artist Yumi that was up at Choque the month before.
Then it was out to an area called Liberdage for some more japanese food and karoke at this really funny cool bar. Here I am with Mariana (from Choque), Derrick Green from Sepultura, Flavia, and Eduardo Saretta (from Choque).
Baixo from Choque!
Oooh Hoo!! Guess what song this was?!
Setting up the posers at Choque.
Getting ready to put some stripe action on the walls!
Flavia and Eduardo at the Pre-Opening Party they threw for me! Fun!
Me with Baixo.
Rockin with Derrick!
Then during the week I took a break from painting the mural to do a 4 color serigraph with some cool printers in São Paulo that Choque knows. This is my final inking.
Checking the key line film.
Painting in the seps for the skin tone. There is a layer of Rubylith under it, because I had to see how that 3rd layer would look before I could paint the first one.
The printed skin tone.
Weird Brazilian rags... I thought they were funny. Not very functional though. I prefer regular rags.
Painted film of the skin shadows and dress.
That same layer printed.
Seeing how the line art and hair rubylith looks over the first 2 printed colors.
Me mixing my inks!
Screen for the 3rd color... which is a nice metallic mauve.
And then the final print!! This is an edition of 40, with 2 split fountains, and they're available through Choque Cultural.
The almost finished mural! It was so much work, but it was so fun to do!!
Part of the gallery...
And the opening reception begins! Happy people with happy art! Woo!!!
Cutest little girl ever.
Here is the hallway to the downstairs mural, where we had the time lapse video playing for people to see the process.
Yumi and her hubby Titi Freak with their tiny baby, Haroldo, and Mariana chillin in front.
Peeps. Dont ask me why there is a tiny shopping cart in the room... ?
And then after the opening we went to our friend and amazing chef, Checho Gonzales', new restaurant AJI in São Paulo. With Edu, Matias Maxx, Checho, Mariana and Baixo, Flavia and Stephan. The food was soooo yummy!!!
Some Mr. Wiggles love
I got to visit Stephan Doitschinoff's studio the next day and check out some new work for his museum show. Totally big and beautiful.
Some OG shit up in here... haha...
Then I got invited to a collector of mine's house for lunch. The is just part of his amazing car and motorcycle collection. Retardedly awesome!!
Some classic Brazialian tags.
This is just kind of amazing...
And then I was off to the airport after an amazing 2 weeks in São Paulo to start on the rest of the tour. And what better way to leave the city than with a Bunny.