NOBODY gets Personal: TMNK exhibits his Lonely Tears @ Cheryl Hazan’s 11th Annual Red Exhibit Tonight



Lonely Tears

I began this journey alone feeling sad, a pencil and a pad. Why did they lock me up, was I that bad?

Lonely Tears.

Did you see the little boy with the tears in his eyes, his back baring the marks of his master’s whip. And that blood soaked pillow from his busted lip?
As the detective explained my good fortune, swimming pool, nice house, and to get a grip. I was a nobody, the incorrigible child, that didn’t seem to fit.
More Lonely tears…

Alone in my room I began to draw, to find release for the pain that nobody saw. I was beauty personified, I remember one teacher saying, but the beatings continued, so I continued disobeying.
Rebelling, rebellious, refusing to be seen and not heard as the elders tell us. The problem child, the street artist, can you see me now? Do you hear me yelling?

Lonely Tears…

Because what becomes a dream deferred?
But worse yet, what becomes a dream and it’s dreamer, treated like a turd, kicked to the curb?
What happens to a child’s lonely voice, if never heard?
If in between each lash of the whip, no “I LOVE YOU”, just “nigga you ain’t shit.”

More Lonely Tears…

These Lonely tears, have left stains on the corridor of my mind that nobody hears. And let’s be honest, until you’re Somebody, most times Nobody cares.
There are more of us dying on the inside, which leads to more of us dying on our streets outside. And It’s a cold, cold world, yet
most of our children are equipped with the wrong type heat, years later abandoned and consumed by the streets.
More Lonely tears trampled beneath uncaring feet.

Did you see the little boy with tears in his eyes, as you hurried by,that was me.

These paintings, these scribblings I’ve left on the walls of your soul (and perhaps some of your buildings),
are conversations with generations yet unborn, these are just my…

Lonely Tears.

If you are in NYC today (December 15th) Stop By The Cheryl Hazan Gallery 35 N. Moore


Peep this online Gallery of New Works by TMNK


A Few NYC NOBODY’S Knocking on the Door of Mainstream Art World Acceptance





It wasn’t so long ago that I pushed my art up a street in a cart, selling my original artwork on Prince Street along with the rest of what was then our new collective, SoSIC. I wasn’t alone, my brother in arts AVONE and I held the block down. The we were joined by SKI, and the 2ESAE. And we began to collectively make our voices heard. A Bunch of nobody’s with no formal art training. But We were determined and relentless.

Well our collective didnt last, they seldom do. Clashes, egos, misunderstandings led to an eventual break up, and the formation of Destroy Rebuild NYC. AVONE, 2ESAE and SKI were Destroy Rebuild and I was just some NOBODY trying to get in where he fit in. Destroy Rebuild broke up too, and the four became further fractured. 2ESAE and SKI became UR New York, AVONE was Destroy Rebuild, and TMNK aka Nobody was ART IS MY WEAPON. And while the four were no longer working together, you best believe they kept working, HAM (Hard as a Muthafkka!). And That hard work payed off, they four quickly made a name for themselves as infamous NYC Street Artist and Graffiti writers. And those with a eye for hot street art, began to quietly add their work to their collections – around the world.

Well, main street, and more  importantly the Galleries and Dealers that occupy them are beginning to take ALL of them seriously. Lats year TMNK rocked Art Basel with his Nobody Gives A F#%K Solo show, and then followed with the MEGA Celebrity attended Pop Up Show Modern Urbanisms. Not to be out done, AVONE recently took over BAR89 with a massive 150 ft installation, and the Boys of UR New York recently did their own Solo thang at Art Basel 2012 sponsored by POP Gallery.







Well recently I checked my inbox and found an email from Cheryl Hazan Gallery in Tribecca. The gallerist inquired if i would be interested in working with them? “ARE YOU KIDDN ME?”!!! Man I rented a truck and took my best works over for her review, and was promptly notified of my inclusion in two upcoming group shows her Gallery was presenting. The First her 10th Annual RED Show December 16, 2011 and the other which no doubt will be a Street Art Block Buster entitled, THE WRINGS ON THE WALL  scheduled for February (the latter is rumored to be a reunion of the four once collective members for the first time).= STAY Tuned! – TMNK