Inspiration vs. Imitation

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I have been inspired by a host of artist’s both living and dead, whose works made me stop and think about my creative process, or how I might create art a bit differently than I had before. My work at different stages/periods  have reflected the influences of artists such as Picasso, Romare Bearden, Francesco Scavullo, Keith Haring, Basquiat, and even my friend and at times collaborative partner AVONE. I have a voracious visual appetite, soaking up everything around me like a sponge, but then spitting it out in my own unique vernacular. For Instance, recently I have been doing works on brick panels, but the inspiration came from some new works I saw from AVONE. Imitation would have been to copy the central theme of his work, the medium, and executional elements and showcase them as my own. Instead, I drew from, got inspired by what I had saw, and began creating images that resonate with my own unique voice.

Imitating, on the other hand is, well, simply replicating that which already exists, and offering little new to the conversation. Imitating is allowing the words of another to come out of your mouth as if they were your own. I have heard countless times for instance that my work “imitates” Basquiat’s  (perhaps because of liberal use of the crown symbol.) Yet, I’m quite confident that a close examination and comparison of our works will show them to be quite different.  I may be a nobody, but I don’t imitate, I innovate. Inspiration, pays tribute to, builds upon and advances independently in a new direction igniting new ideas and expanding the conversation along the way. Whereas imitation, simply seeks to take the path of least resistance, mimicking the already spoken, lazily reproducing the already seen. History has always shown us clear examples of both.
I hope that my career and work will show that I have walked along the path of innovation, being inspired and leaving inspiration in my wake. For history always attaches a certain nobility an honor to the innovative and creative minds who have risked failure and contempt as they’ve shared their own unique vision with the world. As for the imitators and imitations they produce, the history books and landfills have a special place for them as well. – TMNK

Gallery Opening

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Stop by and check out this new Gallery that’s gonna be showing some of my new work, and the work of some of my talented friends. Rumor has it that they love street art and street artists.

Liberty Can’t Sleep

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Want liberty? You got to work for it day and night, fight for it. It damn sure ain’t free. I guess that’s why liberty can’t sleep. The confining restraints of oppression causes much tossing and turning. So, with weary eyes and legs, we journey forward. Don’t sleep, liberty can’t.

En La Casa: Home at Last

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Welcome to the family! My Boom Box was hung in its new home yesterday. And quicker than you could say “Hey DJ”, its transformative powers began to affect its new owners (wink).

People Watching + Painting + Gifts = :-)

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Spent the other day doing three of my favorite things. Watching and listening to people always gives me inspiration for new paintings. And, I’m a street artist, so what better place to share my art than in the streets. I’ve been randomly surprising people with  gift bags that include an original painting/drawing. I seldom stick around to see their reaction, I just like the idea of bringing some unexpected joy into a strangers day.  

 

How about that, my newest masterpiece is a smile – YOURS! – TMNK

Bzzzzzzzzzzz. Ouch!

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That’s the sound of me losing yet another of my most favorite, and important paintings! Damn Mosquitoes has been sold, and will be shipping off to Luxembourg. Thank you LW! Damn Mosquitoes was part of my “Brown Bag” series, done on the back of tiled grocery bags. I believe our friend in Luxembourg now owns three of the six in the series. He recently acquired Candy Wrappers also from the “brown bag series. Damn, that hurts so goood! Thanks for the support! – TMNK