NYC, I had you in my sights…BANG BANG BANG!

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is off to a great 2011.  I just recently returned after having a great time in NYC where I got a chance to see so many of my friends.  It was great hanging out with my peeps Angry Woebots, Sket One, Kano, Palmetto Silentstage, Alexis ONE, Mr Munk, Lou Pimentel, Lil J, Kelly Denato,  Useless Toys, J-R00, Megaroo, JACRANKY, Steve Talkowski, MyloslovesToys, Dave Gittleman, Eric N from Argonaut, Keith Poon, John and Amy Wong, Louis, Vince and Bik, the Art Hustle, Tenacious Benny, Morgan, Sarah Jo and Dov from DKE, Baroness Nicole and so many more.  If I forgot you, it’s because I was already getting sick. =X

While I was there I had a nice meeting with Philips De Pury who wanted to view my work up and personal so I lugged the giant SOLACE 20″ Qee custom I did for Art Basel up there, bringing it on it’s 3rd plane ride in less than a month.  They wanted to keep it there so luckily I didn’t have to bring it back.  They had a sick Ryan McGinness show on display in their main gallery that I was happy to have a chance to check out.

The Rare Breed 3-man show was being held that weekend at one of my favorite stores in the world, myplasticheart, where Scribe/KANO/Angry Woebots had some killer pieces on display.  The show was spectacular and everyone brought their A-game. Scribe had canvases on display which were playful in subject and colorfully rendered alongside some fantastic mods on his own Resound Project toys.  Angry Woebots brought his signature pandas to Gotham on wood panels and print, along with some custom Panda King toys and were ferocious as ever.  I was honored that Woes chose to name one of his pieces after me, along with one named for my man Sket-one as well as KANO himself.  Last but not least, KANO, who in my opinion, has some of the cleanest work in the scene, had 8 fantastic wood panels that faithfully represented his particular style of distilled, animation-influenced characters with a hint of street-wise flavor.   Congrats to all three homies on a job well done as well as Vince and Bik at myplasticheart for hosting yet another great show.   Big shoutouts to everyone that I got to see that night and who always make a trip to NYC memorable and fun.

I was scheduled to depart NYC on Monday but not before I had an opportunity to hit up a wall for my favorite bastard, SUCKLORD.  He knew I was going to be in town that weekend but lambasted me for not being able to make his solo show at Boo-Hooray Gallery in Chelsea for his Suckadelic Retrospective.  We went over there on Sunday afternoon to help him commemorate his long career by painting the walls at the gallery.  I was lucky to have worked alongside Lamour Supreme, Billy McRoids, Phetus, Mr. Den, Lou Pimentel, KANO, Angry Woebots and more as we all created enough paint fumes to have the NYFD show up to shut us down.  Luckily we were able to continue but just without the use of spray cans.  I started to feel a bit down as I was getting sick from the hellish weather so that night I just kicked it with Woes and watched some TV.

On the day of my departure, my flight back to NC was cancelled so I was able to hang out for a bit longer with Aaron and Pauly since they were leaving on Tuesday.  We all started getting sick tho so we didn’t do much except for some sightseeing, considering that they had never been to NYC before.  I was honored to be introduced to a bunch of Woes’ old homies from Hawaii and Seattle who had moved to NYC including Keilani, Ren, JJ, Eriko and more, who were all such humble and laid back people – to be doubly expected consider they are from Hawaii and are friends of Woes, it’s no wonder they’re so chill.  Haha.

On the last day, Woes and Pauly were a little concerned that an incoming winter storm would delay or cancel their flight but they made it back to LA that evening.  Alas, my flight was actually scheduled to depart the NEXT day so that meant that I was able to attend SUCKLORD’s show after all.  That evening, Dave Gittleman picked me up and we headed over to Chelsea to join Morgan for a crazy evening full of BeerLao, pink stormtroopers and a special appearance by my fave villain, Vectar.  Most of our friends made it out for that show as well so it was a good last night for me as we all joined Morgan in celebrating his storied and interesting career as an artist and bootlegger.  I even got to meet his parents, the couple responsible for bringing this madman into this world.  They were lovely.

Since I had no place to stay that night, Eric of Argonaut Resins was super super kind to let me crash at his place, despite me being super sick.  I was also treated to a studio tour where he makes his fantastic Tutz cats and Kings of Atlantis Skulls as well as given tons and tons of inspiration  This dude was responsible and had a hand in so many toys in the vinyl scene,  you have NO idea.  Anyways, THANK YOU Eric for being such a great host and for taking care of me while I was down for the count.

I eventually made it back here to Raleigh and spent the next couple of weeks recuperating from what I called NYC SARS.  In that time, I’ve started work on my custom for the NYC<3’sQEE show taking place on Valentine’s Day at Yoyamart in NYC and have started sketching out the idea for my Dem Bones custom for the SEEN show in Brooklyn in March.  Lastly, I’m so stoked to now be a part of the ARMY of SNIPERS INT, a crew of artists from all over the world who are bringing the thunder with whatever medium they are working in, such as Pixel Pancho in Italy, Peap Tarr in Cambodia, THEY in Southeastasia, Misery in New Zealand, REMI MEAD in Okinawa and more, led by none other than Mr. Hotcheeks himself, Angry Woebots.  The pressures on to keep up my game but I’m ready, 2011 has most definitely started with a BANG BANG BANG.

Thanks for all of your emails and messages, I am humbled by your support and encouragement.  I will continue to try my best.

Til next time, shine on….

J★RYU

 

 

 

 

 

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