Fresh Friday Finds (Rerun): Angry Tiki God aka Allan Cruz

“We gotta get out while we’re young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run” 

image2The Boss, spray paint on plywood, 2016. © Angry Tiki God

Those of you who know me, know that I adore my family and am super close to them despite living 3,000 miles away. So it’s moments like when my brother, Fresh Friday Finds alum Angry Tiki God (Allan Cruz), recently painted and gifted this Bruce Springsteen painting to my brother-in-law and huge Boss fan, Henry, that makes me miss spending time with them even more. So for this week’s Fresh Friday Finds, I’m rerunning an old post about an amazingly talented artist (yes, I’m biased!), my big brother Angry Tiki God. Enjoy and have a rad weekend everyone! Spend it with people you love! ❤

GonzGonz, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

New Jersey-based Angry Tiki God (Allan Cruz) is not only an awesome stencil spray paint artist, but he’s also my big brother. It’s his raw, unapologetic style that prompted me to share his work in this week’s Fresh Friday Finds. Inspired by his lifelong love of skateboarding and music, and artists like Logan Hicks, Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, and Jason Adams, Angry Tiki God has been cranking out some really rad art featuring some of the most iconic figures of our lifetime.

BlondieBlondie, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

JoeyJoey Ramone, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

Growing up, I can’t remember a time when Allan wasn’t creating in some way. He built a mini ramp with our dad and uncles in the backyard, skated it day and night with his friends, spray painted logos, cut out grip tape designs, played Bouncing Souls and The Misfits songs on drums, wrote songs for the various incarnations of his band, and worked on his motorcycles. His need to express himself was loud and clear. So after decades of creating mostly for himself, it was no surprise that Allan kicked it into high gear in 2008, when the ladies of Sic Chix Productions and Subculture Skateshop asked him to be part of their first of many group art parties called The Movement.

Since then, under the moniker Angry Tiki God, Allan’s fresh talent and technique continues to evolve. He focuses now on his stencil spray paint art continuing to showcase his work in solo shows and with The Movement. He is also available for commission work so hit him up with your concepts and ideas. You can keep up with Angry Tiki God on his blog and Etsy shop, where he’ll be adding works for sale soon, like those posted above.

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In my personal collection. Thanks, bro! ❤

Joe Strummer, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

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Fresh Friday Finds: Caia Koopman

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“Grease Monkey” Painting © Caia Koopman

I first discovered Santa Cruz artist Caia Koopman a few weeks after moving here in fall 2013. She was showing and selling some pieces at Rachael & Steve Caballero’s old Bela La Vie Boutique & Gallery in Campbell. I even featured that “Gear Up” show in an old blog post on .stART here. Little did I know I’d become such a huge fan after seeing Koopman’s surrealistic masterpieces in person that night.

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“Dream Escape” Painting © Caia Koopman

What I find so rad about Koopman’s work are the rich dreamscapes and activist themes. She even refers to herself as being an “artivist” on her Instagram (super clever!). The majority of her art features women exuding femininity juxtaposed with being badass, ready to kick ass and take names. Gorgeously woven into the portraits are animals, like hummingbirds, owls, dragons, and unicorns. I love the ethereal approach she takes on realistic issues, and I basically want to be or be friends with every woman she paints! All inspired by her enthusiasm for skate culture, punk rock roots, and love of animals – I feel like we’re kindred spirits.

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“Let Me Out” Painting © Caia Koopman
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“Moonrise Owl” Painting © Caia Koopman

I often see Koopman’s work displayed at restaurants and galleries all over town. I’d be stoked every time I could spot her art, recognizing the symbolic look and feel. The same unreal style seen in collections of Caia Koopman products, like shirts, leggings, jewelry, and more.

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❤ my new watch!

I always regretted not buying a print that night in Campbell. I must have gone back and forth, in and out of the shop, trying to decide which print and what size about five times. In the end, I walked away with nil. It’s now three years since I first saw those original Koopman’s, and I finally own one as of earlier this week. It’s not a painting but rather a more functional, wearable piece of Koopman art – a Bubo the Wise Owl Sport from Modify Watches. It’s so sick, and I’ve already gotten tons of compliments the few times I’ve rocked it. Can’t wait to add to my collection with a painting one of these days!

Caia Koopman has work featured in some upcoming group shows here in California. First, at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles opening on August 27 for their 10th Anniversary Exhibition and Femme to Femme Fatale: The Feminine in Contemporary Art show at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco opening September 17. Do yourself a favor, and visit caiakoopman.com to check out this Fresh Friday Finds!

Fresh Friday Finds: Angry Tiki God A.K.A. Allan Cruz

GonzGonz, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

New Jersey-based Angry Tiki God (Allan Cruz) is not only an awesome stencil spray paint artist, but he’s also my big brother. It’s his raw, unapologetic style that prompted me to share his work in this week’s Fresh Friday Finds. Inspired by his lifelong love of skateboarding and music, and artists like Logan Hicks, Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, and Jason Adams, Angry Tiki God has been cranking out some really rad art featuring some of the most iconic figures of our lifetime.

BlondieBlondie, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

JoeyJoey Ramone, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

Growing up, I can’t remember a time when Allan wasn’t creating in some way. He built a mini ramp with our dad and uncles in the backyard, skated it day and night with his friends, spray painted logos, cut out grip tape designs, played Bouncing Souls and The Misfits songs on drums, wrote songs for the various incarnations of his band, and worked on his motorcycles. His need to express himself was loud and clear. So after decades of creating mostly for himself, it was no surprise that Allan kicked it into high gear in 2008, when the ladies of Sic Chix Productions and Subculture Skateshop asked him to be part of their first of many group art parties called The Movement.

Since then, under the moniker Angry Tiki God, Allan’s fresh talent and technique continues to evolve. He focuses now on his stencil spray paint art continuing to showcase his work in solo shows and with The Movement. He is also available for commission work so hit him up with your concepts and ideas. You can keep up with Angry Tiki God on his blog and Etsy shop, where he’ll be adding works for sale soon, like those posted above.

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In my personal collection. Thanks, bro! ❤

Joe Strummer, spray paint on plywood. © Angry Tiki God

Hump Day Hot Seat: Emilio Florentine

Fresh Friday Finds alum Emilio Florentine is in today’s Hump Day Hot Seat! Get to know this Jersey City based artist as he answers questions provided by Finch & Ada. Thanks for stopping by, Emilio!

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Excursions, Aerosol Paint. © Emilio Florentine

1. Who are you?

Emilio Florentine

2. What do you do?

I paint exploding flowers. They are a visual study of the chaos within beauty.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start?

I began drawing cartoon and comic book characters at an early age. In my early teens, I enrolled in advanced art lessons after school in Somerville, NJ.

4. How long have you been at it?

A long time.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

I own a fine art and apparel screen-printing business called Jersey City Screen Printing.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

The local artists and graffiti writers of Jersey City and Newark

7. What other types of art are you in to?

Screen-printing and colored pencil

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

Skateboarding and Snowboarding

9. What’s your favorite vice?

Tequila

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

The answer to the previous question.

11. If someone was to write a craigslist missed connection about you, what would it say?

The guy on the path train with paint all over his clothes, messy hair, and drawing in a sketch-book.

12. Tell me about the last time a project blew up in your face?

Today, ink dried in my screens too fast.

13. What is your most prized possession?

My drafting table

Fresh Friday Finds: A Restless Transplant

Today’s Fresh Friday Finds on .stART here. is Foster Huntington, the man behind the photo blog A Restless Transplant. Two years ago, Huntington left his NYC corporate design gig, bought a VW van, and set off on new adventures with his camera in tow.

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Foster Huntington Sunrise in Sierra

Huntington has been documenting his travels throughout North America, surfing and camping along the way. He’s been using the #vanlife hashtag, generating thousands of fans, and has an upcoming Kickstarter campaign which will hope to fund a photo book of his favorite campers seen on his over 50,000 miles and counting travels.

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Be inspired and follow A Restless Transplant and Foster Huntington on Facebook and Instagram!

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Fresh Friday Finds: Firefly Music Festival

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George Winston Fan Club

Thirteen friends and I headed to Dover, DE last weekend to camp out for the Annual Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands. I danced my ass off all weekend despite having twisted my ankle on the way to see the first band on the first night. What was I going to do – sit down and rest it?! I’ll sleep when I’m dead, thank you!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, and Foster the People were headlining bands, but I have to say that my most favorite was the bitchin’ superstar Azealia Banks, who we saw right after an amazing Calvin Harris set. Another highlight was the crazy downpour of much needed rain during the Matt & Kim set. Karen O rocked her new blonde hairdo and killer red, leather outfit during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs awesome daytime performance too.

Check out the highlight videos created by Firefly below of all the awesome bands we saw and def head out the festival next year if you can! We had a blast!

Fresh Friday Finds: Alice X. Zhang

I am a week behind my regular schedule as my day job consumed all of me last week. Sorry about that! As a special treat, I am featuring a ridiculously talented designer and illustrator, Alice X. Zhang, as this week’s Fresh Friday Finds. Her solo show, “Moments,” opens tonight at Bottleneck Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY with a reception from 7-10 pm. Enjoy a time lapse video of her process as she digitally paints “Virtuoso” drawn entirely in Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Wacom Cintiq tablet below as well! Happy weekend!

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Fresh Friday Finds: Sophie Elliot

Today’s a twofer on .stART here. Not only do I have a Fresh Friday Finds for you but also an Art Opening. TGIF!

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© Sophie Elliot

Philly based artist Sophie Elliot (who happens to be a twin – told you it was a twofer Friday!) recently graduated with a degree in Art and Design. Her mixed media artwork will be available for purchase at Mugshots Coffeehouse in Philadelphia for the next two months. There is an opening reception today, May 10th from 7-9pm at the Fairmount Avenue location where her work will be showcased until June 8th, then to the Brewerytown location until July 1st. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area!

From Sophie Elliot’s blog:

She has a passion for illustration, mainly working in mixed media. From pen and ink to watercolor and acrylic her silhouette series expresses her passion for nature and the beauty in simple forms. Inspired by poetry and dreamlike imagery she continues to express emotion and passion through her art.

Fresh Friday Finds: Ali Smith

New York City based photographer Ali Smith has found success in the arts time and time again. She was a former ballet dancer who performed on the prestigious stage at Lincoln Center, she toured the world when she was in a punk rock band that released nine albums, and now her full-time gigs include raising her son and taking pictures. Lately, she has been working largely in the publishing industry with over 300 book covers under her already substantial belt and recently shot the book trailer for Lauren DeStefano’s Severthe final book in the bestselling Chemical Garden trilogy. Smith’s style and creativity has become a go-to when flirty, feminine, strong, and powerful images are needed.

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Smith’s work has also been featured in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, and London as well as in Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan magazines. She has photographed advertisements for clients like Rimmel London Makeup and The Blue Man Group. Her photo essays have become published books like her debut Laws of the Bandit Queens (2002).

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Photo © Ali Smith

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Photo © Ali Smith

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Photo © Ali Smith

Twelve years in the making, one of Smith’s newest project is a collection of forty portraits of women and their personal stories regarding motherhood called Momma Love; How the Mother Half Lives. Gloria Steinem says, “Ali Smith has given us a gift with Momma Love; a fresh, eye-opening manifestation of motherhood’s contemporary realities.” With support from Smith’s Kickstarter campaign, she hopes to get this new book published and find success one more time. To learn more about Ali Smith’s work, visit http://www.alismith.com/.

Fresh Friday Finds: Carne Griffiths

This week’s Fresh Friday Find on .stART here. is Carne Griffiths. This unique artist uses ink, tea and alcohol in his creations. Check out this time lapse video for a sneak peek into this awesome technique.

From Carne Griffiths.com:

Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka Griffiths’ fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.