Well, well. It has been awhile. A lot has happened in the last month, departing me from doing any updates of any kind. Just know I haven't forgotten about any of you. I can't believe the way things have been.
I have learned a lot about myself in the given month. From gray clouds over me, to the light finally shining on me. I started to see who people really are behind the tinted glass and understood my place in a lot of others lives. When it comes down to it, who will you rely on when times are rough?
In the given month, I have come together with many artists and entrepreneurs to discover the answers to the questions I've been longing to find. I am so thankful for these people who have walked into my life and became more than just resources. Trying to discover what I want when it comes to building my own brand makes life more intense and less boring. Some people would give up on the opportunity due to lack of time, patience or money, but not I. I'm moving forward and trying to learn the easy and hard way of all of this. Though I had to sacrifice a few moments, I learn through the process of it all that life is what you make it out to be, and no one else can tell you otherwise. Though turn of events do happen and false hope may come at a rise, never give up on yourself. Because one drop of toxic negativity may grow as a wild fire.
During this month, I have learned a lot about scheduling and financing. Counting down my balance and understanding that time is everything. What you put into yourself is worth every second of whether you come at a rise or stay in the shallow ends. Luckily I'm out of the shallow water and successfully swimming in the ocean. There will come a point where I know life will stand steady and I hope I can reach a small island for a break, but until then I just keep swimming.
To fill in on my first showing held at Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden, hosted by Fresno Underground Art, I was super fortunate for the results of how well I sold and the people I met along the way. I decided to dress as Mario for the Nintendo theme and got a lot of love out of that. I was super grateful for the fellow artists (including Henry "Loco" Contreras, Zoombie Laurel of Zoombie Nation, Bryan "Bald" Lopez, Brian Vasquez, etc.) that have become my art brothers and mentors. I was super shy to showcase anything that day, and seriously showed me I should never let myself sink low when I have something worth fighting for. These guys are amazing artists themselves. I couldn't be anymore grateful than where I'm starting right now.
In early September, I was featured again with Fresno Underground Arts at Tioga-Sequioa Brewing Company. It was such an amazing show as it not only introduced me to a larger group of fellow artists (Gabriel "Wombat" Galicia, Anthony Gonzalez [of Wyze Fools], Elizabeth Castro, etc.), but it was also 6 days before my 27th birthday. I felt like there's no where else I'd rather be than doing what I love with great people and celebrating with the family and friends that came. I did bring in a cake to show my other skills but also just to celebrate. It was a great turn out and I left feeling warm hearten. I would like to thank my long-time friend Sami for helping me set up and handling the booth. I couldn't be more thankful or relieved to have her help that day.
As for now, I have a few shows lined up in October through December. More information to come on future shows. As of now, for anyone in the Central California region, mark your calendars:
I would also like to give a warm show-out to Fresno Underground Art and Zoombie Nation. Please go stop by their show over at Zoombie's Tattoo Studio, October 1st for their "Leftover show"!! I love those guys to death and couldn't as for a better community to be in.
Thank you all for the support you have given in the last few months. I feel like with you, I wouldn't be growing something that I've longing to strive for.