Archive for September, 2009


Miss Van/Retna & El Mac:Shows To See

September 30, 2009
As an artist you do not just have to be conscience of what you are creating and where you are moving forward but also how your peers and “art heroes” are progressing. You can learn a lot from just watching on reading about artists and everyone has a handful of artist that they absolutely love and are inspired by. I recently saw some new work and read a wonderful interview from Miss Van (HERE) over Miss Van was one of my first inspirations in creating these unique yet similar female characters that I paint today. She has a wonderful solo show opening October 1st @StolenSpace Gallery in London. Mac and Retna (HERE) are the definition of collaboration. They bring incredible technique and you can tell that there is a constant level of communication in their work as they push each other to make really powerful painting and murals. You can view images of their recent show @Robert Berman Gallery in California. Both shows are open to the public so make sure to catch them out if you are in the area.
Fore More On Miss Van Visit:
Miss Van
For More On Retna and Mac Visit:

El Mac

Retna wall

Book Signing: “Year One Rewind” by DirtyPilot Oct 2nd @PS1 MOMA feat PaperMonster, Daze, Cern, and Chris Stain

September 29, 2009
On Friday, October 2nd PaperMonster (myself), Chris “Daze” Ellis, Chris Stain, and Cern YMI will be taking part in the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair at the PS1 MOMA Contemporary Art Center (HERE) doing a book signing of’s (HERE) book “Year One Rewind.” All of the artists will be there from 2 to 4pm ready to sign books and PaperMonster will be there handing out free stickers and other goodies as well as some of the artists in attendace. If you are in the NYC area this is a great event to drop by even if you just want to say hello or catch the entire fair and its events. Catch info on the event below and images of each artist that will be at the book signing.
Location: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA)
22-25 Jackson Ave
@the intersection of 46th Ave Long Island City,
NY 11101
Open to the public.
Via DirtyPilot: Year 1 Rewind presents the work of 15 of the artists that has showcased in its monthly online exhibitions during its inaugural year, beginning in May 2007. These works embrace a range of movements from graffiti, street and urban art to pop and and outsider art. Rendered in mediums, from spray paint, oil, acrylic, water color and mixed media, to simple pen and ink, graphic, silkscreen and other transfer methods.
Featured artists include up and coming talents along with established artists, such as Chris “Daze” Ellis, Kime Buzzelli, Bravo Jet, Albert Reyes, Papermonster, Chris Stain, Ghost,Cern YMI, Dennis McNett, Greg Gossel, Stephen Tompkins, Enrique Martinez, Justin Bua, Michael Krueger and Daniel Johnston. Both a contemporary representation of the most riveting urban art of our time and a frozen slice of art history that hundreds of thousands of urban art collectors and aficionados who frequent can enjoy today and tomorrow. This diverse body of artwork also stands as an enlightening sampling for collectors and art students unfamiliar with urban motifs.
DirtyPilot’s “Year One Rewind” Book
Graffiti Artist::Cern
Stencil Artist: Chris Stain
Graffiti Artist: Daze
Stencil Artist: PaperMonster

Photos: Raritan River Art Walk and Riverfront Renaissance Center

September 28, 2009
I received some great photos from last weekend’s Raritan River Art Walk. The first set as from the talented Leslie Granda-Hill (HERE) and it is followed by wonderful panoramic photos via Luv1 (HERE). Also, Leon Rainbow and the Riverfront Renaissance Center (HERE) have come together to present a wonderful urban art group show in Millville, NJ which you can still catch until October 10th. Catch more info and images below.
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AZMA, Frances Nielah Bradley, Demer, David Foss, Joroko, Will Kasso, Peter Krsko, LUV, Karey Maurice, Karen McDonnell and Tony Cortosi, Willis Nomo, NOSE, Paper Monster, Leon Rainbow, Vince Romaniello, and Burnell Yow



Interview: @SensesLost with PaperMonster on “Friends with Knives” Stencil Group Show

September 24, 2009
I had the pleasure to sit down with Senses Lost (HERE) and chat about the process of curating the “Friends With Knives” Stencil Group Show current open at (HERE). The interview covers everything from the styles of stencil art I wanted to highlight in the show as well as the my thoughts on the future of stencil graffiti. Here is a short excerpt from the interview: To read more visit:
::Via SensesLost:::
Explain the concept behind “Friends with Knives Show”?
The entire concept behind the “Friends with Knives” show is ultimately about diversity. When I was approached to curate a stencil group show through I wanted to have stencil artists that really cover a wide range of styles. We are all individuals and have taken the fundamentals from cutting thick pieces of cardboard with a kitchen knife to making beautiful works of art……
“As stencil artists we have a common bond and we know the hardships and struggles that come with the work that we do. The process of cutting stencils can be grueling but at the same time it is extremely difficult to gain respect and admiration for the huge amount of work and dedication that we put in from the art world at large.” -PaperMonster

Also, I want to send a HUGE thanks to everyone who covered the show on sites all over!!

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Huge thanks to ProjectCyan (HERE), JoyEngine (HERE), AGuyNamedVernonMac (HERE), CyanaTrendland (HERE), Prefuse (HERE), Stencil (HERE), YouLookNow (HERE), OurHype (HERE), StencilHistory X (HERE), ToysREvil (HERE), Feed Your Wall (HERE), TheBlot Says (HERE), SpankyStokes (HERE), GoldCoin (HERE), KillahBeez (HERE), NewYork-Tokyo (HERE), Poster District (HERE), LeasedFerrari (HERE), PostersAndPrint (HERE), MissOnMedia (HERE), MonsterFresh (HERE), Juxtapoz (HERE), IllicitExhibitions (HERE) and everyone else who covered the show. To view links to all my friends check out the sidebar to view the amazing work they put in every day.




Sept 26th: Art Whino Gallery “Life Essentials” Group Show feat PaperMonster

September 23, 2009
This coming Saturday, Art Whino (HERE) will be presenting a wonderful benefit art show and concert on September 26th at the Portals Theater in Washington, DC. The benefit art show and fundraiser will is in conjunction with the International Lifeline Fund (HERE) which conducts humanitarian and environmental projects in Sub-Sahara Africa. I am extremely honored to be a part of this show and hope that you can come out and support in any way possible, If art can be one vehicle for spreading awareness and raising funding for projects that have a global impact whether in a small or large scale I am more than proud to be involved. You can catch a sneak peak into my piece for the show in the images below. For more info on the event and all of the artists taking part in the art show click on images below.
Life Essentials Group Show
The Portals Theater
1236 Maryland Ave
Washington, DC 20024
To buy tickets and more show info go to:
Adam Russell, Adorable Creatures, Anna Davis, Asbestos , Andy Haynes, Anna Thackray, Arabella Proffer, Arisu, Blaine Fontana , Brad Strain , Brandi Read , Bryan Collins , Casey Weldon , Charlie Owens, Chris Bishop, Chris Murray, Chris Sheridan, Daniel Fleres , Dan May, Drew Storm Graham, Dustin Ortiz , Edward Gross, Emily Greene Liddle , Esho, Fred Harper, Graham Franciose , Gregory Ferrand , J Asher Lynch, Jason Snyder , Jimbot
John Collier, John Hung Ha, John Powell, JoKa, Joshua Krause, Julie Steiner, Luis Lorenzana, Justin Lovato, Kareem Rizk, Kelly Vivanco, LECKOmio, Leonor Morais, Lisa Selby, Lucho, Luke Dixon, Marie Barr, Mark Jenkins, Matt Dangler, Mary Spring, Matt Somma, Michelle Caplan, Michael Crockett, Michael Owen, Mikel Glass
Molotov Circus, Molly Crabapple, Morten Andersen, Nishi, Paulo Arraiano, Papermonster, Nicolas Gracey, Papermonster, Raudiel Sañudo, Reuben Rude, Richard Alan Haugh, Richard Salcido, Rick Beaupre, Rick Reese, Rudy Fig, Sam Ramos, Scotch, Scott G. Brooks, Scott Musgrove, Spencer Reynolds, Steven Smith, Sylvia Ortiz, Sugar Power, Terri Woodward, TMNK, Ursula Xanthe Young, Zach Tobias
Click on the images above and below to view more information on this great event.
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PHOTOS: Raritan River Art Walk 2009 New Brunswick, NJ

September 22, 2009
This past weekend marked 2009’s Raritan River Walk mural event in New Brunswick, NJ. Last year was a really great time and the turnout this year was even bigger. It was great to see everyone coming together and pushing each other to try new things. I want to thank everyone who not only came out to paint but who also stopped by and shared such great words of encouragement. This year I wanted to experiment with some new ways to use the wall and I stumbled upon what I call “black holes.” Hope to make more of these in the future.
Catch more images of the entire event below ::
PaperMonster layout
Lank stencil work on decaying wall which was a great effect.
Will Kasso

Will Kasso
Leon Rainbow and Been3
PaperMonster hand pattern design inside mask.
Begining of the “black hole”

Final stencil in place
PaperMonster painting
Paper Monster
Finished wall.

Leon Rainbow
Will Kasso
Photos Below Via Been3

Will Kasso




Video: PaperMonster @ Jersey Fresh Graffiti Jam 2009

September 21, 2009
Mike Murphy over at (HERE) sent over this great video of me paintings during this years Jersey Fresh Graffiti Jam in Trenton, NJ. He is a very talented film maker with a great eye for documenting graffiti and urban art projects. This video is one of my favorites and you can see the entire process from pasting to the finished stencil. Huge thanks to Mike for all of the hard work.
Check it out below or visit: