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April 28, 2017

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Know Your Enemy

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As I stood meditating in a Cypriot monastery, dripping with sweat from the extreme heat that enveloped me, I saw a vivid image in my minds eye of exactly what was holding me back from moving forward. The identity of my adversary had been revealed…

The last 4 years have been some of the most challenging for me in regards to life, career and everything in between. The things I would usually cling to for support were pulled back…or stripped away. Every juncture during this time, has presented a riddle or a test for me to decipher and walk through. The latest Moyma odyssey (yeh that’s right, some Kon Tiki ish) forced my hand to create my own proverbial raft, push it out into the proverbial ocean and throw caution into the proverbial wind. This journey has been very difficult at times but without a doubt it has also been amazingly fulfilling. This post is to share with you some of the things that I have learnt that may be of some help to you on your own journey.

Everything Is Perspective
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”. William Shakespeare.
A while back I did a gig in the a seaside town in Biarritz France at a Quiksilver event. There were surfers from all over the world there and at an after party I met a guy from Australia. I don’t remember his name…we will call him Bruce. Bruce was a surfer; the die hard type. He was that upbeat guy who always found a way to see things in a positive light and it seemed like nothing phased him. He lived and breathed surfing by indulging in daily battles with the ocean waves and the thing that was so amazing about my ol mucka Bruce was that…he only had one leg. Bruce lost his left leg while surfing in a place that wasn’t know for having sharks; he went out with two pins and came home with one. Bruce sat next to me that day in the Biarritz, sipping a brew in the blazing heat telling me how he lost his leg and I won’t forget it because of how nonchalantly he told the story; he may as well of been talking losing an eyelash. Bruce: “Yeh the shark got me leg (insert an Australian accent) but as soon as I had another one, I was back on my board”. As soon as you had another one?! Geez that ish doesn’t just grow back. Well it did grow back…in the form of metal prosthetic leg and once he had that badboy fitted, he was back on his board and that was that. Did he have a dark night of the soul where he had to think about the what ifs and get upset? Maybe…but that day he sat next to me and toasted living life now, with whatever hand you are dealt. He told me he could have died but he didn’t and he could still surf so there was no point getting upset. That boys and girls is the power of reframing. No one has an easy ride but how you look at things determines everything. I know it sounds like a flimsy sentiment but this is powerful if you can grasp it. Psychologists call it adversarial growth and post-traumatic growth; things that don’t kill you will make you stronger. Benjamin Franklin had a more pointed way of putting it “the things which hurt instruct”. Looking back on hard times is not so bad…living through them is the bigger pain in the arse and although retrospect adds a rose tint, perspective is powerful. The last few years have been…let’s say a little tricky for me but I have learnt to regularly spot check my mental filters because perspective is everything.

Embrace Your Fear
Fear can often be irrational. I realise you will be reading this straight after reading about a guy losing one of his legs and maybe thinking, if ol Bruce was more fearful…maybe he would still have his leg? Yeh maybe but maybe the tenacity he had for embracing life meant that he actually lived. He handled what life threw at him and that made him fearless. Instead of trusting that we have the capacity to deal with what comes our way, we tell ourselves a story of what we think will happen to justify our inaction. A guy called Marcus Aurelius wrote a journal he called “Writings To Myself” as a source for his own self guidance and self improvement. They were later published in “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. One of the insights he had was that the hard things that we face are actually the route to get to the destination we want; what stands in the way becomes the way. Yeh that is some Bruce Lee-Yodaism my nizzisms…but this stuff is powerful. If you can reframe how you see things then even fear’s ugly mug doesn’t look so bad…yeh you got it…all of this stuff is linked. Read on mi amigo, read on.

Embrace The Struggle
Struggle is built into the journey and when you are hungry for something you will work hard to get it…or not as the case maybe. The people who embrace the struggle and don’t get deterred by the tough stuff, are usually the ones who reach their destination. The musician Jack White not only embraces the struggle, he goes out of his way to create it and uses it as a tool. “I really don’t like to take the easy way out, if I can help it, on anything I do, I like to really make it a challenge. I don’t know how to create by taking the easy routes. I’ve tried, you know, I’ve tried to let myself, but I always struggle to compensate”. Jack White does this by having crazy time constraints on the music he makes and by making his live show hard to perform. He has guitars that are bit bent and hard to tune, if he drops a pick he has other ones placed in an awkward place on stage. He is forcing himself in the moment and he does it through creating struggle but he doesn’t see struggle as a bad thing and that is because he has a different perspective (reframe). See a pattern? Pay attention homie…you will get it.

Failure Doesn’t Exist
Another thing I learnt out on my raft is that if you don’t ‘fail’ you can’t learn. Failure is the sign you are actually trying. How you deal with things when they don’t go to plan is really the big distinction but failure in and of itself is just a construct of your mind. You create the parameters of that word (failure) and then imprison or free yourself by the definition you give it. “Failure shows us the way—by showing us what isn’t the way.” Ryan Holiday. Failure becomes a path if you don’t give up. My friend…never give up.

Life Is Short
The last fews years have seen some new people walk into my life but sadly, it has seen many walk out. Some of these have been heartbreaking goodbyes and the finality of their departure has been potent enough to distill and shake my perspective to realise in a vivid sense; life is short and time is precious. In Seneca’s book “The Shortness of Life”, Seneca presents the array of positions we often adopt in life while at the same time making us face our own dominant self-deception mechanisms. “You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last”. We (humans/people/ya bredrins) are penny wise and dollar/pound (insert your currency) foolish when it comes to the use of our time. Our time here is finite and you don’t even know how long you’ve got…so surely your time is your greatest commodity? Death is the ultimate leveller because everyone will face it, and yes on face value death is a completely depressing sh*t show but death actually gives time its value. Ironically or not you actually connect with life more when you embrace your mortality. “People are frugal in guarding their personal property, but as soon as it comes to squandering time, they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy”.

Be Happy In The Now
“Some people are so poor, all they have is money”. Bob Marley
If you take nothing else from this blog, try and get this one cos this one really is money. One of the things I have learnt on my recent voyage is how to be happy now. I work hard but I started to see that my striving toward ‘the destination’ became my objective. I was losing why I originally enjoyed my work and life. We are programmed to build happiness into some future event so it becomes this thing that we are looking at in the distance but the problem is that it then becomes an ungraspable mirage. People tell themselves they will be happy when they get that job, or make that amount of money, or get that girl, guy, car or house. What you are actually doing is training your brain to think that happiness and fulfilment is a future event…so even if you do get those things you won’t be happy because you have trained your brain to look past it and look for another future event to dream about. I am not saying that achievements, relationships or money are bad but if you aren’t happy in yourself right now…you won’t enjoy that future event you are eyeing up because you havn’t sorted out your own head & heart; wherever you go, there you are…na mean?< So what do you have to do? In short you need to learn to be grateful and enjoy the present moment. Easy huh. The system around us makes us worry about the future and dwell in the past. I am not saying don’t plan for the future or learn from the past but for real, spend some time and consider how much your brain capacity is run by the past or the future (I am told by experts this is the root of anxiety and depression). What he or she said or did, comparisons and what might or could happen are some of the narratives that resonate in most peoples minds…well in mine for def. I learnt to ignore that fanfare and sit in the moment…whatever that moment was. This is subtle and nuanced…and the outworking of this is linked with learning to be grateful, which is linked to reframing situations…yeh this all linked, I told you this hombre. I do realise how cliche some of this sounds…but it is all worth exploring…and when I say exploring I mean do something. If you hate your job…leave it, if you hate your girl…leave her…if you hate your dog…feed it to your cat. I’m joking about the dog. Feed your girl to your dog, then feed the dog to the cat…keep it tidy. Jokes aside, my point is…beware of the golden handcuffs.

You Need People
Ever wonder why solitary confinement is a punishment? I used to get confused watching a film where prisoners would be punished with solitary confinement and think to myself…why is that such a big deal? They are in prison…so they are alone anyway!! Solitary confinement is a form of torture because you have no stimulus and the fact that it is used as a punishment in prison shows you how important being around other humans is, even if that human is a convicted felon who might rob you while you are sleeping or force you into a compromising situation if you dropped your soap in the shower. But Moyma aren’t the type of people you spend your time with a huge factor in all of this? Yes grasshopper, you are right. “In the past ten years, neuroscientists, psychologists, and economists have made quantum leaps in understanding why some of us flourish in happy, healthy lives and others do not. What has become clear is that we’re not just connected to others. We are the very product of the people and networks to which we are connected. Who you know determines who you are—how you feel, how you act, and what you achieve”. Time has taught me (especially in the last few years) to embrace and value the good people in my life. Relationships and people are important, it’s as simple as that but to add a nuance to this one, it’s also healthy to have time on your own…keep it balanced init.

You Are What You Eat
“I’m starvin, I’m in the mood, plain and simple I need food”.
I would like to premise this section with the fact that I love food. Gimme all of it. Burgers, pizza, curry, dumplings, biscuits, cake and chocolate. Unfortunately some of that stuff eaten regularly, in huge portions isn’t good for you. Shame. I also found out that each part of the body has a regenerative process (it completely rebuilds itself) which means it’s actually true; you are what you eat…so eating nutritious food makes sense..make sense? What you eat also affects your mental health so I had to give up thinking Chilli Heatwave Doritos are cheap prozac…but they kinda are though?! No? Doritos may help in the short term but long term I found that healthy nutritious food and regular exercise had huge positive effect on every area of my being. Exercising and eating a healthy diet (in my opinion) has better side effects than chowing down anti-depressants or crying a river after 20 gin and tonics. I am no doctor but I have countless friends who have had mental or physical ailments that were helped by changing their diet and lifestyle. But exercise sucks I hear you say. Yeh it does but here are some of the benefits. Exercise optimises your mindset to improve alertness, it helps nerve cells bind together which is the cellular basis for logging in new information (learning), it reduces stress, anxiety and depression by increasing serotonin and norepinephrine both in the moment and over the long term…shall I go on? Ok…it strengthens the cardiovascular system, it regulates fuel, it reduces obesity, it elevates your stress threshold, it boosts the immune system, it fortifies your bones, it boosts motivation and it fosters neuroplasticity (helps to keep ya brain strong). The bottom line is that exercise has many benefits so make it your friend…your friend with benefits.

Know Thy Self
“The first and best victory is to conquer self”. Plato
Ok..ermm thanks Moyma, this has been a very errr…thought provoking blog…but whass the dilly with the intro of this blog…something about errr sweating in a Cypriot prison? No my child, I was meditating in a Cypriot monastery (true story) and in that place…I saw in my mind’s eye a vivid image of my biggest adversary. The image was a clear as day and stood in front of me; my end level boss in all his glory. The image I saw in my mind’s eye was an image of…myself (true story). This has been the biggest thing I have learnt during this voyage of discovery which may sound like more blog fodder hokum but it’s true. The biggest thing that has stood in the way of me being happy, moving forward, facing my fears, embracing the struggle, enjoying the moment, connecting with people and realising my potential…is me. My biggest battle has been and probably always will be with myself. The temptation here is to tie this whole blog into a neat little hollywood-esque bow, concluding this in a tight inspiring way and letting you know it will all be ok…but I won’t do that. I have held your hand through the other parts…maybe this one is a voyage you also have to take for yourself and consider your own internal adversaries. I will say this…they are beatable. “When there are no enemies inside, the enemies outside can’t hurt you”.

peace

MOYMA











































































April 3, 2015

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Bom5 : The Connecting Power of HipHop

A Journey in Black-books

I met Bom5 in the winter of 2013. It was my birthday and he blessed me with pizza, stories and skills.

Many writers threw down in that book but Bom and Erotica67 were the only people who spent any time trying to drop something nice.

Love from Brooklyn & The Bronx

My friend from NYC; a cool girl with a diamond heart and a foul mouth…

…wanted to bless me for my birthday with some pens and a black-book. Bom5 said he would help her pick the right stuff and drop something in the book too. To say I was stoked would be an understatement.

Snail Mail

Due to bad past experiences with the postal service, we were trying alternate options to get the book from the U.S. to the U.K.

I had been waiting for this book for months so I was excited and itching to see it.

Finally the book routed back to me in the UK. When I did get it, I was on my way to visit someone so I couldn’t open it until late that evening.

It was more than worth the wait.

Inside the snail mail envelope was a black book…a beautifully bound >>Cachet – Daler Rowney<<. Oh yeeeh!

That wasn’t all, oh no. My generous homie had hooked Moyma up with these pens too.

Just soak that up…

PenPorn Inc.

OH….MY…. GAWWWwwWD!!!…Yes yes y’all, that hit the spot.

A pack of Ironlaks! They looked so delicious I wanted to eat them…

Black-book Sessions

Black-books are an artist’s journal/diary. You put your ideas down, then go back through to see where you were at creatively at that time. It works great as a reference of old ideas, a place to create new ones or it can be a portfolio of your styles.

Bom5 has a library of black-books at his home full of dope burners, so I was excited to see what he had put down in this one. Bom walks the walk with this ish, he comes correct with the ink skills. This was the first piece he did in my new Book >>>”Kool Kid Moyma.” – Bom005 RSC<RSC>RTR<TBB>ZULU NATION<MW. Very nice! Funky letters!

The line of colour in the pages showed me there was more for me to see, a wall of colour was waiting for me.

DaAaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAM sonnnnnnnnnnNNNnnnn! This piece is dope. The letters and colours are bold, unashamed and skilfully designed. There is so much detail on all levels. Props BomV! You have set the bar high for this book.

“BOM V”

I love the layers of colours and the tag styles. It’s gritty but elegant; Bom5 juxtaposes those ingredients well.

I couldn’t take it all in in one sitting. I have had to do sessions of just staring at it and soaking in all the flavours. I sometimes have it up on my speaker to get a different view. I love this ish!!

Bom understands the importance of black-books, which is why he takes so much pride in throwing down in them, even if they aren’t his own.

But he isn’t just a black book writer, he has taken the creations from his b-books to the subways and train yards.

Hiphop Heritage & Old Skool Loyalty

Bom has a lineage from the foundations of Hiphop, which is one of the reasons why his work is interesting but it’s not the only reason. He has also remained dedicated to his craft for a long time; you can’t fake passion. The struggle and scars that come from life can make you stronger and also make the creative voice in you work potent. In the spine of passion is a vertebrae made up of determination, endurance and focus. I felt that from Bom5.

Bom5 was around when gangs were rampant in the Bronx.

He knows first hand how gangs rolled. To get in, you had to go through an extreme initiation ceremony and so diehard loyalty was the result.

Although the initiation ceremonies changed when Hiphop was born, the loyalty to your crews didn’t. There will always be >>flakes<< but being solid for your people is where it was at. When times are tough, knowing people that ‘have you’ is what makes joining gangs/crews attractive.

This is why Bom always gives props to his people when you meet him and also in his art – “The Bronx Boys, Batch & Slick Inc.”

His UK bredrin…

….and BANE, TBK, NCB, DOG, TED INC, WE ROCK INC, MADWRITERS, ROCKSTEADY, MISSION GRAFF, SLICK INC, TC5, MOMO & SABRINA.

Mentors and Black Belts

In martial arts having a black-belt oviously has it’s credits but who you got your black belt from is really the defining factor. Who you came up under says a lot.

If you have had good mentors; people who have taken you under there wing, looked out for you and let you in to what they have learnt. You will remember them and shout there name.

It’s a shame some people aren’t like that, everyone wants their own shine so they end up forgetting. No one who became great is completely self taught. No one.

Billy167 by Bom5.

“Billy 167 will go down in history as one of the greatest letter stylists in the history of Graffiti.” – MPC Crew

Cypher Circles

The Hiphop cypher connects people and brings out individual creativity.

Cyphers are usually associated with rapping and rocking but I don’t think it’s exclusive to those elements. It’s an exchange of energy. Exchanging ‘energy’ could also be saying something to encourage someone in their work, sharing knowledge while breaking bread, investing in an artist by hooking him up with pens and a black-book, or hitting them up some special art to inspire them. This in turn inspires that person to throw down themselves, in their own way back into the cypher…and the circle continues.

A big thankyou to Sabrina and Bom005 for hooking me up. You are a great friends, thankyou for your encouragement. Respect to my brother Bom005 >> an extremely rare artist. I look forward to see the progression of his styles. May the cypher continue.
























March 30, 2015

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Bom5 : Zen Flow & The Value of Things

Learning by Osmosis

Learning by seeing is a primal way of understanding new things. I had the privilege to watch Bom5 throw down a few times in NYC and I learnt a lot. He doesn’t say to you…’here look, I am teaching you something now…pay attention,’ but make no mistake about it, you are being schooled. When any artist opens up to show you their process, it is an amazing thing which people take for granted.

The Art of Lines

Bom uses subtle devices to get your eye moving where he wants them to go, without you realising it.

Colour

It is very easy to mismatch colours and end up with something that looks off key. Bom is nice with the colour palette! He has that funky psychedelic ish!

Line Flow

I love this ‘A’ …yeh baby!! These are well pronounced lines. I see lines, shapes and colours as forms of vocabulary. It’s more than just one thing, it’s how it all works together…but back to the “A.” That “A” is funked out. It is talking to you through it’s shape and the latticed grid which echoes the letter form.

Space

This is a massively overlooked one…

…and I am not breaking that one down…go do some study…but space is extremely effective and used in many other art forms like dance and music. Thelonious Monk…

…and Miles Davis can teach you about the use of space.

This is art, so there are no hard and fast rules but there are concepts and using space in visual art, music and dance is powerful…but it takes restraint. Less can be more.

Zen Flow

Bom005 puts a lot of pride into his ink work and as much as he likes precision, it seemed like he also wanted the spontaneity of the moment. You find this this line philosophy in Chinese and Zen calligraphy. Bom wants nice form but there is a “Zen” aspect where he isn’t trying to think too much and just “be.”

“Practice to uncover one’s original self through the brush.” – Yokoyama Tenkei

The whole experience of him putting down is to create something dope but also for him to learn something new.

The Value of Things

I have been told there are scientific studies that show that people value things less when they haven’t paid for them.

I agree with this to a point but with all scientific studies, there are variables. The variable in this case would be dependent on how much value the person receiving the gift places on the gift and value isn’t always measured in gold.

If You Could Only Take Two Things

I have a few pieces of art in my home. If there was a fire and I could only take two things while escaping the flames, it would be two pieces both by Bom Five. This piece (below) was draw in front of me in the early hours of the morning in a Macdonalds in Union Square, NYC and is now framed in my studio in the UK.

These pieces signify more to me than just some lines. The lines are dope but when you learn about the artist’s story; what he is about, how he came up and the struggles he walked through. The lines and his work take on a whole new meaning.




February 14, 2015

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With Love…

It’s that special day, so don’t fake the funk. Check your…


December 24, 2014

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2014 In The Trenches

KO

In the first blog I wrote this year (!) I mentioned a quote by Mike Tyson – “everyone has a plan…’til they get punched in the mouth.” A few punches from life were definitely thrown my way and also towards some of my people. These tough situations shed light on things that I needed to focus on and be thankful for. I have learnt that nothing great is achieved alone, so this blog is to say thank you to some specific people who have had my back this year.

Friendships Are Forged In Adversity

First up is my brother from a Hiphop mother. Bronx original…

Bom005

I have already blogged about Bom but if you haven’t read those, please click on the picture above.

I met Bom last year in NYC and his work, craftsmanship and friendship has had a huge impact on a lot of my creative work and attitudes this year..gracias Bom005.

I am lucky enough to have his work in my studio…

…in and on new blacks-books…

…and it proves how art can speak to you in a powerful way. His lines school and guide me daily.

Thankyou Bom005…BIG…

Next up is another NYC connect – a sister from a another mother…

Sabrina Mullholland Jjones

I met her in NYC last year, completely randomly…

…and since then she has blessed me continually.

I could write a small book on the encouragement, time and generosity she has extended to me this year. Your friendship, insight and web support has been appreciated. BIG>>>>>>…

Next is a long time friend and ally…

Hann Sharpster

She has looked out for monsieur Moyma for a minute on many levels…

…making sure I see other humans and that I am warm. She is also dream to work with >>> Respect Sharpy! Thankyou! Your friendship and general ‘Hannerisms’ are massively appreciated. BIG…

My boy from the Welsh borders…

Ed Boogie

The Professor has always has my back on the music tip from day dot>>

From the tech side…

…to everything in between.

If you haven’t checked him out before please click the pic. Thankyou bro…BIG…

To the other people who are as significant, even if you don’t get a picture with ‘respect’ written under it.

Indy, Carla, The Blacks, Toby, Ellie, Mayor, PBurns, Gaizka, Rosie & Sally…

Enjoy your Christmas and New Year people. 2014 went too fast but it was a great ride.

Peace!!!!

August 4, 2014

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The Black Book Sessions – Biters!!

I found this banana in the supermarket and because it was such a cool shape, I had to draw on it. Sadly, this perishable art attack isn’t in my black book but it was so much fun to do.

I wrote ‘Flavour, Bite it’ on the handy snack which is meant to be a play on words. ‘Flavour’ meaning the taste but it’s also a word used for style. ‘Bite it’ which means to copy someone and ‘bite it’ cos it’s a banana and you would normally do that to it wouldn’t ya?…get it? I thought not.

Don‘t Bite It!

‘Biting’ is a term used when you steal someone’s idea and pass them off as your own. It’s not a good thing to do but everyone copies when they first start learning something new. All of your favourite artists were influenced and inspired by other people. The Beatles started out as a cover band. Paul McCartney has said, “I emulated Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis. We all did.”

That is one example and if you look at any music style or art movement you will see one person being influenced by someone else’s work and so on.

Big Daddy Kane’s style…


was influenced by Grandmaster Caz.

KRS One’s style…

was influenced by Mellie Mel.

Rakim’s style…

was influenced by…

Kool Moe Dee.

I am not saying these are the only MC’s that influenced them but from what I have read and heard they were big influences. Here is a more recent example…

Jay Z was hugely influenced…

by Big Daddy Kane.

Acknowledge Your Influences!

We are all influenced by other people, but most people don’t want to acknowledge others. I have done my best to make sure I acknowledge the people who have influenced my style and ideas on this site. When you have been influenced by people, I believe you should give them credit. I think it is important that you show respect to the people who influence you as it encourages them and also helps others see how ideas develop. I do my best to acknowledge people I have met who have helped and inspired me in what I create…what about you?

Do YOUR thing

It comes back to being yourself because if you dare to do that you won’t end up copying anyone else. Even if you are influenced, you will bring your own >>>FLAVOUR<<<< to whatever you create and that, my fair weather friends, is the crux of this blog.

“Authenticity is invaluable. Originality doesn’t exist”

July 15, 2014

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The Black Book Sessions – Keep it Simple

I drew this to the sounds of De Le Soul – Buhloone Mindstate. It was inspired by a piece Bom5 did for me on my birthday.

I had one pen with me which had an italic nib on one side and a normal round nib on the other. Bom just threw down, the white of the paper (negative space) becomes part of the design and although the design itself doesn’t look simple, the idea was. Please click the image to read about this piece.

Saying any more on this post would negate the title and my point so I will leave you with some words from my boy Da Vinci.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonado Da Vinci

Peace

June 24, 2014

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The Blackbook Sessions – Never Give Up

I drew the first three letters of this piece and wasn’t feeling it at all. It looked wak to me with no life or flavour. A week later I looked back at the sketch and saw something different – I saw there was something to work with. I am glad I went back in on this one as I love this piece; it’s simple/complex and the bit I like most is…it’s raw.

NYC

I didn’t intend this sketchbook piece to be a reflection of my time in NYC, but the more I look at it….it is. The piece almost looks like a map or architectural and it symbolises a simple start to journey that over time became complicated, jagged but still amazing. I haven’t really written that much about what happened in New York but I have plenty of stories…like almost being homeless after being kicked out of our home in the Bronx, countless moments of serendipity, exploring the subterranean world called the subway at all hours of the night, Katz, Fireball W, stomping L.E.S, breaking bread with legends & new friends for life. I have purposely not said much about my trip as I don’t want to be that person who traveled somewhere and can’t shut the f*ck up about their trip, as it can seem like they are bragging or trying to rub your face in it…I dunno what “it” is but I aint trying to rub your face in…”IT.”

The Point?

What I will say is, my trip to NYC taught me a lot about myself and that being who I am whatever the cost, will always work out the best in the long run even if at the time you get bitten….cockroaches are everywhere you know! Ha.

So no more esotericalism-isms, I will just say this…whatever your journey, on paper or out in life…never give up…get a new perspective…but never give up.

Peace.


June 17, 2014

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The Blackbook Sessions – Old MacDonald

Wassup people! Here are two pieces I did a while back and I wasn’t really sure about either of them when I drew them. I was frustrated with the 1st attempt (above) so I did it again but this time I just tried to let go and have fun with it. I am still split on what I think of it either of them…but the one below was more fun to create and looking at it now, I like its energy.

Blowing Bubbles

There is a kid who lives in the flat above me. I think she is about 5 years old.

She lives with her Mum, who has a face like a smacked bottom. I am not saying she’s ugly but she pulls a proper stink face whenever she sees me, it’s the effect I have on females I guess.

I Hate Kids Singing

From the minute that kid wakes up, I can here her running from one end of their flat to the other.

Recently I heard her singing a rendition of Old MacDonald Had a Farm.

Old MacDonald has a bloody farm does he?!! Hey?? A farm hey!!!?…Well how about I burn the bloody farm down! Lets see what song you have then hey, Miss Little-Sing-My-Little-Song-a-Long-Marathons at 6 A<<<bloody>>>M in the bloody MORNING!!!

‘Little Miss Sunhine’s’ singing was probably one of the worst sounds I have heard come out of a 5 year old’s mouth. It was out of tune, weird and had a strange pointless vibrato thing going on with it. Daffy Duck on meth has a better voice than that kid…

…but I will give her one thing…the kid has heart.

Kids Talk Too Much

I was working in my place last week and I heard a load of noise in the garden. Yep, it was the little peanut making too much noise again. She was with her even smaller buddy, blowing bubbles. The 5 year old with the terrible voice looked so happy blowing these bubbles, but they were average size, and I was not impressed.

After a few average bubbles, she blew a huge one…err no, not that big…

….ok, this is getting silly….

…yeh, that will do.

It was a huge bubble and she smiled at it. I don’t hang out with kids so I don’t have many points of reference but I haven’t ever seen a kid smile that hard in my life. She smiled with her whole body at that bubble…but to me it was just a bubble.

The Loss of Awe

Why did she get so excited by that bubble? I guess it’s because she is only 5. I had missed what was actually happening and after thinking about it, I realised I had been schooled by that 5 year old. To her, that bubble was something she had created and she thought that shit was dope!! She made that huge bubble…she literally breathed it into existence and it danced in the air in front of her and winked at her before it exploded into the sun.

The Primal Blueprint

I think creating is a primal thing to do and kids get it…when you ‘grow up’ you forget. This isn’t about age, it is about attitude, it’s always about attitude. In my years teaching I did a few visual art sessions with really young kids. They were usually the most free to experiment. The young adults had the most issues and wanted to get it ‘right.’ The little kids didn’t care about being right, they just went with their gut and tried stuff; which is a good way to get new ideas. These new ideas can often get tagged as being ‘fringe’ but the fringe is where the most interesting work is being created.

Once again, I will encourage you to pick up whatever your tool of choice is, get loose and have some fun. I will leave you will another moderately cheesy quote which holds some relevance.

Peace.



June 9, 2014

By moyma

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TBS – A Good Workman Blames Their Tools

I love the letters in this piece. The ‘M’ is gully and has the correct amount of swagga. RUH!!

A Good Workman Blames Their Tools

I don’t care what ‘they’ say, the tools you use are important, but having good tools won’t make you dope.

These are the pens I have been using; I love these pens! They have a nice flow and feel great in your hand. Bom5 from NYC put me onto these and my friend, also from NYC sent me a shop load when I got back to the UK. This was dope and made Moyma a very, very happy boy.

The Main Ingredient

The other essential tool I always use for visual ish is…

….MUSIC.

This is the essential ingredient for me to create and escape.

Your Turn

I will keep it short this week >>>> so grab some pens,

paper,

…plug in your portable music device,

…and allow yourself to journey.

Peace.






 

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