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Brave Art

Written by Kelsey Brookes   
Friday, 21 April 2006 04:33

Skate/ Street show in Whistler, BC
April, 2006

Kelsey Brookes sent us some photos from his trip up north to participate in this sweet group show.

I like to meet people…especially people who can help me sell art. To help facilitate a relationship with these type of folks I create zines and drop them in locations I think artsy kids/curators might pick them up. Hence the reason FreddiC and Derek from the Lab101 in Culver City (LA) found a new copy of my zine in their mail slot.........2 weeks later they invited me on a last minute mission to Vancouver to show and paint live at the 2nd annual Brave Art exhibition in Whistler BC (that's Canada for all you geographically challenged).

FreddiC is the woman behind Lab101 and has a shit hot collection of art at her and her husband Evan's pad. She also smokes long cigaretts, and sucks her thumb in her sleep (she claims).

This is a composite of my first few hours off the plane in Vancouver in route to Whistler....rain, salmon, big rigs and bear proof trash cans...eh

Holly crap...Canada's pride. Actually lays down a pretty good line....eh

Convention center that hosted the art show....lots and lots of Canadian wood...eh

Those very observant folks will realize I am not on the roster....That's what happens when your a last minute man.....eh (ok ok enough with the eh....eh?)

Jesse Reno (aka. The Portland Punch) and Ashley Montague...live painting.

Mr. Jago.....live painting

Mr. Jagos finished product.....miles ahead of the rest....that dude really had his shit down to a science.

Red hot live painting crew....Me, Ben Tour, Erik Otto and Derek Albeck

Me and Derek, hence forth known as D*Rock, working/drinking hard.

Finished product...shitty photo I know, but I'm like 8 Kokanee deep....eh

Jesse and Ashley's finished pieces.

Head rush tigers...and a few of my new prints.

Ben Tour...so sweet, eh buddy? (Canadians really over use the word buddy along with the eh)

The Dark....eh buddy?

Rob Mars

Ricky Powell gave one of his famous slide show briefs.

Bigfoot 1(via my drunken photography)


Brave Art is the brain child of Cec Annett…the dude on the far right....who lives in San Diego and surfs too….we had plenty to talk about. He put this entire thing together in one month last year and ended up with a line up of street art godfathers a professional curator would drool over...a testament to this mans imagination and ability. This years Brave Art was the second incarnation and showed little sign of slowing down…Ricky Powell, Kinsey, Shep, Mr Jago and Dose Green to name just a few.

Kinsey..hitting it home with some more line art faces and tags.

Doze Green...the one on the left is a shadow box type thing...never seen anything like it before...dude is still rocking it out hard.

She One....cool brush and paint patterns....another veteran still kickin.

Mars-1...proably one of my favoite pieces in the place....so much to look at in such a small area. Kills it eh?


Mr. Jago

Ben Tour and his girlie friend getting bunny after the show. Such a rad duo...you know how some people just fuck eachother up....like Nick Cage and Elizabeth Shue in that fucked up movie Leaving Las Vegas...Ben and his girl are nothing like that...they are a really great couple....nice to see.

Post drunk/early morning merriment plus open container......

....will always end like this.

Canadian version of the drunken burrito run....falaffel style...pink paint on the hand for good measure.

Nursing the hang over with Jesse Reno and the rest of the Portland gang.

FreddiC signing some grommet hats....never new art gromms exhisted....they do in Canada anyway.

Spent the last night in B.C. at Ben Tours house in Vancouver…this is his famous kitchen studio.

Ben's crown jewel #1.

and #2.

Ben's back yard...the dude lives right next to a beautiful park full of wildlife (and rats)and these 2 Asian fishermen.

And thats the only cabby in all of Vancouver crazy enough to wake up at 4 in the morning to take our sorry asses to the airport...thaks eh.


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