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“Know who you are. Accept who you are. Be who you are.” – Swindoll placed-andrea-hamilton-9-of-76

Andrea Hamilton

By Racine Guajardo

Andrea Hamilton grew up in the Kansas City area, always singing in school and church. She calls her style of my music “Hopeful Pop.” She wrote her first song in the fourth grade, then at the age of sixteen winning her first songwriting award as one of the Top New Writers from GMA (Gospel Music Association).

Hamilton was in several bands; however at the age of eighteen she decided to move to LA to pursue a professional career as a singer/songwriter. This led Hamilton to the opportunity to tour internationally four times, all over the country as an independent artist, and through NACA (National Association of College Activities). During this time she released multiple albums, including a faith-based record or original worship songs. 

Between the years 2009 and 2010, Hamilton was forced to end an international tour early because of some health issues. Once back in the U.S., she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions and an “incurable” infection that may have been chronic Lyme disease or something similar. Hamilton recalls her mind set at that time stating,  “All that to say, I got really sick, doctors were at a loss and I didn’t know if I would ever sing or perform again. During that time period, I couldn’t do much and it hurt to play piano or guitar – but I was determined to write songs about my experience and share what was on my heart. I wrote about healing and holding on to hope, and when I started to recover and sing again, a lot of those songs ended up on my last few albums. I listened to so much music that inspired and comforted my heart even when I could tour.”  Hamilton’s resume is impressively extensive, including but is not limited to some of the following; writing with pro writers like Kevin Fisher, Ashley Argotta, Matt Arcaini, Jonathan Lee, Eman Cervantez, Tyrone Wells and many others.  As well as co-writing with; David Das, Matt Arcaini, Jordan Lawhead, and artist Tyrone Wells. Many of her songs were being placed in network television shows such as; Extreme Home Makeover, Bachelor in Paradise, Preachers of LA, Too Young to Marry, Mystery Millionare, Ex and the Why, My Giant Life and many other shows as well as indie films.

In 2013, she released her Christmas/holiday record, that same marrying her husband Trent. The two are now Eastvale/Norco area resident. She has released some singles and cover songs between  2015 and 2016, however Hamilton states, “my main focus has been this independent album, Hope and Struggle, which is a record about finding the good in a difficult life and growing from trials. I co-produced the record, which is a first for me and was a great experience.” When Hamilton was asked what she wants people to know about her, she says, “I write and share my songs with the goal of touching people with hope and healing. Music has helped me through my hard times. I want to share my story with others so they can feel less alone in theirs.”

She has created a top three musical influences list that includes; India Arie because her music carries a hope and a depth that have greatly inspired my own songs, Ingrid Michaelson because their creative, quirky sound choices are strikingly similar as well as Michaelson being a great songwriter who’s not afraid to be herself, and lastly Sia because she admires her pop sensibilities and her perseverance in the music industry.

Hamilton shares personal advice saying, “I want people to know that there is always good to be found in the hard times. Much of this album is about the hidden blessings of having difficulties in life. You become a better, more generous person. You have empathy and motivation to help others and make the world better. You learn just how strong you really are. And you learn to cherish the good moments. You can really only learn to live with joy during and in spite of struggle; that’s what real hope is.”  

She often performs at venues in OC, IE and LA. Andrea’s new album called, Hope and Struggle will be out Feb 1, and she will be having a special Album Release Show on February 24 at Hotel Cafe in LA at 8 pm. Everyone who attends will get two signed copies of the album. If you don’t want to drive that far, she also sings almost every Sunday at her church, Inland Hills Church in Chino. You can hear her music on Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora, or available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, as well as her website www.HopefulAndrea.com – where you can sign up for her newsletter and receive free music as well. She can be found on multiple social media accounts: Facebook: facebook.com/AndreaHamiltonMusic,Instagram: HopefulAndrea, Musical.ly: HopefulAndrea, Twitter: AndreaHamilton, Site: HopefulAndrea.com

 

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“KEEP believINK ” –Tomas Rodriguez  artist-believink

By Racine Guajardo

Tomas Rodriguez is a 33 year old Mexican who was born in Durango, Mexico. Rodriguez came to California when he was 15 years old. As far as back as Rodriguez can remember he says, “Always been into art of any type, I have been drawing to keep my mind quiet.”

Technology and the Internet have opened the opportunity for people to search just about anything, so Rodriguez says, “I discovered tattooing by accident one day, buying a set up online and tattooing myself. I knew right then that this was my calling on life. And it would be my way to help people with this positive energy.”

As a spiritual person, Rodriguez talks about his influences, saying, “I have had a few spiritual teachers during my life, that help me find myself as a person and as an artist, always wanting to give back.”

Some people may get a tattoo because they think it’s cool or it’s a style that’s popular; however Rodriguez says, “I started a positive movement about tattooing, changing people’s minds about the art and the importance of decorating our bodies with permanent ink. To always believe in the reasons behind the tattoo.”

There are many different styles in tattooing, Rodriguez says, “I concentrate on my realistic black and gray, I believe that’s deep within my roots and honoring my ancestors.”  Also saying, “Just the way I see each and every tattoo I do, putting 100% of my energy and love into the piece, always doing my prayers before each tattoo behind scenes.”

When Rodriguez was asked if he could give advice, he said, “This is the easiest question for me.  DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, it doesn’t matter if people around you think you can’t do it or that it’s not important at all or that you’re not supposed to do this or that. JUST DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.”

Believink Art Studio is located at 401 E. 10th Street Gilroy, CA 95020. Rodriguez also travels all over the states and as well as out of the country for conventions. He will be attending the Golden State Tattoo Expo from January 27th-29th in Pasadena, CA next year.

You can also find him on social media accounts; Instagram: @believink and Facebook: Keep Believink

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Soul King

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he -Proverb 23:7

By Racine Guajardoartist-soul-king-pic-web

Gamar Janvier also known as Soul King, started rhyming at the age of twelve when he was introduced into hip hop in 1985 by his cousin in Flatbush Brooklyn, NY. Soul King was originally born in Montreal Quebec Canada and says, “My upbringing makes me different. I am raised by Haitian parents on the west coast.” He came to America at five years old and was raised in West Los Angeles.

Soul King is prominently known in the underground Hip Hop scene as a member of the Barbershop MCs and now breaking new ground as a solo artist.  In 2000, E-Swift, member of the Alkaholiks, released their critically acclaimed vinyl EP, “The Barber Shop”.  Since then, Soul King as collaborated with Chace Infinite, DJ Khalil, Krondon, Planet Asia, and many others.

Just to name a few people who have been an influence on Soul King; are Rakim, Ice Cube, Nas, and Bob Marley.  As there are many different styles of music, as well as music within music, Soul King talks about his style, saying, “My style is thinker music. Thinker music I describe it as music that is designed to stimulate change through thought. My music is different than conscious music because I am not trying to tell you right from wrong but just awareness.” Today it seems that this generation tends to follow trends, Soul King says, “Provoking my audience to think and not follow mindless trends designed to dumb down the audience.”

We all know there is always room for improvement, so when Soul King was asked what he wanted people to know about him, he said, “I want them to know I am a learner, an emcee, someone who wants to improve my craft every day.” If Soul King could give any advice, he says, “Nothing beats hard work!”

Soul King can be found on multiple social media accounts; Facebook: Soul King Twitter: @SoulKing_SK  and Instagram: @TheSoulkingSK

He will be performing next at The Whiskey, located at 8901 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 on December 14. You may visit www.whiskyagogo.com to purchase tickets!

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“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” – Robin Williams

By Racine Guajardo

Original Riot  or1

A group of three friends from Eastvale, CA have come together to form a rock band called, “Original Riot.” They are Coryn Cahill, Leyla Lagueux, and Dayton Goegebuer. Dayton started playing guitar when he was 5, Coryn started singing when she was 5, and Leyla started playing guitar when she was 10. The trio met through music lessons with Michael Anderson and the Rockstars of Tomorrow Studio in Norco, Ca. “Since we shared our passion of music with each other and had similar style and interest we decided to get together, and it’s been amazing!” All three have been highly influenced by Michael, Chuck and all the instructors at the Rockstars of Tomorrow Studio. However, a big influence has come from the support and encouragement of all their families. Each one had someone specific whose support has impacted them personally; Leyla says her dad Jef, Coryn’s Grandpa Bill, and Dayton’s brother Hudson.

Original Riot’s style is primarily punk/alternative rock. However, they said, “sometimes after school when we are playing music together at one of our homes it is not uncommon to randomly change up the sound with a banjo, ukulele, trumpet, saxophone, baritone or keyboard.” At times they like to switch things up a bit and even trade instruments between them, just for fun. “Music is our passion and our ultimate style is to have fun with it!”

When Original Riot was asked what makes them different, they said, “None of us think we are that different from other kids our age.”  Original Riot has been able to find interest beyond music also saying,

“We’re just regular 12 and 13 year old kids, we go to school together, we like to go camping, paintballing, road-tripping with our families, etc. We are good friends outside of band practices or performances and enjoy doing things together in addition to our musical passions.  We have been performing together for going on 2 years now.”

For being so young, the three had great advice: Don’t give up, no matter how hard it might get (Leyla). Always do your best and be true to yourself (Dayton). Work hard for the things that you love (Coryn).

Original Riot says, “We enjoy getting together and collaborating to create our own music. We are excited to be working on our 4th original song! We love our fans and are excited for every opportunity we get to play for our friends, families and supporters in the crowd.  It’s amazing to have one of our Grandparents cheering for us! We seriously love you all!”

Original Riot has played at the House of Blues Anaheim, San Diego, Glasshouse, Whisky A Go Go, Troubadour, Chain Reaction, Vault, Relay For Life, several Community fundraising events, including the San Antonio Hospital and an event honoring our Veterans in Dos Lagos. Coming up: You can see them at the House of Blues in San Diego on November 19th 2016! Facebook message them for tickets!

Facebook – TheOriginalRiot

Instagram –@TheOriginalRiot

Website – www.TheOriginalRiot.com

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“Life Is What You Make Of It”  artist-web

Elias “Eterno Champion” Chavira

By Racine Guajardo

Elias “Eterno Champion” Chavira is a Mexican American rapper from Compton, CA. He was originally born in Whittier CA, and then lived in East L.A. until about the age of 7, where he moved to Compton after the L.A. riots occurred.

At a young age Chavira developed a passion for music, saying, “I did my first freestyle at 11 years old when my cousin’s hyped me up to bust a flow. They inspired me to buy the latest Album by “2Pac” at that time, which was “All eyes on me”, after that I was stuck on Hip Hop.”

As he became a teenager, Chavira says, “My neighbor would come over my house and ask me to work on a mixtape with No Limit Records beats.” They recorded a few tracks; however the tracks hadn’t been released. After High School, he started free styling for fun. A friend suggested that Chavira should take it serious, so he introduced him to his uncle G.L. from Mil2Mil Records. He then recorded his first song the very next day. He made two albums with M2M record’s called “The Best of Ten” & “Worlds Apart”. Chavira rapped with M2M till about 2008.

After Chavira parted ways with Mil2Mil, he was able to focus on his own music. He came up with my own label S.M.O. (Sounds Made Original/Smoke Me Out) in 2008. Since then, he has produced 2 independent albums “Success is challenging”(2010) & “Inspired by Jealousy”(2012). As well as having a greatest hits album, that includes a catalog of his favorite songs between 2006-2016 Called “10 years in the making”.

Chavira talks about what sets him apart from others saying, “I’m not just out for the money; I’m building a strong loyal fan base. No voice overs (only the hook). I rap aggressive but I’m really a sweetheart.” Also saying, “My originality of bars is inspiring, uplifting, and catchy.”

Once he entered the hip hop scene, he started performing weekly and monthly; you can catch him performing till the end of this year and next year in 2017.  He performs locally in the greater Los Angeles area including Orange County.

Elias “Eterno Champion” Chavira can be found on multiple social media sites, Facebook: Eterno Champion, Instagram: Eternochampion, Soundcloud & Youtube.

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“Some Days I’m Humble, Some Days I Struggle, Every day I Hustle”

Jaime “Cartoon” Diaz

By Racine Guajardo

Diaz was born in San Diego California where he lived until about the age of 6. artist-webHe then moved to Fallbrook which is just North of Escondido. In his high school years, he always tried to stick with attending an Art class. As Diaz exited high school, drawing and learning to build tattoo machines with his cousin George Serna became a hobby.

However, Diaz went through life working random jobs in the beginning then deciding he would get certified in auto repair. As he did that for a few years, he got comfortable and stable enough before he went back to practice drawing then tattooing, saying “and yes of course on friends and family.”

Eventually, Diaz was contacted by one of his close friends Cesar Speedy Gonzalez. Gonzalez opened up his tattoo shop, Skin Distortions and Diaz saying “I was honored when he asked me to work for him.” Although, Diaz found himself moving around shops trying to find where he would be most comfortable, he decided to open up his own spot, saying, “where I’d be the perfect boss or at least be near it.”As he had a passion for art, he states, “I never thought I would be tattooing especially not so lucky to being able to open up Family First Tattoo in Fallbrook, California.”

When Diaz was asked who influences him he said, “If I had to say who influences me to be a great artist I would have to say Nikko Hurtado.” However, he says the guys he works with have an impact on who also influences him “I see how they’ve grown and how great they are becoming they help me grow and I learn something new from them every day,” Diaz said.

Diaz wasn’t too sure about what makes him different from other artists but goes on to say, “Tattoo artists are almost a dime a dozen nowadays. Maybe some might see me as nothing spectacular. Others might see me cut from a different cloth. I guess if there’s anything different than what I see, I’d say it’s got a lot to do with the fact I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be in the client’s seat. I don’t rush things. I don’t forget how nervous the whole process can be. Yes, I do this for a living but I haven’t lost my patience with the entire process. That’s been an invaluable tool for me.”

Many artists find a certain style they cling to or specialize in, Diaz says, “I think every artist wants to be known for something particular. Possibly a certain style or look. I want to be recognized for something more than just that. I want people to be able to look at my artwork and see where I came from. I want each line to covey how priceless this career is to me. How I got here. The type of dedication I give to this line of work.”

If Diaz could give any advice he said, “To follow your dreams. I’ve always had those haters you know the ones whom said you’ll never make it, I’m not where I want to be but I’m closer n closer every day.”

Jaime Cartoon Diaz can be found in upper San Diego County at 1442 South Mission Road Fallbrook CA 92028. As well as multiple social media sites including; Facebook: Jaime Cartoon Diaz, Instagram: @cartoon760, SnapChat: cartoon760 or j.cdiaz

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Rosemary Tuthill

By Racine Guajardo  artist-corner-rosemary-web

“Try and see all the great art that you can, find your voice, and be sure that this is really what you want to do.” Barbara Ernst Prey, Visual Artist.

As a favorite quote of Rosemary Tuthill, she was born in Orange and now a current resident of Eastvale, California. She has been drawing since she was in kindergarten. Over time, she has explored a range of media from clay, watercolors and acrylics to airbrush as well as oils when she was in high school. In college, she studied art, interior design, and finally electrical engineering. After working in Research and Development for 24 years, she was able to follow her true passion of painting full time. Her work has been shown in galleries; she paints art for print sales, and paints commissioned portraits and landscapes.

Tuthill realized that photos are wonderful way for capturing a moment in time, but oils can memorialize a person or memory and create an heirloom one brushstroke at a time. She is proud to be able to be share her love of art with her oil paintings and being a part of peoples’ lives by sharing her skill with Paint and Sip parties where she leads participants through an acrylic painting step-by-step. Here, she emphasizes art as fun in relaxed social environments including museums, galleries, wineries, and homes.

So many people have influenced Tuthill’s life, but her biggest role model and most proud of is being the daughter of renowned painter and muralist Emigdio Vasquez. He created over 400 oil paintings, works, and more than 32 murals in North Orange County, California. Through her art, she feels a bond with her father. Rosemary grew up in the presence of artists, art shows, exhibits, and events. From the time Rosemary was old enough to help, she served as Emigdio’s model for murals and portraits, and later assisted him in his art career as a liaison to galleries and as his exhibits coordinator. From her father, she gained an appreciation for oil painting and a study of the works of the Old Masters with an eye for lighting effects, layers with degrees of translucence, and layout with expression. She is very meticulous in all of her works including portraits that range from photo-realistic to gritty rendition, to landscapes with amazing detail, still-life works that capture realism, and even pet portraits with amazing detail.

Many artists are able to create paintings in hours. However, Rosemary says, “My portraits take up to a few months because of the multiple layers and I tend to paint three works at a time to enable both drying and planning times.” In the painting community, there is more male Hispanic artist than female, “I have the talent to create art, I need to represent my background and gender,” says Tuthill.

Tuthill has displayed her art in galleries alongside her father’s paintings and as a standalone artist. She currently have three paintings in the Riverside County Administration Center hosted by the Riverside Arts Council where you can see Packinghouse Orange, California Circa 1948, Night of the Altars, and a portrait of Charles Darwin. The exhibition runs until February 2017.

“Look for beauty in all that you see. You cannot appreciate humanity without trying to understand the context of everyday struggles and triumphs,” is Tuthill’s advice if she could give any.

Rosemary Tuthill can be found on two websites, vasquezart.com and paintpartyexperience.com. As well as on two Facebook pages: Amazing Portrait Paintings by Rosemary and Amazing Pet Portraits by Rosemary.

 

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Andrea Cruz

By Racine Guajardo andrea-cruz-1-web

Andrea Cruz was born in Lake Tahoe, California but later moved to Southern California at an early age.  A sketchbook and pencil played a huge role in her upbringing. Her first influence was her Grandfather, saying, “He was the one that opened my eyes to the arts.” He was the one to put her first pencil in her hand and helped guide her through her passion as he was a self-taught colorblind artist.

At the age of 10, Cruz learned the meaning of life and death as her mother had lost her battle with cancer. The more she tried to comprehend what happened, the more she dove into her sketch book. After high school she moved to Hollywood, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she became homeless and lived her life on the streets of Los Angeles for the next 4 years.

No matter what extremes Cruz was faced with on a daily basis, one thing that she could count on was her sketch book and pencil that she carried around with her everywhere she went. It became her release and comforted her with the overwhelming amount of emotions she was experiencing. Through all her life experiences, she became more in tune with herself and the world around her. In 2004, she started experimenting with paint. The longer she worked with art, the more she realized how much it has helped throughout her life.

Cruz realized that creativity helps build self-esteem with young kids and adults across the board. She wanted to create a platform for people to express their creative side.

“I have been able to be part of some wonderful organizations with my art like donating my creative expertise, for example, building a dollhouse that won third place in a contest for Habitat for Humanity, to help them to raise money for the organization. Partnership with Orangewood Foundation, helping our foster youth and soon to be aged out fostered teens express their creative sides by introducing them to painting on canvas,” Cruz said.

When Cruz was asked what she would like people to know about her she said, “I am passionate about my art and it is important to live my life through my passion. I believe that we are all born with talents, it is up to us to recognize them, find ways to develop them, and as we are inspired, it will inspire others.”

She is a self-taught artist; her own style allows her to be able to break down any paint for anyone to understand.

Today she has found a way to be able to share her talent as an artist by creating a business with her close friend, Oscar Torre. In 2015, they formed a paint and sip company called, The Painter’s Loft.

“From day one, I knew we had something wonderful that we were offering to our customers. Oscar, with his witty sense of humor and zest for life, connects wonderfully with each of our customers. He creates a wonderful synergy while I step by step instruct the painting of the evening,” Cruz said.

Cruz has since been featured in numerous publications including: The Chocolate Voice and Inland Empire Magazine. Her work has been featured in Dallas, Southern, and Central California. She also sells her work to a collector in the Philippines. She currently has art pieces hanging in The Robbins Nest Wine Bar in Orange County. You can also visit The Painter’s Loft several times a week at Mimi’s Café in Corona and Chino Hills, The Robbins Nest in the Artist Village district in Santa Ana, Renata’s Café Italiano in Orange County, and Rodrigo’s Mexican Restaurant in Corona. Throughout the week, Andrea and Oscar instruct private parties in four-counties (Riverside, San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles County).

Andrea and Oscar can be found on multiple social media sites including, Facebook: The Painters Loft, their website: www.thepainters-loft.com, Instagram: the_painters_loft, and Twitter: @thepaintersloft.

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Andrea Cruz

By Racine Guajardo andrea-cruz-1-web

Andrea Cruz was born in Lake Tahoe, California but later moved to Southern California at an early age.  A sketchbook and pencil played a huge role in her upbringing. Her first influence was her Grandfather, saying, “He was the one that opened my eyes to the arts.” He was the one to put her first pencil in her hand and helped guide her through her passion as he was a self-taught colorblind artist.

At the age of 10, Cruz learned the meaning of life and death as her mother had lost her battle with cancer. The more she tried to comprehend what happened, the more she dove into her sketch book. After high school she moved to Hollywood, but due to unforeseen circumstances, she became homeless and lived her life on the streets of Los Angeles for the next 4 years.

No matter what extremes Cruz was faced with on a daily basis, one thing that she could count on was her sketch book and pencil that she carried around with her everywhere she went. It became her release and comforted her with the overwhelming amount of emotions she was experiencing. Through all her life experiences, she became more in tune with herself and the world around her. In 2004, she started experimenting with paint. The longer she worked with art, the more she realized how much it has helped throughout her life.

Cruz realized that creativity helps build self-esteem with young kids and adults across the board. She wanted to create a platform for people to express their creative side.

“I have been able to be part of some wonderful organizations with my art like donating my creative expertise, for example, building a dollhouse that won third place in a contest for Habitat for Humanity, to help them to raise money for the organization. Partnership with Orangewood Foundation, helping our foster youth and soon to be aged out fostered teens express their creative sides by introducing them to painting on canvas,” Cruz said.

When Cruz was asked what she would like people to know about her she said, “I am passionate about my art and it is important to live my life through my passion. I believe that we are all born with talents, it is up to us to recognize them, find ways to develop them, and as we are inspired, it will inspire others.”

She is a self-taught artist; her own style allows her to be able to break down any paint for anyone to understand.

Today she has found a way to be able to share her talent as an artist by creating a business with her close friend, Oscar Torre. In 2015, they formed a paint and sip company called, The Painter’s Loft.

“From day one, I knew we had something wonderful that we were offering to our customers. Oscar, with his witty sense of humor and zest for life, connects wonderfully with each of our customers. He creates a wonderful synergy while I step by step instruct the painting of the evening,” Cruz said.

Cruz has since been featured in numerous publications including: The Chocolate Voice and Inland Empire Magazine. Her work has been featured in Dallas, Southern, and Central California. She also sells her work to a collector in the Philippines. She currently has art pieces hanging in The Robbins Nest Wine Bar in Orange County. You can also visit The Painter’s Loft several times a week at Mimi’s Café in Corona and Chino Hills, The Robbins Nest in the Artist Village district in Santa Ana, Renata’s Café Italiano in Orange County, and Rodrigo’s Mexican Restaurant in Corona. Throughout the week, Andrea and Oscar instruct private parties in four-counties (Riverside, San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles County).

Andrea and Oscar can be found on multiple social media sites including, Facebook: The Painters Loft, their website: www.thepainters-loft.com, Instagram: the_painters_loft, and Twitter: @thepaintersloft.

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By Racine Guajardo

Miss Lady Pinks artist-pinks-web

Miss Lady Pinks grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in the City of South San Gabriel/ Rosemead area. She was born in Hollywood, Ca and is honored to be the daughter of two Spanish-only speaking parents who are still married. Therefore, she was brought up to be very cultured and Spanish was her first language. As a single mother, she is also very proud of her only lovely daughter.

 

Pinks first album came out in 2007, after she met fellow artist Mr. Capone-E, becoming the first female signed to the label HiPower Entertainment. She describes her music as coming straight from the heart. She talks about relationships, the lifestyle she was exposed to growing up, plus more. Not only can she rap to any kind of beat, she can also do some singing. Pinks puts every album out like the soundtrack of her life and loves when fans message her saying how much her music has helped them through hard times and states, “it means everything and worth it when I hear those words.” When Pinks was asked what makes her different from other artists, she answered, “First off I’m humble, I’m real, very outspoken, I tell it like it is and call it how I see it! Many people throw what I mentioned around like nothing and may say the same only difference is that I mean it! I don’t just talk it, I walk it!” Not only is it tough to be in the music industry, but also competing as a woman in a male dominated world. Pinks says, “I always thought it would be nice and also a good idea to have a Female artist that many of us Chicanas can relate to but never did it cross my mind that would be me.”

 

The latest album just came out called, “Murder She Wrote” and will be local at the Fontana Indoor located at 9773 Sierra Ave. Fontana, CA. She will be doing an autograph signing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the album and merchandise for purchase.

 

Miss Lady Pinks can be followed at multiple social media accounts; Instagram: @missladypinks1 and @pinkrozey Facebook: missladypinksofficial Snapchat: missladypinks1 YouTube: missladypinks1 Twitter: missladypinks1

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Photo courtesy: MVisionLA Anthm performing at The VapeGoat in Boyle Heights

Photo courtesy: MVisionLA
Anthm performing at The VapeGoat in Boyle Heights

Anthony Hernandez a.k.a. Anthm

By Racine Guajardo

Anthony grew up in the suburbs of Eastside LA, moving around often in his younger years but primarily stayed in Whittier, CA. His writing began after the passing of his grandmother in the sixth grade. Anthony recalls, saying, “Ms. Grubb took me aside the day after she passed and gave me a composition book, she told me to write what I felt and it would help me, it did.” As most kids went home as soon as the bell rang, Anthony would stay at school longer than anyone else where he found bonds with teachers who would encourage his artistic side.

In his early 20’s he fell into a destructive lifestyle that led to partying, sex, and drugs. However there was no real meaning which made him lose his artistic vision. Eventually, Anthony moved past this phase and into a more socially acceptable standard way of living with a job and a girlfriend. Although his life seemed to be on the right track, he fell into a deep depression. He would attend therapy sessions and took medication but it didn’t help as he still felt unhappy. His life took a turn when a close friend introduced the idea of him turning his poetry into rhymes. These same friends started to convince him to also get into a studio and start recording.

Around 2007, Alex Ibarra was in his beginning stages of creating Illegal Productions (ill P), a local production studio, when he noticed Anthony rapping to himself. Seeing promise in the young rapper, Ibarra offered Anthony the opportunity to record an album. Since there meeting, Anthony has released two albums, and has performed at multiple venues all over the Los Angeles area.

When asked what he would want people to know about him, Anthony said, “that one day soon I can tell my niece that she can do anything if she puts her mind to it and show her my music as an example of that and to connect with people and let them know that they are not alone.”

Anthony describes his style as being poetic, speaking on real world situations and honest emotions. He sees himself like anyone else who has the same fears and concerns stating, “I don’t speak on things that I don’t live through. I’m not afraid to be uncool.”

If Anthony could give anyone advice, he said, “I love my people and truly hope that anyone who whole heartedly follows their dreams finds some level of success in it and a deep sense of satisfaction.”

Anthony a.k.a Anthm can be found on multiple social media sites; Facebook at Facebook.com/anthanthm, on Twitter @Antanthm, and Instgram as TheRealAnthm. His albums can be found on anthm.bandcamp.com, various songs on soundcloud.com/antanthm as well as his crew on soundcloud.com/alexibarrabeats.

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Luis Oscar Martinez a.k.a. Knucklehead

By Racine Guajardotattoo-artist-louie-web

Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Luis came from a big family and was heavily influenced mostly by his Tio Gary who was not only tattooed but would also tattoo on everyone he knew. At the young age of 13, Luis took his Tio’s homemade tattoo machine and started tattooing on his brother and friends. Once his Tio found out about his tattooing, he then started to teach Luis techniques which he has now incorporated into his own style. Luis has now established a successful career as a tattoo artist, working over 20 years in the business. Initially, he started working at a shop, and about 7 years ago has now opened his own shop called Knuckleheads Tattoo, with the recent re-location in Colton, CA.

Luis respects all other artists in the industry, but states, “what makes me different are my social skills, I am not only an artist but also a shrink,” as he smiles, he also says, “I like to help people so it doesn’t bother me to listen.” Luis also tattoos for PINK, specializing in covering breast cancer scars as well.

When asked what he thinks people should know about him, he states, “I think people should know you can’t judge a book by its cover, my cover is decorated and cool.” He has also prided himself in not only being a successful tattoo artist, but dedicated himself to being the best father stating, “They are my life.”

Luis describes his style as being well rounded. He loves to freehand his work as a true artist using the motto, “if you can think it, I can ink it.”

You can find Luis at his new shop, Knuckleheads Tattoo at 1231 E. Washington St. Colton, CA 92324, follow him on Instagram at Knuckleheadtattoo, as well as FB under Louis Martinez.

Artist Corner

Luis Oscar Martinez a.k.a. Knucklehead

By Racine Guajardo  tattoo-artist-louie-web

Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Luis came from a big family and was heavily influenced mostly by his Tio Gary who was not only tattooed but would also tattoo on everyone he knew. At the young age of 13, Luis took his Tio’s homemade tattoo machine and started tattooing on his brother and friends. Once his Tio found out about his tattooing, he then started to teach Luis techniques which he has now incorporated into his own style. Luis has now established a successful career as a tattoo artist, working over 20 years in the business. Initially, he started working at a shop, and about 7 years ago has now opened his own shop called Knuckleheads Tattoo, with the recent re-location in Colton, CA.

Luis respects all other artists in the industry, but states, “what makes me different are my social skills, I am not only an artist but also a shrink,” as he smiles, he also says, “I like to help people so it doesn’t bother me to listen.” Luis also tattoos for PINK, specializing in covering breast cancer scars as well.

When asked what he thinks people should know about him, he states, “I think people should know you can’t judge a book by its cover, my cover is decorated and cool.” He has also prided himself in not only being a successful tattoo artist, but dedicated himself to being the best father stating, “They are my life.”

Luis describes his style as being well rounded. He loves to freehand his work as a true artist using the motto, “if you can think it, I can ink it.”

You can find Luis at his new shop, Knuckleheads Tattoo at 1231 E. Washington St. Colton, CA 92324, follow him on Instagram at Knucklehead

Artist Corner

By Racine Guajardo

 

Born into a musical family in 1981, David Gomez has been surrounded byartist-david-pic-web musicians all his life.  It was only natural for him to develop a passionate skill that has taken him all around the country and different parts of the world. He is proficient in reggae, blues, church music, Spanish rock, smooth jazz, and classical guitar.

He started playing music at the tender age of 7 when he was inspired by an amazing church musician that played the piano accordion.  He first started on the piano accordion and eventually fell in love with the guitar at the age of 10. His parents, grandparents, and uncles were all musicians.  It was common for them to have family jam sessions. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before he would put an instrument in his hands and figured out that he had a knack for it. When asked what makes him different, he stated, “I am heavily influenced by all kinds of different music from Rock, Blues, Latin music, Church (spiritual) music, Reggae and Ska.  When you hear me play, you can hear the inspiration from guitarists like Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and Bob Marley.”

As a music major in college, David studied classical guitar and jazz, where he honed his skills and soon became a prominent “go to guy” for music performances and accompaniment for his peers.  He was involved in several ensembles and performed in the college scene throughout his early 20’s.  David was lucky enough to be selected to play rhythm and lead guitar for Grammy nominated Reggae artist “Pato Banton” who is a legend in the Reggae Community.

Since then, he has built a name for himself being an instrumentalist and vocalist for various different artists in the scene. He is also a private music teacher skilled in the art of piano, guitar, the bass, the ukele, and the drums. David is also the co-founder of a reggae band called “SolRising” based out of Ontario, Ca. They have a residency in Santa Monica at the Basement tavern for Reggae Sundays. You can hear their music on all music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Youtube, etc. You can also find David playing at I and I brewery in Chino every Thursday with different vocalists and musicians.

www.wearesolrising.com  You can also type in “wearesolrising” (one word) to any social media outlet and you can keep track of when and where we will be performing next.