NEW MURAL: Gold Spike (Current Real World Filming Location)

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Last week I spent 18 hours painting a brand new mural at The Gold Spike hotel in downtown Las Vegas, NV! This is exciting for a few reasons, one being that this is the first public mural of Yerman that anyone can see and second, Gold Spike is the official filming location for the next season of Real World! Here’s the news from Entertainment Weekly: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/12/mtv-real-world-returning-las-vegas!

I’ve included a gallery below that details the scope of this project (it covers three walls) from sketch to completion. I had a small team helping me paint which made it go by a lot smoother and I can’t thanks Miguel and Sabriel enough! I was in charge of sketching it out, I had help painting in the cups while I did the Yerman pieces and then I went in and finished filling in colors and adding details. It was a fun project to work on and I can’t wait to see it show up on MTV’s Real World next season!

Hope you enjoy and if you’re ever in the area, come say hi to Yerman and his friends!

 

NEW MURAL ALERT!

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I will be painting a mural at Life is Beautiful Festival this year with art collective PRZSM. In preparation for it, we decided to do some murals on the Zappos campus and film it for an announcement video. This is my contribution, a FORTY FOOT YERMAN!

We started this on Friday at 9pm and painted throughout the night, finishing that first night at 5:30 am. Then on Saturday we reconvened and painted from 10pm to 3 am. It was a pretty busy weekend, but so much fun.

Here are some pictures from the night:

Yerman & Plastic Smiles and Their Use In The World of Psychotherapy

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If you’re reading this, you already know my story and how depression has impacted my artistic endeavors. If you haven’t, I wrote about Yerman and his genesis a few blog posts ago. I was contacted a few days ago from a mental health care giver who told me that not only was Yerman impacting people’s lives, but Plastic Smiles as well. I really can’t believe the impact these projects are having on people, I used to dream about this when I was going through my darkest times and now it’s a reality. My eyes well up when I think about what others are going through and how these characters can help. Thank you everyone for the warm reception and support. It means the world to me and I’m glad my work can mean the world to others.

 

Yerman Now Being Utilized in Therapy Sessions!

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When Jimi told me that he was utilizing Yerman in his therapy sessions, it was enough to make me cry. More recently however, I’ve been getting texts from people telling me they’re drawing their own monsters to cope with their depression. It amazes me that this little dude can inspire in others what he’s inspired in me. I discussed this in a bit more detail on a podcast this week if you would like to listen:

http://radiotatas.libsyn.com/episode-30-lets-talk-about-depression

Yerman Is Going On Tour!

A few months ago, my buds in Priory (2013 Life is Beautiful alum) asked me to paint their lead guitar; a custom Telecaster. I was over the moon excited to work on this bad boy and after some long hours, it’s finally done! Brandon Rush will be bringing this on tour with him so be on the lookout for Yerman when Priory plays a town near you!

I used mostly acrylics with this one, but also utilized some glow in the dark ink so it’ll shine bright like a diamond on stage.

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