RETNA in Detroit with Juxtapoz x Power House project

October 19 2010 . 09:29pm

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Juxtapoz | Back Talk with POSE

September 01 2010 . 03:36am

Pose (Juxtapoz #116) is a rare breed of graffiti artist who 1) can make fun of himself, and take others joking at him as well 2) doesn’t just draw his name, and 3) has morphed into a highly talented graphic designer and 4) never ceases to progress. “I try to approach life like a buffet, like sneaking into Old Country Buffet as a kid and trying to eat as much as you can before they kick you out.”

One reason you make art: 


The last good movie you saw:

“The Hustler” (1961) followed immediately by “The Color of Money” (1986). RIP Paul Newman.

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

I feel pretty lucky with everything I’ve gotten to do and experience so far, but my major goal would be getting to bring my family along with me anytime I travel.

Favorite country or city visited:

Paris, New Orleans, and the Black Hills are all amazing for their own reasons, But I’m leaving the country tomorrow for a while so favorites might change shortly.

A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

I try to approach life like a buffet, like sneaking into Old Country Buffet as a kid and trying to eat as much as you can before they kick you out. 

Something you want the world to know about you: 

I think a little mystery is good sometimes otherwise I would be Twittering my Facebook’s right now. 

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

A lot of my friends have labeled me a misanthrope, so I won’t open that can of worms.

Something that concerns you:

Dying young and the general state of affairs that the world is in.

Artists you admire:

Changes everyday. Crew and Friends are always first and foremost but some random staples are… David Hammons, Ralph Bakshi, Steven Powers, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Dash Snow.

Favorite quote(s):

“Try a little tenderness”…I think Otis Redding said it best.

The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

Hmmm… all I remember is stealing lots of Metallica cassette tapes.

Last album downloaded was “Rock Don’t Run Vol. 3,” just for The Ripsnorts’ song “Betrayal”.

Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

I used to look at graffiti sites online, but I have banned myself from that practice for the sake of staying focused and not getting caught up in politics. Once in a while I search my crew/friends’ stuff on Flickr, but it can turn into the Pandora’s box of time vacuums so nowadays I normally grunt/grown and try to get back to work.

What is your most defining characteristic?

For a self-deprecating person that’s a tough one… Scars? Hands like an ape?

What is your greatest fear?

Dying young.

The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

I was really young and I think I drew Michael Jordan dunking. I was really stoked cause I though I nailed it, and my Mom hung it on the wall, which was probably all the validation I needed.

Your greatest quality:


Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

Mamma don’t make no mistakes.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

Not giving a fuck about what people say or being swayed by public opinion.

Something you wish you had known five years ago:

The recession.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

Be a righteous father, create tons of artwork and enjoy myself as much as possible while doing so.

Get to know Pose fully by reading his feature interview in our current issue of Juxtapoz, September 2010.

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Juxtapoz TOP 100 of 2009

December 31 2009 . 05:03pm

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Juxtapoz Magazine: Last Night’s Scene: Blue Print for Space

December 04 2009 . 03:37am

The word is electric. Last night’s premiere opening of Blue Print for Space, the newest gallery addition to the annual Primary Flight mural commissioning in Miami, was like an Oscar showing for urban art.

Upon walking up to Blue Print, we were immediately inundated by familiar faces. Mac, Retna, Revok, Augor, Nick Walker, Reyes, SheKillsHe, and many more were in the house.

Curated by BOOkSIIII, the event featured murals and wall pieces by Bask, Augor, Blackbooks, C215, Chris Stain, D*Face, El Mac, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Logan Hicks, Retna, Reyes, Revok, SheKillsHe, Jeff Soto, Tes One, Typoe, Zevs, and others.

With an open bar, movin’ beats, and a packed house, it’s safe to say Blue Print was the space to be last night. The exhibit will remain open to the public through January 2nd, 2010 at Art Center, 800 Lincoln Road in Miami.

Crowds lined up outside

The whole crew inside: Mac, Nick Walker, Retna, Augor

Palm tree-lined outdoor area

Don’t mess with the boar’s head

BOOkSIIII and wife, Cristina

Checkin out the work

Augor wasn’t sure which way was up

El Mac and Nick Walker

Mac’s piece

Bask’s massive Dobra Den

Click Clack, Bang Bang

The Miami humidity was in full effect, inside and out

Tes One and Jeff Soto pieces

Keeping the beats moving

Beats by Dr Dre headphones, customized by Retna and Tes One. Each artist was asked to customize a pair of these sweet headphones to be auctioned off for charity. We tried to get our hands on a pair, but charity is for charity!

Piece by Retna

The artists honored

Typoe’s I Would Be Like Jesus

Revok made it out of jail (for the second time in a month) with the help of “a really good lawyer.” Good to see him out and about in Miami.

Hats off!

Shepard Fairey wall seen on our way to the after party…more on that soon.


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Juxtapoz Magazine: Catching up with El Mac in Miami

December 04 2009 . 03:10am

We ran into Mac at Blue Print, the kick off party for Primary Flight in Miami, who tells us in his delightful manner about the mural he and Retna have been preparing to unveil today in the Wynwood neighborhood.

Holding it down

Mac and Jux Web Editor Katie Zuppann

Lucky for us, El Mac proceeded to whip out his camera to show us pictures of how the mural is coming along so far.

From the looks of it, on this piece, the artists maneuver masterfully through the gray scale, stepping in a different direction from the multihued mural they last showed in Salt Lake City.

Mac & Retna’s Mural in Salt Lake City: "Ave Maria"

Both artists agreed that they had their work cut out for them today, Mac saying that the mural was only about 15% done while Retna played it safer with an estimated 5%.

From the images of the work in progress alone, it is obvious that this is going to be a special piece that we are very much looking forward to checking out. Not to miss if you are in the Miami area.


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