Patrick Martinez x Big Chris’ Car Parts

November 22 2012 . 10:00pm

Following up the successful collaboration with Estevan Oriol, Big Chris’ Car Parts follows up with the heavy hitting holiday collab with contemporary visual artist Patrick Martinez. Taking cues from store front neon signage and a Nas rap quote, Martinez delivers a strong piece compounding the two. The Martinez collaboration tee is limited to 60 pieces. The next collaboration BIGCCP taps contemporary artist DZINE for a limited edition tee which will be out after the new year. Also be on the look out for a special tee drop between BIGCCP and Stalley’s Blue Collar Gang.

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BIGCCP (BIG CHRIS’ CAR PARTS) is a CAR CULTURE BOUTIQUE based in Los Angeles representing contemporary car culture and specializing in: vintage car parts + car care product+ car culture wearables.

Photography: Jared Ryder

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The Man of Next Year in Art & Design is Patrick Martinez

November 13 2012 . 01:02am

Earlier this week, we asked you all to vote for who you think will be the Man of Next Year in Art & Design between BJ Betts, Jonathan LeVine, Kahlil Joseph, Patrick Martinez, and Retna. And after tallying up the votes, the people have spoken.

The Man of Next Year in Art & Design is Patrick Martinez.

Martinez’s earliest jobs found him art directing Concentrated Entertainment and providing album covers for the underground stalwart Stones Throw. After completing his BA in Fine Art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began to blend his hip-hop roots with a unique approach to tackling social issues, leading to a unique blend of neon (both symbol and wordplay) and painted portrait—including for the cover of Stalley’s Savage Journey to the American Dream.

In the last year, Martinez’s hustle has expanded and his gallery shows in Dallas at Circuit12 Contemporary and in L.A.Lovely Day at Known Gallery was a game changer—met with rave reviews. Expect nothing less in 2013.

See more of Martinez’s work at Patrick Martinez Studio.

Learn more about what the winners take home, and check out all the Man of Next Year nominees at

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VH1 | Patrick Martinez

November 13 2012 . 12:51am




VH1 has partnered with our friends at FIAT to present a twist on our You Oughta Know franchise. Usually, we use the You Oughta Know program to introduce you to musical artists on the rise, but since we’re excited to be attending the Scope International Contemporary Art Show in Miami next month, we’d like to introduce you to a few visual artists who we think You Oughta Know, too.

Meet Patrick Martinez, an artist whose work in the neon medium has earned him a highly coveted slot at this year’s Scope Art Fair. As he explained to us, his work is heavily inspired by music. “I’ve been listening to rap music since I was a teenager, so [the musical influence] has always kind of been there. I started using it in my work a few years ago. If the lyric or phrase kind of resonates with me, it speaks to people and the current events that are going on, I find the opportunity to link the two.”

Scope Miami 2012 runs from December 4-9. For more Scope updates, you can head over to Read our complete press release below.


NEW YORK, NY (November 12, 2012) – VH1 arrives in Miami next month to introduce its latest You Oughta Know artist, Metric, at the VH1 Outdoor Lounge at SCOPE Miami 2012. Following the initial announcement of the partnership this summer, VH1 and SCOPE Miami will utilize the fair as the ultimate platform for the fusion of art and music, showcasing emerging visual artists and musicians and highlighting the indie rock band that teeters on the cusp of international stardom.

Newcomers to the You Oughta Know franchise that has amplified the careers of global superstars such as John Mayer, Adele, Bruno Mars, Colbie Caillat, Foster The People, The Fray and Gotye, Metric is set to deliver a live performance at the SCOPE Miami Official Opening Party on Thursday, December 6th. An international mix of tastemakers, influencers, and art and music enthusiasts will gather to experience this breakout performance at the VH1 Outdoor Lounge. The FIAT brand will also be on-site to offer guests an interactive experience designed to blend art and music with pop-culture that speaks to the North American reintroduction of the iconic FIAT 500.

Set alongside the main musical component of the evening will be artwork by the SCOPE Artists on the Rise, a group of three up-and-coming visual talents who represent groundbreaking work in the contemporary art space. These artists, hand-picked by SCOPE and VH1, include:

Brent Birnbaum: his works at first appear as an encyclopedic collection of irreverent pop-culture paraphernalia, like windup toys, matchbooks from lost saloons or discarded sneakers. An obsessive collector for bric-a-brac, Birnbaum repurposes these items as allegories for religion, love and politics.

Hugh Hayden: he explores racial identity by questioning long-held community traditions. Whether it’s a braided portrait of Beyoncé or a shaved “fading” of Obama on sheepskin, Hayden’s tongue-in-cheek commentary of black identity in America engages viewers on a visceral level.

Patrick Martinez: his work draws from a childhood steeped in hip-hop and street culture. Los Angeles-based Martinez reinterprets what is ordinary in a variety of media including paint, neon and even melted handguns.

VH1 will introduce these SCOPE Artists on the Rise through on-air spots profiling their individual work and inspiration. Beginning today, these segments will roll-out and run through the end of November, leading into the December activation at SCOPE Miami 2012.

“SCOPE has established a reputation for influencing and forecasting new trends in visual art, which makes them an ideal partner for the VH1 You Oughta Know platform,” said Phil Delbourgo, Senior Vice President of Branding & Design for VH1. “Our team helps catapult You Oughta Know artists into the pop culture space through our extensive networks; we view this partnership with SCOPE in Miami as an opportunity to engage another key audience for performers such as Metric by merging music and art.”

“SCOPE’s mission of discovering artists on the rise is the perfect corollary to the VH1 You Oughta Know platform,” said Daria Brit Shapiro, Curator at SCOPE Art Show. “VH1 has a remarkable track record for identifying and supporting groundbreaking artists, and together we have curated an awe-inspiring collection of visual artwork that I’m sure SCOPE Miami visitors will enjoy seeing and experiencing this December.”

The VH1 Outdoor Lounge is accessible to SCOPE visitors December 4 – 9, 2012. It is located at the SCOPE Miami pavilion at N.E. 36th Street and Midtown Boulevard. For more information, please visit

About VH1
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, and VH1 Mobile. Connect with VH1 at

SCOPE taps into the cultural psyche to present only the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines. With over 50 art fairs spanning more than a decade, SCOPE has solidified its position as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and cross-genre creative programming that extends to fashion, music, design and film. To learn more, visit

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Who Will be the Man of Next Year in Art & Design?

November 06 2012 . 07:52pm

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Patrick Martinez, Aaron De La Cruz and James Roper | Even Flow at Circuit 12 Contemporary

October 02 2012 . 08:54pm

Renowned contemporary artists Patrick Martinez, Aaron De La Cruz and James Roper will exhibit original work at Circuit 12 Contemporary from October 13th through November 14th 2012.

Titled Even Flow, the show will consist of various works from each artist, including paintings, sculpture, neon and site specific installation amongst other media.

“The show’s title speaks on the honesty of touch, or the particular style of each artist participating in the exhibition.

“All of the artists in the show speak honestly to the viewer, visually.”

Even Flow will depict these 3 artists’ unique expression and approach to contemporary visual art.

Martinez’s work consists of lush and colorful paintings as well as distinct neon, and sculptural works, De La Cruz illustrates an amalgamation of art and design, and Roper’s mixed media pieces are filled with vivid colors, movements and inspiration he derives form his surroundings.

This is the first time all three artists will be exhibiting together.

Even Flow opens on Saturday, October 13th from 6pm-10pm and will be on view until November 14th, 2012. For more information, contact Circuit 12 Contemporary at 214.760.1212 or visit

About Circuit 12 Contemporary
Circuit 12 Contemporary is a Dallas-based outlet for innovative and inspired modern art. Located in the heart of the Dallas Design District, Circuit 12 provides a platform for ambitious emerging, mid-career, and internationally known artists to showcase their work. Founded by Dustin and Gina Orlando, their vision is to show and maintain a broad spectrum of contemporary art; providing not only thought provoking, but unmistakably original, and ground breaking two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, new media and site-specific installations.

About Aaron De La Cruz
Aaron De La Cruz’s work, thought minimal and direct at first, tends to overcome barriers of separation and freely steps in and out of the realms of design, graffiti and illustration. The parameters he has chosen to work within actually allow him to free himself and react to the very limitations he has created. This overriding structure and the lack of deliberation while moving within creates a tension when encountering his work due to the almost computer generated grid like systems he creates by unplanned markmaking. The act and the marks themselves are very primal in nature but tend to take on distinct and sometimes higher meanings in the broad range of mediums and contexts they appear in and on.

About James Roper
The Manchester, UK-based artist focuses on numerous of mediums, including fine arts, film, sculpture and digital art. His work explores a variety of subjects from the heightened realities depicted in Baroque art and modern media to the restraint and release of energy found within complex structures, such as the human body. He has exhibited worldwide, including both solo and group shows in London, Los Angeles, Milan and Barcelona.

About Patrick Martinez
Since his childhood, Patrick Martinez has always been drawing or scribbling on something. In is teenage years, Martinez discovered hip-hop culture, especially its incorporation of graffiti, which is still a huge influence on his work today. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he often depicts his hometown city in a variety of his work and focuses on the phenomenology of his surroundings. Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy in his artwork. He was named one of the 35 most important artists of 2011 by Complex Magazine.

Circuit 12 Contemporary
1130 Dragon St. Suite 150
Dallas, Texas 75207

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