Patrick Martinez | Buy Now Cry Later opens November 15, 2013 at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, MN

November 09 2013 . 08:14am


About The Show

In his first Midwest solo exhibition, Patrick Martinez examines a contemporary crisis: the dwindling quality of life due to the consumerist and nutritional choices of mainstream America. Buy Now Cry Later poses as a metaphor for the overall consumption and insatiable need for “more” in the modern world. We are stressed and medicated, balancing our fears over job security, guns, cost of living, violence, diet, money, race relations, education and health. All of these issues weigh the same when it comes to societal problems in dire need of solving; all are symbols that point to a troubled collective culture–a melting pot identity in crisis.

Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Playboy Presents Patrick Martinez and Jared Ryder | Bright Lights

August 30 2013 . 10:11pm

Video by Jared Ryder, Artwork by Patrick Martinez

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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

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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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