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Dope Alert: Meet Jose Rafael Rivera


Welcome welcome WELCOME...

To where the SUN shines BRIGHTER and the rain 
further fuels the creativity!

This week's spotlight shines on the profusely talented 

Jose Rafael Rivera

Jose is kinda epic, and please do allow me to elaborate on my thoughts. 

Two years ago, he makes the pleasant decision that he will draw; not just for a living, but because of his inevitable passion to for expressing the wonderful thoughts in his sophisticatedly colorful brain. Based in Washington Heights, 
he sketches beautifully distorted yet intriguing drawings and plays around with the colors and effects on his computer. This may sound like an ordinary hobby to some, but to me its so much more than a whole bunch of lines and colors on a paper. 

Today he shares with #ProjectLovebot this striking work of art entitled "American Badass" showcasing his eclecticism from his collection which is not to mention, simply a mental joy ride. 

"American Badass" By Jose Rafael Rivera

Oh wait... Here are a few questions he answered for #ProjectLovebot

Project Lovebot: 
When did you begin to draw? 

I always used to draw funny looking characters from time to time. Then I got into graffiti. I was horrible at that. I actually started drawing at then end of October, 2011. That's when I lost my brother's car keys while jogging in Cabrini, and sold my playstation 3 to get the keys back. So, I started looking for a new hobby and there it was! Funny story, I lost the car keys on my birthday.

Project Lovebot:
Oh wow! So you just started drawing not too long ago! I guess my question becomes when did you realize you were really good at this? Was it then, when you lost your brother's keys?

Yep, I started messing around with drawing and 
editing my drawings on the computer. That is how I do my art work.

Project Lovebot:
Cool! So is this something you're considering taking up as a career?

I'd love to do this for a living and every time
I draw, I find a new trick. Self-teaching I should say.

Project Lovebot:
Very nice. Can you describe the feeling that came from selling your first piece, if you've sold any? 

I have sold a few prints but my actual first sale to a stranger was in December. I went to a yoga attendant interview, and right off the bat I started talking about my art to the manager. I showed him my blog, he was amazed, so I told him I was selling prints. I ended up selling two prints; one during the interview and the other, he texted me about while walking back home. It was funny too, one of the prints is called "The Unemployed Bastard"

Project Lovebot: 
Wow! Insane. That's what's up! So talk to me about "The Promise Land."
What's this about? 

The Promise Land will be my first exhibition/art gallery that I will host. My friends and I thought of this idea while drinking one day. Why not throw an art gallery in an empty apartment? I need to expose my art more to Washington Heights and this will help me. I could keep a conversation going but starting the conversation isn't my forte. Maybe this will help me... I call it The Promise Land for many reasons. One is to exceed your expectations.

Spoken like a true artist!




For bringing us Jose Rafael Rivera,

You guys rock!

Follow ALL of Jose's amazing art work and be blown away:


The Dopest Ones

New Poem Coming Soon

To Dream... The Impossible Dream?

"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve and all bad things are easy to get"  - Confucius 
          It was always this kind of rhetoric that I ignored as it was repeatedly recited to me in attempts to engrave wisdom into a child who had yet to experience life. I was more so trying to figure out the mysterious things. The human-like features of "Papa Dios" (God) and what those powers the elders spoke of entailed drove my curiosity through the roof. While growing up into the woman I am today, I often wondered why I'd spend countless nights wondering about something that was promised to never physically be seen until death came and we had to follow that light, not realizing that faith is something that must grow from within and we must possess inside of us without the need to constantly verify its existence. I then learned to channel and apply that energy towards my des…

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Have you taken the time out of your day to view freelance make up artist Lismua's
Well, luckily you're in the right place at the right time. 
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#WhinByAnyMeans #Artsy Event Performing "My Dear" (Mind Over Matter) at Mimosa Lounge

First off, I'd love to thank the ENTIRE 
Whin Committee
For introducing me to a new world of performing arts. I have NEVER in my life touched  a stage before, but I feel like after last thursday, it may have been the start to something amazing.  As long as I can openly share my thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses through spoken word with the world, the feeling is prodigious. I'm not going to lie, I was the most nervous I had been since I was in labor almost three years ago. Something interesting happened though. The butterflies suddenly turned into wings that lifted me up into the clouds, into a much higher place. 
I did mess up, a couple of times (oh well.) But overall I think it was a pretty good turn out. 
But this video is dedicated mostly to all my
the ones who leave me comments, read my poems from DAY 1, and  continue to be the reason why I share my passion for writing which has flourished into a dream to recite 
Spoken Word Poetry. 
I love you all, and her…


In my mind i have a Visual
Of all of my residuals The mess that i have made Love CAN be individual!
I never try to escape it I try to cast no fears And every time I fall again
My soul just drowns in tears.

I wear my claws out on my sleeves So you could See it coming And don't you hide Behind those eyes Or think that you'll be running. I don't relate to evil But the world is far from safe, And til I head back home I need a love I could embrace
One with good intention, One with no expectation. One that results happiness And much consideration. A love so strong it's concrete An abstract work of art, An accident engraved itself Directly in my heart.
My heavy thoughts - apocalyptic They hide inside These thoughts so cryptic It's far from normal, Destiny brought this It's project lovebot, MY synopsis

With Love,


Edgar Allan



The time has come yet again to stroll down the streets of Inwood, Manhattan.  It's one of those places you can never ignore, and will always find something worth reading about or visiting.
The most important thing about this place for me at least, is that the memories made here growing up will never be forgotten. For instance, when I turned 18 and decided to get my first tattoo.  I had been obsessed with keys for FOREVER. 
Old, vintage looking keys, dungeons and dragon looking keys, all sorts of  crazy old rusty odd looking keys.  They hold a ton of meaning to me, primarily because they serve the purpose of opening doors. But besides that, I had been looking at Miguel's work for quite some time. MIGUEL made that tattoo of my dreams happen for me! 
is the owner and tattoo artist at 
Liquid Skin Studio 
Located on

165 Sherman Avenue between 204th Street and Academy Street.

Aside from being one of the most skilled tattoo artists and humbled human beings I know, his sho…