Skip to main content

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

Song of The Week - "Number Two" By Chadd Downing

I've been listening closely to this amazing artist from Trenton, NJ, Chadd Downing. I'm in love with several tracks on his mixtape "PMFL" but this "Number Two" track produced by Hannibal King is just what the doctor ordered. For a hip hop/rap loving poetry enthusiast like myself, it captivates the essence. Take a quick listen and tell me what you think. Then, feast your ears to the rest of his dopeness on

New Poem Coming Soon


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, P. 

Elements Of The Bot Week III (Part 1)

deadlines, contracts, #projectlovebot... all on my mind.  Today's Agenda. Where's my Chai Latte?  I'm gonna make this. An idea. =)  =)  double =) =)  Mitochondria, The Foundation. 

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 towar

#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 REAL READERS ,  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 W

What Do YOU do!?

If what you do is sing then sing until melody is EVERYTHING. If what YOU DO is dance, prance across the globe and through the streets of romance and if what you do IS  paint paint me a dream far from faint; hold no boundaries, hold no constraints. If you  BUILT  me a cloud its the new home for these thoughts and I'll build us a home WITH the  LOVE  that I've brought. If what you do is SMILE then warm up this room show teeth FOR a mile and you'll reach the stars soon and if you like to run then run for THE prize and if you just play BALL, then please aim for the SKY . If you like to play instruments drums or guitar then PLAY me a tune heal my heart of these scars  if you happen to rap, then spit a 16 and show ME  those bars validate your regime inject my blood stream PLEASE don’t be MAINSTREAM because rap equals essence and HIP HOP  my queen. If what you do is WRITE … then write m

Beauty 101: The Lip Series By Lismua

Written By Pierina Medina Calling all girls , women , ladies , princesses , queens , make-up lovers and BEAUTY   enthusiasts!!! Have you taken the time out of your day to view freelance make up artist Lismua's LIP SERIES!?  Well, luckily you're in the right place at the right time.  Check out her latest creations as she takes wearing lipstick to a whole new level!!!  Seriously... LOOK!  Lismua used Cover Girl BlastLipstick flashy eclatante #815, wetNwild plumberry lip pencil #715, and MAC loose pigments in rose and gold. End result: AWESOME!!! WetNWild #911D Spotlight Red/Feu Rouge. Go get it!!!  HD gel liner (teal shimmer) a black NIKKA lip pencil and L'oreal Paris color Riche Lipgloss (naturally nude #150) HAWT!  OK SO THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THIS FAILED TO REVEAL HOW SHE DID THIS, AND MADE IT STAY. BUT... I CAN'T TAKE AWAY FROM THE FACT THAT IT IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE THINGS I'VE SEEN HER