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Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 5.26.18 PM.pngFazooli ornaments are still available in limited quantities! Choose from the “hood ornaments” (sneakers, spraycans & lucky sevens) for $15, feathers & lucky sevens (in all black or black, white & red) for $10, or corkscrews in little glass bottles for only $5! Available now at Compilation (22 Wilson Street, Hamilton, ON – next door to Dr Disc), or directly though me by emailing abominableink@gmail.com. $1 from every item purchased through me will go towards feeding someone in need a Christmas dinner this year. Check out my Etsy shop (AbominableInkShop) for more great gift ideas! 

One of my favourite local annual festivals is The Cookout, brought to us by Mookie Wilson of InThaKut Radio. This year I actually get to take part, as I’m setting up my booth and hawkin my wares alongside The Local Skate Shop, some really amazing food vendors, and legendary Hip Hop artists from far and wide. If you’re wearing Fazooli apparel or jewelry, you’ll receive a free gift with purchase! Get in contact with me for tickets if you need them. Bring your appetite! IT’S ON!

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I’m happy to announce I’ll be back at Compilation for the July Art Crawl here in Hamilton on Friday, July 10th, alongside Steeltown Suds and Glen The Hamilton Kid! If you’re lucky, you might even catch me drop a few records with Carla Coma. I’ve got lots of new goodies in store for you, including some new Fazoolry earring designs on sale for a limited time, so come out and support local artists, musicians and shop owners – there’s something for everyone at Art Crawl!

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This has been a busy summer, and Sundays haven’t been super restful at all for me, as I hustle my way through the city. This Sunday coming up is no exception – I’ll be setting up in front of Compilation with my skateboards, jewelry and apparel for the Open Streets Hamilton event going on downtown. Lots of great deals offered by so many different vendors, and great food too! My prints will be half off all day long! Come down and bring the family along!

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Super stoked to be setting up my booth outside of Compilation at 22 Wilson Street for the May Art Crawl in Hamilton! I’ve got lots of new items to check out, including some new jewelry I’m working on. I’ll have some great deals going that are only limited to Art Crawl, so come down, check out some awesome music and art! Support local artists!

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The James Street North Art Crawl is a monthly institution here in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, where art, music and creativity are celebrated on the second Friday of every month. Last week I had the opportunity to spend both Friday and Saturday at the Supercrawl, which occurs once a year, usually in September, where artists, performers, musicians and gourmands unite in one big  2-day street festival. The streets are shut down and filled with massive stages, a multitude of food trucks and vendors, and all forms of artistic expression are on display.

One of my favourite highlights of this year’s Supercrawl was briefly meeting a couple of the guys from Montreal-based art collective En Masse, and watching them work over the course of both days. Friday, they had an installation in progress at the Design Annex, and Saturday they  were busy all day creating a giant mural on the side of our popular record shop Dr. Disc. I managed to catch a few shots of them hard at work and was so entranced I kept coming back to see the progress over the course of the day.

I love the idea of having a diverse group of like-minded individuals, all collaborating on one big installation, off the top of their heads. The creativity unleashed is astounding – not to mention the technical prowess involved is top-notch. The group works entirely in black and white, and fluctuates in it’s membership, picking up illustrators here and there, so you never get the same atmospheric quality twice. The eye wanders throughout each piece for hours and continually finds awesome and interesting elements, so random, full of life and unique personality, which all tie in together to form a colossal achievement in unity.  It’s the collective individualities meshing so well that you’d think it was all created by one person that make this form of art so magic. I am both in awe of their talent, and in dire need to jump in and take part. Maybe I need a little more drawing practice first…

Regardless, these guys have transformed part of our downtown and I would love for them to come back and cover some more terrain. If it’s one thing Hamilton’s got – it’s lots of wall space in need of creative expression!

To find out more about En Masse, check out their website (which is currently under construction, so please be patient!).

Join them on facebook and follow them on Twitter to see where they’ll pop up next!

To see more awesome works by En Masse, check out Kirsten McCrea’s article. Great photos!

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