What is your earliest “artistic” memory?
My earliest artistic memory was when I went to George Hall Elementary, out in San Mateo, The school had a art contest for “Keep San Mateo Beautiful”. I remember my older sister, Denisse, won and received a plaque. As the younger sibling, I followed her lead and strived to work towards receiving recognition for something I created…I’m still working on it.
What are three words that best describe your artwork?
How about two? WINNING!!...DUH!!
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by other people, I’ve always been inspired by things I’ve been through, but lately, i’ve been more inspired by others. I paint what they think up, I like it because it challenges me to think outside my normal relm of imagination and dip into someone elses.
What is your goal in life?
Success, however it may come. I want a family and want to make sure that they are well taken care of.
Name something you love, and why.
As corny as it sounds, I love my girlfriend Amy. She has kept me grounded and more level minded than I’ve ever been. She’s always pushing me forward and she’s always been a huge support. I also love my truck, her names Betsy. She keeps me busy and out of trouble, but she is a fucking gold digger!! Always taken money out my pocket.
What makes you angry?
I get angry when I see people that grew up in a good household, who had lots of good opportunities, and a great upbringing that try to act “hood”. People that didn’t know what struggle was, that didn’t grow up seeing their parents struggle to be able to offer them a better life and then they grow up disrespectful and they act “gangsta”. It really irritates me. My family didn’t come from a wealth background, and we grew up in small one bedroom apartments with one car households, but what we lacked made us humble, it made us appreciate things. I don’t think you can appreciate something when you’ve had it all your life.
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Grant! I got this 12 inch G.I. Joe action figure. He had a scar on his face from the war!! He came with guns and ropes and awesomeness!!! I swear I had that toy for hella years, then one day I tied him to the back of my bike, to prove to my friend that my G.I. Joe was tougher than his, I was wrong…Grant’s plastic chest broke open, his rubber head went rolling into the gutter, and all that was left were his two non-bendy rubber legs. *tear* Damn you for reminding me Leanne!!
What is your favorite toy now?
My favorite toy now is probably my fixie, I love that thing, other than that, my PS3 that my girlfriend hates.
What is your “dream” art project?
My dream project would probably be to paint the side of a building with a bunch of close friends and some ice cold brews.
What have you been listening too while you’ve been working on your art[recently]?
I listen to a shuffle mix of Credence Clearwater Revival, Tupac, , Hendrix, Marley, B.I.G., , and a couple old school bands like Zepplin and ACDC. Its like P90X for your earlobes, musical confusion.
If you were a cocktail on a drink menu at a bar, what would your name be?
Butterface. It would make anyone look good.
If you could go back in time and talk to “8 year old YOU”, what would you say to her/him?
“Quit playing with that thing so much, it’s gonna fall off!”
If you could collaborate with any other artist [living or dead], who would it be and why?
Probably . I think it would have been great to try to not sleep for hella days and start to dream while I was still awake. I read that he use to do this for inspiration.
What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?
Growing up my mom didn’t always agree with me on things, but she would always say the same thing, “Si te hace feliz” I’ve continued to live by those words, sometimes for the worse, but I’ve learned. It’s always stuck with me.
If you had a chance to say one sentence for the whole world to hear, what would you say?
Do what makes you happy no matter who you hurt, if they care, they’ll see you happy and will be happy as well.
Thank you, hermano. I am forever grateful for you participating in the project and for believing in my vision- And your Colonel is effing ridiculous and I love it! hahaha! You can check out more of Oscar's work here.
So what do you all think? Did Janelle's boom box blast your face off your head or did Oscar's evil colonel make you laugh your feathers off? Tell us all who you think took Round 2 in the Battle of the Sexes!
Panel #5 Ladies- From Berkeley to Moreno Valley- 477.59 miles
Panel #6 Guys- From San Francisco to Roseville- 117.06 miles
Next up for the ladies is Erin Hamilton of Oakland and for the guys it will be Eddie Schiffer of El Centro. Both are amazing artists that I deeply admire and I'm dying with anticipation to see what they do!
Much Love and Respect to You All,