I was very hesitant about doing a Day of the Dead theme for our Oct/Nov issue since we receive Day of the Dead art year round. I ended up deciding to go with the Day of the Dead theme when I found out that Jose Guadalupe Posada had inspired both of our featured artists. Posada was a Mexican cartoonist from the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was best known for his Calaveras work. Most of his artwork was meant to make a religious or a social status point, but after his death, his work became associated with the Dia de los Muertos. Posada’s art popularity faded until after the Mexican Revolution in the 1920s where it gained iconic status as a symbol of unique Mexican art.

In this issue we stopped by Known Gallery to check out the Sesame Street themed artwork on display. Neff headwear and the Seventh Letter teamed up for this unique show that raised money for the City of Hope Hospital. We will be covering more of Known Gallery events as they are always showcasing unique galleries with some of today’s top urban artists art. We also stopped by the Ink-N-Iron Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, where some of the top tattoo artists were on deck, guns in hand.

Beto Mendoza