It’s not uncommon for someone in a hospital to fall behind financially or not have the funds to cover the expenses. Unfortunately, that’s the case with Southern California graffiti artist Tony “Tempt” Quan, who suffers from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a degenerative neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness and resulting in paralysis.
Fortunately, the local graffiti community has come together in support of Tempt. The Urb Gallery in Culver City, California, hosted a one-day benefit art show this past March. The show had a party-like atmosphere as the DJ kept the music playing and the lines to get in were wrapped around the block. The proceeds from the donated contributions of original artwork and prints will be used to enable Tempt to return home and receive the care that he requires.
The large show featured art from a respected group of artists, including Slick, OG Abel, Relic, Danny D. of D&D Designs, Obey, Kaws, Dez Einswell, Ewok, Mister Cartoon, Estevan Oriel, Dave Flores and many more. A series of hand-painted giant spray can figures designed by Slick and hand-painted by top artists set off the center of the gallery and served as the focal point for the show.
For the past year, Tempt has been courageously battling his disease. Those who love him are filled with the hope that he can return home to the care of his family. The benefit will undoubtedly lift his spirits and strengthen his will to continue to fight the battle against ALS. Even though the money raised so far is just a drop in the bucket to what his health care will ultimately cost, some of the pieces sold for between $1,500 to $4,000 and should provide a good start for him to get back home.