One of the full mural designs that I created for @mindbody 💕 the last part is my favorite! Technical tip: Designing 5 murals that were up to 30 feet long was a new technical challenge for me (giant file sizes). As I impatiently wait for Procreate to increase their max file size, I’m using @astropadapp and the Luna plug-in to use my iPad with photoshop. It was the first time I did this and it was slower since I’m so used to Procreate! But if y’all ever need to create large file sizes— I highly recommend it!
I’m stoked to share a peek of a few mural designs I did for @mindbody’s BOLD conference this week. I loved playing with these calming colors and shapes. More to come 🌸
My friend @ms.whang is having a book drive for her 11th grade students at Centennial High in Compton. Every student deserves a chance to read books where they see themselves and their identities reflected. Follow the bit.ly link (also in @ms.whang bio) to see which books she’s collecting for her students. She’s collecting books like The Hate U Give, The Bluest Eye, Parable of the Sower, and more 🌸
I am interrupting my usual political posting to leave this here. I feel like Hot Noodle Summer is a better fit for me at this point in my life. I will not longer be attempting Hot Girl Summer. That is all.
Made this for @ellabakercenter’s 2019 Night Out for Safety and Liberation tomorrow night! Along with artists like @sophiazarders and @rommyyy123, I got to reimagine what safety can look like in a time when “safety” traditionally defined doesn’t seem to exist— police brutality and mass shootings are an everyday occurrence. Community is everything.
Hey y’all! I’m always seeking ways to expand my community, online and off. I’m looking to match with someone on @bumblebizz for a one-on-one mentoring session via video chat to talk about using art as a tool for change and finding your path as an illustrator. If you don’t have it already, download Bumble and match with me (download link in my story!). Make sure to use networking Bizz mode, and I’ll be choosing one of you to have a video chat session with. Thanks @girlgaze for bringing me on! #bumblepartner #girlgazebassador
**UPDATE: sold out** please continue to send donations through Kahea.org. Ku Kia’i Mauna. 100% of proceeds of this print will benefit Kanaka Maoli protectors + allies on Mauna Kea. I’ll be donating directly to the Aloha ‘Āina Support fund by Kahea. Link in bio. ——————— How will you show up? We are witnessing a standoff between sacred land protectors and the imperialist government/developers who seek to continue exploitation. ——————— “The Aloha ‘Āina Support Fund will prioritize funding for frontline logistics, including provision of bail where appropriate, supplies, transportation, technical services, and community meetings convened for such purposes.” ——————— I originally created this piece last winter for Celebrate People’s History, a project led by @jmacphee + Justseeds. With the help of my friends from @standingabovetheclouds, I was able to depict the women at the forefront of the Mauna Kea movement. #maunakea #wearemaunakea #kukiaimauna
WE ARE MAUNA KEA. Standing in solidarity with protesters on Mauna Kea, protecting the Sacred ‘āina from scientific imperialism. It breaks my heart to see indigenous people and land continue to be dismissed by the state of Hawaii and its wealthy developers. Words from @kanielaing: “You don’t have to be Hawaiian to understand the dangerous precedent this sets. Mauna Kea impacts all of us. It’s an environmental struggle against wealthy developers who seek free reign. It’s a microcosm of what’s happening across Hawaii and the world: profiteers exploiting fragile places without regard for the future. We’re not concerned about how many passive dollars this will bring our economy. We are concerned about whether we will be able to breath in 20 years, or be out of fresh water, or have any space left in our sacred places, or if the beaches we grew up in still be there. Some things are more important than a quick buck—like our planet’s and peoples’ survival. That would be $1.3 billion well spent. #maunakea #wearemaunakea #kukiaimauna” To support, visit kahea.org / donate to Hawaii Community Bail Fund (link in highlights) ❤️ ———————- This image was drawn using stills from my friends at @standingabovetheclouds, a beautiful, powerful portrayal of the mothers and sisters at the forefront of the fight to protect sacred land on the Big Island.
Happy Pride! Corporate capitalism is still the root of all evil, don’t let the iridescent rainbow packaging fool ya! 💕 @ppnycaction
You deserve to take up space. I created this piece for @werise_la, a 10 day pop-up exhibit fostering conversations around mental health. Open to the public at @werise_la starting tomorrow at 10am-10pm. I’ve never done something three-dimensional like this (it’s actually a bunch of levels of wood), and I can’t say that it was easy! Thank you SO much to @k8deciccio for encouraging me to push through and create something unlike anything I’ve done before, @whiskeyblossomsigns for helping me to meticulously paint everything so nice n crispy, Mike (the saint who cut out all of these shapes so perfectly with a jigsaw). I wanted to create a piece that affirmed women + non-binary people, encouraging them not to shrink into the boxes that our systems try to pressure us into. We deserve to be big and expansive and forever growing. Come by and check it out until the 28th—I promise it’s even cooler in person.
No matter your reason, whether or not to get an abortion is your own choice. I’m livid and sad and ready to fight for the rights of womb-owners. There are so many layers of this issue— in Georgia and Alabama this directly impacts black and brown people— and making bodily autonomy a felony feeds into the prison industrial complex and voter suppression. Please donate to grassroots orgs like @yellowfund, @sparkrjnow, or @sistersong_woc working to support abortion access and reproductive justice if you’re financially able!
Just spent the week at the Basic Needs Center at UC Berkeley finishing up the rest of the walls 💫💫💫 Thankful that this space exists, and for the opportunity to paint what feels like my dreamscape of affirmations. Swipe for deets 🌹
I worked with @aclu_norcal + @aclu_socal to create this piece for ‘Beyond Resistance’, the ACLU Conference + Lobby Day in Sacramento last week. The idea of the poster (and the conference) is to move beyond just resisting the symptoms of the harmful systems we exist in, and to rebuild and plant revolutionary shifts. I was inspired by the idea from Emergent Strategy by @adriennemareebrown, where she talks about Dandelions as a natural brilliance. They are often mistaken as weeds, but they are deeply rooted and serve healing properties for humans and animals. Their power propagates naturally and resiliently. We are like these dandelions. The way that we impact and build with each other holds the potential for revolutionary strength and healing.
I’m all for taking a seat at the table, but I’m even more interested in what it looks like to build a new table altogether. To opt out of exploitative industries and create something new and collaborative and idealistic. Playing with a sketch for a mural where we ended up going with another concept 😗
Some tips to advocate for pay equity from @timesupnow and @jennifersiebelnewsom. While there are systemic changes that need to take place to change (slash entirely dismantle) the exploitative capitalist system that we’re currently stuck in, we need to also know how to ask for what we need to financially thrive right now. I apply this in my work through sharing rates and asking my peers how much they charge for similar work. It can be tough when you’re a freelancer and figuring out how much you think your work is worth. I’ve found that a good place to start is, ‘how much would a white cis-man charge for this?’ 🤔
This Equal Pay Day, I got to collaborate with CA’s First Partner @jennifersiebelnewsom and @timesupnow on this piece. The First Partner’s office is launching an awareness campaign about the pay gap, aiming to educate employers, employers, and unions about the issues (and how to advocate for equal pay as an employee). The gender pay gap is REAL, and it affects women/gnc people of color at different rates. Here’s a reminder that for a white cis man’s dollar, White women make 77 cents, Asian women make 85 cents, Black women make 61 cents, Native women make 58 cents, and Latinx women make 53 cents (Stats from Pew Research). Over an average 40 yr career, this can cost a woman between $400,000-$1M in lost income. I haven’t been able to find the specific statistics for trans women’s/GNC pay in comparison, but keep in mind that according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 15% of trans and GNC people reported earning under $10,000 per year, with numbers climbing to 28% and 34% of Latinx and Black trans and GNC people, respectively. We’ve got a lot of work to do.
I had the privilege of doing a really fun editorial illustration for @ted. I was moved by the exercise the authors @enagoski + her sister Amelia play, called the “New Hotness”. ☀️ “Maybe you don’t look like you used to, or like you used to imagine you should, but how you look today is the new hotness. Even better than the old hotness. Saggy belly skin from that baby you birthed? New hotness. Gained 20 pounds while finishing school? New hotness. Skin gets new wrinkles because you lived another year? New hotness. Hair longer or shorter, or a different color or style? New hotness.” 💫 The point is to redefine your body’s worth on your own terms, not the ones marketed to us and subconsciously engrained in our belief systems. And to also rewrite the way that these beliefs effect our judgement of other people’s bodies. I’m posting the article in my story!
This #WomensHistoryMonth, I want to highlight the stories, untold or perhaps unheard, of women and non-binary people who’ve instigated and supported great change. I partnered with @participant to create this piece as well as the interactive graphic in my story. Historically, giving a platform to these stories and recognizing their weight would be threatening to a racist and patriarchal system that only recognizes one type of hero. All year round, I want to listen to and amplify the stories of women of color, undocumented women, poor and working class women, trans women, non-binary people, and those who are in the intersection of those identities. Check out @participant for more of our collaboration.
I worked with @alotrolado_org to create this graphic explaining the concept of their new revolving bond fund. In short, this incredible org is raising money to free detained migrant people who sit for months if not years waiting for legal proceedings at the border. With the revolving bond fund, bond is paid in full and then returned to the fund when legal proceedings are done— meaning that the money is then used to free more people, and so on. Please visit @alotrolado_org to see how you can contribute! Here’s the full explanation: Al Otro Lado(AOL) is building a revolving fund for asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees to fight for the dignity of those incarcerated in ICE detention. Migrants in detention centers are unable to pay the the steep cost of bail. AOL’s revolving bond fund is a critical tool to prevent unjust detainment and combat racial, economic disparities in the bond system for migrants and asylum seekers today. For AOL clients and migrants today, bonds are set in a completely arbitrary manner and the conditions faced in detention are horrendous and dehumanizing. For many migrants, bonds are set anywhere between $5,000-$15,000 Paying for bond is ultimately the only way to buy their freedom, which is completely out of reach for migrant families today. AOL pays for our clients’ bonds as bonding out offers one of the few ways people in detention can regain part of their autonomy, fight for relief, and for proper immigration proceedings. Because bond is returned at the end of a case, donations to the Dignity Release Bond Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bond for other migrants, maximizing the impact of every dollar. Once our clients’ meets all legal obligations in their immigration process, their bond can be refunded, and that money goes back into to the AOL Dignity Justice Release Fund to help free more people!
The daily doodle. Something that I’m working on is re-learning how to dream. For a longest time, I’ve been pulled back by keeping my hopes manageable, goals ‘realistic’, and milestones within reach. I’m slowly learning to push away the fear of disappointment and to dream more imaginatively 💫💫💫
~Print Giveaway~ To celebrate the launch of Brave Girl Rising + my collaboration with @girlrising and @amplifierart on this artwork, I’m giving away an 18x24” Fine Art print of the action poster. It’s an edition of 25, and signed. ❤️ If you haven’t seen the film yet, head to @girlrising (the links in their bio). It was inspired by Nasro, a young Somali woman who lives in Dadaab, one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Her story of bravery is retold through the words of Warsan Shire, and narrated by @tessamaethompson. To enter, follow + tag a friend in the comments (and feel free to share what makes you feel brave) Winner will be selected by 6 pm Friday. ________ Winner is : @kuunanilokelani 💫💫💫 thank you to everyone who entered, it was truly moving to read all of the ways you feel empowered and brave. Thank you to everyone who shared—- sending my love to each and every one of you!
So excited to share this artwork I created with @amplifierart for “Brave Girl Rising”, a new film by @girlrising and @wu_shire. Warsan Shire is one of my most favorite poets, and it was an honor to be able to amplify the story she brought to life with this amazing team. The movie is launching on Friday for International Women’s Day, and this piece of art will be distributed for free in 6 cities! Check out my stories to see where you can get one. PS. You can see movie screenings and learn more at girlrising.org.
Yesterday’s doodle all colored in! New prints coming to the shop soon 🍙
Dear survivor, You are not defined by what has happened to you. You are far more expansive. There are one million things that make you you. You are exquisite, you are infinite, you are divine. I love you and am sending hugs to everyone (go hug a friend or loved one or yourself today! Romantic love isn’t the only kind worth celebrating!) ☀️ Please check out @survivor.love.letter for more affirming letters to survivors collected by @taniikeda and @jessxsnow #survivorloveletter
All out against LA County jail expansion! Join me, @crlosangeles and @justicelanow tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 12 (10 AM, 500 w temple st) for a big mobilization and rally against constructing more jails in LA. We need housing, healthcare, transportation and sustained investments in people, not 3.5 billion dollars of taxpayer money to build two new jails. . . . 💥Support the campaign!💥 Take a photo of yourself or community with signs saying answering any of these questions: 💥 Instead of more jails, what could $3.5 billion build in your neighborhood? 💥 . . . We need to reimagine what safety and health looks like in our communities. Right now, LA JAILS are the largest mental health institution in the country. That is just deeply wrong. People cannot get well in a cage, nor is that the intent of the system we are in. #carenotcages
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde, A Burst Of Light Another for @ppnycaction— a reminder to take care of yourself and your loved ones in order to keep your work sustainable and healing. What do you do to care for yourself?
Reposting this illustration that I made last year, along with words from @poorpeoplescampaign that continue to ring true: “The radical King ... understood the way in which the powerful elite have used racism to enforce economic exploitation and keep the poor and working class divided. Systemic racism was and still is inextricably tied to an economic system that keeps millions of people in poverty in the richest nation in world. Such domestic realities, King saw more and more clearly, were the flipside of a military industrial complex that demanded resources to kill black and brown people in other parts of the world. Any attempt to celebrate and commemorate MLK without engaging with his prophetic diagnosis and radical prescription undermines his legacy.” #FightPovertyNotThePoor Also, highly recommend reading the Michelle Alexander @NYT piece put out yesterday about speaking out against the occupation of Palestine the way that MLK did the injustices of the Vietnam War (posted to story).
Created this image at the request of an organized group of refugees called Contra Viento Y Marea, who were holding down a warehouse in Tijuana, resisting eviction by police forces. Here is an update from @hecatesociety: When the first “Migrant Caravan” reached Tijuana in the thousands they were housed in the Benito Juarez Stadium. After several days of heavy rains caused the stadium to flood it became too unsanitary and was deemed unlivable. Many people were forcefully removed by the government to El Barretal – an enclosed concrete concert venue 11 miles away which has become in essence an open-air prison. Families, men and women are separated; the compound is surrounded by armed military personnel; the migrants/refugees do not have freedom or autonomy. Several hundred people refused to be relocated and chose to live out on the streets outside the stadium for weeks. Eventually, the warehouse near their tent city opened and was organized as a makeshift refugee shelter. People were so happy to get indoors and were very proud of the space they’d created as their home while people wait for their chance to apply for asylum in the US. They also dreamed of keeping the shelter open for the next wave of caravans on their way from Central America so people would have a safe place to land whenever they reach Tijuana. On December 29th, hundreds of riot police from the federal and municipal police forces descended upon the warehouse to serve a forceful eviction. The people inside shut the door and locked themselves to the chains preventing the authorities from entering. Lawyers for the migrants/refugees went to work in the courts to try and get a stay on the eviction. On January 4th, federal police again came to serve an eviction – but this time the Contra Viento y Marea had decided to make a stand and demand that their human rights be respected. American volunteer observers were present inside the warehouse at the request of the Contra Viento y Marea along with members of the press outside the warehouse which created pressure on the Federal Police to treat the group fairly. (Continued in comments)
Another with @ppnycaction 🌹 “Your sexuality exists for you, on your own terms - celebrate it, cultivate it, learn your boundaries and desires, and practice communicating them effectively!” You don’t owe anyone anything. Your body is your own, as are your desires and needs. Here’s to growing, learning, and developing a healthier relationship to our bodies this year.
First of my series of reproductive health/reproductive justice illustrations in collaboration with @ppnycaction! A message from @ppnycaction friends: “We finally have the opportunity to #PassRHA in New York State - this key piece of legislation safeguards abortion access & ensures our policies are in line with #RoevWade 🙌🏾 . Tell your legislators NOW is the time to keep abortion safe & legal because #AbortionIsHealthCare at the link in bio!” (Link in their bio)
In no way do refugees seeking safety constitute a “national emergency”. The violent language around border walls is fucking infuriating. Watch your elected officials, hold them accountable. In the meantime, donate to @alotrolado_org. They are on the ground hosting legal clinics for people seeking asylum in TJ and so many more services.
Of the things that don’t serve you. Of fear that holds you back. Of commitments that aren’t quite right. Doodling for myself when I’m on strict deadlines is my favorite guilty pleasure. It makes drawing so much more fun because it feels like I’m breaking the rules.
Back home and Chinatown peeping
This year has been one of the most challenging and painful times of my life. I lost myself and then found myself again. I let myself crumble because in those moments I had no other choice. A friend told me that caterpillars have to turn completely into liquid before they become butterflies. I was liquid for a few seasons. So much of my energy and mental space this year has been focused on just making it through. On just being okay. I think about the place I am now, because of self work, therapy, friendships, community, love for myself and others, and smile. Getting through darkness heightened the sweetness of experiences that I’ve had since. With all this being said, it’s also been the best year for my career and artistic work. I’ve had incredible opportunities to grow and learn and create things that I care about. I think now of all this free energy and mental space that I have to invest in this work. To deepen it and grow further. To make impactful art this year that I couldn’t only dreamed about before. I feel more full of potential and possibility and joy than I have in a long time. And I’m thankful for 2018. For the release of ill-fitting situations that let me expand beyond what I thought was possible. Thank you for supporting me through this, for letting me share affirmations with you, and so often sharing them back.
I’m Blooming. 2018. Gouache and acrylic for @projectobject.co Channeling the blossoming energy for the new year ⭐️ I’m not into strict changes/resolutions for the new year, but instead I’m focusing on creating opportunities that I want to make the most of. As a freelance artist who has to create my own structure, there is SO MUCH that I want to do, but seemingly such little time. (Especially for someone who is as easily distracted by new ideas like me). This year I want to go deeper into my work and make sure that I have abundant creative space for my personal projects + collaborations with grassroots social justice orgs. Here’s to growing in 2019.
Self love is yummy. Pen + ink, scooped up by @anotherursula at my @projectobject.co show! Speaking of noods, 4 days til I’m back home in Hawaii eating jajangmyun with my mama. 😋
Ritual, Gouche + Acrylic Another one from my show at @projectobject.co. Swipe for details 😈
Butts! Details from a piece from my Portland show. Still available at @projectobject.co
AHHH! My first big mural (48 ft long). I’m honored to have created this piece at the future UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center. Low-income, POC, queer students and community members will be able to come and share this space to be recharged and affirmed in an institution that has historically excluded them. This mural has been a journey and I’m so grateful to be able to share this with the community there. BIG shout out @recanedo and the team at the Basic Needs Center for creating this space of love and care. Also very thankful to my friends who I stress called and texted for advice on how the fuck to paint a mural: @k8deciccio, @thejamielew, Jaque Fragua, @alexgelbs. ☺️🌸
Done! Excited to share this fun mural I got to do last week at Snapchat’s HQ in Santa Monica. One of my big goals for this year was to start creating larger work, so it’s been thrilling (and nerve-wracking) to pull it off. Big thank you to @missewill and @thegatheryofficial for bringing me onto this project 👹
I meant to do this last week, but things got a lil crazy! I’m in awe that over 50,000 of you are on here with me, and am so appreciative of all the support! It’s been a wild year and a half since I first started doing illustration full time 👹 It’s incredible to be able to share my art on this platform and meet amazing people through it. So THANK YOU! ——————————- Rules: Follow + tag two friends in the comments below from now until Nov 21 at noon PST. 2 winners will be randomly selected ❤️ I’ll mail you a favorite 9x12 archival giclee print + card of your choice.
Flying in to protect my boundaries. The concept that it is okay and not selfish to protect yourself from people and things that cause you harm or drain you is relatively new to me. Thanks therapy! You don’t have to spend your energy on people and activities that don’t feed you. This week so far has been a challenge of enforcing my boundaries, but so necessary. Don’t feel bad for advocating for yourself! *print added to shop* link in bio
Hey people! There are a bunch of new friends who’ve joined me on here in the last couple of days, so I want to re-introduce myself. I’m really thankful that you support my art and feel so lucky to be able to share with you in this way. I’m an illustrator and visual artist based out of Echo Park in Los Angeles. Im originally from Honolulu and am always drawing inspiration from my life there. My favorite things are eating any and all noodles, building with creative people, and dreaming about the downfall of the capitalist patriarchy. I’ve been freelance for about a year and a half now, so I’m still learning/unlearning and growing, but it’s been an exciting journey. If you’d like to hear more about my path, check out today’s Q+A I did with @britandco’s Creative Crushin’ series, link in my bio. Thank you for this awesome series @anjelikatemple 🌸 #creativecrushin
Playing with line style + thinking of new prints while I wait until it’s cold enough to wear a puffy jacket
Despite heartbreak this morning and major disappointments, I’m hopeful because of the historic gains women made last night in elections across the country. I’m so excited and thankful for @shariceforcongress and @deb4congressnm, the first Native American women to be elected to Congress. CONGRATULATIONS! This is progress. Indigenous voices must be heard.
OMW to the polls! Feeling really nervous and excited today. Please everyone, get out there, call your friends and family and make sure that they are doing the same! LA people, vote YES on 10 for affordable housing. Last minute voter guide in my bio. Last one for @logotv 💕
Tomorrow is the day that we take it back. Please please get out there and vote for officials who will stand with you and your community (and the propositions that can move us in the right direction!) We have the opportunity to have people in office who represent our values and identities in an unprecedented way. Our government doesn’t have to look like a homogenous group of old white men dictating how the rest of us are able to exist in this country. They wrote the rules, but we need to change them. The idea of voting as harm reduction resonates with me. Even if you live in a place where you aren’t ecstatic about your choices, vote for the person who is going to make organizing and activating the least difficult—someone who is more likely to support immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, Black lives, indigenous rights, climate justice, bodily autonomy, affordable housing, etc in your community. Made in collab with @logotv 💕
T-2 days til voting time. Vote for yourself and your community. None of these policies only affect one type of person or identity. We are interlinked and multidimensional. Vote like it. If you’re in LA, vote YES ON 10! Affordable housing is an issue that effects ALL of us. (PS just dropped a voting guide I like into my bio link) In collab with @logotv 💕