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When you’ve been hurt / or worked or worse / been told your truth’s a lie and cursed / it’s hard to find a light or lining shining in the dark. And so it seems those golden beams / that lift up others hopes and dreams / weren’t meant to reach or meet the needs / you keep inside your heart. Yet here you are alive aloud / and standing tall where others bowed / with broken bits you’ve braved and battled / battered tattered raged and rattled / rallied back and raised your fist / to tell the world that you exist / that no one’s going to steal your voice / or shake your faith / or take your choice / or make you feel you don’t belong / you’ve come too far / you’re way too strong / you’re made of those who came before / forged from stories long ignored / a roaring chorus / sure and grown / you’re a source of hope / let it be known / you walked through the fire / you shattered the stone / you’re the picture of power / and you’re not alone.
Thanks to everyone who came out this week to celebrate the launch of my Washington DC mural at @unionmarketdc for the @instagram #kindcomments campaign . Lots of kind faces and loving voices. Here is a small gallery of some of my favorite moments and some glimpses of the finished piece for those of you too far away to see it in person. If you’re in DC anytime soon stop by @unionmarketdc to have a look and a feel it’s right next to the @yokoonoofficial mural. If you’re not in the area why not reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see if we can paint a wall in your city. Big walls and full buildings preferred. I’ve tried to tag the photographers and artists in these pics. As always why not use this as an opportunity to make friends. Love abounds!
What a blast it was painting @unionmarketdc in Washington DC yesterday. The experience of putting up these monuments to love is becoming fully collaborative and like a dance or song it’s as much about the process as the finished piece. It’s refreshing to see little kids use colors I would never consider and it’s rewarding to watch adults who don’t regard themselves artists get to pick up a brush and leave a mark on their city. Thanks to everyone who joined in to help bring it to life and to my friends @instagram for allowing me to be a part of their #kindcomments campaign. I’ve tagged some of the photographers and artists in this gallery, I recommend exploring and making new friends. If I missed you, tag yourself below! If you’re in DC you should stop by and check it out. Pics of the finished piece and kickoff party will post soon. Jumping on a plane now. Anyone have any walls worth painting in Pittsburgh next weekend? Send a note to email@example.com let’s make magic!
To celebrate National Coming Out Day I partnered with @rudysbarbershop and @itgetsbetter to create this limited edition @baggu bag which comes with stickers and a copy of my tiny book of poems called “think about someone you love.” It’s up for purchase on the @rudysbarbershop store, so go pick one up and support @itgetsbetter in their efforts to provide outreach for teens in the LGBTQ community who’ve been bullied as a result of simply trying to be themselves. The world is an intense place and being maligned and put upon for who you are or who you want to love is no way to go through life. Let’s build a kinder and more accepting future for all! #ncod #nationalcomingoutday
Thanks to everyone big and small who came out today and helped paint a mural on the Union Market in Washington DC as part of the @instagram #kindcomments campaign. If you want to see it, it’ll be open this week, right next door to Yoko Ono’s mural. It was a truly collaborative experience and certainly wouldn’t have been possible without everyone jumping in and getting covered in paint. I’ll post a full gallery shortly but here is one of my favorites, me and a small yet seemingly invincible child named Gaia .
Hey Washington DC friends! Tomorrow (tues) starting around noon I’ll be painting a mural at Union Market as part of the @instagram #kindcomments campaign. If you’d like to come out and paint together I’d love to see you. Noon until the mural decides it’s finished. Bring a friend. Let’s color love and empathy and inclusion and diversity all over the nation’s capital! Also if you have fun places to see and visit and paint while I’m here, send a message! Pic by @ps_arts
Made some colorful chaos this morning with a bunch of amazing kids at the @ps_arts fundraiser. Truly impressive cause with so many wonderful folks involved. Thanks to @yoobi for supplying the chalk and all the kids big and small for supplying the inspiration! Off to Washington DC tomorrow for more murals. Details soon!
Los Angeles friends and families. I’ll be painting a mural tomorrow inside an airplane hangar in Santa Monica as part of the annual @ps_arts “express yourself” charity fundraiser. @ps_arts is a wonderful organization that provides arts education for underserved communities and they are putting on an amazing event with me as the artist in residence. What an honor! I believe they still have some tickets left so go check out the link on their page for all the info. Stop by tomorrow starting at 11a with your kids/friends/dogs/neighbors and paint and share some joy. Love to see you!
You’re a powerful poem / you’re a song and a smile / you’re a wish and a wonder / you’re a miracle child. Some friends and I painted pastel poetry on the walls of Chicago this week. Here are some of my favorite photos of the day. Follow the tags to make friends with the artists and photographers who joined in. Thanks to @instagram for helping put this #kindcomments tour together and to @toms for hosting. Each city we’ve visited we’ve been partnering with a local charity or community organizer in need of support. Seeing as its national bullying prevention month @pacer_nbpc seemed like a great fit. They actually founded bullying prevention month over ten years ago and have been working with schools across the US to ensure safe and encouraging places for students to learn. Please check them out to see how you can help advance their cause. We will be in Washington DC painting on Tuesday at the union market, if you want to come join in. I’ll have times shortly!
Yesterday in Chicago a bunch of lovely people gathered to help me paint messages of love and hope on the walls of the city for the @instagram #kindcomments Campaign . If you’re in the area today, stop by 1611 N Damen in wicker park around 2:30/3 to see the finished piece. We will be there celebrating until around 4p, then off to DC next! Pic by @hannahhmae___
Years ago I wrote a book for my son and began a wild journey around the world. Today is my sons moms birthday. If you have ever enjoyed anything posted here please know that it wouldn’t exist without @shansossamon so why not go share some birthday love with her. She’s magic!
Chicago friends. I’ll be there tomorrow to paint some messages of love and understanding on the walls of your city. With this week starting as it has, I hope to be able to share some small bit of light in the darkness. If you’d like to come out and color along, talk, think, feel, laugh, cry or watch from afar I’ll be at 1611 n Damen ave in wicker park starting tomorrow after 2p. Thank you.
Had a great day in Dallas Texas celebrating the @instagram #kindcomments campaign with a lovely bunch of humans. Next mural is in Chicago on the 3rd and 4th if you want to come paint and play! Details soon! Each stop we will be celebrating a local charity as well as a local artist inspiring change. @trusted_world is helping to supply long term hurricane relief and rebuild efforts and is definitely worth supporting. Follow the tags to explore the artists, families and magic makers who helped bring this to life.
Painted in the rain all morning with a big group of new friends in Dallas Texas. I’ll have a gallery of pictures to share soon. It’s all part of the @instagram #kindcomments campaign painting inspirational murals in cities around the world. If you’re in Dallas stop by 2649 Main Street tomorrow starting at 10:30a for the kickoff event. We will be coming to Chicago and Washington DC next. Thanks to everyone who skipped school and work to come color in the rain, love abounds!
Hey Dallas Texas I’m here painting murals for the @instagram #kindcomments campaign. I’ll be painting tomorrow starting around noon if you want to come join otherwise stop by for the celebration on Saturday from 11a-1p. 2649 Main Street, deep ellum. Also if you have fun and interesting things for me to do while I’m here please dm .