Florida based artist Michael Vasquez is an artist that needs no introduction. If you know what’s up, you know what’s up. His ability to express subculture reality through paint mediums is mind blowing and I recently had the opportunity to build with him about his creative endeavors. A truly inspirational painter who expresses that his art is much deeper than the strokes laid out on canvas. Peep the interview after the jump.
So in a previous post, I reviewed what seemed to be a preview of Sean in story mode. I expressed my opinions on how they’ve could’ve potentially constructed him but there was no official word from Capcom whether or not he was going to be an official playable character. Well….since I’m into everything underground, I knew it would be a matter of time until a genius modification was created by a hacker. This particular mod uses Ken as the base, so it’s Sean with all of Kens signature moves. Overall I think it’s a pretty good mod but I’d like to see him a bit more fit and in his traditional yellow Gi. Check below to see him in action.
So initially when I heard Tekken 7 was being released, I wasn’t excited what so ever because I haven’t followed up with the series since their 5th installment. I always thought it was a good fighting game but I was always distracted with Capcom releases. When they announced that Akuma from the Street Fighter series would be featured in the game, it caught my attention but I was upset at first because I was already disappointed with Street Fighter’s latest drops and to hear that they are sharing one of their signature characters had me looking sideways. Now after seeing him in action and the overall gameplay for the game, it’s looking like Tekken 7 might give Street Fighter 5 a run for their money. Come on Capcom, how are you going to let another game company make your character look better than yours? Hey it’s just my opinion but the graphics + visuals are looking savvy and way more realistic as compared to Street Fighter 5’s cartoony presentation. I’ll admit, the recent updates, character releases & graphic touch ups are bringing back some hope for SFV a tad bit but overall the visual presentation in Tekken 7 is looking official. Not to mention, Bandai Namco announced that it will be available for PC via Steam.
With the recent tragic death of Alton Sterling, it brought me to another intimate point of self reflection where I analyze how a community is constantly being subjugated, taken advantage of, criticized then in the same breath, forced to accept it’s culture to be imitated & sold right back to them from those outside the community. This image says a lot to me, I am an independent artist who has humbly contributed to the underground and independent community and has continuously witnessed fellow creatives copied, replicated and given absolutely no credit for their contribution and/or originality. How many legends and potential legends have to die before they receive their recognition? Or is it much easier for them to die so that big brother can capitalize off their ingenuity? This image is a representation of the many deaths & unrecognized street hearts who still rock out for the love. I got much respect for you Kaws but if you really are inspired by the streets + graffiti culture, then you know this image is strictly out of love and homage for those who paved the way. #TheStreets #TheOriginalBootleg