Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tempt One fund-raising art show

I went to Represent, Represent!, a fund-raiser for graffiti artist Tony ‘Tempt’ Quan, who was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 2003, a disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness, ultimately resulting in paralysis. He couldn't be at the show become he is bedridden in hospital. The money was to enable his family to care for him at home. It's sad, mate!

The Seventh Letter / Known Gallery, Dissizit and Urb Magazine organized the event at Urb’s 2800 sq. ft. Culver City Gallery space (used to be the Scion Gallery). It was perhaps one of the largest gatherings of graffiti, street and contemporary artists ever assembled in one space, with over 125 artists contributing artwork for the cause including Barry McGee (Twist), Chaz
, Eklips, Estevan Oriol, Futura, Grime, Haze, Kaws, Mr. Cartoon, Reas, Retna, Saber, Shepard Fairey, Slick and Stash.

Every piece of art on display was for sale and Known Gallery also teamed up with Zune to produce 30 limited edition Tempt One Zune mp3 players and Slick to produce signed prints for the show.

I bought myself a Zephyr piece (he's ol' skool...he and Revolt did the Wildstyle logo) and a new, what's his name?

Who is Tempt?
I didn't know, but here's what the press say:

"Tempt is from the old school era, an original graffiti writer pioneering since the early ‘80s who is known for his keen eye for simplicity, clean hand styles and is respected for his dedication to the graffiti movement. He, along with Relic, conceived one of LA’s first graffiti magazines, Big Time.

Hospitalized for 19 months, those who love and care for Tempt are filled with the hope that he can return home to the loving care of his family, which will undoubtedly lift his spirits and strengthen his will to continue this war against ALS. Due to the seriousness of this disease, he will need special medical attention, around the clock nursing and equipment to sustain him in a home environment. This event will draw artists, collectors, agents, publishers, taste-makers and other industry professionals alike. All proceeds from event will be donated to the Quan family."

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