Good evening ladies and gentlemen. How’s everybody doing tonight?
Last Saturday was one of the most festive nights in San Diego as people congregated in every boozy establishment to pay their respect to Saint Patrick. Some raggers paid so much homage to Pat, even the cops pulled up. Which made me wonder, why do people drop so much cash on admission fees to San Diego Zoo when there’s so much wildlife to observe for free in downtown. There’s just something about watching two inebriated souls kicking game at one another that’s mad funny. From what I gathered, the theme of the night was something along the line of… unity & copulation. And perhaps in some rare cases, even a start to a beautiful relationship? But in any case, I hope every one of my peoples found their soulmate on Saturday night or for a night. To each his own.
As the night grew old, a friend of mine, who accompanied me on my Saint Patty quest suggested we check out a project that he had worked on for Pendry Boutique Hotel in Gaslamp. And after managing to skirt our way pass security, I got a bit distracted. There was man that caught my eye. The man whose voice had blared inside my headphones every morning on my way to school. The man whose spoken word permeated my teenage mind and made me fall in love with hip-hop and its culture.
There he was, his image, hanging on the display window of Spencer Couture Art Gallery, luring me inside the boutique.
So without further ado,
I’d like to welcome to the blog, the lyrically acclaimed.
I like this young man, because, when he came out, he came out with the phrase, he went from ashy to classy.
I like that, so everybody in the house, give a warm, round of applause for…
Sky’s the Limit | Spencer Couture
Truthfully, I am not well-versed in visual art of any kind. I appreciate and value its significance but more often than not, I fail to grasp some of the nuances and carefully crafted details that embody an art piece. But shout out to the gallery host (my apologies for forgetting your name) who really came through and was kind enough to school me on Pop Art and gave me a brief introduction to the artist & owner of the gallery – Spencer Couture.
Originally from Boulder Colorado, Spencer Couture is a self-taught artists, specializing in spray paint Urban Pop Art. Growing up in Boulder, he was heavily influenced by the rise of Street Art Movement in 1980, and credits his inspiration to urban artists such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Jason Pollock, Pose and others. In February 2018, Couture opened his first solo gallery at the Pendry Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Learning the fact that Spencer is from Colorado definitely made more sense as to why he gravitated towards street art. Because I’ve been blessed with opportunities to travel to Denver on several occasions and street art & graffiti was always one of my most admired elements of the city. The music scene and the night life is quite an adventure as well.
As I circled further along about the gallery, I came across, another piece, Legends Never Die by Spencer Couture. The painting depicts the following artist (traveling clockwise) who have made a legendary impact in hip-hop culture: Nate Dogg, Jam Master Jay, Eazy-E, Big Pun, Big L, Tupac, Phife Dawg, and Notorious B.I.G.
Legends Never Die | Spencer Couture
This piece definitely tugs on my heart string as it floods my mind with so many sentimental memories of my first few years growing up in Southern California as an immigrant kid from Russia and being in complete awe of hip-hop. Although, I can’t front, I’m not very familiar Phife Dawg so I may have to carve out some time to run through his catalog.
I haven’t posted on the blog in a very long time so I’m glad I stumbled upon Spencer Couture’s Art Gallery because it made me realize how much talented artist we have out here in San Diego that don’t get a lot of shine. It’s kind of a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing in a sense that San Diego is so much more low-key as opposed to LA, where every artist seems to want to be in to jump start their entertainment career. It’s a curse, especially when I hear people say that San Diego nightlife is kind of wack, and we don’t have a lot of artist that rep for our city (at least on a national level). But there are a lot of hidden gems out here in my city, you just have to know where to look.
And speaking of hidden gems, Spencer had another art piece, of an art piece herself. An actress and model Emily Ratajkowski who happens to be from San Diego (born in London). Personally, I have never met her but she’s very well known among my cohort and had worked very hard to make household name for herself in the entertainment industry.
EmRata | Spencer Couture
But on the other hand, like my man Slug says…
“It sucks that you think where I’m from is wack
But as long as that’s enough to keep your ass from coming back
And with a smile and a hint of sarcasm, he said
I beg your pardon but this is my secret garden” 😉
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