Last year me and Evan met a guy named Mick. Mick had an idea. It seemed a little… you know… out there. He told us about a man named Tony, a graffiti writer, who needed our help. He said Tony had a real bad disease. Said he couldn’t move a muscle, that the disease had only spared his eyes. Said maybe WE could help him to write again. And we were arrogant or foolish enough to think maybe, with the help of our friends, that we could.
But in the end, something unexpected happened. It was Easter and there was an actual miracle. Because at the end of the day, it was Tony who helped all of us: he helped us to know hope, showed us what it means to be strong, to be a survivor, to be a graffiti writer, to be alive. It was his father, mother, brother and crew who showed us the meaning of the word family. It was the Ebelings who showed us what it means to have a vision. It was through Tony’s eyes that we finally saw what graffiti was really all about.
So, consider this the beginning, these words an introduction. If you don’t already know him, let me tell you about my hero. His mama named him Tony. The streets crowned him Tempt. The disease said he was finished. But me and my crew, we call him the Eye Writer: a living legend, the first man to bomb with his eyes.
Stay tuned to FAT and GRL, in the next few weeks, to see the whole story, to learn more about TemptOne in his own words, to find out about the EyeWriter V1.0 and to become a part of the project to enable other heroes all over the world, surviving ALS, to once again make art.
First up: FAT Lab Venice, where Zach and Chris are pouring over Tempt’s eye data, analyzing, quantifying and coding — just generally getting their nerd on to the break of dawn improving the tracking, output and interface for the Eye Writer V1.0 custom software/hardware apparatus.
You can peep what they’re about here:
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Meanwhile, on a planet far, far away, called Downtown L.A., Tempt’s second family — Angst, Duke, Mural, Drase, Chaz and the rest of the K2S, STN and FB crew — are out laser bombing the Glory Church of Jesus Christ and repping their brother Tempt… cuz crew love is true love.
… Red Roth is back in Hong Kong knee deep in Dim Sum… Agent Watson is back in Amsterdam teaching the euro-terrorists of the future….
Me and LM4K found a great fish taco place and are working hard on our full body tans. Hey, Love Monkey you want another Pacifico? Well hell powder, dont mind if i do…
And TemptOne… Well, he is in Alhambra… being an inspiration to everyone who’s ever met him and resting those hungry eyes. See you tomorrow night T1.
GRL/FAT slaves to the L.A. grind since March 31st, 2009.
Behold! As Marvel marches each of our childhood comic heroes before the firing squad… The next head on the block: Wolverine, the prequel. He’s back, and this time — it’s “Dirt Style”!
A few screenshots for the weary…
Silver Surfer cameo:
Is this a Pink Floyd album cover:
First Michael Hutchence now Ryan Reynolds? How many more of our beloved entertainers will you take from us Autoerotic Asphyxiation?
Peep a sneak of the latest project-in-progress from the FAT Lab: a soon-to-be-mythical collab between Graffiti Research Lab, Theo Watson, Zach Leiberman, Chris Sugrue, The Ebeling Group and LA graffiti legend, TEMPT ONE.
YO Evan, Zach and Chris… you betta get ur asses out to Venice Beach. Me and Theo are already done and eatin all your fish tacos! YO ARS! Keep our Nica warm!
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