Monday, December 23, 2013

Artist Spotlight: £¥£ G∆†O

£¥£ G∆†O aka Jose Gustavo Zamarripa-Munoz, used to curate the Tin Can before Magic Brotherhood. He left to the Bay Area and now is back and putting together an amazing solo exhibition opening Tuesday, January 14... at Tin Can of course! I got to sit down with £¥£ G∆†O to discuss his work, his time in the Bay Area, and his upcoming show •• H∆†CH •• .

                                    MagicBrotherhood: First and foremost, you've got a solo show coming up Tuesday January 14 at the Tin Can. Can you talk a little bit about the work that ill be exhibited? 

£¥£ G∆†O: I’m really excited to display some of the collaborations that were created over the last year in the Bay Area. All the work is a product of mix media, found objects and recycled art. I was really inspired by the street art in the Bay Area as well as the new friendships I developed at work. It [the body of work] was really challenging, as most of this pieces were collaborations. Every single artist approached a new angle, a new challenge, a new set of eyes and growth.

MB: What was the inspiration for the show's name, H∆†CH?

£: The last art piece that I created before I moved back [to San Diego] is called Hatch and just simply describes how I feel about my art at this moment. The Bay Area had a great impact on my life; it felt like I was breaking out of an eggshell. I experienced a new side of my art there that I never had before.

MB: You work with many different types of mediums. When did you first begin making art? Did the mediums you used initially inspire you to try other forms of artmaking?

£: As a kid I used to doodle the Ninja Turtles on my bedroom walls. That’s one of my most fond memories of doing art. Later in life I would recreate some of my favorite cartoon characters with paper and pencil. It wasn’t until 2004 that I was able to let my imagination flow on paper. My main tools throughout the first years were paper, ink and pencil. The art got more experimental after I went to college, [inspired] by my peers and art teachers. Every new medium has brought a new approach to try something crazier without limits.

MB: You are the former curator of the Tin Can, I am so happy that you're doing this show and we're meeting! Did that experience o putting together art shows influence your own practice at all? Did you have a good time curating?

£: I’m also very stoked to meet you and happy to see how creative you been with the shows you have curated.

  Every single art show has been an unforgettable experience.  I always had a great time working with new musicians and artists. Each show had a great impact on my life and has definitely influenced my growth as an artist and curator.
MB: What type of art were you making while in the Bay Area?

£: A lot of mixed media, recycled, street art, some digital photography, collaborations!!!

MB: Who are some of your favorite artists? Favorite local artists?
Favorite musicians?

£: Alex Pardee, Skinner, Gats, Sawmpy, Nicholas Di Genova, Camille Rose Garcia, Guyletattoer, Space Invader, Audrey Kawasaki, Cannondill , Monster Aesthetics just to name a few.

Favorite local artist: Mathew Land, Rogers, King Tubb, Bills Kills All, Fungus, Justin Cota, Chikle ,  Eddy Berducido.

Favorite musicians : Gloomsday, Primitive Noyes, Mystery Cave, Killer Swan.

MB: What can we look forward to from £¥£ G∆†O?

£: Clothing line, zines, prints, patches, coloring book, stickers, sculptures, maybe some tattooing, surprises, and plenty of new art work.

For more info on £¥£ G∆†O visit:

Friday, December 20, 2013


Check out what Magic Brotherhood has been up to! Follow us on Etsy and who knows, maybe you'll find something you can't live without!
Aaaand just a heads up, rush delivery available for last minute holiday shopping.... :)

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Super duper excited about this big holiday craft trade coming up at Tin Can. Tuesday December 10, at 9 pm, bring something you've crafted for a chance to sell or trade with other artists! And while you're there be sure to grab yourself some Doods Foods and catch Shiva Trash, performing at 10 pm.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Magic Brotherhood presents Survivors of Rape Art Benefit

I am so excited to announce that Magic Brotherhood is curating a benefit (our very first!) next week for the Center for Community Solutions (CCS). The show will feature seven artists, all who are donating a portion of their art profits to the center, and additionally there will be an opportunity to make direct donations to CCS.

CCS was established in 1969, and every year are able to help over 30,000 people heal from and prevent relationship and sexual violence. They operate San Diego's only rape crisis center as well as a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. They host emergency domestic violence shelters and provide legal and counseling services for people affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. They continually strive to be "a catalyst for caring communities and social justice" and to prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS is an amazing organization, and though we all hope to never be in situations where we may need to call on them, it is an invaluable resource to know is out there.

We hope that you will come out and support CCS on Tuesday November 12 at the Tin Can!

The event begins at 9 pm and there will be live music provided by San Diego bands California 666 and Artifact.

Artwork in the show provided by Jenna Bogorad, Sean Burdeaux, Tessa Cady, Valerie Hall, Ashlona Hinjosa, Sarah Jane, Robert Khasho, and Danica Molenaar. See you there!

For more information on the Center for Community Solutions, visit their website.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Artist Spotlight: JT RHOADES

JT Rhoades is a photographer from North County San Diego. I've seen him at just about every show I've been to in the past year, always in the middle of the crowd, always with camera in hand. JT doesn't just take pictures of bands. JT has the ability to capture live action shots that convey the energy and intensity of the moment they were taken.

The opening of his solo exhibition, DOUBLE EXPOSURE, will be a chance for viewers to experience a collection of some of these incredible photos. The opening night will be at Tin Can, Tuesday October 8 at 9 pm, accompanied by DJ Mikey Ratt spinning heavy jams and live music by The Lumps, the funnest, coolest punk band in San Diego.
Magic Brotherhood sat down to chat with JT about his artwork, and well, here it is----

 MAGIC BROTHERHOOD: JT, I'm stoked you're having an art show at the Tin Can coming up on Tuesday, October 8th
You're going to be showing photographs as well as some cut-out wood photos in this show. What is your background with your medium? 

JT RHOADES: I've only had a small background with wood as a medium, making small 8x10 resined photos. This was a idea that formed from some pieces I've seen before, and some ideas being tested out with my friend Riley.MB: Your work is so reminiscent of psychedelic rock and roll, and also skate culture. Do you think it would be possible for your work to be made outside of Southern California?  

JT: For sure. I believe it's being done everywhere. I've traveled on trips in the US skateboarding with friends and have seen a lot of stuff that inspires me to do different things.

MB: What inspired you to start making the cut-out wood pieces? 

JT: I've been trying to come up with ways of how to present my photos. Framing is just too normal. Resin photos on wood have always caught my eye, and after making a few square ones I wanted to see something different, so I started shaping the wood to the subject in the photo. It was an idea that seemed epic.MB: It does seem epic, can't wait to see it in person! What can we expect to see next from you, JT?   

JT: I have tons of ideas and a ton of stuff going on.  A music book could be cool if I could get on a few tours with rad bands and also go to some epic festivals. I really wanna make a coffee table book also, just interesting photos of my friends and stuff. As long as I keep moving, shooting some film, hanging with my friends, I'll have something getting planned out.

MB: Who are some of your favorite artists/musicians?
 JT: I'm a huge fan of all types of music. Sleep, Earthless, BB King , John Lee Hooker, Ghetto Boys, Scott H Biram. My favorite bands though are my friends, local bands like Harsh Toke, Sacri Monti, Joy, Arctic.
JT Rhoades' solo exhibition DOUBLE EXPOSURE opens at the Tin Can on Tuesday, October 8th at 9 pm.
No cover, 21+ 
DJ Mikey Ratt 

Monday, September 16, 2013


Magic Brotherhood's sister start-up LIVE / WORK is now up and running!

Magic Brotherhood's new decor and organizing identity LIVE/WORK is now available for booking -- whether it be your home, office, garage, or studio spaces that need some T.L.C. (or maybe even a huge overhaul!), contact LIVE/WORK to help make your space functional, efficient, and somewhere you will WANT to spend your time. Why wait?

LIVE/WORK Facebook
website coming soon!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Artist Spotlight: IEN LEVIN

Ien Levin is one of my new favorite artists, check him out here.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


The insanely talented artists of Broken Heart Tattoo (Sky, Chowdah Bowl, and Soda Pop) are showcasing some of their drawings and paintings this coming Tuesday night at the Tin Can.

Please join us at The League of Gentlemen opening, 9 pm, Tuesday, August 13th.
Art, music, cocktails, and of course Doods Foods.

21+  |  no cover.

I just got an amazing tattoo from Sky a couple of days ago, so be sure to get a peak at the opening! He did an amazing job, thank you Sky!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Op?

During the early 1960's a fateful convergence between mod fashion and the Op art movement happened. The explosion of this style was so fast and so popular that often times, people don't realize that the artists creating the original work were never recognized. In fact most of them were completely against the commercial exploitation of their work.

Bridget Riley, the op artist who created the image above, tried to sue a well-known designer for infringement after seeing one of her designs on his dresses, but was sadly, unsuccessful.

textile designed by Barbara Brown for Heals

There were however, a few textile companies during the 1960's such as Heal's, Edinburgh Weavers and Hull Traders that commissioned and credited artists who designed textile prints. These fabrics were used in furniture as well as fashion.

Op Art-inspired fashion did not stay en vogue long, it was preceded by the late 60's psychedelic, organic patterns. And while I firmly believe credit should be given to artists when it is due, suffice to say I have been really inspired by this Op fashion lately:

André Courrèges

For more info on Op Art

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Thank you everyone who came out to Ake's show on Tuesday! Thanks also to the Tin Can for holding it down as always, California666 for playing their awesome jams, and of course to Ake for putting together a killer show.
Ake's art will be up the rest of the month so go check it out!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Artist Spotlight: AKE ARNDT

Arist Ake Arndt performing as Operation:MINDBLOW

Ake Arndt’s upcoming solo exhibition, “Sorry I Didn’t Know You Had a Condition” opens Tuesday, July 9th at the Tin Can and will feature a collection of Arndt’s past work as well as several never-before-seen paintings.
Arndt has been a part of the art and local skateboarding scene for the last 15 years, his most recognizable work being a distinct collection of show and event fliers. He initially began making fliers for his own band several years ago, collaging images together by hand, but not long after other bands took an interest in his work and he began making fliers for their shows as well. Much of the fliers he creates now are vibrant digital collage that pay homage to the Surrealist, Pop, and psychedelic art movements.
Arndt’s homage to the psychedelic extends beyond 2-D artwork. He also performs in “an all analog liquid light show” known as Operation:MINDBLOW with partner Josh Bohannon. The duo produces bright, hallucinogenic backdrops for live shows with the use of overhead projectors, oils, and dyes, and have worked with several music festivals and shows in and around southern California.
In addition to the work Arndt is displaying Tuesday night at Tin Can, he will also be performing with heavy psych project California666 around 10 pm. "Sorry I Didn't Know You Had a Condition" opens July 9th at Tin Can and is sure to be a trippy and spectacular occasion. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more info, email Ake Arndt:

Check out more Ake here.