Friday, June 24, 2011

BLOG MOVED


I will now be blogging mostly about my jouney becoming a healing
I just started training and I LOVE IT - my arms are outstretched ready to recieve and EXCITED for this new chapter of my life...

if you have art inquires email wrenagadeinkproject@gmail.com THANKS
Be well,
Wren


Friday, June 17, 2011

so many things i could say but instead...

Im in a wonderful place in life right now but ima keep it so unpersonal no wrenagade rant kind of a closed book when it comes to the internet - but always down to share about the MUSIC!!!! so you know for the most part i like positive musica mostly made by some folks im honored to call friends but recently i have been appreciating commercial musica for what it is...Beyonce and Lil Wayne have fame for a reason and whether they are overated to some or not really doesn't matter to me when i am looking for music to make me feel a certain way... So with that said {despite having an association with this white boi gold teeth wearing wanna be New Orleans from Oakland asswhole that I associate with lil wayne cause he's stuck in a middle school mentality obsessed with the hot boys and jordans} I am a Lil Wayne FAN in this moment...it all started with this song:

the lyrics the sensitivity and complexity are refreshing!
hella music makers could take notes...I know i am

n despite {tim westood?} annyoing ness of interviewing {maybe thats me just sick of white people thinking they no hip hop more then the next} this interview in terms of Lil Wayn's feeling towards music was on point - shows his HEART:


oh and this song - I don't care how many dumb songs this man has when he makes heart felt songs he goes in...(mind you i still have a love hate relationship with artists like him)

anyways Love you all Love myself a tad bit more cause to Love you gotta know and I know me...
-Wren

PS Locks are sexy and i miss seeing them everyday...


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Are you impressed???

via 38notes.com

Friday, June 3, 2011

Video: Kev Choice: "Are You Impressed?"


Oakland’s maestro Kev Choice is back with a video for “Are You Impressed?” from his latest effort, The Power of Choice. The pianist, producer, bandleader and emcee dons conductor’s tails and jams with a few of his band members and Ms. Netta Brielle as he attempts to woo a young lady.

Kev is quite accomplished, and he uses this to his advantage when trying to attract the interest of a beautiful woman. While most rappers try to stunt and use the “Biatch” mating call, Kev opts for showcasing his cultured and well-rounded life. He travels the globe doing what he loves, but is also firmly rooted in the community and his responsibility as a father. “A pretty hot commodity, rock with a community / You gotta go to Alaska to find a dude as cool as me.” He clearly also has hip-hop’s requisite bravado on tap.

Check out the Samm Styles and Brian Storm directed video, and check out a couple other cuts from The Power of Choice on our February and March editions ofThe Bay Abridged.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fly (mama) Artista: Sarah Kolker







Greetings,
Introducing Sarah Kolker. This blog entry is long overdue I have been inspired by this lovely ladies art ever since I met her at one of her art shows in New York (2007). Since then she has grown as an artist developing other mediums and she has now been a Mama, raising the beautiful lil Purple.
as well as newly certified as a yoga instructor. It has been a blessing to be surrounded by the force that is SARAH KOLKER and I wanted to share of the amazingness she creates with all of you.

In most of Sarah's art she blends portraits with words to make meaningful pieces that make you think. The one below was used in her show at Guerilla Cafe. What speaks to me about this piece is its clever, its bold, and it makes a topic that is mostly one of frustration from a womans perspective of being objectified, into something that makes you laugh. That right their is the reason her art is very healing, and deeper than the surface.


I adore this image, blending words and her stylized portraits in a very sweet way...
Her art is also wearable and she had a number of screen printed designs - one of which i am sporting as i travel thru the midwest, that reads: Fight like Buddha - Meditate with her visuals to make the meaning even stronger.

this particular screen print seen in the picture above as she makes it is a portrait of her daughter: Purple. As a fellow artist i love watching the process of creation, developement of craft and how life rains into the picture as our life takes different paths. Below is a piece very much right on time as Sarah ventures and swims deep into the world of yoga and body healing.







You can follow her on Twitter twitter @kolks
And look her up if your any type of healing space that need a yoga instructor she is just begining this journey and need this local community to support.
Much Love,
-Wren










Sunday, May 22, 2011

"I got my reasons" is an anthem



photo taken by Wrenagade of Emcee Plane Jane in Richmond California 2010
When someone judges you and you keep it moving
{i got my reasons}
If I show random acts of kindness
{i got my reasons}
If I decide to travel and be nomadic
{i got my reasons}
This is for anyone that adores music, especially Hip Hop,
But anyone that mainly enjoys music that tells stories,
Music from the heart,
Music that expresses pain,
Music that gives voice to the Struggle.

I could go on more but i won't {i got my reason}
I sometimes offer little explanation {i got my reasons}
I ain't never met a good cop n i say fuck the Police {i got my reasons}
I left Oakland for a little

I want to see more women in Power
{i got my reasons}
I want to see more women of color Empowered
{i got my reason}
I know this LADY SPITTAS MOVEMENT is gonna be fly
{i got my reasons.

If i haven't made it CLEAR: {i got my reasons}
is an anthem

Plane Jane: is an emcee who has many reasons to pour out her soul into every song she makes, with this song/video she has done a beautiful job of just that. I have had the honor of working with her in a creative way, }performing with and getting behind the lense to shoot her} and I look forward to many more projects to come with this amazing talented WOMAN.





Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beauty is Life


If you don't already know I am in the process of becoming a tattoo artist, and one way of becoming apart of this world is my project called wrenagadeinkproject...I won't share too much because it is all very hush hush untill finished but I will share a lil photo from one of the recent photo shoots I did. This is a youth that is the program Youth Spirit Artworks that I was going hard in the paint for a while back. She is from the town, and emcee and all around fly sister who has "beauty is Life" tatted across her chest. Recently she told me that her cousin was shot and in the hospital in critical condition, so you know her life is filled with some challenges yet she is still able to rise above. She like many positive women I am surrounded by inspires me immensely and I thank her for being her and doing all that she does at a young age, she holds it down. Keep Your Head up lil sis and keep Smiling!!!!

heres a rough version on the song i recorded - Forever moving forward!:::
Yesaterday:::
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_6480775

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

introducing Z MAN


Above is a picture i recently took of ZMan in action at EAR PEACE RECORDS
Doo Do DO Doooo you know ZZZZMAN? well then you aint sleeping on this talented brutha. I was introduced to his music thru Melina Jones. Since then I been a fan. He's always bringing something different and he has really good ju ju (hella funny too)

Heres a video of him check it



check back for some wrenagade x Zman collabo's

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My open letter to anyone who has ever loved me

First off that's a dramatic title i hope i have your attention. This is not a letter to ex boy friends if it was i could save it for one person. This is to anyone who has ever known me (not my art or music but me) cause to know me is to love me. Even if I have told you a lot recently you have no idea of what I am going through lately, this is not to worry you but to give you some perspective. Whenever you put yourself in other peoples shoes (with the intention of showing empathy) there is always the likelyhood you will start to feel judgemental and say to yourself something like (if i were here i would be doing this that and the other). As of right now for reasons i will disclose only in person I have a huge task on my plate and no one can help me but me. However I know that to help myself I need to surround myself with certain people. Healing people, loving people, non violent people, and people that don't lie, cheat, flake, and overall consistency is needed: don't say one thing and do another. I recently (yesterday) just ended two friendships with people who I cared deeply about, but when i look back...we may have had some wonderful conversations, i may enjoyed there company, but after the drinks wore off or the blunt was smoked they were never there for me. I would have done anything for these two people and did at times, drop everything in my life for them, and they didnt have the decency to send a four word txt before ghosting after laying down a whole lot of plans with me.
I am not at all bitter, despite the last few sentences of venting. I am glad I gave whole heartedly in my friendship that what makes me, me. You ain't never had a friend like me if i put you in my inner circle (like the drummers at pow wow) i will honor you and be nothing but loyal.
Anyway I have nothing to my name, and I can't walk, and because of that my job situation is questionable because almost everything i know how to do that i get consistantly paid for is on my feet. So i am homeless, but i am full of love, inspired, and driven like nobodies business. This is a test that i have been studying for my whole life, so although i may fall and I know ill rise and be so much stronger for it.
Yesterday despite better judgment after chilling by the water i rolled by a friends house, who i knew was going thru some things. This is a friend who confuses the fuck out of me. Shes' hella cool, and sometimes I am inspired by her But she continues to say one thing and do another, which i have a low tolerance for. At first I assumed it was her busy nomadic lifestyle and I gave her hella slack, but I realize it is her, just how she lives life, that confuses me. If I work with you on a busines level and you flake on your aggrements, and then you we kick it on a personal tip and you flake to, I begin to loose respect, unless you communicate clearly. But saying, I need to spend lots and lots of time with you, lets chill friday, okay i flaked sunday? okay i flaked again...after all that history doesn't work for me. And it makes me do things like listen to my homegirl and pop up on you un announced. 1 cause im worried that your isolating the fuck out yourself and only talking to people who don't really see you, and previuosly made comments from you like "i adore you" and things of this nature would have made me think we were that type of friends that could just check in, and 3 cause i this point i aint got nothing to loose. and lastly I am from a culture where we stop by and say hi, and lastly i ain't got a car no more so if im in yo area ima knock on your door, and second lastly I am leaving oakland and made the mistake of thinking that mattered to you and you would want to say bye, despite whatever funk you was in. I could blame it on my homegirl but I take full responsiblity for my actions. You. need to learn basic communication skills and stop playing victim to the world when things don't go your way. Lifes tought but i know a handle of people including myself who have had to deal when there closest friends and family members where shot and killed so rise above and tell the folks who care what you need clearly or they won't care. I am saying this from a place of knowing because I have lost many friends from ghosting on them without explanation and I might see them from time to time but it will never be the same.
Im sick of people thinking i am overeacting when I am the one getting dissed, but if everything in there world doesn't go perfect they go bad on people, usually me who for some reason decides to take on responsibility for peoples well being knowing damn well they would never do the same, and if they ever came close would guilt the fuck out of me for it (when i never guilt trip of hold shit over people).
I have learned to not so much listen to what people tell you they are, but what people show you they are. I give people a lot of slack, from my mama, my sister, to the people i choose to love. But there ar ecertain things that are unforgivable.
If you don't show me basic respect, you don't have the right to worry, or know anything about my life, and i will don't save a place when i make it to where im headed.
If you don't hear from me you have no one to blame but yourself, you have either been very disloyal, treated me in away i decided was harmful to my evolution or dangerouse for my health, or i just don't enjoy your company anymore.

Much Love,
Wren

Friday, January 7, 2011

for the lady spittas


for the lady spittas, originally uploaded by wrenrobb.

this is a part of the piece of working on for LADY SPITTAS its ROCKY RIVERA aka EYEASAGE aka Ms. Krish I wanted to share it on here because she is one of the reasons i started this blog a few years back. Much Love. xoxo