Members of the Okayplayer messageboards used to regularly make appreciation posts. The initial poster would start a thread and rattle off a list of things that made the subject of the post worth of appreciation. Others would chime in and add other great things about their online friend. I always liked appreciation posts since it was a welcomed break from all the hate on the boards.
In the vein of the Okayplayer appreciation post, I’m starting periodic appreciation posts of fellow bloggers, friends, family and anyone else I want to publicly acknowledge.
Last week, Rio emailed me telling me about an idea he had for a new digital drawing. He asked for a photo to use as a proxy for a model. Once I sent him a few that met his criteria, he got to work. A few days later, I found a cool portrait similar to the Jesus/Mary is my homeboy/homegirl drawings in my email inbox, except I’m the homegirl (finished “cindylu is my homegirl drawing”). Rio was also nice enough to make a lotería stlye card from a self-portrait I took at the beach (link). It was the first time he’d made a portrait of someone he’d never met. A couple months after that, we met up for ice cream and shopping at H&M in San Francisco.
I appreciate Rio not only ’cause he’s a badass artist. He also has a great sense of humor (check out his blog); knows how to tell a hell of a story (check out the ghetto Frida series); makes the best Valentine’s Day cards; makes time to get the best ice cream ever at Mitchell’s; and offers his protection from shady guys on the street.
I hope he does get some of his work printed on t-shirts. I’d be the first to buy one with the simple yet poignant illegal is beautiful piece.