SF, 1998.

I strive to be like the sun in the middle of the solar system with all the planets spinning around it – millions of things going on. It’s just sitting there being the sun, but exerting gravitational effect on everything. I think man should look at himself that way.

- RZA - from The Tao of Wu

Lilian Bond.


My homie Estevan Oriol.  Willie T photo.

Classic skateboard graphics by Jim Phillips.

Fear is a state of nervousness only fit for children. Men should not fear. The only thing man should fear is God. To fear anything other than God is to offend God.

- Marcus Garvey

SF, 1997.

1950 Mercury Coupe.

Truth out of season bears no fruit.

- Meng-tzu

Estevan Oriol photo.

In London with Stylo, 1997.

You are Wu-Tang. If you ever stood on a mountain or by an ocean and felt a deep connection, a vast infinite presence inside you, you felt it: what Taoists call Oneness, Muslims call Allah, others call God.

- RZA - from The Tao of Wu

1982 Chevy Malibu Classic station wagon.

On retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh’s community in southern France, 2005.

Jason Siegel X Mike Giant

The mind has to be empty to see clearly.

- J. Krishnamurti

Trevelin.  Estevan Oriol photo.

Kase2 RIP.

Kien Lieu.

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.

- Terence McKenna

Phil Shao RIP.

My grandmother and father in front of dad’s ‘49 Chevy panel truck, 1982.

SF, 1996.  Collaboration with Kelly Krantz.

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.

- Pema Chodron

John Groholski.  Glen Friedman photo.

SF, 1995.

For the freedom of my 22 million black brothers and sisters here in America, I do believe that I have fought the best that I know how, and the best that I could, with the shortcomings that I have had…I know that societies often have killed people who have helped to change those societies. And if I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America then, all of the credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine.

- Malcolm X

Harrison Ford and Sean Young in Bladerunner.

Emeryville, CA, 1995.

Jason Siegel X Mike Giant.

Property is theft. Nobody “owns” anything. When you die, it all stays here.

- George Carlin

Ray Barbee, 1990.


Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase “Form is emptiness.” That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase “Emptiness is form.” One should not think that these are two separate things.

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo - from Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai


My mom in 1972.

Jason Siegel X Mike Giant.

The monkey body has carried us to this moment of release, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination.

- Terence McKenna

Estevan Oriol photo.

Dreaming of lowriders…

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know
…nothing ever really attacks us except our own confusion. Perhaps there is no solid obstacle except our own need to protect ourselves from being touched. Maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. But what we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. It just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.

- Pema Chodron

Terry Barensten photo.

Wes Lang.

Todd “Reas” James, 1994.

Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.

- George Carlin

Shepard Fairey.

One Shot painters enamel on tracing paper sketches mounted to canvas, 24x36”, 2012.

In China there was once a man who liked pictures of dragons, and his clothing and furnishings were all designed accordingly. His deep affection for dragons was brought to the attention of the dragon god, and one day a real dragon appeared before his window. It is said that he died of fright. He was probably a man who always spoke big words but acted differently when facing the real thing.

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo - from Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai

Severe for Tribal, 1993.

Black Panthers in Seattle.

In Southern Rhodesia the hemp plant is used as a remedy for malaria, blackwater fever, blood poisoning, anthrax and dysentery and as a ‘war medicine’.

- from Green Gold: Marijuana in Magic and Religion by Chris Bennett, Lynn Osburn and Judy Osborn

Reyes, SF.

Todd “Reas” James, 1994.

When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality.

- Pema Chodron

Mike Giant X Cinelli.

Alex Grey.


There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to all things.

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo - from Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai


With Dad in the backyard, upstate NY, 1973.

Boulder, CO, 2014.  Anarchivist photo.

What the Archaic Revival means is shamanism, ecstacy, orgiastic sexuality, and the defeat of the three enemies of the people. And the three enemies of the people are hegemony, monogamy and monotony!

- Terence McKenna

Hajime Sorayama

Joker IHU.

Throughout the ancient world Ethiopia was referred to as the “Divine Land,” or “Land of Incense,” and it was thought to be the home of the gods. The hashish of Ethiopia is generally considered to be superior to that of the Nile Delta. Soil, temperature and humidity make a big difference. Ethiopia played such an important role in history that it was mentioned as being the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:12-13).

- From Green Gold: Marijuana in Magic and Religion by Chris Bennett, Lynn Osburn and Judy Osborn

Steve Caballero and Lance Mountain.


We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who’s right and who’s wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don’t like about our associates or our society.

- Pema Chodron

Huey Newton.

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