"Daydream" a mural by Joe C. Rock in cooperation with the Gateway playa art project and the City of Reno. Joe creates a backdrop for the Reno Playa Art Park , his mural evokes the surreal feeling that Burning man brings up in our hearts and minds, the "daydream" we all encounter on and off the playa . The images are based off of photographs by Mark Hammon and Debbie Wolf (local burning man photographers) taken on playa. The main image , a couple just married In front of the desert landscape are also representative of Reno and the Nevada landscape in general.
This piece was painted in the 3rd annual Circus Circus 24 hr mural competition for the in Reno, Nv. It depicts A portrait of Samuel Clemens and his brother Orion Clemens flanked by a mountain bluebird feather and a civil war era sword.on top of their heads sits a mineral full of gold and silver, the gold half forms a landscape of Virginia City in the 1860's. In the sky behind them sit Halley's comet and Orion's belt. Samuel Clemens was born and died under Halley's comet living an exciting and meaningful life during that 75 year span. In the early 1860's Orion was appointed as Secretary to the Nevada Territory under Lincoln's request. Eager to leave the segregated and war torn south; Orion set out to the west bringing along younger brother Samuel. The two landed in the Carson Valley and Samuel soon found his way to Virginia City a place he felt at home. The Comstock lode, late night storytelling and merriment soon led Samuel to write for the local paper, he went under several pen names until sticking with Mark Twain. After several years and a challenge to a duel mark left for California and set out on his adventure to become one of the greatest American storytellers the world has ever seen.
mural in collaboration with Erik Burke for Arttown 2016. Sponsored by Blum. a line up of not so famous nevadan icons. Frederick DeLongchamps, DOT SO LA LEE, Wavoka, Ben Palmer, Micheal Heizer, Jeanne Weir, Abe Lincoln, Jack Johnson, Sarah Winnemucca, and Mark Twain.
Spray paint on garage door.
spray paint, acrylic, latex, enamel on wall.
This mural was created as an ode to the history of of the Midtown area in Reno,Nv. The word Midtown covers the wall in painted exposed brick. Transitioning from new to worn down to built back up with metal and brackets, just as the area has seen throughout the years. Vintage ads and photographs of people, businesses and imagery, that helped build up the area are recreated in spray paint and house paint . Collaged about in a makeshift timeline of the area leading up to a motel sign from the street, re-lettered to say "look to the future" . A child adorned in an American flag dress with lady liberty's crown, torch and tablets looks blindly into the future.
Painted in early 2015 this mural was commissioned to celebrate the Historic Lincoln Highway.
This was the first large scale mural I ever painted. Junkee clothing exchange commissioned me to create a mural on this false wall. The previous mural was painted over by the neighbor in the middle of the night for being on "his" wall, the owners built this wall a foot in front of his and had me go to town ... I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My first idea had way too much detail and was going to take a year to finish, so a quarter of the way through I buffed the wall and started over. I came up with this idea with the large scale guy and girl with all the Junk in between but still wasn't able too paint the images as well as I could small scale. This was the finished product that stood there for the next four years until I painted over it in the summer of 2015.
In the summer of 2016 I got the opportunity to redo the Junkee mural and jumped on it. After years of staring at these painted faces I was unhappy with, I finally had enough skill to execute the idea I had first envisioned. The faces are from a Junkee commercial of two Reno celebrities Therese Curatello and Pete Barnato who starred in the ad. Painted in a monochrome palette to match the Junkee color scheme their silhouettes alternate toward the center encasing objects, fonts and patterns representative of items found in Junkee.
3rd place winner, painted for the inaugural 24 hr circus circus mural competition.
spray paint, latex and enamel on fence
spray paint, latex, enamel and paint pen on fence.
spray paint on wall
spray paint and latex on garage doors.
spray paint and latex on garage doors .
Spray paint on fence
Spray paint on garage door. This was the first failed attempt at this collaboration with Handsome Hernan. A lil after this point in the painting the owner of the house came out screaming "No black, no green !" very distraught and forced us to paint over the mural .
Spray paint on wall. South Central, Gabba district, Los Angeles Ca. This piece was part of the Gabba arts district Alley project. Handsome Hernan and I went to L.A. to paint a collaboration for this event and the lady who owned the wall hated what we were painting, it worked out because we each got to paint our own piece but we had to do it in the 7 hrs of daylight we had left, this was what I came up with on the whim.
Collaboration with Handsome Hernan. Part of a mural project during Earth day that was painted over in a week, just to get the building torn down a month later. we will probably never try and paint this image again.
Spray paint on wall.
Spray paint on shack.
This mural was commissioned to go around the gate at a farm at Rubik headquarters on flint st. in Reno, Nv.
spray paint and latex on wall.
spray paint and latex on wall.
spray paint and roller on wall.
spray paint on fence. 567 Holcomb ave. project. I was asked to paint this fence the only restriction was color palette, black ,white and lime green. I went to Facebook and asked for black selfies of my online friend, I painted the faces of my community alongside the words "This is city living" a slight change to the "Midtown" tagline long forgotten but ever prevalent, the word CIty in funky graffiti lettering. In February of 2016 this building was sold and the new owner whited out the fences creating a blank canvas for the youth of the neighborhood.