As one of the founding members of the By Any Means Crew, SireOne has been committed to representing the elements of hip hop for 28 years. He believes that knowledge is wasted unless it is passed on to others. Working with the community and participating in multi-generational dialog allows for knowledge to flow in both directions. By sharing his experience of graffiti art and hip hop, he hopes others are inspired to create beauty in this world and become the best versions of themselves.
King Khazm is a multifaceted artist, educator and community organizer who has become a prominent figure in the Hip-Hop community within Seattle and around the world. His work to engage and empower communities is demonstrated through over 25 years of art and community service.
Khazm serves as a board member of paralysis support organization The Here & Now Project, commissioner of the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, board member of King County arts funding agency 4Culture , manager of the historic venue/community space Washington Hall, Executive Director of record label Fresh Chopped Beats , and Executive Director of community organization 206 Zulu .
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Erik Gonzalez has been an active aerosol artist for over fifteen years and has had his work profiled on both national and global media outlets that include newspapers, magazines, web media, television and radio interviews. Erik is also a member of various professional urban marketing collectives. As a professional graffiti artist, Erik has been successful in utilizing his work for alternative marketing to appeal to the younger generations.
In addition to recreational painting, Erik is also passionate about delivering positive and meaningful messages to young people through his work such as the importance of art and education, youth empowerment, risk behavior prevention, and more. Erik has been working in partnership with various organizations to deliver creative outreach and other programs.
In January 2012, Erik founded the Urbanists, Urban Art Collective , an art group with a focus to serve the community through art and public engagement.