No Budget

Hello friends and strangers and readers of all sorts. it has been a while, so I feel a more gentle start is in order. It’s Sunday night and the sky just went from cotton candy, to dolphin belly,  to slate. I am feeling….how about a full stop. I am feeling. Weeks have passed since I allowed myself the luxury of tussling with words, and so tonight, feeling at best a tinge of flirtation, but really a more lingering weariness and fatigue, I have decided to take a break and carve a chunk of time from the ongoing present and future to speak to (with) you.

I had a strange morning. One of those days when the randomness of sharing and the thrill of living open and honest online collide, leaving tasty treats in their wake. Fun nuggets of camaraderie and inspiration- reassurance that when we share our thoughts and lives and passions with the world, the world will often talk back, returning our ideas and work back in a myriad of songs and echoes.

It started with this email:

Hi Jabiz,

My name is Adriana and I’m an artist.  I long time ago I found in one of your blogs this picture I loved.
and it spired me to make a series of paintings in my Pop Surrealism Style. here’s a link to my website so you can see the pictures I have of it.
The other paintings aren’t up yet.. too much work to do still but I wanted to share it with you and if you want I could link it to the page where the picture is.

That’s it for the moment and thank you for sharing all those beautiful pic!

Does this exchange mean anything? Is it important? I don’t know. Who am I to say, but it does feel right. Something about looking to the world to find inspiration, to make those human artistic connections resonates with me. More importantly, giving of my life in a way that might connect to other passions matters to me.

So many people are terrified of posting and sharing and over doing it, but time after time- for me at least- cool things happen. You can check out Adriana’s website here and the picture from above here. I am looking forward to exploring more of her work and hopefully getting to know her a bit more online. I have already asked if I can buy that print.

The second story, which also happened this morning, which is not usual is as follows:


I just came across your image of the Azadi Freedom stencil on FB and would like permission to use it in a book I am finishing up on street art.

My name is KET and I am an author and graffiti writer. I have been writing books on graffiti, street art, and tattoos and publishing magazines for over 15 years. My books include: Graffiti Planet, Rocking It Suckers, Street Art, Graffiti Tattoo, New York City Blackbook Masters and many more (link here)

I appreciate what you did and would like to include the image and a quote in the book.

Please let me know if you are interested. There is no budget just my desire to share the image to the world thru the book.

There is no budget, just my desire to share. I love it. You can read more about that photo here. It is great to see that project move onto its next incarnation and live in a book. After years of living online and sharing my life with the Internet, I am more often than not pleasantly surprised by what comes back to me. There were but just two examples from this morning.

What do you think? Do things like this happened to you? Am I too naive? Too trusting? Or is this the karmic state of global art we should be striving for?


3 thoughts on “No Budget

  1. avatarAlan Levine
    Twitter: CogDog

    Amazing, especially those surrealistic images.

    I wish someone would build a web site to share these kinds of stories for others to be inspired from (cough cough cough).

  2. avatarJabiz Post author

    From my Inbox:


    Today is mother’s day and this came like a wonderful present so THANK YOU.

    Yes the print will be up for sale but I’m sorry to say the painting needs more work and I wish I could tell you when it will be ready but I quit demanding punctuality out of my art :) I would guess no more than 3 months … as soon as it’s ready I’ll let you know.

    Where exactly do you live? My next trip to the States will be between January and March next year and I would love to sign that print for you if possible.

    I’ve been working for the past 2 months in all the non art related parts of being an artist and twitter is on my list of things to do.

    There’s a facebook page up and running, you can give it a like to get the updates in the mean time.

    Thank you again for sharing and yes, this would be a good connection to maintain :)

    Take care,


  3. avatarPaula Lu

    Hi, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. For my EDM 310 class, I have been assigned your blog to read and comment on. By Monday, a summary of the blogs I have commented on and my comments will be posted to my blog which you can find here:

    I like how you are passionate about passions, your own and others. I think that it is great how you have inspired these two people. I believe that knowing that you have inspired someone in anyway makes you feel good about yourself. I believe that everyone wants to feel that they have inspired at least one person in their life.


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