• Portrait of Joseph Stalin

  • 12×12″ graphite and watercolor on paper for Woot Bear Squared Exhibition in San Francisco.

  • Illustration for Tikkun Magazine about the dark side of American Football.

  • Part of a series on the War on Drugs:
    Substance abuse is fundamentally a compulsive behavior disorder. The habitual use of a drug substance, whether alcohol or heroin, causes a chemical dependency, and serious withdrawal symptoms occur when the habit is interrupted. Addiction is hereditary, meaning family background and genetics play a large role. Drug abuse is often linked with psychiatric problems and disorders; it is a health issue of the mind as well as body. Addiction is extremely difficult to overcome, often characterized by frequent relapse and an unbearable hopelessness. Drug abuse should be seen as a public health issue, instead the legal system sees it as a criminal offense. The illegality of drugs creates a wide social stigma that alienates drug addicts. They are fellow human beings that have grown sick, so should be treated with empathy and compassion, not punished with incarceration.

  • Part of a series on the War on Drugs: The world’s largest consumer of illegal drugs is the United States. Cocaine is grown and processed in South America, and due to its illegality, the exportation and importation process is both risky and extremely profitable. A kilogram of raw coke is worth $250. By the time it reaches the United States, the retail price has grown to $107,000 for that same kilo. That is a profit margin of 1400% enjoyed by drug cartels, banks and corrupt governments. The system of prohibition put in place by Congress impedes the rights of Americans to put whatever substance they wish into their bodies, while simultaneously making billions of dollars annually. If you do not own your body, you are a slave.

  • 'The Man from the South' by Jeff Gomez

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    Spot illustration inspired by “The Man from the South”, a short story by Roald Dahl.

  • 'SF Weekly Best Of San Francisco Cover' by Jeff Gomez

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    Front Cover Illustration for SF Weekly’s Best Of San Francisco, a yearly issue highlighting the Best Of everything the city has to offer.

  • 'SF Weekly Best Of – Arts & Entertainment' by Jeff Gomez

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    Interior Illustration of the Arts and Entertainment section for SF Weekly Best Of

  • Part of a series on the War on Drugs: Evo Morales is a politician, social activist, and the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Coca has been cultivated for 8,000 years by the indigenous people of the Andes for medicinal and religious purposes. In an effort to halt the processing of coca into cocaine, the Bolivian and US governments have been eradicating fields of coca with fire and herbicides, leading to longstanding environmental, health and socioeconomic issues in this largely agricultural nation. Morales’ Cocalero movement has helped protect the coca plant from eradication as well as the rights of the indigenous people of Bolivia.

  • Part of a series on the War on Drugs: Drug-related violence in Mexico has been occurring for over three decades. In 2006 Presidente Felipe Calderon took a more aggressive approach against drug cartels by sending Mexican Army soldiers to the state of Michoacan to end the violence there. Through the Merida Initiative the United States has aided Mexico with funding, military training, and equipment. The violence however has only escalated. Since 2006, approximately 86,391 deaths have been recorded. These numbers include drug cartel members, police, soldiers, politicians, journalists and children.

  • 'Prison Industrial Complex' by Jeff Gomez

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    Part of a series on the War on Drugs: The War on Drugs is a war on our own people. Over the past 40 years, the war on drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests and has cost more than $1 trillion dollars. Today over half of people incarcerated are for non-violent drug offenses. Drug use is equal among white and black people, yet black Americans are 10 times more likely to be sent to prison for drug offenses. Today black Americans represent 56% of those incarcerated, even though they represent only 13% of the US population. The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it has almost 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. It costs about $129 a day to keep an inmate locked up. These numbers keep growing rapidly each year as more prisons become privatized, feeding small and large businesses whose main interests are to keep people incarcerated and exploit their labor.

  • Part of a series on the War on Drugs: Since 1992 Afghanistan has been one of the biggest producers of opium, the poppy extract used to produce heroin, despite the ban of opium enforced by the Taliban. Opium production has been steadily on the rise since U.S. occupation in 2001. 92% of non-pharmaceutical opiates originate in Afghanistan. This amounts to an export value of about $4 billion for the year. The poor farmer families earn only a fraction, while the rest goes to district officials, insurgents, warlords and drug traffickers. Opium cultivation and use goes against the teachings of the Quran, yet these farmers are forced economically to continue production. The U.S. military protected these poppy fields from Taliban forces, assuring the flow of opium out of Afghanistan.

  • Part of a series on the War on Drugs: In 1914 the consumption and distribution of cocaine and heroin became illegal. In 1937 marijuana possession and consumption became illegal. In 1951 the penalties for drug violations were increased, and increased even further in 1956. Prior to drug prohibition, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, morphine and cannabis were legally available without prescription as long as they had accurate labels with content and dosage. Pharmaceutical drugs are legally available for countless ailments. From depressants to stimulants and everything in between, drugs are legally available for consumption. The only difference is one is illegal, and the other is taxed and regulated with much safer standards. Legalizing drugs would allow for regulation, safe production and give back the freedom of choice to the American people.

  • Jesús Malverde, sometimes known as the ‘generous bandit’, ‘angel of the poor’ or ‘narco-saint’, is a folklore hero of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Legend says he stole from the rich and gave to the poor, until he was executed in 1909. This Robin Hood-like character is seen as the patron saint of drug trafficking, and if you leave an offering and prayer at his shrine, he may bless your travels over the border with safety and prosperity. Jesús Malverde is often paired with Santa Muerte (Saint Death), death often being an inevitable cost of drug trafficking.

  • Portrait of poet Kevin Coval for Tikkun Magazine

  • Paxton Gate’s Curosity for Kids presents: “From The Wrists, Up” – An art show centralized around the the theme of hands.

  • Short Film poster for “Coyote’s Hustle” directed by Tony Galante

  • A Portrait of the mysterious creator of Bitcoin. This image was made for the Bitcoin Art Show hosted by 20 Mission in San Francisco.

  • In Operation Fast and Furious, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) deliberately allowed as many as 2,000 firearms to walk into the hands of low level suspects as a tactic to track the weapons to drug cartel kingpins. Guns tracked by ATF were found at crime scenes on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, including the scene where Border Agent Brian Terry was murdered. In the aftermath of Terry’s murder the gunwalking operation became public and revealed corruption within ATF, who claimed they never officially approved the operation.

  • Approve, Commence. Burn it down, burn it down.

  • Illustration inspired by Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  • Illustration inspired by Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

  • Illustration inspired by Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

  • Portrait of Delta Blues Legend Robert Johnson.

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