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YaniPaints Respect the Artist Interview

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into art?

I have been an artistic individual individual since childhood. My grandmother was always yelling about the mess I made in the house with my art supplies. Thankfully, she never stopped me from expressing myself creatively. When corporate American started driving me crazy in 2016, I turned to my first love, painting.

However, I am still a graphic designing art director by day while being a Fine art painter by night and on weekends.

Graphic design was the happy medium for my family between "my starving artist passion" and what they thought was a respectable profession.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

My artist name is YaniPaints. Honestly, it just made sense. I shortened my name and added what I do to the end of it. YaniPaints. It grew in popularity the minute I changed my instagram handle. I have to thank an old associate for that suggestion.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
Outside of being buried in YouTube videos, reading books and constantly practicing techniques, I reach out to the other artists I admire and ask them to teach me their ways.


Who inspires you?

People that inspire me in my daily life are my family and friends. They keep my sane and grounded. 

What is your goal when you make art?

When I first started, it was to release the feelings and creative energy I had cooped up after a long day at work. Now, I create art to see how I can push the boundaries and make even better pieces than I did the day before.

What's your go to song right now?
The running joke with my friends, is that every song is my song, so here are a few:
Famalaay by Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin

Haad Work by Adeeno Produced by Nick Rebel

You & I by Fresco Don


What is your dream as an artist?

My dream as an artist is to continue to traveling the world and sharing my art.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

It is 2019, being a professional artist does not mean you need to starve. Jump on google, research how other artists have been making a buck, and figure out how you can make yours while following your passion.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @YaniPaints 


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Watch Trinity Noriega's new short film "Sweet Toof" here!

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this short film?

I made this film because I wanted to do something fun and quirky with an adult edge on it. I’m hugely inspired by shows like The Marvelous Adventures of Flapjack and South Park.

What inspired the title 'Sweet Toof'?

The title “Sweet Toof” came after many titles... at first we had Sugar Rush, Sweet Toof, Sugary Thievery. I chose Sweet Toof because the name was unique and really stuck with me as something memorable. The f in tooth just adds a really cute twist on the film since they’re a cat and a little girl.

Who helped make this short film what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

A majority of the film I did myself. From set design to character modeling to lighting. My boyfriend Jordan Garay (t.h.0.t.p.0.c.k.e.t.) helped me with writing key funny moments. I had a friend Andres Rodriguez (@sanandres340) help me out with providing assets to fill up some of my sets. Him and a friend Nelli Toh (@nelli.toh) heavily assisted me with animation. The music in the beginning scenes was composed by Anthony Taylor. (im_just_squidding) I had a great crew of supporting friends and my siblings kept me sane through it all.

What is your favorite scene? Why?

My favorite scene has to be the scene where the cat is snorting smarties. I think it’s really a relatable scene, hear me out haha. I’m elementary school there were two fake “drugs” our friends would pretend to do, the candy cigarettes and snorting smarties. That joke really landed with the audience.

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My next big project is under development now, and should be released in a year and a half! 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I usually get stereotyped because of my background, my piercings, my tattoos, and the way I dress. I’m going to an affluent type of art school with my lower middle class background. I usually face a lot of prejudice when it comes to these things. People usually think they’ll effect my work ethic and define me as a person.

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

I tend to break these stereotypes by displaying my work and my work ethic to everyone around me. I really try to always push myself to be better, despite what people think of me. I let my work speak for itself most of the time.

Respect the Artist with Keri from Parlor Tricks Print

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into art?

My dad is an artist so when I was a kid he would always be doing different crafts with me, whether it be clay, sewing, drawing, etc. I've always loved to create.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
I attended SUNY New Paltz and received a BFA in Printmaking. Before college I didn't even know what printmaking was, but instantly fell in love with it after taking one class and continued from there.

What’s your prefer use of medium?
I'm all over the place with different mediums, but usually pen and ink for sketching out ideas and then translating that into either a silkscreen or woodcut print. I also use Photoshop to clean up layers and make transparencies for printing. I enjoy printing on paper and wood, though lately I've dabbled in painting murals and pin design, too. Most people are probably familiar with my wood transfer prints more than anything, though.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?
I don't have an "artist name" but this year I created the "brand" name Parlor Trick Prints. My college thesis focused on print media and animation combined. I researched vintage forms of animations and optical illusions found in toys and books, since they were things I have always found interesting as a kid. I thought Parlor Trick fit in nicely with some of the subject matter I draw and I would like to push my prints in an animated direction again soon. 

Who inspires you?
Obviously my dad has made a big impact on my work, but other artists include Escher, Dali, Tim Burton. I also love vintage poster art and pulp art as well. 

What is your goal when you make art?
To make myself happy creating it and to make it accessible and affordable for others to enjoy it as well.

What's your go to song right now?
"Drunk on the Moon" by Tom Waits

What is your dream as a artist?
To make a comfortable living doing what I enjoy, and seeing people enjoy what I do.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?
Self-motivation is absolute key. There are no rules in creating artwork and no one is going to tell you what to do, so you have to make and follow those rules yourself.

Where can people find you? 
You can find me on instagram @parlortrickprints

on Facebook:

my website:

or around Staten Island.

Respect the Artist with Trinity Noriega

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into art?

I got into art from visiting my grandma's neighbors on the weekend. I watched this girl named Lorelei draw these amazing anime characters when I was about 6 or 7 and I thought they were the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I started drawing my favorite video game and tv characters everywhere.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

To advance my skills I just kept drawing and practicing. After my mom died I was almost non-stop making art. I painted, sculpted, and built a ton of stuff. Now I’m in art school for 3D animation.

What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

My preferred medium now is still ink and pen. Although I’m a digital artist, I still like to get my hands dirty and smudgy before translating my concepts into a digital format.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

My artist name is just my name. Trinity Noriega is unique enough for me, I’ve never met anyone with the same name as me. It’s kind of iconic. 

Who inspires you?

A ton of people inspire me. Danny Antonucci, Stephen Hillenburg, Richard Williams, George Miller, Bob Camp, the list goes on and on. I’m hugely inspired by people who seek greatness despite adversities. I’m obsessed with rags to riches stories.

What is your goal when you make art?

My goal when I make art is to allow the viewer to escape reality for a moment. I hope I allow them the opportunity to forget about their worries and be at ease. As a currency filmmaker, I want viewers to have a feeling of safety and comfort. 

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What's your go to song right now?

My favorite song right now is Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What is your dream as a artist?

My dream as an artist is to be an art director and maybe make my own show. I want to affect lives and have my art be a piece nostalgia for coming generations.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

My advice for anyone wanting to become an artist is to follow your heart and stay focused. If you want to be an artist pure going to face a lot of adversities, a lot of people not taking you seriously, but as long as you take yourself seriously and believe in yourself you allow yourself the opportunity to become someone great. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

People can find me at @fuunkyt on Instagram and

Projectivity Mural at Maker Park


Maker Park is an amazing new space created by the owners of the SI Makerspace and community residents. Shipping containers were used to create the park scenery, and Projectivity teamed up with Makerspace to find local artists interested in painting the shipping containers, keeping with the "Maker" theme. Here is a video of Projectivity Director Christian Penn aka Tekst, adding his contribution to the park.

Watch Projectivity & GuerillaHealer paint 120 ft mural in Miami with a message


Good things happen when good organizations connect. Projectivity and GuerillaHealer just dropped the video recap from the recent trip to Miami,Florida. They collaborated on a mural titled 'Farms Not Pharms'. Can anyone guess what the message they are trying to put out?

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Shaolin French Art Show


A few days ago we dropped the exclusive interview with La Femme Cheri & Jahtiek Long in anticipation of their 'Shaolin French' show.  This past weekend we got to check out the show.  Both Jahtiek and La Femme Cheri were able to fill an art gallery with their work. Some old, some new the pieces complimented each other. La Femme Cheri's art focused more on people where Jahtiek's had an abstract/setting vibes. The artwork worked well together side by side. There was  even some live music played by producer 5PM in Shaolin.

Check out photos from the night courtesy of aWHERE.

It's great to see the progress of both artists since meeting them a few years ago. We look forward to seeing what they do next. 


Shaolin French Interview with Jahtiek Long & La Femme Cheri


Interview by Dave Noodlez

How you guys decide to put together the show 'Shaolin French'?

Jahtiek:  I wanted to put together a show and showcase work, but I didnt want to show my work alone. Then I thought of Mo, I love her style and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a while, thus Shaolin French was born!

La Femme Cheri: Jahtiek hit me up about the show. We've always been big fans of each other's work and good friends.

By Jahtiek Long

By Jahtiek Long


How did you get into art?

Jahtiek:  What first got me into art was watching cartoons all the time when I was a kid, I use to make up my own characters and stories. Then when I was in the 5th grade I got my first sketch book, I’ve been drawing and making art ever since!

La Femme Cheri: I've been drawing since I was a kid. My parents have memories of me doodling and sketching around the time I was learning to read and count. I went to the High School of Art and Design in Midtown which was one of the best time in my life. I was a terrible student who cut class everyday so I didn't learn much, but it was the first time in my life I was apart of a giant artist community which was really fantastic. After a few years bumming around in college and taking odd artist jobs, I decided to paint walls last November. And it's been amazing.

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Who inspires you in Shaolin?

Jahtiek: There's quite a few people who inspires me from Shaolin, first I have to say the Wu - Tang Clan. I grew up down the streetfrom them and I’ve always said to myself “If they can make it from up the block, I can make it from down the block”. Other people who inspire me from Shaolin are my boy Dave Noodlez, Mo, John Joesph, Patti Kelly, my friend Linda, Chris Rwk, Mike Die, Tariq at Richmond Hood, my boy Brandon, and everyone that has the courage to be themselves and follow their dreams.

La Femme Cheri: A. Besides Jahtiek of course I would have to say Dave Noodlez of Stereotype So. And Chris Penn of Projectivity. These two men always inspire me to work my hardest and do my best for myself, my art and the community. Tariq of Richmond Hood Company and Kwue Molly are also amongst the kindest men I've ever met. They always share opportunities whenever they can and give back to Staten Island artists always.


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What are some of your favorite places in Shaolin (Staten Island)? 

Jahtiek: So we can’t talk about my favorite places without talking about the ferry , I know it sounds cheesy but I love to ride the boat during sunset its beautiful. I love going to Cargo (120 bay cafe), 388 vanduzer ( cant wait for the new bar to be revealed), The Craft House, The Alice Austin House, and I love the Nycartscypher thats where I meet Mo and they have amazing artwork outside and indoors.

La Femme Cheri: My number one favorite place will always be the "Postcards" memorial near the Staten Island ferry terminal in Saint George. It's a memorial statue dedicated to those who lost their lives in 9/11 and the World Trade Center bombing in 93'. It was designed by a Japanese architect called Masayuki Sono. I always went there to clear my head of I was troubled or go running in the mornings. You can see the entire Manhattan skyline from there. It's always a beautiful scene.

Where is your favorite place to paint?

Jahtiek: My favorite place to paint is where ever I have the creative space, as long as I have my music and an idea, anywhere is my favorite place.

La Femme Cheri: I have no favorite place to paint. I Iove painting anywhere and everywhere I can. Especially if it's a wall.


By La Femme Cheri

By La Femme Cheri

What is some advice you would give to someone visiting Shaolin for the first time?

Jahtiek: If you’re taking the ferry don’t pay for it, its free. 

Explore the boro and talk to the locals, there's always a lot of cool things going on.

Stay on the side of the island with the free transportation, you can’t go wrong there.

La Femme Cheri: My advice to someone visiting Shaolin for the first time is....... go and stay outside in the back of the ferry. Don't stay inside, even if it's cold. You'll be awe struck by the views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Harbor. Travel down Bay St. to see some of the awesome Graffiti and Street art we have.......and definitely go to Richmond Hood Company on Castleton Ave to get some authentic Staten Island gear.

If you visited France what are 3 things that you would like to do there?

Jahtiek: 1. Visit my friend Margaux and hang out

2. Explore the local art and music scene, with some collabos in the mix

3. Eat and go party it up!

La Femme Cheri: The very first thing I would do is try to meet with one of my favorite french street artists of all time Fafi. My dream would be to collaborate on a wall with her.

2nd thing is go to the The Louvre definitely.

The last thing to do for me would have to be eat as much good food as possible.

If you can describe your style in 3 words? What would they be?

Jahtiek: Colorful,Fun, Cartoony

La Femme Cheri: Women, Empowerment, Freedom

Where and when can people check out 'Shaolin French Art Show'?

The Show is at 73 Wave St, Staten Island, NY 10304. 

Jahtiek: November 19th and 20th and doors open at 7pm!. Come thru its gunna be lit as the young kids say.

La Femme Cheri: Hub 17 on Wave Street Staten Island NYC. it's gonna be fantastic.

Make sure to catch La Femme Cheri & Jahtiek Long at #Musication4 this Friday

Inspiration & Exploration Recap


This past Saturday we had a chance to check out 'Inspiration & Exploration'. Before walking it we started the night with a 'Not like the other kids photoshoot' on Wave Street.  Shout out to Geralynn, Shawn, Leeanne, Scott, Clifford, Krystal & Dave Noodlez.

We proceeded to Hub 17 to check out Mary's gallery. 

The space was filled with friends and family of Mary. Everyone had a great time. It's also nice to see dream come to fruition at 'Inspiration & Exploration'. We look forward to her next show. Check out the photos from Ricardo Rodriguez @nysee_me.

'Inspirations and Explorations' Interview with Mary Lombardi


Interview by Dave Noodlez

We met Mary about 6 months ago at Pepperjack Grill during a Tee Party. It was one of our most fun Tee Parties of the year. Since then we have got to meet her family and friends. We even had the chance to print tee shirts for her daughter's class. Mary has a show coming up at Hub 17 and we're excited to see her following her dreams. We got a chance to sit down with Mary and talk about her show 'Inspiration & Exploration'


When did you first start painting?

Around 1993. I remember being almost 30 when I started. It was an on and off thing for me at that time. Then I didn't touch a brush for almost ten years after I got pregnant in 2001. In 2010 I started to paint again and I haven't stopped.

How did you get into painting?

As a kid I always fantasized about being an artist. After finishing school with a Graphic Design degree, I knew that wasn't for me. I needed a more "hands on" approach to create so I decided to teach myself to paint.

Who inspires you?

My daughter. Musicians. Friends. Folk artists. Picasso. Diego Rivera. Max Beckmann. Francis Bacon. El Greco. Modigliani. Anyone. Everyone!


What is one place that inspires you?

Every time I go to a museum, I leave feeling high and very inspired. Especially MOMA.

What is a great place for explorations on Staten Island? 

Fort Wadsworth. A beautiful setting. Incredible view of New York Harbor.  Great landscape. One of the Island's treasures. Lots of history in that place. You may even  run into a herd of goats there. Exploring around those grounds can be very inspiring.

What is one piece of art that you are really proud of that will be in your 'Inspirations and Explorations' gallery?

"Annie Waits" is something I am proud of.  A friend gave me that canvas a while back. It measures 30" x 40".  When I saw the size of it, it intimidated me. I never thought I'd be able to fill the space because I usually don't work "big". But when I finished the painting, I felt proud that I had gone out of my comfort zone.


Where is your favorite place to paint?

My studio. My husband built it for me a few years ago right in our backyard. It is my own sacred space, away from the distractions of life  with the convenience of being home. It was a great gift of love from him. 

Did you listen to music while preparing for this show? If so which albums, artists, songs did you listen to?

Thelonious  Monk

Mississippi John Hurt

Ben Folds

Nat King Cole

The Selecter

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

English Beat


What is some advice you would give someone that is looking for inspiration?

Look around you. If you really look, you can find inspiration in everything. If that doesn't work for you, look at some art books.

Where and when can people check out your upcoming show 'Inspirations and Explorations'?

The exhibit will be at Hub 17 NYC. Located at 73 Wave Street Staten Island, NY.  It runs from November 10th - November 13th. Meet and Greet Reception will be on Saturday, November 12th 7pm - 10pm