josé parlá

Mad respect to artist — José Parlá. For me, his calligraphy style is hypnotizing and magnetic. My handwriting style is not developed to the scale of Parlá’s. His work influences me to explore the potential to where my own art/handwriting/calligraphy can be taken. His works have so much depth from a media perspective, as well as emotionally. There is no restraint when he creates, yet it is evident that each mark and stroke is intentional and meaningful.

Credit: José Parlá // Autobiographical-Dance-of-Combined-Stories


Credit: José Parlá // Contemplating-the-Storm


Credit: José Parlá // Mi-Tribu-José_Parlá-2016-ROOTS


Credit: José Parlá // Neon-Spring-pw


Credit: José Parlá // Udaipur


Credit: José Parlá // Wild-Child-Hand-Style-1



Graffiti is art.  What I love about it is that it breaks the rules.  And the color!  Those gestures and the emotions coming out.  The structure becomes the canvas, the textures underneath adding depth and dimension to an already symphonic collection of color and media.


The lettering in graffiti is so foreign to me…again, breaking the rules.  The direction of flow tends to go to the left and up, instead of the conventional manner — to the right, to the right, repeat, repeat.  I attempted writing the alphabet in some sort of graffiti tone.  It felt weird, like I was holding the pencil in my left hand.  But I liked what happened — it broke me from my comfort zone and stirred something in me that wanted to explore further…


…and then I just went all “Angel” on it.