Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trumpocalypse and UNITY

Trumpocalypse, Photo by Patrick Allen Traylor

These images were created for a 2-sided billboard in Phoenix, AZ. The larger and more dramatic one, Trumpocalypse, expresses what a large majority of the population feel, as do many people around the globe. That feeling is fear, fear of losing our rights, our freedoms, our environment, our land, our water, our livelihoods, and ultimately our planet.

These fears are expressed by the mushroom clown imagery and also through the use of a very simple and powerful design that I borrowed from a fellow artist and activist, Hugh Gran. This symbol is that of a dollar sign cleverly resembling a swastika. The swasti-dollar symbol is meant to represent how greed and corruption rule our society through multi-million dollar corporations and paid politicians. Hugh made this graphic in response to George Bush, Jr.’s illegal election, and I always admired its creativity and genius.

I choose this symbol because we have a powerful businessman in power who wants total control of our government to suit his and his friends’ (and family’s) business interests. This man is trying to do away with our personal freedoms, including Freedom of the Press and Free Speech. This man does not care about who he hurts. In fact he has done nothing but fuel hate speech. Some of his followers have even taken to violence, and even so, he does not repudiate them. His cabinet is full of white supremacists and extremists. He is trying to ban Muslims and deport Mexicans. He is trying to destroy the environment and all the animals. He attacks the judiciary branch of our government, an integral part of our and any democracy. His ties to Russia are numerous and obvious (This is why he wears a Russian flag lapel pin.) He did not win the popular vote. These are facts, not alternative facts, which are falsehoods.

For all these reasons, I, like many others, feel we are living in dark times, similar to Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Thank God we do not, but many fear that this is the direction we are going. I love this country and fear for its future; that is why I created this work. This is a warning to our nation: do not let Fascism win. The second side is another board on which the word UNITY is in both English and American Sign Language. This is the “positive” side of the situation. This man has united many people and groups together in opposition to him. We are always stronger together and I believe if we unite we will defeat this evil. No matter what your color, race, creed or gender may be, there are more of us than there are of them. We can and will overcome!
UNITY, Photo by Patrick Allen Traylor

Monday, February 6, 2017

Environmental Directions Radio Interview

This interview with Nancy Pearlman​ of the Environmental Directions Radios Series and Karen Fiorito (AKA Buddha Cat press) aired on January 13, 2017 on KBPK, 90.1 FM. In this interview, they talk about Veganism, Got Drought?​, the Art of Compassion Project​ and 
of course, art! 

Here is a video of the interview with graphics:

Environmental Directions Radio Series is the number one and longest running international environmental program of its kind. Inaugurated in 1977, these half-hour interview shows have aired weekly on public (NPR and APR), commercial, listener-sponsored, and college-sponsored stations, as well as on the Internet. Shows are taped on location throughout the world or at facilities in the Los Angeles area.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Golden Buddha Cat

Golden Buddha Cat
6 Color Serigraph with Gold Metallic Ink
18" x 24" on rag paper, 2016
Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist

Golden Buddha Cat is a hand printed 6-color serigraph on rag paper honoring my orange tabby Buddy. The background is a Tibetan Medicine Prayer Flag. Recently my cat was attacked by a dog and barely survived. This is my prayer for him for long life and prosperity.

Here is a video of the process:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Got Drought at Eagle Rock Music Festival

Making t-shirts or walking billboards as we like to call them! Come get yours at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock Music Festival this Saturday! Got Drought? will have a booth in the artists tents from 4 - 10pm, across from the Main Stage! We will be selling t-shirts, posters, pins, bumper stickers and recipe books. We will also be giving out brochures for free! The funds from these help support our Got Drought? project!

Printed with Eco-friendly inks on American Apparel tees. So affordable at only $15!

For more info on the festival go to

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Got Drought? Tours California

San Jose, CA
The Got Drought? Billboard campaign has taken to the road! After a successful run in Los Angeles in 2015, LUSH cosmetics decided to help our campaign travel to major cities across California. The campaign picked up again in May with a billboard in Clairemont, San Diego. This board was then recycled and installed in the Miramar Area of San Diego where it can be seen for the month of June. Boards also went up in Oakland and San Jose this month and more to come soon, including a digital board in Fresno! Stay tune for more updates and follow us on Facebook, twitter and instagram! Check out our website (got for more information about us and our project. 
Downtown, Oakland

Miramar, San Diego

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Got Drought? Updates

"Got Drought?" was recently showcased on LUSH cosmetics Charity Pot Lotion lids throughout the United States and Canada! In celebration of our lids and the generous grant we received from LUSH, the LUSH Pasadena store held a "Got Drought? Awareness Event" on March 19th, 2016. In honor of the event, we made bumper stickers, t-shirts, recipe books, buttons, brochures and prints! Check out these items at our new online store at!

"Got Drought?" was featured in the Winter 2016 edition of American Vegan Magazine! Check out the article, "Billboard Activism: Exposing the Truth about California's Water Shortage" by Jack Schwada on the blog on our website, along with other interesting articles by Alex Arinsburg and yours truly.


"California's Future?" is an art exhibition I helped curate on the theme of sustainability in celebration of Earth Day at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. The show runs through May 25, 2016 and features work by the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. In case you missed the Opening Reception in April, there is a Closing Reception May 20th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. For more information, go to

Friday, December 18, 2015


Instructor: Karen Fiorito


By popular demand, this is the second time we're offering photopolymer gravure this year!

Photopolymer Gravure is a relatively easy method of creating intaglio prints from both photographic and hand-drawn imagery. Photopolymer prints can rival copper plate photogravures, but are processed in a fraction of the time and materials, and require a fairly minimal learning curve.

In this workshop, you will learn how to make a photogravure using a photopolymer plate and a digital film. You will also learn how to make a film with an imbedded random dot or halftone screen, the matrix for the image. Each artist will have the choice of making 2 one-color images or 1 two-color image. 

Saturday, January 9th, 10-4pm
Saturday, January 16th, 10-4pm
Sunday, January 17th, 10-4pm

Prospective students must have a reasonable understanding of Photoshop. Platemaking or printmaking experience is not required. Images do not have to be of photographic origin. Students will be asked to bring Photoshop files of images or drawings and a laptop (if they have one). A thumb drive for transferring images is also recommended.

$415.00: Refunds, minus a $40 cancellation fee, are available up to 5 days prior to the workshop's start date. 

2928 Santa Monica Blvd, CA 90404  |  (310) 453-1691  |

Thursday, December 17, 2015

“Got Drought?” public art project about the California Drought unveiled on billboards throughout Los Angeles

47% of California’s total water and 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture.1300 gallons of water are required to make one hamburger versus 42 gallons for one veggie burger. 1000 gallons of water are needed to make 1 gallon of milk versus 49 gallons for soy milkWith facts like these you might be wondering why California residents are being required to reduce water consumption by 25 - 30%, even though residential water use accounts for only 4% of California’s total water footprint.

Los Angeles based artists Karen Fiorito and Alex Arinsberg have teamed up to educate the public about these facts via a public art project and billboard campaign called "Got Drought?" Got Drought's mission is to get this information to the public and to inspire people to change their behavior in order to reduce water consumption. With much of the world suffering from the impacts of climate change, one of the most efficient tools we have to achieve environmental sustainability is adapting a plant-based diet. Got Drought? believes that if people are made aware of the negative effects of animal agriculture on the environment, they will gladly change their behavior and consumption to save water and the environment.

Check out our new interactive website for more information and try out our water calculator tool to see "How thirsty is your food?" and view our map of where all 12 of our billboards are located (Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Silver Lake.) 

For more information, please visit:
Twitter: @gotdrought

Billboard Locations:

  • 14' x 48' Large Billboards:
    • Downtown LA: Los Angeles St., East Side, 100ft North of the Santa Monica Freeway, Facing North: 
    • Silverlake: Beverly Blvd., North Side, 50ft East of Virgil,  Facing West
  • 5' x 11' Small Billboards:
    • Culver City: Overland Ave EL 145F N Of Regent ST SF
    • Culver City: Culver Dr NL 100F E Of Inglewood Blvd WF
    • Hollywood: Argyle Ave WL 170F S Of Yucca ST NF
    • Hollywood: Schraeder Blvd (Hudson) EL 110F N/O Selma SF
    • Hollywood: Willoughby Ave SL SL 116F W Of Highland EF
    • Marina Del Rey: Lincoln Blvd EL 579F S Of Washington SF
    • Santa Monica: Barrington WL 187' S/O Santa Monica NF
    • West LA: Beverly Blvd NL 80F E Of St Andrews PL EF
    • West LA: National Blvd NL 59F W Of Westwood Blvd WF
    • West LA: Barrington EL 50F S Of Pico Blvd SF