Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Festivus Games at CrossFit Silver Fox



Yet an other great time watching some really unexpected things happening while vending this years Festivus Games at CrossFit Silver Fox.  I had to leave my booth quite a bit to see what all the screaming was about.  All I could hear was people yelling out things like "Yeahhhhssss a 20 lb PR"  I heard it more than once and it was great to see one of my friends hitting those 200lb plus squat cleans during a competition for the first time.



The crowd is roaring and the athletes are giving 110%, all ages too.  I love seeing people above the age 55 in the arena.  The excitement is too much, especially knowing that this comp is meant for the those who aren't so experienced in the gym.  So if you are looking for your first rodeo this might be the one for you.  You don't have to be the best at these competitions but you must give it your all!

In the end I was lucky enough to say both 1st & 2nd place winners were both wearing Gods N Gladiator T-Shirts.    


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Iron Core CrossFit

An other fun Crossfit event where I was lucky enough to vend.  Having known the owner of Iron Core CrossFit; Jason Walsh as one of my first trainers from Flower City CrossFit I already new that this was gonna be a good time.  And that it was.  I watched a lot of athletes go at it in four person teams; all ages and ethnicities just having fun while getting an amazing work out in all at the same time.
This is what really gets my attention about CrossFit is that people are having fun!  It is such an intense work out that you share with everyone because they are doing the exact same thing as you.  It creates an environment that you can share experiences with others and help grow the community.   And when I say community I mean in and out side the gym. 








177 Tapas



 This restaurant is more than just a bite a drink and a dance.  If your looking for an experience then this is what you have to come see to believe.  
The feeling is more like you are on vacation in the inner city of some festive Spanish town.  The staff greets you like you are a celebrity and the dim set atmosphere with the ambiance of a romantic scene definitely more than sets the mood.   Right before  you meet that beautiful person who makes the night go by like a dream.
Lucky me I go there often and I do feel as if the the staff has to be the funnest group of people I have ever met.  I always feel like there is something special going on in there.
I have been fortunate enough to have had art shows there and I truly believe this place has helped set my career in the path I have been waiting for.












Quads N Gladiators

Quads and Gladiators is an idea given to me by Jeff Rice the Owner of Flower City CrossFit.  I have been going there for over four years now.  I just started attending these tournaments per the request of Laura Rice to vend at their in house competition.  I was blown away by the amount of people interested in wearing some GodsNGladiators gear.  By the time they hosted the WNY Masters Team Throwdown I was more than excited to attend as a vendor.  The Gladiators are making their way in to the CrossFit community.  It seems a great fit and I have a lot of fun vending while watching these amazing athletes take it to the next level in the arena.
Per the suggestion of my box owner Jeff Rice at Flower City CrossFit I have designed the "Quades N Gladiators"




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wodchster Games at CrossFit Rochester

Vending at the Wodchester Games

at CrossFit Rochester

What a blast, a ton of amazing athletes.  The atmosphere was fun and intense.  These work outs are challenging and a lot of people came out.

One of the best things for me was seeing my friends rocking my gear as a team.  This is what I live for!  So glad I could be a vendor and have skilled athletes decked out in my apparel.  Such a feeling.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

WNY Masters Team Throwdown at CrossFit Webster

 Tournaments like the WNY Masters Team Throwdown where I sold a ton of the Gladiator Helmet Tee's thanks to Laura Rice of CrossFit Webster, I can say it is a great example of how the CrossFit community have shown that there are no boundaries in fitness.  The fact that there is such a wide age demography shows you how the community breaks social stigmas and gets everyone under one roof.  There is a big sense of community and I really enjoy it. 
The referees for the Masters Throwdown repping my gear 

The WNY Masters Team Throwdown is the first of it's kind competition in Western New York.   This 4-person (2 men, 2 women) event will consist of 3 WODs spaced throughout the day.  All teams and all team members will participate in  all 3 WODs - no elimination rounds! 
The event is open to masters athletes and "almost masters" athletes - the only catch is that your team's total age on the day of the competition must be equal to or greater that 160 years.  So for example, if your team consisted of athletes aged 40, 43, 45, and 33, the total team age would be 161 years old which would qualify.  Again, the total team age has to be at least 160 years old.


 The Gladiator Helmet Tee
 The Gladiator Helmet Tee: $10

Monday, May 11, 2015

Collaboration Work - Alex & Alexi


I've been working with my friend Alexi on a remix he made of one of my pieces.

Purchase a 24" X 48" print on canvas by contacting him or me. 


Below is the original piece before he remixed it.


 Below are some stencil pieces we made.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Wolf Pin

I have been working with my friend Raven on a design she happened to like on my Instagram page. She is a big fan of selling and collecting pins so she had some made with my art work.  

We also decided to make a small batch of thirteen T-Shirts to match with the pins.  If you want one of the Pins or T-Shirts you have to contact her on Facebook.  

She is the only only one selling them as she takes them to concerts and shows selling them to other collectors and such.  Feel free to contact her.  

  You can see and purchase her work at Aarons Alley and her Instagram page as well as Fb.  







Monday, September 15, 2014

Playing Cards & Collages

I was recently fortunate enough to have some personal work displayed at Artisans Direct.  Each piece is made out of playing cards and spray painted card board, used some Sharpie and Magic Marker too.  




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Queen of the Sunset

I couldn't sleep one night so I found a Piece that I started with sharpie on paper board.  I just started adding Water based Screen Print ink to it like it was paint.    





Thursday, August 14, 2014

Collaboration Work - Nikolas Thiveos

Designs By: Nikolas Thiveos (Honorary GNG Member for life and after life)


I was fortunate enough to collaborate with my nephew Nikolas with Acrylic on canvas; http://godsngladiators.blogspot.com/2014/07/personal-work-florina-and-rochster-have.html


I was really lucky wen he let me dissect his one piece and add my thing to it.

Sublimation Print on 100% Polyester (feels Like Silk)









Acrylic on Canvas 



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Collaboration Work - TSANG

Polo Limited / 4 Printed S-XL $25

Instant Photos By TSANG (Honorary GNG Member for life and after life)

Made as a collaboration of analog and digital technologies. Each image is produced by instant film photos. All created by vintage 35mm photographic slides dated 1950-1969 found and Paid for at estate sales, garage sales, and antique stores. The photos are then arranged, scanned, and printed.
And to think some of these magnificent photos where hidden in basements, cupboards and closets for years and years with out ever being appreciated. Enjoy!




 Below:
Double exposed Polaroid image transfers onto BFK Rives watercolor paper [made from found film]

 Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY.  I lightened the second one up.






Monday, July 21, 2014

Collaboration Work - "Florina and Rochster have loads of explosions"

"Florina and Rochster have loads of explosions"

Don't lose site of what's important! Take that frustration, anger and pain and turn it in to something positive and don't look back! Strive for prosperity against all odds.  

MOVE  FORWARD!

Acrylic on Canvas

A collaboration of Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.

Nikolas Thiveos, a young artist (my nephew) form the Country of Greece had a vision of art that we set forward with the help of Anastasia Manou, Marianthi Thiveou and Colleen Truax Yarger. 

This was a special treat for me as I was able to focus time on two things that I love; my family and Art.  We all contributed.  It was exciting being that we had at any time 5-20 people running around the house as we had all gathered in Florina, Greece for the first time ever with so many people.  And of course the gathering was in honor of my first cousin; Flora (still a baby to me) getting maried.   

The house was always in motion as we set  forth to put acrylic to this blank canvas in the main dining room table.  God forbid we would have to clear everything up for lunch, which consisted of more food than a village could handle.  But after days of constantly adding more and more to the art piece it was clear we were achieving our goal.  

In this process I really had time to get to know my family that lives on the other side of the world, some who I have met on this trip.  Much fun! An experience I will never forget.