Made a quick video cruising in East Los Angeles with artist Vyal One in his beautiful 76 Monte Carlo. To beautiful days in Sunny LA ! #RNPExplores
Made a video of DTLA graffiti artist Black Light King while he added black light paint to one of his recent murals inspired by artist Alex Gray and Band ‘Tool’. It was an adventure watching the night and mural come alive.
So excited and honored to be featured in PELEA’s latest article. PELEA is a digital platform dedicated to telling stories about artists, athletes and people who fight for what they believe in. In this article I talk about what it has been like as a woman to become a photographer, journalist and teaching artist.
"Los Ángeles tiene algo que inspira. Las personas vienen aquí para alcanzar sus sueños, así que es una ciudad en la que pasa cualquier cosa”.
Translated: “ Los Angeles has something that inspires. People come here to make their dreams come true, so its a place where anything can and does happen. “
📷 CLICK HERE to read the full article! 📷
May 1st we marched in solidarity with all the workers in this country, who work to give us the luxuries we enjoy. This year the march was low in numbers, but extraordinarily strong in heart. Those at the march today were each unique and resilient people. They raised their voice and fists in demand for this nation to no longer look away from the discrimination, racism and inequality they suffer from. They make a stand for every person who works to make this country go regardless where they are from in the world. We have the power to create a world full of equality, peace and love, and only us. Power to the People! Happy International Workers Day!
Its been a week since the last day of my second tour with @roadtripnation and as I reflect on this journey I am overflowing with gratitude from the growth, opportunities and magic I’ve experienced. Today one of the roadies asked me what is the moment that has stood out the most from my tours, and I can whole heartedly say that it was doing an event in Alabama at Ingram State Tech College that also happened to be a Prison.
Although in the beginning there were thoughts racing through my mind like “What can I possible say to someone who’s been in prison for years that can be inspiring and motivating? How do I relate to inmates raging in age from 20-60? “ But as soon as I stepped into the college building, I felt like I was in a “free world” ( as they call everything that’s outside of the prison) college. Staff referred to each individual as a student, I never heard the term inmate.
As the students poured in and the presentation went on, they were all engaged, respectful and most of all willing to open up to us and their peers. I realized this might have been the first time for a lot of them that someone was asking them, what do you love to do? How do you think you can get to that? And more importantly encouraging them to drop the disempowering noise and go for it! This may have been a moment for many in which it was just about them, as humans, not inmates. I felt the sense of pride and emotion that came over those who chose to stand up, say their name instead of their inmate number and share what their true passions and goals were. I made a connection between the high school students we had been visiting and the inmates, they all heard noise, they all had passions, and they all wanted to follow their dreams. That’s what we were their to do, tell them that no matter where you are in life, you can make that happen, you just have to believe in yourself and go for it.
They later on gave us a tour of their workshops, from welding and carpentry to upholstery and electrical, each jumping at the opportunity to geek out with us and show us what they are learning and what they had created. Before we left, two students ran up to us, one handing us a fish made of scrap metal that he welded himself, and the other a bag full of pillows that they had made in the upholstery class for us to take with us. Their sincere gratitude, excitement and genuine inspiration filled me with joy, compassion and hope in humanity.
The mission of this college is to inspire, nurture and empower the resilient human spirit of inmates by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one trade and one student at a time. Every student I met not only expressed their hope for their future but that of the world. Eliminating the prejudice that is carried about people who have been incarcerated and empowering these communities, no matter their circumstances, is vital to evolving human kind with compassion for a better world to be tangible in our lifetime. 💪🏼💗
So excited to be featured by VoyageLA Magazine as part of their ‘Thought Provokers’ series. I’m extremely grateful to have been selected by people who’s goal is to empower hard-working, inspiring artists to tell their stories authentically and in their own words, while offering a platform to be seen for new opportunities! Check out my feature and the full list of Thought Provokers and get inspired! CLICK HERE! 💪🏼❤️📸
So excited to ship out these awesome Custom Vans with one of my photos from DTLA ! It’s never too early to start Christmas Shopping! Check out more styles Here! • Because these are custom it will take up to 3 weeks to ship out, so don’t wait! • 📸👣😍🖤
Had the amazing opportunity to visit West Point Military Academy and get a private tour from a Cadet. The campus was rich in history and beautiful, but the most memorable part happened when we entered the campus cathedral built in 1910. If you know me, you know I have an insatiable curiosity for hidden places. While wandering inside the cathedral, I noticed a cracked open door in the corner and saw stairs that led up to the top of the cathedral, but there was a locked gate blocking the climb. There happened to be a man dusting off a table nearby and we asked him what led up the stairs. He looked up wide eyed with a smile that lit up the room and said, would you like to see? My eyes matched his and I quickly said YES! His name was John and he was a caretaker of the Cathedral. His passionate enthusiasm gave us a one of a kind insight into details of the cathedral, from the wood carvings, crypt, tunnels below, 77 steps up the bell tower, walking over the enclosed roof, to playing amazing grace for us on the bells in the bell room. Getting to know him and his passion for his work was inspiring and reminds me to remain curious, not only about places but about people. ⛪️✨ #rnpexplores #westpointmilitaryacademy
This week I started my second road trip with @roadtripnation and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m so proud to be a part of a team with a mission to inspire students and people around the world to define their own road in life and to pursue what they love. This time we will be on the road for two months driving down the east coast starting in Rhode Island - Boston - NYC - Philadelphia - Washington DC - Tennessee - New Orleans & Texas. Stay posted on my instagram @Rockmyworldrocky for adventure pix & stories.
Here is the full live interview with Mindful Models from their Soul Talk Series!
Mindful Models is a social movement that promotes emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing in the modeling industry.
VISION - We envision an empowered, inspired and joyful world made up of creative individuals committed to building a sustainable future for humanity.
MISSION - To bring mindfulness into the fashion, modeling and entertainment industries and create a community that is nurturing and supportive.
To learn more about Mindful Models, CLICK HERE!
Six weeks ago I set out on an adventure to tour the country, living in a giant green RV with three other roadies and a mission to inspire students to define their own roads in life. We drove from California-Oregon-Washington-Montana-North Dakota-Minnesota-Wisconsin, ending in Chicago,Illinois.
We explored the cities and nature in every state, but most importantly we spoke at high schools and community colleges with the intention to inspire and motivate students to build their life according to their real interests and passions. At first public speaking to a room full of students wasn’t easy, but I quickly realized that when showing up with complete authenticity and sharing my own journey it just became a conversation. No matter what our circumstances are, if we are dedicated, focused and believe in ourselves, we will have created a life we love that is inspiring for ourselves and those around us. It’s unbelievably hard to describe the trip in its entirety, from the roadies that became my family to the students that became fuel for my own inspiration, but I will say this, hope for a brighter future is not only alive but strongly taking form.
I am so grateful to have been a part of this journey and for all the beautiful lessons and magic I have witnessed. I’ve not only become more compassionate but a more active listener, having to constantly adapt to different demographics and kinds of students, really put myself in check as to what am I communicating and how can I communicate better, making me not only a better teacher but a better student.
Thank you so much @roadtripnation , finding you was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Thank you for your hard work and for getting this message out on the road, where it matters most. We end our presentations with a final piece of advice like our founders asked of the leaders they interviewed, which propelled this movement.
My last piece of advice is:Just be you, know that your being seen, loved, inspired and inspiring, because your you. World peace is no more than you, it’s in your heart, it’s in your mind, it’s everything inside of you and so world peace is here, it’s happening now, through you. So be World Peace.
Very happy to be part of SPRUNG, a curated digital art & photo fair! ARTHOUSE.NYC teams up with New Max Films & aRtx cares in a new space on White Street to spring forward.
"Light Up LA" - In this project Raquel Natalicchio uses Urban Light Painting, a self-taught technique in which the camera moves instead of the light source . By using the lights of the city in the buildings, streets and sky as a paintbrush, Los Angeles lights up in a brand new and engaging way.
March 23-24, 2018 (Reception: March 23 6-9pm )
Link to Event Page: CLICK HERE!
First batch of pre-orders being shipped out! If you didn't get a chance to pick up a book or make it out to the book release show, now you can grab a copy before they hit stores nationwide. Pre order's will receive a gift with their order so don't wait! This book is the stories of 30 years worth of graffiti legends and their message to the next generation of artists. Artists featured in the book; Hex TGO, Plek, Moezart, Teachr 1, Cache, Aise Born, Black Light King, Vyal, Galo and full coverage of UTI's 30th Anniversary mural production. GET YOUR BOOK--> http://www.raquelnatalicchio.com/prints/spray-for-peace-book
To think this started out as an idea while doing a walk through of the space, and to see it now standing tall and alive, re affirms to me that anything is possible. With the right team and attitude you can create your wildest dreams. After months of planning, organizing, building, hauling, buffing, assembling and showing, I had to take a moment inside to admire all that hard work so many people and myself put into it. We tore it down that same night, and even though the time this installation was up felt brief, its intention of being a part of something that was inspiring was accomplished and with that I feel accomplished. Thank you to every person who put time and love into this project. 💗💪🏼💗 #sprayforPEACE
So excited to announce I was selected as Best in Show by Art House NYC for Frieze Week in NYC!
The image below was selected as part of a group show with the them " Peace de Resistance", out of the many talented artists along side me exhibiting I am so honored to have been selected. Thank you Art House NYC !
Every Sunday of May I will be displaying 'Light Up LA' at Candela on La Brea in Hollywood. This after brunch event offers an amazing Live Salsa Band playing well known songs such as She's So Heavy by The Beatles and Californication from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. You don't want to miss this new age spanglish transformed band. The photos I have on display are uniquely printed on glass and back lit by an ultra thin LED screen, making the lights of the city glow. This is an event to look out for, not to mention great happy hour specials! Come by Candela on La Brea every Sunday for the right way to rehab for a great start to the week! Click HERE! for the event page for more info.