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Hay Street Chronicles

2018 - 2023

Hay Street Chronicles is a collection of ten mixed-media and acrylic portraits crafted with various methods and experimental techniques by Carlos Tolentino from 2018 to 2023. Serving as a visual time capsule, this body of work examines the artist's triumphs and challenges during a transformative period when he fully immersed himself in downtown life, dedicating himself wholeheartedly to his craft. Utilizing a diverse range of mediums and experimental techniques, each artwork in the display tells a unique story, offering an inspiring perspective on the individuals Carlos has depicted and using their narratives to connect with others. Whether drawing inspiration or expressing pride in identity, each piece reflects a distinct narrative that speaks to the multifaceted connections fostered by the artist.

Artworks hosted by Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom

Carlos Tolentino self portrait artwork

Self Portrait 35

Inspired by Carlos's trip to his hometown in Mexico City after 26 years, reflecting on his personal life of 35 years. The painting pays tribute to Basquiat's iconic style, such as bold lines and vibrant colors, mixed with typography and realtime messages. 

Acrylic on canvas

24in X 36in

$2,500

El Chapo artwork

FRIENDS JGL

Paying homage to Mexican culture and the reality that we're all a product of a curropt system trying to make a way out.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

30in X 48in

$4,200

El Chavo artwork

El Chavo

Inspired by Mexican Family traditions, reminding Carlos of his upbringing and finding good times even in the midst of bad ones.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

30in X 40in

$3,000

2pac artwork

All Eyes On Me

Portrait of American rapper Tupac Shakur.

Acrylic on canvas

20in X 60in

$2,000

Portrait of Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork

Portrait of Basquiat 

Portrait of Basquiat using bleach and acrylic paint on garment.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

30in X 40in 

$3,000

Eminem artwork

Rap God

Inspired by Carlos's love for Eminem's music and how he overcame adversity to become one of the best rapper in a genere that didn't support him at first because of his nationality.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

36in X 48in

$4,000

Biggie and 2pac custom skateboards

HIP HOP Legends

Iconic portraits of the late Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Carlos, unable to choose between the two influential figures painted both, creating a visual narrative that bridges the gap between the West Coast and East Coast rap scenes. This tribute celebrates the individual artistry of Tupac and Biggie while encouraging viewers to appreciate the collective impact they had on shaping the landscape of hip-hop culture.

Acrylic on wood boards

30in X 48in

$3,500

Not Sick artwork

Not Sick

Acrylic on canvas

48in X 60in

$4,000

The Notorious B.I.G. artwork

It Was All A Dream

Inspired by Biggie's Iconic Lyrics "It was all a dream" and Carlo's love for Hip-Hop music. "It Was All A Dream" was one of his early mixed media pieces that started off solely with marker but grew over the years

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

48in X 48in

$4,000

Lil wayne artwork

RICH & FAMOUS

Inspired by American Rapper Lil Wayne's song "Famous" from twelfth studio album "Carter V". 

Acrylic on canvas

24in X 40in

$2,000

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