David Bad. All in, Win or Lose

29 May 2024 – 3 Jun 2024

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12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
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Human Resources is pleased to present "all in, win or lose" by David Bad.


Ever since I can remember I’ve been painting, drawing, sketching, or coloring something. Being introduced to art at a very young age and having family members encouraging it, is why I paint for more hours than I sleep. With art i feel as if i always need to have a sketch book around, or pen and a napkin as I wait for the waiter to bring my food. A sort of Freedom of doing without thinking, freedom from thinking; sort of.

I do give all the credit to my mother and siblings for pushing me towards art or any creative outlet. My mother was a teacher’s assistant and would come home with fresh crayons and new books for me to draw in. We used to go to record stores and pick out CDs, my mother was a classic rock and oldies lover. My older brother, who was a graff writer, had these books with amazing word style art pieces with characters in them. Some pages just scribble, some very detailed similar graffiti pieces to the ones I’d see out on the streets. Thinking what great lengths and fun adventures these graffiti artists would go on to put up a “NAME”, on a billboard or on risking it on some train tracks. My oldest sister use to sew her own clothes and Halloween costumes. She was also the best illustrator of all of us and taught me a lot about drawing. My sister Justine was heavy into music, she was the one who got us to go out and buy CDs. She would collect her music off the radio by recording them on cassette tapes, I actually got my taste in music from her.

My name is David Bad, born and raised in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California 90031, five minutes from Chinatown. I’m a painter but have other various skills as well as photography, sculpting, and music production, and more creative outlets i come across worth learning. This art show, however, is a painted series; it being my first show ever I’d like to show you my favorite thing in the whole world to do. This show is called “All In, Win or Lose,” which consist of 52 hand painted playing cards. The images painted represent Chicano culture, Lucha Libre matches, pin striped low riders, Aztec ceremonies, gold hoop earing with thin eyebrows, elotes, tamales, tacos with tapatio, the Zoot Zuiters, white blank tee with greased up over sized 501s while sporting Corteze. The lifestyle I was raised in.

– David Bad

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