When one thinks of pizza-loving turtles that live in a sewer with a rat that knows martial arts, one can only think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Art Show” will feature totally awesome art from many different local artists who are fans of the cartoons, movies and action figure toys. Onlookers will enjoy the extremely radical TMNT art and deliciously far-out pizza and beer at BASIC on Tuesday April 30.

One of the artists exhibiting is San Diegan artist Danny Peralta. The artist, originally from Queens, New York draws his inspiration from graffiti artists, comic books and animations. Danny picked up drawing and painting when he was young after seeing his father’s art. He also took interest in graffiti at a young age.

Also displaying, local artist Paul Naylor, likes to link his art and graphic design with underground music and film. He got his Bachelor’s from the Art Institute of San Diego in graphic design. Now, he is working with Blue Ink Syndicate to create graphic design for clients. His recent work with “Splash!”, a speed-painter division within Blue Ink, has him performing at places like the San Diego Zoo and Downtown Disney.

Robeast, rbst for short, is another San Diegan artist with an interest in graphic design. Some of his past work has been making papercraft art, a type of foldable paper origami. Animation and music are two interests that influence his work. He also works in digital illustrations and designs and makes creative flyers for art gallery events.

The event will also feature a variety of martial arts and martial arts-related performances. There will be a Martial Arts-themed dance performances by Cara Cadwallader. Dane Dormio will demonstrate his Tai Chi technique. Other entertainment will include Escrima/Kali and Silat demonstrations.

The opening starts at 7pm and runs until 12am on Tuesday April 30. Bar Basic is located at 410 Tenth Avenue in downtown, San Diego. There is no dress code and no cover. However, you must be at least 21 years old to attend.


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