"You don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot. He wants to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we’re going to police in the United States."

- Rev. Al Sharpton today for Michael Brown’s national eulogy

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Hands Up United demonstration this afternoon in the VCU Compass. For those who could not make it or were not comfortable enough this time around, there will be another Hands Up, Don’t Shoot demonstration in the near future.


A Hands Up for Michael Brown demonstration protesting the murder of eighteen year old Mike Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. This demonstration took place on the Monroe Park Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, on August 25th, 2014. About forty people total participated. 

Demonstrators who gave their names for publication include Alex Teschel, Alexis Honeycutt, Brittney Maddox, Courtney Shackelford, Josh Braunstein, Julee Harris, Kelly Gumm, Kitty Novelli, Lala Dozier, Maya White-Lurie ,Morgan Britt, Phen Bownen, Rob Gibsun, Shannon Wright, Shay Patrick, Xander H. Wong, and Zaira Qureshi.

If I have misspelled your name, or if you are featured in the photos and would like to add your name, please message me here, on Tumblr, or by e-mailing activerva@gmail.com. 

You can see the full album of photos here


Here’s the piece I did in memory of my friend Kerry P. Talbott. It’s part of the MONSTROUS OPTIMISM Poster Show Benefit! The show is this Friday (08/22) at Art Space in Richmond, and will be displaying a lot of beautiful posters that will be on sale to support his family. Hope to see you there!


Here’s a small clip of Cali Girls from the Richmond concert I went to! Also with some sexy shots of Rocky, a bit of me screaming(sorry), some intense head banging from Riker and Ross and also some very nice dance moves from Riker


A solidarity demonstration in Richmond, Virginia, for the people of Ferguson, Missouri, on August 17th, 2014. About 250 people gathered at Monroe Park and marched downtown to the John Marshall Courts Building. 

You can see the full album here

If this photo set contains a picture of you or your child, and you want it taken down, please contact Active-RVA here, or at activerva@gmail.com.

There will be a follow-up event on August 31st; a community forum. RSVP here

Hey guys, so I did this illustration for a benefit show here in Richmond called MONSTROUS OPTIMISM.

The show has a lot of great illustrators contributing! And I am honored to be on the same wall space with them!

So if your in the Richmond area, come to this show!!


"Kerry P. Talbott— beloved Richmond artist, teacher, and friend— lost his battle with brain cancer last year. A who’s who list of top talent has assembled to create original images inspired by Kerry’s love of aliens, monsters, robots and super heroes to be sold as gorgeous 11" x 17" prints! 
All profits from the sale of these prints goes to benefit Kerry’s son and daughter, and will certainly look handsome adorning YOUR wall! Come on and out and support Richmond’s art community helping one of their own!”


at 7:00pm - 10:00pm

at Artspace. Zero East 4th street, Richmond, VA. 

Facebook Event Link

Have you seen this latest Gilbert Crockett ad we’ve been running in the mags this month? So damn sick. Word from the editing bay is Gilby has more footage for the upcoming Vans video than he knows what to do with! First 8 song video part??? Well, maybe not that much but he has a shit ton. Watch Gil in the first installment of The Bust Crew Episodes to get hyped and head to your local skateshop to pick up one of the new colors of his signature shoes for back to school.

Photo: Brent O’Donnell

Hands Up for Ferguson, Monday August 25th, VCU Monroe Park Campus

Today, Monday August 25th, at 1pm, in the Virginia Commonwealth University Monroe Park Campus Compass (located by Cabell Library, 900 Park Avenue, Richmond VA), Slam Nahuatl at VCU and other groups are gathering for a solidarity demonstration for Ferguson, Missouri: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”