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Thought Provokers: East San Diego

San Diego has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists and creative professionals from in and around East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Victorio Villa

Where do I start? Well, I pretty much lived in San Diego my whole life. Started making art as a kid drawing typical kid stuff like copying Disney and comic book characters. Started skateboarding around 84 and thats when my art became more influenced by 80’s board graphics. Probably around 91-92, a friend of mine introduced me to the SD graff scene. Read more>>

Charles Bibbs

Started like most young artists with a gleam in their eyes wishing for success, only to find out later that success comes with a price, like hard work and commitment. Before I found my road to success as an artist, I learned the hard way about responsibility, hard work, and commitment, by working in corporate America for 25 years before I became a successful visual artist. Read more>>


Lissa Dee, Sam Boukas, John Sheppard, Paul Harris and Ken Gill

Blazing Jane was founded by John Sheppard (drummer) and Paul Harris (bassist). The two dynamic musicians weren’t just looking to form a band. They had the desire to create the kind of original music that brings emotion, soul and a positive musical experience to an audience of people who want to hear good music, be told a real story, and dance (of course). Read more>>

Kassia Emily Fiedor

My passion for the natural world came from exploring this remote desert land. As a child, I would ride my horse through the desert trails of white sage, buckwheat, manzanita, and oak trees. Often coming across metates ground into the huge granite boulders near my home, I couldn’t help but wonder which plants did the Kumeyaay ancestors use as medicine and food. Read more>>

Audio Fifty-One Studio

AFO (audiofiftyone) is a studio founded by Freddy Padilla and Nick Bedrosian within the past two decades we have been in band’s and all around the music industry in 2017 we begin recording in order to better our own music and in the process fell in love with engineering and producing. September of 2018, we launched AFO studios and began recording other bands and artist and found a passion for helping band’s develop and shape a sound. Read more>>

Troy Cook

Palapalooza features a different musician/producer/personality every week (episodes released on Wednesday on all digital platforms). We chat with them for a bit to get to know them and their musical background, and then have musicians perform 2 to 3 songs unplugged. Read more>>

Kathleen Geiberger

I truly get “activated” when I’m photographing a wedding. I really just love what I do. I always joke that I feel nothing until the end of the day. It could be 125 degrees out or insanely cold… but I just get so caught up in capturing the love and the moments unfolding in front of me, that I feel nothing until the day is over! Read more>>

Isabelle Fernandez

Since then, I have become an ADHD life coach. My writing allows me to widen the scope of my work and to reach more people around the world (I write in English, Spanish and French) and to continue my coaching mission of helping people grow, feel empowered and thrive, all this while entertaining them with inspiring stories! Read more>>

Joseph Hernandez

After trying so many different mediums, I found myself pinstriping for a while influenced by all the sweet rides in my beautiful city. One day I strolled into a Tandy Leather Store that was down the street from my house to buy some lace for a motorcycle seat I was trying to DIY for a bike I finally got my hands on. Read more>>

Bree Hulan

I picked up my first DSLR way back in high school. My yearbook teacher let me borrow his camera, and he encouraged me to take a photo class because he saw a lot of potential. That’s when I really worked hard and felt my creativity shine. I knew this needed to be more than a hobby, so I started my business during my senior year. Read more>>

Ryan Filancia, Nathan Magers, and Noah Clark

Bitter Kiddos began in 2015 when I began recording what would become the Undead Redheads ep. Hours spent in my bedroom recording all the instruments onto a very basic recording interface resulted in the original four Bitter Kiddos tracks. Read more>>

Roman Luck

I like to be as creative as possible and show mundane everyday things in an interesting and cinematic way. Every new shoot is a new adventure for me; I go to different businesses, organizations, healthcare facilities, science labs, police stations, fire departments and get to learn about their day to day operations. Read more>>


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