David Garibaldi has teamed up with his high school teacher Mr. Shawn Sullivan, to create a nonprofit called “Creator X,” stated:

“To multiply young creators in this world by providing tools and inspiration.”

David Garibaldi painted his first show at Fox and Goose in off R street 15 years ago. I was there, we weren’t close friend by any means but we painted with the same small crew/circle, the sac graff scene was still relatively small. I recall walking in the somewhat intimate space and at this point, David was just getting started. There was a band in this joint, but a DJ as spinning some tunes that night while he was painting live. Little did I know both our graffiti experiences would change both our lives forever.

David Garibaldi Creator X Event

David Garibaldi Creator X Event

A few handful of news folks, social media content creators were invited to his show on March 15 – I went out there on behalf of The Proud Show, big thanks to Sacramento Life for the extended invite! There were two time slots 9:30AM and 10:45AM, I opted for 9:30AM – it was raining – ah bummer. My drive from Wilton was already kind of rough, the rain did not make it any better. I hit just a little traffic and forgot my car charger for my phone, I was in a bummy mood.

But that all changed when I got there! We were instructed to arrive about 15 minutes early for check in and wait to escorted to the area, which gave us a small window to meet + greet. As I walked in I saw some familiar faces, colleague Bri and Guys on The Grid, among LOTS of other people from the community. David is around and kindly introduces himself to everyone as he makes his rounds and shortly we are escorted to the auditorium, among us was the very enthusiastic high school crowd. These kids are in for a treat!

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The funny thing is, this was my FIRST real time seeing Garibaldi paint live since his career exploded. Being gone from Sacramento for 12+ years and barely just moving back, I saw multiple videos circulating around social media. As we situate ourselves, we’re greeted with a countdown timer of 4 minutes. 4 minutes later Garibaldi walks out and music and lights galore – we’re here for a spectacular show and I knew it. I paid close attention to the crowd – the younger kids and they were feeding off it. Drake’s music came on and he painted his portrait (among many others), but my favorite was Martin Luther King Jr.

David Garibaldi Creator X

David Garibaldi Creator X – The next generation of creatives

Working in social media my whole career in lifestyle marketing, tech and graffiti – I looked at this in many ways. Many people would consider David Garibaldi an artist (agreed), but he also a great marketer, moreover a great storyteller. Sure he applies paint to the canvas, but what’s really going on is the molding of thoughts through painting, background visuals, movement, speech and small injections of his story. This was my first time hearing his story and it resonated with me (someone from his generation), but also affected the next gen of high school kids. That right there, is why I believe Creator X will be am amazing nonprofit, this will be a great thing for the creative community. I am looking forward to hearing more about it.

Creator X will be starting this summer with an elite skills art camp. They’re are still building on future plans as we speak. Stay tuned Sacramento!

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