Upendo is a Watts, California native.
As an artist, designer, and lover of life, Upendo’s inspiration is drawn from
the streets, sports, music, fashion, friends, political and social issues, pop culture, cartoon characters, and his favorite
food - the hamburger. Through hand drawn skills, computer design, and a can of paint, Upendo has developed an
original design aesthetic that opened doors to collaborations with Nike, Adidas, World Industries, Skateboards,
Akademics, Burton, Guess, Gatorade, Columbia/Sony Records, Vh1, Raphael Saadiq, Stones Throw Records,
Strong Arm Steady, Black Milk, and Danny Brown. Fonts, verbiage, illustrations, apparel, abstract art and design are
combined elements in creating what Upendo calls Graphic Poetry.