October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It’s officially October, and not only is it the month for my favorite holiday, Halloween… it’s also the month where we  take our time out to raise awareness on Domestic Violence.

Many of you are already aware of the tradgic misfortune in my family. My beautiful cousin Jasmine,  was sadly taken away from us by her boyfriend. Though it is said “time heals all wounds” it still feels like yesterday, and I’m missing her each and everyday.

If you know anyone that is in a rough situation and/or relationship, please don’t be afraid to speak up.

It can save a life.

Please visit http://www.thehotline.org/ or call 1800-799-SAFE (7233)

On another note, I want to give a quick shout out to my cousin Melanie, Jasmine’s sister.  In this small amount of time she has started and is running The Jasmine Nunez Foundation .

The Jasmine Nunez Foundation is a non- profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness on Domestic Violence. Prevention is the best way to End the Silence & what better way to start then educating our young ladies of todays society on the signs of abusive relationships.

They have recently made it to the front page of their local spanish paper in Springfield, Massachussetts!

I’m so proud of you Mel

To contact or be a part of the Jasmine Nunex Foundation please visit their Facebook page or email TheJasmineNunezFoundation@yahoo.com

To read about Jasmine’s story please click here —-> Jasmine Maxine Nunez

Jasmine’s Mural/Xmen Painting

I set up and sent out massive text messages to my family. We will be meeting up at Jasmine’s mural for the first time at 2′ o clock.

Silly me, showed up late… how embarrassing. I picked up two bouquets of flowers, one colorful and one purple, Jasmine’s favorite color. I also picked up three candles… and headed out.

I met up with my bestfriend Ari, which you all should know by now,  and sister Julissa. It took us almost close to forever to get there, but I knew damn well, it was worth it.

I was actually very proud and satisfied with the outcome of how many of my family members showed up. Especially since many failed to respond to my messages. Once, I saw my Abuela Magaly I knew everyone was serious. That’s the head honcho. I was also glad I wasn’t the only one who brought anything. My cousin Sasha was a doll and brought flowers as well.

We all said a prayer…. everyone seemed to love the mural, I was so grateful that the three artist, Zacto, Phil and Sopa blessed us…. and even better yet, came and met my family.

A short while later, everyone split and I stayed, catching up with the guys, especially since I haven’t seen them in so long. Ari and Jula decided to keep me company, which made me happy.

I was asked to paint, and of course I couldn’t resist…. It’s been so long since I’ve picked up a can and put in some work.

The girls have seen many pictures of my work, but have never seen me in action…. let alone this being unplanned, no sketch or anything.


They even started to imitate the Minxette. Since I was painting last night, this was the pose that was etched in my brain, so I stuck with it.

    The guys were working on a killer piece, with who better than Wolverine!

Sopa did my letters, especially since I’m so terrible at them, while I worked on my character.


I had so much fun, I have a lot of practicing to do. I need to stop slacking.Today was a good day, I’m glad I got to spend it with loved ones. Both Family and crew.

All photographs but the first by Misha Merino