Big ups to Alexandra Henry and the team of photographers and videographers who came through to shoot the crew process. We had a lot of fun on this wall even after all the mix ups with locking down the right wall. Our Few & Far 2013 Miami wall almost didn’t happen. Fortunately we had a wonderful team this year and we got it together in a matter of weeks. Thank you all for making it happen on all fronts! Few & Far “Warrior Women” is in full effect in Miami folks —> 375 NW 24st between 4th & 5th aves. We dedicate our wall to an amazing human being, and wonderful man who passed away the day we started painting the wall; Nelson Madela <3
“IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT’S DONE” – Nelson MandelaÂ
photography byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013Â
Want to extend a big thank you to Eric the owner of this wall at 375 NW 24st. He has an amazing warehouse. Wish we would have had enough time to build. Thanks for the cold cold beers Eric! Â Photo by Â©Toofly Â©2013
Photo byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013
Photo byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013
Shout out to Christina Isabela Rivera for helping me rock the halo, heart, and fills on my character and taking some dope fish eye lenz flicks of the crew. Your a lovely woman! Your energy was on point with the crew thank you sOOOooooo much!!!!
Photo byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013
I was all work and no play the first few days while my buds were out and about the basel events. Luckily we squeezed in some quality time towards the end of our crew trip. LOVE YOU GUYS!!! <3 Thank you for the transport scoops, pool dip fun , beach chillax, and quesadillas!
DAY 2 let’s get to work!
STRONG WOMEN. SISTERHOOD. WARRIOR WOMEN. LOVE. FREEDOM. Each of us found a way to connect our works and collaborate on things we believe in and spread our messages in a collective voice <3
DJ Agana (SF) Photo by Christina Isabela Rivera Â©2013 – so much love for DJ Agana! Such a beautiful person. Always there for the crew extending her efforts in all areas. Love ya girl!
Ursula X Young (SF) Photo by Christina Isabela Rivera Â©2013 – Great meeting Ursula X Young at last. Her brush work and characters are Â lovely! Hippies 4Ever <3
Deity (LA) Photo by Christina Isabela Rivera Â©2013 – Shout out to Deity for coming thru for the crew on the transport and crew love on this trip. First time rock’n with the Few & Far ladies. Great job sistah. Chicana’s Rock!
Shout out to IRONLAK for sponsoring the Few & Far wall this year. THANK YOU!
Kazilla ( MIA) Photo byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013
Photo byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013
Few & Far Art Basel Miami 2013. Photo byÂ Alexandra Henry Â©2013
XOXO MIAMI! Till next time <3ÂShare No comments
The Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up Shop Re-Cap flicks are still in the works, but here are a few of my faves! I snuck in a few flicks in between vending, building, and making sure we did not blow out any more outlets. Ah! Â Samantha Morales will have her images up soon. I know they are gonna be AWESOME. Our photobooth rocked this year, happy we have Sam on board, and thankful Karla came thru as well to give us a hand. Thank you all for supporting the LLP Holiday Pop-Up Shop!!! The event and the crew is growing and getting tight. YAY!!!
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On a serious grind this month! I finally have a chance to update ya’ll a bit on some super cool projects that are in the works, and coming up…but first LONDON 2013! It was a super quick trip. I almost didn’t make it. I had to pack my bags and speed mode it to the airport in Quito , Ecuador after the GRAFFF festival Â in order to take on an awesome awesome gig. SOOooooo glad I made it! I’m proud of how far I have come with my work, and my independent business. Unfortunately I can not share the project details at this time, but will share a few flicks from trip below. I want to send a big thank you to the folks that were involved in making this trip, and project possible. “Dare to be Different!”
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I have to put this blog post together quick! Off to London in a few hours. November is one crazy month ya’ll. This past weekend I had a chance to paint at the 5th annual Public Art Project called “GRAFFF” I was invited by a lovely artist that goes by the name of Vera. I met her at the MTN wall in Quito a few weeks ago. Super sweet! She is one of the main organisers and directors for the project where 15+ international and local artist participate in mixed media art pieces. From murals, to street art, to dance performances. The project is growing, and the walls are getting bigger too. It was a huge task to take on this long long wall, but I gave it my best, and tried something new. Love how it came out! As soon as I get more flicks from event and the rest of the artist walls I will add. Unfortunately because I was squeezed for time I had not chance to take shots of the the rest of the event, and walls:(
TOOFLY, AMBATO ECUADOR 2013
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TOOFLY NABS BROOKLYN FOR FALL SHOWCASE!
Renowned Street Artist TOOFLY Debuts the â€śLOVE WARRIORâ€ť Showcase at Brooklynâ€™s Fresthetic Gallery
BROOKLYN, New Yorkâ€”October 21st, 2013â€”A month from now, world renowned female graffiti artist, designer, and activist,Â Maria â€śTOOFLYâ€ť CastilloÂ will unveil herÂ LOVE WARRIORÂ series at Bushwickâ€™s own Fresthetic Gallery onÂ Thursday, November 21, 2013.Â The community is abuzz about TOOFLY; thus making her opening an anticipated yet intimate art celebration in Brooklyn. Held fromÂ 6PM to 10PM, arts enthusiasts, tastemakers, press and friends will get to view five years of existing and new works by TOOFLY, admiring a palpable presence of feminine power immersed in the spiritual. The mixed media artist livens up recycled materials with handstyles, fierce women, and native patterns to tap back into her “roots”.
LOVE WARRIOR is a new direction of work for TOOFLY. The series, started a few years ago, boasts images of sensual, strong, indigenous women painted in gray tones, decorated with warrior markings to describe the deep reserves of strength women inherit from their ancestors and experiences.
Thus, it appears that the artistâ€™s infamous â€śNew York City graffiti-girlâ€ť character illustration, a staple for galleries, walls and some notable global brands, has matured. This is in part due to living in both North and South America, where TOOFLY explores art, feminism and spirituality from a different perspectiveâ€”one deeply rooted in her Ecuadorian heritage that marries her upbringing on the streets of New York City.
With that, the â€śback to your rootsâ€ť message emerges in the LOVE WARRIOR series, with the use of recycled materials as an added element.Â Itâ€™s an ode to a simpler time when powerful art in New York was created on typically discarded items and urban surfaces. Yet, LOVE WARRIOR isnâ€™t about wildstyle; itâ€™s paying homage to forgotten indigenous cultures in a technologically obsessed world. Still, technologyâ€™s loss is TOOFLYâ€™s gain as she captures the depth of women on paper, canvas, wood, and cardboard materials discovered on New York City streets. The showâ€™s attendees will experience a cultural mixed media experience through native designs, religious iconography, and graffiti marks as each woman depicts a story. Classic handstyles lay a finishing touch on these amazing works, emitting cryptic wisdom such asÂ “Grow in Silence,” “Respect,” and her most admired piece, “WHAT WE LOVE WE GROW TO RESEMBLE.”
â€śThis new series taps into the soulâ€™s purpose to love, create, and become free,â€ť says TOOFLY while sketching new works.Â Just before finishing she adds–â€śartists canâ€™t afford to lose our legacy at the expense of commodification”. Those of us in touch with our hearts know itâ€™s time to go back to our roots. For me, that foundation is love.â€ťShare No comments
It’s that time again! LLP team is gearing up for HOLIDAY 2013. Ready to bring you all a wonderful community event that supports independent artists and designers for a 1 day pop-up shop! Shop local, shop handmade, and support local economies this Holiday. See you soon!
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Hellllllllla photos to post from Oakland trip. I had a really nice time. It was mellow with lot’s of action in between. I want to send a warm thank you to Favianna for hosting me, feeding me, and locking in me on all this wonderful projects along with Erin Yoshi and Julio. I got to meet some wonderful souls like Chris R who’s work is super amazing and who’s healthy organic breakfast with a side of yogi chats put me in a total different mindset. I am inspired by all the wonderful minds in this town and the weather is a super +! I shall be back…
The fun continued with an invitation to Estria Graffiti Jam at the Castlemont High School on Sunday. Many of the Few & Far gals were in town so we we locked down a corner at the school and painted for a few hours. The wall was a sandy orange color which worked lovely with our left over can scraps.
Mike Bam and the little artist cruising crew!
Toofly. Dime, and Agana got to wall early so we decided to rock a 3X collabo. Went a graphic route because we only had 5 hours to complete. Came out pretty dope!
#LATINSOULSISTERS Photo by Miguel “Bounce”
TOOFLY OAKLAND CA 2013 baby!
Erin Yoshi having some fun under the sun:)
Chri R got a chance to paint and add his mandala native feathers piece on Erin and Glows character. So beautiful! Miiiiiiisssssssss you my brother from anotha!
Few & Far gals re-united for a day in East Oakland, California. Agana, Meme, Glow, Dime, Erin Yoshi, and TF
I got a lot done in one week! Fall season is definitely one of the busiest times of the year. Enjoying moments to sketch and reflect are just as important as the work if not more. This is where all the ideas develop, and where all understanding reflects back to show you if you are following your purpose and doing the “good” work. My soul has known which way to sail and who to sail with for a while now. Intuition the almighty compass! IT KNOWS. It will guide you, and it will warn you. I am thankful to work with some amazing friends these days who are vibrating in the right direction. Little by little I am meeting more and more of you “warriors of love” and it feels great! Thank you my friends <3Â
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Happy to be heading back to California this year. It’s been a minute! This year I will be working with an amazing woman, friend, artist Favianna Rodriguez. We met a few years ago in NY when she was showcasing her prints in El Barrio. I love her work, and the great activism projects she has lead with theÂ Culture Strike group. I am happy to be in full support of her migrations butterfly project which will take place at theÂ Life is Living festival on Saturday October, 12th in Oakland Ca. We will be painting beautiful butterfly pieces for a public street art project about the human right to move. Proud to be part of it and super excited to see everyone! Especially Erin Yoshi, Estria, Glow, Nancy Pilli, Brett Cook Disney, The Few & Far girls, and many more. See you guys soon! ((( Many Thanks )))
Favianna Rodriguez/Culture Strike kicking knowledge about what is happening in this country to undocumented immigrants and the crazy laws being passed that many of our friends and family may soon have to deal with. It is a serious time, and we have to use our art to spread these messages to the public at large. Graff is dope and all but we gotta start using our talent to educate folks and spread powerful messages to our community. Our art can be deeper, powerful, and more meaningful to all. DREAM! MIGRATE! LIVE!
Time for some action!
We’re almost ready!
Blackbook battles with the funky cool youth.
Gloria rock’n her beautiful Butterfly. Migration is TRANSFORMATION!
Great to see all of Oakland beautiful peeps.
Voila! MIGRATON IS FREEDOM/LIBERTAD – Because I am flying back in forth between North America and South America these days the freedom to live this way is def where it’s at. FREEDOM FOR ALL!!! We should have the right as human beings searching for a better life to live wherever we want.
Doves NYC reppin…characters letters background….
Miguel lindo! aka BOUNCE #trustyourstruggle hommie…gotta me time to hang next time.
Doze Green and the gang…Congrats to Vile for the win! 400 Montana cans what! I may just have to get in on this battle next time…it was actually all good and fun. Slowly getting over the idea of a competition…wouldn’t mind winning Â 400 cans!
It’s a wrap! Thank you Culture Strike <3
Why can’t we make people understand that we can enjoy life? – Phylilis Lun
Thank you Life is Living Festival, Oakland Ca!
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Heading to Oakland next week. Gearing up. Lot’s to do while I am there. I’ve been preparing for this Pecha Kucha slide presentation for days now and I think I am finally ready for it. Eeeeek! Wish me luck…
Pecha Kucha Night Oakland!
Thursday, October 10, 2013 // 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.Â The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham ofÂ Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen,Â SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.
Fun space. Lounge chairs, popcorn, and the buzz it up service. Super nice! I think I want to plan something like this back in the motherland…
Eeek! TF time. Rock’n it out…
Bigging up our Graffiti Women: Lady Pink, Younity, Ladies Love Project, Few & Far
Favianna Rodriguez – Migration is Beautiful. Speaking the truth!!!
Nancy Pili Hernandez: Water Writes/Estria Foundation represent! Lot’s of wonderful folks doing great things for the community.
To close out the night ETHIOPIAN grub! Â
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On Monday October 7th there will be a fundraiser for an amazing organization called GROUNDSWELL at Christie’s Auction House with an great list of artists like; Lady Pink, Lee Quinones, Ricky Powell, Jose Parla, Daze, Swoon, Ricardo Cortes, and moreÂ . My latest print “ARISE” from the Love Warrior series will showcase in support. If you would like to purchase tickets, place a bid, and get more information visit:Â www.groundswellmural.org/benefit
All proceeds support Groundswell (groundswellmural.org) and its work to bring together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. Online bidding is available beginning September 23 at 10am EST. —> ARTWORK BIDSShare No comments
VIP time! fashionably late that is. All good we made it, and just about everyone arrived to check out the exhibit. Very happy with the whole set-up, and display of our works. The cranberry drinks were great, and the complimentary pizza hit the spot. It was super nice to see everyone, especially those faces I haven’t seen in a while. Shout out to the Redbull team in NYC. Great show!
wrapping up the virgo season, and enjoying the last days of summer with my closest friends. Happy and at peace with the flow of the evening. Gathering the troops is a mission and a half sometimes but all worth it. Love all you guys!
OOooh la la…the lighting makes these cooler look so FRESHHHHHHHH!
Lovely photo opp by Alexandra Henry with Mike from Fresthetic. We’re building and preparing for a fall showcase this November. Stay tuned!
Been sooooooo long! I was happy to see Kenny at the event. Thank you KEN SWIFT:)
Getting the Redbull cranberry vodka drink on!
URNY and 2FLY reppn’ for the night…
Thank you everyone!!! Had a blast that night glad we got a chance to jam it out on the dancefloor at Bembe. Good times!!! See ya in November.Share No comments
The Redbull Canvas Cooler Project was a great opportunity to head back to New York and enjoy the last days of summer. I got a chance to paint, hangout with friends, and celebrate my Birthday:) It was a lovely September NYC trip. Glad I accepted the invitation. The Redbull Curates team set it off this year in Bushwick Brooklyn. Yeah…that once overlooked neighborhood where nobody wanted to live. AH! the inner city boroughs are changing a whole lot. Brooklyn is the hot new gentrified spots to live in these days. It is not surprising that many hi-profile companies are tapping in. There’s almost no reason to head into the city anymore. Crazy right?! It feels like our artist energy is at fault sometimes. We try to live in cheaper rent zones but then our creative wheels turn to improve the neighborhood and then sooner than you can blink lofts and condos take over and push you, and your friends out. So unfair! What are you gonna do. Gotta vent, speak the truth and use our work to educate folks. As much as I agreed to be part of this project I will make sure to take the chance to express my feelings of it all at the end of the day. To learn more about why I chose to paint this image and the story behind it check out the blog post —> DEATH & REBIRTH
“LET LOVE RAISE YOUR ENERGY” Death and Rebirth, Brooklyn NYC
I wasn’t fully prepared to rock my cooler, but I knew if I carved out a good 30min the night before to brainstorm some ideas it was gonna be all good. 4 panels. 8 hrs. I was happy with the result. I decided to illustrate an important image that is dear to me, along with a positive powerful message. The set-up was cool, and it was nice to meet and paint alongside artists I known for years and artists new to the scene. Some of them are really amazing illustrators which I love! Big ups to the ones who hold it down on the natural skills to draw, paint, and conceptualize something original. There’s no room in our book for anything else. My friend said it best: TRUE ARTISTRY over HYPE baby!!!
Zimad! Always sweet:) Â loving the new work!!! Must plan a group showcase soon…
Sofia Maldonado!!! Lovely and sweet. Our conversation about what is happening in the art world these days was on point! We are on the same page hommie. I am happy we are both traveling and painting in our countries and exploring new avenues for our art:) Big hugz!
I personally loooove this cooler! So smart to work in the Redbull cans. If I had to vote I would have done so for this guy. Shout out to our friend Royce who came thru to check out the artists at work:)
There’s a lot of artists these days rock’n it out. It’s hard to keep track but meeting everyone was cool so I can finally put a face ot the art. Whew! Great meeting you all!
If you have felt this you know what I am talking about. Redbull Canvas Curates Event photos coming soon!
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