The 5th annual Detonarte Urban Arts Festival is finally all wrapped up! I’m beat. Over 150 artists have been painting for a few days at the Mercado San Roque in the center of Quito, Ecuador. It’s one of the oldest, and craziest places I’ve ever to. I’ve seen so much in the last few days of “Mercado Life” that has taken me away a bit. The realness is ill. Happy we can put smiles on the folks who spend most of their lives here, especially the kids that arrive from school and see a whole new playground. Here are some of my favorite pics, and some from our dear photographer friend; Mavizu.
El Mercado de San Roque:¬†se encuentra en el barrio de San Roque desde 1981 en que fue construido. Alberga a 3000 comerciantes, 90 transportistas asociados, 200 desgranadoras, 2000 estibadores, 200 rodeadoras, un total 5490 trabajadores (20.862 personas que viven directamente del mercado). Se abastece de productos de todo el pa√≠s y alimenta al 35% de la ciudad de Quito. Es un espacio autogestionado por las organizaciones del mercado: existen 26 asociaciones de comerciantes, transportistas, y cargadores que conviven diariamente en el mercados SR.
Got our walls locked in and we’re ready to rock for the week!
El Detonarte:¬†es el festival de arte urbano m√°s grande del pa√≠s. Est√° en su 5ta edici√≥n. La selecci√≥n de 10 artistas nacionales por concurso y de 10 artistas internacionales.¬†200 muros del mercado de SR vana ser pintados por los mejores artistas urbanos del pa√≠s y por artistas internacionales.¬†Los 10 artistas nacionales seleccionados por concurso son: Apitat√°n, Artkasmo, Coxmorama, Doz, Enaone, Ralex, Splash, Steep, Tenaz, Toofly.¬†Y de 10 artistas internacionales invitados para esta edici√≥n: Parole, Delio, Auka Arte, Guache, Brigada Negrotr√≥pica, Calidoso, Visual AGP, Monowild, Hadok, Irem.¬†Este a√Īo el Detonarte tiene programadas adem√°s de los murales en San Roque, ferias y charlas sigue la programaci√≥n en¬†http://www.detonarte.com
STEEP – Ecuador
APITATAN – Ecuador
Tenaz – Otavalo
#DETONARTE¬†2014!!! Gracias y felicitaciones a todos! You are all amazing, and wonderful creative souls, happy I got a chance to kick it with some of ya. Buen viaje, buenas vibras, y nos vemos en una pr√≥xima pinta en el lindo mundo de Sur America!Share No comments
Let the countdown begin!!! We got our booth# confirmed and we’re ready for Pasadena Ca! ¬†This will be my first time at Designer Con, pretty excited! Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art! -¬†Happy to team up with my good friend Kano from Corona Queens NYC. We’re gonna have 2 days of fun with over 300 vendors. Tickets are officially on sale: ONE DAY: $5, and TWO DAYS $10.00 ( they’re $7 at door so get yours online ) Check out our booth #811 for art prints, original art, sketchbooks, toys, stickers, totes, and more!
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Happy to announce that I will be one of the national artists participating at the 5th annual DETONARTE urban arts festival in Quito, Ecuador October 13th – October 19th 2014. This is one of the most well organized graffiti/street art events in the city, looking forward to it and to all the international artists attending from Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Belgica, and Spain! ¬†For more information visit their website:¬†www.detonarte.com¬†or¬†facebook page.Share No comments
I’m a little behind on my blog, sorry folks! ¬†I’ve been super crazed with the construction of my first home in Ecuador, and preparing for the fall grind. 2014 has been nothing but awesome and I’m ready to wrap it up in style. Next stop: ¬†LOS ANGELES! I will be in the city of angels a month from today to spend some time with my dear friends, possibly paint at Venice Beach, and to rock out a very cool designer/toy event with Kano kid in Pasadena, Ca called Designer Con. It will be my first year in attendance, definitely looking forward to it! – ¬†The event info is coming soon. We are trying to lock down our booth number and as soon as we have it we will share. It’s going to be a very fun trip!!! Super excited for my fall travel plans this year, see ya’ll soooooon.Share No comments
The customized Brooklyn Tower Kit – ¬†by some really dope illustrators, graffiti artists, and toy designers will be on display on November 1st 2014 in the heart of the Lower East Side! The Boundless Brooklyn exhibit ” The Art of the Tag ” at My Plastic Heart¬†is going to be a pretty cool show. I don’t do many custom works anymore, but sometimes some are too cool to pass up. Love my tower! Be sure to check it out TOOFLY, MARKA27, KANO, ROYCE BANNON, MATT SIREN, and more!
Construction on my first home has officially started! I have to be focused on that project for the next 2-3 months but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to support our friend’s mural project in Quito this past weekend. Over 150 artist from Ecuador signed up to paint a very large wall at the parque Bicentenario. A huge park that was once Quito’s main airport. The city has grown so much that the airport had to move elsewhere and now there’s a large space in the middle of the city open for a new park design. In the meantime artists, food vendors, and locals are enjoying the open space to ride bikes, skateboard, run, play, and rock out events. The 1st ever Metallica concert was held there a few months ago and it was massssssive! It’s a great space for almost anything, and our organizer friend Luis, from NEURAL INDUSTRIAS CREATIVAS ¬†hooked up with the city parks dept in Quito to rock a large mural in support of the growing demand for urban artists to have legal spaces to paint. When I first arrived to the motherland everything was chill here. You can paint walls in peace and rock a wall almost anywhere with the owners permission. In the last year however the last mayor put that shit on lock and now many street artists are getting fined over $300 and getting thrown in jail for a day for not having their permission given directly from the city. It’s has become more and more difficult to paint walls here. Making it harder for street artists to paint is bad move, because the urban arts culture in Ecuador will suffer, and the craft will not evolve properly. Without an urban arts culture to represent the country many young people will turn their energy elsewhere, most likely negative. It is very important for all artists in Ecuador at this time to come together now and attend these events, as well as city meetings. “LA PREVIA” held on Saturday August 30th is part of DETONARTE’S message to the new city officials of Quito to help support a large arts and culture movement happening all over the world. The new mayor (forget his name) came through to give a speech at the event, which showed us he’s in support. City meetings will be held in the next few weeks let’s see what happens. Till then we will make our voices heard! Gracias LUIS!!! <3
“FREE SPIRIT” Not enough equipment or paint or time to make this happen but one day I’ll rock it out in full detail..
teamed up with Splash from ALM crew…
Collaboration among artists helps us grow…
Young people have open places to enjoy live urban art they can relate to, music, and sunshine. The opportunity to “hang out” creates a space where they can build and be inspired to create.
hommie HTM with the graphic skillz + he’s an awesome “good vibes” soul.
“building” with folks from CUENCA – fun projects ahead…
EME ESE, finally met the artist that paints these graphic cows everywhere in Ecuador:)
Quito peeps! The best part about painting with all these guys is that they are all so nice and chill. Love that!
Finally met Apitatan, he paints everywhere! His stuff is pretty prominent, and he looks like his characters! We all do:)
It was a beautiful day to paint, ride bikes, stroll, and eat ceviche de chochos!
TOOFLY X SPLASH Collabo 2014 – gracias amigo! Letras y Characters always look good together:)
I¬†forgot to smile…*smirk
TOOFLY.SPLASH.PAINT.APITATAN – photo by ALM
OK Ecuador…get your shit together so we can take it to the next level. We need paint, we need ladders, scaffolds, and most of all spaces to create beautiful murals to bring our people and barrios together to enjoy life. We work hard for it, and YES we are part of the solution for your “EL BUEN VIVIR” campaign.
Nos vemos el Jueves! Septiembre 4, 2014 Apuntesen! Si quieren ver cambios…Share No comments
Save the Date! —-> Few & Far Women is gearing up for an all female art print show in Sacramento California next month at Sol Collective. Toofly goodies like stickers packs, totes, sketchbooks and more will also be available. More after the jump off! Type, and Flyer design by yours truly:)
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Few and Far is an assemblage of women who beautify the streets. ¬†In a shared commitment to creativity, education and social justice we draw, paint, skateboard and teach all over the globe.¬†Street art is an international, visual language that ever evolves. ¬†A mural is a story and each artist takes her turn in the telling. Using our gifts as totem makers, Few and Far‚Äôs reflection of the world is fantastic and distinctly feminine. By engaging our community in our narrative, we seek to foster young imagination, to help the neighborhood‚Äôs next generation recognize and channel their creative impulses. ¬†This conversation between artistsand communities is an ongoing, global project to heal and bring together all peoples.¬†
Hey folks! sorry I’ve been a little behind on my posts. I’m building my first home in the mothaland at last! more about that wonderful experience later. For now I want to let folks know about a few shows currently up in New York, New Jersey, and an all female print show coming up in Sacramento California next month. This week is your last chance to check out the “Brooklyn Queens Elite” (BQE) exhibit curated by my homegirl Yvette Hidalgo at PowerHouse Books! This Sunday, August 24th is the last day to view! Here’s some flicks of the show…
On view until Sunday August 24th at Powerhouse Books //¬†37 Main Street Brooklyn ( Dumbo ) F train to York St.
proud of my ladies! Grew up in the same hood, Corona Queens baby! Destined to meet and build creative worlds together.
Olivia’s photos from back in the days have a lot of graffiti history from Corona, Queens don’t miss seeing them!!! Shout out to the peeps – THE NATURALS, THE OUTSIDERS and YKK.
Shout out to Angie LM Vasquez for the flicks! and to everyone who supported the fam on a lovely summer night in Dumbo Brooklyn.
It’s a small world! Eventually the kids from the 90′s all grown up and ¬†destined to re-unite and celebrate true school style and native NY flava.
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The Toofly “Love Warrior” Lookbook is finally up! I had a great time working with my homegirls on this photoshoot. It’s been a long time since I focused some of my energy back into my love for fashion and style. I have a ton of new pieces I never got a chance to shoot when I left New York, so I pulled it all together in a week and met my girlz in Dumbo Brooklyn for some make-up, hair, styling, and photo fun. Thanks for the collabo love ladies! Samantha Morales, Alexandra Casula, Isabella¬†Dunham, and Lady fancy Nails <3 ¬†- Behind the scenes flicks coming soon!
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Now that I am back in Ecuador I can get started on a few other projects + take a nice break from the busy bee mode of the NY grind. I was invited last weekend for the magazine launch of Ecuador’s first official graffiti/street art magazine VISCERARTE¬†”revista de arte urbano” -¬†¬†The folks who run the magazine have been clicking away at many of the graffiti events in Quito I’ve attended. I met them earlier this year when Abusa Crew was in town. They are a lovely couple Alex, and Eli who’s love for the urban artform in their city has turned into a print project all their own. I want to give a special thanks to them for taking on the publishing world here in Quito to help document the movement through words, and photography. There’s some nice things going down in this city it’s nice to see it unfold in person. Here’s some flicks of the magazine launch at El Centro Contemporaneo in Quito. Participating artists like La Ratona, Jason, Bonice, Enaone and more…
Photo by David Parra ¬©2014
Gracias a todos! Seguimos adelante con el amor por el arte urbano para pintar lindas paredes en nuestros barrios y reunir a nuestros pueblos.Share No comments
Now in it’s 5th year the Welling Court Mural Project organized by ADHOC.ORG is bigger and better than ever with over 127 walls this year! The rainy week drove my painting schedule crazy. ¬†I would have liked to get the wall done in 2 days so I can enjoy the block party and take flicks but on Saturday morning I got up at the crack of dawn to get an early start. Luckily it all worked out. I got my wall done in just 8hrs, whew! My New York fam came thru to show love, and spend a lovely afternoon playing with their kids at the wall. ¬†This event unlike many others is a family “community” event. I love that! Less “hipster hoopla”, noise, and hype. It feels relaxing, chill, and peaceful. Families, friends, and art lovers get to stroll around the neighborhood and admire the art in peace. There’s all kind of “street art” inspired events happening in NY and in various cities now which is great! Communities are down for us at last. I’ve been at it for over 20 years now and it’s finally starting to feel like the “Warriors of the Rainbow” – spoken in indigenous texts – have officially arrived <3 Thank you Allison, and Garrison Buxton for another wonderful Wellingcourt event, see you guys next year!
Thanks for the polaroid @leannav
Shout out to the Lexi Bella, Danielle , and Shiro for stopping by the wall. These aerosol ladies are going hard this year! Not mad. Hold it down:)
TOOFLY – Wellingcourt Mural Project , Astoria Queens NY 2014
My little Project Girlz <3¬†They’ll be ready in no time!
From Ecuador to New York to Ecuador and back! Every Spring and Fall:)
Bye Bye Toofly!
Thank you my beautiful New York Family! I LOVE YOU GUYS <3 See ya in November:)
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As if this year’s trip to New York couldn’t get any better, and way more busy it was time to switch gears. I got an opportunity to work with Clairol Professional for the launch of their new hair coloring product “Flare” The mission to create a beautiful Toofly character piece inspired by the vibrant color of graffiti art. The piece was painted outdoors on a sunny day in Corona, Queens on a large 2-panel canvas. It was later installed in the new and improved Wella World Studio downtown Manhattan. The launch date was awesome! I prepared a slide presentation alongside celebrity color stylist Kiyah Wright¬†who’s worked with artists like Mary J Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks, Kerri Washington and more. In my presentation I got a chance to talk about how graffiti inspired me to make street art and empower women through my work, as well as how our colorful graffiti culture as a whole in influencing trends in fashion, music, and art. The media that attended the event got a chance to tag up on the piece, take photos, and instagram the event #cpflarelaunch. It was a lovely afternoon, especially in between chats with event photographer Jon Simon about life in New York, life in Ecuador, and how our lives as working artists in this big city make it all worthwhile. I want to send a big thank you to Valentino for locking in me in for the gig, and Laura and Emily for working through the details in a timely matter to meet all deadlines, as well as my official art “Toofly Assistance Team” Richie Carrasco and Miguel. Working professionally is a big plus in order to take my work to the next level. I love it! Check out the process of this piece, and the colorful virbrant event flicks:)
Thank you www.modernsalon.com feature interview video post:)
Thank you Clairol Professional NYC team! and thank you Jon Simon Photography for the event photos!
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