Taking the time to pull together my last post before I devote my heart to my family this holiday week. I had a very short trip to New York this fall which made it super difficult to do everything I would have liked, and needed to do. Next time a 1-2 month stay in New York is about do! Promise. The goal this fall was to rock my first ever Toofly Holiday Pop Up Shop. As some of ya’ll have heard The Ladies Love Project is taking a mini break so we can try and switch things up for 2015. Unsure when we will return exactly but trust we are working on a fresh new twist for LLP. Until then I will be keeping the holiday spirit alive <3
For years now I’ve been building with our hommies from Rebelution Ink and Fresthetic who’s local owned businesses continue to hold it down in Williamsburg. These are the folks we gotta support these days so they can rise above the crude¬†reality of gentrification. Rebelution Ink is a small silkscreening biz and boutique on 560 Grand St that is open to print, and share their space with independent artists and creative folks. Randy Quiles and his team do a great job on all the Toofly t-shirts, totes, and hoodies. I love this place! I dig the people that run it, as well as the people who come to the space to connect. They are a community of “true school” New Yorkers. Heads who share a common passion for their neighborhood and the rough changes it’s going through. They are here to support their hood, the local businesses, friends, and family who hold a tight grip to Bushwick. It’s hard not to vent about what’s happening all around them especially with people who identify with the change. We all came up together in this nitty gritty concrete jungle. A “dope world” back then of diverse energies and fly authentic vibrations. We sOoooo miss it!!! It’s why we are still here sharing them good ol’ vibes on a community tip. We genuinely care to be in each others company because it makes us comfortable. We can indulge in sincere conscious dialogue about the life around us because we truly do “relate” to eachother. I appreciate each and every person who came thru this past weekend because of this and much more. What you shared and brought to the space says a lot about why you came thru. That’s what it’s really all about folks. I don’t know how much longer we will have these kind of spaces and places. It’s important these days to show your support because like the destruction of 5Pointz, which hit us hard this past year, it can be here today but not tomorrow. True New Yorkers know the impact it has on our lives and the new generation when we lose “our” spaces in the city where all our dreams were planted. Fat Beats, East Village Radio, Pearl Paint, are no more. The luxury condo loving, glass encased, suburban lifestyle that is glued to a screen 24hrs a day, has taken over indefinitely. The illusion is thriving and making born and bred New Yorkers feel a certain type of way. It sucks. Just like everything else that’s no longer original to this city. Art, music, and even our local piragua man is being re-packaged and replaced by some hipster to sell multi flavored ice’s to the masses of uncultured transplants. It’s real out there son! and it’s wack how we let it all happen. Not much you can do about it now.¬†So I’ll be back ( just to visit ) because this New York City sistah is a continent trooper now, and I belong to a immense universe outside that city bubble that inspires one to be young, wild, and freeeeeeeeee ready to kick brand new flava in ya ear! ¬†
Big ups to poet and actor Lemon Anderson who came thru with his lovely family to experience the Toofly Pop Up Shop. Looking forward to rockin’ a beautiful new marker piece on his walls with a fresh message:)
The Toofly Pop Up Shop will be up for one last week at Rebelution Ink 560Grand Street, Brooklyn NY. With T-shirts, Hoodies, and Prints! Last chance to cop that “limited” edition item for the holiday season. We’re down to the last of the “Love Warrior SKY” pieces.¬†
My future Toofly Pop Up Shop intern lil Ani! the youngest member of the Project Girlz. Time is flying:)
THANK YOU for the product sales love! Happy artist happy customer:)
Congratulations to all the tote bag raffle winners! That was fun…
JILL DE BUSHWICK a Williamsburg true school local on the 1 & 2′s. Happy we got a chance to rock it on the last day.
THANK YOU NEW YORK CITY!!!
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another -¬†Anatole FranceShare No comments
HELLLLLLLLOOOOOO World. I’m finally in Sunny Florida. Ready to relax a bit, and spend thanksgiving week with my querida familia before the Art Basel Miami madness next week. November was an amazing month. I’m loving this three city tour! My first stop was LOS ANGELES, CA about 30min away from Pasadena, Ca where Designer Con 2014 was being held this year. This fall I decided it was time to move into new territory and expand the visibility of my brand to a much larger audience. I teamed up with long time hommie KANO who’s been rock’n these really fun convention events for a few years now, and he recommended I give it a try. I enjoyed it!!! The “booth world” and the hundreds of new faces I got a chance to meet personally who follow my instagram page was special. Meeting your followers live and direct is cool especially because they are in a an entire different city and the energy is still all love. I will most definitely be back next year. Yeahhhh! Shout out to my dear friends Izzy and Kano and my LA family I got a chance to finally re-connect with after 30+ long years. ¬†Thank you guys!!!
The official drop for my new Giclee Prints! Now available on the shop, while supplies last: www.tooflynyc.com/shop
LA PEEPS <3 #FriendsWeLove
Tia Dali <3 my grandfathers sister who’s been living in LA all this time! Happy to reconnect and meet all my cousins.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014
TOOFLY HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP COMES TO BROOKLYN!
Renowned Street Artist TOOFLY Hosts Solo Pop-Up at Rebelution Ink Boutique and Gallery
BROOKLYN, New York‚ÄĒOctober 21st, 2014‚ÄĒAfter a successful three-year run with the Ladies Love Project Pop-Up Shop (LLP), New York‚Äôs beloved street artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Maria ‚ÄúTOOFLY‚ÄĚ Castillo will host her first solo TOOFLY Holiday Pop-Up Shop at the trendy Williamsburg boutique, Rebelution Ink.
The popular boutique and art gallery will play host on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 6PM to 10PM and Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12PM to 8PM to graffiti enthusiasts, fashionistas, and the Brooklyn community. All will get a chance to view select paintings by TOOFLY as well as shop her highly sought-after, handcrafted goods. Fellow street artist Shiro, who hails from Japan, will make a special guest appearance on Saturday from 3PM to 6PM to celebrate the unveiling of new art print releases ($35-$75).
With TOOFLY‚Äôs signature style, shoppers can find the perfect holiday gift to spruce up any home, office or wardrobe. At a time when women‚Äôs rights are at the forefront of today‚Äôs headlines, the mixed media artist has gradually increased her collection by adding an array of illustrations capturing fierce indigenous women. Such works embody the palpable presence of feminine power and creativity. The same can be said of the women who grace her t-shirt, hoodies, tote bags, and sketchbooks as sold at the TOOFLY HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP. Attendees will experience a colorful, culturally rich world with an opportunity to sweep up a special TOOFLY tote bag valued at $50.00. Teatulia Organic Teas will be serving warm drinks alongside JC’s Sidewalk Cafe with special treats. There will be Hip Hop, Rock, and Funk playing throughout the two days to help usher in good tidings for the holidays and build community spirit.
As an added bonus to what will be a rocking event, both SHIRO & TOOFLY will kick-off black book signing–a graffiti ritual with roots in nostalgic New York, where artists reverently swap black books to collect drawings or catch ‚Äútags.‚ÄĚ With live artwork, funky clothing and collectible designs by TOOFLY, this two-day event is not to be missed!
‚ÄúHaving the TOOFLY HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is dope!‚ÄĚ says Randy Quilles, owner of Rebelution Ink. ‚ÄúTOOFLY‚Äôs work honors the ‚Äėtrue school‚Äô New York vibe and her recent re-connection to her latin roots demonstrates a unique progression of her artistry.‚ÄĚ
TOOFLY will be available for interviews prior to, during and after the holiday event to discuss the changing landscape of street art in direct relation to changing communities.Share No comments
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 been 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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