Archive for February, 2015
Atuntaqui 2015 International Graffiti Festival! – This is my second year back to paint and I am glad I stuck around this time. I had a blast!!! It was really fun painting of course, but now that I have been building with many of the artists a little bit more over these past three years, the hangout/chill time is official! On Saturday night we decided to run the streets of Atuntaqui in search of an adventure. We landed in a few memorable places with laughs and chelas in hand. Getting tipsy and happy on our strollz through town. At the end we were dancing all crazy into the night at a little hole in the wall spot like a loving crew of friends. I felt the genuine “carino” among artists who respect each other and look out for eachother + can boogie on the dance floor:) It’s moments like these that take me to the happy place I treasure because it reminds me of my hommies back home and all the fun we have when we get together, especially to dance! Gracias compa├▒eros y compa├▒eras <3 Celebrating life is what it’s all about here’s to more good times in the mothaland!!!
Shout out to the lead organizer Bolivar aka JASON! A True School Atuntaqui local and one of the first graffiti pioneers in Ecuador. Jason and his team makes the Atuntaqui graffiti festival happen every year on a top notch level. He’s always very chillax and helping the artists get what they need to make colorful walls happen in his hometown. Atuntaqui is most definitely one of the largest street art destinations in Imbabura with over 40+ walls walking distance. An creative community arts example for all towns in Ecuador to take note…
Giving thanks to Dr. Patricio and his family who came thru to support the outdoor project in their barrio and welcome me to his wall. ┬áVery nice man right here born and raised in Atuntaqui, and cool with all the locals <3
I arrived to very pink wall which I figured I should go ahead and make it funky, colorful, and bright so it can stand out as the train pulled in to town. Happy Womens History Month! It’s all about the “PINK LADIES”
“Fluir” Toofly Atuntaqui 2015
The train that arrives Atuntaqui in the morning and in the afternoon get’s to check out some colorful walls on it’s way back from Salinas…
These guys are awesome!!! Reppin’ Guayaquil…CLIMAX
Brazil represent! – Photo real image of organizer Jason! FRESH
The coolest sweetest peeps right here. Vera and JoinsBack! <3
Tenaz from Otavalo on a collabo wall with his peeps…
Shiva from Minniapolis is in Ecuador! She’s here for a minute and you know what that means paint and party time! Hahhaha lot’s more adventures in the works…
SKIPY Atuntaqui 2015
ALM Crew 2015 – Funky Fresh Collabo even chuchaki they make it happen! ha…
Hasta la proxima Atuntaqui, Ecuador! (((( FUERZA ))))
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I’ve been in Ecuador for a good three years now and it has given me the opportunity to meet, and build with some awesome souls who organize, curate, and are in tune with a much healthier lifestyle. It has made me a much happier, and creative human being. Working with the energy of these folks helps me take my work and ideas to the next level. This year is off to a great start, and the second wall project that came up this past weekend was in Ba├▒os Ecuador. A team of 6+ artists took a lovely country side road trip 4 hours away from Quito to the land of waterfalls, adventures, and “Agua Santa” (Spanish for┬áBaths of Holy Water)┬áis named after the hot springs located around the city which have a reputation of having healing properties due to their content of various minerals. It is also near┬á┬áthe Tungurahua a highly active volcano. Fortunately it’s been safe for many years to visit Ba├▒os and we hope it continues to be for many years to come. We arrived during some great weather and ready to paint!┬áThe project was lead by street artist Vera and her team Joins Back, Tanya, Jose, and Tatta Productions who looked out for all of us with transport, a comfortable stay at La Petite Auberge, and yummy healthy meals at Casa Hood. I’m missing the Phad Thai already! Ba├▒os has gotten way cooler since the last time I was there. A lot more variety in restaurants, shops, and cute hostels have popped up which makes this a great place to return.┬áOnce settled we were ready to get to work!
Polaroid by La Suerte
The project at hand was located a few minutes away in a little town called Ulba. It was in desperate need of color and smiles. The Agoyan electrical hydro power plant which is just a few kilometers away has residents moving out. The river no longer flows naturally causing foul smells to their barrio. The local park is closed, and the homes, and streets are deteriorating daily from lack of care. Our goal to roll up our sleeves and paint many of the homes that were falling apart. The color and activity brought the families out for a “minga” ( community clean up ) which happens throughout Ecuador because at times the city can not help these neighborhoods. They began to clean the streets, sweep out the dirt, and help us buff the walls. Little by little everyone was giving a helping hand. They made us “sanduches de mortadella” and fresh raspberry juices to get our energy up, and hooked us up with some electricity so we can blast our music. It was a very fun, and productive “painting street jam” that brought smiles to the families, and much needed attention from the city. They came to help, and are now in chats about permaculture solutions about the problems the electrical power plant has caused the area. ┬áThey also plan to open up the park, and fix up the streets/homes which will (hopefully) bring residents back to the barrio. Everyone did a beautiful job! We’re excited to build on many similar projects in towns that need help and attention. Thank you Vera! and (((team))) for the invitation to work with you guys on this beautiful “Paredes del Barrio” project<3
Foto by Eleki Hobosigns
Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero
Foto by Eleki Hobosigns
If your traveling to Ba├▒os Ecuador and want to check out the murals in this town, the main road is on the ( right ) ┬áyou can’t miss it!
TOOFLY Ba├▒os Ecuador 2015
Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero
The electrical power plant is down this road…
VERA 2015 Photo by Tatta Rodriguez
ELEKI and TELEFUNKA in town from Guadalajara Mexico! – Photo by Tatta Rodriguez
JOINS BACK, 2015
LA SUERTE X PIN8 Collab
“Sembrar Creatividad” y Amor <3
We found “Fruna” in the middle of the road to Ba├▒os. We almost hit her! Vera picked her up and found her a home at end of trip. She will now live in paradise with La Suerte en her family. It’s a doggie world in Latina America! All doggies on trip are adopted. Shout out to Mishki, Rudy, and Fruna who barked and ran around freely.
Cosmorama final flicks coming soon…- Photo by Tatta Rodriguez
Almuerzo…Foto by Eleki Hobosigns
y Dinner at Casa Hood! Like a creative arts family <3 Thank you team. Well deserved meals kept us going. GOOD TIMES!!! Now let’s get tattoos and seal the trip deal!
Private Tattoo sessionz with Pin8 Studios!
Pin8 is an Ecuadorian Graffiti, Street, and Tattoo Artist who’s shop is located in Ba├▒os. His work is super dope, unique and a style all his own. Love it! Thank you Pin8!
Pass the Wisky:) It’s mini hearts and starz time!
La Suerte en her signature Bone fish…
Joins Back with an original Pin8 piece for his arm…
Thank You Pin8! See ya next time Ba├▒os Crew <3
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