TOOFLY NYC

Feb 25

BaƱos Ecuador, 2015

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 BaƱos 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 forĀ Baths of Holy Water)Ā is 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 nearĀ Ā the Tungurahua a highly active volcano. Fortunately it’s been safe for many years to visit BaƱos and we hope it continues to be for many years to come. We arrived during some great weather and ready to paint!Ā The 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! BaƱos 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.Ā Once settled we were ready to get to work!

Polaroid Banos Ecuador

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. Ā They 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

Banos Map Of Murals

Banos HydroElectric Power Plant

Smh…Green Energy?

Banos Ecuador Graffiti

Foto by Eleki Hobosigns

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Toofly Sketch Banos

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Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero

Toofly Banos Progress

Foto by Eleki Hobosigns

Toofly Banos Ecuador Graffiti

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If your traveling to BaƱos Ecuador and want to check out the murals in this town, the main road is on the ( right ) Ā you can’t miss it!

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TOOFLY BaƱos Ecuador 2015

Minga

Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero

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The electrical power plant is down this road…

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VERA 2015 Photo by Tatta Rodriguez

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Aleki Collab

ELEKI and TELEFUNKA in town from Guadalajara Mexico! – Photo by Tatta Rodriguez

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JOINS BACK, 2015

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LA SUERTE X PIN8 Collab

Amor Graffiti

“Sembrar Creatividad” y Amor <3

Banos Puppies

We found “Fruna” in the middle of the road to BaƱos. 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

Cosmorama final flicks coming soon…- Photo by Tatta Rodriguez

Lunch

Desayuno…

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Almuerzo…Foto by Eleki Hobosigns

Casa Hood

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!

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Private Tattoo sessionz with Pin8 Studios!

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Pin8 is an Ecuadorian Graffiti, Street, and Tattoo Artist who’s shop is located in BaƱos. His work is super dope, unique and a style all his own. Love it! Thank you Pin8!

Pin8 Tattoo

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Pass the Wisky:) It’s mini hearts and starz time!

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Rudy!!!

La Suerte Pin 8

La Suerte en her signature Bone fish…

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Joins Back with an original Pin8 piece for his arm…

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Thank You Pin8! See ya next time BaƱos Crew <3

 

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  1. stujess February 25th, 2015 2:32 pm

    gorgeous work, as per usual! i loveeeeeee the first one especially – the colours are bomb! glad to see you’re doing well, mama! xo

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