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That’s right, a #QuitoArtsWalk! There is none, so Erin Yoshi and the Trust Your Struggle crew got together and hooked it up in 1 DAY. It’s arts month in Quito, Ecuador ( AUGUST ) and the city spreads the word on Talleres Abiertos De Quito. I think it’s a great idea to have open studios by artists for public view, but once a year tho? If we’re gonna build a strong”all inclusive” arts community you gotta do it yourself. That means organize local crews, shops, and artists of all angles to come together for the cause. Professionals, youth, kids, families, even the older folk who love to water color down the block. We’re here to spread that creative love, and good vibes with others who are down. A foundation for local economies starts with each of us, and that means “manos a la obra” mentality. It’s how we do, and how it’s done here when it’s time to clean up a street, build a house, or rock a food garden. The historic center of Quito is an amazing place with streets like calle Junin and others like La Ronda providing spaces for the artists to take over public space. Is it safe? Yes, but sometimes the cops fuck with us/them. Harassing an artist using a spray can to create, or an artesano setting up shop on the floor to make a living is not cool. So we’re out here trying to create a safe space for them too, because art it not only for an elite class with fancy galleries and glossy pamphlets. We’re independent, and rep the streets where the heart and soul of people lives.
Collaboration with Trust Your Struggle Collective, Toofly, Alm Crew, and Sirka.
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#warmipaint – words and more flicks coming soon!
Warmi Paint 2015 Internacional an llegado a Quito, Ecuador Nov 12, 2015! Aqui con Lady Pink.
Martha Cooper Confrence Photo by ¬©Alexandra Henry
LADY PINK Photos by ¬©Carlos Duran
PANMELA CASTRO ( Anarkia )
LA SUERTE ¬© Deluxtoy
VERO RIVERA ¬©Deluxtoy
BELU LOOPS Photo by ¬©Deluxtoy
LIE Photo by ¬©Deluxtoy
Warmi Paint Bus!
BLN BIKE Photo by Mavizu
ABUSA CREW @marthacoopergram
Gracias a todos!!! #warmipaint
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Warmi Paint‚ĄĘ is an all¬†women arts, and culture¬†festival ready to launch in¬†Quito, Ecuador this fall.¬†A celebration of women street¬†artists from Latin America who focus on; graffiti, street art, murals, and empowering others, especially young women through their¬†colorful work. A group of local and international artists will¬†be selected by Maria “Toofly” Castillo and HTM¬†that will include countries like¬†Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and others.
Warmi = Woman in quechua, the name of a people of the central Andes of South America and their language. Women of all ages from this part of the world will create a new vision of themselves, nurture their community, and reflect a powerful message.
Special guests + 20¬†women artists will paint collaborative murals, host workshops, and¬†present their life’s work¬†to the Ecuadorian community. We will have graffiti films, slideshow¬†presentations, panels, youth workshops, pop-up shops, and a live art DJ set! People of all ages will benefit from this¬†unique¬†cross cultural exchange, and community building experience.
Help support artist/curator;¬†TOOFLY (NYC), and artist/curator HTM (Ecuador) get started!¬†http://warmipaint.tumblr.com/
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New York is always ¬†hectic for me year after year, and now the projects in Quito are growing too. SO much so that I am short on time to catch up on my blog posts as you can see. As soon as I get a chance to relax I will get to them:) The easiest way for me to share at this time is via INSTAGRAM @TOOFLY_NYC or on my Facebook Page. In the meantime check out the Quito Transit Bus Project we had this past weekend. A first for Ecuador, happy to have been part of it.
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I’ve been building with some really awesome peoples here in Quito. The talent is great, and many of them have been on the grind for years with the city to try and make some dope shit happen. Their ideas are finally coming into full fruition, and with each event it keeps getting tighter. They are taking over more, and more public spaces + organizing events that push the boundaries of what has been done before. It’s nice to see it all unfold. I am used to checking out some really cool stuff in NY all the time, but now that I’m here in the mothaland I feel proud! Shout out to Vera and Alm Crew for the opportunity to join them on their latest project #PROYECTOESPORA in collaboration with one of the coolest design studios in Quito;¬†TORNO CO.LAB.
The project came about because as a community they felt the need to come up with solutions to a theft and garbage problem they were having in their barrio. They connected with their neighbors and shop locals to propose a street project that can help them, as well as other barrios with issues in a creative way. Kids, and grown ups drilled, gardened, painted, and prepared for a day of creative justice. The street artists took the “Vigilante” theme throughout their pieces to let thieves know this area will now be looked out after by everyone and they have no more business there. The area was dark so extra street lights were installed. Large garbage containers were built and some have a creative twists so kids have fun throwing away their candy wrappers and plastic bottles after school. Educating the public is a day to day process here still. There are no street lights, and garbage cans on every single street corner like there is in NY. Quito is still a developing city. Barrios are left to handle theirs, and this is a creative example of that.
Mr. PAINT! mixing paint:)
JOINS BACK 2015
I got an opportunity to rock one of my favorite illustrations “MAS AMOR” near a funky little tree where the leaves added to the design of the piece, especially when the sun went down. The shade created a beautiful pattern design. These days any chance I have to paint near plants, trees, or nature is a big +!
As the evening arrived there was a special video launch planned to close out the day’s event. Ecuador has strong ancestral roots and with the guidance of a native shaman we gathered in a circle for a personal, and neighborhood cleansing. It was a beautiful ceremony, and it was my first one. I’ve been meaning to go to some but never got the chance. As I joined the circle by Vera’s invitation I giggled at first but then realized something amazing. I had arrived! ¬†That feeling you get when it allllllllllll makes sense. It lasts a few seconds but your like oh shit! The connection to the land, art, friends, community, and all I love reminded me why I had returned to my very first home. It felt good…and I’m still processing it…
It was then time to start, and end the late night show. Mixed media artists, dancers, and musicians set the tone for a mapping video projection at one of the big big walls. There was a lot of blank space for a reason. As the lights came on the projection started, and beautiful animated graphics took over the blank space along side the black and white line art illustrations. A collaboration effort by the ALM CREW that has been in the works for weeks. It was a sight to see! As the mural came to life I wondered, has this been done in Quito before? ¬†Felt like a whole new level to street art was in the making. Elders, kids, and young people “ahhhed” and “oohed” and clapped as the show came to an end. For a minute I thought I could be in Dumbo Brooklyn or something. This was great!!!
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Painting season is 360 days a year in Quito, Ecuador. Which means the painting fun never stops. Ecuador has the best weather, it’s almost as good as California weather. This month was pretty action packed, gotta warm up for NY in June! I got word from our friend HTM that ARTE ACTUAL FLACSO was organizing a painting, and fine art spree, at a soon to be demolished building in the north side of Quito. I packed up a few scraps of paint and headed over. As soon as I arrived I ran into Boloh! We met at the 2013 GRAFFF festival in Ambato and remembered his chill vibe and intense pattern work. It was only right we took this time to rock a special collabo with an extinguisher artist who was spreading paint all over the walls. The effect was awesome! Everyone involved that day had a lot of fun taking over the place inside and out. No rules, go crazy! We felt like kids in a candy store…
BOLOH X TOOFLY, Quito Ecuador 2015Share No comments
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√Īeros y compa√Īeras <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. ¬†Very 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√Īos 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¬†Baths of Holy Water)¬†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 near¬†¬†the Tungurahua a highly active volcano. Fortunately it’s been safe for many years to visit Ba√Īos and we hope it continues to be for many years to come. We arrived during some great weather and ready to paint!¬†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! Ba√Īos 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.¬†Once 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. ¬†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
Foto by Eleki Hobosigns
Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero
Foto by Eleki Hobosigns
If your traveling to Ba√Īos Ecuador and want to check out the murals in this town, the main road is on the ( right ) ¬†you can’t miss it!
TOOFLY Ba√Īos 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√Īos. 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√Īos. 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√Īos Crew <3
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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
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
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
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
Had to take a quick trip to Panama and didn’t get a chance to post the last wall the Abusa Crew and I completed in Quito. I’m finally back in the studio and ready to share! We got some really great photos of our wall process thanks to Vicerarte Magazine and my mom dukes! Finding this wall took a while because we needed something big enough for all three of us + something that would be visible by many many people. We finally found a mechanic shop that was down for us. They desperately wanted to cover up all the graffiti tags on the side of their walls because the Municipio of Quito kept telling the owner to buff the wall or get fined. They buffed the wall numerous times but it kept getting tagged and vandalized. When I showed up for permission they didn’t think twice. “pintalo!” they told me, without a second thought. Half way through the process we ran into trouble with the cops, and the municipal officials. Someone in the neighborhood ran a hate move on us and called them to take us in. We were harassed for permission papers, and threatened to be fined $300 each and taken to jail for a day. Luckily a nice gentleman from the city council in the area helped me get the papers in order in just a few hours so we can continue to paint wall. They say they want to help because they recognize the problem of vandalism on the streets but it’s always a little twisted here. You don’t know who to trust! It’s frustrating to deal with Quito’s city officials putting up these ridiculous laws especially when there are numerous reports already made on how street art benefits major cities who have had to deal with the vandalism problem. The idea of buffing walls time and time again does not work in these parts. Especially a country free of big brother surveillance on every street corner. If you put up a mural the taggers know the street code and 90% of the time they will not disrespect. This is a fact across all murals and street art created in cities. It’s a no brainer folks! Recognize and step aside if you truly want to support the arts & culture you want so bad. Vamos Ecuador!
Quick sketches to figure out which face angles would work best…
Photo by Ali/Vicerarte
Moms photos looking good too! Gracias mami linda
Mom and Babe on site <3 Photo by Vicerarte
Gracias Viscerarte/Ali por las fotos! XOXO
Almuerzo time! We got hooked up with free yummy almuerzos and drinks by the locals. #communitysupport
Shout out to my mom for always being there, and showing me by example to just take off and fly away like a bird whenever you feel like it. Fearless rebel viajera 4 life!
“Viajar en la Vida” ” Travel in Life”
“Vivir en el Viaje” ” Live during your Travels”
Abusa Crew ( Chile ) X Toofly ( Ecuador/NY ) 2014 Avenida La Prensa y Chiriboga
We decided on a theme we are all in tune with at the moment and that is to share our art and our love warrior spirit everywhere we go. We love to travel, paint, and spread street art love across various countries. We feel that your life is enriched with every trip, every new person you meet, and every experience you create for yourself and for others. It’s a beautiful time to be an artist who is free to live and create the life you truly want. Just do it!
“Viajar en la Vida, Vivir en el Viaje” ¬†- Travel in your life, and live during your travels.
The owner is happy
Wendy y Anis aka Pepa. Lindas amigas! Safe travelz, hasta la proxima en Chile! <3 XOXO
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