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October 17th, 2012 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture,Travel

Mama Said Knock You Out 2! with some of the dopest WOMEN IN HIP HOP artists today. REAL HIP HOP! The event was held at the community space called ¬†THE COLLECTIVE in Austin, Texas, Saturday October 6th. Event was on point. The ladies did their thang. Line up was ill, best performance by women in Hip Hop I have seen in a very long time. So happy I got to experience it. Flava, raw verses, and¬†conscious¬†messages were delivered on stage with passion and heart. Big ups to Invincible, Lah Tere, Las Krudas, Wanda, Tru Bloo, Yoli, Tiger Lily, DJ Trinity, T-Kay, T-Fly, and more WOW! I’m proud of Hip Hop! It’s been a minute. Sharing the creative space as a live artist was awesome. The piece came out beautiful , and it will now have a wonderful home at the Mamas of Color clinic opening up soon for ATX to enjoy. Coming together for a great cause fills our spirit, and this wonderful night could not have been possible without the hard work of the mamas crew. Word up, great job ladies!!!

Tru Bloo poster signings….

DJ Trinity on the 1 & 2′s!


Lah Tere – Chicago

Tiger Lily – ATX

LAs Krudas- Cuba

Love you guys!


‚ÄúThe artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.‚ÄĚ -¬†Emile Zola

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October 16th, 2012 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture

Our first call of duty once in Austin, TX was to come together for the ALL WOMEN IN HIP HOP ROUND TABLE. A panel discussion at the Mexican American Cultural Arts Center on October 5th 2012. We opened up and created a space to share our stories, thoughts, and ideas about what ¬†“Rethinking Power & Resistance Gender & Human Rights” is all about. It was a big topic to cover but we rocked it! It got pretty emotional at times because we shared a personal part of how we came to be who we are. From our ancestry, our mothers, our womanhood, and the relationship we each have with the world. In order to connect with folks we had to get raw,¬†regardless¬†of the academic setting we were in. If we were going to reach people with our powerful voices we had to speak from the heart about the ills of our journey here. It was DOPE panel discussion. (((Inspired))) ¬†and honored to have shared the space with such wonderful human beings. I feel empowered to continue my journey, and down with all of you to do “the work” that is necessary in our communities. THANK YOU #DOPE WOMEN.

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September 14th, 2012 | Category: Community,Hip Hop Culture

Just finished the MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT 2! flyer for the Mamas of Color Rising organization.¬†A collective of¬†working class¬†and poor mothers of color based in and around Austin, TX. Mamas of Color Rising focuses on issues like access to food, housing,¬†education and safety in the community. This special benefit is being put together to help raise funds, and raise awareness.¬†An all-female MC showcase with performers like Invincible, Las Krudas, Lah Tere, and many more will be reppin’ including some live art by yours truly:) Looking forward to this trip, and reconnecting with my Austin hommies. Check us out: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 9pm, @The Collective. Texas peeps, get your advance tix $15 here:¬†¬†or ($20 at the door) Special shout out to the team at the¬†Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Austin, Texas for making this project possible.

Mama Said Knock You Out! 2
A Benefit for Mamas of Color Rising
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9pm-2am

Hosted by: Mz Marlah
Featuring: Invincible, Las Krudas, Lah Tere, Yoli, T-Fly, Tru Bloo, DJ Trinity, DJ T-Kay, Tiger Lily
Live Art by: Toofly

@ The Collective, 2015 E. Riverside Drive, Suite C

Tickets $15¬†Online, $20 @DoorAlso…

Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm  Women in Hip Hop Roundtable  @ The Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street

These events are also projects of the conference¬†Rethinking Power & Resistance: Gender & Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas, brought to you by the UT Center for Women’s & Gender Studies Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative**. Co-sponsored by allgo: Statewide Queer People of Color Organization, Center for Asian American Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Community Engagement Center, Department of English, Gender & Sexuality Center, Humanities Institute, Indigenous Women‚Äôs Network/Alma de Mujer, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, Mamas of Color Rising, Native American & Indigenous Studies, Quilombola, Hutto Visitation Program, Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice, Texas after Violence Project, University of Texas Libraries, Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

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YA HEARD! Podcast with TOOFLY.

September 10th, 2012 | Category: Community,Hip Hop Culture,Pressed,Video

had a great conversation with the folks at YA HEARD! podcast show, a few nights ago, via Skype. I love that I can connect with the peeps across the country and still have a great time chatting it up. Thanks for the invitation Ritzy, Kano, Sket One, and Mr Shane. The podcast is up with my words on Graff, Art, Hip Hop, Younity, and life in Ecuador. “Covering everything form the streets up!” ENJOY!


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There’s one big thing about painting live at an event, you meet a lot of people! That’s a good thing especially if you want to network. Last weekend I got a chance to paint live at Quito Fest and that was pretty amazing because of the cause, the org, and the location. There was hundreds of people there. A lot of biz cards went around. Next thing you know my inbox was flooded with invites to paint, teach workshops, design, and rock some murals. I’ve been here 6 months and I think it’s finally time to get busy. I was getting used to being incognito for a while but I can’t chillax forever. There’s work to be done, and relationships to build. Let the Quito grind begin!

Verano 2012, Sponsored by Quito Cultura. More flicks below…

A muti-cultural arts events with Breakers, Beat Boxers, Skaters, Vendors, and Tattoo Artists. I didn’t have a chance to flick it all but my mom dukes caught a few shots.

While painting a got a chance to meet Maria a graffiti artist from here who’s gonna rock an event next weekend with a few more women. Looking forward to that, and meeting the rest of the women graff artists here. Nos vemos pronto MARIA!

Indigenous vendors at event selling beautiful handmade works. I love that she’s in her traditional style. So beautiful!

Finito! Not bad for 2 hrs…The wind was messing with the banner a bit but we made it work. Whew!

Interviews and flicks. Thanks Quito Cultura and Quito Turismo!

Shout out to Barrio 593 for the invitation to paint today. Magazine Interview soon:) Gracias amigos!

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During my trip to NY I had an opportunity to do some live art at the 1st annual fundraiser for the Sneakers 4 Success¬†organization. It took place at the Open Road Rooftop in the Lower East Side. This is one of the most beautiful rooftops in New York City because it filled with colorful graffiti by New York’s most notable artists. Check out the live art photos taken by my cousin Richie, and some of my favorite shots borrowed by other photographers of the event.

S4S uses sneaker culture, urban lifestyle, and footwear design as a platform so students can discover their intuitive creative powers in solving problems. The use of sneakers keeps the students engaged and connected to the material as well as exposing them to ways they can transform their passion into anything. Overall, S4S will give every student that SOLE POWERTM needed to achieve anything.

My boys. Kips, and Clef. Toofly team 2012. Thanks fellas;)

Borrowing some flicks form the Pink Eye, and the Sneaker4Success site. Funky cool fly ladies and their custom kicks…

My chicas and their lovely smiles! xoxo

Shout put to Samel del Pilar and the team for the invitation to paint live and for their wonderful work in organizing. Toofly live art painting was donated to the organization and will be raising funds at the next exhibition in NY. Look out for it and support this crew!

Having fun under the sun;)

Was happy to see Anarkia from Brasil in town, and hommie Martha Diaz from Hip Hop Association. Thanks for the luv ladies;)

((( Lot’s of love from my crew )))

Was happy to see Nitty Scott MC again this summer. She’s so DOPE & BEAUTIFUL! Boombox Family baby! Rock on…Photos by:¬†Melanie Rieders Production ¬©2012

Shout out to Lori Lobenstein from Female Sneaker Fiend for connecting me with the Sneaker4Success team. Thanks Lori!

As the sun set, and the guests arrived everyone kicked back under this beautiful summer afternoon for the Doin’ it in the Park film screening. Photo by Jonathan Lopez ¬©2012




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Back in New York for our fourth Ladies Love Project Pop-Up Shop! Shout out to all our friends, family, and LLP supporters who came thru to show us some of that spring/summer love. Weather was lovely for hoola hoops, ice cream, and mini empanada snacks. Our vendors this year brought a bunch of new flavors to the table. As soon as I made dough I spent it right back with the LLP fam. They had such lovely goodies, check em out!

We were so happy Nitty Scott MC performed this year. She is amazing, and super lovely woman. Thank you so much for gracing us with the LLP event with your wonderful talent. The crew and community finally get’s to hear and see what a real female MC sounds like! We are so proud. Keeping Hip Hop alive and staying true:) Lot’s of love from the LLP crew and the Bronx community.

Love these! POW!

SISTARGIRL ROCKS!!! Had to cop one of her earrings. Super fly…

Patty Dukes reppin’ the Circa 95′ booth with uptown hats by The Peralta Project, and Made in the Bronx T’s by Joe Conzo.

Photographer, Joe Conzo stopped by to show us some love. Such a sweet spirit and loyal being. LOVE YOU JOE!!! Made in the Bronx. #legend

Homegirl and stylist Tanya Aviles stopped by to check out the new “Native Collection” for a special photoshoot this past weekend. Now available exclusively on my shop >>> ¬†Thank you for the love ladies!!!

El Salonsito was in the house with special funky colorful artsy and cool nails!!! The ladies love it;) Happy to have her part of the LLP fam.


The Peralta Project was reppin’ for the fellas. Thanks for coming thru kid!

Good Wood NYC. #1 supporter of LLP since day 1. Thanks Kerri & team!

Fly ladies of LLP…

Great turn out. Great space. Thank you Circa 95!

((( LOVE ))))

Love these by Nais!

Ice Cream by Mikey Likes it! Yummy coco…mmmm….

Holla Hoops with PinkEye and Wonder Lee

Shout out to Samantha Morales for the lovely photos!!! Thanks girl. Samantha exhibited her photos at LLP this year too;) yay!

Ready for the performance! wooohooooo

Thank you Nitty Scott MC!!!

Dope event, thank you EVERYONE!!!!! Ladies Love Project 2012, Bronx NY. See you for HOLIDAY 2012. xoxo

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April 06th, 2012 | Category: Hip Hop Culture,Video

Shout out to Nitty Scott, and Photo Rob for rocking my Brooklyn wall as one of the backdrops on the latest Nitty Scott video. Nice shots! I love black and white imagery:) Thanks for the love guys!


Latinas represent!

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Trying to get all my bloggy blog posts in before they start piling up! Here’s a preview of what’s to come for our friends at Circa 95′ who are about to open up a their very own POP-UP SHOP in the BX. I’m super proud of my peeps! ¬†Thanks for the invite to rock the entrance wall in the space. I’m happy I had a chance to rock it during the trip, and most of all kick it with ya over some rice and beans WEPA!

The Circa ‚Äė95 Pop-Up Shop is a community art shop/gallery space that exhibits a variety of urban artistic works and use the arts to transform communities. ¬†Circa ‚Äė95 has a four month artistic residency with The Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab. The shop is dedicated to supporting new upcoming and established artists. Through our new temporary storefront in The South Bronx artists will have the opportunity to sell their goods and share their work. ¬†Work which is traditionally under-represented in the cities big chain stores, galleries and museums. ¬†We will also be hosting workshops, special events ¬†and musical engagements for kids and adults, creating a community for artisans to share their experiences, hone their craft and create further opportunities. ¬†The Circa ‚Äô95 Pop-Up Shop is committed to the artistic, educational, and economic development of The South Bronx. Our staff is 100% volunteer, and we rely heavily on community support.

Cekis Circa 95′ Piece love it!

Circa 95 shop logo by Toofly:)

Photos by Samantha Morales



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ROOFTOP LGENDS 2011! 10.8.11

October 01st, 2011 | Category: Art & Design,Graffiti / Street Art,Hip Hop Culture

Just finished rocking one of my favorite pieces I’ve done this year for the upcoming ROOFTOP LEGENDS event being held next Saturday in the lower east side. I’m really happy with the way it came out, especially since I totally freestyled it from beginning to end. With no sketch in hand, and a bunch of scrap paint left over from my gigs I dove right into this talllllllllll wall triple my size! Painting something so big takes a lot more time out of my crazy schedule, but luckily the practice over the years has helped improve my speed, and aerosol skills. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come with my work, my beauties, my messages. The transformation feels amazing. I have a huge year of change approaching and the love warrior spirit is on my side…

Saturday, October 8th, 2011// 2-7PM
New Design High School (Rooftop) 350 Grand Street.  // F train to Delancey
HOT 97 DJ Enuff.
Fundraiser for NDHS $5-25 entry. No one will be turned away.

Shout out to Jesse Pais for curating Rooftop Legends and making this place a safe haven for urban art, youth programming, and community events.

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September 22nd, 2011 | Category: Day in the Life,Events,Hip Hop Culture

SOooooo a few weeks ago I had the tremendous opportunity to rock a backdrop project for the infamous Swizz Beatz!!! He was celebrating his 33rd birthday, and his lovely wife, Alicia Keys wanted to make it extra special. Guess who they called to rock a backdrop!!!? Toofleezy Mgeezy!!! I almost passed out from the call. Let’s just say she is as beautiful as I imagined her to be, and super sweet like I knew she would be. OMG I LOVE ALICIA KEYS!!! Shout out to hommie Jen who put in the good word. Thanks girl! You and your team rocked a dope party. We had a blast roller skating, taking flicks, and enjoying a beautiful September night in the dopest city in the world….

So lovely to meet you Alicia!!! XOXO – Toofly

((( LOVE )))

Happy Birthday Swizz!!!

Shout out to Carmelo who took the time to chat with me. I was super stocked to hear he was familiar with my work!!!:) PS. I loved your sweater!


High Line Park Rink. 30th St and 10th ave

If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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September 07th, 2011 | Category: Community,Events,Hip Hop Culture

YEAH! The GIRLS GOT KICKS book has officially dropped! Join the Female Sneaker Team in Harlem next week for the book release party!!! September 15th at Goliath 175 East 105 Street from 5-8pm. Shout out to our girls, Lori Lobenstein, and Amanda Lopez for teaming up to rock this fly book. I am very happy and honored to be part of it, and the FSF crew:) Check out more flicks and process shots here and here
Girls Got Kicks

Shout out to Lori Lobenstein for spearheading the book project, and giving light on the world of the sneaker ladies.

Toofly_Girls Got Kicks
Love my layout thank you!


Photographer for Girls Got Kicks, Amanda Lopez

Big Tara!

Good job sneaker ladies;)

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July 22nd, 2011 | Category: Community,Fashion,Hip Hop Culture,Uncategorized

A few months ago I was commissioned to create a wall installation at Michaela Angela Davis loft in Brooklyn entitled “Sisters Who Shine”. This lady is phenomenal, and super sweet.¬† We’ve been building since 2003 when we rocked the “Let’s Dance” Honey Magazine shoot with Photographer Piper Carter, Bgirls; Rokafella, Big Tara, and Jez Skillz. Wow, time flies! Had to reminisce a little and pull out the shoot flick. I want to send mad love to Michaela for her support in my work over the years, and for her amazing work with young women today. It’s inspiring, and in sync with all the things we are pushing collectively. To learn more about her work with Salon Du Shine, Black Girlz Rock, and BET check out the interview with Amsterdam News New York. Dope‚Ķ

Michaela Angela Davis

This Black girl rocks: Image activist Michaela Angela Davis

Honey Magazine_Toofly

Throwback>>>Let’s Dance Honey Magazine 2003

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Brooklyn Festival

This year the Brooklyn Bodega crew aka Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival rocked a visual arts exhibit with some of today’s leading artists in conjunction with Jamel Shabazz’s 10th anniversary of BACK IN THE DAYS held at Power House Books. The theme “Under the Influence” of Hip Hop, Graff, Street, NYC, Culture, Love, and anything that continues to move and inspire us. Sending a big shout out to everyone that came through to support and to Royce and Alex for the invitation to get down. Good job fellas! Exhibit looks dope…

‚ÄúThe idea is to pay tribute to the culture and bring together artists who have something special in common ‚Äď an influence, a back-story, a motivation. Hip-Hop wouldn‚Äôt have become the same¬† movement without the influence of the graffiti writers who created an aesthetic for a new generation. The artists in this show prove that the influence of the golden era keeps its roots and continues to inspire new creations. The influence is powerful and this show brings together both the pioneers and a new wave of artistic progression.‚ÄĚ
- Corrie Zaccaria, Event Captain, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


Under the Influence of Love. Toofly Interview by Navani Otero



Powerhouse Books

Full House!

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Peeps, Art, and Books!


Back In the Days

A must have in your book collection! Shout out to Jamel Shabazz, a wonderful man, and an amazing photographer who captured our beautiful culture…

Graffiti Train


Craig Anthony Fumero Toofly

Net, Craig Anthony Miller, Toofly, and Fumero….


Antonio Kel 5MH.


Love, Love Love my hommie Dizmology’s work….((( AMAZING ))))

Toofly Vik Sofia Maldonado

The fly ladies, Yvey, TF, Vik, and Sofia Maldonado….

Toofly Jen One

OH SNAP! JEN ONE is not playing….stay tuned…

Power House Books-1

Not bad for a ((( HOT )))  Tuesday night in NYC! Woohooo!

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