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Panama Mural Festival May 20-26, 2019

April 26th, 2019 | Category: Events,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

Heading back to Panama City this May! Received confirmation to participate in the 1st Panama Mural Arts Festival taking place May 20th-May 26th. If your planning on a vacation some where with a little street art action check out this event. I was there in 2014 and got a chance to stroll thru the modern city area and historic center #CascoViejo, visit beaches like #RedFrogBeach, and hang out with friends in #BocasDelToro. This time I will enjoy my time painting and building with the artists. Thank you Panama crew, see you soon.

Panam Mural Festival

Panama Mural Festival 2019

I’m back from Panama! Ready to rock this re-cap before my trip to NY. What an experience, one of the best one’s yet. Festival’s are not easy, especially in our countries. When you keep a positive attitude through it all it can make a huge difference. My wall took a while to lock in, I lost 3 days in the process but in the end it all worked out. The perfect wall became available and it challenged me to prepare a piece that could work with the structure + time frame I had left. Traveling to paint can be a rollercoaster at first,¬† not everything will go as planned or smooth but if your patient and trust your gut instinct you’ll be all good. The more I paint in countries like south america, and central america the more I learn to slow down, which makes a huge difference in all it is trying to teach me.

Panam Mural Fest Toofly Kuna Guna

Panama has various indigenous communities one of them is GUNA. Also known as KUNA. They live in the mountains and islands as well as in the city. They make beautiful artisanal molas and bead jewelry. What I found most fascinating is that they own 365 Islands ( Sand Blas ) correctly named called “Guna Yala” They have their own rules, and they handle the tourism once inside their islands. They are independent from the Panamanian Government. That’s what I’m talking about!¬† Shine light on the people that are all about protecting their land, water, culture, and tradition so that it is not lost.¬† Indigenous Rights matter.

Toofly Panama Mural Fest 2019

“Sembrar” Panama City 2019 Barrio Santa Ana Calle 14 y Calle C

Toofly Sketches Panama

Toofly_Panama Mural Fest-Bario

During my wait for a wall to come up, I spent time strolling thru the streets, chatting with the community, making new friends, having an ice cold beer, and sketching. Panama is going through a big change, many “centro historicos” in South America are. There is a re-birth about to go down. It is seen, and it is felt by all. As you walk down these streets the architecture of old buildings next to new buildings tells the whole story.¬† Everything comes back around for a new cycle. The contrast is beautiful, but it is also sad. We all know that street art and art in general is a tool for social change in our communities. It can bring a lot of good to people who need it the most. People who are forgotten, marginalized, oppressed, and poor. We do the work to save lives as well. We painted in the barrio of Santa Ana, it is at the cusp of the tourist sector with fancy restaurants, and shops. Kind of like the edge of Williamsburg back in the day when it was all factories, and now…well you know how it is now. Gentrified. That’s exactly the set-up, and all developers know it. They are jumping in to grab what they can. Little by little it will reach Santa Ana, it is very very close. The poor just like the poor in other major cities will be pushed further away. There is no stopping this trend of urban planning. It is happening everywhere, and the more I travel the more I see the same story played over. We care about these issues, and are caught in the mix of it. As artists of color we have a responsibility to not only beautify communities, raise the moral of people, bring smiles, and most of all spark inspiration to create change and rise up. If people take pride in their neighborhood, they take pride in who they are, and then they take back their streets. They defend what is theirs. We have a right to report back to the world what is happening, the good and the bad. All of this will go on whether we are there or not, but it will happen faster with the attention. I have seen it in Peru, in Ecuador, in Panama, in Mexico, and of course in NY. Our hope is that in the middle of this territory battle that benefits the wealthy, that we report plus plant seeds. Seeds that help others find ways to work with these communities so that their culture is protected. Their traditions and stories kept alive. If it is all gone, and the starbucks move in, it becomes another empty illusion of what folks flock there for in the first place. CULTURA! AMOR! CULTURA! Our countries are “rich in culture” they are not for the soulless “privileged rich” who want to push the less fortunate out for their benefit. You either work with us, or against us. We must protect what is dear and important to us. Our cultures are (((( love )))) realized and what keeps our human spirit alive.

Santa Ana Panama_Barrio

Gracias Santa Ana! Your smiles filled us up. The little things in life matter more.

Sanata Ana Panama treets
Toofly Panama Mural Fest Santa Ana

Toofly Panama Mural Process

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Santa Ana Barrio Panama-people

Gracias Chi-Chi and Bolivar! Flowers and colors go a long way for the many who have little or unfortunate circumstances.

PANAMA CITY STREETS

Before I returned to Ecuador, I had a chance to reconnect with friends who have moved to the islands and starting new lives away from the illusion of freedom in a big city. Nature can change that. Happy for them! Love you amiga <3

Panama Friends

Panama Buildings 2019

Panama Friends 2

Thank you Panama Mural Fest! Disem, and Dreps and the whole crew, even your lovely mom and pop. I am proud of you guys. You all worked so hard in all areas of the festival when all odds where against ya. We saw it, we felt it.¬† It all works out in the end, and I am thankful you took the first step as Latino organizers in the movement. ( Fist Up ) Shout out to all the artists who did amazing pieces. Check out some of the images on —>@BombingScience

Al ALtelier Panama Mural Fest

Lastly, I want to give a big shout out to @atelierpanama which is a community space run by Angie, and Laura in center of city not far from our walls in barrio Santa Ana. It was a central location for artists to rest, eat, communicate with the group, sketch, and hold all our materials safe. It is also a safe space that helps to save kids lives. Free art classes are given to kids ages 6-12. If these kids were not in the classroom they would be out  in the barrio getting in trouble thru drugs, violence, and worst. I thank them eternally for their role in Panama Mural Fest and in their community space as an example of what is needed. They do it on their own, out of love because they care. We need more of that! Support folks making the world a better place for the generations to come so they can flip the script.

Over, and out. Hasta la proxima hermanos, y hermanas – TOOFLY

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Terrapin NYC, Lincoln Center 2019

March 25th, 2019 | Category: Clients,Events,Travel

It’s a wrap! A new, and wonderful experience to add to my adventures as a traveling artist. This March, I joined the Terrapin team from Australia for a live art performance. My duty was to create over a 100 drawings for “You and Me, and the Space Between” at it’s US premiere at Lincoln Center. A story that touches on issues of migration, immigration, and environmental changes happening in the world. Local artists Christina D. Eskridge ( Narrator) and Toofly ( Digital Artist ) spent three weeks on the production with the team and had a great time.

The island is sinking. Its adults are useless. Time for the kids to save the day!

When the island of Proud Circle springs a leak, it takes the curious mind of a child to save the island, its people, and their ways. From Australia’s most accomplished children’s playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer, comes this original tale of wonder and invention, brought to life with storytelling, choreographed projections, and live-drawn animation.

Terrapin Lincoln Center 2019

Behind the scenes photography by: Dean Stevenson

Christina Terrapin NYC

Terrapin Clark Studio

Toofly Terrapin Lincoln Center

Terrapin Lincoln Center

Directed by: Sam Routledge Writer: Finegan Kruckmeyer

You and me and the the space between

Terrapin Lincoln Center Toofly

Rehersal Terrapin Lincoln  Center

Terrapin NYC Crew

Toofly Flick NYC

Terrapin NYC

Safe travels Tasmanian friends! Thank you Terrapin, and Thank you Lincoln Center Education.

 

 

 

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LA CARISHINA, Quito Ecuador 2018

La Carishina Quito Ecuador

#Tooflypopup at the next La Carishina event in Quito, Ecuador December 15 & 16 from 11am -7PM. See you there!

La Carishina 2018 Ecuador

La Carishina Classic Toofly

La Carishina 2018

Toofly Stickers La Carishina

Pop Up SHop La Carishina

Toofly Print la Carishina

Apitatan La Carishina

Pin8 Supay La Carishina

Toofly AMNZ Latina La Carishina

AMNZ Latina La Carishina

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Akumal Arts Festival Re-Cap

December 12th, 2018 | Category: Events,Travel

Back in the studio. It’s time to re-cap the experience of the Akumal Arts festival! Wow…where do I start?

Toofly Akumal Arts Festival 1

Toofly Akumal Arts Festival 2

Based on experience to these massive projects, especially for the 1st time one has to be patient, and organized. The crew did it’s best to accommodate all 70 artists. An ambitious number to manage but when your heart is in it, you have money, man power, and event is in a reasonably sized town everything is possible. Once artists had what they needed it to start their walls, we were rockin‚Äô. I think also when you personally prepare in advance it helps you a lot. Your travel, transport, paint list, accommodation details, etc; all small details are important too. Organizers can only do their best when they are being bombarded with a million questions during a festival. I experienced it with our Warmi Paint Festival and I can definitely say it is not easy. As an artist in a festival to be self sufficient as much as possible is in your benefit. The rest eventually falls into place.

I specifically planned on a small wall for this event because #1 HEAT EXHAUSTION. Mexico is hot, and if your wall has no shade your fucked for hours #2 IT’S THEIR 1ST EVENT. You can expect things not to go perfect #3 EQUIPMENT. It is never on time at any festival and with 70 artists there’s no way plenty of ladders / scaffolds will be available. So expect the unexpected and work around it.

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Akumal Arts Festival, Mexico 2018

October 27th, 2018 | Category: Events,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

One of my favorite destinations to vacay and paint! I’ve been visiting various parts of Mexico for a good couple of years now, and each trip is better than the next. The country, the people, the food, the culture. I fall more and more in love with it on each trip. I am thankful for the opportunity to paint at the very 1st Akumal Beach Arts Festival this coming November. I plan to paint something beautiful, as well as educational to raise awareness to sea life issues. #ClimateAction is at the forefront of many of our mural projects these days. We need to raise awareness on what is happening in the animals in the oceans and decay in sea life/plant life. As humans we have to get mega strict on using less plastic, and educating ourselves on ways to do less harm to the planet. If each of us do something to change our ways it can help. If your in Cancun on vacation, take that 1hr ride to Akumal and check us out Nov 9,10, 11th. Support the cause, support the festival.

Toofly Sketch Akumal Festival

Sketch is ready, flight is booked, and artist lodging is amazing! There is a lot of artists involved, looking forward to meeting them all plus the festival crew.

Artist Lodging Mexico

Need more details? – learn more about the project on their facebook page and articles like Yucatan Times.

Yucatan Times_Toofly Akumal

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@RudaFest Re-Cap!

August 12th, 2018 | Category: Events,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

@RudaFest in Bogota, Colombia last week was DOOOOOPE! I am very proud of my friend Ledania and Gerardo for teaming up to make this happen. Together with a tight team they put together a very well organized weekend event. The collaboration was on point. Dope location, dope hotel, dope artists, dope place to eat ( Canasto Bistro )¬† and great place to kick back and enjoy art and drinks LIVE! For community of all ages to enjoy. Various artists participated in this event Eelco from Holland – hella cool dude, Ben Johnston from Canada who made me laugh a ton!, Muretz from Brazil and his ill tattoos and many more like Type of Tape which I really digged’. This was my first time in Bogota which reminded of Quito, Ecuador. Mountains, historic city, modern shops, as well as parts of a nightlife city. Bogota has a ton of graffiti too – more so than I have ever seen anywhere else which is why I think they call it the mecca of graff in Latin America. I saw works on the streets by friends like Guache, Stinkfish, and Skore999. Overall event and my stay was awesome. I wish I could of have squeezed in another wall or two next time! Special shout out to the RudaFest team for the invitation and hospitality. I had a great time painting, and working closely with the staff who helped us on the lyfts, the projections, materials, and transport. Met some great people too that I plan to stay in touch with. Our international arts & culture community keeps growing and our travelz helps to bring us together as a arts family. Thank you COLOMBIA!

Rudafest Colombia 1

Toofly Ben Johnston Design

Toofly Mtn Colors Ruda fest

 

Canasto Bistro Ruda 1

Leadania Ben Johnston Toofly Rudafest

RudaFest Panel

Toofly RudaFest Colombia

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Toofly Eelco RudaFest Colombia

Eelco Ledania RudaFest

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RudaFest 2018 Bogota Colombia

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@RudaFest Bogota, Colombia 2018

July 27th, 2018 | Category: Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

NYC Summer 2018

July 27th, 2018 | Category: Day in the Life,Travel,Uncategorized

My favorite part of our summer trip is spending it on the chillax tip with my love. Arrived early in June and took advantage of the really nice weather before it got nasty hot. Babe loves the ferry, so this summer we caught the one that goes to Rockaway Beach from Wall St for $2.50 and in 1 hr we were there! We got a bunch of olives, bread, and fruits for the ride and then got hella excited for the arepa with jackfruit snack on the boardwalk. There was hardly any one at the beach. It was perfect and just how we like it. Less people, more nature, lovely weather, and good food. Highlight of the trip was to land an unexpected gig and lock in the job details on the beach. Gotta love NY!

NYC travel

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Wellingcourt Mural Project 2018

July 27th, 2018 | Category: Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

Longest trip in NY this summer! Glad it’s over. Fun, work, and play for a month and a 1/2 was long, but the mission was acomplished. Got a lot of stuff done, and had enough time to catch up with my family and friends. Wellingcourt this year was nice, no rain! I usually get rain dates but the weather was perfect. I enjoyed the piece I worked on and the day in total. Especially when hanging with the @StreetHeroines team and my boo. “Freedom Dreamer” from the Love Warrior series is one of my favorite designs. It needed a bit of more work but was unable to make it back in time to add more details. Overall she’s FLY! especially next to @Sinned_NYC

Toofly Sketch WellingCourt

Toofly WellingCourt Street ARt

Toofly WellingCourt 2018

Toofly WellingCourt Zimad

Toofly WellingCourt18_Joe Conzo_web

Photo by Joe Conzo 2018
Toofly WellingCourt18-web

Thank You NY!

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LLP X When She Rises, Venice CA 2018

May 25th, 2018 | Category: Ladies Love Project,POP UP SHOPS,Travel,Younity

Client Work: MODELO AUSTIN TX, 2018

May 25th, 2018 | Category: Clients,Hommies,Travel

Great times in Austin TX this year! Shout out to Blue genie Art Studios, my friend Charles and the gang, and all my Austin ATX peeps who showed love. I had a blast working and hanging out!

Blue Genie Art Austin TX

Blue Genie ARt 2 Toofly Modelo

Toofly Client Work Modelo

Austin TX Shrimp and Grits

Friends ATX

 

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MAMA SANA MURAL 2018

May 25th, 2018 | Category: Community,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

Back from Austin, TX! What a lovely place it is haven’t been back since 2012. It was super nice to see my friends again especially to take advantage of the trip and create a NEW Mama Sana Mural. There’s a bunch of press online about it, you can read. It’s a pretty interesting story that talks about gentrification, and the power of community.

Mama Sana Mural Wall

Mama Sana Mural 2018-1

Mama Sana Mural

Mama Sana Mural Toofly

mama sanan mural toofly austin tx

 

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TULUM, MEXICO 2018 – Vacation!

February 19th, 2018 | Category: Day in the Life,Travel

I LOVE TO TRAVEL!!! Especially with my dearest family and friends. This year we had so much to celebrate that I decided to treat my mom to a vacation! One that she would absolutely love and we can visit various places like ruins, beach, cenotes, and more. It was a beautiful trip I love the Yucatan. I super enjoyed it with my two most adored people in the world.  Appreciate your loved ones!!! and your time on beautiful parts of the planet before its really all too late. Time waits for no-one.

Toofly Tulum Mexico 1

Toofly Tulum Mexico 5

Tulum Mex

Toofly Tulum Mexico 2

 

Toofly Tulum Mex 4

Los Tulum

HAPPY NEW YEAR BITCHES!!!!

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RE-CAP: ART BASEL 2017

February 19th, 2018 | Category: Day in the Life,Events,Hommies,Travel

Whoa! The year is about to come to end once more. What a year!!! I personally was having a great one until mercury retrograde knocked on my door. All good. Gotta take the good and the bad and make it work. I don’t like it when the reality of life rains on my parade. I work very hard to keep things in order as to avoid all conflict but sometimes it likes to mess with me. I decided to head down to Miami and see my friends and avoid it the bad vibes. Family dramas or conflicts are unavoidable in life unfortunately.¬† It’s a good thing I was in a rooftop pool with my friends when it all went down. The infamous e-mails where you let out all your feelings as raw as possible so it can drill into your family’s head that they suck. I swam it all away that day. Even the tears. No regrets. It needed to be said now or later It be that way sometimes right? — The good, the very good thing I do well for my own sanity is “LET GO” It’s an amazing trait to have. I personally can let things go much easier these days. I easily close doors on fucked up shit in life and move right on. I do not anything waste my time anymore. If it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. I know how short life is and how precious it is and unless its full of the good stuff I don’t need it.

Miami was the perfect place to be when dealing with the family drama. The sunshine, the water, my friends, the meals, the parties, the fun! I love to have fun. It makes me happy and it gives me peace. Anyways, at some point the family stuff works itself out. Or not? Either way each of us keeps pushing forward with what feels good what feels right and what truly matters. Everything else can fall back. Care less or care more where necessary to keep life in balance. That’s why my friends are my true family and always have been. Blood doesn’t mean a damn thing. It’s a good thing Art Basel was spent at one of my BFF’s home because it made even more sense who I need to be around. So yes, Art basel was cool for this reason and many more. I was not busy painting, or showcasing any work. It gave me time to spend with my dear friends, enjoy the simple things in life, and enjoy the moment. It was dope! I recommend everyone to check out Art Basel during December especially if you live in NY and need a break from the winter cold. A special shout out to all my hommies who made the trip there to link up and boogie, especially my BBF Mr. @LatinoLife who made our stay amazing!!! Every luxury you can imagine, was all that and more!

 

Toofly Art Basel Miami 1

Toofly Art Basel Miami 3

Toofly Art Basel Miami 4

Toofly Art Basel Miami 2

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DCON 2017 RECAP!

November 22nd, 2017 | Category: Ladies Love Project,POP UP SHOPS,Travel

Wow! Designer Con this year was huge! I’ve never seen those very long lines before. It’s a good sign. This independent arts culture is growing. We’re out there and people love it! This year was particularly fun because The Ladies Love Project got an opportunity to set up shop with Crewest Studios. They sponsored 3 artists; Toofly, Ritzy P, and Nisha K Sembi from California. Our treo did a great job. It was the first time we had ever teamed up and we had a good time! Thank you everyone that came thru the booth to support and enjoy. Thank you Crewest Alex, and Scott and the entire staff for hooking up the booth this year! Good times.

DCON

Ladies Love Project Dcon 2017

Toofly Designer Con pop up

Toofly Stickers Die CutToofly Designer Con 2017 2

Toofly Kidrobot Dcon

Toofly Designer Con 1

Ladies Love Project Dcon 1

Ritzy P Dcon Laies Love project

Nisha K Sembi LLP

Flava Flave Ladies Love project

Toofly Print Signing Designer Con 2 Toofly Print Signing Designer Con 3

Toofly Siging Dcon

Toofly SUgarPress print SkyToofly Print Signing Designer Con 4

ladies Love Project Stash

 

Until next time!

 

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