TOOFLY NYC

Jun 30

TOOFLY POP-UP SHOP 2017 Recap!

The #TooflyPopUpShop returned this year for the 2nd time at Rebelution Ink now known as Fresh Off The Press. The printing location where my shirts, tank tops, and tote bags are printed. The space is a perfect size for what I need and it’s in an excellent location in Williamsburg ¬†near train, restaurants, bars, parks, waterfronts, and more. When curating an event all these elements need to be in place. It allows guests to hang out in the neighborhood after or before pop-up and keep the night going long after event is over. This year I decided to give it a little twist! In the past I only opened up shop for 1 day, this time I decided to do a weekend long event and introduce a sip & mingle mixer in the patio, and a workshop. It worked out pretty good, despite the rain. You just never know with the weather these days and Saturday was pouring! Special shout out to friends, and guests that trooped it that day. Especially my cousin Chill Will who got a chance to celebrate his B-Day with all of us after the pop-up. Sunday was a lot nicer and I was happy to see the hommies swing thru for a much needed chat. There is never enough time but when we carve it out it’s perfect. Students enjoyed the workshop earlier that day, and it made me think that an adult workshop needs to happen. Who doesn’t want to sip and make art on a Sunday afternoon? I found that the conversations with the ladies and gents is hella fun! I need to work on this idea a bit more. The events I am curating are small and a great learning experience to fine tune them. It feels good to bring people together and the vibe is genuine. It’s not about hype or faking the funk that your authentic, like so many events these days. Before all that BS we just had a good time together with music, drinks, and company. Community minded folks know what’s up and they will troop it rain or shine. I appreciate that. These events take months, love, and work to prepare. Shout out to everyone that came thru to support and purchase some TF goodies, Randy for holding us down on all aspects of the space, and to my wonderful team Ana Lovera on TF sales and Crafty Cocktales for teaming up this year on the mixer. Thank you NYC!

Toofly Popupshop

toofly pop up shop bk

Toofly pop up NYC 3

Toofly Pop up nyc

boombox

Fresh Off The Press 2

Toofly Prints Pop Up SHop

Ana Lovera

Toofly Pop up nyc 2

Mini Fridas

Crafty Cocktales

Toofly pop up shop brooklyn

After Party

toofly workshop 3

toofly workshop students

Toofly Workshop June

Toofly Pop-Up SHop BK

Toofly Pop Up Shop friends

 

 

 

Share No comments

Jun 29

Thrive Collective Workshop 2017

By now ya’ll know I don’t live in NY anymore right? I have been gone for 5 years and the transition was pretty smooth. I still gotta work tho. Only now I get to live as an artist full time. My dream has come true! It’s something I have always wanted and strived for. I have chosen to live the country life in Ecuador, and the city life in the states a few month out of the year. When you grow up in NY you have this “you can make it anywhere” mentality, and it’s true. You can. When you grow up in NY you make a lot of friends, it’s part of city life, it’s part of urban life. Over time those wonderful friends ¬†jumpstart their biz, and the real work begins. Especially when their business models are educational, creative, and socially responsible. It is the kind of friends I like to work with! I am a worker. I love to get involved and make ideas work. It is the kind of energy that motivates me. I now have the opportunity to pop-up in NY for a workshop, a project, a gig, a wall, etc; It keeps things in life fun for me. That is how I do these days, and it’s working out. I LOVE IT! June is not too hot, and not too cold. Perfect to work outdoors. This year Thrive Collective and I took the time to reconnect and set-up a workshop as soon as I arrived. The #tooflyworkshop has become part of what I do as an artist. I have so much I have learned over the years that I can now share with others on a professional level. It is gratifying work, especially when it’s with youth. Each workshop is different, and with Thrive we have history. It makes this particular collaboration special to me. Wow 10 years. Time flies in NY.Make sure you make the time count. Back in the days when LASE NYC and I worked together ( Motug Days ) he brought me on to many creative and pioneering projects that I am thankful for. With Thrive, I think before it was called Thrive we painted at a public school in the Lower East Side. This is where I got to meet Jeremy Del Rio and all the wonderful community folks who continue to do the “good work” in a changing city. I am happy and proud of them. Thanks guys! Shout out to all the students involved in beautifying their schools walls.

Thrive Collective

TooflyWorkshop Thrive 1

Thrive Collective Toofly Workshop 2

Toofly Workshop Thrive 3

Toofly Workshop Thrive 4

Thrive COllective Toofly

Thrive Workshop

Toofly Workshop Thrive 5

Tooflyworkshop Thrive 2

Thank You Thrive Collective!

Share No comments

Jun 29

Welling Court Mural Project 2017 – RECAP!

Feels good to be back and writing these posts! I have a bunch to get thru and a mess of work so I will keep them a bit short. Welling Court¬†Mural Project this year was smooth. No rain to worry about! usually that messes with my schedule. The sunshine peeked thru, and a little heat wave hit us so it made painting outdoors nice. This year @Sinned¬†NYC, Maria, and I worked in a few details in each of our pieces to get the collaborative effect to happen. We should definitely try to do it more often with everyone on that long wall. I think it could give it a new twist. What do ya’ll think? Homegirl Daniella Harris came back this year to help me prep the wall, and continue to practice her aerosol skills. Thank you D! My lovely friend Irene ( TopShelf Photography ) pulled thru before the madness to take some action shots and catch up on all the bochinche we missed. Ha! We love to laugh, and we get along so great together. Love ya gurl! – That day was a lot of fun, and even more so that Ledania arrived to NY all the way from Bogota, Colombia! Such a treat to invite her to WellingCourt. She got a chance to paint next to Lady Pink. Happy I was able to introduce them at the¬†Warmi Paint Festival in Ecuador in 2015. ¬†It made it a lot smoother for her to rock a spot when there was none left. It’s tough man, there are hardly any new walls left at WellingCourt. Luxury condos are going up everywhere even near the projects. Less walls, means less room for artists to paint, especially traveling artists. I did notice a bunch of new artists this year, not many locals. I think it’s a good idea to get new folks in the mix, and switch it up. I must say there’s nothing more fun to see your friends from all the years of painting in this city back year after year. Change is inevitable, gotta enjoy the good old old days and the new days. Gentrification is not going anywhere, but more than likely we will be. What is important is to continue to get everyone together. A lot of people came thru this year, thank you for making the troop. Families, and people of all sizes, colors, and ages are still out there for the community vibe in the company of the artists that return with new work to share. Thank you WellingCourt!

Toofly Ledania Graffiteras

Toofly Ledania Irene

Irene, Toofly, Ledania. I have an idea how about a painting trip to Colombia together!:) 2018

Toofly NYC WellingCourt Mural Project

Toofly WellingCourt TopShelf Photography

Toofly WellingCourt TopShelf

Photography by TopShelf ©2017

Toofly WellingCOurt 4

Toofly SInned NYC WellingCourt

Toofly Sinned WellingCourt 2017

Toofly WellingCourt 3

Photography by Alexandra Henry © 2017
Toofly WellingCourt Progress

WellingCOurt Mural Project Toofly copy

I was unable to get a final shot of the wall facing ( front ) too many cars. There’s no parking here on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm anyone want to shoot it? 30th Ave, and Main Ave. If so please send to tooflynyc@gmail.com It’s a good flick to have in case it get’s published. Thank you! Photo by Daniella Harris

Share No comments

Apr 24

Ladies Love Project Summer Pop-Up Shop 2017

Its time to save the date! Flyer and press release coming soon…

Print

Share No comments

Apr 24

WELLINGCOURT MURAL PROJECT 2017

Year 8! Happy WellingCourt Mural Project is still on course. There’s are not many Street Art/Mural events I am fond of in NY that are as authentic as this one. It’s chill, it’s in my borough, and it’s put together by down to earth organizers. Folks that have been in NY building with communities before all the hipsters got here and turned these events into greedy corporate locations and leeching off our true school vibes. WellingCourt is still community based, and we like it this way! The community comes out to BBQ, their kids come out to play, and true new yorkers know what’s up when you troop it here. June 10th! Follow @toofly_nyc for progress shots.

Wellingcourt Mural Project 2017

www.wellingcourtmuralproject.com

 

Share No comments

Apr 24

Toofly Pop-Up Shop 2017

The #TooflyPopUpShop is back! It’s been a few years but this time around I had a little more time to put it together the right way. I am currently enjoying the process of curating events at various places. Something about getting all the pieces to an idea where people get together gives me great joy. Like painting I am putting together theme, color, and design to tell a story. Our story. Save the date!

Toofly pop Up Shop 2017

Toofly pop Up SHop 2017 2

 

Share No comments

Apr 24

#TOOFLYWORKSHOP 2

I’m excited for June! Lot’s in the works this summer. The second #TooflyWorkshop has a date, a space, and a time. Get on the list only 8 spots left as of today!

Print

Share No comments

Mar 29

PEPATIAN #TooflyWorkshop @Bronx Works

I had an opportunity to go to NY right after Mexico and rock a mural workshop with the Pepatian Hip Hop Academy. I haven’t been back to Bronx Works in about two years because the program is usually in March. It’s very cold in NY during that time so I try to avoid it. This time I decided to make the stop, and troop it like the native New Yorker I used to be. It was nice to see some of the students I worked with a few years ago, they are all grown up! Wow, time just keeps flying. I was happy that Jane Gabriel’s made it happen, and that Bronx Works approved a wall for us. In the past the kids and I had worked on the “My Name Is” workshop, as well as the “Hip Hop” canvas/stencil workshop. It was time for a mural! Hip Hop Culture has changed over the years, it is important for many of the educators to teach it’s roots. We have to know where we are from in order to know where we are going. ¬†The “Hip Hop Don’t Stop” mural workshop sprung from this idea, and students got a chance to learn about the four elements + pioneers in the process. It became a large story book they can use to talk with others about, especially new students joining the program. They are proud of their work and want to share what they created. It was really fun to see some of the kids zone out and forget time and space when they were painting. I know what that feels like — I live for that! Thank you students! thank you Pepatian team! Thank you Bronx Works staff! and everyone that was involved. Shout out to Marisol Diaz for the beautiful photography and all the wonderful educators of this program. For more information visit www.pepatian.org

BronxWorks_01

Hip Hop Academy_Bronx Works
L
ancelot Chase, Toofly NYC, Caridad de la Luz “La Bruja”, and DJ Fred Jones

Toofly and La Bruja Bronx Works

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-1

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ©MARISOL DIAZ 2017

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-2

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-3

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-16

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-5

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-10

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-6

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-7

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-8

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-11

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-12

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-15

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-21

Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-20
Toofly Workshop_BronxWorks-22

Toofly Hip Hop Workshop-4
toofly workshop hip hop
HI my name is, and I learned that Hip Hop Don’t Stop!

Toofly Hip Hop Workshop-2

Toofly Hip Hop Workshop-3

Back in June! for more ya’ll see ya soon.

Share No comments

Mar 5

“Residencia” Gama Gallery, Mexico City

Residencia Gama Gallery Mexico

The Mexico City Trip is a wrap! —- I want to give a special shout out to hommie Daniel, curator of Gama Gallery, and street art projects in El DF. I met Daniel at Latido Americano in Peru last year and we talked about the possibility of working together next time I was in Mexico. I had been to the beautiful beaches and towns of Tulum, as well as Playa del Carmen/Cancun etc, but I had never visited any other part of Mexico. Gama gallery was now eight months old and it felt like the perfect time to pack and go! The gallery has been running successful workshops with various illustrators and designers since late last fall and the arts community has caught on to the amazing talent coming out of Gama. During our trip it got a chance to team up with Alianza Francesa of Mexico and schedule us in to do presentations alongside Pablito Zago who was invited form France. ¬†”Residencia” was born – a group exhibition with local and international traveling artists. It’s where it’s at, and I’m am loving the idea.

Residencia Mexico City Gama Galleria

Toofly Mexico City Prints

 

Sending lot’s of love to my friend DJ Ski-Hi from NYC who I learned is living in Mexico City with his wife who hosted me for two weeks in their beautiful home. THANK YOU!

Toofly Fine Art In Too Deep

Gama Galleria Mexico City Condesa

Toofly Prints Mexico City Gama

Toofly Mexico City Gama Galeria 3

Toofly Prints Gama Galeria Mex City

Tysa toofly Mexico City

Pablito Zago Mexico City

Pablito Zago Gama Galeria

Toofly NYC Pablito Zago Gama Galeria Mex

 

Great meeting you Pablito! Hope to see you in France one day:)

Gama Galeria Mexico Condesa Shop

Gleo Gama Galeria

Gama Galeria Mexico City

 

Toofly Gama Galeria Mexico 5

Share No comments

Mar 5

HidroArte Mexico City 2017

Toofly Mexico City HidroArte 2

I’m happy I got a chance to paint a collaboration wall with Pablito Zago during our trip to when Mexico City. So glad it worked out! Thanks to Gamma Gallery curators, and their friends at Muro and Hidroarte we made it happen. The wall took three days to produce and it’s one of my favorite mural collaborations I have done lately. Once I had the dimensions of the wall and a free day to soak in inspiration from the Anthropology Museum I was good. I spent a few hours at the park sketching and came up with an image that I felt motivated to paint. Many of my pieces are from my imagination, and feelings I want to express. I was inspired by a painting I saw at the museum that had women of different cultures by Jorge Camarena. Wow! Amazing artist, I am super behind in learning about his work. ¬†I was blown away by the rock sculptures, and details in the artifacts. The museum was mega dope! #1 spot to visit in el DF. Because I like to paint strong empowering female images I try and take the opportunity to explore something new with each one. Mexican art, history, and culture is hands down my top 5 and I wanted to bring a little of it of everything I fell in love with from the museum into the piece. Art inspires art, and the more I learn and travel the closer I am to creating my new works. If you want to visit the wall it is located in: MetroBus parada EL COYOL

Toofly Mexico City HidroArte 1

Toofly Mexico City HidroArte 3

Toofly NYC Hidroarte

Toofly Mexico City 2017 - 2

Toofly Pablito Zago Collaboration Mexico

Toofly NYC Mexico City HidroArte 2017

toofly pablito

Shout out to Pablito Zago for being mega cool and chill on the collaboration. Our work is different but both love to interact with the people that come up to as when we paint. It makes us happy to talk to them, especially the kids who said things like eso esta chido!

Toofly Mexico City 2017

HidroArte Mexico 2017

Toofly NYC Hidroarte 2017

 

THANK YOU MEXICO CITY!

Share No comments

Mar 5

Aerosoles Cruzados / Alianza Francesa de Mexico

Category: Events,Travel

Aerosoles Cruzados / Alianza Francesa de Mexico

Alianza Francesa Mexico

Toofly Mexico City

Aerosoles Cruzados Mexico

HidroArte Mexico Toofly

Share No comments

Dec 26

Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up 2016 / Re-Cap

Down to the last few posts! – ¬†This year LLP celebrated the 10th Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop-Up Shop! We teamed up with City Lore Community Arts Gallery space in the lower east side for a 2 day event. A total of 20+ vendors gathered for the fun. Our LLP photographer Samantha Morales took some lovely photos of the crew this year, here are some of my favorites. Shout out to all the vendors, friends, family and guests that came thru to support the #shoplocal, #shophandmade, and #shopsmall movement —-> Follow us on our facebook page for the next vendors call!

Ladies Love Project 2016

Ladies Love Project 2016

Its a wrap for 2016! Thank you everyone. Community vibes build community tribes <3

Toofly Prints LLP

Toofly Prints

Fiona Marie Soaps

Toofly Arte Vida Cultura

Mincho Vega Art

Micho Vega Booth

LLP gals

Zimad Booth LLP

Meres 5 Pointz LLp

Meres LLP 2016

Kids Reading LLp

Crafty Cocktales Coquito

Junkprints and Rokafella LLP

Homegirls

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Share No comments

Dec 20

DESIGNER CON 2016, PASADENA CA. RE-CAP

Category: Events,Travel

DESIGNER CON 2016. This is my second time attending and I love it! mostly because I get to see some of my cali friends + there is so much to see in one huge convention center it’s awesome. This year Crewest Studios took on a lot of the production and set up a big booth for the artists invited. I got a chance to set up my goods, and hang with the the entire team. Crewest took care of all of us, curated panels, and set it off with the Secret Walls live art VIP after party event with guest DJ Z-Trip. The place was packed! and I finally got a chance to dance. One of my favorite ways to celebrate during my trips. With the Toofly pop-up in the mix, print signings, live art, and panels like “Latinos in Contemporary Art” I was a happy TF. Saturday Kano and I rocked the Secret Walls art battle alongside other artists, as well as hommie DJ Synapse, and host Mishka. When it was all over we all danced like crazy to the ill Z-trip set. WOW! I’m a fan. It was dope! Best part of it all was that we were all in good company, and happy people once the open bar took over. Shout to Marka, Liza, Upendo, Ritzy, Kano, and the rest of the LA crew peeps. Good times! A memorable and fun night indeed.

Designer Con Toofly

Toofly Dcon Crewest

Toofly Man One Crewest

Toofly Live Dcon Hip Hop Trooper

Latinos in Contemporary Art DCON

PODCAST LINK —–> Adventures in Design with Mike Brickey

Secret Walls Toofly kano

Kano Toofly Secret Walls Dcn 2

Toofly Secret Walls Dcon

Toofly Secret Walls Dcon1

Kano Toofly Secret Walls 4

NY LA 2016

LA / NY Connect!

Share No comments

Dec 19

OPEN SPACE LA, 2016 RE-CAP

I’m a little backed up again on posts guys! Had a hectic schedule this fall, but no complaints. I enjoyed myself. This year I made a quick stop in Los Angeles, for my “Love Warrior Print & Pop-Up” held at Open Space LA. Now that the series is 90% complete, I’m packing them up and taking them to every city I visit. Man One from Crewest Studios¬†and I got a chance to co-curate and also make time for some Designer Con action. Alex and I worked great together. I was happy we had the time to build and relate to a ton of things going on in the art world. Spaces are hard to come by sometimes, but Open Space LA had the perfect size brick wall to hang my latest series. I had a hard time keeping them up on the wall, but that’s ok. Who would of known puddy would be such hell!!! – ¬†Oh well, at least they held up as long as they could enough for folks to check them out, and connect. That’s what’s important, and why DJ¬†Synapse and I went on for long hours on deep conversations about the world. Ha ha! I’m all about that kind of atmosphere, and cozy vibe. Open Space was a nice space to invite my NY/LA friends to kick-it and for Synapse to spin. The fairfax strip is chill, a little too much mens street wear for one street but cool for a weekend pop-up. Shout out to our friends Tried & True, and FCNY for holding it down for all the fellas. I guess the ladies can rock the gear in smalls and mediums till a ladies street brand pop-up! Till then supporting your homegirls when we are in town rocks. Thank you for the print love Ricky! — mad love to our new and true school LA friends; ManOne, Scott, Open Space LA, Dj Synapse, Ritzy, Kano, Ricky, Drew, Tried & True hommies, One 9, Cynthia Kelley, and everyone who came thru to show love and support. I’ll be back for round 3 next November!

Open Space LA Toofly Love Warrior

Open Space LA Toofly NYC

Love Warrior Toofly Los ANgeles 4

@alfienumeric Thanks for the interview and canvas love!

Los Angeles_Type not by me

Open Space LA Toofly1

Moon Flower Love Warrior Toofly

NEW PRINT RELEASE —-> “Moon Flower” 16″X16″ Giclee Ed. of 25

DJ Synapse Toofly LA

Open Space La Toofly

Ritzy, Kano, Toofly LA

Love Warrior LA 3

Tried adn True LA

 

Toofly One9 Tried and True Los Angeles

 

THANK YOU NY/LA!

 

 

 

Share No comments

Oct 27

TOOFLY WORKSHOP X AD HOC ART

There’s a lot going on this fall and I have to make the best of it. I’ve been taking trips to NY every June/July and every November/December now for the last 5 years and it’s working out great! These seem to be the best weather months, and a perfect time to reconnect with my NYC community and friends. I enjoy getting them together for dinner/brunch parties, dancing missions, road trips, exhibits, and pop-up shops. Now that many of their little ones are grown up I can organize events for them too. Our community is filled with beautiful parents, it’s nice that we have reached an age where the whole family can enjoy it. It gives me great pleasure to set-off the #TOOFLYWORKSHOP this year with the AD HOC ART organization at 17 Frost Gallery in Brooklyn. This year they celebrate their 10yr anniversary. ¬†Back when Brooklyn was just getting on the map, Ad Hoc Gallery was a perfect location for graffiti and street artists to showcase their work before the big boom in street art gallery work. A lot has changed, and the team has since moved on and back to the streets for the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria Queens. It’s great to see your friends grow and transform spaces for the artist community to get together. I love it! Thank you Allison and Garrison for all your hard work! I look forward to this lovely workshop with 12 young girls and women in a space where our art/stories inspires the next generation.

Toofly Workshop 2016_web

Share No comments

« Previous PageNext Page »