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Wellingcourt Mural Project 2016

July 09th, 2016 | Category: Community,Graffiti / Street Art,Project Girlz

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Photo by ©Garrison Buxton

This year’s #wellingcourtmuralproject was chill. I didn’t make a crazy plan to shoot video like I did last year. It was a lot of fun, but an intense process under the hot sun. Painting, and shooting film can get complicated with the weather, camera angles, and time. On a time lapse you have to stick to the piece from beginning to end, and try to finish it all in one day. This means I have to prepare a piece that is a lot more graphic and simple. It’s tough, and when it’s crazy hot even worse! I love the video fun though, hopefully next year. This year I needed to chill. Every wall is an opportunity to produce something new and bring forth a new experience. I reached out to Daniella, a young sistah who loves graffiti, and street art. She was down to help me prep the wall and learn how we do what we do. She was very excited so I decided to turn it into a PROJECT GIRLZ aerosol workshop! It was a lot of fun. She is now officially part of the women youth team that comes together every year on my walls, pop-up shops, and exhibits. Their assistance is greatly appreciated, and I enjoy passing on all that I have learned to them. Each one is going to art school and pursuing the arts so it’s perfect! Daniella got the hands on aerosol skills scoop which reminded me of the many times I taught other women the same on their “come up” – It makes me smile as I look back in time and remember. Ha! time flies, amazing what the years reveal. If you have good values instilled in you then all shall be well. Today I see young people with a lot more supportive parents in the aerosol arts which means this generation is gonna be allright’. We have done our job right! Community spaces like Welling Court allow young women like Daniella to experience a welcoming environment to paint. YES, it’s easier for young people in the urban arts these days. We didn’t have it that way. We carved out what didn’t exist. In the end that’s it’s everything we strived for when we were her age. We made the way….a place to paint in peace and not be harassed by the cops, a place to make friends, and a place to learn valuable skills from each other. It’s what 5Pointz was all about. Today we only have Welling Court, because other spaces are on another agenda. @daniellaharris has since been practicing, and painting her own characters. Happy to see her on the path to the artist she aspires to be. Thank you for the company, Joe’s flicks, and the yummy pizza!!! Good times:) Lot’s of love and thanks to organizers Allison and Garrison Buxton for a lovely summer at Wellingcourt. It’s what brings “good peoples” and a positive community vibe together.

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Daniella Harris and Toofly / PROJECT GIRLZ hands on aerosol skills workshop:)

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Sinned and his beautiful wife hangin’ under the sunshine:) Fun day to paint with good peoples <3

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Toofly Welling Court, Astoria Queens NYC 2016

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Shout out to the #PROJECTGIRLZ team Ana, Nicole, Tati, and Daniella! Keep up the good work ladies. I see you!

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LATIDO AMERICANO 2016, Callao Peru

February 29th, 2016 | Category: Events,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

Heading to Peru tomorrow! – Happy for the invitation to participate in #LatidoAmericano’s festival for the next 15 days. It’s going to be HOT. Literally…summer weather is at hand and it’s not as fun under the hot sun to paint but we’ll see how it goes. This year it is being held in Callao, Peru near a beach which will help with the sea breeze. Last time I was in Peru in 2013 the painting/festival experience was not at all fun and I was not very happy with what I painted. I’m confident this event will be hella on point with Entes & Pesimo leading the festival. The equipment, paint, and treatment for the artists is a lot more professional. Whew! Here we go. Bags are all packed…now if I can only find my sketchbook!?! I have no idea what I’m going to paint yet…I’ll let the wall speak back to me when I get there…
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Follow the process on instagram: @TOOFLY_NYC

Back from Peru! Getting these blog posts up is getting harder and harder guys…Many of the flicks are now up on Facebook, and Instagram if you want to check them out just hashtag #latidoamericano. I would love to sit here for hours like I used to and write and post all my favorite moments but lately this blogging thing is not as fun anymore. Living in the moment, and no longer really caring to post much once it has all passed. This may change or it may not. I’m open to your thoughts.

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Toofly X Oz Montana Collaboration, Callao, Peru 2016 #LatidoAmericano

 

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TALLEST MURAL IN ECUADOR! by TOOFLY

January 18th, 2016 | Category: Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

Flicks coming soon…

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WARMI PAINT PHOTOS

December 02nd, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

#warmipaint – words and more flicks coming soon!

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Warmi Paint 2015 Internacional an llegado a Quito, Ecuador Nov 12, 2015! Aqui con Lady Pink.

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Toofly Y Ache Vallejo Photos by Carlos Duran

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Martha Cooper Confrence Photo by ©Alexandra Henry

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LADY PINK Photos by ©Carlos Duran

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LILI CUCA @marthacoopergram

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Ledania Warmi Paint Artist

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LIE Photo by ©Deluxtoy

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Gracias a todos!!! #warmipaint

 

 

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WARMI PAINT FESTIVAL, Quito Ecuador

September 04th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

Warmi Paint Festival Ecuador

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/

Here’s our fundraiser link —> www.gofundme.com/warmipaint

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QUITO TRANSIT GRAFF!

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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WELLINGCOURT MURAL PROJECT RE-CAP!

July 15th, 2015 | Category: Community,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

Hello World!!! — I’m back from my summer travels and catching up on my blog posts. This summer was hectic, hardly had any leisure time but the small breaks I took made up for it. My first mission as soon as I arrived to NY was to rock a fresh new wall at Wellingcourt Mural Project in Astoria Queens. I decided this year that I will begin to document the painting process as a time lapse to bring a little more fun to the project. I touched base with my friends Serge, and Fubz at MOTIONGRAFF who worked on a stop motion video for me a while back entitled; STAY FLY Episode 22 – We had a lot of fun then and was excited to hear they were down to shoot the Wellingcourt wall with their friend Stephen. Luckily this year there was no rain in the forecast so we worked for 2 full days under the hot sun. I enjoyed building with Stephen he’s such a cool guy!!! Very professional and loves what he does. The energy was on point and the best part is we had fun during the process. The video looks awesome!!! I love the music they chose, and how the edits came out. THANK YOU GUYS <3 and thank you Alice and Garrison for keeping the family style street art community event alive year after year. Especially these days when all other events are turning into corporate media takeovers, and hipster trash parties. The work on the walls of our ever changing city is to bring communities together, locals together, and to enjoy the chill summer vibe where kids can run around and hang out with the big kids. ¬†It’s not about corporate media piggy backing off our work and hipsters getting drunk and making a mess of our hood. Authenticity is not for sale, so back the f**K up! Our neighborhoods are going through a tough change with all these greedy mofo’s who have no respect for our people and hoods. Watching the change of my beloved city year after year is sad, but many of us ain’t going down like that. We’re warriors of this shit
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PROYECTO ESPORA, QUITO 2015

April 25th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Graffiti / Street Art,Green Living

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.

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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.
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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 +!

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“MAS AMOR” 2015 by TOOFLY, Quito Ecuador
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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…Ancestrial Ceremony 2

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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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Big thanks to all and everyone who made this event happen. Much continued success, and looking forward to more.

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LAVADO, QUITO 2015

April 25th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Graffiti / Street Art

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…

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ATUNTAQUI, ECUADOR 2015

February 25th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

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!!!

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Check out Atuntaqui 2014

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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…

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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

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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”

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“Fluir” Toofly Atuntaqui 2015

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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…

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These guys are awesome!!! Reppin’ Guayaquil…CLIMAX

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Brazil represent! – Photo real image of organizer Jason! FRESH

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The coolest sweetest peeps right here. Vera and JoinsBack! <3

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Tenaz from Otavalo on a collabo wall with his peeps…

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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…

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SKIPY Atuntaqui 2015

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ALM Crew 2015 – Funky Fresh Collabo even chuchaki they make it happen! ha…

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Hasta la proxima Atuntaqui, Ecuador! (((( FUERZA ))))

 

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Ba√Īos Ecuador, 2015

February 25th, 2015 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Graffiti / Street Art,Travel

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!

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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

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Smh…Green Energy?

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Foto by Eleki Hobosigns

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Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero

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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!

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Photo by: Jose Luis Jacome Guerrero

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The electrical power plant is down this road…

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

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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.

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Cosmorama final flicks coming soon…- Photo by Tatta Rodriguez

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Almuerzo…Foto by Eleki Hobosigns

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y Dinner at Casa Hood! Like a creative arts family <3 Thank you team. Well deserved meals kept us going. GOOD TIMES!!! Now let’s get tattoos and seal the trip deal!

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Private Tattoo sessionz with Pin8 Studios!

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

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

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Rudy!!!

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La Suerte en her signature Bone fish…

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Joins Back with an original Pin8 piece for his arm…

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Thank You Pin8! See ya next time Ba√Īos Crew <3

 

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TULUM ART PROJECT, MEXICO 2015

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Before I took off to Cancun I reached out to the folks at the Tulum Art Project. I had been following the event on Facebook from flicks posted by street artist Spaik. As our movement keeps growing, so do the destinations. More, and more “arte urbano” events are popping up in different countries that have vibrant cultures and communities. It’s no longer just a city thing. It’s an exciting time to paint and travel, and I am allllllllll about it. I had a gig in New York after New Years and figured heck, I don’t want to be in the cold! Mexico is just a few hours away and less than $300 to get there. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get confirmation to paint but I trusted the stars. If it was meant to be for me to paint it will work itself out.

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On my last week in Mexico I received confirmation that there was a wall available, and a lovely place for me to stay called Zamas Hotel. I was siked! I had missed the original December launch dates but Susan, lead organizer of the project worked it all out.

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First day in I sat by the beach and worked on my sketch. I gave thanks to the sun as it went down…It felt really good to be in tune with everything my heart had desired…Zamas Hotel - Palm Trees

Good morning! Ready to paint and chillax for the next 3-4 days…

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Because much of my life’s work is about women, and women empowerment, Susan was on the mission to find the perfect wall. She connected me to Sirena’s; an all women‚Äôs hostel, art, and gallery. Right across the street from the bus terminal on Tulum Ave. For the ladies that travel solo, or in a group and want to feel a little safer, this is the spot. Susan has been building with locals in the community for over 20 years and has seen Tulum grow daily. Now there‚Äôs bohemian shops, and quaint restaurants that make this community a must-go-to for vacation. Especially with the ruins and beautiful beaches near by. The hope is that the locals try their best to keep their homes, and businesses so that all are in harmony, and there is no fear of the being pushed out of their barrios.

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I had three days to enjoy this little town, and a big rooftop wall to rock. The young mexican ladies at the hostel were very sweet and accommodating on my short painting schedule. Especially Betsy and traveling buds who helped out, made spaghetti, and took process flicks.Wall Sirenas

Let the transformation begin…

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“Sirenas” the singers of this lovely life. Half woman, half birds. Like warrior women they express their beauty and freedom with creativity. This is for all my linda amigas and the colorful mayan women of Mexico <3

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Check out all the beautiful photos of the Zamas Hotel —> www.zamas.com

Shrimp tacos

These had to be the most amazing shrimp tacos I have ever had! WOW delicious…big ups to the chef!

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I was pretty tired from wall so I didn’t get to walk around much down Tulum Ave or the boho little town near hotel. There and so many cute shops and restaurants. I am most definitely going to return…

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I want to send my 100th thanks to Susan and her staff at Zamas. The stay was super duper pleasant. Waking up to the swinging palm tree breeze, chillax sessions on the hammock, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner overlooking the beach will be moments to treasure.¬†Gracias to the stars that aligned, and all the good vibes, and love that came with it. Even the fat bruise I got on my leg when I crashed the bike into a tree on my way back from wall. It was a long day, and I was really tired:( Luckily it wasn’t too bad. I flew off the bike like a CHAMP! Yeah baby‚Ķit‚Äôs gonna be a SUPA DUPA FLY year, warrior bruises and all.

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Till next time Tulum Mexxxxxxico! You are a lovely place with beautiful people <3

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ART BASEL 2014 ::: RE-CAP!

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The year is coming to a close, and the best way to do it up is to hit up Miami’s Art Basel! If you can paint, party, and hit the beach you got the Art Basel fun covered. This year the Few & Far Women collective got our shit together a few months before to organize one of the largest all women collaborations we have ever done. It was a huge wall, and the production funds necessary to make it happen where steep. Luckily we made it happen independently thanks to our sponsors, friends, family, and supporters who helped us raise funds through our GoFundMe campaign. Shout out to everyone who helped us get to Basel this year and rock this amazing wall. A total of 17 graffiti and street art women Toofly, Agana, Dime, Meme, Hops, Merlot, Ksera, Kazilla, Jenn Ponci, Ursula X Young, 179 and our guests Mavel, Ms.Kee, Rachel, Silver, and Sour who helped us on the wall. Our theme this year was an underwater electric fantasy inspired seaworld. It was an opportunity where we can enhance the emotion of our characters, and push ourselves to design letters and background imagery to tie it altogether. A challenge but in the end we made it all work. We had everything we needed to take on this big task;¬†scaffolds, latex paint materials, lifts, ladders, spot lights, an array of spray paint sponsored by IRONLAK, a personal photographer/videographer, and DJ Izzy who kept us going all night and turned our wall location into a full blast block party. What a year! It was a sight to see…the production was on point. Everyone put in a lot of effort, especially our team leader Meme. ¬†She is one of the most hands on person I have ever met. She’s the type of gal who will make you a Mojito, climb to fix a scaffold into place, scooter her way around Basel promoting the crew and still make time to paint her piece. All of this on like 2 hours of sleep! I don’t know how she does it, but when you love something that’s what it takes. As a crew we depend on her to get us going, and we trust she finds a way to make it happen. As a crew we have gotten stronger and more confident when she helps us pull it together in the nick of time. I love that <3 THANK YOU MEME!!! – ¬†I am proud of these ladies. Each one did their part. I was happy to see everyone having a good time and doing what they love even if they had to sleep deprive themselves to get their part done. The wall came together in the very end and each of us found a way to enjoy Art Basel Miami this year in our own unique way. We realize Downtown Miami and Wynwood is changing tons, and so are we. Unsure if we will return to go bigger, louder, and stronger…it’s just not about that anymore these days. We are growing as individuals and artists who want to give back something more than just a big wall and a party. The corporate folks are moving in, the graff locals are trying to take back their streets, tourists, greed, and nasty cops are at an all time high affecting and interrupting the creative flow. That’s when you know things might just take a turn in another direction folks. So enjoy it while you can! — Thank you for the continued support <3

DAY 1 – FEW AND FAR WOMEN BEGIN!

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This is one of the largest walls the Few and Far crew has ever taken part in…-PROUD OF US!

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Agana sketching out her “Warrior Fish” to see how we can tie our characters together…

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Thank you for the paint Ironlak!

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MOJITOS!!! by MEME

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Hommie T stopped by to check out the wall and take flicks with her lovely friend. I fell in love with her neon yellow nails! Especially next to my piece…ArtBasel2014-6

FABE and his girls also showed some love and came thru for pics <3

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DAY 2 – FINALIZE MY PIECE AND HANG WITH PEEPS!

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My #bestfriendforever Evelyn, and her lovely family stopped by to spend the rest of afternoon with me <3 Thanks guys! :::LOVE YOU:::

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E will always be one hot tamale! Looking good my friend you are beautiful:)

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let’s go eat!

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Dinner and strollz with my lovelies! LOVE HARDER, LOVE, LOVE IS A RISK, LOVE LOVE LOVE is what we are all about…#hopelessromantics we are <3

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DAY 3 – WYNWOOD STROLLZ and FINAL FLICKS

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It finally got to a point where we were able to chill and relax so Dime, Silver, and I connected with Cristina. I met her last year at the wall ¬†she had such good vibes! We took some Wynwood strolls and she invited us to roll with her to the Miami Marina, and the South Beach. We were all for it! Definately needed it to UNBASEL ourselves. – Because this year I personally wasn’t crazy about any of the parties, drinking, or crowds – hanging with Cristina was perfect. She was on the same page, gotta love when that happens…

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LOVE IS A RISK DO IT ANYWAY. SO loved this…it was written a million times on a wall…whoa…

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More DOPE flicks by Cristina Isabel Rivera coming soon!

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BANG! – Done. With all that was going on I felt I needed to dedicate this piece to communities around the world who were protesting against police brutality. These are not peaceful days we are living in, Art Basel is a bubble and we were caught up in it. Unaware of what was on TV, radio, or social media. My state of mind these days is peaceful and in tune with nature, and the flow of life, however everywhere around the world it’s chaos. Gotta keep trying to create more love in the world but until then if there’s no justice there will be no peace!

 

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DETONARTE 2014 RE-CAP!

October 19th, 2014 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

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.

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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 país 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.

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Got our walls locked in and we’re ready to rock for the week!

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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

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Congratulations Tenaz!!!

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#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 próxima pinta en el lindo mundo de Sur America!

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:::DETONARTE::: OCT 13th – OCT 19th QUITO, ECUADOR

October 03rd, 2014 | Category: Community,Ecuador,Events,Graffiti / Street Art

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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 РOctober 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.

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