I took some video footage of the happenings there. Hope fully you can get a sense of what a great event these guys put on! There was a large attendence form former and present NY artists. Definitely some heavy hitter from Denver, California and more.
Here are some great links to what was going on at the mile high city in the heatwave!
Ewok x Greed quickie on Sunday after the Colorado Crush
I haven’t painted on a wall in a while because I was working on getting my first show going at the White Space Gallery –The Doctor Formally Known As Greed. I knew about the Colorado Crush for a while and a few weeks before the event I decided to head out for it. I flew in and hit up The Cypher Shop for some paint, grabbed a Smash Burger and got to the walls of the Colorado Crush.
It’s not too often that I do something in Portland, Oregon even though this is where I live. The Mural laws here require that if I want to paint a wall, even with the owner’s permission, I have to get a city permit. Involved with getting a city permit for a “mural” is submitting a detailed representation for approval of what I want to paint. Once the city approves it, it then has to be put up to the neighborhood association of the area where I want to paint it. Then if they approve it the city must have access to the “mural” and it must be maintained for 5 years. Continue reading →
Last year one of my old painting homies, Asis, was living up in Seattle and he was responsible for many painting trips. Since I’m now living in Portland, Oregon the 3 hour trips weren’t bad at all to get some painting done. He also introduced me to Hera Won who has been getting busy in up in the Emerald city too. I met a very talented and cool female artist from British Colombia at a Portland gallery show that she was having, Phresha, we talked and she was down to paint. As my graffiti fire started burning again, my old painting partner Cortes NYC (formally Waqs) started getting excited. We planned a trip to Seattle to get together and paint after more than a decade. It was a great experience! Three walls in a weekend, some partying, some injuries, lots of good times! See the video below!
Here is a sneak peek of some video that CortesNYC is putting together from a past Seattle A3 crew graffiti expedition with Phresha and Asis. Keep an eye out for the finished product, Asis one will be in it too. Tracks by Guillotine Cuts.
Graffiti ignores race, religious, and economical boundaries
2013 San Francisco Graffiti Trip. Keb Wand Cortes Greed. (photo credit CortesNYC)
Since I’ve been involved in Graffiti, or more broadly the Hip Hop movement, I’ve noticed that no mater what your skin color was, your religious beliefs, or your economical background was you were accepted (At least in the NY area where I grew up).
Society has many problems with race, religion, and economical hierarchy but if you were a writer who was of true heart in the graffiti movement, you were family. I grew up in lower middle class Queens, NY and I ran with people who hung in the ghetto and who lived in mansions. They were all equals. Only their personalities determined how they were treated. Continue reading →
I was recently asked by someone if I usually liked the stuff that I create? This artist was asking me because they were struggling with their own style. A lot of the time I don’t like what I do… to the point where people like ASIS one would say, “Let me guess… you hate it, right?”. I actually like my work only about 25% of the time… and if you think I’m whack, good!
Clouds can have a Rustoleum Silver lining!
I am a perfectionist. I always find fault with my style, my painting, my colors and my skill. This can be a gift though! I am always striving to do better. I always compare myself to the top guns in the graff world… I should be like them! I think that any good artist is their own worst critic. This pushes that artist to improve, to evolve (or be created if you are a fundamentalist christian graff writer). Continue reading →