Photo Journal: The Grimey Ones Art Show

Graffiti will always have a place in my heart. When I was younger and in grade school I will draw the names of my peers on notebook paper and sell it to them for $1. In highschool, I learned what a black book was. Every lunch period all the guys will take out their books, the lunch tables will be covered in markers, and everyone will trade books, drawing and hitting them up. After high school I found my scene with a small graff crew, and it was spray painting season from there on out.
Though I don’t dabble anymore, since I  have grown to exercise the freedom of finding different canvases—like I mentioned before, graffiti lives in  my soul. When I saw the invitation for one of my friend’s work that will be displayed, I didn’t even ask questions. I knew I had to go, and just ‘pop up’ and that I did. I haven’t seen them in a couple of years, so I decided to stay quiet, jump on the Metro North and find my way to Connecticut.
The show was great and I had the pleasure of not only reconnecting with old friends, but making new ones as well.
Thanks again for having me!

Event: Write Off Cancer

All photos taken on an iphone 7+

I’m going to start this entry with a big thank you. Thank you to everyone who came out last night, and showed support for such a great cause.
Write Off Cancer, is a group exhibition that was curated on the behalf of legendary graffiti queen, Diva. This benefit featured original works for sale, from a collective group of artists. All the proceeds fro this exhibition will be going to help Queen Diva with medical expenses and her battle with cancer.

Kaystar, the beautiful soul that she is asked me if I wanted to be a part of this installation. It was bit last minute for me with the move and all, but there was no way I was going to say no. I happily donated 4 older pieces I had hanging out in my bedroom. Two of the pieces were displayed,while the other two will be auctioned off, at an online auction. That link is coming soon, so please stayed posted.

The love and support was so real. It was such a great turnout.
I’ll update this post with a quick recap video of the night. See you guys soon!

Event: Fem.Is.In

artwork by : Lady Pink
artwork by: Queen Andrea

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to attend art shows. It’s been a little while, but Fem.Is.In was a great way to get me going again. Seeing Swoon, Queen Andrea and Lady Pink‘s pieces in person again, are always a reminder to get my craft together. The push to start creating and stop making excuses. Great show Ladies!

The Artist Process 3 at 5 Pointz

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The Artist Process 3 at 5ptz

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1A documentary and a public family event hosted by Marthalicia.

Throughout the summer of 2013, cameras followed four New York City artists as they joined others at 5 Pointz,

a well-known quarter in Queens, NY, where artists from all over come out to create art and celebrate freedom of expression by showcasing their art across building walls.

The artists took to the famed brick canvas to paint the phrase “The Artist Process” captured it all on film.

Acclaimed New York City “live art performer”

“We all live in NYC, so we all have a rhythm…These are just

layers, you can say, of all the art that has been expressed here…

I hope this event can show and tell people there is a lot of love

for the creating and hopefully this love can equal positive energy.”

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The Artist Process,

*The mission for this documentary, is to help non visual artist and artist alike to share their skills to the public.

*The mission of the mural is to work collectively with others, with the sounds provided by the musical performers and poets, as the b-boys and b-girls dance to the rhythm of both the spoken and harmony of the sounds/beats.

Hopefully the public can witness the love we have for what we do, and in return appreciate the struggles of the artist to help understand our need to keep the arts thriving and living, if not for our life time, but for our children’s life time.

“The Artist Process”is a documentary in the lives of New York City artist. The purpose of creating these documentaries or such event is to educate those that are unaware and unfamiliar to the many artist that we have present in our life time, that are utilizing their talents for the betterment of today’s youth. Those that participated in the 2009 summer “T.A.P.”that was held in 5 POINTZ, Queens, can tell you how of a great impact it was for them and others to unite together and perform to the public.This time around, a new twist and idea came about to better help bring a closer view to how the artist see themselves and their art.Meet the ARTIST for the 2013 visual Showcase: 2

1. T = Host

2. H = Jorge Matarrita

3. E = Anthony T. Morton

4. A = Carlos Javier Gemelo Ramos

5. R = Crystal Clarity

6. T= Paulie Nassar

7. I = Giannina Gutierrez

8. S = Siende

9. T = Andre Trenier

10. P = Ralph Serrano

11. R = Rico Tomas < Mas Paz >

12. O = RIMX

13. C = Christian Cortes

14. E= MINX

15. S = Sek 3

16. S = Antonio KEL

17. ! = Baja Ukweli 2a

Together we can show the POWER of ART through our Love and devotion , by demonstrating our sense of Community through the arts ! 3

My Mr.Minx dropped me off in Queens and hurried along to work, trying not to be late.

The heat was unbearable and I know I wasn’t the only one feeling it.

When I got there everyone was working their butt off, spray paint everywhere and the music blasting.
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I dressed as comfy as I possibly could, knowing I was gonna stain all my clothes anyway.

I decided to work with spray paint and acrylic.

Just to get a bit more detailed in my work.4

My main focus most of the time was the hair….

oh maaaaan, it took me fooooorever!

and in that heat I was cranky, not to mention that I didn’t eat before I got there.4a

Everyone was so nice, networking and cracking jokes.

This Artist Process was part 3, and my second to date. I attended and painted on the first one and not the second one. You can see that post here.
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There was so many little kids running around, dancing, breaking, painting and “borrowing” our supplies.

It was so cute to see these kids grasp onto their environment and replicate it so easily.5b

I had the pleasure of meeting and painting alongside (in between) both very talented artists, Cortes and Sek3.

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Cortes had the letter C, in blue and grey skulls, with red ones in the background… he made it look so simple and finished it so quickly, 1-2-3.

His shadows and highlights were great.

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Sek 3 was pretty damn dope and broke out in a very patriotic piece in red and blue with stars and polka dots….

oooooo…..polka dots ♥

But I have to admit, my favorite part of his piece was the use of burgundy shadows. 7My friend Randy came through to show some support and I pout him to work really quick.

I handed him my camera and he got snapping.7b

He was pretty good to, I was impressed.

Since I was so busy painting,I knew I wasn’t going to have to much time to get all the shots of this event like I wanted to.

Let alone, pics of me at work.8

The bestfriend Misha came through and I know she was pretty upset she forgot her SD memory card at home and wasn’t able to take any pics at all.

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After everyone was done painting, and yes.. I was one of the last ones to actually finish painting, due to the fact that I was working with brushes.

But it was all for the better, since all eyes were on me!9

It’s funny though, because we were all required to submit in a sketch for the respective letter that was given to us, and yes I submitted mine in..

but what I painted was completely different from what I ended up painting.
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A few steps away the music was blasting and many were dancing.

There was a Bboy, Bgirl competition  hosted by Chief 69 going on, and everyone was going in .

Winner, $200.

Aoooow!
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On the side  there was ArtistNameLong getting his juices flowing and painting the mural DURING the time it’s actually getting painted.

That must be so difficult.

Not only painting what’s not finished, blocked by everyone in the way, but have to duplicate everyone’s work in the process.

I can’t wait to see the end result!

(He’ll be mailing me the end result, so you guys better stay tuned for that)

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After all the commotion, Philartiste, Misha, Randy and I went to a diner to catch up and talk silliness.

I ended up ordering a Philly cheese steak that was way too small, but delicious.
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Our waitress was super rude which gave us more ammo to start cracking up.11

We walked back to 5 ptz, since the sun went down and was actually better weather… ( so much for that storm that was supposed to happen)

and went inside to see an exhibit, a very sexual exhibit might I add.

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The canvases, prints and displays all were incorporated with sex.

Sex tools.

The female and male body.

Pain.

Submission.

the list goes on and on…..

It was actually pretty cool.

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The day was great.

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Thank you Marthalicia for including me in your vision.13 14 15 15b 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 2325 2627 28 29 30 31 32 33 34