Toofly in Quito, Miami and NYC

Toofly in Meeting of Styles in Quito, Ecuador
Toofly in Meeting of Styles in Quito, Ecuador

Based these days for most of the year in her native town of Quito, Ecuador, Maria Castillo aka Toofly recently hit NYC and Miami. Here are some images:

At Art Basel in Miami
At Art Basel in Miami
On Lower East Side rooftop
On Lower East Side rooftop

Photos courtesy of Toofly

Wild Style Wednesday!

Sy, A City of Children, Ricks, Nose and others in Chinatown. Photo by Sabeth718.

Cash4 show opening tomorrow called “Cash For” from 6pm-10pm at Tender Trap (245 South 1st St., Brooklyn, New York 11211).

Hard TImes by Ripo in Barcelona.
Wolftits, Droid, Cash4, Trap, Hert, Dart, Cast, Fib Inkhead and Elik in New York. Photo by JakeDobkin.
Opium in Toulouse. Photo by Zeus40 and Wildboys.
“Buffed” by Dezio in Shanghai. Photo by DezioOne.
Shock and sneck in Brazil. Photo by Shock O Maravilha
Staino and Rambo in Chinatown. Photo by LunaPark.
Cranio in London
Ed Mun in Brazil

Photos by CranioDezio One, Ed MunJakeDobkinLunaParkRipo, Sabeth718Shock O Maravilha and Zeus40 and Wildboys

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Cash4, Noxer, Nose, Rambo in New York. Photo by sabeth718.

How are you?

Saner in France. Photo by Saner KGB.
Nick Alive and Peko in Sao Paulo. Photo by ‘N’.
Just, Alex and Brok in Paris. Photo by Startape PhotoGraff.
Paris street. Photo by Vitostreet.
Sniper in Vienna. Photo by Herbalizer.
Lokey in Bristol. Photo by 4foot2.
teen. Photo by 16ANDPREGNANT.
Chas in Amsterdam. Photo by SOKE.
CPJDM, Guko, Stare, Kers, RIP Dock, Juillet in Montreal. Photo by photofil.

Photos by 4foot2, 16ANDPREGNANTHerbalizer‘N’photofilsabeth718Saner KGBSOKE, Startape PhotoGraff, and Vitostreet

Graffiti and street art in Puerto Rico: La Pandilla, Ske & Rek, Bad and more

HD Crew, photo by Lenny Collado

The exterior surfaces of many of San Juan’s decayed and abandoned buildings – along with the concrete walls found largely in its public housing projects – have become canvases for some of the most vibrant graffiti and alluring street art that I’ve seen anywhere. Here is a sampling of what we saw on our recent visit:

Pun 18, photo by Dani Mozeson
La Pandilla and Don Rimx, close-up, photo by Lenny Collado
Ske and Rek, photo by Lois Stavsky
La Pandilla and Celso Gonzalez, photo by Dani Mozeson
ADM, photo by Lois Stavsky

Bad, a member of the HD crew, escorted us to walls we never would have found on our own, while delivering cans of spray paint to just about every artist getting up in town. Curious about it all, we had the chance to ask him some questions on a brief coffee break:

Tell us about all these cans of spray paint that travel with you. What exactly is your role here?

I represent Montana Colors in the Caribbean. I am its sole distributor.

How did that come to be?

I saw that there was a need here for quality spray paints. Too many graff artists were using cheap paints. When I began getting up in 2002, I used to have to get mine from the States. And this way I am doing a service for the artists, and I am also making money.

How has this job affected your life?

It is my life. I know at least one graff writer in every country. I have a home anywhere I travel. It’s the best life!

How does the graff here in Puerto Rico differ from what you’ve seen elsewhere?

Our styles are more distinct and more varied than most of what I see elsewhere.

Certainly more so than we see back in NYC. How has the graff scene in Puerto Rico changed since you began getting up over 10 years ago?

Back then, most of the writers came from the lower class. That’s not the case anymore. The scene has also been going in cycles. It was huge at the beginning of the century. We hit a low in 2005, and in 2010 it began, once again, to boom.

Bad, photo by Dani Mozeson

Any favorite artists?

There are many. Among them: Os Gemeos, the Mac from Germany, Celso here in Puerto Rico…

How do you feel about graff artists exhibiting their work in galleries?

I respect both the artists who promote themselves and the galleries who support them.

How do you feel about the role of the internet in all of this?

It’s definitely been a positive force. I remember when all we had were magazines and photos of our pieces that we mailed back and forth. The internet is a much easier and speedier way for us to share our work.

What do you see as the future of graffiti and street art here in the Caribbean?

You’re here for our first international street art festival that has brought some of the world’s most renowned street artists — including Roa, Ever, Sego and Jaz — to Puerto Rico. This is just the beginning. And in a few weeks, we have a major graffiti jam happening in the Dominican Republic. It just keeps on getting bigger — both here and across the globe.

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson & Lois Stavsky

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Kuma in Paris. Photo by •G•

Run it.

Jaik, Foham, Emak and Gaser in Sabadell, Spain. Photo by Startape Photgraff.
Bio in the Bronx. Photo by soulroach.
Siks, Case, and Phro in Austrailia. Photo by baddogwhiskas.
Pirates in New Zealand. Photo by Datachump.
“Retro” by Toons in Paris. Photo by •G•.
Hamp and Inkz in Russia. Photo by FuckSabcat / HongKong.
Antes in East Bay. Photo by FunkandJazz.
Sista in Brighton. Photo by Datachump.
MadC, Klark Kent and Me in Offenbach. Photo by Startape Photographe.

Photos by baddogwhiskasDatachumpFuckSabcat / HongKong, FunkandJazz, •G•, soulroach, and Startape Photgraff

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Photo by SoulRoach.

Wild Style throwback!

Os Gemeos, Rime and Retna in LA. Photo by Soul Roach.
Flying Fortress, Veng, Nychos, RWK in Brooklyn. Photo by Luna Park.
Astro in Montreal. Photo by Photofil.
Wons in Italy. Photo by Herbilizer.
Zosh and Snsa in Paris. Photo by Startape Photographe.
Creeps in Brighton. Photo by datachump.
Johste in Montreal. Photo by Photofil.
Typer, Dela, Yeya, Crudo and Dast in Bogota. Photo by _DAST_.
DJ Mehdi by Scien and Klor in Montreal. Photo by Photofil.

Photos by  _DAST_datachump, Luna ParkPhotofilSoulRoach and Startape Photographe

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Gris in Bogota

If you are in New York, the New Museum is hosting a screening of a documentary from 1984 called “Graffiti/Post Graffiti”, followed by a panel discussion by Fab Five Freddy, Lady Pink, Patti Asto, and others. It’s happening this Thursday, Oct. 4th at 7pm. For more information or to buy tickets, go here. I’ll be there, so say hello!

Cary in Hong Kong. Photo by FuckSabcat – HongKong.
Nick Alive in Sao Paulo
Credo in Sao Paulo
RKR in LA. Photo by GhettoFarceur.
Pesca, Djalouz, Debs, Caligr and Name in Paris. Photo by Startape Photographe.
BEMST in Bristol. Photo by GhettoFarceur.

Photos by CredoFuckSabcat – HongKongFunkandJazz, GhettoFarceurGris, ‘N’ and Startape Photographe

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Tretze and Heits in Sabadell, Spain. Photo by Startape Photographe.

Just listened to the new Flying Lotus album, if you’re wondering why all these pieces look they’ve been beamed down from the Astral Plane.

ToonsMr Pee in Paris. Photo by SOKE.
Pez and Mize in San Francisco. Photo by FunkandJazz.
Outsider in Paris. Photo by Vitostreet.
Lolo Emak. Photo by Morac19.
Dazer in Brighton. Photo by 4foot2.
Oker and Mesk in Portugal. Photo by MrDheo.
Chiba Love in Newcastle
Gary at Trellick Tower in London. Photo by Ironlak.

Photos by 4foot2Chibalove, FunkandJazzIronlak, Morac19MrDheoStartape Photographe and Vitostreet