Happy New Year! Before I talk about my NYE check out my article in Cartwheel Art about Art Basel 2015. Ok, so last night was a bit non-stop for me as I spent the first half of the evening driving for Lyft and the second half I went to the parties of three different Kung Fu Babes. I can't share all the details of the evening but the night was eventful to say the least. I'm not much for parties though. I like being at a place with a purposes and making art. In fact I always bring my camera to parties but rarely find I enjoy the photos afterward. This is one of the reasons Angelina Christina and I work very well together. While others in Miami were partying Angelina, Fanakapan, and I worked on our crafts including today's gallery.
Of the four walls that Angelina worked on during the trip, this wall at 3rd and 25th in Wynwood put us in the center of everything. The very first day we arrived in Wynwood we saw that painting next to us was Adrian Avila. Adrian and Angelina knew each other previously and I was a fan of Adrian's work. What I did not know until that day was that Adrian and I had attended Art Center College of Design together and shared several common friends. As Angelina and Fanakapan's progress commenced on the wall we would eventually be surrounded just on our block by James Oleson, Zulu, Sebastian Coolidge, Stefano Alcantara, Jules Muck, and Nove. During our time at the wall several babes came through affording me the opportunity to mix in some of my portraits. To us this was the party.
The wall was not all smiles and giggles though. Besides the constant rain we were also consistently being harassed by a vagrant running the grassy patch of land in front of the wall and calling it a parking lot. The lot itself was not owned by the same man who owned the building we were painting on and it's not uncommon for business owners to strike some sort of deal with the local scam artists such as this. The intention was always to finish the wall before Basel actually struck but due to weather conditions, the addition of choice projects, and various other time-consuming circumstances there were several days where we would need at least half the lot to work. Angelina and The Rastaman (the name we bestowed on our vagrant due to his Rastafarian look) agreed that she would pay eight spots at $10 dollars a spot despite the fact that we knew it was more like six spots that he had been charging closer to $5 per car. I repeatedly told Angelina she shouldn't pay the guy or only pay him half, but Angelina is a woman of her word and intended to honor her deal. When it came time to pay The Rastaman his tune changed from eight to ten spots. The result of this would be me stepping in on very little sleep and calling the man a "little bitch" for not honoring his word. We argued back and forth a bit but eventually once it was said and done suddenly eight spots was fine. I never got any photos of The Rastaman but I think you'll still enjoy this set.
Click the photo below to see the making of this rad collab in Wynwood and scroll further down and click the photo for all nine Art Basel galleries