viva las vandal 2017!

May 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm

VIVA LAS VANDALS 2017

 

A couple of years ago I had the idea of throwing a paint jam. My idea was pretty basic in the beginning, have some friends come out and paint and have a good time. So first I needed to pick a city to host it. I naturally thought of Los Angeles, but I wasn’t sure about finding enough wall space in one area that was easy for people to paint at once. I also had to take into account that LA is far on the west coast for a lot of people traveling.  And also LA can be a territorial place to paint for some outsiders.

Then I remembered Las Vegas. Vegas is a city made for travelers and hold events. It has space for painting with a good grouping of walls close to one another. And I had spoken with Ras One before about possibly throwing a jam. The other thing that made Vegas a great choice is it’s an easy city to fly into, get hotels and an easy city to get people to come visit for whatever reason.

 The 1st VIVA LAS VANDALS in 2016 was pretty laid back with about 30-40 people painting, very easy going. The 1st year people hadn’t heard much about the event. I had only advertised on Facebook and Instagram. I reached out a little and figured whoever was going to come would enjoy themselves and I wasn’t going to stress on it. I just wanted to get VIVA LAS VANDALS consistent, something people could look forward to. The first one was cool, mellow and a good time.

 This year I started reaching out 6 months before the event and people were definitely interested. I started putting a lineup together and posted about the event coming up and was instantly flooded with people wanting to paint. The 2017 VIVA LAS VANDALS  was filled with many great artists from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada.

 People started showing up throughout the first day on Friday the 21st Quickly I could tell the event was going to be larger than expected. The store owners and shop people in the area were a little weary at first, not wanting to change the art from 2016.  But once they saw the quality of artwork being done, they got excited about the event itself. Some store owners even opened up a few new walls for people to paint.

Saturday went well, with more people showing up to paint, plus lots of spectators and people taking pictures. There were also custom bicycle clubs riding through the Las Vegas Art District that day, who meshed in well, and were happy to see so much painting. On Saturday night the “Can’t Be Stopped” movie was played in an outdoors area attached to storefront/full bar, so the party continued on!

Here’s a few pics of the movie screening, and then the completed walls of Viva Las Vandals 17…

 

 A word of advice to anyone painting in Vegas. Try to finish on Saturday.  Between the sun, the drinking, and general craziness, it’s hard to give it your all on Sunday unless you’re strict! Pace yourself homie! By sunday you could walk around the 2 block area and take in all the fresh walls painted from that weekend.

The walls came out amazing. Both SOA’s wall on the gym and Gear’s sci fi themed production were amazing with everyone painting and killing it! The UTI’s also brought heat and Thanx One went wild on his solo wall. One of my personal favorites was Jaber and Fishe’s wall.

There were a few headaches, but still it was mostly fun, with the fun out weighing the bad by far. Next years event will be much much better with heads coming in from Europe to paint, as well as a larger vendor area and gallery shows at night. NHLV plans on having VIVA LAS VANDALS become a west coast event that people look forward to attending with more and more amazing artwork year after year.

A BIG thank you to the Las Vegas locals who helped with buff and clean up, and thank you to everyone who came out, brought heart and made the event fun. Next year will be right around the corner.

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Viva Las Vandal! 2016

June 8, 2016 at 6:38 pm

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Viva Las Vandal was a great event with 25-30 people enjoying Las Vegas, painting and laughing the whole time with no beef or stress!

I had the idea for “Viva Las Vandal” from a couple of things, and I’m glad it all came together. I felt really lucky to be a part of the first couple of “Colorado Crush” Events out in Denver Colorado, to help them grow and bring both coasts of the USA to paint at that event. Also, in the past, I had painted the “Meeting of Styles” and the “Cobras VS Lords” events in Las Vegas. Ras One was a great host both times. He is a chill easygoing guy who has put in a ton of work to make the old downtown area of Las Vegas, a real painters paradise and an art district respected by the city.

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So I decided to ask Ras if he would help host an event that would grow year by year, and he said “yes”. “Viva Las Vandal” was born! I had bug plans for the first event, but had to readjust – having just moved into a house with my wife. So I let everyone know, if you still wanted to come through and paint, that I couldn’t cover paint the first year, but that it would still be a great time. I’m thankful to all that came through. And I know next year will be bigger and better! Next year, I look forward to getting paint sponsors on board, selling paint at the event, getting food trucks, and vendor booths to help support the event.

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As word of the event grows, I plan on bringing in graffiti painters from both the East and West coast. Plus I have my eyes on Europe, to bring in some dope painters from over seas! I have no doubt that this will be an event enjoyed by many people and will grow to be a staple in the graffiti community. See you there in the future and stay painting.

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a HUGE thank you again to all the businesses and heads that came through and helped roll walls, keep a great vibe and help out. I look forward to Viva Las Vegas 2017!

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Bus Mobbers! Vermont blvd’s TDK crew out of Pico Union area.

December 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

So I am writing this for those who remember and those who want to know. My memory is a little fuzzy on some parts, so don’t get mad if I don’t get my stories perfect, I’m trying my best. I would like to say I stole a couple pics from Gin One and 50mm Los Angeles, so thank you to them. Buss Mobbers! has become a little bit of a hit with heads enjoying it, so I hope you enjoy this oner also!

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When I started high school in 1986/87 the Los Angeles school system had a “Bussing in” policy in full swing. This “Bussing in” system meant that inner city schools that were over crowded and lacking funds, and generally not doing so well, would take kids from their own neighborhoods and near by schools, and bus them into other neighborhoods that could financially  afford more students. That meant inner-city kids got “Bussed in” to suburb neighborhoods or on edge neighborhoods in other parts of Los Angeles.

This is how I met Ges and Sexer of TDK crew in 1986/87. My 10th grade year at Grant high school started slow, there were only a few writers at our school then, and most of the Valley writers didn’t mix with the bussed in Los Angeles writers yet. I started seeing Ges and Sexer scribes showing up at school, so I went on the hunt to find out who it was. Turns out Sexer was in my PE class and we started talking shop about graffiti, and he introduced me to all the Vermont blvd writers that were bussed in. There was about 6 of them with Ges being the best writer and piecer, and Sexer being the most connected to different writers and crews in the LA area. Sexee as he also wrote, and Ges were both Asian, and Ges looked kinda like a half graft writer, half skater kid, and Sexer just looked like a writer, almost gangster kid. I started kicking it with them at lunch, sharing blackbooks and tag styles, sharing stories and around Christmas they asked me to get into TDK.

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At the time Lerner TDK was tapering off of being up a lot. There was a point where Lerner was killing it with his oneline hand style, LA nonstop Style! I think, its getting harder to remember as I get older, I think I met Lerner one time previous to meeting Ges and Sexer at the Panarama Mall writers bench, when Swan UTI brought Lerner through. By the time I got into TDK Lerner was locked up for something, and unfortunately for graffiti, never hit up on the streets again. But Lerner got TDK out there in LA, and a lot of the surrounding area. TDK in LA was started by Design TDK, who was told to me had beef with Design9 of WCA. I was once told a crazy story that Design9 beat design TDK up, but then later Design TDK stabbed Design9 with a scribber. I don’t know if either of those stories are true, I’ll just chalk them up to bus Mobbers legends! But Design TDK was the main head of the crew, and I only met him twice, but he was a cool latin guy, and he could piece pretty well also. As far as TDK went, it was mainly Bus and street jobbers in the crew, with Design, Ges and myself also doing pieces. I know TDK went through a couple different generations of writers like most LA crews do, I also remember Rotten TDK putting it down a little later on the streets around Vermont blvd in the late 1980’s, and Stew and Wish TDK put it down heavy in the mid 1980s too.

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Ok, a couple of quick TDK stories that stand out to me are the time I caught the 424 bus line from Burbank blvd, all the way to Vermont blvd right on the 101 exit with Ges TDK. So Ges and me were out racking and writing, and I’m not sure why we were kicking it at the 420/424 stop on the 101, but we were just watching cars go by talking shop. Ges was telling me what he knew about :Triax, who in 1987 was just ending a crazy run of being up on the streets with a fresh hand style. Triax used to do fresh tags and also, fresh abrieveations with a :TRX . His :TRX always looked on point, and he often got up with a miniwide, and cut his tags like a calligraphy pen with the X having a fresh kick! So Ges and me are talking shop, and he’s telling me what he knows about Triax, and what he’s herd on the streets, and Ges is telling me how dedicated to getting up Triax is. It was true, Triax was killing it, and as Ges is talking, he flips the trashcan at the RTD stop over, and on the bottom is a :TRX in miniwide! Boom! Ges can’t stop talking about it! How Triax kills it, and He makes me swear that we will kill it as hard as Triax and put up TDK as much as Triax gets up. We were 15 and started hitting different yards together doing TDK’s and The Def Kids pieces together.

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Ges and myself did a TDK at the Panic Zone yard in Boyle heights neighborhood, right of the 5 freeway not too long after that. those were huge walls of solid concrete and at the time they were jumping with both a million tags and fresh pieces. KSN had a fresh production running when we got there of pieces with these fresh monster faces in-between all the pieces. Ges and me did a huge TDK piece that SES or SESER TDK helped with. It was old school style piecing with broken furniture and broken pallets for ladders, none of that scaffling or scissor lifts to paint like now. I had racked some Hot Pink and Aqua Turquise Krylon paint, so Ges and me were happy with these new fresh Krylon colors.As we were painting I also checked out some UTI pieces and Skez NTS had a fresh piece up on the opposite side of the low cement freeway dividers located behind us. As we painted we met Kartoon K2S who was just walking the yard by himself, Kartoon was real cool and we chopped it up with him for a second, all in all it was a good day.

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Ges and myself did a few TDK’s pieces around, we even did a little TDK at charlie DTK’s yard in Sun Valley, and I always think how Ges helped get me hyped on painting pieces and taught me some more style. I considered Ges a little better than me at the time. I was once invited to the Reseda KSN yard that Wise KSN, Rage Ksn, and Dose TCF had started and I brought Ges with me. I let him lead that The Def kids piece because I was a little nervous around all the big name writers like Krush KSN TCF, Pest UTI, Ryse and Rev KSN, etc… So Ges did a The Def Kids and I filled and did background and we knocked it out! I made sure it was a full piece with background because there was so much quality on the walls there I wanted TDK to come of fresh if we could. Some of the other TDK stories for me that stand out were when I got Ses into TDK, and Seser and myself mobbed through hollywood and the valley getting up in tester cans. I put a lot of work in there and in the Vermont blvd area with Seser and had a lot of fun. I also remember mobbing a RTD office/station with Seser TDK, myself, and Flash UTI, I was lucky to have a poloroid camera with us that night to flick it. I also went back and got flicks of the The Def Kids piece me and Ges did that same night. Geser put me up on game about making your chapstick into a mini meanstreak, we also racked scribber spots together and paint and tip spots.

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I wish I had taken more pics of Geser’s work, I introduced him to Dash2000 and we pieced with him at the woodman yard I started. I mobbed spots and got game from Ges TDK, and in turn got Geser into piecing on walls instead of just blackbooks. I lost touch with Sexer TDK first, his brother was Laser TAC, or Tag All City crew. I remember when OTR and TAC had a lot of Los Angeles in Hollywood hit hard on the streets and busses. Laser TAC was also a gangster from Drifters gang. I herd that Sexer got into Drifters also and just fazed out of writing. On a side note, Laser was up a lot too, and so was TAC crew in the mid 1980’s. Geser moved away in 1988 and that was that for Ges in graffiti, always wondered how far he would have gone if he ended up staying in a big city. I have to say these are great memories for me and wish I knew more about where ALL the TDK heads are now, if you know, hit us up so we can put heads back in the loop! Bus Mobbers Graffiti!

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Can’t Be Stopped on Melrose blvd, Hollywood LA!

March 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

I’ve been doing a little painting on Melrose Blvd, with  Armor rocking characters, and with Thrives helping block out background. Almost done now, but wanted to show some updates of where were at with our work.

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official Neighborhood Love/adidas photo shoot and commercial

May 31, 2013 at 1:35 am

I had thye honor of doing a big Photo shoot and commercial for Adidas. Adidas is a huge company and oldschool friend to hip hop and graffiti alike, with all the oldschool  b boys rocking the classic Adidas shoes and track suits. They were the staple of Run DMC, and have sponsored b boy events for years, so it was cool to see them include graffiti and have me be apart of the action. It was fun, well put together, and great to have them let me show that Neighborhood Love(and myself painting) live in the shoot and commercial.

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