MINIBUSHWICK, da YARD, or BEHIND OLD WENDY's
MINI-BUSHWICK was conceived as a project to cover an entire parking lot with imagery from multiple artists. While the paint and permission was given by the property owner, it is an effort conceived and executed by the artists and elegel group. Artists were given space and supplies with no direction and they came up with the ideas and invited friends to come and paint. We were fortunate to have artists not usually in Puerto Rico stop by and add their work to this space.
So far, NEPO, ACTY TWO, SEZ, FISU, SHITTY ROBOTS, FREAKY KISS, REI BLINKY, LINEUP, MR. DAD, JC RIVERA, BAD 6, ELEKTRO, YUM, ANDRES CORTES, CHARLIE RAMIREZ, FULANA & PEZES POLLA, SMITE, XIKART & CHAMP HAVE ALL PUT THEIR MARKS ON THE WALL. THE YARNBOMBER IS UP NEXT.
PEOPLE IN THE YARD
One of the beautiful things about Popular Art (Not limited to Urban, Street and Graffiti) is that all kinds of people enjoy it. It's can be understood on many levels, often colorful and always creates a reaction. And people loved to be photographed with it because the photo results are exciting.
Here's some of the fans that visited. Don't forget to hashtag for Instagram....#LAS50!
NEPO with ACTY/FISU/SEZ.
NEPO fresh off his trip to Cuba stopped by his home in Puerto RIco and felt a need to paint a wall. He painted his yellow submarine enlisting ACTY for the waves and the rest of the piece. He invited ACTY, FISU and SEZ to add their iconic images to the submarine and a great new piece was added to the LAS50 portfolio. Ahoy!
FISU X FREAKY KISS.
FREAKY KISS fresh in from Miami had three wishes while in Puerto Rico. One was getting to the wedding on time in Ponce. The other two were painting with FISU and Shitty Robots. DONE! (B&W photo credit: A. Garcia)
SHITTY ROBOTS hits walls...often in the dark. Arrives, takes care of business, puts his robot in it's environment and splits. Robots put some work in here...going over himself twice to leave his final marks. Shitty did several pieces here and ended up covering a couple to do his epic Barbecue Bot piece. Nice seeing ya SHITTY! Props.
FISU X REI BLINKY.
BLINKY here for the STYLE DISCIPLINE invitational, wanted to collaborate with FISU. Where better than to paint together on a LAS50 wall. The result: new friends, great art. A fun time and a lucky opportunity to get this done with the Honduran master. Thanks brother!
MR. DAD X LINEUP.
Fresh on their own but MR. DAD and LINEUP have done many pieces together. They decided to once again collaborate on a LAS50 wall with their classic portrait and graf inspired graphics. The result is a new classic collaboration.
BAD 6, the very well known graff writer and Montana paint distributor left his mark in his usual six-toed BIG and BAD way. A regular at the LAS50 murals, always ready for a trow up, to help make a connection, or to supply a can or 100, wherever we are painting. Serious on the outside.....BAD 6.
Master of his own domain, ELEKTRO/YEEHAW is a typographical innovator, a cartoon rehabilitator and prolific graff artist. Known for rarely ever, if ever, doing the same pieces...he draws on cartoon history for inspiration to create piece after piece. ELEKTRO put a lot of work in at LAS50 with his two poppin' pieces. Check it.
JC RIVERA - THE BEAR CHAMP.
When JC offered to do the main wall we were thrilled. Looking for a large wall in the San Juan area to put his larger than life iconic image of The Bear Champ, he has offered to help our initiative and participate in the LAS50 program. This Chicago resident and Puerto Rico native is one of Popular Art's most successful and well liked muralist, painter, and merchandiser. His images are worldwide. Welcome back JC! See you soon.
NYC's insanely popular Plasmaslug has gotten his slug up all over and on a recent trip to Puerto Rico did more of the same. Twice in the LAS50 yard and several times up the Calle Loiza, Plasmaslug left his technocolor mark. Thanks for stopping by!
Fresh from her European travels, YUM stopped by to claim her space at the LAS50 yard and put up her piece. Celebrating the female human form and nature's fauna - this time in a delicous looking clementine tree - YUM leaves behind a major work in here short time back on the Island. Thanks YUM.
Culebra es Ley, Ponce es Ley and two time Santurce es Ley veteran made the trip from Culebra with fam to claim his spot between heavy hitters Shitty Robots and JC Rivera. Andres was able to unify the center of the yard by tying together the other pieces and running the table with his iconic pattern graphics...and he's just gettin' started! That blue is poppin' Andres!. We're available to hold your ladder anytime!
Charlie Ramirez is an accomplished contemporary artist, surfer and the creator of the iconic character TOTCHI. While's he not painting, he's surfing, skating or pasting his character around Puerto Rico's urban scrawl. Always up for an adventure, Charlie did his triptych TOTCHI at the front of the LAS50 yard. Have a look yourself. Or three looks!
It's an honor that el señor de los pescaos, Pezes Polla, Barcelona's prolific and ultra-clandestine urban artist stopped by and spent some time slapping up his/her/their pezes on the LAS50 title wall. The swarm of pezes appears to be swimming up to YUM's bee, in a curious yet alert manner, right above the LAS50 stamp, across the wall and lamp post. A little bit of Barcelona on the Calle Loiza. Thanks Pezes!
Representing the young, female, clandestine, urban artists, Fulana is quick to get her character up on the side of an abandoned factory, a pueblito wall and now in the LAS50 yard. Colorful, graphic and with a nod to Lichtenstein or Kirby, Fulana is just beginning her urban art journey.
The multi talented SMITE painted his piece on the first position of the yard. What it lacks in sheer size it makes up for in content. In his piece, a boy is painting hope, symbolized by the red paint, back into the black flag. SMITE has blessed the LAS50 yard with his unique style and mix of people and plants that gets him recognized as one of Puerto Rico's top mural artists.
Taking her space between YUM and ELEKTRO, the formidable YARNBOMBER will be draping her azaleas down the ladder cage to create a rural statement in this very urban corner of Calle Loiza. Representing a very different kind of urban artistic statement, the YARNBOMBER has also been seen getting up on the Calle Loiza, the Baldorioty de Castro and in the main square of Ponce.
Known for his iconic baby image, Champ leaves his character up and down the Calle Loiza and across Puerto Rico wherever he goes. In a dark corner, on a sign and now in the LAS50 yard, you can find Champ's "bebe" staring back at you. Nice to see you here, bebe!
Known for his stencil artwork, Xik often leaves an animal, a chimp or lion with a bit of wit or humor, and in the case of the LAS50 yard a long necked giraffe place perfectly on the inside of the power pole looking down at the zoo of humans and character art.
We're finishing up now, tying pieces together, covering last spots.
Stay tuned for the completion and celebration.