Wynwood, MIAMI Street Art, Art Basel 2013

993440_10201435932395845_1242184990_n

It’s BASEL time! The bells are ringing for art lovers around the world. This much anticipated week, the first week of December, is not only bringing in art works from international galleries, but it is too bringing in international Street Artists to cover the walls of Wynwood, The Arts District in Miami.

An impressive turnout has hit the streets. From Australia (Rone) to Brazil (Eduardo Kobra and Alex Senna) to Nicaragua (Luis Valle) and South Africa (Chinese-born artist DALeast – whose hometown is Cape Town), and even some US artists (like the phenomenal and ingenious Kenny Scharf – above), amongst others, have come to show their A-GAME. The streets have become REFRESHED and AWAKENED with NEW murals. AND WE JUST LOVE IT!!

See for yourself!

Rone:

65020_10201435968116738_252828704_n

Eduardo Kobra:

1470279_10201435970996810_1868199164_n1477956_10201435971516823_622868818_n

Alex Senna:

1483341_10201435936595950_1961877187_n

Luis Valle:

1463001_10201435940836056_830091074_n

DALeast:

1462845_10201435929275767_1971946272_n

Kenny Scharf:

1450337_10201435937875982_2035015610_n

Also, DON’T FORGET to check out the REEFA memorial mural, in which a collaboration of Street Artist’s (including PEZ and Miami’s own AHOL SNIFF’s GLUE [@aholsniffsglue]) took part in, to commemorate the tragic life lost of Israel Hernandez, aka REEFA. #RIPREEFA. To find out how to HELP DONATE to #JUSTICEforREEFA click HERE.

1460138_10201435929795780_2065237219_n

Follow your he(ART). Get inspired. It’s that time of the year…

XX, CHC (follow me on Instagram @ CultureHeARTs)

Advertisements

AHOL and INFOE Present “STICK UP KIDS” In Memory of STREET ARTIST REEFA – WE NEED YOUR HELP

1381978_10200597356992610_41766273_n

Urban Artists and STICKER Aficionados Infoe (@infoe_stv) and AHOL (@AHOLSNIFFSGLUE) amongst many others in the Urban Art scene in Miami have made continuous efforts to keep the memory of Israel Hernandez aka Street Artist REEFA, alive, after he was tased to death for tagging an abandoned McDonald’s. Not only is this a bit dramatic on behalf of the Miami Beach Police Department, but it is incredibly TRAGIC, BRUTAL, and OBSCENE – RIDICULOUS too, may I add. In a conversation with AHOL regarding the event he honestly states, “There is still a lot that needs to be done for their case legally and bringing awareness. We are lending our names to the cause to help in any way we can.” And thus an ART SALE will be taking place this SATURDAY MIAMI. ALL PROCEEDS, YES ALL PROCEEDS, WILL GO TO #JusticeForREEFA. Here is the info below. Please share. JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE SERVED. RIP REEFA. You are always in our thoughts.

1381315_10200597349992435_472578718_n

1235117_10200597484275792_1389861354_n1391778_10200597484035786_35327040_n

XX, DP

#RIPREEFA RALLY and HOW TO HELP HONOR HIS LEGACY

A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF WHAT WENT ON AT THE #RIPREEFA RALLY via our friend Jane S. (instagram – spindalis305):reefa1

august 2 2013 iphone pics 202

On Saturday afternoon hundreds of friends, family, and community members gathered together on the corner of 71st and Collins in Miami Beach to honor our dear friend Israel Hernandez taken from us way too soon at the age of 17.  His crime?  Doing what he loved most creating art. Despite the oppressive heat of a typical Miami day in August, legions of people came together to talk about and celebrate Israel and share memories, and tell how important how he was in their lives.  It was unbelievable to hear how a 17 year old young man could have touched so many lives in such a short time. He was a very active participant in the Miami skateboard scene, art, and graffiti communities. We gathered peacefully despite our anger and outrage. One by one, friends and family spoke about Israel and his art and what an amazing person he was. At the family’s request there was no chanting—only a bit at the end of” no justice no peace.” Local residents spoke about what a blight the abandoned McDonalds building is and expressed outrage that such a tragedy could occur over a kid putting up a little bit of art. So many of the most well-known graffiti artists were there (although very uncomfortably since they don’t like to be anywhere near a large group of police officers).

august 2 2013 iphone pics 188

Although the rally was thankfully very peaceful you could very much feel the tension in the air and how much everyone was suppressing their anger especially since we were surrounded by barricades and police as far as your eye could see. They were even posted on the rooftops of the buildings across the street which created a very eery and uncomfortable atmosphere.

560060_10151767827042884_1377353953_n

I have been spearheading an effort to help HONOR Israel aka Reefa (his tag name) by making #RIPREEFA STICKERS. This effort has been supported 100% by DONATIONS and I cannot believe how massive the response has been WORLDWIDE for these stickers. People all over the world are outraged that a kid could be tased and die for graffiti. This should never ever have happened for writing on a wall!

august 2 2013 iphone pics 204

If anyone would like to help honor the legacy of  Israel “Reefa” Hernandez,  I can be reached via my Instagram: spindalis305 and my email address 17stars@gmail.com which is also the Paypal address for donations. Please help us spread the word that justice needs to be served and tasing  unnecessarily HAS to be stopped. Thanks!
– Jane S.

RIP REEFA: Street Art Awareness

551025_10151769384887884_1154386105_n

Stop the Violence. RIP REEFA aka ISRAEL HERNANDEZ. MIAMI make the streets safer for artists and help STOP the VIOLENCE.

Read the story here.

TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS people will be collecting donations at 004Connec a Graff store in Wynwood and at the Viophilia Show. Please e-mail 17stars@gmail.com to find out how to donate if you can’t make it to these places. EVERY $1 counts.

A PEACEFUL event will be held in his honour this SATURDAY to raise AWARENESS.

509d2c56006911e3999b22000a9f17f6_7

Pray for justice. This was unnecessary.

XX, DP