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Amon Focus take us on a Tour of Miami Art Basel, SCOPE, Naked Taco and Wynwood Art District

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To be honest, I fully intended to host this Art Basel video like Anthony Bourdain or try my best to emulate the travel show hosts I see on tv. But then I had a second thought, why don’t I just be myself and tell my story. That is a lot easier for me. I’m not very good at being other people.

Music kindly provided by:

Willard Hill – http://www.willardhill.com
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DJ TREW – https://djtrew.bandcamp.com/releases

My trip to Art Basel started in the Lower East Side. First thing I did was catch a super early flight to Fort Lauderdale because the tickets were a better deal than flying into Miami.

I skipped the rental car this time because it’s made more sense to just cab it everywhere and to be honest, parking in South Beach can be a bit of a hassle.

I booked a room at a hotel on Collins not too far from Wet Willies. It was walking distance from Art Basel, as well the food, drink and the other art shows.

Art Basel takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center and the show itself is huge. I learned pretty quickly that comfy shoes are a must because there is a fair amount of walking. My kicks are pretty comfy but I will say, at the end of each day my feet were KILLING me.

The amount of art that I saw was staggering. Art Basel is this beautiful maze of over 200 international modern and contemporary art galleries. Those galleries are displaying artworks by about 4,000 artists, easily. That’s everything from paintings to sculptures to installations, photography, film, digital art…you name it.

Before entering the building, I did a little bit of research. Nothing too heavy, but I had an idea of the artists and galleries I wanted to checkout. That way I didn’t miss the work that truly moved me while exploring the show. Art Basel has an app that’s pretty thorough, but you should also have Artsy on your phone, especially if you’re going to be exploring art in other destinations.

Which brings me to my next point, Art Basel is way more than what takes place in the Convention Center. There are literally dozens of other satellite fairs to checkout. They each have their own vibe and flavor, depending on the time of day you go.

I checked out SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show because I knew I’d see a slew of my favorite artists, as well as a bunch of fresh work from emerging artists.

One night, I stumbled upon a show called Aqua Art Miami. It was on Collins. I was walking back to my hotel, I saw a line, it peaked my curiosity so I went in. It was cool because they gutted this hotel of its furnishings and turned each room into gallery.

OK, let’s talk about food for a second.

Right by my hotel was a spot called Naked Taco, I ate there like 5 times for lunch and dinner. I kid you not. Don’t judge me. I’m always down to discover and try new food spots but when I find something that just works, you’ll see me again… and again, and again if need be. They also make great Pineapple Mojitos with Coconut sugar.

Anyway, if it’s breakfast time head to News Cafe for a fruit salad and a coffee. If you like cuban coffee stop by a spot call Las Olas Cafe for a colada and a huge egg sandwich.

Ok so, from South Beach I hopped in a cab and headed to Wynwood. It took about 30 minutes but that was mostly due to traffic.

Wynwood is kind of like Bushwick out in Brooklyn. It used to be a rough area and while I was there a local was telling me about a riot that took place but now Wynwood is drenched in art and culture.

A good place to start is 2nd Ave. Start at Wynwood walls and you’ll see work from artists from literally all across the globe.

Inside, there are murals of course but there are also 2 or three traditional galleries with a bunch of great work, a spot to get some food, and if you’re on you’re on a health kick there is a juice spot called JugoFresh.

Ok, here’s a tip most videos or blogs won’t tell you.

There aren’t that many bathrooms in Wynwood, so I highly recommend to use the restroom at JugoFresh before you leave the property to explore, because once you get out there on your on your own.

If you really want to catch the flavor of Wynwood, you have to explore. If I were you I’d just zigzag through the back blocks.

Trust me, you will find all kinds of hidden gems.

While I was walking around I saw super dope graffiti, murals galore, some of which took up entire buildings. I also had the opportunity to catch various artists bringing their ideas to life too. Most of them are approachable, but if they had headphones on or if it looks like they’re in the zone, I wouldn’t bother them.

Just a heads up, if you’re taking pictures of artists working in their element, be mindful of their desire for anonymity. Some folks don’t want their faces shown and others don’t mind, you can easily get the answer by looking at pictures they post on their IG or an easier option would be to ask them. They might even get a kick out of it.

As I got deeper and deeper into Wynwood, I kept finding more and more cool stuff. I found this ice cream shop called Serendipity Creamery and they had the killer strawberry cones. I found the old RC Cola Plant which was just gorgeously bombed top-to-bottom in tags, throwies, burners and blockbusters.

It’s owned by the Mana Urban Arts Project and a lot of the work here is curated by the Bushwhack Collective, so you’re bound to see some pretty epic walls.

Wynwood at night is pretty dope too. They had a festival called Hive. It was like a big party that housed a skate park, good music, food trucks and more art. They even had Pete from the Airbrush Factory doing old school Shirt Kings type airbrushing on tees for free, so you know I got one for New York Said.

Before I made it back to New York, I stopped by the Faena to check out the Gold Mammoth Bones by Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, visited the Public Sector which is a sculpture garden curated by the Public Art Fund, ate more tacos, then took dip in the pool so I would be nice and exhausted for my flight back home.

And that’s how I did Art Basel.

Peace,
Amon

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The Art of Rebellion: On the Horn with Lady Pink

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Portrait of Lady Pink

 

A few days ago I had an incredible conversation with the “First Lady of Graffiti” Lady Pink. In this episode we talk about her early days of painting trains with elite graffiti writers, proving herself, playing the construction game and mentoring young artists.

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Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, raised in NYC and currently resides in the countryside north of the city. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. In 1982 she had a starring role the motion picture “Wild Style”. That role and her other significant contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture.

Show Notes

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Well Defined Sub-Cultured
  • Learned about Tagging, Train Yards and Lifting Paint
  • Jumped Out the Window with a Bag of Paint
  • Carrying a Big Knife
  • The Driving Force
  • Have Adventures
  • Oh To Be A Rebel
  • Glory, Props & Fame
  • Breaking the Law
  • Prove Your Worth
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Proofreading and Spell Checking
  • Working with a Team 
  • Can’t Come off Looking Foolish
  • Quick Story from filming Wild Style
  • Had to be Seen in Public Painting her own Work
  • People are going to talk…
  • Wanted to be an Architect
  • Up on a Cherry Picker
  • The Beautiful Brick Women 
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Life Upstate 
  • Police Raids
  • NYPD Vandal Squad
  • SWAT Team
  • Stacey Richmond 
  • Rob, Pillage and Rape
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Hand Down the Craft and Skills
  • Failure is Not an Option
  • Budding Feminist
  • Bringing More Women into the Craft
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

  • Doing Public Art 
  • Working on the Rachael Ray Show
  • This is America
  • Playing the Game
Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

Lady Pink

Artwork by Lady Pink

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John “Crash” Matos talks Graffiti: Message, Medium and a Responsibility to History

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Photography by Amon Focus

 

Ten days into the new year and we’ve decided drop a new episode for you, beautiful people. Today’s guest on the show is John “Crash” Matos.  Do you live in this world? Do you have sight? Yes? Then I would bet a decent amount of paper that you’ve seen this man’s work.

In this episode Crash and Amon talk about early anime, comics, Style Wars, the adventures of painting trains, shenanigans with Keith Haring, various types of spray paint, spray paints caps and our responsibly to telling the history of graffiti correctly.

Let the record show that is conversation wouldn’t have happened without the help of our good friends at the JoAnne Artman Gallery. We are sincerely grateful for their help but we also highly recommend you visit their gallery out in Chelsea. Whenever we art walk, we always stop in to see what’s up. Location: 511A West 22nd St., New York, NY 10011

Stay Up to Date with John “Crash” Matos

  1. Official Website
  2. Instagram

Show Notes

  1. JoAnn Artman Gallery
  2. ConcreteJungle.”by John “CRASH” Matos
  3. TUMI collaborate with Graffiti Artist John “CRASH” Matos on limited-edition travel collection in 2011
  4. Tumi Tag Bag with graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos
  5. Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo (YouTube)
  6. BEHIND BOOGIE DOWN LEGENDARY ARTISTS X THE BRONX ZOO
  7. Grandmaster Caz
  8. Grandmaster Melle Mel
  9. Scorpio of the Furious Five YouTube
  10. The Bronx
  11. Don’t sleep on the Bonx here are few notable movies filmed in the Bronx: The Warriors, The Godfather, Green Book, Rubble Kings
  12. There was no Hip Hop
  13. 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time – Rolling Stone
  14. We listened to everything
  15. Salsa
  16. Led Zeppelin
  17. Led Zeppelin YouTube
  18. Thelonious Monk
  19. The demons and obsessions of jazz genius Thelonious Monk by Candace Allen Nov. 6, 2017 The Guardian
  20. Here’s a great documentary on Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
  21. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (Full Album) YouTube
  22. Earth, Wind & Fire
  23. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Official Music Video) YouTube
  24. Disco
  25. Boogie Nights by Lisa Robinson, February 2010 Vanity Fair
  26. Disco Greatest Hits of 1970s – Greatest Oldies Disco 70s – Best Disco Songs
  27. “Music and Graffiti go hand in hand.” Amon Focus
  28. History of Anime
  29. Speed Racer
  30. Speed Racer Full Episodes – Speed Racer Cartoon Full Episodes HD – Speed Racer 3 HoursYouTube
  31. Kimba the White Lion
  32. Kimba The White Lion YouTube
  33. Gigantor
  34. Gigantor YouTube
  35. Marvel Comics
  36. Captain America
  37. Humans
  38. Spider-Man (created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
  39. Another quick recommendation, watch the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! (So good)
  40. Fantastic Four
  41. Avengers: Infinity War
  42. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War – Official Trailer YouTube
  43. Multiverse
  44. The Eye in CRASH’s work.
  45. Robert Williams (artist)
  46. More information on CRASH
  47. Tips From a Maestro of the Spray Can By Jan Ellen Spiegel February 19, 2010 The New York Times
  48. “I zone in.” John “CRASH” Matos
  49. Aeroplane 1 John Matos aka Crash
  50. Pop Art movement
  51. Music is instrumental
  52. Steel Canvases
  53. Art with That Football? Dolphins’ Stadium Vibrant with Color by Curt Anderson, Associated Press
  54. Hard Rock Stadium Unveils New Murals
  55. Ferrari F430 Gets the Art Car Treatment by John “Crash” Matos
  56. “… we paint what poets speak.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  57. John “Crash” Matos « Guitars | Robert Kantor Guitars
  58. Custom motorcycle designed by legendary Bronx graffiti artist John ‘Crash’ Matos
  59. “To be played not displayed.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  60. Crashocaster
  61. John Mayer with EC Telecaster
  62. I.O.U. $5
  63. John Ahearn (artist)
  64. The Mudd Club and “Beyond Words”
  65. The Mudd Club
  66. Keith Haring
  67. 35 Years After Fashion Moda, a Bronx Gallery Revisits the Landmark Space by Tiernan MorganAugust 6, 2015
  68. Don’t Forget Fashion 时装 Moda МОДА Emily Colucci July 22, 2011
  69. Jane Dickson (artist)
  70. Charlie Ahearn (artist)
  71. Wild Style (movie)
  72. Wild Style – Trailer YouTube
  73. Fab 5 Freddy
  74. Julia Gruen
  75. Graffiti Artist Success for America
  76. The 5 and the 2 train
  77. The 6 trains
  78. Hunts Point, Bronx
  79. Broadway Line
  80. We had keys.
  81. Almost electrocuted and almost hit.
  82. “The paint changed the game.” John “CRASH” Matos Quote
  83. Rust-Oleum
  84. Krylon
  85. Red Devil, Inc.
  86. F. W. Woolworth Company
  87. Martin Paint
  88. Floral paint
  89. Lee Quiñones
  90. Montana
  91. Molotow Belton Spray Paint
  92. Marabu Buntlack Spray Paints
  93. Fat cap- go fast line is sharper and thinner
  94. Skinny cap
  95. Niagra Cap
  96. There is more to this…
  97. Dondi (Artist)
  98. Chris Daze Ellis
  99. Futura (artist)
  100. Lady Pink (artist)
  101. Zephyr (artist)
  102. HAZE aka SE3 (artist)
  103. TAKI 183 talks the History of Graffiti Culture, Classic Cars and the Future of Street Art
  104. Cornbread (artist)
  105. Roy Lichtenstein (artist)
  106. Andy Warhol (artist)
  107. The more you see my name, the more fame I have.
  108. Style Wars (movie/documentary)
  109. Style Wars (1983) (whole movie)
  110. Free base
  111. New Jack City (movie)
  112. Last train in 1981
  113. Cey Adams (artist) Cey Adams talks Def Jam, Logos, Album Covers, Giving Back, Paintings and Murals
  114. Wynwood Walls
  115. Bushwick Collective
  116. The Lesson is Responsibility
  117. Telling the Truth
  118. Street Art is Bubble
  119. KAWS – it appears you owe CRASH a drawing.

 

 

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BlusterOne: The Birth of a PNB Nation, Spirituality and Graffiti

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BlusterOne
Photography by Laurie Markiewicz

Part 1

Part 2

 

This episode is brought to you by Peralta Project. Well not officially, I didn’t actually speak to Tony and his team but I’ve love what they’re doing over there. I’m a fan of Tony’s art and of course I love the clothing. Plus he’s been a guest on the show, click here.

BlusterOne

Photography by Laurie Markiewicz

When Tony opened up his shop Taller Peralta, he connected with today’s guest to paint the front gate. Today’s guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne. This is going to be a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about growing up in the Lower East Side, his early graffiti days, Rakim lyrics, religion, spirituality, the Five Percent Nation and his introduction to Islam.

Enjoy.

Keep Up with BlusterOne

  1. Official Website
  2. Instagram
  3. 1xRUN

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Part 2 Show Notes

  1. Islam
  2. Quran
  3. Hadith
  4. Hafiz
  5. Islamic Cultural Center of New York
  6. Charlie Hebdo shooting
  7. How are you trying to grow as a human being?
  8. Christianity
  9. Buddhism
  10. Dogma
  11. The globe is bigger than the books
  12. Nuyorican
  13. Latin communities that are Muslim
  14. Moors
  15. History of Spain
  16. Mecca
  17. Make it to Mecca
  18. Malcolm X Explains His Pilgrimage to Mecca 1964
  19. PNB Nation Part 1 from The Limited Edition Magazine
  20. PNB Nation VIBE Article
  21. The 50 Greatest Streetwear T-Shirts of All Time by Jeff Staples in Complex Nov. 19, 2013 (Just a note tying this all together- Jeff was on the New York Said Podcast too- here’s his episode: Jeff Staple talks Streetwear Ambassador, 20 Years of Staple Design and Reed Space
  22. PNB Logo
  23. Post no bills
  24. Cooper Union
  25. Hardcore into Stamps
  26. Casey Rubber Stamps
  27. Afro-Latin Americans
  28. Afro-Puerto Ricans
  29. Shout out to Chessa
  30. Graffiti Culture
  31. Racking- stealing supplies for graffiti writing
  32. Sullivan County Community College
  33. Writer
  34. Behold the Pale Horse (book) by milton william cooper
  35. The Spook Who Sat By the Door YouTube Full Film
  36. SS3Tony
  37. Kahlil “Zulu” Williams Twitter @sergefc
  38. Yuri Kochiyama (political activist)
  39. Roger “Brue” Mchayle Twitter @Brueroc
  40. Issac “West” Rubinstein
  41. Sung Choi Twitter @sungchoi_
  42. Post No Bills
  43. Free Stylin‘: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry: How Hip Hop Changed …By elenaromero
  44. Futura (artist)
  45. 48 Laws of Power by robert greene (book)
  46. Hello my name is…
  47. Sean John
  48. FUBU
  49. Rocawear
  50. Phat Farm
  51. Phillies Blunt Street Wear
  52. The 50 Greatest Pop Culture References In Streetwear by Complex
  53. School of Hard Knocks (visual)
  54. School of Hard Knocks Founder
  55. 555 Soul
  56. Union
  57. FUCT
  58. Stussy
  59. Eric Brunetti Book FUCT
  60. West Coast Streetwear
  61. GAT-Gypsies and Thieves streetwear brand
  62. Freshjive Streetwear brand
  63. Tribal Streetwear
  64. D12 Logo for Anger Management Tour
  65. Keds
  66. RockRubber45s Original Poster Art was done by BlusterOne
  67. What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito Podcast
  68. ‘Rock Rubber 45s’ Q&A with Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love New York Said Episode
  69. Respect for the culture
  70. WBAI FM Third World Cypher Radio Show with BlusterOne and Brue
  71. Shabba Ranks – Wicked in a bed – YouTube
  72. Duffed
  73. Lose with the mouth
  74. Quality of Life
  75. We don’t want no smoke
  76. Many an L taken
  77. Cool with those who are cool with me
  78. If I have my headphones in that means don’t ask me
  79. Amon is giving out fives
  80. That was brought to you by the letter…
  81. Most important lesson thus far is to be about your word. BlusterOne
  82. Honesty
  83. Deathstyles vs. Lifestyles
  84. Forward
  85. Fuse Green Episode: Gun Pockets: The Triumphs and Challenges of Fuse Green
  86. Tony Peralta Episode: M. Tony Peralta shares Insight from his Growth as an Artist and Entrepreneur
  87. Leo
  88. Vault of Culture
  89. Arturo Vega shares his Journey to the Ramones and Beyond Episode
  90. TMNK – Art is my Weapon Episode
  91. Lower East Side

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