Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mural Fest Montreal 2013

Finally got some time to put out these flicks from the Mural Fest that took place in the plateau back just over a week ago. It covered a good amount of space from Sherbrooke Street up St Laurent till Mont Royal, or thereabouts. The murals were on the side streets at intervals along the way with street meat, clothing, and other vendors selling their wares to the endless throng of people passing through. Twenty murals were done by a really talented group of artists from all over -Escif from Spain, Roa from Belgium, Pixel Pancho from Italy, Reka One from Australia, Phlegm from England, Ricardo Cavolo from Madrid, LNY & Christina Angelina from the United States, and Omen, Patrick Botkin with En Masse, Chris Dyer, Wzrds Gng, Peria Crew, Other, Le Bonnard, Labrona, A'Shop Crew from Montreal, Toronto, and other parts of Canada. It was a pretty international event actually. Being that it was a pretty large area to cover I didn't actually get a cahnce to flcik every mural while I was there, and I was covering the A'Shop wall a little more than the rest of it. I still managed to flick a bunch of shots of the spots from Sherbrooke till about Rachel. Apologies to those who I missed out there or didn't get to chill for a minute. Here's some of what I got from the couple of days I was out there.

Big ups to A'Shop for the three day block party and a good time, Scan for the lift on Thursday to snap some cool perspective shots, and everyone else involved in the event. I'll have more of the finished pieces when I get a chance to stop through the plateau in the enar future. Or you can just go and check them out yourself. some of them are pretty grandiose. I heard that the Phlegm piece was crossd out already which kinda sucks since he was a guest at an event, but that spot gets bombed pretty much on the regular. Hopefully most of the murals get some deserved shelf life and the event gets put in again in the future. In any case, stay posted, more from my Berlin trip and Montreal streets soon.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Berlin Journals: The Streets, Maur Park, and more

It's taken a little while to put it all together and I thought that a street post would be a solid kick off to the Berlin Journals, besides the taste I threw together last November. If you're going to Berlin, I'd suggest the former east side, it's relatively cheap,  and not so prepackaged. Lot's of street vendors and open markets, fresh fruit & vegetable spots, and shwarma huts, and a healthy variety of small stores, thrift shops, and the like. Well, at least that's what it was around Leopoldplatz minus a general department store or two on the corner. Generally though, it was a good spot to set up camp for the two weeks we were there, it felt grounded and tangible, the people were nice to talk to and for the most part not dismissing, and the outdoor markets coupled with the shwarma spots combined to create an olfactory cornucopia not much unlike that experienced back home on St Lau or along St Caths at times. Hell, I was hanging out with random people, homeless war vet amputees and other vagrants on my first day in waiting for Meor to arrive from his connect in Paris. Good times slugging back some tall boy local pilsners trying to get my basic German correct so I could at least survive until I hooked up with homeboy. Suffice it to day I made it out alive my first day in, slightly tanked after slamming back a bunch of beer in the sun and causing shit that I didn't even understand with the gutter crowd. Good start.

Getting around is relatively easy and there is a lot of activity on the streets so this is really just a drop to what's out there. Maur Park is a pretty chill spot. We stopped to paint and chill at the semi legal wall during our first full day in. It's a long ass wall that sits atop a hill that overlooks the rest of the massive grounds the park covers bordering a soccer field. There's a market and a bar in it and at night folks come out to play music and drink. That night these three guys just set up a traveling band from out of a trailer they towed with their bikes, lights and all.

 Stolen memories.

 More to come soon. I got some fresh stuff from Montreal streets to post soon too including some shots from the mural fest happening on St Laurent in the plateau. Stay posted.