Chirrete y Stinkfish

Shortly after I got to Mexico City, just two years ago, besides hip-hop heads I was looking to connect with Colombians. Not for that. But just to connect with some good folk on the transnational paisano tip. For reasons artistic, political, economic and illegal there are lots of Colombians living in Mexico.

It wasn’t before long that  I was invited to a cruddy apartment on the edges of the usually fancy La Condesa neighborhood. Inside the apartment was the toxic smell of fresh spray paint. It was the home of graffiti crew APC (ANIMAL POWER CREW), a bunch of Colombians and several Mexicans who travelled around doing art, street art. Above, an animated short by one of the crew members I got to know best, Chirrete Golden. The piece is called “Sin pérdida” (without loss). Pure poetry, in words and visually. On his blog he details how he made it using Final Cut Pro and After Effects.  Check out this video of APC at an art show they did over the summer in D.F. The turnout, as I remember was bananas.

One of the more recognized members of the crew, because of praises he’s won on hipster  blogs and magazines is another Colombiano called stinkfish. Here’s his blog. Below, cuts from his flickr stream.

Oso Machete

As I approach my 100th post (a milestone for me in this blogging game, really), I’ve been brainstorming on a little I Know Huh? banner redesign. This pic takes a little inspiration from the Machete flick I posted about a couple of days ago. Courtesy of my sister, Cali, who lives and works in N.J., and graduated with a degree in toy design from F.I.T.—-where I had the luck of catching Gordon Parks speak at her graduation.

Cali works with paint, D.I.Y crafts, comics and pretty much anything else she comes up with in her room. She had some acrylic on vinyl anime character records displayed at the Hive Gallery in Downtown L.A. a couple of years ago. Contact her or check out her etsy.com sales page see more of her work.