SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA 🇨🇷: PORTRAIT OF A STREET PERFORMER & HIS FRIEND

22feb19. San Jose, Costa Rica 🇨🇷

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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: VIVIENDO LA VIDA

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Correos de Costa Rica. Central Post Office. Built in 1917.
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7 Cardinal Rules of Life = Siete Reglas Cardinales de la Vida

1. Make peace with your past – so it won’t disturb your present.

2. What other people think of you – is none of your business.

3. Time heals almost everything – give it time.

4. No one is in charge – of your happiness. Except you!

5. Don’t compare your life to others – and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

6. Stop thinking too much – it’s all right not to know all the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.

7. Smile – you don’t own all the problems in the world.

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Barrio in the valley
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“57% of the population identify themselves as Roman Catholics, 25% are Protestants, 15% do not have a religion…”

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The sun can be strong on the streets of San Jose

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Avocados for sale
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Peatonal. = Pedestrian.
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Old Skool mural

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La sera feminista o No Sera. = It will be feminist or it will not be. 
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This woman was an unwitting crossing guard for me. I waited to cross the busy street until she did, and when we were halfway across, I said “Gracias!” and she laughed. Costa Ricans are pura vida. 

11/12/13/14feb2019 San Jose, Costa Rica 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: NAMED IN HONOR OF JOSEPH OF NAZARETH

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Neoclassical building. Built in 1920. Located in Morazán Park and is one of the key architectural symbols of San Jose. Costa Rican José Francisco ‘Chisco’ Salazar designed it. It is said that he was inspired by the famous Palace of Versailles in France. Since its beginning, the Temple of Music has hosted festivals and musical shows and special New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Apart from hosting musical performances, the building has played a very prominent role in the public life of Costa Rica and many leaders have used it as a stage for their main political acts.
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A tico walks past a NEGUS piece. 

 

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This image gives you a sense of San Jose’s location in the Central Valley; mountains up ahead.

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This is what they say about this place: “Cinema showing straight porn films but with lots of gay action happening in the seats and other areas. Entry 3000 colones ($6)” Whoa ! It’s in Barrio Chino (Chinatown.) I knew when I took the picture, that it had some kind of “seedy underbelly.”

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Confucius. In Barrio Chino (Chinatown.)

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Sculpture: Gracias , by artist Alexy Palenzuela. He is a Costa Rican naturalized Cuban.
Gracias carries that title not only as a thank you to the Costa Ricans, but also as a recognition of the good manners of the Ticos. “The first thing I noticed about Costa Ricans is that they always say ‘thanks’, ‘please’ or with ‘great pleasure’,” said Valenzuela. Thanks is a work with a romantic and dreamy air that shows a robust woman with a guitar. “My work is based on musical instruments because music always accompanies us, both in moments of sadness and joy. That is to say, the musical instrument is a symbol of daily life, ” he said. Why is it so voluptuous? The artist commented that his work is inspired by the figure of his maternal grandmother, a lady who was always a chubby, enterprising, “fighter. “

 

 

 

IMG_3782José Gervasio Artigas Arnal June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) was a national hero of Uruguay, sometimes called “the father of Uruguayan nationhood”. Artigas was a staunch democrat and federalist, opposed to monarchism and centralism. 

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Flutist
Location: Teatro Nacional
Approximate date: 01-01-1997
Artist: Jorge Jiménez de Heredia
Technique: Marble
Measures: 245x45x45 cm
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The foundation of the work was executed in Italy. The destination of this sculpture was the Bank of San José, but on the advice of the architect Bruno Stagno, the work was considered inappropriate for that building and was donated to the National Theater in 1996. https://www.teatronacional.go.cr/Galeria/coleccion-detalle/7/flautista

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11/12/13Feb2019 San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: PART 1 ~ DON’T KNOW WHY…”FRESH NEW STARTS”

With nothing on the horizon, and feeling rudderless, I booked a ticket to Costa Rica on Thursday and flew out four days later, on the Monday. I don’t really know what I’m doing here, or WHY I’m here, so I’m excited to find out.

Halfway through our life’s journey

I woke to find myself within a dark wood

because I had strayed from the correct path.

Oh how hard it is to describe

how harsh and tough that savage wood was

The very thought of it renews the fear!

~ Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy

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My Leuchtturm1917 journal being put to good use. https://www.instagram.com/leuchtturm1917/?hl=en
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Happened upon my feeling whilst wandering the streets of Orlando on Saturday 9Feb, before flying out to Costa Rica on the 11th.
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Bullet Journal ~ Leuchtturm1917

On the 5th, I finally pulled the trigger and booked the ticket, still not knowing at all why I was doing it, and then I read this on a friend’s IG page: 

FEB 4/5th NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS

This is a time for cutting the cords binding us to anything that we know has been holding us back or where we are settling rather than thriving. It is also for making bold decisions that lead us to fresh new starts. – Alex Myles

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I can relate to this freaked out monkey. 

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Free as a bird right now. This is by artist, Gabriel Dumani. His IG page is https://www.instagram.com/graficajaguar/?hl=en and this is his description in Espanol, of this piece: “Avistamiento de #quetzalesmesoamericanos en San José, Costa Rica! Mural comisionado para nuestros amigos de @frentealaplazateatro. Gracias totales por la confianza y el apoyo 🙂 Siempre soñando con un mundo sin fronteras y América Latina libre en él ✊🏽🔥”

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11feb2019. San Jose, Costa Rica. 

PRODUCT FOCUS: MY MOLESKINE’S 2018 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SKETCH SERIES

Here are this past year’s artist contributions to My Moleskine Project:

 

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Cocoa Beach-based multimedia artist, David Rothman. https://www.instagram.com/davidrothmanart/

 

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Keith Haring by Miami-based artist, Tee Pop. https://www.instagram.com/teepopart/

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NYC-based Colombian stencil artist, Praxis. https://www.instagram.com/praxis_vgz/

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Miami-based artist, KoOL DriP. https://www.instagram.com/kool_drip/

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Venice, CA-based artist Muck Rock. https://www.instagram.com/muckrock/

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Miami-based artist, D-Bloc. https://www.instagram.com/dbloc_ilf/

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Los Angeles, CA-based artist, Angel Once. https://www.instagram.com/angelonce/
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Miami-based artist, KREST. 

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Colombian artist, DIAS. https://www.instagram.com/d1a5/

ŁÓDŹ, POLAND STREET ART: FIRST TIME’S A CHARM

I spent 4 days in this cool little city in September of this year and found as much street art, “organically,” as I could. By “organic,” I mean…explore the city on foot with no expectations and see what I could come across. I much prefer to document a city’s art this way, rather than researching addresses and trying to find particular murals. I’m sure that sounds odd, but it’s the way I like to do it. Please enjoy ~

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“Enjoy the Silence,” a collaboration between Etam Cru & Robert Proch. Address: Sienkiewicza 81
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Collaboration between Aryz and Os Gemeos. Address: Roosevelta 5
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Artist: Nunca. Address: Narutowicza 25
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Arthur Rubinstein by Kobra. Address: Sienkiewicza 18 

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The Cat Lady by Polish artist Raspazjan. Address: Sienkiewicza 39
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Artist: OPIEMME. This colorful mural was made in collaboration with locals who threw 300 bags of paint on the piece. Address: Stefana Jaracza 20
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The largest mural in Lodz. Street art version of the city of Lodz, created by Meisal & Bary.  Address: Piotrkowska 152
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French artists Frédéric Zoer and Matthieu Velvet. Address: Sienkiewicza 71
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“Bang!” by Etam Cru and SatOne. Address: al. Kościuszki 27

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Polish artist M-city.Industrial Mural. Address: 
Tuwima 16 
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“Primavera” by Artist: Sainer. Address: ul. Uniwersytecka 12
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“Wave” by DALeast. Address: ul. Pomorska 92
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Italian Artist AweR. Address: ul. Pomorska 93
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Spanish Artist Gonzalo BORONDO. Address: ul. Pomorska 67
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“Woman in Bath” by Aryz. Address: ul. Pomorska 67
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“The Second Life of a Factory” by Andrzej Poprostu. Address: ul. Pomorska 79
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“Sentir (to feel)” by Puerto Rican artist: Alexis Diaz. Address: ul. Kilińskiego 26
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“Abstract II” by Spanish artist: Kenor. Address: 
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“The Vision of St. Dominic I.” Address: ul. Pomorska 22

 

September 2018. Lodz, Poland.

KYIV, UKRAINE STREET ART: THE RETURN…

I returned to Kyiv for a week in September of this year and tried to document as many murals as I possibly could, whether by walking the streets or stealing pics out of car windows… Please enjoy the fruits of my labor below : 

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This mural by the Australian artist Fintan Magee is depicting Anna Rizatdinovа, a Ukrainian former world champion in rhythmic gymnastics. She is one of the most decorated rhythmic gymnasts of her generation. Completed in 2015. 
Strilets’ka St, 12, Kiev, Ukraine
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Sergei Nigoyan was an Armenian-Ukrainian Euromaidan activist who was shot and killed from during the 2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots where he was acting as security. He was the first protestor killed by shooting during the riots. He was among 100 people (Heaven’s Hundred Heroes) who died that night. The creator of this mural is Alexander Farto, also known as Vhils, from Lisbon, Portugal. The portrait is carved into the wall; Vhils’ signature style.
Mykhailivs’ka St, 24А, Kiev, Ukraine
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Blue Tit on a Lightbulb (Freedom) by Alex Maksiov (Completed in May 2016)                      “The Blue Tit is associated with happiness, the way it has a blue colouring and a long forked tail. These birds build their nests out of mud and they symbolize freedom, like the wide open sky, and eternal happiness…”                                                                                               Address: 12 Ivana Franka Street
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Red Bicycle by Toronto-based artist, Emmanuel Jarus (May 2016)                                                  “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” The teacher sat at the feet of his student and said, “I am your student.” ~ Zen proverb                                                                                                                                        Address: 13 Viacheslava Lypynskoho Street

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Being that Ukraine is a country perpetually in conflict, Spanish artist, XAV wanted to paint the image of a cute and smiling boy. According to him “the work was devoted to the ability to enjoy simple things, the desire to see a half full glass, and not half empty, that even having nothing, you can still have everything …”                                                                        Address: Kazymyra Malevycha St, 42
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“A Flamenco in Kyiv” by Belgian artist Bart Smeets, a.k.a. Smates. Two intertwined flamingo heads; one is pink with its head submerged underwater, whilst the other one is seemingly born of the blue water-splash…                                                                                    Address: Lesi Ukrainky Boulevard 30
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“Brown Bear in a Colorful Whimsy” by Spanish artist, Kraser Tres.                                    Address: Verkhnii Val 44
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“Semi-inflated Killer Whale Balloon” by Swedish artist-duo, NEVERCREW.                      Address: Saksahanskoho St, 147/5
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City Man/City Lights by Sebastian Velasco (Completed in July 2016)
Address: 36a Olesia Honchara Street

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Rodents and Bunny by Roa (Completed in July 2016)
Address: 32a Olesia Honchara Street
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Address: Starovokzalna Street 12
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Australian artist, Fintan Magee: “I wanted to create something simple but with clear accents,” says the artist. “That’s why I decided to draw a huge deer and a man crossing the river. For me, it is a symbol of both the unity of human and nature, and the transition of Ukraine from the past towards something new. Crossing the river means hard times, but on the other side there is always a better future waiting for us. This is my take on the situation in Ukraine: the symbol of the struggle for the better life and of the movement towards it.” Address: Voloska Street 19/22
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Self Made Man,” by Ukrainian artist Alexander Grebenyuk. 
Address: (inside a carpark) 24a Honchar Street.
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Blue Birds (Shadoofs) by Taras Arm (Completed in December 2016)
Address: 9 Heorhiivskyi Lane
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Artist: Guido Van Helten ~ titled Lily Of The Valley. Inspired by the poem of the same name by Lesya Ukrainka, one of Ukrainian literature’s foremost writers. She’s best known for her poems and plays. She was also a political, civil, and feminist activist.                           Address: Striletska Street 28
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Car Cogs (Car Carousel) by M-City (Completed in December 2015)
Address: 20B Striletska Street
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“Herald of life” by Ukrainian artist Alexander Brytsev. Notice the white crow amongst the flock; apparently, it’s a symbol of good news and re-birth.
Interestingly, it has been said that the location itself, is symbolic. It’s located in a residential/commercial yard off of a main street. Supposedly, there’s a cage with huge crows that have been living there for over two decades. Locals say that these birds understand the language of humans…                                                                                              Address: Reitarska Street 9
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“Rise” by Washington, D.C. native/Berlin-based artist, James Bullough. Transcend and break free of the chaos in the world…
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Eco Ukraine
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(Homme Habile) by Guillaume Albi (Completed in Spring 2015)
Address: 3 Observatorna Street
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(Fluor & Malva sylvestris) by Fabio Petani (Completed in July 2017)
Address: 15 Bulvarno Kudriavaska Street

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Spanish artist Borondo’s rendition of one of the oldest Cathedrals in Europe ~ the Saint Sofia Cathedral.                                                                                                                                        Address: Heroiv Stalinhrada Avenue 16д
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WAONE / Interesni Kazki                                                                                                                      Address: E 40
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Address: Mykoly Bazhana Avenue 5
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Address: Mykoly Bazhana Avenue 9
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Greek artist INO’s “Instability.” A ballerina is dancing over a bomb. Inspired by the politically volatile situation in Ukraine, the piece is criticizing the failure of people to be able to coexist on earth.                                                                                                                           Address: Mykoly Bazhana Avenue 7
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Artist: Ernesto Maranje                                                                                                                            Address: Mykoly Bazhana Avenue 5е

September 2018. Kyiv, Ukraine.