MIAMI, FLORIDA STREET ART: MY FAVE PICS FROM ART BASEL 2017

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Man standing in front of Aquarela’s ‘Space Girl’
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World leading 3D muralist Leon Keer in progress for Wynwood Walls
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Miami-based Kool Drip
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Catching a solitary moment between artist Drew Merritt and his creation at the old RC Cola Plant.
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A pink and brooding memorial piece by Kool Drip 
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Two artists chat
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Beginning of New York-based artist Jeff Henriquez’s mural for The Bushwick Collective
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Kool Drip 
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The old RC Cola Plant sign
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Bruno Smoky of the Clandestinos
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Completed 3D mural “AweSoMe” by The Netherlands’ (Utrecht) Leon Keer
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Artist Jeff Henriquez in front of his mural in progress
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Artist Contrabandre in progress
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A policeman admiring the art
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Completed mural by Jeff Henriquez
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Old RC Cola Plant
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Chilean artist Otto Schade in progress for the Basel House Mural Festival
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Chicago-based artist JC Rivera’s Bear Champ for Up Art Studio’s Big Walls, Big Dreams
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Blind Patriot by Conor Harrington
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Alex (Malcolm McDowell) from A Clockwork Orange by Athens, Greece-based artist Insane51
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D-Face
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Closer shot of Otto Schade’s Shark
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UK’s Himbad from a past Basel
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Huetek
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Artist Benny Wilding

Miami, Florida. December 2017.

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INTERVIEW (MIAMI,FL STREET ART): MITROOPER ARTIST CHYTEA ~ KEEP ON TROOPIN’!

FAST FACTS:    

Born and raised: Connecticut to a Jamaican father and Caucasian mother. 

Creativity springs from: Musician father (guitar) and artist mother.

As a child, the debate between his parents was always whether Chy would pick up a guitar or a paintbrush.

Answer: As soon as he could pick up a pen, drawing became his passion.

Relocated to Miami: 2012

At about 14, he discovered spray paint and began writing basic tags of “Blue” and “Joker.” He started his street presence as a member of the TNB crew.                                                                                                                                             

In the studio:



TOKIDOKI: What is a Mitrooper? 

Chytea: “It’s a reflection of myself; the things I’ve trooped through and gotten past. I know for a fact that the universe will only give you as much as you can handle. So you just have to keep on troopin’.”

Work in progress for an upcoming show.

TOKIDOKI: Where did Mitrooper come from?

Chytea: Inspired by the Star Wars Stormtrooper. “I initially sketched him back in 2010, almost like just a doodle in my sketchbook, and didn’t think too much about it at the time. Then, when I got to Miami in 2012 and was having my mind blown by everything on the streets, seeing big murals for the first time, and quickly coming to the realization that having a signature character is ‘where it’s at,’ I decided I needed my own character. So, I just started looking through all of my old sketchbooks and Mitrooper was there from 2010. And I just said ‘Yes, that’s it!’ And from then on, I just started throwing Mitrooper up all over the streets of Miami.”

Mitrooper on the streets of Miami:


His first tag in Miami from back in 2012 when he was still Blue.”

“Grouper Trooper” still going strong since 2014.

Can you spot the Mitrooper in this Ruben piece at Yo Space?


TOKIDOKI: Mitrooper. Pronounced “Mee-trooper.” Why is it spelled with an ‘i,’ then?

Chytea: “Because ‘Me’ in Jamaican is spelt “Mi.”

First ever Mitrooper sticker.
The tattoo.
His ‘chill’ place.
Mitrooper is reflected everywhere.


TOKIDOKI: You’re international, mate.

Chytea: “Yes. Mitroopers are in Belgium, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Jamaica.”

First ever Mitroopers street piece. Hartford, CT. Photo: Chytea

Mitrooper philosophy explained:


You can follow the Mitrooper evolution on Instagram @mitroopers 


Extras:

Having lunch in Little Havana.
There’s a reason a light emanates from this guy’s chest…good soul, good vibes.

Sincerest thanks to Chytea for an incredibly enlightening day.

Peace and best wishes for constant evolution in 2017.

29dec16. Miami, FL.

Mitrooper ‘third eye’ in collaboration with Barcelona’s Konair.
Recent piece with Konair for Art Basel 2016. The evolution is upon us…

MIAMI, FL GRAFFITI: “IT WAS THE MARINE STADIUM”

Built in 1963 by a then-28 year old immigrant from Cuba, Hilario Candela, it was the first stadium designed specifically for powerboat racing in the United States. Over the years, it has fallen into disrepair, but good news, Gloria Estefan is behind the push to renovate it and bring it back to its former glory!

Note: We entered at our own risk. People are NOT ALLOWED to just visit it and walk around. You will be met by angry work crews telling you to get out and security that will tell you that you can’t take any photos. 

Do it the right way: We were told that you can get a ‘visitors pass’ from a city department somewhere. I guess, just google it. 

Walking around with Miami-based, international street artist, Chytea:










29dec16. Miami, FL.

MIAMI STREET ART (ART BASEL ’16): MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO

Born in Versailles, France, Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau was influenced by the American Pop Art and Graffiti movement of the 60s, 70s, and 80s and began his artistic endeavors in Paris in 1987 at the age of 14.
In 1989, Mr. D created his first piece of canvas art, as well as his first large scale mural.
In the early-90s he began to travel the world painting in remote countries like Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Senegal, and many western destinations.
In 1995, Mr. D was invited to participate in his first contemporary art group show in Paris.
He migrated to the United States in 1998 and in 2000 launched what is now a highly successful mural company in Houston, Texas, Eyeful Art Murals and Designs, serving both the public and private sectors.
Mr. D’s signature style is known as “Canpressionism“ a neo-impressionist style primarily done with spray paint and street art techniques.
“After 28 years as an artist, the stigma remains, and I want to change people’s perception in regards to Urban Art. My artistic and personal goal is to use my skills, experience, and credibility to demonstrate an “Urban Art as Fine Art” approach through ‘Canpressionism’.”
http://mrd1987.com/about/

3dec16. Miami, FL.