SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA GRAFFITI: NEGUS

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THERE ARE SO MANY PROLIFIC GRAFFITI WRITERS IN SAN JOSE; THEIR PIECES ARE EVERYWHERE! HERE ARE 10 PIECES FROM NEGUS. TO SEE MORE OF THIS ARTIST’S WORK https://www.instagram.com/negus_artevida/
FEB-APR2019. SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA. 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA GRAFFITI: NEUR Pt. 1

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THERE ARE SO MANY PROLIFIC GRAFFITI WRITERS IN SAN JOSE; THEIR PIECES ARE EVERYWHERE! HERE ARE 10 PIECES FROM NEUR. TO SEE MORE OF THIS ARTIST’S WORK: https://www.instagram.com/n32lt/
feb-apr2019. san jose, costa rica. 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: WE WILL BECOME SILHOUETTES (the postal service, chet faker, alt-j)

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you seem so out of context in this gaudy apartment complex. a stranger with no door key explaining that i’m just visiting. and i am finally seeing why i was the one worth leaving. 
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and i have to speculate that god himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay.
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smeared black ink. your palms are sweaty. and i’m barely listening to last demands. i’m staring at the asphalt wondering what’s buried underneath where i am.
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last week i had the strangest dream where everything was just as it seemed
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don’t wake me. i plan on sleeping in. 
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i feel i must interject here. you’re getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself. with these revisions and gaps in history. so let me help you remember. i’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear. i’ve prepared a lecture on why i have to leave. 
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calm down, release your cares.
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and i want life in every word to the extent that it’s absurd.
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and i’m screaming at the top of my lungs pretending that the echoes belong to someone, someone i used to know. 
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i wanted to walk through the empty streets and feel something constant under my feet.
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…until our shells simply cannot hold all our insides in, and that’s when we’ll explode.
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i’ll be the fire escape that’s bolted to the ancient brick where you will sit and contemplate your day.
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i’ll be the waterwings that save you if you start drowning.
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i’ll be the phonograph that plays your favorite albums back as you’re lying there drifting off to sleep. 
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i’ll be your winter coat buttoned and zipped straight to the throat with the collar up so you won’t catch a cold.
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i want to take you far from the cynics in this town.
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we’ll cut our bodies free from the tethers of this scene. 
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start a brand new colony where everything will change. we’ll give ourselves new names (identities erased.)
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now i’m a novel made resourceful. i start a chain with my thought. 
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cold pain. i cannot sustain it. that’s what i’m thinking, not what i’m drinking. 
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these thoughts are pervasive. it’s not a statement but peace can be evasive. 
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melt my happiness. some kind of fucked up mess.  
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i need a bit of coffee and the warm sun. and the dusty ideas only half spun. 
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i’m not the reason you’re looking for redemption.
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is it absurd for me to hurt when everything else is fading? 
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i’m walking through each smile. 
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she may contain the urge to run away but hold her down with soggy clothes and breeze blocks
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do you know where the wild things go? 
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she’s morphine, queen of my vaccine. 
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she makes the sound, the sound the sea makes, to calm me down. 
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we can’t lose touch, but we can let go. 
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the nights of all my youth pressed into one glass of water. 
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painless with immense distance. 
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painless with a great closeness. 
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legions upon legions of craftsmen handmade my feelings. 

mar2019. San Jose, Costa Rica. 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: BLURRYFACE (21 PILOTS, Pt. 3)

THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY THREE MONTHS OF LIVING IN COSTA RICA HAS BEEN ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY, THE 4 TWENTY ONE PILOTS’ ALBUMS: SELF-TITLED, VESSEL, BLURRYFACE, AND TRENCH. THIS UPCOMING 4-PART PHOTO SERIES WILL FEATURE CAPTIONS WITH THEIR LYRICS DESCRIBING AN EVEN DEEPER CONTEXTUALIZATION OF MY OVERALL PURE VIDA EXPERIENCE.
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can you save my heavy dirty soul?
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wish we could turn back time, to the good old days.
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yeah, i think about the end way too much.
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i’ve been thinking too much. help me. 
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but i’m not good with directions and i hide behind my mouth. i’m a pro at imperfections and i’m best friends with my doubt. 
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release me from the present. i’m obsessing all these questions.
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my shadow tilts its head at me.
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you are out of my mind. you aren’t seeing my side.
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i’m out of my mind. i’m not seeing things right. 
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i’m a goner. somebody catch my breath. i wanna be known by you. 

 

19apr19. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: JORGE JIMÉNEZ DEREDIA SCULPTURES (the cure)

Jiménez Deredia is an internationally acclaimed Costa Rican sculptor, whose works are displayed throughout the San Jose city center for an extended period of time this year. Here are some images I’ve collected over the past couple of months. I listened to various The Cure albums while I created this post, so lyrics from the “Disintegration” album and others, are used to provide the captions. It’s a “mood thing.”

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sometimes you make me feel like i’m living at the edge of the world.
“it’s just the way i smile,” you said.

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there was nothing in the world that I ever wanted more
than to feel you deep in my heart.
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always the need to feel again the real belief of something more than mockery.
if only i could fill my heart with love.
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you make me feel like i am free again.
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i never said i would stay to the end.
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hopelessly drift in the eyes of the ghost again.
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she used to just stand there and stare and roll her eyes right up to heaven.
and make like I just wasn’t there.
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she used to just stand there and smile and her eyes would go all sort of far away.
and stay like that for quite a while.
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yesterday i got so old, i felt like i could die.
yesterday i got so old, it made me want to cry.
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and you’re beautifulyou glow inside my head.
you hold me hypnotizedi’m mesmerized.
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you, soft and only, you lost and lonely.
you, strange as angels dancing in the deepest oceans.
twisting in the wateryou’re just like a dream.
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if it can’t be like before i’ve got to let it end. 
i don’t want what i was, i had a change of head.
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if it can’t be like it was, i’ve got to let it rest. 
i don’t want what i did, i had a change of tense.
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crying for the death of your heartyou were stone white.
so delicate.
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i’m lost in a forest all alone.
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and you finally found all your courage to let it all go.

 

 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: VESSEL (21 Pilots, PT. 2)

THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY THREE MONTHS OF LIVING IN COSTA RICA HAS BEEN ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY, THE 4 TWENTY ONE PILOTS’ ALBUMS: SELF-TITLED, VESSEL, BLURRYFACE, AND TRENCH. THIS UPCOMING 4-PART PHOTO SERIES WILL FEATURE CAPTIONS WITH THEIR LYRICS DESCRIBING AN EVEN DEEPER CONTEXTUALIZATION OF MY OVERALL PURE VIDA EXPERIENCE.
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i’ll stay awake, ’cause the dark’s not taking prisoners tonight.
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why am i not scared in the morning? i don’t hear those voices calling. i must have kicked them out…
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i’m insignificant.
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you think twice about your life. it probably happens at night, right?
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am i the only one i know waging my wars behind my face and above my throat? shadows will scream that i’m alone.
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behind my eyelids are islands of violence.
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life has a hopeful undertone.
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and since we know that dreams are dead, and life turns plans up on their head, i will plan to be a bum, so i just might become someone.
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sometimes quiet is violent.
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i’m forced to deal with what i feel, there is no distraction to mask what is real. 
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i find over the course of our human existence, one thing consists of consistence. and it’s that we’re all battling fear. oh dear, i don’t know if we know why we’re here.
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i’m semi-automatic. my prayer’s schizophrenic.
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i do not know why i would go in front of you and hide my soul, ’cause you’re the only one who knows it. 
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don’t wanna call you in the night time. don’t wanna give you all my pieces. don’t wanna hand you all my trouble. don’t wanna give you all my demons. you’ll have to watch me struggle from several rooms away. but tonight, i’ll need you to stay.
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i’ll never be what you see inside. you say i’m not alone, but i am petrified.  
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i can feel your breath. i can feel my death. i want to know you. i want to see. i want to say hello.

15apr19. san jose, costa rica.

CARTAGO, COSTA RICA STREET ART: DIOSES ANIMALES

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“My life has been a lie! God is dead! The government’s lame! Thanksgiving is about killing Indians! Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas! They moved the date, it was a pagan holiday!”
– Morty Jr. / Rick and Morty, Season 1: Raising Gazorpazorp Rick by SEA 13 https://www.instagram.com/m_sea13/

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30mar19. Cartago, Costa Rica.