Thursday, March 26, 2009

20 questions

Why do niggas push pounds and powder
Why did bush knock down the towers
Why you around them cowards
Why Aaliyah have to take that flight
Why my nigga D ain't pull out his Ferrari
Why he take that bike
Why they gotta open your package and read your mail
Why they stop lettin' niggas get degrees in jail
Why you gotta do eighty-five percent of your time
And why do niggas lie in eighty-five percent of they rhymes
Why a nigga always want what he can't have
Why I can't come through in the pecan Jag
Why did crack have to hit so hard
Even though it's almost over
Why niggas can't get no jobs
Why they come up wit the witness protection
Why they let the terminator win the election
Come on, pay attention
Why sell in the stores what you can sell in the streets
Why I say the hottest shit but be sellin' the least.

"WHY" by Jadakiss
This song was one of the summer hit when I'd just moved to NY (2004), one of those song that marked time and place for me.
Still it's one my favorites.


One of the things I miss so much living in NY, it's the "freedom" that we have in Chile or in other "3rd world countries" to paint on the streets.
When you have almost everything to do a public piece (the supplies, the motivation and the time to go out) and you really want to do something positive for you or for your neighborhood, it is almost impossible to make it happen in NY without a permission letter from the owner of the wall. It seems it wouldn't be a problem to get it, but the reality have showed me the opposite and it has taught me that we don't really live in a tolerant society, where someone (like me) can find an abandoned place that is totally dirty and do a mural without getting arrested or having the chance to get in trouble with the law.
This makes a big difference between our styles and our ways to work in South America, and tells me that people in this city are scared for things they shouldn't.
Graffiti and Street art should not be criminalized as it is here right now, because there's other serious problems that really need to be fixed in this country.
Politics and People need to start to be open to new ideas and new ways of living and interact to each other...
...The following pictures show different paintings done with no permission at all in South America, without asking "if is it possible to paint here?..."

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sao Paulo 2009

While I was in Chile, I visited Brazil for my second time in my life. I went with my friend "Grin" who invited me from Santiago to check out Sao Paulo city and our friends that we have in common there.
Here I'm posting some pictures from the trip.
I want to thank VLOK & ANX CREWs ( KINGS! ) for showed us how things work and how others don't in Sao Paulo. Vitche and Jana for their humbleness and talk, and the Pandolfo and Ferreira families for making us fell SP like home.
Eu voltare!

Chile Lindo 2009