Punk Bazaar Xmas Edition – a photo post

I skipped last Friday’s blog post to bring you this photo-packed one instead!
Had an amazing time with my friends and fellow artisans.
All photos were taken by Natalie Colon, my punk bazaar sidekick.
Have a great weekend everyone!

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art swap as a currency

Coming back from a local arts bazaar I remembered I began writing this post months ago and left it as a draft. Time to shake off the dust and publish it:
As a local street art fan I love to meet and network with fellow screenprinters, street artists, painters and designers. I admire their incredible talent and my hobby is to document their progress and sort of “scavenger hunt” their latest work, which is something I’d like to blog about one of these days.

I’ve had the chance to meet a few local artists and once in a while we’ll agree to exchange arts. This is something I encourage and support because art is an amazing currency. It will not enrich my pocket, but it will enrich my mind and motivation, and that’s something worth “paying” for.

I’ve been sort of “collecting” tiny bits of local art, meeting the artists and exchanging ideas. From time to time I’ll also document our art exchanges with photos. Other times I forget and will later curse at myself because I always feel the need to document everything! So I wanted to share some of the lovely things I’ve collected so far! An incomplete list, but awesome nonetheless!

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Oski

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Rey X

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RaVia

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Gabriel Padial

Punk Bazaar Photos!

Here are some photos from Tuesday’s bazaar at the Biercade; taken by my friends Eduardo and Natalie.
The punk bazaar was intended to bring different types of artists together and interact and support eachother by attracting their different clients and audiences. Every booth filled up with amazing products which ranged from handmade to old-school goodies. We also had a talented tattoo artist which got to tattoo about 7 people within a 5 hour time frame; and an amazing street artist and photographer known for his awesome wave walls. Within the hour the place filled with locals, tourists, band supporters, horror movie fans, urban artists, a few of my loyal customers and friends. Mission accomplished!

It was a great experience; one that showed just how close and supportive the “underground” music scene is and how different kinds of people all come together to support the local arts and small busineness.

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Halloween fun

I promised to show the finished product of my Halloween costume, inspired by John Carpenter’s movie They Live.

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Definitely a costume worth making because I won first prize at the Halloween costume party!

Now that October is over, it’s time to focus on upcoming events. Next Tuesday is my first bazaar for DIY artists and small businesses. If all goes well, this will become a monthly event for us. A review with photos should be the theme of my next blog post. Wish me luck!

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It’s almost Halloween!!

This month I wanted to do something crazy for Halloween. Usually I recycle my costumes, add stuff to them, mix and match, etc. This time I decided to dress as a movie character from the 80’s (which I won’t mention until I reveal it tomorrow hahah).

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Yes, it’s completely DIY!
I decided to make the mask from scratch because it was impossible to find this character’s face on the internet. I think only one site was selling a mildly expensive one which I wasn’t going to afford, so I followed an online tutorial and bought different materials to create my costume.

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I used paper clay and papier mache for this project. I had to carefully mold and sculpt the muscles and gums.

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I then used paint and gloss to make it as realistic and loyal to the movie as possible. More pics next week!

Happy Halloween!

Punk Bazaar – what, where and why?

What exactly is a “punk” bazaar?

I recently had the opportunity to host events on a monthly basis. One thing I always wanted to do was a gathering of artists to show off each of their skills and/or creations to the public and a way to support eachother. I wanted it to be a way for people, who had no resources or money to promote themselves on a professional level, to build up their business, brand or name. Having my own business I learned that many of the participating brands on big events were either bigshots, had the resources or money to expose themselves to a greater public, had all the necessary paperwork to build a “legal” business, or knew someone who could help them get to these events for free or for lower fees.

In reality, most artists and small brands can’t afford to do this just yet. Some of these events can cost up to $400 per vendor for ONE day. I’ve seen fellow artists sell here and there, on a corner of a tourist area during weekends, through a friend who had the luck of partipicating on a big event, selling to their friends in college or hangout spots, etc.  The organizations who do these events usually have endless waiting lists of people to participate and only choose certain types of businesses depending on what they sell. Many will never get to make it to this list.

So this is how the punk bazaar is born. A free independent and alternative space to go and sell, promote and showcase your talent, completely free and best of all: run by likeminded people without the help of bigshot organizations, designed to support a DIY way of thinking, hence the word “punk”. I wanted to include different kinds of people with different talents and skills, which is why I’m kicking off the first bazaar with cool clothing brands, accesories, band merch, tattoos, magazines, comics, food and live art. Hopefully it’ll give a chance for the audience to appreciate the hard work of those who have it tougher making it in each of their fields rather than the usual trends we are exposed to every day.

Starting November 5th at the Biercade, San Juan Puerto Rico.

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