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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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.ย ย 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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band merch pt.2 / Fractal Clothing

Slight delay on blog post! Turns out I’ve been receiving more promotion than usual thanks to my first batch of tshirts for LopoDrido. Received a bulk order last week for the band Vieja Estirpe. This one consisted of 12 tshirts in black and red with white ink.

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Having finished this order, I received another one from LopoDrido: 20 tshirts all in black!

I’ve also kept busy these days planning out my first ever bazaar, in which I’ll unite different types of artists and vendors under one roof on November 5th. Things are slowly taking shape and I’m very excited about it!

Last but not least: the new Fractal shop is open. Still in its baby stage with very few products. You can check it out here: http://www.fractalclothing.etsy.com

working the weekend

Last week I wrote a few tips on how to work craft fairs and such. Well, last weekend I participated in one which is held weekly at the Melia Hotel and Resort here in Puerto Rico. Being a first timer at this particular bazaar, I made sure to have enough inventory for 2 days of work. With over $900 of merchandise I went last Friday, set up booth at 6pm and finished around 10pm. Saturday’s lasted longer, starting at 4pm.

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One thing I learned about working bazaars at night: BRING YOUR OWN LIGHTS!
Since I knew we were going to be working at the lobby I didn’t think it necessary but boy was I wrong. Always come prepared with extras even if you won’t use them: illumination, power cables and extensions, your own table, a plastic sheet to put over your stuff in case it rains if you’re working outside, etc.

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It was an awesome experience considering I was also staying at the hotel with my family ๐Ÿ˜‰

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See ya next week!