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 – 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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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

band merch? Why not?!

I recently had the oportunity to make tshirts for the local punk band Lopo Drido, one of the first bands of its genre to emerge here in Puerto Rico ( circa 1990 ). Lopo Drido is one of the few oldschool bands who has kept playing despite their changes in lineup and a few years of hiatus. Rising from the grave, so to speak, they did their first show last night at the record release of the band Las Ardillas ( one of my favorites! ) and it was awesome.

Their merch consisted of pins, stickers and 20 tshirts in black and white.
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Interested in listening to their tunes? Check out these links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaXKyhQpZrs

https://www.facebook.com/lopodrido

And if you’d like to have some custom work done, I’m available for wholesale services. Email me at jennifer@samsaraprints.com or visit http://www.samsaraprints.com

Til next week!