For the past 5 years, Illegal? has left an imprint on the city of Las Cruces, literally. We will continue to push the cap on the can and produce beautiful vibrant murals that many will appreciate and techniques that others will never understand…
This year will kick off with an Indigenous perspective about ARROWSOUL at the 3rd annual IWOK conference on
THURSDAY May 5th, 2016 held at New Mexico State University.Guest Speakers, Live art and Hip Hop performances
More info TBA…
FRIDAY May 6th @ 5PM will be the gallery opening for PICTOGRAFF: The Art of Warprayer at The Branigan Cultural Center and Museum in downtown Las Cruces. Works by ILASH, RELEASE, WOAR 2 and many more New Mexico based artists.
SATURDAY… May 7th @ 9AM – 2PM will continue with PICTOGRAFF’s Live Art showcase outside the Museum of Art during the Farmers and Crafts Market with Mural installation by participating artists.
*Selected walls throughout Las Cruces will be painted by local and visiting artists all day.
SATURDAY EVENING May 7th 5PM – 11PM
ILLEGAL? ART SHOW & BATTLE @ Barricade Culture Shop
Gallery Opening / Reception
DJ’s & Live Performances TBA
STREET SKATE COMP
*for battles and walls contact Saba Wear
While dealing with the current issues of mankind and all the wonderful inventions, poo-litics and mindblowing technologies that distract many from communicating with one another. There are a percentage of today’s population turning to a organically grown drug known as “Creativity”. Though found naturally in the human heart, it has been proven that a paintbrush, spraycan, camera lens, printing press, lead pencil, juicy markers etc.. can boost addictions and consume entire communities. Leading to a higher use of creativity and colaboration in children and elders.
Therapy sessions always include warm welcoming music and snacks.
We would like to thank the Guillotine Cartel for demonstrating the use of Creativity thru what is known as a microphone. Two people will produce live expressions and share with one another. Historically known as a RAP BATTLE or MC BATTLE
Followed by the use of turntables with DJ PERVEE and DJ TALES.
ALL AGES WELCOME
BRING YOUR OWN BROS
600 S SOLANO LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO
Barricade Culture Shop is proud to announce “The Southwest Coast Tour” featuring World Class Hip Hop Artists from the coast to the desert. Kickin the night off with DJ PERVEE of Faceless, LIVE ARROWSOUL ART by VELA, SKI-ZERO, REP1, FOOLISH91 and SKATE COMP for a NEW DECK will start at 6PM NAVAJO TACO & FRYBREAD SALE ALL AGES $10 or Bring a Spray Paint Can+$5 (Can will be donated to arrowsoul artists) LIVE SCREEN PRINTING by SabaWear GALLERY ART BY Crook Live Body Painting Art by Anahy Nunez RSVP….https://www.facebook.com/events/841285445955541/
Honored to be curating this #ArrowsoulArt event that will give create his and her stories in the city of #lascrucesnm. The power of color will be unleashed on the public Friday May 1st 2015 @westendartdepot 5pm. With #Homegrownm #NewMexico artists #NaniChacon #JayceeBeyale #RepOneTWS #KillaCamTWS Followed by a #Livepainting Showcase Saturday May 2nd 9am at the Branigan Cultural Center and Las Cruces Museum of Art.
What happened on this weekend….
On Friday May 1st my brother Jaycee Beyale made it to Las Cruces, New Mexico. With a plan in order to start the initial layout of him and Nani Chacon’s mural design. They were both scheduled to showcase and paint a mural for an event titled “Pictograff” at the Branigan Cultural Center. An event I was contracted to coordinate. With stipend I decided to fund more paint and find a privately owned wall located in the heart of Las Cruces. I wanted to bless the people with a full size cultural piece from 2 of New Mexico’s most respected muralists, Since we will be hosting them for a few days. I knew we would be able to finish 2 murals in 2 days with Aerosol as the medium.
While painting the background on Friday morning the workers from the Las Cruces visitors bureau arrived to find us beautifying they’re building. Seems the building owner, whom I had received permission from days earlier had become ill and was unable to relay message to tenants that we were to begin mural immediately. Therefore began to threaten us with vandalism charges and calling us criminals. Saying we had no permission to paint on a city run business without the proper juried “branding” process. Stating this mural has no significant reflection of the Las Cruces community.
During commotion the local newspaper caught wind that the city might be painting over the mural. Ran the story and in two days I say about morethan half of the Las Cruces population came out in support of the mural and flooded social media with positive and negative feedback of “Public Art” and why they want the mural to stay. We as artists did not expect this whole hurricane would come out of applying paint to a wall. At time we were unsure of ourselves and felt like we were not going to finish this project but continued to push thru the heat and with help from the community and a simple visit from a local elementary school we gathered all the energy needed and won the battle between Art & Business.
Since the late 80s there has been an ongoing monthly ARTS movement landing on the 1st Friday of every month. At least that’s what Wikipedia stated. With the intent to brighten up the darkest parts of the city with beautiful colors, lots of people and of course mind altering paintings and performances that will help one to pause and appreciate the beauty of life. While nerding out on social and political views of our civilized society!
You are cordially invited to come support such a movement with worldclass artists hailing from the Southwest regions of this North American paradise.
Nearly Every Sign Written will direct the reader to a certain destination. All humans have the erge to leave a mark or message to the next person traveling the same path. Las Cruces or “The Crosses” has been the grounds for ceremony since before timex. Being a gateway to all directions of the compass, many cultures have exchanged styles, technique and visions thru drum beats, dance, wall art and story telling as in Hueco Tanks and the Organ Mountains are blessed with many pieces from different crews since way before timex had your wrists locked.
Its an honor to paint with this line-up of Artists, this weekend We will be headed up north to Des Moines, IA to beautify their city! The Next Revolution for Des Moines’s Arrowsoul’s out there bringing an array of color to a mostly Black & White World. Special shout out to my man Asphate Woodhavet of Maxilla Blue for the invite and his ninja abilities in creating swords out of irons in the fire. Hip Hop will continue if there are more heads out there listening to his music.
“A graf event like Color Codes isn’t a gallery exhibit with a static display of art. People are painting large scale on walls, trucks and shipping containers outdoors — with their creations happening in real time. You get to experience everything coming alive.” – ‘PHATE