What a wonderful weekend full of #IndigenousFreeWays Supershoutout to @Neoglyphix @PrimeCutandSew @AngerCSBgw @Ikes_Tug_and_supply for contributing your hard earned Styles and Time dedicated to the future of Our Culture. Biglove and Respect Our Sister and her #TraditionMission back to a self sustainable Indigenous life way of Life and the stewardship of this place we call #HomeartH! Tita’sGraffitiGarden #MoreThanGold #Neoglyphix #GrowingAgainToSustain #MarriedToGraffiti #TheNativesRemain #BarricadeCultureShop #ArrowsoulTradingPost #Arrowsoul #TheArtofWarPrayer #WildstyleWest #SouthWestWildStyle #IndigenousGraff #Pictograff #Illegal? May10th-11th, 2019…… MoreToGo…..
Sending prayers with my family SkiZero, Canyon, Shawna and Patience! Painting in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and The Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota protecting sacred rivers and sites from a oil pipeline that threatens their future. Also bringing water awareness to our Mesilla Valley Community!
Summer of 2016 I was offered a seat in on the Magic School Bus of #TheLIEshow #LearningIsEndless….. 42 days on the road and 75% of this country later… I am super greatful to be home with my Wife and 2 children. Thank you for the experience #BlestBrando #PhilCrosby #JusJayson #Lovecrew #Highdration Danny and #RastaJon.
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
Good times traveling with the fam in our beautiful state! Thank you Native American Club of Western New Mexico University in Silver City and faculty that helped to create a presence of Indigenous Spirit in and around this institution. We had a great time inspiring the creative nature in all of us! Shout out to my dude Vicente Partido for taking the time to write this article! I was actually raised in Farmington, New Mexico and come from both Navajo and Jemez roots. Blessing and love to my family preparing for feast day tomorrow! We’ll be thinking of you!
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.
Indigenous Expression also known as Hip Hop: Roots of the world.
Since the beginning there was beats rockin to the drum, footsteps groovin with the earth and pigments opening visions of time, While the eldest spoke of great stories. These elements know today as Arrowsoul Art, DJing, Breakdance and Emceeing aka Hip Hop.
We as humans emerged from earth and have a scared connection to this place that nurtures our plants, houses the water that fuels the life of everything and is used to build our homes. Think about it, When the rain comes we celebrate thru song & dance, paint glyphs on walls to see his&herstories of good and bad harvest seasons. Creating the maps that will bring us full circle to our traditional way of life. Hip hop is this expression that moves thru ones soul in celebration of our connection to each other.
Lost in a golden game of world domination and fast food. Hip Hop budded on film in the 70s and flowered in the early 80s with Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Phase 2, Ken Swift and many many more Grandfathers of this rooted community. They battled horrible living conditions, drugs, poverty and substance abuse with the strength of a windmill, bringing water up from the underground and drowning borders. Opening hearts, building tribes and spreading love and knowledge of this ancient tradition.
Love that was felt by Southwest practitioners such as The Culture Shock Camp, DJ Cedro, Foundations Of Freedom, TNR, PFR, FSC, 3HC, TWS, BY and United Kings to name a few. Culture Shock Camp, XFRX, Native Health Initiative, WOME and Style Elements Crews have made the sacred connection to our Indigenous Roots, Bridging the gap to our ancestors and ensuring our future.
Water is life, feed YOUR roots!