Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Where Have I Been?! Part 4: (Mexico F'n City!)

So landed in Mexico City which from the plane was nothing but city as far as the eye could see. Craziness..

Got to the Camino Real Hotel which was a 60's art deco building made during the Olympics. The entrance had an eerie pool that would splash about day and night (and I hate the sea)..

our posters were all over the streets of the city. SO cool..

we spent all day Saturday signing posters for really cool people and speaking on a panel at a local design school where I saw my favorite piece of art by Saner ( http://www.saner-dsr.blogspot.com/ )

then off to the Nike store (a beautifully converted former Embassy building) to paint. It was still under heavy construction when we showed up which made it a bit tricky for us to paint our murals..

then it was off to work!

here's Bigfoot doing his piece (he was a blast to hang with for days!)..

then the next night was the store opening and party..!

me touching up my painting on the roof while on a ton of tequilla..

the concept was we were to write an idea down and put it in a hat and then each draw from it. Luckily I got Bigfoot's which was "La Musica De La 1970's". here's what I came up with..

Went to a great bar filled with Mexican hipsters (Cha Cha Lounge Mexico City -yay!)..

and we ate like kings the entire trip. Here's salsa that made us cry and cheer..


enroute to see my first Mexican Wrestling match..

The murals museum..

Frida's house (there's her paint studio at the top)..

Overall an incredible trip and one of the funnest things I've veer done and hanging out for a week with so many talented artists that were a blast to hang with was the best.


-everyone I seemed to meet from bars to on the street were all artists. it was so bizarre and always a surprise. and art everywhere you looked. hand painted signs, awesome graffiti, stencilled characters on walls.
-the weather. absolutely perfect the entire time we were their. plus lightning!
- the arcitecture floored all of us with every building we saw. from going to parties to every restaurant you always had to look up and say, "Wow!"
- the food. the amazing food. the incredible food. Mexican food (and horchata) will never be as good again.
- the beautiful corruption! cops with uzis, crazy driving, bars open till 5. just an invigorating energy to be around.
- and finally Nike and our wonderful hosts: Pepe, Jasper and the gang (and especially you Chris) who bent over backwards to make sure we were happy and having fun. Things like driving us anywhere we wanted, swag, perdiems.. things none of us were used to. We couldn't thank them enough!

the flight back was a bit chaotic but all worked out as the clouds out the window freaked me out the whole way back..

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