One of the really cool things I learned about while Couchsurfing in Medellin is that the application of paint on public spaces (graffiti) is not illegal. Graffiti in Medellin has lead to an explosion of colorful art, but I think when you are allowed to do it, you have more competition that promotes prettier art rather than straight up vandalism. You don’t want to have your crap next to an amazing mural now do you?
We were invited to check out this on the fly graffiti competition that has arisen from the streets of Medellin – Falange (in this case 2.0). All artists provide a bucket of a specific color of paint (in this case, purple) to paint of a wide public area to give the invited local graffiti artists an area to do their work. If you saw my set on the Balcones Burner Bash, you know this is totally my thing.
I had no clue what to expect but I was blown away by what I saw.
One of the really awesome things I noticed right away is the amount of ladies working it. Like, I’ve never seen so many chick graff artists in one location in my life. I would say most were girls – and it felt good. Our CS host graciously introduced us to the awesome Niña Gato while she was working on one of her very cute, girlie masterpieces.
So check it out: