I'de been in talks with The L.I.S.A Projects NYC for some time now, which is a non-profit street art organization started and curated by Wayne Rada. I live in LA now and I'm usually only back in town about 2-3 times a year so trying to plan out a wall to paint takes time and planning.
An opportunity finally came up and I had to jump on it! Wayne hit me up and asked me if I'd be down to rock this huge wall in honor of the Five Points Art Festival taking place in NYC. I'd never painted anything that big but having friends like Tristan Eaton who are always working out of their comfort zones, I used it as motivation to step to the challenge.
This project had many factors such as the building owners, Five Points Art Festival and Lagunitas Beer who was sponsoring part of the mural production and art festival events. To make a long story short and spare you the back and forth drama, here's the image that all the parties ended up agreeing with and approving.
I fly into NYC from Burbank, meet with The Lisa Project crew for dinner in Little Italy, shout out to Il Piccolo Bufalo then we head on over to the wall. The size of the wall was way bigger than I imagined, it was a lot to take in, but hey... no turning back now, let's rock! I know there's a lot of amazing street mural guys that don't use projectors on murals this big, but I ain't one of them! This was my first time doing anything this big so I used every advantage I could. Rey Rosa hooked up the projector from across the street and adjusted it till we got it just right.
I strapped on my harness picked up a can of brown spray paint and jumped on the lift ready to go. There was a couple of bumps and distractions throughout the evening but I was too high on adrnaline to let it bother me. I painted in to the night 4 stories high to the sounds of police sirens and Fire trucks, I felt like Daredevil, LOL.
Here's what it looked like in the daytime, once the outline is on the wall it just sort of becomes a big ol' coloring book.
Rain, strong winds, sunshine and heat waves all played their part in this production, lol. We weathered the elements and kept on painting. A huge shout out to Wayne Rada who controlled the lift for me. Once the character's head was completed I saw light at the end of the tunnel!
Making a dash to the finish line, the more I stayed on the lift the more comfortable I got, kept getting distracted by friends yelling out my name from across the street, lol. At least it made for this cool pic. Thanks MO!
After 4 days, the mural was complete. A special shout out to Wayne Rada and Rey Rosa from the L.I.S.A Projects who assisted me the whole time. It was a tremendous opportunity to leave my mark in NYC, a place where I was born and raised, the best city in the world! It'll always be home.
Last but not least, here's a cool little time-lapse to wrap up this blog post. Thanks Rey!