Navani Knows French Street Art

 

I always like to keep up on many graf/street artists here in the U.S. but recently I was put on to someone across the pond which is always dope. My colleague sent me this video of French street artist Adam Sender on one of his recent overnight V.H.C. Colors projects. It’s cool to see the difference in style and work VS. what we have been accustomed to here in the U.S.

When I asked Adam if he minded me posting it or wanted to stay anonymous, he replied:

“It’s fine, the cops all know me.” lol

Learn more about the 20-year-old artist on facebook. Check out the video below:

Photo via www.victormalecotphotos.fr

Navani Knows: TOOFLY Film @ 5pointz

There are certain people I like to keep tabs on because they always embody positivity in what they do, or simply because their work inspires me in some form or fashion. Latina Graf Artist TOOFLY is one of those people. Here, in this recently released short film by Jay Maldonado she is seen working on one of her latest projects: a piece at legendary graf epicenter, 5pointz. Check out what she has to say about her artisitc process, choosing materials and colors and her vision for the piece below:

TOOFLY from JAY MALDONADO on Vimeo.

 

Navani Knows: TOOFLY Helps Launch Navani Knows Radio

This whole year I focused on making moves towards another passion of mine: radio. I’ve been interning at various shows and helping out where ever I can (Shout out to Brooklyn Bodega Radio, Rap is Outta Control, The Halftime Show). I ‘ve had the honor to work with some of the greatest people in the NY Radio scene who have graciously taken me under their wing. In some odd turn of events, my year ends with an offer to have my own online radio show via Urban Latino Radio.

I am completely speechless and excited. So, Navani Knows Radio is born, a weekly show that will focus on music and culture. Specifically Hip-Hop music and how it influences art, food, dance, literature and film. Me and my co-host Suley will be probing guests with inciteful questions in an effort to give exposure to great artists outside the mainstream.

This week we set off our first “trial” show dedicated to the Holidays with graffiti queen TOOFLY. The Queens resident has been in the game for 20 years and had many great stories to share about making her way in the male dominated art form. She also dished on holiday traditions in her native Ecuadaor as well as show us her awesome merchandise featured in the NY Daily News Gift Guide. You can catch her today at the Ladies Love Holiday Pop Up Shop.

Suley and I also dished on our fave picks for gift ideas this Christmas that cover everyone from music lovers to the do-gooders. Take a look at our own gift guide after the jump….

I am so excited to be embarking on this new journey in the New Year. Thanks to all of you that have supported me along the way. Tune in for the Navani Knows Show 2012 Launch on January 6th (Three Kings Day) on Urban Latino Radio from 6-8pm.

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Navani Knows Girl Power: Few & Far Wall @ Art Basel

I am all about girl power, especially when it comes to male dominated fields – like Hip-Hop, graf arts, and countless others. So,  I was thrilled to get an update on the homie TOOFLY’s experience at @ Art Basel, where she participated on the first female only wall there. Check out what she had to say about being part of Few & Far and see some pics below…

I made it back this year to rock a collabo wall with the Few & far graff/street art ladies. It was such a blast to get together again, and rep the ONLY ALL WOMEN WALL at ART BASEL. Super proud of that. It’s been a long time coming since 2003 when the NYC graff ladies got together to rock an all women wall at the Graffiti Hall of Fame. Thanks to Lady Pink “herstory” was made. As I think back to those days, and check out the flicks today, I can say I am proud of how far it’s come. Women everywhere are getting together and creating the environment they want. A cipher that’s at peace with one another, creative, and fun. It’s all I ever wanted, and I’m happy to keep the tradition alive for those loving hearts I meet along the way…

FEW & FAR™ @Primary Flight in Miami Art Basel
Artists: Meme , Ksra , Glow, Hops, Reds, Tatiana Suarez, Amandalynn, Lady Mags, Gloria Muriel, Erin Yoshi, TooFly, Dime, Agana, and 179.
DEC 1st – 4th
554 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127
sponsored by: Ironlak  and Nomads

Primary Flight is Miami’s original open air museum and street level mural installation that takes place annually throughout the Wynwood Arts District and the Miami Design District. Primary Flight is arguably the world’s largest event of its kind, having featured over 250 world class artists from around the globe since its inception, the majority of whom travel to Miami during Art Basel. Artists from all walks of contemporary art headline our annual event, collaborating on high profile walls throughout Miami’s urban landscape. Maps outlining the installation are circulated, providing patrons with an opportunity to view the works in progress.

Check out more flicks from the event after the jump…

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Navani Knows Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop Up Shop


‘Tis the season to be merry and mix our love of art and music, and even coquito! Save the date for the official Ladies Love Project Holiday Pop Up Shop. What does that mean, you say?

December 17th, the LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its third POP-UP SHOP at the West Village Brecht Forum, 451 West Street from 12pm – 8pm. The PROJECT, a brainchild of renowned street artist TOOFLY and sound sensation PattyDukes of the Circa95 duo, highlights some of NYC’s most creative underground artists and designers.  The one-day-only holiday event boasts an intimate, yet extraordinarily colorful market experience designed to familiarize consumers, media and tastemakers with established artists.

The group of paricipating artists and designers will be showcasing one of a kind, limited edition, handcrafted goods just in time for the holidays! Featured market designers and artists include: Toofly, Good Wood NYC, Junkprints, Vanilla Medallions, Marka27, Antonio Kel 5MH, while several other brands will be in attendance. Music across all genres will be provided by iPod DJ’s Rephstar (of Circa95), Ben Ferrari, Jacina Love, and Slik Nik The Ruler. A live broadcasting of the event will be streamed at www.Circa95.com, while complimentary holiday treats by Jenny Kinns Cupcakes and Mi Isla Coquito by Millie will help promote the holiday cheer! Exclusive event photography will be taken by Samantha Morales with video by Barrio Media.

Why not do some last minute Holiday shopping while supporting local artists this season?

Navani Knows: Feliz Dia De Los Muertos

TOOFLY celebrated the Day of the Dead in style this year by painting her latest street installation. For those not familiar with the history, The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth have created an array of imagery especially the image of a skull found in various art works, illustrations, graphic designs, and handmade crafts.

I am def feeling the theme of death and rebirth right now in my own life. Lots of endings happening all at once so I find myself surrendering and looking forward to the new beginnings (AKA rebirth) they make room for. Therefore, I am personally inspired by this piece.

Check out TOOFLY’s newest piece which is located on the corner of Metropolitian and Union in BK. Also, she will be featured in the Sound of Art Exhibit on November 3rd.

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Navani Knows: Rooftop Legends 2011 Recap

This past weekend was the 4th Anual Rooftop Legends opening exhibit that took place on the roof (hence the title) of the New Design High School in LES. I have never been to this spot before but apparently it is a space known for embracing street art. Going onto the roof for the first time is a surreal experience, like being transplanted in time back to the era of the “Style Wars” documentary and the origins of hip-hop, breakdancing and graffiti culture. Murals of all styles and substance are on display, from the political to the artistic, extravagant to subdued. Having these works in a school, in such a protected way, both ensures there remains a place for graffiti art in New York City, even with tighter laws and enforcement and at the same time has become an effective fundraising tool for the school administration.

The Rooftop Legends Opening Reception was a pretty awesome event with art from a plethora of artists including TOOFLY, TRIZ (TS5) & SUEIE (CAC), COPE2, SIEN alongside TATU (XMEN) and more, curated by Jesse Pais. The exhibit  spans the size of an entire NYC block, which is unheard of and overwhelming in a great way. It feels almost like you are in a museum with a live DJ and awesome city views (minus the fire we witnessed down the block). I strongly urge anyone who is a fan of street art to check it out. For more info check out the RoofTop Legends Blog.

Pics after the jump….

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