After a being unable to work on big projects for about a year due to health issues, El Mac is back on track and making up for the “lost time”. Last December he took part in an independent project together with his long time friend David ‘Grave’ Herrera, and painted new striking murals in Ciudad Juarez & El Paso.
Being based in that area for the short time in the 90s, the artist developed an appreciation for that boarder region and sensibility for all the violence, corruption and injustice that has plagued that region for the last near-decade. Both murals were based on his own photos that he took in 2012 during Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity (Caravana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad), and were created with his unique technique using only aerosol and fatcaps.
In Ciudad Juarez he painted an “Juarense y Poderosa”, based on photos of a young woman who lost her mother to kidnapping. And in El Paso he created “Ánimo Sin Fronteras”, based on photos of a man whose son was disappeared by corrupt police. In artist’s eyes both of these individuals represent countless others who’ve lost and suffered in recent years.
So we hit up Miami this year for Scope, Art Basel and, more importantly, Wynwood Walls, here’s some night slugs we took around Wynwood…
So, we’ve been doing what we can to cover the madness over in Hawaii. This years POW! WOW! is such a monster, the only real way to track it up to date is via our instagram channels, follow these for the latest shots – @rolyvna @vnamagazine
More jump off after the jump off…
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We are pleased to announce our 17th issue fronted by Amsterdam-dwelling British duo, The London Police. Our exclusive interview and photos provide a unique perspective on their life and work, and offers something special for fans and newbies alike.
Issue 17 also sees VNA chat to the always amusing Goldie about cooking ‘cliffy chicken’, music and his art, alongside Shoreditch shutter bomber Malarky and Mexican miniature maestro, Pablo Delgado. On the international tip, we caught up with Ukraine’s own mural-masters Interesni Kazki, Dutch tattooist Angelique Houtkamp and from the USA, graffer Else ICR and photo-real maestro El Mac.
We top it all off with shots of the latest street art from some of Toronto, Amsterdam and of course London’s grimiest walls….
We will be celebrating the launch of this issue on 8th December at 18 Hewitt Street, with support from Protein, Edding, Pop Up Projects, Addict and drinks supplied by Kopparberg.
Space is limited for the event, so please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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