It proved to be an interesting and educational journey into a world I would normally not be exposed to.
The Estria Invitational Graffiti BattlesThe Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle is a national urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. The battle was founded in 2007 by graffiti art living legend Estria Miyashiro and arts educator Jason Mateo. Through this art form of messaging, the competition encourages graffiti writers to communicate social justice issues and empower communities with spirit and beauty. The graffiti battle is a project of the Estria Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA.
WHY WE DO THIS…We believe art can inspire our youth and improve our communities. Our extensive work with youth has shown that they long to be recognized for their ideas, creativity and accomplishments. Graffiti is a visual art form that provides the youth with a way to express their fears, their hopes and their dreams. With proper guidance, this outlaw art has the potential to shift paradigms. Although Graffiti Art is often perceived as vandalism, it remains an art form that requires skill, technique and tremendous commitment to master. Like traditional murals, graffiti murals can also decorate our cities, attract people, tell a story, and build community. When we provide a safe space for graffiti artists, we lessen the violence in our streets and provide a positive creative outlet for our young people.
|The turnout was very good and everyone was having a great time.|
|Poor cameraman had to lug this everywhere.|
|This guy was sooo cool.|