L.A. STREET MURALISTS MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. AGAIN. “MEXICO”

I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PROJECT WE EMBARKED ON IN 1993, WITH EARTH CREW 2000. SEVERAL NATIVE LOS ANGELES TEENAGE GRAFFITI ARTISTS AND TAGGERS (SKILL, DUKE, ANGST, OMEGA, SHOT, NUKE, SK8, JNEZ, RAY ROKER, BEN… ETC) PUT TOGETHER A MURAL FOR THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO WHICH WAS PAINTED ON THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR HOTEL CORTEZ IN MEXICO CITY D.F., I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE LAYOUT. (click link) MEXICO 3 PUTTING TOGETHER VARIOUS CONCEPTS FROM THE TEAM, I SKETCHED THE FINAL VERSION WHICH WAS APPROVED BY US AND THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO FOR THE COVETED CREATIVE SPACE.
THIS WALL HAD BEEN SOUGHT OUT BY LOCAL MEXICAN MURALISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS FOR YEARS, BUT OUR GROUP LEADER, MS. HELEN SAMUELS WAS ABLE TO ACQUIRE IT LEGITIMATELY & PERMANENTLY FOR OUR LOS ANGELES CREW. MEXICO ALL LEFT FROM L.A.X. THAT COLD EVENING, AND THE MURAL TEAM HAD AN INCREDIBLE WEEK OF PAINTING WALLS, AND VIEWING ANCIENT AZTEC PYRAMIDS, RELICS AND LANDSCAPES… I WAS STUCK ON THE WALL AS THE PROJECT FOREMAN AND MAIN PAINTER, SIGNING FOR SCAFFOLDING AND SPLASHING PAINT AND SPRAYPAINT DAY AND NIGHT, REGARDLESS OF THE INVITATIONS TO VISIT MUSEUMS OR EXISTING MURALS BY DIEGO RIVERA, DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS AND JOSE CLEMENTE OROZCO WHO ARE KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY TO HAVE ESTABLISHED “MEXICAN MURALISM”… HEX HAD A JOB TO COMPLETE. NO MATTER WHAT. MEXICO 2 ALL OF OUR TEAM ARTISTS PARTICIPATED IN THE STAGES OF THIS MURAL, IN WHATSOEVER CAPACITY POSSIBLE, FROM ART, SUPPLIES, SUPPORT, TV & RADIO INTERVIEWS, ETC. WE HAD A PENDING DEADLINE AND SERIOUS WORK TO DO UNTIL WE FINALLY FINISHED. AGAIN, THE MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED. EC 2000 DID IT!

SINCE THEN, I HAVE INCORPORATED MEXICAN IMAGES INTO PAINTINGS, GEAR AND FASHION.

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SO PROUD OF THE DIRECTIONS MANY OF THE ORIGINAL EARTHCREW ARTISTS HAVE TAKEN. PROUD OF MY HERITAGE AND THE HEART OF OUR GENTE. – HEX 1

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