When you’re out in the streets walking, on a commute, or driving around the city in your car, what do you usually see?

Aside from the obvious (roads), we see walls. They’re usually white, black, and grey with a “Post No Bill” mark. Many times we see faces from people begging to be voted on the next election.

In this sea of bland walls people put up around them, it is nice to see a few eye-catching ones with intricately drawn characters and words, and I’m not talking about school project murals. I’m talking about works of art on random public walls.

GRAFFITI.

There! I’m trying not to say that word since most people associate it with delinquents, which is actually not if you look closely.

I prefer to see street art than plain blank walls. It amuses me during long boring commutes. I’m also not that naive to want every wall with graffiti on them. If that happens, it would become boring too and people will want blank walls. Everything has its place.

My point is that it’s a great thing to have these anonymous artists shaking the norm and alleviating us from our everyday mundane tasks.

With that said, I was pumped-up to get invited to cover Cebu street artists do live graffiti for an international event called Meeting of Styles. It was a simultaneous event done in several countries, and Cebu was one of the few participating cities in the Philippines along with Manila, Iloilo, and Davao.

I got invited by “Janot” who saw my photos from the Game of Skate event in the Chillage and the recent Zerothreetwo February 2015 release lookbook. I also brought two of my photographer friends, Jomar Retardo and Kaki Gozo.

The UBEC CREW chose Emporium Skatepark’s wide wall for their pieces.

Here are my photos from the event, their final pieces, behind-the-scenes shots of how they work and how a boring wall can become something amazing.

For this set, I chose a vivid style of post-processing to accentuate the colors of the paint, but not too much that it will take away the look that was seen in person especially on the shots of the finished pieces.

Priming

Priming

Caps Fest - different kinds of spray paint caps can produce a variety of desired line widths, spray effects and overall output volume.

Caps Fest – different kinds of spray paint caps can produce a variety of desired line widths, spray effects and overall output volume.

Fellow photographers Kaki, and Jomar.

Fellow photographers Kaki, and Jomar.

Quick sketches.

Quick sketches.

"Resist"

“Resist”

Sam x Soika x Yummy - I was amazed how he used the table top cloth for his character's shirt pattern.

Sam x Soika x Yummy – I was amazed how he used the table top cloth for his character’s shirt pattern.

"BEK"

“BEK”

"Hash"

“Hash”

"Mano"

“Mano”

"CrazyMaggot x Eleven"

“CrazyMaggot x Eleven”

"BART"

“BART”

"Karingkay x Hardchick" - gotta love this duo.

“Karingkay x Hardchick” – gotta love this duo.

"KDLT x ROTTEN"

“KDLT x ROTTEN”

"Armed with a spray can soul" - Coldplay // Hurts Like Heaven

“Armed with a spray can soul” – Coldplay // Hurts Like Heaven

How can people associate this with delinquents? No delinquent will bother to spend a couple of 100php/can for this number of cans.

How can people associate this with delinquents? No delinquent will bother to spend a couple of 100php/can for this number of cans.

Panoramas from start to finish.

Panoramas from start to finish.

TL: Hash ; TR: Eleven ; BL: Mano ; BR: Johgz

TL: Hash ; TR: Eleven ; BL: Mano ; BR: Johgz

Mau x Bek x Janot

Mau x Bek x Janot

TL: Karingkay x Hardchick ; TR: KDLT x ROTTEN ; BL: Resist ; Sam x Soika x Yummy

TL: Karingkay x Hardchick ; TR: KDLT x ROTTEN ; BL: Resist ; Sam x Soika x Yummy

TR: Saike ; BL: Lozo x Adic ; BR: Bart

TR: Saike ; BL: Lozo x Adic ; BR: Bart

Familia

Familia

 

Scott Pacaldo Our ever reliable photographer was out in the streets capturing a little bit of our local culture. Follow him at @eeskaatt.

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