July 2013

LowCard Magazine #48

Few months back Meme and Erin Ashford teamed up on another one of their interesting and artsy photo shoots with some of the F&F women as models in a “girl bar fight”. Read more HERE We have our first Ad out to promote our store in the latest LOWCARD make sure to pick up a magazine for the unseen images from this shoot!! Check out LowCards Store Here


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Hops in Israel

Five weeks ago HOPS packed up her bags once again and set out on an adventure. This weeks destination- Israel. She flew into New York City where she met up with her sister and Disco Bryso, a well known NYC graffiti photographer, and the three of them had two days to do New York proper before Hops and her sister jumped over seas.

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Disco, being the gracious host that he is, let Hops rock a piece on the roof of his building and Hops’ sister- now also known as Tato or Tatie Faye- helped in the way of handing off cans, holding ladders, and eating pizza. Fun was had by all, but soon enough it was time to head back to the airport.
Hops and Tatie Faye met up with the rest of their travel group and left the airport in Tel Aviv heading towards the Sea of Galilee in the northern part of the country. Two qualities instantly stuck out about Isreal- beautiful, and hotter than hell. After spending a few days hiking, exploring, and staying on a Kibbutz, they moved south to Jerusalem- one of the oldest and most historically significant cities in the world. Here Hops met up with her dear friend Risto, who took her to a skate park to bust out a quick piece and led her to the best falafel spot in all of Israel.

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Continuing the journey south, the group headed off to the Negev Desert where they stayed at a Bedoin camp, slept under the stars, rode camels, and watched the sun rise over Jordan and the Dead Sea. There were no walls to paint in the desert, but it was the most beautiful place in the world.
Eventually it was time to head back to Tel Aviv and get ready to fly home. One last day at the beach led Hops to an abandoned warehouse sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Armed with paint from Capzoola, and the great company of an English major from Ithaca, Hops got to rock a silver as a final good bye to Israel.
Four flights, two days, and one near denunciation and extradition from Italy, and Hops was back in Seattle already planning a return trip to the most beautiful place on earth.

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The Estria Battle kick starter

Today is the last day to help lend a hand to a good cause!! Give a few bucks to help make this event happen!!

On October 12th, The Estria Battle will bring more than 6,000 people to Oakland’s DeFremery Park to watch some of the true masters of spray can art create paintings focused on positive themes.


The Estria Battle is presented in partnership with Youth Speaks at the Life Is Living Festival. More than 50 food justice, environmental, and legal aid groups participate, drawing a broad cross-section of the community. We build a series of events around the Battle that become Oakland’s celebration of public art rooted in positivity, and social justice.

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The Estria Battle and Festival is a program of The Estria Foundation. Our mission is to create art in public spaces locally and globally. We collaborate with communities on creative projects that raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to advance culture and to resolve human and environmental issues.

Our team brings decades of experience in art making, community organizing, education, and social justice activism. We’re proud to work with artists, activists, community partners, and attendees to make the Estria Battle an unforgettable experience.

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Afghanistan’s Girl Skaters – Kabul 2012 from Skateistan on Vimeo.

Skateistan began as a Kabul-based Afghan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and is now an International non-profit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds.

Skateistan aims to always be an innovative social project with quality.
-We work with youth ages 5-18.
-Over 50% of our students are streetworking children.
-Nearly 40% of our students are girls.

From July 8th-14th, as a part of the Summer 2013 “Keep Skateistan Rolling” drive, we will release two new videos which give you a glimpse into the daily lives of the amazing youth we work with at our project sites in Kabul, Afghanistan and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The video stories also give you an idea of how your donations provide new opportunities and enrich the lives of Skateistan’s students, especially the skater girls in Afghanistan and Cambodia.



Through my Eyes – Faranas from Skateistan on Vimeo.

Skateboarding is simply “the hook” for engaging with hard-to-reach young people (ages 5-18). Skateistan’s development aid programs work with growing numbers of marginalized youth through skateboarding, and provide them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs. Skateistan has expanded its activities to include skateboard aid projects and skateparks for Cambodian youth, a grassroots street-level program in Pakistan, and a state-of-the-art learning/skateboarding centre in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan.

In Kabul, Skateistan’s participants come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and include 40% female students, hundreds of streetworking children, and youth with disabilities. In our skatepark and classrooms they develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts, exploring topics such as environmental health, culture/traditions, natural resources, and peace. The students themselves decide what they want to learn – we connect them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important.

Since Skateistan began in 2007 we’ve found that youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women to lead their communities toward social change and development.


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The Paintyard San Antonio: Content Under Pressure 2013

Look for us in the video!

Content Under Pressure was first created in 2012 by The Paint Yard as an outlet to showcase local and nationwide artistic and musical talents at a festival in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Our motive is to shed light on and give local artists , both visual and musical, an outlet to create works of art alongside well-known and established mural and musical artists from around the Nation. In only one month, we took the first annual CUP event from the planning stages to a successful event. With major talents from New York, Colorado, and California, Florida, Illinois, Puerto Rico, and even Spain; CUP 2012 drew in a crowd of close to 1000 attendees and an online audience of nearly 4000 viewers
CUP 2013 is planned and expected to be twice as large as CUP 2012, with around 2000 people at the event and 6000 viewing event photos, videos, and blog posts following the event. The event will feature about 20 well-known artists coming in from Illinois, Indiana, California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, many other areas of the country, and few international artists. There will also be musical performances, a gallery reception, a meet & greet pre-party, panels/workshops, and food vendors within the two block event grounds.​
DVD coming soon!!

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