Graffiti At The Center Of The Globe – GraffTour11: Ecuadoron August 8th, 2012 at 3:34 am
Graffiti At The Center Of The Globe – Graff-Tour11: Ecuador
Written by Tameekatime
During Cortes‘ most recent Graff-tour to Puerto Rico, he painted with Puerto Rican graff writers, Bad6 and Mr. Dad. While painting, Cortes met a graffiti artist named Gro. Cortes and Gro both live in New York and are of South American descent. Gro’s family is from Ecuador and Cortes’ family is from Colombia. Gro has a crew in Ecuador called MFC (Masters of the Funk Crew). His crew was organizing a graffiti summit in Quito and invited Cortes, Bad6 & Mr. Dad to attend.
In April of 2010, Cortes and Gro flew from New York to Ecuador while Bad6 and Mr. Dad flew from Puerto Rico to Ecuador. This graff-tour marks the first time Cortes paints in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ecuador wraps itself around the equator. It’s the absolute spot where all the directions collide. Ecuador is bordered by Colombia on the North, Peru on the East and South, and by the Pacific Ocean to the West. The equator passes through Ecuador just to the north of Quito. Ecuador is not only known for being in the center of the earth, it’s also known for The Galápagos Islands.
During this graff-tour the weather in Quito was brisk and varied from sunny to rainy, but the most startling thing about the environment was the altitude. Quito is about 9,200 feet (2,820 meters) above sea level. This high altitude results in colder weather and more intense UV radiation. Abrupt changes in elevation cause altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can result in insomnia, headaches, and nausea. Some of the artists who weren’t used to the thinness of the air suddenly suffered dizzy spells. At one point a couple of artists required a break with oxygen masks to help them breathe.
Once everyone settled and got used to the altitude. It was time for the 1st Annual SOUTH AMERICA / SUDAMERICA Graffiti Meeting of 2010. The event was hosted from April 2nd to the 4th. The paint for the event was supplied by Ecuadorian paint brand Seyer. The event required two murals to be painted; one was an individual piece and the other was a group collaboration. More than 50 artists from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Brazil and the U.S. met to exhibit their artistic abilities and creativity. The hosts and organizers of the event were members of the Collective Masters of the Funk Crew (MFC) in association with the Northern Zonal Administration of the Metropolitan District of Quito.