by Jill Holslin
There’s some new color on Iowa Street this week. A couple of weeks ago, a crew of artists threw up some scaffolding and covered the Thrift Trader buildings on 3937 and 3939 Iowa Street in San Diego’s North Park with vibrant graffiti pieces. And so, our already hip little neighborhood just got even cooler.
The effort was the result of a reunion of the TVC Crew, The Vicious Cycle, whose members came from all over the US and Canada.
Local artist Eyemax Threedee told me a little bit about the artists who came for the piece. “Yeah, well, it was the TVC reunion, so they all just came, and yeah. Kwest came from Canada, Drugs came from LA, Hassler, he’s kind of like the Soray guy, Chams was here from HEM crew–he’s old school. Brisk from Tribal, Kuya from Tribal, they’re all from TVC. Nobody was allowed to paint unless they were from TVC. Sonar from Texas, and then Shug was from New Mexico, then there was Prose from here, Hassler’s from here…
“The reunion was already happening,” artist Chams explained to me, ”and we were going to paint something. And so, since Eyemax had access to a big wall, he got it for us. He’s a good guy.”
“If I got a wall, I give it up to my friends. And we’re not done yet. We’re gonna paint the front of the building eventually.”
“Painting with Augor, he’s from MSK,” says Eyemax, “was the highlight of my day.”
Eric, a Thrift Trader employee, told me that Saturday morning May 7, about 30 guys showed up with spray cans in hand, and they painted the whole building in just two days. And the new art is a big hit. Eric eagerly gave me a tour of the east side of the building, a role he’s getting used to now. Dozens of people are stopping by to photograph the art daily. A few days ago, a couple of police officers rolled up, and raved about how fantastic the artwork looks.
There’s something for everyone here. According to Frank Kole, owner of Urban Body Gym on the other side of Iowa, “It looks even better at night. The paint around the faces lights up and looks really great.”
Click here for more of my photos of the Thrift Trader pieces on Flickr
Thanks for coming to my neighborhood, guys. Glad to have you!