Saturday, January 26, 2008

Art or Vandalism?

According to El Paso's graffiti has become an increasing issue among citizens and politicians alike. While I would agree that graffiti can at times be a sight for soar eyes, it may also be original forms of pop-art and culture. In my opinion people need to differentiate themselves with gang-related graffiti and what is now known as "street art". While gang-related graffiti is used to mark territory and show honor to a gang, street art on the contrary is used as means of artistic expression. The street artist I do know personally all say that they are contributing to a new rising art movement. I'm sure driving around El Paso people have noticed "Elma the Giraffe" or the "Androgynous Face" posted in random places. Now while these postings may be aesthetically appealing to some, they have become a nuisance for others. In order to deal with this "problem" I propose that we do what major metropolitan cities have done, that is have designated graffiti spots for artist.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Which one?

I have put myself in a dilemma, well if you can call it a dilemma. My good friends Jackie and Sonny have invited me to live with them in Austin this summer. I know most are probably thinking, "Living in Austin doesn't sound like a dilemma!" but wait there's more (cue dramatic orchestral number.) I haven't told my best friend Berny yet. The original plan was for her and I to live together in San Antonio this summer. We both would work full time during the duration of the summer, and in the fall we would go back to school in San Antonio. Now don't get me wrong, San Antonio seems like a nice place to raise a family and from what I've heard they have some excellent schools. But if your a big fan of anything artsy-fartsy, like me, then Austin is probably a better choice. I don't know how exactly I'm going to tell Berny yet, but I should probably get it over with.

P.S. Last Saturday I had mentioned that I worked for a Fashion Label Phar-Out last summer. The pictures above are some samples. These cardigans where hand selected by Urban Outfitters for the Re-construction label and are being sold in select stores nation wide.