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The Artist Process: A Day at 5 Pointz

(Marthalicia Matarrita, Artist)

There's something special about art. It makes you feel a million different ways depending on how the light is, your mood, vibrancy of the colors, or timbre of sound. I felt GREAT at "The Artist Process".
A few Sunday's ago, I went out to 5 PointZ in Queens, a safe haven for graffiti artists to show their skill. On this particular day, live artist, Marthalicia Matarrita brought together 16 of her live art friends, joined them with an impressive array of emcees, and accompanied by break dancers that freaked the streets. All this was to put together for her film, "The Artist Process" a documentary she is filming, which aims to let viewer into the daily lives of various artists culminating with a group mural at 5 Pointz.

On that particular day, I thought I'd be a fool not to bring my Flip video and see what I could catch, even though I had no idea what to do with the footage I had yet to capture. Once I was on the scene my eyes were assaulted by COLOR, my nose and mind welcomed the faint smell of baked goods and spray paint in the air. On deck with paint stained hands and clothes, and using whatever they could to make a personal imprint on their portion of the mural, I feasted on the work of acclaimed artists like Tatu, Lichiban, Ben Rojas, John Smalls and more!

As I walked down further, I see break dancers and lil' kid break dancers doing wild handstands and spins. Then, I walk down abit further and The Lo-Rider Mexican Pride bike club stopped by to support the film and let people take photos of their L.A inspired customized bicycles. Just when I thought there couldn't be any more to painting a mural, there were artists of the microphone persuasion, like Spills feat. Felecia Cruz, Coole High, Varyous Ways, The Bronx Über Villain, MC Broke, Dyalekt, Spill feat. Felecia Cruz and more! They performed on the ground, on ladders, on fire escapes, a very enthusiastic emcee named Warren Britt RAN throughout the WHOLE crowd while rockin' his song! It was a truly successful marriage of all the elements of Hip Hop.

That brings me to the footage...What to do? I thought about it and talked to The Bronx Über Villain, host of "A Monthly Bondfire" (a Mic open and Concert Series that I co-host) where we've also started showing short films about the artists that support us and help Bondfire grow. Marthalicia is the epitome of that, she is the resident live artist at every Bondfire show. I said "Yo, why don't we put this together and surprise Martha?" and that's what we did.
Here's the video:

You can keep up with the progress of the "The Artist Process" documentary and see her reaction to our surprise on her blog:

Its a wonderful life.

(My pic: "Shorty on Chrome" of the Lo-Rider Mexican Pride Bike Cub)

Visit Marthalicia:

footage by: TK ( edited by: Conscious (

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