October 28, 2018 by Burgundy Woods
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The ever-evolving culture in San Antonio, Texas is such a fascinating thing. In yet another large stride towards positive growth, street art lately, has been gaining the positive recognition it deserves and many are saying this is set to undoubtedly influence the streetwear industry in San Antonio. We here at Style Lush TV know just how deep the culture of streetwear goes and how art and music play such a factor into not only the fashion but the entire lifestyle. As Street Art takes a front seat in so many verticals in the city, we look forward to what’s next for our streetwear entrepreneurs.
Just this past week, FIESTA San Antonio had their Official 2019 FIESTA Poster Unveiling and to many people’s surprise, the organization decided to do something a little different this year. In a long series of traditions, FIESTA usually holds a contest to see who will be the official poster of the annual celebration. This year, due to FIESTA’s 60th Anniversary, they chose to go in a different direction to stay in tune with what’s current in our ever evolving culture. Los Otros Murals, San Antonio’s leading mural duo, was seen as a perfect choice for a first ever, commissioned design. The original painting, that later became the poster design, was done with spray paint and traditional hand painting techniques that stem from a grassroots graffiti background. When asked to explain the piece, the duo had this to say,
“We were honored to be asked by such a distinguished organization to create the 60th Anniversary Poster. We tried to incorporate all of the time honored traditions, fashions, and colorful imagery we grew up with and love, but then juxtapose our modern Los Otros twist into the design with the girl and her sunglasses.” says, David “Shek” Vega.
The audience loved it, and it was received with much applause and admiration. In no time, patrons of the event went rushing to the merch tents to purchase their Official Los Otros FIESTA merchandise, offered first, exclusively at the event. To get your hands on the first ever commissioned and first ever street art FIESTA fashion visit the site here.
In yet another example of Street Art Culture sweeping the city, news broke out this past month about the new San Antonio Street Art Initiative. The mission is to continue growing the awareness and education about street art & mural culture year round and is led by David “Shek” Vega of Los Otros Murals. The mission statement of the new non-profit reads as follows:
“The San Antonio Street Art Initiative’s goal is to establish a city where street art is abundant and accessible for all residents and visitors to enjoy. Composed of leaders of the the city’s vibrant street arts scene, SASAI’s mission is to introduce and educate the local community about street and mural art and make our city a destination for street art lovers. The initiative focuses on assisting local artists to participate in highly visible community projects that showcase their artwork on a larger scale. SASAI will create educational programs on street art and the San Antonio scene. The initiative will link our community to the global street art scene pulling in the best artists and freshest perspectives here and bringing our artists and the San Antonio vision to the world.
San Antonio believes in community. We seek to build and strengthen a street art community here that extends across all areas, activities and people. Street art makes neighborhoods vibrant. Street art extends the arts community outside the walls of museums, brings people to see new places to live and play, provides fresh perspectives for the young and old.”
This November 3rd, the Official Launch of Phase 1 will occur at the corner of Quincy & St. Mary’s with the unveiling of an incredible painted pillar project, currently in progress and set to be completed by the time of the event. 16 Pillars are being painted by 16 Pillars of the arts community and on November 3rd, the underpass will come to life. Participating artists include: Robert Tatum, Andy Benavides, Alex Rubio, Cruz Ortiz, Joe De La Cruz, James Supa Medrano, Ana Hernandez, Kelly Edwards, Paul Garson, Mike Comp Arguello, Suzy Gonzalez, Angela Fox, Justin Parr, Ed Saavedra, Shek Vega and Nik Soupe.
This project, is privately funded by street art enthusiasts and local business sponsors who support the long term vision. This, being a positive influence on so many levels, especially in not constraining the artist’s design by any guidelines or censorships. This leaves the artists free to paint according to their creative desires and so far, the results have been incredible. This initiative will have multiple phases and many are already saying this is set to become San Antonio’s unofficial/official mural district.
On the fashion beat, the buzz has made investors and entrepreneurs in streetwear incredibly excited. Many say, it will have tremendous positive influence on not only the art community and our City culture, but also the streetwear fashion industry as well.
“I just moved here from California and I can definitely say that having this culture budding here, definitely gives me confidence that my streetwear brand stands a chance of succeeding in this market.” says Rob Dinkler, a streetwear entrepreneur looking to expand his brand.
“All I know is that, seeing all this hype around street art lately, really makes me catch the bug! I used to have a streetwear brand and I gave it up a long time ago when I felt like it wasn’t catching on here. Now, I wanna get involved and I wanna start up my company again. This time, looks like it won’t fail and it’s time to get down again.” -“Sammy Says”, local self taught DJ and reprising streetwear entrepreneur
“The street art of San Antonio is unique and rich with culture and when it comes to our streetwear we feel that it should be the same. Seeing so many blessed artists coming together to make captivating aesthetics in our community is awe inspiring and gives me so much creative inspiration for my designs.” -Christopher Leal, Membership Manager at Geekdom and Streetwear Entrepreneur
Well established Streetwear businesses also stand to gain from this uprise in street art culture. Get to know Inzzo’s Shed Unique Knits, Sole Sneaker Boutique, Sundown United, and Vida and Co. just to name a few, and shop local to continue to support these small businesses.
2017 Streetwear Brand of the Year,Inzzo’s Shed Unique Knits Owner Gilbert Glaster. Photo By Michael Cirlos
For more information on the San Antonio Street Art Initiative, come on out to the launch. 2@M: Music & Murals at Midtown is set for November 3rd, 6pm-11pm under the highway at the corner of Quincy & St. Mary’s Street. Style Lush TV will be hosting an interview station and catching all the street style. Bring your fashionable best and be the first to photoshoot in front of the art! There will be food trucks, music, activities, vendors and of course, the finished pillars by 16 local artists. To support the San Antonio Street Art Initiative 501(c)(3), visit their website and donate at SanAntonioStreetArtInitiative.Org. This genre is truly set for a whole new generation of evolution and growth. See you there!
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