What’s Crackin’: Illegal Art Edition

Illegal? Art: Las Cruces, NM


The Road To New Mexico

This week What’s Crackin’ was in full representation at the 3rd Annual Illegal Art Show in Las Cruces, NM. The journey started off by flying to Los Angeles where I met up with producer Eraserfase. We hung out in the studio and I got to catch a glimpse of his new visual set that would make the most seasoned hippy have acid flashbacks. We laughed, we drank, we yelled.

The next morning we piled in the car along with graffiti writer Hydra Oner and visual artist Armand. We took off on the twelve hour drive from LA to NM. One gets loopy on long drives, so ridiculous jokes were made and lots of In N Out burgers were consumed. We arrived in the wee hours of the morning in Las Cruces to drink beers and pass out at crazy man/dope emcee Mine+Us safehouse along with his talkative cat. After a quick sleep session filled with drunken nightmares, we awoke to eat some authentic SouthWest Mexican food. My body is not used to green chile which is incorporated into every dish made in the state. After stuffing ourselves with enchiladas and burritos, the chiles took effect and everyone hit the bathroom one after another for sweet stinky suffering.

The Illegal Art Show

For those that don’t know, the small town of Las Cruces is somewhat of a street art mecca. Most of the locals find pride in the locally made art, and the community is very welcome to graffiti. The structure of the show incorporated local businesses that agree to let artists to do pieces on their walls. When the public arrived at the art gallery, they would receive a map of GPS locations where the live murals were taking place, they could then cruise around the town and observe the writers in their natural habitats (covered in paint).

The graff writers took to hitting the walls around town and beginning their pieces. The gallery was set up with some amazing canvas, and we got visuals and sound set up to rock the night properly. In the evening after the writers finished their pieces outside, the place filled up with a passionate art community, consisting of people from all over North America there to support one another.

The music performances started out with local poet Stanza and DJ Nervous. Beat boxing phenom Mike 360 took the stage with handmade vocal synthesizers and loop tapes. He actually had a microphone installed in a respirator for ultimate VOX manipulation. The crowd was in awe with the creativity. Def-I took the stage with hard hitting boom-bap hip hop from the Southwest and got the crowd moving.

From Des Moines, Iowa a great performer named Asphate rocked like a champ and got the girlies dancing. He was followed by Mine+Us who stole the show, not to mention was half responsible for putting on this event with Saba Wear. After Mine+Us killed it like the stage vet he is, producer Eraserfase wowed the audience with his hard hitting instrumental set littered with rapid fire rhymes and accompanied by the DMT trip visuals behind him.

After the instrumental set, a local Samba line took the stage and the place was hopping. I was pretty nervous to go on after such awesome sets, but I swallowed my pride with a few more drinks and hit the stage to share my art. The set was accepted, and the after hours were filled with many props and respect.

Now the event is over, the gallery is being cleaned and taken down, but the graffiti pieces around the city will still stand, at least until next year. Again, major thanks to Saba Wear, Mine+Us, the West End Art Depot and everyone else that had to do with this art festival. Now it is time to eat enough green chile to taint my poop for weeks, and hit the road!

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