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The 4th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle
and “Come to Conquer” Graffiti Series
Features the West Coast’s Top Graffiti Artists in One Day Competition


September 13, 2010 (OAKLAND, CA) – Graffiti living legend Estria Miyashiro presents the 4th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle (EIGB), a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. The battle will be held on Sunday October 3, 2010, from 11am-5pm, at DeFremery Park (aka Little Bobby Hutton Park), on 16th and Adeline St. in West Oakland, CA. The event will feature 20 of the West Coast’s top graffiti artists competing for the title of the nation’s best of the best. Within the six hour span of the festival, 8’ x 10’ foot murals will be created by each artist, and judged by respected writers Crayone-TWS, Nate1-MPC, and Estria. Leading up to the day of the battle a series of events under the theme “Come To Conquer”, will include The Can Film Festival, Pecha Kucha Night Oaksterdam: Graffiti vs Street Art, and the launch of a nationwide art show Rough Sketch, (details below).

“We are committed to keeping the battle a long standing tradition in the arts community. Not only do we want to promote visual art as a positive alternative for youth, but we want to promote change within the art form itself. By showcasing different styles from around the country we’re also promoting gender, sexual, racial and class equality in Hip Hop and the visual arts”, says Estria Miyashiro (EIGB founder).

EIGB has also partnered with the Life Is Living Festival (www.lifeisliving.org) for the 4th year, promoting a healthy, and sustainable lifestyle in under-served communities. The festival includes a concert, dance contest, skate park, youth poetry, and more. It is expected to draw over 5,000 youth, families, and community members.

Submissions for artists to compete in this year’s battle are still being considered, contact: estriabattle@gmail.com.

Come to Conquer Graffiti Series 2010 Event Schedule:

9/30 Thurs – The Can Film Festival
6PM: FREE
1:AM Gallery, 1000 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Featured Films – Dirty Hands (including Q & A with Director Harry Kim), and Beat Street.

10/1 Fri – Pecha Kucha Night Oaksterdam: Graffiti Verses Street Art
7PM: $10 donation at the door includes 2 drink tickets, 21+ over
Oaksterdam, 1600 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Featuring presentations by: Estria, 1:AM SF, Dream TDK (non mural work), 808 Urban, Trust Your Struggle, Angry Woebot, and Nicole Martinez on their history and perspective on graffiti and street art.

10/2 Sat – Rough Sketch Opening Reception for National Art Show
6PM-12AM: FREE
Pueblo Nuevo Gallery, 1828 San Pablo Ave #1, Berkeley, CA 94702
Featuring many artists from past Estria Invitational Graffiti Battles
Show runs Oct. 1-24

10/3 Sun – 4th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle at Life Is Living Festival 11AM-5PM: FREE
DeFremery Park (aka Little Bobby Hutton Park), 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Featuring 20 of the top graffiti artists in the West Coast
Activities include: Sketch book battle for youth, t-shirt stencil workshop, Graffiti Photo Booth, artists signing

10/3 Sun – EIGB Official After Party
9PM: FREE
Liege Spirits Lounge, 481 9th Street Oakland, CA 94607

Social networking links to connect with: www.facebook.com/EstriaInvitationalGraffitiBattle
www.twitter.com/estriabattle
*twitter mentions use: #estriabattle

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*All media, photographers, and videographers must be registered by Friday, September 24, to receive a press badge for the events. Please contact catherine@papalodown.com for your confirmation.


download EIGB flyer here:
front: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estria_murals/4951861119/
back: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estria_murals/4952452570/

About Estria: Estria Miyashiro is an influential leader of San Francisco’s “Golden Age” of graffiti. He began spray painting in Hawai’i in 1984 and has since painted hundreds of murals worldwide, pioneered a variety of painting techniques, and is one of the originators of the stencil tip. Estria also teaches graffiti classes, and lectures at universities on graffiti´s social and political impact, and is the co-founder of the annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, founded in 2007. Estria also co-founded Visual Element, a free mural workshop to empower youth through art. www.estria.com

About Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle: The Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle is a national, traveling, one-day, urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. The Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle encourages participants to find new ways of communicating social issues through graffiti and Hip Hop culture. www.estriabattle.com

Event Sponsors: Hard Knock Radio (KPFA FM), MTN Spray Paints, 1:AM Gallery, Pueblo Nuevo Gallery, Oaksterdam,  and Samurai Graphix.

Press Coordinator:
Catherine Judge
catherine@papalodown.com
415-412-4674


Sponsorship Contact:
Paloma Belara
paloma@papalodown.com
415-992-1428

Volunteer Contact:
Kim Ganade-Torres
estriabattle@gmail.com
415-341-7047