I thought it was only fitting that we posted something about Estria, especially since he is the man of the exhibit for “Don’t Sweat Technique: Ode to Spraycan” as well as doing an excellent job on keeping us informed about the artists he assembled for the show and the battle (check out his blog to see his pictures and interviews with them here).
ABOUT ESTRIA and HIS GRAFFITI BATTLE
Estria began spray painting in Hawai’i in 1984 and has since painted hundreds of murals. He was an influential leader of the “Golden Age” of graffiti (1980’s) in San Francisco. He garnered national attention with his arrest for graffiti in 1994 appearing in CNN, the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and the National Enquirer. Since then, he has taught classes and lectured atuniversities on graffiti’s social and political impact. He has also served the community through his non-profit cultural work for over 28 years. Estria’s life work has been to build and advance community through mural projects. Currently, his focus is on positively impacting the graffiti culture over the next 20 years.
The Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle (EIGB) is a national urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the hip-hop arts. Partnered with Youth Speaks, EIGB is a part of the Life Is Living Festival. The goals of the battle is to promote public visual art as
a positive alternative for youth from the hardships of inner city life and to promote gender, racial and class equality in hip-hop. EIGB helps the general public understand graffiti as the most impacting visual art form, having gone worldwide in less than 20 years.