By: Celeste Umaña, age 12
The word ‘thrill’ is defined in the dictionary as, “a sudden feeling of excitement or pleasure,” but for me (and maybe any other person who has been a street artist for at least a day) ‘thrill’ is an emotion that consumes almost every part of your body when you’re out being a street artist. The constant feeling of adrenaline and a little bit of fear or worry is what drives you to work, and to work quick. Anything can be a canvas, from the tiniest rock to say maybe, a container. Yes, containers. The Container Yard is an extraordinary sight with so much color, sound, and life to it. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a large space with massive containers, but there is so much more to it.
A well-known, talented and respected street artist by the name of “Vyal” was going to be giving the Las Fotos Project a tour of The Container Yard. I really didn’t think it could get any better, but I was most definitely wrong. The art work that the artist creates is beyond imaginable, and even better, it holds significance. Street art was not, and is still not, just graffiti and gang signs. It is a way to go against the violence represented in some art, and is instead a way to send messages to try and make a community feel safe from violence. Police and other government officials don’t stop to notice the difference between the two and don’t see the change that the street artists are making just because they had to do one or two wrongs to do so many rights.
We obey the law no matter what and are expected to accept anything and everything that comes our way, right? No! Those of us, like street artists, decide that it is our job to make a stand and to do something about the way we want to live OUR own lives. Even though we shouldn’t have to let other people do that for us, because we live in a free society, but it has to become more equal.
So, the Las Fotos Project Summer crew decided to become street artists for the day. We made signs and flyers and posted them up with messages we wanted to get across to people walking on the streets. We wanted to show how self-love and street art could be associated together. After exploring The Container Yard, we took a quick pit stop for lunch at Pizzanista and continued with our mission. We were excited to know how it feels to be street artists and a little rebellious in doing something maybe a little wrong. Thankfully nothing went wrong, but you can never be too careful and there’s no guarantee that you’ll be as lucky every time. I don’t know about everyone else, but I think it’s safe to say that we were all feeling ‘thrill’ and were having so much fun. I now know how it feels to be a street artist and understand more about what it means to be a street artists.