Posts from the Behind The Scenes Category


When We Love Colors brought artist, Txemy, from Spain to paint in Wynwood, I knew it would be an awesome chance to catch up with him while he was painting. Txemy uses vibrant colors and lots of tiny dots that come together to create electric murals. He invented the “Txemy machine,” which is a tube that attaches to a spray can in order to give a detailed spray effect. Txemy painted the front of 212 Gallery and also painted a 3 panel portrait piece for the We Love Colors warehouse. Check out the video above to watch him live in action. To see the video in HD, visit my Vimeo. Click after the jump to see photos from Txemy painting in Wynwood.

Peep my Tumblr for more shots, as always.


3 females and 50+ males. Yup, that was the scene of the set of C#CKFIGHT. After 12 hours of a testosterone infused environment, I was sure able to capture some interesting moments from the making of Julian Yuri Rodriguez’s short film, C#CKFIGHT.

When filmakers Giancarlo Loffredo and Julian Yuri Rodriguez  reached out to me about shooting behind the scenes for a new short film, I was excited. Knowing Julian, and learning about the treatment (written by him and Ariel Castro), I  knew this wouldn’t be your average movie set. Commissioned by Borscht Film Festival and filmed on location in Miami, C#CKFIGHT was a sketchy movie set, to say the least. With shirtless Cuban men, broken beer bottles and “bath salts” surfacing the venue, I was sure to dress appropriately.

The first cut of the film premiered at The Borscht Film Festival on December 15th. It was amazing to see the film on the big screen, as I had specifically decided that I wouldn’t see it during the editing phases. Uncomfortable, suspenseful and shocking…… I suggest you keep a lookout for other chances to see a screening of C#CKFIGHT. Until then, you can see a teaser of the film, here.

If anyone who participated on set would like photos, please e-mail me, Jenny, at

-love & light.


The art / the festivities

My absolute favorite time of the year. Everyone is in town, the weather is perfect, the vibes are just right. Although I spent a lot of time outside catching up with the street artists, I still managed to check out a decent portion of the fairs. As usual, the official Art Basel show at the convention center was incredible, 1 day just isn’t enough. This year I had the chance to check out Design Miami, which was brilliant. A lot of futuristic and conceptual furniture that just blew my mind. The best part was the Snarkitecture installation, those bright cylinder like structures pictured above. I felt like I was hanging out in Super Mario Land. Despite its criticism for holding an unauthorized Banksy exhibition, Art Miami had a good balance between old and contemporary works. I also really enjoyed Scope and Fountain.

It seems as though each year that Art Basel is in Miami, it becomes more and more overwhelming. I prefer to let the photos do the talking, see you next year!
– love and light


The streets

Highly rated for upper-class vacations, beautiful women, expensive property and damn good Cuban food, but ridiculed for tacky fashion, poor transportation and bad manners, it seems that most people who are “just visiting” Miami, tend to have a love/hate relationship with it. Art Basel is the one time of the year, aside from Ultra Music Festival, that brings in heaps of strange visitors. Having lived here for 5 years, i’ve been able to witness a great change in the kinds of people that come to town during Art Basel week. Originally, Art Basel attracted a wealthy group of art collectors and enthusiasts, but as the small neighborhood of “Wynwood” has developed, accompanied by a variety of art fairs in Midtown Miami, there has been an influx of incredible street artists who visit during the time of Art Basel week. This is my type of party.

Growing up, I indulged myself in the origins of hip-hop. I remember sneaking out to attend b-boy jams, idolizing DJ QBert, and practicing my handstyle all over my homework (I used to write ZESCT), all by the age of 15. I would stay up late learning about the respected DJs and writers, and discovered some of my favorite musicians and artists to date. Dondi White was the first writer who really made me fall in love with graffiti.Looking up to works by Dondi, Zephyr, Futura, Skeme and Saber, it comes as no surprise that i’ve always loved street art.

Wynwood, with the help of Tony Goldman, Jonathon Levine and wealthy gallery owners, has developed from a warehouse district/low income neighborhood to a vibrant town with restaurants, 80 art galleries, bars… and guess what, the walls are plastered with stuff ART. It’s a “hip” place to be. I know what you are already thinking. Gentrification? Despite the change in the neighborhood and the hype that money and art brings, I believe that there is no place on earth like Wynwood. Although I do believe that street art applies only in context, I like to think of Wynwood as an outdoor art gallery. Most of the international street artists who visit to paint on huge walls are surrounded by other painted walls, among even more painted walls. I guess to a street art afficiando, it sort of loses its excitement when a mural isn’t standing alone in its environment. There is nothing better than walking on dull block, only to turn the corner and see a beautiful mural. You don’t really feel this way in Wynwood, instead, you sort of expect it.

For me, it doesn’t devalue the works that are here in my backyard. What a privilege it is to see such high caliber street art on a normal basis. We are so lucky to have 10 blocks worth of a free museum. I love riding my bike around looking for new pieces, as they come and go so quickly. While on my bike during Art Basel week, I ran into legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper. What an honor to hang out with Martha. I gave her a bicycle tour to downtown, where we hopped on the lift with Shepard Fairey as he finished his collaboration piece with (another graffiti legend), Risk. Thanks to Car2Go for hooking up Martha with a car, we were able to get around even faster the next day. After kicking it with Martha for a little, I continued my rounds hanging out with some of my favorite artists as they painted. I bumped into my longtime Flickr friend (and inspiration), Futura, and shared a cup of tea with Kenny Scharf. Not only did I get to document some of my favorite artists and meet new ones,  but I also assisted the talented Jose Mertz on a mural completed entirely in marker ( blog post on that soon ;] ) – All in a week’s work!

From countless cafe con leches, flat land bike rides, and my fair share of witnessing thong wearing bums and face eating zombies (kidding)…. Miami is a pretty exciting city. So please keep in mind, the next time you come to Miami, venture away from South Beach. I promise there is more to Miami than Wet Willies and the Versace Mansion.

Just don’t forget to buy your totally tourist “I’m in Miami Bitch,” shirt. Kenny Scharf brought his over to Wynwood ;]

The artists featured in the images above are: Annie Preece, La Pandilla, LNY, Risk, Shepard Fairey, Gaia, Santiago Rubino & Hoxxoh, Maka, Rone, MOMO, Anthony Lister, Pixel Pancho, Never, Ever, How & Nosm, VHILS, Faith 47, DALeast. Feel free to leave me a comment if you are trying to identify an artist.

Check out my tumblr to see more outtakes from “the streets.”These are just a small fraction of the new works that went up during Art Basel, I will continue to photograph and update weekly on tumblr.

Shout out to Living Walls for selecting (as always) the best of the best street artists – such great people. Kief, for always being a great help and positive force. And Car2Go for being the most efficient way (besides a bicycle) to get around urban Miami.

PS- I’m really happy to introduce my new blog with this post. I used to write journal entries on my blog, which sadly was shutdown last year. I feel I have had a lot of built up writing material and I just can’t wait to share it to an audience. It feels great to actually write again. Thank you for reading, i’ll be posting a lot more……

love and light –