Today, I decided to take some spray paint to La Candelaria where the walls are coated in slick colors of paint. I’d been itching to try it myself ever since getting here and so I was excited to finally do it today. It turned out to be more of an adventure than I first imagined because 1) the rules about graffiti are fickle 2) one of my pieces got painted over within 10 minutes of completing it 3) I got to half a 20 minute conversation with a group of smiling police who very unconvincingly scolded me for painting the walls.
I painted four pieces in total today and it was fantastic! The red/orange/yellow shape in the back, the girl on the right and in front are three of them. What a concept that the walls were my canvas! It was truly liberating.
Here’s a picture of me and my new police friend, Lenis, who told me that I needed to bring him a traditional Japanese hat (?!) when I came back to Bogota next time and gave me his cell phone number.