My first try at graffiti in Bogota!

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.


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. Abigail

    I love this. And the art is beautiful. Keep the posts coming. 😀

  2. So cool! So graffiti is… allowed? Or “allowed” if you know what I mean. My guess is that you didn’t just happen to run into the most friendly police officers, but that the culture there makes your art perfectly okay. Did you get photos of any of your other pieces?

    • Yeah it seems like it’s “allowed” 😉 There are two pieces behind the music one that I did…one with a girl with rainbow highlights saying “queer love” and the other is to the left of it.

      Thanks for commenting Andrew 😉 I’ve been reading your blog too! Good stuff!

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