Barshawlona x The Art is Trash

I couldn’t even believe my eyes. Here I am 7 years later walking the streets of #barshawlona (my home). My heart beats feverishly out of my chest of with loads of joy. Déjà vu like whoa. It’s even more special because I have the reign to showcase my city to my lover for his first time. All the feels of feels being felt.

Honestly, it has taken me a little bit of time to even begin to digest everything that I have just encountered and experienced. First with my fellowship and then post fellowship adventures in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. I’ve hardly scratched the surface and don’t quite know what to share first and/or what medium to share on.

I’ve found that face to face conversations have barely even covered my true experience. The questions have been basic and straight forward … I let the other person lead the conversation and get their questions squared away before launching into my own topics of choice.

Today I want to share with you the art life on the streets [in Barcelona]. The thing that makes everyday the best day ever and one day better than the next is the urban lifestyle of being on the streets and wandering through different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has a unique sense of architecture, persona demonstrated through retail shops/ bodegas and overall vibe. Leading yourself left and right and through and straight straight … taking you on a new sense of adventure every turn. You experience the noise of a variety of languages vibrating in your eardrums. And seeing how to capture the moment with even a half sense of what it feels to be physically present.

While studying abroad in 2011, I enrolled in a Photojournalism class. After learning 101 abilities with our hand held point and shoot cameras we were to hit the streets of Barcelona. Our teacher Photo Fred enlightening us that the true life of Barcelona is on the streets, witnessing the people and interactions. Assignment 1 : create a Photo essay. Sounds simple enough, pick a time and a day to go out and collectively take a series of related photos (5 to 7) that will tell a story.

☆ being the over achieving Michigan student I was … I wrote a 4 page essay and had the photos to share as well.

Low and behold, the “photo essay” was truly just meant to be photos and no words. (Insert- monkey with face over eyes emoji). With seeing the photos the viewer was able to understand a story or the photographers point of perspective. LOL. Needless to say I did get an A on assignment 1 & lesson learned for assignment 2 … no worded essay necessary.

Taking the photo journalism very seriously I spent the semester working on my photo skills. It worked to my advantage as I could use the photos for my Journalism 2.0 class as well. The class was all about best practices for blogging and creating quality content.

Long story long … because I can’t help myself but to share all of the details and back story. Scroll back up and take a look at the first photo, and now scroll back down and see this photo from 7 years ago March 2011 taken by my Verizon Wireless Blackberry.

Do you notice any similarities ?

One day when walking home from school alone I came across this comical ” piece of art ” by the garbage can. It cracked me up. While it meant something for a short while, the image escaped my mind for years to come.

Before my euro trip I purchased a new camera to improve the quality of my photography skills. As it has been a hot minute since my days of photo Fred class. A cool thing we learned when booking our AirBnb for Barc was that they now offer “experiences”. We signed up for a session for Photography & Street Art of El Raval, a neighborhood that has been gentrified since I was last in barc.

Flash forward the artist that resonated with me 7 years ago is a featured artist at Base Elements gallery. Base Elements gallery was the final stop on our “photography and street art tour of el raval”. The artist’s name is Francisco De Pajaro! My man. I’m sure you find this as cool as I do. He is an emerging older artist who is taking the streets as his bitch. Unfortunately he was in Valencia when we were in town and did not get the opportunity to meet him. We happily purchased a piece of his to add to our art collection.

I’ve been having many full circle moments recently. I believe that if you live your truth you will be more mindful of how many full circle moments appear to your consciousness.

Do you. Refresh your skills. Re learn to excel.

Keep on…

Livin The Life,

Barshawlona

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YAP  = YOUNG AND PRETTY

2 U = to you  – this is how you perceive it

YAP2U – what is young and what is pretty is all relative

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FLASH TATS

The last six weeks of my life have been enamored with FLASH TATS ! I am an avid user of Tumblr and through some scrolling saw #FlashTats on a blog ages ago. The imagery stuck with me a temporary tattoo for trendy trinas !  aka the baddest betch or just an adult who wants to have their day brightened !

FLASH TATS! FLASH TATS! FLASH TATS ! The best way to pump up your day! wpid-snapchat-20140909084548.jpg

#InformativeInteresting this post will provide you with both types of information ! My pensive self is photo’d and you can see the #FlashTats covering my fore arm. This series of FlashTats is a made up of a mixture of different FlashTats cut up and re-arranged.

First Flash Tats San Francisco , Aug 7 2014

First Flash Tats
San Francisco  Aug 7 2014

HiGH FIVE – this photo on the right was taken at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco , CA  on a Friday afternoon. HIGH FIVE #tgif ! 

> Outside Lands 2014 took place during the first weekend of August 2014 in the Golden Gate Park. August 8th through Sunday the 10th.  The bracelet charm duo shines bright at #OSL14 !

  • Mani Cam – princesses rule OPI 

At the festival it felt like a majority of female attendees supported at least one #flashtat on her limbs, body or fayce.

#ChildOfTheWild x #FlashTat released a limited edition

#RealTalk

#RealTalk

#RealTalk

when strolling the Richmond area of San Francisco we walked to the 22nd block and found ourselves at the door step of Fabulous Nails Spa ! WOW ! We entered and were impressed by the green tea & clean zen atmosphere. I picked pinking of you OPI !  Spotted here in the photo on the left. a THUMBS UP for Fabulous Nails, Flash Tats and San Francisco !

Supporting my WHiTE Frendz headphones compliments of Gilt.com

FTC : For The City snapback hat purchased at the Haight Street Location, San Francisco, CA. 

All Black Everything

#DoITforDetroit #FlashTats #DiamondLyfe

#DoITforDetroit #FlashTats #DiamondLyfe

Located in The Nichols Arboretum , Ann Arbor, MI  123 acres of pure nature. I highly recommend a walk/run adventure in this sacred space. What will you find here is that nature runs far and wide , a variety of areas for resting and relaxing, stone steps and  people playing frisbee.

Photo’d an arm band of flash tats and the front side of the FTC Snapback. I was attached to the FTC shop on Haight – cuz i like to put on for my city – DETROIT.

Lean & Green  #Motivation Monday

Lean & Green #Motivation Monday

On the right : Cheers! to a Motivation Monday  with a green drink that was pressed from a central fugal juicer at the GlassBox Coffee Shop on South University, Ann Arbor, MI.  Going to this shop right when it opens in the morning is important to me because the juicer should be the least contaminated by other ingredients ( I have an oral sensitivity to certain fruits & vegetables) .

Spotted : arrow flash tats 

The flash tats featured in the photos above lasted for about a week more or less depending on the placement.

IE. when on the hands they tend to come off more quickly due to hand washing and lotion.

#Tgif #LshawtayinDaHouse

#Tgif #LshawtayinDaHouse

FlashTats are bright and cheerful – they maintain the sparkling gold , silver or bold black for quite a few days!

FlashTats spark a curiosity –  people get to talking – what are those ? where are they from? how can i get them? what did you say they were called again? who wears these besides you?

FlashTats are FUN ! they are the perfect addition to anytime you hangout with friends , are hosting/ attending a pre-game or just simply for a more FABULOUS DAY!

FlashTat Friday ! a trend in social media in the #tagboard world – applying your FlashTat on a Friday means you will definitely have it all wknd !!

PUMP UP YOUR TGIF . PERiOD.

Featured on the left is what resembles a crown upside down arm band – from the henna inspired line of FlashTats.

FlashTat Friday !

FlashTat Friday ! #HighFive

On the Left we have a High Five Friday shot of a friend of mine who is featured with Essie

Sew Pysched.  The henna inspired FlashTat stretches down her middle finger, hand and forearm.  Emerald Ring to match the nails !

TGIF

HiGH FiVE you made it to the end of the week

& time for a fresh FlashTat with Friendz !

La Ti dah time goes on and there is always more FlashTat Fun!

Full Fledge Flash Tats – are you feeling indulged ? Do you want to know more?  The information thus far had to be somewhat informative for whatever aspect you fancy !

FL@SH !

FL@SH !

In observance of national Left Handed Day – I supported a re-arranged FlashTat creation on my Left hand.

Wave Field on Hayward Street on the University of Michigan’s North Campus –  perfect match to the 50 green wave bumps Maya Lin designed is the Ray Ban Aviators with Green Lens.  Again featured on the left arm band is the upside down crown.

FlashTat FUN

FlashTat FUN

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LMAO!

LMAO!

Do It For Detroit Today

It’s the Detroit Daily !! Recently i’ve been strolling the streets and bumping into funny Detroit T Shirts! It inspired me to share photos of random new friends DOING IT FOR DETROIT.
This photo was actually taken at the Ann Arbor Art Fair which happened back in Mid- July. Jan a fantastic artist rocks this shirt ” I’m so Bad I vacationed in Detroit”

Jan rockin' his Detroit T @ The Ann Arbor Art Fair

Jan rockin’ his Detroit T @ The Ann Arbor Art Fair

Adventure Ann Arbor : Art Fair

Ann Arbor is famous for the annual Art Fair that takes place every year in Mid July since 1960

This is one of Top 5 favorite sculptures in downtown Ann Arbor ! It is located directly across the street from the University of Michigan’s Student Union on State Street. Throughout the week I will post my other favorite Public Art Works on the blog 😀 

Don’t forget to stop for a moment and take a look around you …. you may just see something you didn’t before 

xx

Lshawtay

Art Sculpture , Ann Arbor 2014

Art Sculpture , Ann Arbor 2014