Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I finally got a piece done in Guatemala. I was planning on doing one in Lake Atitlan but a body turned up in the lake, another guy got murdered and someone else went missing. Cops were everywhere and the vibe changed so we left.

I managed to do a couple of quick pieces in Flores, which is near the Tikal ruins. I found a boarded up building on the main intersection of town. I was a bit dodgy on it but I asked some random guy before I started and he said it should be fine. The funds are running seriously low and I was still watering down the bucket of blue paint I brought in Nicaragua. I named it smurfs piss because it would only work on a plain white wall. I also had only one can for an outline that ran out of pressure with half a can of paint left in it. Within 5 minutes I had a guy with a shotgun standing behind me. I freaked out at first but walked up to talk to him. He asked all the usual questions, what does it mean, where are you from, was the paint expensive.... I was in a great position. Painting a main intersection in broad daylight with my own armed security. I asked him to pose for a flick but he wasn't interested.

I've also been in the middle of nowhere travelling like this.

And swimming here. I highly recommend Guatemala.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

I have found myself a bit stranded in Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for the last couple of weeks. I was meant to work on a farm, but once I saw the living conditions I jumped on a boat and headed for the next town San Pedro. It's a cool little Mayan village at the foot of a volcano on a big lake. I found a room for $3 a night with a million dollar view and settled in.

I've had a lot of time to draw. It's been great.

I came across a group of artists painting a wall and got chatting to them. They were kind enough to let me paint something with them. I painted a big parrot and went back to their studio and hung out with the locals.

Like everywhere else in Latin America, there is political graffiti everywhere.