Street Artists Team With Mexican Government to Paint 200 Houses for Community


The “German Crew”, a youth organization of street artists who use graffiti as a means of activism and expression has teamed up with the government of Mexico to restore Palmitas, a town in the Pachuca district. The group painted 209 houses, equal to twenty-thousand square meters of facade, into one massive rainbow mural.

The ‘German Crew’ or “Germ Crew” makes an effort to create art for their community. See images and a video from this inspiring project below.










“DEVOLUTION” Group Exhibition Opens at Fifty24SF Gallery


“DEVOLUTION“, a group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Benjamin Constantine and Lauran YS opened at Fifty24SF Gallery on Saturday. Presented in association with Upper Playground, the show brings together a group of artists who create unique characters presented in surreal dream-like forms. “DEVOLUTION” is on display at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco through mid September.

Fifty24SF Gallery
218 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

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New Mural by Smithe for Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival in Mexico

Smithe wrapped up this mural in Cozumel as part of Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival. The Mexican artist finished the wall this week for the Festival, which aims to protect the world’s oceans and endangered marine life via public art and activism.

Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival, presented by 1xRUN, Tony Delfino and WAD, is in Cozumel July 17-26th and features work from Fintan Magee, Phlegm, Curiot, Bicicleta Sem Freio and others.


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Joren Joshua and Ilse Weisfelt teamed up to create this large-scale mural at Public Arts Horsens in Denmark for ArtRebels. Both young illustrators from the Netherlands have their own style, and collaborate often to produce remarkable exhibitions, murals, posters and even a memory game featuring their art.

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New Work From Christian Guemy aka C215 For Public Arts Horsens


Parisian street artist Christian Guemy aka C215 certainly left an impression in Horsens, Denmark this week. Guemy, who specializes in stencil graffiti, painted four murals for Public Art Horsens, curated by ArtRebels. The artist found a few interesting locations to display his latest work, which features a nod to Star Wars with an Ewok and Yoda.

Check out a few shots of C215’s (Christian Guemy) new work in Horsens below and follow us on Instagram @upperplayground for updates from Public Art Horsens. The project includes artists Andrea Wan, Scott Cooper and Joren Joshua, among others.

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DEVOLUTION: Group Exhibition Opening August 1st at Fifty24SF Gallery

Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground presents “Devolution”, group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Lauren YS and Benjamin Constantine. “Devolution” Opens August 1st 2015, 7pm at Fifty24SF Gallery.



Benjamin Constantine

Tina Lugo

Lauren YS

About The Artists:

Benjamin Constantine: Benjamin is a predominantly self taught artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. In his pieces, casts of anonymous characters interact, in states of anxiety or elation, elements within or around them often becoming involved and synonymous. Constantine’s work has appeared in VICE comics, the Fantagraphics’s publication ‘Beasts!2′ and in ‘Secret Prison’ amongst others.

Tina Lugo: Tina’s work expresses a sexual and often tongue-in- cheek humor fueled by cartoons, animation and early 90’s television. The use of enamel and plexiglass in her work is to suggest that the smooth, hyper-gloss finishing of a world that allures us will always be beneath a transparent barrier we can touch but never enter-a replication of the voyeuristic qualities we all posses. Her style references and pays homage to her variety of modern influences which include: Takashi Murakami, Toshio Saeki, Hanna Barbera, Japanese animation, and Henry Darger. Tina Lugo was born and raised in the Bronx and recently moved to Portland. She studied at the School of Visual Arts.

Smithe: Born and raise in Mexico City, Smithe begain drawing around age 12. Influenced by the local graffiti artists in his neighborhood, Smithe would walk the city and look at the graffiti on the walls. He was intrigued by how quick you could get a message out. Smithe’s art has opened many doors for him as he has traveled the world showing his work, with shows in England, Belgium and Germany.

Lauren YS: Lauren YS is a Bay Area based fine artist, illustrator and muralist. For “Devolution,” Lauren has collected a host of her characters in states that play off her interpretation of the word: entanglement, malaise or playful struggle. YS graduated from Stanford in 2013 and showed her first artworks at FIFTY24SF. She has since completed a residency in Vienna at Rabbit Eye Movement and painted at several international mural festivals.

New Youth T-Shirts For Summer at Upper Playground

Upper Playground releases a collection of Classic UP designs in Youth T-Shirts this week. Featuring favorites I Left My Heart by Jeremy Fish, Cali Bear by Munk One and Ruthless by Dustin Canalin, the Youth T-Shirts comes just in time to stock your closet for the rest of Summer. Check out a few below and visit to view the full Collection.