Trek6 on Wynwood Life Festival: Something Classy, Something Special
It may be the case for many that Wynwood on the weekends has become somewhat blasé. Between art walk here and there, and the regular routine of a few hours here and there at Wood Tavern or Gramps, it's easy to understand how the place that was the most exciting piece of the city may have begun to feel a bit stale, a bit like going through the motions.
Well screw that. Wynwood is about to have new kind of weekend with a full-on street festival on NW Sixth Ave., and it's called Wynwood Life.
The weekend will be brimming with music, art, and fashion; with vendors and shows strewn along the old warehouse district, surrounding the Wall of Fame and the penit it encircles from 24th to 22nd streets. To make it just a bit more legit, the organizers of the festival got together with one of Miami's most beloved graffiti artists, Trek6, and they came up with a commemorative poster for the event's first year. According to the artist, it's really going to be something special.
Trek6, who was awarded New Times' Best Street Artist in 2013, has come to be one of the the real heroes of Wynwood, wall by wall. His work is a fantastic sampling of the increasingly bold, increasingly exquisite array of murals around Wynwood and the City of Miami. Along with his credibility and local notoriety, Trek6 brought his fair share of vision on how the image he would create could play into the overall perception of the festival.
"I was invited by Tony, who's running the festival" Trek said. "Originally, the idea was that I was just going to do a poster for it, but as we were talking, he said that he wanted to do something really classy. Back home [in Puerto Rico], we have the Heineken Jazz Festival, and they have a one-off limited edition poster that they have a local artist come out and do for the festival every year. People shell out pretty good money for the poster, cause it's a take-home."
While this may seem like a really cool idea, the brainstorm wasn't quite done. Before too long, Trek was back on the phone with Tony, going deeper into the rabbit hole.
"I brought that up to him, and he loved the idea, and then he calls me back up right after," Trek laughed. "He says 'I got something better.' And I say 'what's that?' 'OK, we're still going to do the poster, but I'm going to build you a wall - you're going to paint the wall, and that painting is going to be the poster, and we're going to offer the first 300-and-something prints with a piece of the wall. So he built the wall and brought it to my studio, and I painted the wall. That's already said and done, and we're going to make prints of it. I'm going to have a booth there with some merch and some prints, and a couple of originals."
For those familiar with the area, reading that Trek6 would be painting a wall that would then be disassembled and sold off with 300-plus prints might breed a bit of unrest, considering that one of the city's most famous, talent-riddled walls is located right along the strip that - the Wall of Fame. For those unfamiliar, the Wall of Fame is that wall you see to your right when you're driving up I-95 North between the I-395 exit and the I-195 exit. Yes, that wall. As a local street artist, Trek was obviously respectful of the wall's significance and made it very clear he wasn't down to cross anyone out simply for the sake of this poster.