Black Scorpio- Kingston

This is probably the quickest response we got to our initial emailing to link our project and finding walls. Jack (Black) Scorpios daughter, Tashima, instantly flowed with our ideas and saw similar visions with the project, and welcomed it with open arms. Unfortunately for us, but lucky for her, she was away on holiday when we arrived. However, Jack and Spyder (his son) were equally open about Nicin’ up the island. (more about Black Scorpio on my previous post: here.)

  First weekend in Kingston, Jack kindly invited us along to Rebel Salute, an amazing night-day long reggae gig. When we came back the second time, he took us to Bob Marley Tribute concert held by the Marley ‘kids’ in Trench Town. We were lucky seeing the likes of Damian Marley, Romain Virgo and Capleton. They also helped sorting out accommodation for the rest of the stay in Jamaica above Spyders rec. studio, which we had a short sneaky peek while SmokeKing was recording some dubplates with Buju Bantons sister Adena Myrie. 
Enough about this ‘boring’ stuff, now, painting! It’s the first ROOF painting I’ve done. It was quite refreshing working on a higher level, and with a bit of a distance from any interruptions or distractions I could concentrate more. The only discomfort, or difficulty was trying not to stumble and fall in all these iron poles sticking up for wall extensions.  This paint took two days, as first day we had to get hold of more buckets of house paint (…as someone was lucky to spill half a box in his rucksack, got to have a couple of minor accidents..or?!)
Last post will be from Tuff Gong Int. (Marley rec studio.)
Check out the Scorpio made by : Masai 

Help Educate Jamaica

HELP Jamaica! Centre 

'Cassava Piece, Kingston 8
is located in uptown Kingston, not far from Constant Spring. Cassava Piece is what some people call an uptown ghetto: a poor neighbourhood with zinc fences, shacks, stony and tiny roads, many children and few opportunities – located left and right hand side of the Constant Spring Gully.'

On the search for contacts out in Kingston, I had a lucky stumble upon Help Jamaica on facebook. I got a quick reply by email, saying they had a massive wall that they would want us to paint. I got overwhelmed by the size of it, and was worried that we couldn’t even fill it. Unfortunately, if we had stayed on a couple of more weeks we could have timed it for the Help Jamaica anniversary.
When we arrived at the centre at Cassava Piece, Hille was there to meet us. What he had in mind was to have an open spot in the middle for their movie projector. So we didn’t have to worry about the space, and just neatly positioned our characters on each side of this space.
Before starting we had to track around Kingston to find some additional pots of paint. Due to this we didn’t arrive as early as we wanted, but it didn’t take us too long in the end with these pieces. I was a bit worried I wouldn’t finish that day as the sun started setting, as I let myself get distracted by the kids running around, I guess I find it hard to ignore them. In the end there was a nice little crowd watching the last layers go on the walls, and it felt good finishing off and seeing their appreciation of the work.

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Check out Masais' Baboon and some more on our Help paint.

Please have a closer look, or become part of their growing international network, spread the word, donate, link up on their websites, networks and blogs :Help Jamaica! Centre'

Educate the people, and let's have some fun doing it!