The Jackson family arrived safely back in Long Beach yesterday morning to an empty, echoey house. We setup a few mattresses on the floor and huddled together, because this weather is absolutely freezing! I haven’t felt the lick of seventy degrees in ten months, and let me tell you, after living under a ripe sun and rice-cooking humidity, this is a bit of culture shock. Not to mention the fact that now the world outside our doors is in English, and white people dominate the calles. Today we are unpacking our two-hundred something boxes of items we stored in the motherland so we can downsize the excess of our lives to- hopefully- less than thirty bags. The life of an expat is the life for me!
Being back in Los Estados Unidos is a mixed bag. Cruising down the eight lane highways with (oh, dear Lord) traffico, all I am able to see is the flashes of the caratera in Playa del Carmen: snug in our gold beater van that may break down at any moment on the two lane road, flanked on either side by encroaching jungle. It is October and the clouds in the thick, black sky are wrenching out their soaked laundry, so our windows our obscured by fat droplets of water. Then I see all the roadsigns are in English with names like Highway 405 and Huntington Beach instead of Muyil and Puerto Morelos, and I am jolted back to reality. I am ecstatic for the upcoming adventures, but my year in Playa has shaped me in a way that not even my months of blogging could completely reveal.
One way Playa has changed me is as an artist. Although I was experimenting with spray paint long before moving to Mexico was even a thought, I have become more mature in my art and have developed more skills, as time always allows, so I am excited to turn back to my primal instinct of street art and whip out some awesome pieces! Here are some of the best pieces and throw ups I documented from the street art culture of Playa. All pictures are taken by me. Gracias a https://www.facebook.com/pages/SENKOE/131113663632752 y http://www.fotolog.com/graffiteik/most_viewed/ for your work. Enjoy!