TOOFLY is an artist, designer and social entrepreneur. Born in Ecuador and raised in New York City her work fluidly blends her native roots with the inner city sensibilities of the quintessential “around the way girl.” TOOFLY gained popularity as a teen in the early 90’s as one of the few graffiti women to rise up and paint in a male dominated scene. Through the Younity initiative, a not-for-profit arts collective she co-founded in 2007, TOOFLY has empowered young women to become independent artists and work within their communities. Staying true to her roots TOOFLY continues to draw feelings from the ever-changing world around her. Her work can be found on New York City streets, and within the confines of various art and cultural institutions. TOOFLY’s work has been published in GRAFFITI WOMEN, GRAFFITI NEW YORK, and GRAFFITI THE NEXT LEVEL.
Here’s a video from an all girl event in Minneapolis, titled B-Girl Be. This video features many talented graffiti artists including Toofly and Lady Pink.
Welcome to the Few And Far project blog!
This was our 1st F&F wall, with many more to come! Here are a few progress photos from Oakland.
Day1: Some of us turn up at the wall. (Above) Reds, Mags and Meme laughed at how difficult the (construction grade) steel scaffolding looked, scattered on the sidewalk. Meme rented the scaffold, not knowing how heavy duty it really was. Posts, long screws, supports, heavy duty poles of all different sizes, and no instructions… what a mess!
Myla and her million dollar schemes, super fresh!
With a little help, we got the scaffolding up, and Mags went straight to painting with her game face on.
Acet putting up the sketch
Photos courtesy of Toofly, Mags, Carlos Aguilar, Jersey Joe, and Flickr.
Want to get some insight from the ladies themselves?
We were honored to gather and showcase such amazing, talented ladies from all over the nation, in Oakland on June 4th. Girls came from as far as Miami, New York, New Jersey, California, and Seattle, flying or driving for several hours , eager to connect and collaborate with each other. Even in the rain, there was no stopping these ladies!
With everyones spectacular participation, we decided this will definitely be the first of many “Few and Far” events, so stay tuned! Special Thanks to everyone who made this successful event happen.