Colorado Crush 2013
The 4th Annual Colorado Crush Block Party -- organized by Dread, Sam Pisto and Nicole O'Reilly and held Sept. 7 this year -- is a day to embrace graffiti as a positive medium, uniting the community of Denver on a conscious level through art, music and fun. Each artist or group of artists had from sunup to sundown to create in their wall space. Scroll through the gallery -- put together by snow/skate/art collective So-Gnar's Pat Milbery, who participated in the event -- for a sampling of the day's activity.
Phetus, an artist in town from NYC, gets up on the three-block wall takeover in Denver's RiNo (River North) Arts District.
A colorful, crowd-favorite piece by Phetus (NYC) embodied layers of character expression on the gritty, textured brick walls.
Even animals dig graffiti thanks to the FX Crew (NYC), who destroyed this wall with their giant wagon full of inspiration. The piece plays on the familiar Barnum's Animals graham-cracker box.
Sad Clown, Happy Can
Jamie Hef painted a super-fresh sad clown that embraces the legacy of the Krylon spray can. The character is a detail from the larger piece, "Graffiti Animals," shown earlier in this gallery.
As the sun sets in the west, the painters carry on with their colors that match up well with those of the sky.
David Sheets (painting), Pat Milbery and #adognamedtora, the hometown creators of the So-Gnar Collective, add some street-art flavor to the lineup.
Best Friend, Trusting Assistant
A Dog Named Tora kept it mellow, provided creative direction and posed for dozens of fan photographs despite the 90-degree Denver temps.
Spiderman and his posse: The youngsters were in full effect, showing that the Colorado Crush's creativity wasn't limited to walls.
Building Up, Mulling Over
With any work of art, it's all about the process. The amount of thought and patience that goes into the layers on top of layers is remarkable to watch.
Mike Graves has recently become a new father to a baby girl and remains on top of his can game, holding it down in his hometown of Denver.
Nicer, member of NYC's world-famous TATS CRU, lit up this two-story giant tricycle.
Ewok (NYC) laces the walls with his mad futuristic style.