Mingo: Grafitti God

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The Latina artist tagging a building near you.

       In a city becoming more and more populated with bike lanes and Starbucks coffee shops, Mingo and her equally mischievous crew of artist and creatives are helping keep the gritty essence of New York alive. While some say good art is only found on the walls of collectors or galleries, Mingo begs to differ. “I spend hours on the train watching the newest pieces from artist all over the boroughs, observing it on a daily inspires me to start pushing my own work out.” And so she did. The result has been a beautiful, emotionally charged collection of work that she can call her own, both on walls across the city and on canvases.
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“I enjoy that I can put my heart and soul into it and no one can tell me they made it, I have a drive for it.”

       Mingo’s art derives from a yearning to convey her thoughts and emotions into the world. “What got me into art was my passion to always express myself and just having it as a platform where I can be myself and influence others with my creativity.” She says. “I enjoy that I can put my heart and soul into it and no one can tell me they made it, I have a drive for it.” Her creative process varies from day to day, often influenced by the city and its art. “The whole city is like an art gallery and that impacts a lot of work.” she says. Mingo’s pieces often begin with free hand, doodling or returning to old sketches and continue by her simply “Going with the flow.” Her mindset as a graffiti artist is to leave her mark everywhere she goes. From buildings to buses to hospitals, anywhere can get it. But with overzealous police looking to break up the fun, Mingo is sure to always bring back up. “Usually when I’m out making art, I bring someone along with me,” She says. “I have to give them the heads up that it’s every man for themselves, when the boys past by I’m out.” The self proclaimed “Young Latina making mischief with her hands” loves to do just that, but she hopes one day to help others express themselves in the same manner in which she does.
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 “I have to give them the heads up that it’s every man for themselves, when the boys past by I’m out.”

     
 When asked what are her goals moving forward, Mingo is quick to speak on helping her community. “I’m planning on creating an outlet where many people can meet and share ideas, showcase their talents and collaborate on helping the generations to come, a safe haven for children to express themselves,” She says. Basically a gallery in which children can come in, post up their work and learn new techniques.” Mingo makes it clear that there is a void in the community when it comes to prioritizing the arts and she hopes to help fill that. She also wants people to begin to see the art in everyday walks of life, and strives to make that clear as an artist. “I want my art to be relatable and interactive, everyone is unique in their own way and with my pieces I want people to realize it. There’s beauty in everything.”
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