New Mural @ Kona Brewing Company // Ride the Breaks Recap

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This past weekend was Ride the Breaks 2013, an annual four day hip hop, breakdancing, graffiti writing, deejaying, and emceeing festival on the Big Island. Through live performance, painting, lecture, competition, and workshops, Ride The Breaks hopes to present all the elements of Hip Hop involve the larger community and artists at all ages and stages of their career.

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The festival kicked off with an artist talk by  The NextOne a.k.a. The Dreamer (born Maurizio Cannavò) is a Hip Hop pioneer in Italy. Not only has he been dancing as a Bboy for over 30 years but he is also a world renowned DJ and music producer. In the B-Boy world, NextOne is credited for the creation of many dance moves such as “Power Footworks” and “Space Flow.” In the 90’s he became a member of the legendary “Rock Steady Crew” and toured with the first HipHop Musical world tour entitled “Jam On The Groove.” To this day, his contributions and dedication for the art form is widely recognized and respected worldwide.

Next, a lecture at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa given by legendary dancer Ken Swift. He discussed his 30+ year career as a B.Boy, dancer, choreographer and performer and showed film clips, rare footage and images of his unique and renowned career.

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Estria & Prime taught aerosol art, drawing, and painting art workshops and held their own slideshow on the History of Graffiti and Public Art. Swift taught a Breaking class along with Maurizio The NextOne and Kaleo Ten from Oahu taught Hip Hop and House dance. Friday evening was the  RIDE THE BREAKS BBQ and J+ Gallery 2nd Anniversary Art Show with DJ’s Fyah Redbeard and LAVAGROUNDSOUND, a lively dance floor, live painting, a community mural, as well as Blackbook drawing sessions. Artists included in the show include SUCH (NYC), Che Pilago (Kona), Roberto Saldua (Kona), Rep Tank(Kona) and many others.

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The following day, Estria and Prime painted a tribute to Jeremiah Krush TWS Nathan at Kona Brewery  with artists Such and Kuter. Jeremiah was an artist, beloved educator, reputable graffiti writer, and world record setting free diver whom was loved by his community on the Big Island and far beyond. He was reported missing Jan. 30, 2013 while diving off Honaunau. This mural is a celebration of his life, his light, his limitless talents, and his legacy as well as honor his great effect on Hawaiian Hip Hop culture and all the people and creatures he came across.

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