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AJA Louden  🎨Murals & Aerosol Academy workshops πŸ–Žstudio@ajalouden.com

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Island vibes for Jamie and Susan. Thanks for the hospitality!! #bonvoyage #ajalouden

Small canvas commission from a while ago - a new take on two older pieces. #etcetera

More of my mural squad from today's practice session in Calgary! 9 young women are learning about the history and culture of graffiti and street art as well as a bit about the tools and techniques as applied to contemporary urban muralism. They're starting to get the hang of things - don't sleep on the squad!!!
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#teamabstract #ajalouden #squadgoals #aerosolacademy #sprayday #coldchillin

Part of my mural squad from today's practice session in Calgary! 9 young women are learning about the history and culture of graffiti and street art as well as a bit about the tools and techniques as applied to contemporary urban muralism. They'll be helping me with two big murals in a beautiful park here in Calgary. They're starting to get the hang of things - don't sleep on the squad!!! .
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#yycarts #yycpublicart #yyc #ajalouden #futurebosses #aerosolacademy #weoutheredoe

Spritzin up the neighbourhood with help from the homies Evan Brunt, Wade Stamp, and Jordan Ernst. Huge thanks to Arts Habitat, and big congrats to our fam at Hip Hop in the Park for 10 years strong!!
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#hhitpx #sprayday #artshab #ajalouden #evanbrunt #yegarts

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Cypher Wild today 😎

Hope everyone found the time to relax over the long weekend! I travelled to chill with the fam and still had some time to get a painting in at the studio so I'm good. Now just feeding my sick wifey some some chicken noodle soup.
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#relax #ajalouden #williammorris #spraypaint #yegarts #yeg #timbre #nawden #tropical #vibes #spring #purple #teal #instapaint #aotd #freehand #aerosol #explore #canada #gfc

Painted this piece for the next door homies last Sunday while studio mate Clay killed it in the kitchen for a studio fam dinner! Painted without a sketch but it still needs a couple touchups.
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#tbt #goodluck #hardwork #ajalouden #practice #sprayday #aerosolonly #timbreyeg #woodgrain #gold #interiors #interiordesign #yegarts #yegarch #nawden #handlettering

Recent project for some great local clients on a small interior wall. Lots of meaningful inspiration to work with, which was a ton of fun to integrate. Got so lost in the layers that I **almost** missed a key date...nailed it tho so we good!πŸ˜₯πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ–’ Many thanks Jael and Stuart (and Penelope and Hudson)!πŸ™

Just finished this painting, called 'The Hijack'. You can tell a lot about any movement by the nature of the opposition to it. I found this especially true with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Watching the emergence of 'Blue Lives Matter' memes as a response, particularly in the context of the frequently recorded murders and manslaughters of Black Americans at the hands of police, seemed to illustrate exactly what #BLM was fighting against - the silencing of coloured voices of protest (it's all good if we shuck an' jive on the radio, just don't go gettin' too uppity). An attempt was being made to hijack a movement explicit in its Blackness, literally by replacing the word 'black'. The #BlueLivesMatter meme is as anti-BLM as it is pro-police - contrary to what seems to be popular belief, police in North America are thankfully safer than they've ever been. The average numbers of police deaths in the line of duty per year has been cut in half since the 1980's, even as numbers of police officers working have risen dramatically, which is good news for a dangerous line of work (it is automatic 1st degree murder to killa a cop in Canada, and a capital felony in the US). This hijack, in my eyes, acts to illustrate the tone-deafness that deeply embedded systemic racism can manifest itself as within popular culture. I used a similarly appropriated and hijacked clip-art image, altered slightly, for the officer in the painting. Keep your eyes open for meme-hijacking in the near future - its an effective tool for propoganda, and we're already seeing it with the #fakenews meme... ___________
#ajalouden #identitypolitricks #appropriation #makesomethinggreatagain #yegarts #painting #acrylic #instaart #instaartwork #illustration #paint #policeviolence #nawden #nojusticenopeace #responsiblepolicing #community

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