La Bulla executed such an astounding evening this past Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Plaza de la Raza which is located at 3540 North Mission Road, Lincoln Heights, California. I would like to congratulate the entire team behind this successful event and give thanks for a unique cultural experience for us Chicanos/a. What a great way to represent our traditions in Lucha Libre; the art was exquisite as well as the live entertainment and activities throughout the event.
The tickets sold fast and a lot of my friends were participating artists for this show so it was a must for me to show my support and document once more current events within the arts in our communities. And thanks to Natily Gonzalez for allowing me to come in as Press Staff to cover La Bulla, so I was really excited to partake in press coverage. Much love and respects for this hard working lady as well as Antonio Pelayo.
As I approached the location; the line for admission was wrapped around the building! Insane, it was not even time to open the doors yet. Low-rider cars were at the entrance as you walked in just as if they were welcoming you to Lincoln Heights. As I entered the event, the vendors and entertainment was in full effect; which led me straight to the art gallery. I had to take pictures before it got really packed later on that night. The layout of the exhibit was mind blowing, such a great job on design and layout and all the art was so unique and extraordinary! I was so excited to see so many familiar artists under one roof sharing their art for a good cause. There was art work by Shepherd Fairy, Phowl SKA, Roten, my good friend Defer, Raul Orozco, Raul Frame, Jackie Boy, Ezra One, Germ Izm, George Labrada and so many other great artists on display. I think I must have gone inside several times throughout the night just to take in all that art.
As the night progressed, enjoyed cumbias sabrosas and some ska music as well. La Lucia Libre wrestling was hilarious (in its adult humor content) other than that, they held a good show and kept the crows pumped; which is so important because we all feed off of each others good vibes. Now aside to meeting paths with old friends, Graffiti artists and colleagues; I was on a personal quest to finally meet the mysterious artist and talented make up artist Susie Cue. Now, I have known her for over three years over social media, have even linked in gigs together but I had never met her in person! I kept on asking for her where the area for face painting was at. And when I almost gave up and went back to the gallery; there she was, really cool and humble in person. No worries Susie Cue, we will collaborate on something soon. I also was able to hang out with dear friend Eriberto Oriol and his beautiful wife Angelica as well as Nuke UTI, Wendy Random Chavez, Chee UTI, and the SKA Crew family whom I love so much. Shout out to Jez, Neer, Kause, Dras, Phowl, Roten, Vert and all the lovely ladies that were on the dance floor with me all night.
Anuh was my dancing and partner in crime throughout the entire event. We drank a few Jimador shots of tequila which made it smoother to get on that dance floor like pros. Great times are spent with extraordinary people. And I think this was the best way to end our night, on the dance floor! The DJ Gargamel played some good music, from Old School & Hip Hop to Cumbias and Punta; the characters on the dance floor made it all worthwhile to see.
I must say; it was a “Mas Firme Que Wow” night! Live music, tequila, Lucha Libre and great art; this is a classic Lincoln Heights night. What best way to represent ourselves, our low riders, our Art and being of Mexican decent to those outside our culture. We take pride in who we are and I was glad I was able to be a part of that at La Bulla.
So much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon