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Monster Energy is here to fuel your Outside Lands 2023 weekend. Power up with complimentary Monster Energy and sip on your favorite flavors. Come through to see mind-blowing street art murals by Meme, Hiero Veiga, and JEKS ONE, and balloon creations by Balloonski. Check out live performances from the "Break Free Worldwide" b-boys, and make your own artistic masterpiece at the Scratch DJ & Spin Art Station.

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Meme

LIVE PAINTING FRIDAY, 8/11

Meme is a self-educated artist with ancestral roots through her grandmother to the Shoshone Paiute tribe. She grew up skating in Northern California. As a young girl, skating in the Truckee CA Skate Park, the trains and their colorful graffiti caught her eye, and she never looked back. Frustrated with the negativity she experienced in both the graffiti and skate world, Meme founded Few and Far, an all-female group that has grown to 21 international members. Their collective goal is to create a positive empowerment for women who skate and paint. Through this group she has been organizing large scale events for over 12 years all over the world. Meme was the first woman to have been sponsored by Monster Energy. Through 24 years of graffiti, 12 years of mural painting, and a lifetime of skate culture, Meme’s nomadic life has had many home bases, including Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Lake Tahoe, and Nevada City. She currently lives in Richmond, VA, and balances her time between, skating, graffiti, murals, travel, and being a professional florist. With her heart set in activism, you can see the influence of animal rights, women's rights, the environment in her work.

JEKS ONE

LIVE PAINTING SUNDAY, 8/13

Graffiti/Mural artist JEKS is a pioneering member of North Carolina’s burgeoning street-art scene. Starting as a graffiti artist in the mid 90’s, JEKS’ love for the aerosol medium has blossomed into a self-taught mastery of the spray can which few artists possess. Over the past 5 years, he has made a name for himself globally with his jaw-dropping, hyper-realistic, large format murals. An accomplished portraitist, JEKS’ portraits of artists and pop culture icons have become beloved cultural landmarks in the cities where they are installed.

Hiero Veiga

LIVE PAINTING SATURDAY, 8/12

Hiero, grew up in the small boxing town of Brockton, MA and has been spray painting since he was 12 years old. With over 22 years of experience, Hiero has evolved from writing graffiti to curating hyper-realistic pieces ranging from portraits, natural scenery, and psychedelic art. Hiero’s unique perspective and experience of light and color is reflected in his distinctive compositions. His current personal work style involves abstract backgrounds and kaleidoscopic designs with Groucho glasses, chattering teeth, and rubber ducks.

Balloonski

CREATING FRIDAY, 8/11 THROUGH SUNDAY, 8/13

Balloonski grew up in Florida as a punk rocker, so he fits right in with the rest of the Monster Squad! Off rip the aim of Balloonski has been to utilize the balloon arts to think outside the box with forward intentions. Constantly riding waves of the latest trends mixed with retro nostalgia, Balloonski creates a deep reaction for your enjoyment to spark a real conversation about the world around you. Traveling to create is the passion, helping grown adults find their inner child for just a minute is the purpose. Balloonski's humble beginnings had him making balloon designs in restaurants and street performing to get his Art to the people. After 11 years and a move across the country to Los Angeles, he has created Balloon art for countless events. "Blowin up" for ILLfest and Coachella stages, plus multiple appearances at ArtBasel and PowWow/WALLS Art Festivals from Worcester to LBC, then onward to Korea and Japan. So keep your eyes open and your cameras on this festival season, you'll probably catch some Balloonski Art as you watch your favorite monster artist performing.

John Dozier

TUNNEL PAINTING

John Dozier was born and raised in San Jose California. He attended the academy of Art in San Francisco in 2001 to study Graphic Illustration. In 2012 he fell in love with the trade of traditional sign writing and is currently living and working full time in Sacramento as a professional Sign Painter.

Beth Emmerich

LIVE PAINTING FRIDAY, 8/11

Beth Emmerich is an internationally traveling tattoo artist and muralist based out of San Diego. She is a founding member of the Few and Far crew, and the love of her life is spray paint.

Apex

LIVE PAINTING FRIDAY, 8/11

APEXER (b. 1978, San Francisco, CA), also known as Ricardo Richey, is a street artist who creates colorful abstract patterns through the use of spray paint. Part of the Gestalt Collective that engages in collaborative murals in San Francisco, Apexer curated mural projects on Bluxome Alley, other districts of San Francisco, and the SFMOMA display windows in association with St. Johns Community Center (San Francisco, 2002). His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls, and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco.

Quake

LIVE PAINTING SATURDAY, 8/12

Best known for having a traditional Bay Area Funk style, which just means Quake has been in the game for a minute. His friends and crewmates have labeled his style as Bay Area 51. Quake writes for the continued desire for style improvement and the endless quest for the perfect spot.

Marcos LaFarga

LIVE PAINTING SATURDAY, 8/12

With every letter crafted there is a story being told, and with only 26 of them to augment it takes a deft hand and a designer mind to make them distinct. Born in 1978 in Antioch, California, Marcos LaFarga has been developing his true west design aesthetic right in the epicenter of California creativity. His pedigree is one that runs from the wall and the freight, to a BFA in 2006 from California College of the Arts. It is this diverse background that provides him with the depth to move and merge between otherwise separate visual languages. Marcos focuses his artistry on the intersection of three fundamentals of visual expression, graphic design, typography, and photo realistic renderings, all three which he seamlessly melds to create a united reflection of our contemporary life. With an abundant sense of color value and contrast, a sublime sense of humor, and a sensitivity for the balance our eyes naturally seek; Marcos is creating honest work that effortlessly represents contemporary design and composition.

MESNGR

LIVE PAINTING SUNDAY, 8/13

Mesngr classically trained in the eighties a generation that took advantage of opportunities to get creative with spray paint on the cities landscapes. Mesngr has painted several monumental pieces through out the years, and has been contributing to the graffiti movement for several decades now in the Bay Area and Nationally.

In his most recent direction he has focused on commercial sign painting and community artworks with the youth, but his personal works still often push the ""appropriate” envelope. Mesngr doesn't really plan to cause conflict through his work but merely expresses a merge of Pop, Skate, Gangster, Punk & Hip Hop cultures he grew up with. However he does express that "If my work raises a brow, isn't that what art is supposed to do? Move you. In that sense I'm doing something right."

The Fly Lord

LIVE PAINTING SUNDAY, 8/13

My love for art started young. The Central Valley was where I saw endless rolling canvases traveling from miles away and gracing our city with beautiful murals. Like most I started by just writing my name, it wasn’t my intention to become “The Fly Lord”. I was just a kid having fun and painting; until I saw a photograph of a house fly and decided to paint it on a boxcar. I paint life size insects of all types. What draws me to insects is that I find beauty in something that most people find ugly.

Drane

TUNNEL PAINTING

Drane represents the Central Valley to the fullest. With murals and artworks all over Fresno and Modesto. His range knows no limit, and he will be creating original works throughout the tunnels and on Buddies.

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