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A NYC Subway Train In Queretaro, Mexico

A NYC Subway Train In Queretaro, Mexico

When local graff writers in Queretaro, Mexico heard that New York’s famous photographer Martha Cooper was going to be in their town for a new exhibition they decided to welcome her in the best way they knew how: A graffiti jam on a train.

Queretaro Writers (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With the help of the organizers at Nueve Arte Urbano, the local kings and queens scored a long wall on a busy major avenue that they could paint subway cars on and convert to an NYC train. They hoped Martha would feel at home seeing this and it looked like she definitely did.

Homa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It’s a fast-growing major city without a subway, even though it could definitely use a more inclusive and efficient public transportation system since its quick growth has swelled to a million inhabitants. Scores of multi-national corporations left the US and set up shop here since they wrote the NAFTA trade deal and now employ this highly educated population. Many universities, lower wages, and an easier regulatory environment have brought the big companies here as well as the fact that the city boasts an attractive protected historical area that was declared a World UNESCO zone. Now they have a subway, at least a temporary painted one.

Homa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The neighborhood where the wall is located is called “San Francisquito” or Little San Francisco – a sort of sister city for many of the folks who have family in that US city as well. Rich in character and history, the neighborhood retains a distinct connection to indigenous culture: For example this is the home of Los Concheros, a group of native indigenous people in Mexico who have roots in the Chichimecas, Aztecs and, Mexicas who perform traditional dances dating back to the early colonial period.

Mostly residential, with narrow cobblestone streets and family-owned small business and grocery stores, we saw many locals who appeared pleased for the industry of local youth in a mural that stirred some excitement and pride.

Sucia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

They stopped by and commented on the new works and wondered where the action was coming from as aerosol lettering and characters began to populate the train sides.

It was an interlude of serendipity that the visiting New Yorkers were not expecting – a sunny day full of love and art. Martha happily obliged to requests for photos, to write tags in black books and thanked each of them for their gifts of t shirts, stickers and even a miniature portrait of her drawn in pencil.

Dheos (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rosa . Diego Afro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diego Afro painting a portrait of Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diego Afro painting a portrait of Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diego Afro with his muse…Martha Cooper. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Foner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Foner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Evok (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Evok . Ternu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hopper . Gofe . Ryper . Goal . Cres (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Toes (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Toes . Hopper (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Toes . Hopper . Gofe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gofe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ryper . Goal (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ryper . Goal (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Goal (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cres . Siet (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cres . Siet (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mariana (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mariana (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Famer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sckart (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sckart (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jhen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jhen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
What the writers didn’t know was that Martha had a surprise for them too! A signed poster advertising her book Hip Hop Files. She signed it in front of them, one for each and those who couldn’t get one due to short stock will get one from NYC…(photo © Jaime Rojo)
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