Finally had the opportunity to meet and interview a dude I’ve been following on IG for a while. I like his style as we have similar influences and backgrounds in destruction of private property :)
Emerging from Manila, Archie Geotina also known as Chichimonster, is a multi-disciplinary artist with roots heavily seeded in the street and graffiti culture of the Philippines. Archie’s influence is not “street” in the traditional sense—it is the culmination of growing up in a raw setting filled with colonial influence, extreme social disparity, and religious undertones. It is the vibration of the developing world, with rich insight on how new political power operates in this modern world. His art depicts the irony and the truth of being in an environment that nurtures luxury and poverty at the same time. He co-founded the graffiti crew Katipunan Street Plan (KST) in 2006, which marked the beginning of his evolution from the traditional graffiti to creating his own unique style. Combined with a stream of consciousness process that taps into the countries historical references, he bases his graffiti lettering on the lost Philippine alphabet, the Alibata. His style is also inspired by the multitude of local cultures within the Philippine islands. From murals to portraits, Archie mixes different materials of acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, resin, and wheat paste to create his pieces. He has also used fire extinguishers in his mixed media pieces. His art has led him to work in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Los Angeles, and New York.
In my 1 hour interview with him for my documentary, Sulat ng Malansang Isda, we talked about everything from art, business, old vs new and of course Baybayin. Lookout for a future event with Philippines based Baybayin artists. If you’re in Manila, check out his upcoming solo show April 16 at A Space Gallery in Makati.
I’ll be in the Philippines 3/29 at the Manila Collectible co
Right after our final tour of The Manila Collectible Co., you’ll get to meet Kristian Kabuay in his live Calligraphy and Baybayin Exhibit! Can’t wait to see everyone there!
Free Entrance. 3rd Floor Villa Blanca Bldg. (behind Manila Cathedral), Cabildo cor. Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila.
Asian Journal recently did an article on me regarding my latest projects and specifically, my Sulat ng Malansang Isda (Writing of the Stinky Fish) documentary. This is a follow-up to a 2009 interview that can be read here.
If you can’t get a free copy of the newspaper, read the article here.
I’ve confirmed my participation in the upcoming Baybayin Summit in April in the Philippines. My talk will focus on prePhilippine native scripts as identity, promotion, and preservation in the Filipino American diaspora through art. Contact me email@example.com for speaking/art/workshop inquiries.
Come join us for Sisiklab (to spark) a celebration of activating our light through preFilipino tattoos, art, healing and music on 1/31 5-10pm at Ensoma 352 6th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 .
– Traditional tattooing by Lane Wilcken
– Baybayin jewelry by Ray Haguisan
– Baybayin art by Kristian Kabuay
– Healing by Jasmine Therese Esguerra
– Music by Ron Quesada
More info on the FB event
Annual review of the years top events, projects and what’s coming in 2015
One of the Philippines most popular brands, Team Manila, releases a Baybayin collection. I remember living next to these guys back in the day in Ortigas. Now look where the brand is! They’ve got stores all over the country and brought a sense of “Streetwear” to the Philippine masses. In their Baybayin Collection, they use the script as a pattern rather than words. Maybe in order to avoid mistakes? Notice the use of the diacritic markers similar to Arabic calligraphy. Props to Team Manila! This is great for the promotion of prePhilippine scripts. At least they used their own original artwork rather than ripping of artists like Walker Underwear.