It was, by no means, the first Easter I’ve ever spent away from home. Last year, I chose to attend the Nuart Aberdeen Street Art Festival as opposed to flying back to Italy, and on several other Easter weekends before that, I just stayed where I was. This year I still wasn’t planning on buying an overpriced ticket to Rome, yet I couldn’t help but feel a bit homesick about spending Easter apart from my family.
Me, Myself and I
“Wait, keep the door open!”
“Sorry?” he says, holding the industrial sliding door with his skate.
“Keep the door open, please, I have to get in.”
“Ah,” he sighs “so you do belong here.”
I can tell he just received the ‘keep off’ warning from my colleagues inside the warehouse. His expression clearly shows the aftereffects of the proverbial Dutch directness.
“Well, yes, I do” I look over at him, as if coming out of a dream “I work here.”
Once upon a time, or –actually- just one year ago, a crazy German guy wrote me an even crazier email. He identified himself as the curator of Urban Art Festival Amsterdam. He also stated that he was producing a mural in Amsterdam Southeast and wanted me to write about it. I was already planning to head to Northern Europe to attend the Belgian street art festival The Crystal Ship, and I had to fly to Nuart Aberdeen festival one week after that. So I figured it would have been at the very least convenient to spend the days in between in Amsterdam.
What could possibly go wrong?
[Update 2020] Happy 2020 folks! I’ve updated this blogging manifesto throughout 2019, so it makes sense now to update the introduction too ;) I have no resolutions to add but keeping this page lively and coming back here every now and then with further thoughts on blogging, either by me or my fellow street art bloggers and independent creators. (scroll down to read them all)
I’m aware I’m neglecting the blog lately, and I totally disappeared from social media, but I haven’t quit: I’m just trying to re-focus on who I am and where I want to bring this blog in 2020. And I’m sure this blogging manifesto will help me with that :)