Henry Ward Beecher

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.

Banksy

Graffiti's always been a temporary art form. You make your mark and then they scrub it off.

Saint Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

We Love Camp Fires

Welcome to We Love Camp Fires. We are Ashley and Sam and we are currently studying at the Academy of Art University in the US. We are two guys who love art and music and are immersed in the great city of San Francisco, with great peers. Ashley’s studying at the School of Art Education and wants to be an art educator inspiring a new generation of artists. Sam’s studying animation and visual effects aiming for work in the 3D animation industry.

We both love music too. Sometimes we play music at parties, but most of the time we listen to other people’s music and love travelling to the world’s festivals to hear music live. Our other shared hobby is spray painting.

We were first inspired by the POW WOW team and now we want to inspire you too, to listen to a range of music and view original art from some of the world’s greatest artists. On We Love Camp Fires we will share our bucket list of the world’s festivals and the world’s events in art and music. It’s going to involve a lot of travelling in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world.

Traveling Around The World

Europe's largest Street Art and Graffiti festival

Street Art and Graffiti festival in Bristol

In 2016 we went travelling in Europe and saw Europe's largest Street Art and Graffiti festival in Bristol, UK on July 23-25. More than three-hundred street artists helped to decorate Bristol to welcome twenty-five thousand visitors. Artists from more than twenty-five countries created murals covering 30,000sq ft of the city, home of renowned street artist Banksy. Some of the artworks are painted on movable boards and temporary hoardings, but murals on some venues and buildings will remain all year until the next festival.

The live artist painting took place over the weekend and you are invited to chat with the artists whilst they work. The Monday was designated as a viewing day and special family day with extra workshops for the kids. No tickets are required for Upfest, but you can support them by buying a programme on site and donate to Upfest’s nominated charity, National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).

The affordable art sale, music stages for local bands and art workshops make Upfest one of the best world’s events.

Upfest 2016

Soundwave Croatia

Soundwave Croatia at the magical Garden Tisno is a unique five day adventure where kindred spirits flock to experience one of Europe’s most life-affirming world’s festivals packed full of music, art, film and much more. With a reputation as one of Europe’s best music festivals, the travelling is well worth the effort. Soundwave takes place at a secluded cove on the coast, offering music performed and selected by some of the world’s best musicians and DJs.

Soundwave’s famed musical spectrum ranges from the soulful sounds of hip-hop, reggae, jazz & world, funk & disco, electronica, broken-beat, drum and bass across three stages, The Argonaughty ship and the legendary open air nightclub Barbarella’s.

Whilst in Tisno, you can go snorkelling, diving and fishing, visit the surrounding islands. Taking a trip to one of the nearby national parks such as Krka and Kornati is a must.

There’s also an air cinema experience with a showcase of independent and Croatian film. Date for the diary is 27 – 31 July 2017

Wynwood Walls: Urban graffiti art, Miami

Started in 2009 the Wynwood Walls has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami. There’s a diverse representation of both American and international artists that encompasses everything from the old school graffiti artists to the newest work being created around the world. Wynwood Doors add a surprise touch with a portrait gallery of smaller works by a host of different artists.

Wynwood Walls has to be one of America’s hippest neighbourhoods and one of the world’s events you can’t miss if you are a spray painter. Since launching, more than fifty artists representing sixteen countries have covered over eighty-thousand square feet of walls both inside and outside the park in the surrounding neighbourhood. Wynwood Walls Garden opened in 2015, offering new space within the outdoor museum to enjoy not only an additional four murals by Case (Germany), Logan Hicks (US), El Seed (France) and Hueman (US) but also a container installation by Pichi & Avo (Spain).

Wynwood Walls

Art Basel Switzerland

Our travelling in Europe also took us to Art Basel in June 2016. Basel itself is a historically important city located at the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany that welcomes art lovers from all over the world. You can see artworks from Modern masters and newly emerging stars worldwide. Over six days, the show attracts more than ninety-five-thousand visitors, with almost three-hundred of the world's leading galleries showing the work of four-thousand artists.

The show is organized around eight sectors, which together encompass a vast range of artistic mediums, including paintings, sculpture, installations, film and videos, multiples, prints, photography, and live performance. There’s also a full program of talks each day. The next show is June 15 – 18, 2017

Art Basel

Discover also

Stories of our life and others

Spray You'll Marry Me

Spray You'll Marry Me: Graffiti Artist Pops The Question By Painting His Proposal

Sep. 18th

Spray painting your marriage proposal is not a unique idea, but each piece of street art definitely is. Here are two stories of romantic graffiti artists who have arranged their proposal via spray paint.

Read More
2D Marriage Proposal

The Optical Illusion Of A 2D Marriage Proposal

Jan. 5th

An artist has helped a man with his marriage proposal to his girlfriend after transforming them both into 2D works of art using paint in a mind-boggling optical illusion that makes the couple appear as a two-dimensional moving portrait.

Read More
History Of Graffiti And How To Make Graffiti

History Of Graffiti And How To Make Graffiti

Nov. 25th

There is an ongoing debate regarding graffiti. Some say it is urban folk art, others vandalism. The urge to scrawl on a wall is probably older than the Pyramids, but nobody really knows the exact origins of street-art graffiti, the style that virtually took over New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

Read More

Lett's Get In Touch

It would be great to hear from you!