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Border Psycho Brewery: The Rebel Flavor of the Border

Border Psycho Brewery: The Rebel Flavor of the Border

By Jorge Guevara. Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red.

Border Psycho Brewery

The beers of Border Psycho Brewery. Images and video by Lilia Hernández

I first met Roberto Albarran while I was sitting in a bar at a restaurant, doing a review of the their new menu. At first glance I found him intimidating. He was wearing a leather jacket, a black shirt, and had an epic beard. All he needed was a motorcycle to complete the picture, and my impression was that he could well be the president of a motorcycle club. Then I discovered that  Roberto was the one who made the local beer Border Psycho, and everything suddenly made sense. That same day, he gave me his card and invited me to visit the brewery.

Border Psycho Brewery

A few weeks later I went over to the Border Psycho Brewery, appropriately located near the international border in the Colonia Libertad neighborhood of Tijuana. After being greeted by a friendly pitbull at the front door, I went inside and noticed that the place was painted with red and black colors – just like the colors of the local professional soccer team – and it felt like a motorcycle club.

Border Psycho Brewery

Javier Albarran, the master brewer of Border Psycho, also greeted us at the entrance and gave us a tour of the brewery. He explained in detail the entire brewing process, from the selection of grains to the manual bottling process. Each bottle that reaches your hands has passed through theirs, which says a lot about the brothers’ traditional brewing philosophy.

Border Psycho Brewery

Roberto arrived moments later while we were enjoying a beer called “Cream”, a clear and sweet beer that had not been bottled yet. He sat down and after we touched glasse,s I asked him the obvious question. How did it all begin? As it turns out, Javier Albarran is a sommelier, and was was fortunate enough to take a course in the art of brewing. Roberto, the other half of the duo behind Border Psycho, reached a point in his life where he found himself unemployed. Both brothers decided to go all in, and pursue their dream of making their own beers, something they had always wanted to do.

VIDEO : Interview with Roberto Albarrán

Fortunately, everything seems to be going very well, as their beers are not just a success locally, but also at a domestic and international level. This 100% family owned business is increasingly being recognized everywhere, and honestly, this is well deserved. Something I noticed during this visit is that when the Albarran brothers talk about their beer, you immediately sense the sincerity and confidence they have in what they do. These guys are really passionate about their beers.

Border Psycho Brewery produces the following beer styles:

• Imperial Psycho Ale

Abbreviated IPA, this beer has a dark copper color, lots of foam and a strong smell of hops, flowers, toffee and caramel. It’s a bit bitter, but has a sweet finish.

• Porter

A dark beer with a delicious smell of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. In Robert’s words, it’s no big deal, but it is a well-made beer. Great to sip on while just sitting around, talking and smoking a cigar.

• English Brown Ale

The “Brown” as its commonly known happens to be one of my favorites. It has great taste of coffee, chocolate and black fruits, with just the right bitterness at the end.

• La Perversa (The Wicked One)

A double IPA with long hops, but also a sweet taste at the end. This new addition to the list of the Border Psycho beers is a pleasant surprise to fans of the IPA. La Perversa beer without a doubt can compete against any of Sierra Nevada’s IPAs.

• Brutal Imperial Stout

Like all stouts, this one also has a dark color, good foam, and smells of coffee, chocolate and to my surprise, anise. This beer is delicious and soft and has a high alcoholic content that is barely noticeable. Definitely one of the strong cards of the Border Psycho Brewery.

• La Belgica Sicotica (The Belgian Psycho)

A Black Saison. Wow, they definitively brought down the house with this one. This beer is the crown jewel of the Border Psycho Brewery. You simply just have to try this beer to begin to understand the complexity of its flavor. If you ever have opportunity to try it, don’t think twice and just do it.

Border Psycho Brewery

Border Psycho Brewery is part of the current craft beer production movement in Baja California. Every day more and more places have begun to order their products, all of which are excellent. On your next visit to Tijuana make sure to visit La Tasquita or the BCB Tasting Room and enjoy the new rebel flavor of the border, a Border Psycho craft beer.

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Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

By Brenda Colón, with photos courtesy of Lilia Hernández. Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red.

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

Tijuana celebrates its 124th birthday this month.

Tijuana officially celebrated its 124th anniversary on Thursday, July 11, 2013. In addition to cake and a happy birthday song, the city will now enjoy over a month of celebrations, including family-friendly activities and events that can be enjoyed by citizens on both sides of the border.

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

Last Thursday night, a cake was cut, just as it is for virtually every birthday party. For this occasion, however, the cake was five feet wide. The special guests in charge of cutting this enormous celebratory dessert included Mr. Obed Silva, Secretary of Government, Ms. Elsa Arnaiz Rosas, director of the Institute for Art and Culture, Ms. Carolina Bustamante, president of the Board of Municipal DIF, and Richard Fitch, president of United for Tijuana AC.

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

“We are pleased to continue this celebration which 24 years ago was promoted by the civil association ‘United for Tijuana’, headed by Richard Fitch, in a place so traditional such as the Teniente Guerrero Park, and also with families who decades ago arrived to this city and have helped form it into what Tijuana is today, “said Institute for Art and Culture director Elsa Arnaiz Rosas.

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

The anniversary ceremony was topped off at City Hall by the mayor, Carlos Bustamante, who pledged that Tijuana would continue to grow with the support of all its residents.

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

Throughout the next few weekends, there will be several festivals showcasing the food, drinks, and culture of the region, including a free concert headlined by renowned Mexican singer Gloria Trevi. The festivities will finally come to a close on August 18th.

Tijuana Celebrates Its 124th Birthday

 

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Casa Baloyán: The Tijuana Winery

Casa Baloyán: The Tijuana Winery

by Juan Pablo Vásquez/ La Guía del Vino. Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red.

Its presence in the border city is what makes it unique

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Several years ago when I was having a conversation about the wines from the United States, I learned of a new winery project in Baja California. The first thing that caught my attention was that the winemaker in charge of the wines for this new winery was a native of Napa Valley. The second part of the story, which was a joy rather than a surprise, was that the winery would be located in Tijuana.

Tijuana lived a through a difficult period with violence and an economic crisis. Believing in Tijuana at this point in time was not easy. The national and international press had made it their favorite pastime in talking about how dangerous it was to visit and invest in this border city. But despite the difficult circumstances, Casa Baloyán was born.

With a few French barrels and grapes from the Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley), Erik Baloyan and Chris Corley started to work on their vision of Mexican wine, Tijuana-style.

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The wines launched several years ago and have achieved acceptance by both consumers and the press. Intense and fruity, with an obvious California influence, the wines are a clear reflection of the people and the climate who produce them.

Of their wines, three stand out from the rest. The first is called “Tres Tintos” (Three Red’s), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon that offers great quality at a great price. The second, a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, is ambitious in its preparation, and attempts to balance fruit-forwardness with sophisticated herbal notes. And, finally, there is the Muscat, a sweet wine with a hint of ripe fruit, honey and flowers, but with an acidity that gives it an undeniable freshness.

The vineyard’s terroir contributes to the character of the wines. Located just a few kilometers behind Mogor Badan (towards Sierra Blanca),  Casa Baloyán enjoys a specific climate that has given it the opportunity to produce varieties such as Pinot Noir with encouraging results.

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The growth continues. Last month a cellar and tasting room opened right next to the winery’s production area. The new look operation is a mix of modern and classic elements, of  harmony and elegance. Casa Baloyán now boasts a wine bar, as well as a private room for tastings and special events.

But while there are many elements that make Casa Baloyan one of the most exciting wine projects in Mexico, its presence in Tijuana is what makes it unique.

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Rhythm and Brews: Schedule Set for Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival

Rhythm and Brews: Schedule Set for Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival

By Brenda Colón Navar. Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red.

Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival

The Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival will be held Sunday, May 26.

This Sunday, May 26, 2013, when the clocks hands strike  noon, the “Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival” will kick off on Avenida Revolucion, between Fourth and Fifth Street. Besides the excellent music, visitors to the family-friendly festival can sample wines, craft beers and food at very reasonable prices.

Speaking of reasonable prices, admission is free for the festival, which will feature performances from Steph Johnson, Missy Andersen, Pico de Gallo Latin Jazz, Pachuco Blues, Rio, Ticos Jazz Big Band, Los Zaragoza, Carlos Marks and Datz Jazz.

Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival

In addition to great music, visitors to the Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival can enjoy fine wines and craft beers, and sample excellent regional cuisine.

The jazz and blues fest  is just another example of the great cultural activity found in the Tijuana area. The event will take place just a few minutes away from the international border, near Caesar’s Restaurant, which will of course share its gastronomic treasures, including the salad that made Tijuana famous.

Hip, edgy and exciting, Tijuana is a magnet for those seeking off-beat travel adventures. Let us know what your favorite Tijuana adventure has been!

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The Wax Museum in Tijuana

The Wax Museum in Tijuana: A 20 year old tourist attraction

Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red

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On February 5, 1993, the Wax Museum in Tijuana began. It has now been 20 years since it was first built, and has been a place where many families and students have gathered to walk its halls and take a trip through history — a place with 92 wax figures and period paintings on display.This place is enriched with different art works, sculptures, mural paintings, costumes and wood carvings that give it a very distinctive, museum-like character.

“Ricardo G. Montes Parra was the person who took the initiative to establish a wax museum of international quality in Tijuana, as a new tourist attraction”, said the Museum’s general manager, Ricardo Parra Leon.

When it first opened its doors, the museum started out with 45 wax figures. Currently, it has 92 figures that are all spread out into ten different rooms that are divided into four different sections: history of Mexico, personalities and great leaders, film and entertainment and also a horror show room.

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Here there are replicas of historical figures such as Hidalgo, Moctezuma, Zapata, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi and Pope John Paul II. There are also entertainment icons like Cantinflas, Marilyn Monroe, Pedro Infante, Elvis Presley, Veronica Castro and El Chavo among others.

In a room that is like a dark dungeon with a wooden floor that makes a noise at every turn, there are the classic horror characters like the dreaded Dracula, Freddy Kruger, the Wolfman in his transformation from man to beast, the pitiful Llorona and many more.

The Tijuana Wax Museum was the first museum in the history of this city, and over the years has received many awards and recognition from several civil organizations, educational and cultural institutions, including an award by the Tourism and Conventions Committee of Tijuana in 2003, and also an award by the Government of Baja California in 2012.

To celebrate the Museum’s 20th anniversary — the museum, by the way, receives an average of 4000 visitors a month — they will soon have five new figures which will be: The Pípila, Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Plutarco Elias Calles, Vicente Guerrero and Alvaro Obregon.

The Wax Museum is included in the list of 121 things to do in Tijuana. So during Spring Break or any other time of the year, this is an excellent choice for families to spend some time together and to live through some stories, myths and terror while walking through the different rooms of this place.

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Tijuana: One Year After Anthony Bourdain

Tijuana, one year after Anthony Bourdain

By Tony Tee, reprinted with permission of San Diego Red

Tony Tee and Anthony Bourdain 'do' Tijuana.

 

In January of 2012, I received a phone call that could only be described as one of the coolest phone calls in my 30 or so years of existence thus far. Local film and television producer Ivan Garcia called me and advised me he had suggested my name to be a night-life guide to Anthony Bourdain during the filming of “No Reservations” Baja episode. I said ‘yes’ immediately but was somewhat in disbelief about the matter. I knew right away it wasn’t because of the numerous emails I had sent the show in the late 2000’s telling them how interesting and unique the state of Baja California was.

It couldn’t have been because of those emails more than 4 years ago. Or could it?

Rumors had been circulating in the first weeks on 2012 and, to be more precise, my friend and blogger Jason “Tijuanalandia” Fritz had been vehement about his sources confirming all over social media. Rumors and only rumors until one magic day I got an email from the production company that makes the show asking me to hang out with the world famous chef/author and drop some knowledge about Tijuana which pretty much confirmed it. I held my breath, thought about what was written, let it all sink in and finally came to the realization of what was happening. I WAS GOING TO HANG OUT WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN! Needless to say the whole situation seemed surreal or even dream like. I was crossing the border by car looking at my smart phone emails and asked the Tostilocos (Bourdain actually tried and liked ) vendor to pinch me so I could awaken from this slumber. The man looked over and smiled but never pinched me. I tried to carry on the rest of my meaningless day and existence like nothing was different but could no longer resist, even though the email said to not tell anyone, I told my mama. –

Why would they ask me to host such a well known man in the city of sin ( Tijuana )? People may or may not know this, but for the last six years I have played a part (unknowingly) in somehow helping to destroy certain stereotypes about the notoriously raunchy Tijuana nightlife scene. I am a party promoter. I have booked and done shows with hundreds of internet relevant dj’s and music acts from dozens of countries.

It’s been known around town that I am fun to drink with and know the spots to do it right at. Apparently those credentials and my reputation around town are enough to host a world class Gringo, writer and chef like Bourdain, lucky me.

 

The producers of the show told me to meet Bourdain on the last Friday of January 2012, 7pm at the legendary downtown Tijuana dive bar, Dandy del Sur. At first he seemed rigid and uninterested but after downing Tequila shot after shot we got into the chat zone perfectly. He is as cool as he seems to be on the show, maybe cooler. Right away he was curious to know about the uniqueness of being smashed up between two cultures and countries and I was eager to tell him about it. We spoke about Tijuana past, present, future, drug trade, tourism and other subjects for about ninety minutes, 6 shots and 4 beers each. We made our way across the street to the Tijuana Hipster Mecca known as La Mezcalera, downed the Mezcal sampler and made our way to what was probably the funniest/coolest part of the whole damn show, the pink limo incident. By this time we were pretty drunk and

I surprised him with a 1987 pink Lincoln Continental limousine and to quote the man himself “ the effing thing didn’t start.” The limo battery was dead and a huge crowd gathered to see the freaks inside of it, we finally got a jump start and went to Las Ahumaderas to eat some tacos. The next day we hung out at the Caliente race track. Bourdain was hung over, we lost our bets, they did not come through on providing monkeys riding greyhound dogs as promised and the Caliente rep kept bugging us to wear hats with the brand on them on camera. It’s easy to see why this segment never aired on TV and only made it to the travel channel website.

One year later, Tijuana is at best — the same as it always has been. It’s very hard to gauge any measurable results from having No Reservations or positive stories about Tijuana from other huge media outlets ( NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal ) like we have had since the airing of the episode. Strong stereotypes and horror stories still exist and will continue to exist about violence, drugs and cheap hookers. Let’s face it, the city finds itself in a geographical location that will always allow those stereotypes to exist. We can’t hide where we are and why certain kinds of people find it easy to take advantage of the situation and promote or indulge in drugs and prostitution. If anything, maybe we can have learned to embrace it and laugh about it. The show did help kick start a food trend that had already existed and will continue to thrive. The Baja Med cuisine was heavily featured on the episode. Aside from a local soccer team winning it all in Mexico ( something that people from other than this region simply don’t care about it ) the food scene is the only thing that has really benefited from the show.

On a personal level, the show has gotten me recognized every single day. A Las Vegas elevator on the strip, a karaoke bar full of American tourists, the super market, restaurants, the street and a whole bunch of bars are only the some of the places I have been recognized.

I will live on in reruns of the show on the travel channel (only reason worth watching travel channel). The taco place I took Bourdain to in Tijuana has immortalized me forever with a huge five foot poster of me and the chef during our visit. Tacos de Swaggdero for life.

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Edgy, exciting and a weird combination of hip and retro, Tijuana is a magnet for those seeking off-beat travel adventures.  Let us know what your favorite Tijuana adventure has been!

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Craft Beer in Baja: Beer-vana in Tijuana, BCB Tasting Room

Craft Beer and breweries are flourishing in Baja.  Where to taste the foamy nectar?  How about BCB Tasting Room in Tijuana.

By Genáro Valladolid. Reprinted with permission of San Diego Red.

San Diego, let me start of by saying that you do not know how good you have it regarding craft beers. Remember in the Lion King when Mufasa tells Simba about that dark place on the horizon called The Elephant’s Graveyard? Well, that was Tijuana regarding beer not that long ago. Sure, we had our Tecate , Corona and Dos Equis but that was about it. Thanks to the San Diego influence and some dedicated beer lovers south of the border, that has changed dramatically and Tijuana is now considered by many to be the craft beer capital of Mexico.

The best place in Tijuana, and quite possibly all of Mexico, to sample local and international brews is undoubtedly BCB Tasting Room. I went to BCB on a Friday night to try some of the brews and food from their kitchen (hard work for sure!) and met up with Ruben Valenzuela who along with Felipe Vera own the place. Ruben started telling me about the origins of BCB, which stands for Baja Craft Brews, as a local beer distributor. As the craft beer movement started to grow in Tijuana thanks to places like Devo’s, Zebra Mexican Pub and The Beer Box there also grew a need for someone to deliver beers to those places. Inspired by the new wave of beer drinkers they decided to open BCB Tasting Room this past August and it has been an unqualified hit. You can find a good crowd here pretty much every day and on weekends it gets packed around 8 p.m.

It is located near Colonia Chapultepec in an old warehouse and is nicely decorated with empty beer cartons on one wall, a cold room with kegs on another and hanging beer keg lamps. The music is a combination of classic and alternative rock along with rock en español.

VIDEO : The BCB Tasting Room

 

First things first so let’s talk about the “cerveza artesanal.” There are thirty beers on tap and there will be twelve more in the near future. About half of them are from the Tijuana-San Diego area and the rest are from other parts of Mexico and the US. The list rotates depending on availability and the time of year. The menu lists over two hundred bottled beers from twelve countries including beer capitals like Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Some of the standouts are Ballast Point Victory At Sea and Firestone Union Jack from the USA which were recently among the top 12 according to CNN’s Eatocracy blog. From Mexico they have Insurgente’s IPA Lupulosa and the full line from Ramuri. La Lupulosa won the gold medal for best IPA and Ramuri was selected as Mexico’s best craft brewery in the recently concluded national event called Cerveza Mexico. I asked Ruben what his most popular beers are and he said the people like to order the local Tijuana beers such as Frontera, Insurgente, Ramuri and Border Psycho.

When they opened a few months ago the food was your standard brew pub fare but that has changed considerably with the hiring of Chef Alberto Cancino. Like many of Tijuana’s rising crop of young chefs Alberto graduated from the Culinary Art School and has worked abroad at Michelin rated restaurants in Barcelona and Madrid.

On this night I sampled a German sausage with mustard sauce, a really good cold cut pizza, a perfectly cooked juicy rib eye and a pork belly appetizer made especially for yours truly. I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by each plate.

For dessert BCB has a few options such as tiramisu with a stout beer reduction and crème brulée but I decided to stick with beer!

Some of the great things about the craft beer scene in Tijuana is that all the brewers know and support each other and that everybody is totally into it. The last couple of times I have been there I have run into local and international celebrities such as Fussible and Hiperboral from the acclaimed Nortec Collective and Derrik Chinn who runs Turista Libre. On this occasion I ran into the three guys behind Silenus Brewery in Tijuana and I spoke to them about how they started. They mentioned the San Diego influence and said that they took beer making classes at Ramuri. I also ran into a group of three friends from the USA who were visiting BCB.

Steve , who is originally from Long Beach but now lives in Tijuana, brought his friends Adrian and Jeff down to check out the scene. I asked Jeff from the OC about his experience in Tijuana and he said “I feel just as safe as I would in San Diego.” He mentioned that his favorite brews so far were Insurgente’s Lupulosa and Nocturna.

They all mentioned that they enjoy the different atmosphere in Tijuana and the lower prices for almost everything. I asked them about getting back home and they said they usually walk across at night which takes about fifteen minutes and then they take the trolley.

The craft brew scene is taking off throughout Mexico and especially in Tijuana. Having grown tired of the duopoly held by Modelo and Cuauhtémoc breweries and their bland offerings, micro-breweries are springing up all over Mexico to the benefit of all us beer drinkers. Tijuana is Mexico’s craft beer capital and the BCB Tasting Room is the capital in Tijuana.

Want to visit Tijuana’s craft breweries?  Find out where to stay while you are in Tijuana!  

Sandiegored.com is designed as the first portal in Spanish that provides information/entertainment and news in SanDiego and the Tijuana / Baja California region. Our main objective is that you find all the information that you need in SanDiegoRed and BECOME  your preferred portal. We are committed to working tirelessly to meet your expectations and deliver the best website in Spanish. Contact SanDiegoRed.com or call (858) 454-511.

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El Chaparral, Mexico’s New Port of Entry

El Chaparral, Mexico’s New Port of Entry:  Puerta México at San Ysidro under repairs this Monday

by Brenda Colón Navar. Reprinted with permission from San Diego Red.

El Chaparrall, Mexico's New Port of Entry

 

The General Services Administration (GSA) informed that on Monday October 15th, the port of entry into Mexico will close three of its lanes, due to repairs in which the lanes will be closed for a time period of 12 hours.

Lanes 4, 5 and 6 from San Diego into Tijuana will be closed beginning at 10p.m. Monday night, and all drivers are being encouraged to take any necessary precautions.

Normal activities are expected to return on Tuesday morning October 16th at 10a.m.

 

In the meantime construction activities at El Chaparral are coming to its end in a few days, which will allow entry into Mexico through that access point that will begin operations starting November 1st, and will have 22 open lanes.

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Baja Graffiti: A Virtual Museum Showcasing Baja’s Street Artists

by Carla White

“I like to think of it more like a virtual museum. No driving necessary to appreciate the great artwork around, not easily accessed by foot.”  So says Nancy Ellick-Tabeling, a photographer and virtual curator of Baja Graffiti, a Facebook site that provides a showcase for some of Baja’s top street art and the artists who create it.

 

Baja Graffiti: A Virtual Museum Showcasing Baja's Street Artists

The Baja Graffiti site evolved organically, while Ellick-Tabeling was exploring themes in contemporary Mexican culture to photograph.  As she poked below the surface of the neighborhoods and communities in towns like Tijuana and Ensenada, the recurring elements of graffiti in all of its styles and messages grabbed her attention. Searching for “IT” became a treasure hunt and soon she began to identify and document the different artists and styles of street art — as she puts it, “the legal and illegal, primitive, sophisticated, soulful and soul-less.”

The images piled up quickly. What to do with them? Publish a book? For the photographer, the cost and labor didn’t make sense. “Who reads coffee table books anymore?” she asked herself.  The answer to her dilemma came with the idea of Baja Graffiti  and five months ago, the site was launched on Facebook.   In short order, it gained support from street art aficionados all over the world and is quickly acquiring new visitors.

“A keen appreciation of street art, especially graffiti, is an acquired taste. But it is surprisingly easy to acquire if you are open to exploring a new art form,” says Ellick-Tabling.  “Before turning up your nose, remember that Impressionism too, was fiercely despised when first introduced.”

She believes that the street art in Baja is particularly powerful in its contrasts — sometimes depicting the grittiness of the urban landscape, sometimes overlaying the images with the softness of the rural landscape.  Perhaps, then, the fact that Baja Graffiti can present the images in a ‘gallery’ form — albeit virtual — gives viewers a broader platform from which to make their critical judgements.  It is different seeing art in an organized setting that offers the chance to objectively view it versus walking along and seeing a painting on a cement wall.  Maybe it makes the ubiquitous question, “Is it the voice of the people? Or is it vandalism?”  a little bit easier to answer.

 

'Yes!' by Nancy Ellick-Tabeling, Baja Graffiti, hangs in Ollie's Pizza in Rosarito

“What makes this page so much fun is the opportunity to be an art critic and to interact with the artists. Regardless of age, race and backgrounds anyone can connect and communicate over a piece of art. Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin  would have loved Facebook!” poses Ellick-Tabeling.  Possibly, they would have contributed some of their own work to Baja Grafitti.

Visit Baja Graffiti…and then perhaps you’ll want to visit Baja and see street art up close!  Where to stay

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