RedCan Graffiti Jam

CRYP 9th Annual RedCan Invitational Graffiti Jam 2023

Join us for this FREE event!

July 10-11, 2024

Mural painting and youth art activities at sites throughout the Eagle Butte community

July 12-13, 2024

Painting, performances, community meals and youth art activities

CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park
101 East Lincoln Street
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Boy from community painting with spray can with other youth and adults also painting in the background

Held in the heart of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation, RedCan is the first and only graffiti jam in Indian Country.

For four life-changing days every summer, this award-winning event offers an unprecedented opportunity for the Cheyenne River community to experience humankind’s largest art movement while also strengthening connections with traditional Lakota culture. Along the way, RedCan provides meaningful, lasting inspiration for our young people, who are discovering the profound power of art in finding their own voices, exploring their identities, and expressing themselves.

Graffiti jams are dedicated to introducing graffiti as an art form, bringing together people who exemplify the contemporary graffiti art movement and how it has evolved since its inception more than a half century ago.

Since its 2015 inception, RedCan has been breaking new ground. Not only are our featured artists showcasing a global movement, its relevance, and how to be part of it, they’re connecting the graffiti world with the indigenous one.

Boy from community painting with spray can with other youth and adults also painting in the background
Boy from community painting with spray can with other youth and adults also painting in the background
Graffiti jams are dedicated to introducing graffiti as an art form, bringing together people who exemplify the contemporary graffiti art movement and how it has evolved since its inception more than a half century ago.

Since its 2015 inception, RedCan has been breaking new ground. Not only are our featured artists showcasing a global movement, its relevance, and how to be part of it, they’re connecting the graffiti world with the indigenous one.

Together, we are sharing and revitalizing our stories, our language, our values, and our identities. And through reclaiming our spaces in this way, we are lifting up our community.

Support RedCan

Hosting such a major event with acclaimed artists from across the country is no small task, and RedCan wouldn’t be possible without you. You can make a contribution to support this year’s graffiti jam through Square or PayPal. All proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies, food, and beverages and to help cover the artists’ travel expenses.

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Learn more about our new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Institute and Art Park Project and how you can help!

Redcan 2024 Artists

EAST

A native of Illiana (Illinois-Indiana) now residing in Denver, East graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine & Performing Arts in 1988. This classically trained scholarship recipient and teacher’s apprentice excelled in the arts of Intaglio printmaking and color theory. His love of technical lines and color spilled over into his passion for urban art, and East became a leading influence in the Illinois underground art scene and is a founder of Midwest graffiti styles. With more than 40 years’ experience, East continues to surge forward — through his consistency and perseverance, he has earned the title “Midwest Master.” East is the lead instructor for CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute, and he continues to pursue his passion for letters and lettering styles.

CYFI

Rock Martinez is an International Aerosol Artist, with over 20 years experience painting large surfaces, commercial buildings and private spaces. From commissions to relevant public tributes, Rock brings creative solutions to neighborhoods around the United States. Working across cultural boundaries of the challenges communities face today, Rock brightens city streets with his larger than life murals. His skills are known for pushing ideas to extremes and unlocking public art awareness. Rock is based in Minneapolis with studios in the Twin Cities and Tucson, AZ.

www.cyfiart.com

DWAYNO

Dwayne Manuel began his life on the field lands of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Since those beginnings, the main activity of engagement in Dwayne’s world was drawing. Although he perceived the act of drawing by certain family members, the main creative influence in his upbringing was his mother Alice Manuel, who was an O’odham basket weaver. Through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, it was the need for drawing that would continuously sketch an unfolding future in the arts for Dwayne Manuel.

The year 2002 marks Dwayne’s ascension from high school, launching him into his artistic journey through the trenches of academia. From 2004 to 2010, he attended the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he obtained his Bachelors in Fine Arts degree. After IAIA, Manuel decided to make like the Eagles and “take it to the limit one more time” by pursuing the challenge of a Master of Fine Arts degree. In 2011-2014, he attended the University Of Arizona School of Art, where he would acquire his MFA.

Manuel now teaches painting and drawing at the Tohono O’odham Community College in Sells and Phoenix, Arizona. In his professional art career, Dwayne has exhibited with, collaborated with, and been commissioned by organizations such as The Heard Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Tempe Center for the Arts, Nike, and the Phoenix Suns.

179

179 is a muralist and teaching artist in Seattle, and works with the community on public art projects and workshops. Her goal is to create safe and beautiful spaces for community members by engaging them in mindful installations. She loves working with youth and challenging their brilliant minds to think about their roles within the rapid growth of our city. Her work strives to engage the viewer to be a part of their environment through observation, critique, and participation. She believes community engagement is vital to successful art planning, and art should be accessible to all. Her focus is education and leading by example.

HOKA

Hoka Skenandore is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin in addition to being Oglala Lakota, La Jolla Band of Luiseño and Chicano. He grew up in a home where he learned to appreciate traditional native art as well as fine art. On his own, he embraced the DIY ethos of punk rock and hip-hop culture, setting him on the path to becoming a style writer. He transitioned from painting graffiti to working on murals in the Albuquerque metro area in the late ’90s. He graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio arts in 2006, and later from the University of Oklahoma in 2020 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. He is currently full-time faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he teaches introductory Painting and Drawing courses.

LADY DIVA

One of Aotearoa’s first female graffiti artists, Janine has been a member of the world-acclaimed collective ‘TMD Crew’ since 1998. Her work has been featured in a wide range of exhibitions and shows throughout the world alongside the work of her husband, Charles, while she balances life as a mother, self-employed artist and full-time student. More recent works reflect local cultural and historical narratives that have a direct connection to the land in which the artwork remains. A professional creative consultant, she works alongside commercial developers and urban designers infusing cultural designs and frameworks into processes across Aotearoa. She is passionate about her roots in graffiti, having travelled across the globe and been involved in a range of festivals and projects over the past 25 years.

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PHAT1

Founding member of the world championship winning graffiti crew TMD (The Most Dedicated – 1996), Charles aka Phat1 has been a global leader in the urban contemporary art field for over 25 years. With roots in graffiti, his passion for endemic/native birdlife focuses on the connection of culture and the natural world with a strong focus on Māori/indigenous narratives & themes. His global influence within the street art genre has lead to numerous personal and group world titles throughout his career. A proud father of four and uncle to many alongside his wife Janine, together they have been full-time artists for the past 10 years, building a portfolio that includes working with some of the world’s biggest brands and being involved in countless festivals around the world.

TAMIJOY

Tammy Joy Granados is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, from the Itazipco and Hunkpapa bands of the Lakota/Dakota people, and she was born and raised in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She currently resides in the community of LaPlant on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. She uses the name Tammy Joy Art for her professional work, and TamiJoy for her graffiti and street art.

Tammy’s expressionistic style is honed through years of experimenting with different mediums and styles — primarily acrylic paint, graffiti and street art, graphic art, and paper. She draws inspiration from cultural components and storytelling, as well as from subjects and objects that have great meaning to her.

Tammy has four young children who inspire her daily, and they often can be found in the pieces she creates. She credits her artistic knowledge to her late uncle, Leonard Granados; her pride in her uncle’s creations evolved into a motivation to learn and find an avenue for her own self-expression. She also attributes a great deal of her artistic growth to her years employed with the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte; she learned a variety of artistic techniques and mediums alongside the young people she served.

Tammy sees her artistic development as a lifelong journey, one in which she is constantly fine-tuning her artistic vision and enhancing her skills and techniques. While she works primarily with acrylic on canvas, she also creates large-scale murals as a graffiti and street artist. On a smaller scale, she produces craft items and wood decor. She enjoys video creation as well as graphic arts; she creates logos, publicity pieces, holiday cards, T-shirt designs, and illustrations for children’s books and other publications. For several years, Tammy has participated as an accepted artist in the “Native POP: People of the Plains” art market, and she has consistently placed in CRST’s Labor Day Domestic and Lakota Arts Exhibit. In addition, her work has been displayed at the Journey Museum in Rapid City as well as at the Rapid City Public Library.

YUKUE

An enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe from Guadalupe, Arizona, Anitra Molina was raised on the New Pascua Reservation in Tucson. Her artist name, Yukue, refers to the rain that falls during the Arizona summer monsoons. She is a graffiti writer and a self-taught painter and aerosol mural artist. In her artwork,

Anitra incorporates applied graffiti paint techniques, bright color palette, and surreal pop — with elements of neo-folk art with an emphasis on expressing indigenous joy, attitude, and empowerment t through sun-kissed cactus characters named “Nopalitas,” “Saugo,” and “Taawe ToothTaker.” Her work also reflects a deep admiration for and spiritual connection to the lands and sky of the Sonoran Desert as well as Yaqui Tribal cultural essences and symbolism. Mixed into her paints, viewers will discover a dreamy and joyous kawaii twist with attitudes of punk rock and heavy metal.

REZMO

Natasha Martinez is Diné and Mexicá, and she grew up on the Navajo Nation Reservation in New Mexico. She has been doing graffiti for 18 years across the Southwest, and she enjoys teaching graffiti workshops in Native communities. As a graffiti writer, she is best known as Rezmo, which is short for Rezfunkmomma. “My work represents who I am and the women that inspire me, near and far,” she says. “I grew up with dual heritage, and often people judged me by the color of my skin and the way that I look, thinking I didn’t know anything about my cultures and traditions. In fact, I grew up in a very traditional Diné household. I found my voice and the acceptance of myself through my art, and through graffiti. My work has connected me to others who have felt the same way about themselves at one time or another. Art, to me, is a powerful way to communicate, and sometimes it’s the best way to show how I’m feeling.” Rezmo currently lives in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona.

BIAFRA

Biafra Inc. (pronounced bahy-ah-fruh or bee-ah-fruh) is an artist residing in the Twin Cities. He took his name in part from Jello Biafra from the band Dead Kennedys, the first band he got into that had content in their lyrics. His work is a visual retelling of stories that are apart of his life; much of it takes a critical look at “white” culture. Biafra is a multifaceted artist who uses a variety of mediums, including spray paint, screen printing, stencils, stickers and posters. As his work spreads across North America, he continues to work tirelessly to get his imagery out to the public.

“My work is a reflection of the culture around me. I retell stories that I have experienced or been told through my illustrations and large-scale murals.”

www.biafrainc.com

WUNDR

Wundr is populating the space we live in with his playful, mischievous and always evolving illustrations. The characters he creates are not meant to represent any specific individual, but are stitched together from pieces of all of us. Wundr is currently producing artwork in multiple mediums, including murals, illustration, toys and fine art. Influenced by traditional graffiti, cartoons and comics, Wundr’s work provides a fresh take on designing characters that are constantly creeping into our known habitat.

www.wundr.org

BRADY

Brady Scott is a multifaceted artist based in the Midwest, weaving stories on walls through murals and lasting memories under skin as a tattoo artist. His inspiration stems from the wild beauty of nature and the haunting tales embedded in the American landscape.

www.bscottart.com

AMP
Kansas-born Ponca artist Anthony AMP Parker brings the vibrant energy of his Native American heritage into his work with influences from skateboarding culture. With a focus on large-scale murals, intimate canvas pieces, and explosive graffiti letters, his work is a fusion of psychedelic landscapes and colorful characters, creating an energetic experience for viewers.

RedCan Daily Opening and Closing Prayers By

WAKINYAN MAZA

Wakinyan Maza is a local drumming group.

Redcan 2024 Special Guests

THE SAMPSON BROTHERS

As world-renowned dancers, Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca)—a.k.a. the Sampson Brothers— strive to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope by setting a positive example through art, education, and dance. They hope to give back to their tribe and the Indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and thus creating opportunities for generations to come. The Sampson Brothers aim to be successful artists, but also use that success to educate others while keeping their culture alive. With perseverance in modern times and tradition in tact, they bridge two worlds to provide positive inspiration as 21st century warriors.

Hoop dance has been the brothers’ passion and instrument of choice since they first learned as young boys. While the Powwow styles of Grass and Fancy dance were their origins when they began to walk, they were always encouraged to “never stop learning” and try more… that’s when they were introduced to and picked up their first hoops. At first, it was simply to inform and share with their peers at school assemblies, yet it quickly became a means of living, and ultimately, a way of life. More than 25 years later, they have since performed in more than half a dozen countries and at hundreds of universities, and they have educated thousands of individuals around the world about their culture and Indigenous Hoop Dancing.

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THE WAKE SINGERS

The Wake Singers are an Oglala Lakota rock band based out of Mni Luzihan. Three cousins make up the core group; Douglas, Michael, and Reed Two Bulls. Douglas and Michael have been making music together since childhood, with Reed officially joining the group in 2018. With the incorporation of a multitude of genres, The Wake Singers showcase together beautiful and powerful songs.

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TATÉ WALKER
Taté Walker (they/them) is a Lakota citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and an award-winning Two Spirit storyteller. Their first full-length poetry book, “The Trickster Riots,” was published in 2022, by Abalone Mountain Press.
 
Taté, a 2022 Pushcart Prize nominee, has written, photographed, and/or edited for various outlets, including The Nation, Yellow Medicine Review, Little Somethings Press, Studies in American Indian Literature, Pipe Wrench, Apartment Therapy, Everyday Feminism, Native Peoples, Indian Country Today, Subaru Drive, and December. They are also featured in several anthologies: “FIERCE: Essays by and about Dauntless Women,” “South Dakota in Poems,” W.W. Norton’s “Everyone’s an Author,” and Good Eats: 32 Writers on Eating Ethically.” Their next book, “Indigenous Voices” is forthcoming in 2025 from The Quarto Group.
 
Taté is a co-founder of the Phoenix Two Spirit Community group, which helps organize the annual Arizona Two Spirit Powwow. They are also a longtime member of—and also serve on the board of directors for—the Oceti Sakowin Writers Society, which has a mission to mentor, empower, and promote Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota literary traditions. Taté is a 2023 ASU Poetry & the Senses Fellow and the 2023 Storyknife Fireweed Fellow. Taté has 20 years of experience in print/digital journalism and advocacy writing, and is a trusted community builder within and for social justice and tribal education spaces. Learn more at www.jtatewalker.com.
JACKIE BIRD

Jackie Bird is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe of South Dakota and the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, where she grew up entertaining. She sings, writes lyrics, dances, plays instruments, beads, and more. Jackie even created a puppet, Wild Flower, who assists her in her children’s shows. Her performances include upbeat messages about life, the opportunities that lay before us, and the power of positive thinking.

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