ArtFest 2019, Protaras

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4th & 5th May 2019
11 am ’til 11 pm

I was invited to attend the first ever ArtFest 2019 by the awesome Valentino of Ink 2 Skin Fame … This amazing Tattooist had a vision, to create an annual Art Festival for Alternative Artists … His vision came true and I have to say he did an awesome job for the first one, completely filled all the booths and tables and the event hall was buzzing …

Welcome Smile
Greeted by the girls, my VIP Pass around my neck, Oooooo … I strolled past the cool Serial Griller Burger Bar, thought, ‘they smell good’, and went inside I could hear DJ Alex P spinning a bit of R’n’B on the decks, the first thing that caught my eye was this well cool Metal Art, lots of ornaments and statues created from car and motorbike Parts, the torsos made just with Nuts absolutely brilliant and the Tarantula made with a bike chain, scary … and a great foundation for what was to come … It’s alternative, just my thing …

Alternative
The next that caught my eye was a 3D Designer Stelios Achilleos, on the machine the base and feet of an Owl at waist hight, and painstakingly watching as layer after layer of this Silicone Plastic immaculately recreates the sculpture, I’ve got one of my head made years ago … you can recreate just about anything you want with these machines … Brilliant!

Gabi’s Point of View
The Irezoumi Tattoo Studios Table covered in an array of alternative art, the Skulls just awesome … Next one of my best friends Gabi Art, displaying her new line of Stones, made with wool, I thought, these’ll look good as cushions out back in my chill out zone … I just love her dolls though, each with a twerky name and a must prezzie for girls and boys of all ages … and her Felted Soaps, a washcloth, and soap all in one …

Imagination
Cool artists in between I caught up with Ahmed of Imagination Art some crazy items hanging in explanation of this guys imagination … The huge Spring piece a must to brighten any wall … Next door one of my favourite artist the suspenders provocative and the cool sunglasses just brilliant! … There’s so much variety here, I suppose with the theme ‘Alternative there’s bound to be some weird ideas, but that’s what life’s all about … after all if we were all the same, life would be really boring!

Ink 2 Skin
I watched as another Tattooist Inked a kaleidoscope of butterflies on a ladies leg, had a good chat to the ‘One Dream’ Stall with Drawings by the young lad Paris Hadjipavlou, just age 5 who has dedicated all his takings to The Cyprus Association for Children with Cancer and Related Diseases, an excellent cause … I couldn’t help stop at Opium Hands Art & Craft to check out her art … I just have to say the Coffee Aroma Candle had to go home with me … You must check out her ideas … Alternative to say the least …

In the End
The Jokers Ha Ha Ha, being Tattooed by Andreas of Skin Deep was a lovely way to end the day … just topped off by the welcome girls ‘Thanks for Coming’ smiles …

I’m Loving This Festival … Roll on Year 2!

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