San Diego continues to remain a tourist hotspot and a go-to destination in Southern California. Characterized by its unique cultures among various neighborhoods, areas such as North Park have quickly become cultural incubators that encourage fashion, art, and creative thinking. Home to many micro-breweries, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques—North Park has established itself as one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in San Diego and in 2012 was named one of America’s most hippest hipster neighborhoods by Forbes Magazine. A happy medium between the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego and the beach vibes of Pacific Beach, visitors to North Park can expect to be welcomed with laid-back communal vibes in an urban setting. Week in and week out the community within this eclectic neighborhood come together to host events, gatherings, and other social functions that foster the cultural growth that makes this area so unique.
This past Saturday North Park celebrated “30 Block North Park Art Night”. From 7pm to 10pm the streets were filled with live music, food, and people looking to view some dope art. After viewing many amazing pieces at different places such as The FreshYard and 9Five, the highlight of my night undoubtedly came while at Overload where I had the chance to meet and talk to local urban contemporary artist Damasso Sanchez. Characterized by his cartoon renditions of iconic people such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin, and Mike Tyson, Sanchez’s art sheds light on historic moment’s that appeal to a broad demographic of people. After coming across some of his work via Instagram and various sneaker blogs, I was immediately drawn to his quirky yet bold style of art that was extremely original.
Check out some of his art pieces on his website http://www.damassoart.com
Being able to witness many different walks of life take part in this event was nothing short of amazing and overall the experience at “30 Block North Park Art Night” was a memorable one. I look forward to seeing what this community has in store for their next event and if you happen to be in the area you should definitely drop by and partake in the festivities.
Here are some of the pictures from the night taken and edited by photographer Jaryl Cabuco.