Over 100 Artists Hit Up El Paso For Huge Borderland Jam Art Show
The annual Borderland Jam brings artists from all over the world to South Central El Paso for a massive public graffiti art show.
Since 2015 the Borderland Jam has been inviting graffiti artists from all over the world to express themselves on the walls of the Frontera Foods building off Cotton Street near Thrid and Fourth Ave. in South Central El Paso.
For the first time since sitting out the last couple of years due to the pandemic, the Borderland Jam came together bigger and better than ever as over one hundred artists from all over the world came into town to show off their mad skills.
This year, artists came in from Delaware, Wisconsin, Colorado, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Mexico, Spain, even Germany, and many more, including local artists, to join the annual Borderland Jam.
As I strolled the area speaking to the artists, I discovered that many were visiting Texas for the first time and fell in love with our city describing us in one word: Friendly. At the same time, other artists considered El Paso their second home and were looking forward to reconnecting with their friends.
The colorful 2-day public art show brought the party over the weekend, taking over several blocks as family, friends, and the community showed up to support. Pop-up food trucks, art vendors, and live DJs also set up to entertain the crowds as they watched skillful artists atop ladders, scaffolds, and cranes convert blank walls into incredible works of graffiti art.
The Borderland Jam impressively showcased graffiti from comic book images of the Teenage Ninja Turtles, Magneto, and Morpheus, to Native American Warriors, singer Vicente Fernandez to mostly tagged names of the featured artists and their crews.
It's no secret that El Paso is home to a thriving art community, and thanks to art initiatives like Borderland Jam, it's giving graffiti artists locally and from afar a platform to shine.