ComplexCon Through the Eyes of @ironlaks

by @ironlaks, aka Raymond Diaz

Pop culture, art, food, style, sports, music and much more, all in one. ComplexCon was one of the most memorable weekends of my life. I joined the 1800® Tequila team to experience the start of something that will surely become an unmissable annual event for our generation.

 

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1800® Tequila sponsored the Art Zone at ComplexCon. Some of the best international artists were there under the same roof, creating live art for roaming audiences. @itsaliving, aka Ricardo Gonzalez, had a particularly awesome installation in the Art Zone, a multi-wall calligraphy piece that he spray painted in real-time. He is an extremely talented and humble artist who takes complete pride in his creations. It was awesome to meet him and watch him create such an incredible mural for 1800® Tequila over the weekend.
 
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Allow me to describe the 1800® Tequila booth. Lit up proudly in contrast to the general dim lighting were dozens of Essential 1800® Artist Series bottles, designed by a variety of artists. I would love to get my hands on one!
 
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The Quantal Quilt, created by @hfourstudio, was made using artwork from Enoc Perez. It generated an interactive space for people to explore and enjoy.
 
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The bar was packed, and lines of people were entertained by the drawings and big personality of @NapkinKilla. I quickly admired his ability to converse with a multitude of people, make them laugh while also creating a caricature of them on a paper napkin. So much respect for the man himself, Napkin Killa. Check out some of his art on Instagram!
 
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I spent most of Day 1 admiring all of the work in the Art Zone, I took some time to walk around and check out the other booths and honestly, I was in awe. The amount of effort and dedication every brand and company put in was inspiring to me. I’m not sure how many weeks, days, or hours it took everyone to set up in there but the outcome was insane. I’m beyond thankful I was there to witness it all.
 
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The doors opened on Day 2 and I walked to the 1800® Tequila booth shooting around a little bit, taking photos here and there. I took the time to explore the Art Zone once again and admire the artwork of each artist and their dedication to their craft. As a photographer and designer, I continuously found myself drawn to the Art Zone. The Seventh Letter and Mass Appeal booths were two of my favorites to visit. They both had really cool set-ups. There was nothing but good vibes all around the Art Zone and throughout ComplexCon.
 
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One of my most memorable moments was taking photos of the legendary Takashi Murakami in the Art Zone. It was a bit of a challenge to get photos of Murakami, due to the massive amount of people following his every move, but luckily I got a couple of great ones that really seem to capture his humility as an artist.
 
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As Day 2 wrapped up, I was completely overcome with inspiration from everything I saw and heard, and everyone I met. The cool thing about ComplexCon was that it brought so many like-minded people into one place. Forget the internet, everything you wanted to know, see, eat, watch, listen or whatever, was in one place. I saw some incredible people there, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, Lil Yatchy, MadeinTYO and Metro Boomin, to name a few. And I luckily caught a couple of the ‘ComplexConversations’, which were these special panel talks that touched on subjects like Social Media, Sneakers, Sports, Fame, Business, Music, Design and more, all lead by celebrity speakers.
 
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So many talented humans all in one place. Who wouldn’t enjoy that? That’s the type of energy artists of all forms need. Here’s to the good vibes and good memories. Bring on ComplexCon 2017!
 
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Need more? Check out @ironlaks on Instagram to see more of his killer photography.