Burner Definition

Burner (noun): An elaborate mural painted by an urban artist, usually on the side of a subway or railcar.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: KDW

Another one of our generous sponsors is KDW. KDW is assisting Balcones with the construction of our new multi-million dollar recycling facility. As of right now, we are even ahead of schedule! You don't hear that often with construction projects. Please take the time to read about them and visit their website.

Kingham Dalton Wilson, Ltd. (KDW
is headquartered in Houston, Texas. They serve both domestic and international clients that want to expand, revamp or build new industrial, commercial or retail facilities. They have refined this, often complex, process to make it as easy as possible for their client’s to realize their dreams, wants and needs as economically as possible.

Carpool or Bike to the Event

Keep the environment in mind when you come out on Saturday to the Balcones Burner Bash. Try carpooling with a group of friends or better yet, enjoy this new fall weather and bike to the event. We will have bike racks available to lock up your bike.

Every little bit helps to keep down our carbon footprint. We'd love this event to be as green as possible, and it starts with you!

In addition to carpooling and biking, please take advantage of our recycling bins that will be placed throughout the event. We will be recycling aluminum and plastic containers. Those containers will go directly into our recycling program. Talk about a nice closed loop process!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shout Out to our Sponsor - Bulk Handling Systems

A big thank you to Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) for supporting this year's Balcones Burner Bash. We've always been impressed with the expertise from BHS, and we are thrilled to be using their state of the art equipment in our new recycling facility set to open in late Summer 2012.

The need for effective recycling is greater than ever, and no manufacturer has responded faster with higher quality, more reliable recycling systems than BHS. Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, BHS designs, manufactures and installs processing systems tailored to extract recyclables from waste streams while minimizing the residue that hits landfills.

With the assistance of BHS equipment, Balcones will be helping Austin get closer to its Zero Waste goals.

Read more about BHS here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Food and Drinks - Yum Yum

You can't have a killer event without feeding the masses, and we haven't overlooked that important detail. This year's featured beer sponsor is Independence Beer. An Austin based brewery that will also be celebrating its 7th Anniversary the same day! Local beer for a local event, it doesn't get more Austin than that. For more information about Independence Beer and their brewery go here.

We're also going to have food from Henry's ATX, Kate's Southern Comfort, and TNT Taco. We can't think of a better way to enjoy this wonderful fall weather than with a cold beer, some tasty food, and urban art!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sierra International Machinery is a Sponsor

We are so excited about all of our sponsors this year. We have worked for many years with Sierra International Machinery, and they are at the top of their field. Thanks so much to the Sierra International Machinery team for sponsoring the 2011 Balcones Burner Bash!

Sierra International Machinery is a worldwide leader in the sale and support of processing equipment to the scrap and recycling industries. They offer a full range of equipment to meet the demands of today’s processing facilities. Sierra's Equipment is built to last and is backed by the best service and support in the industry. Check out their website here: www.sierraintl.com to get more information.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pearson is on board as a Sponsor

We are thrilled to have Pearson as a sponsor of this year's Burner Bash. Pearson is committed to the environment and has implemented several initiatives including a wind farm, extensive recycling measures, and electric car charging stations, just to name a few!

Pearson is the world's leading education company. From pre-school to high school, early learning to professional certification, their curriculum materials, multimedia learning tools and testing programs help to educate millions of people worldwide - more than any other private enterprise.

For more information about Pearson, please visit their website at www.pearson.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

More Artists for the Bash

Gem's Bio:
Jeremiah Navarro is a 28 year old graffiti writer out of El Paso, Texas. He has been painting murals steadily for about seven years. Painting walls has been his passion, but he has recently begin to work on canvas as a way to save his art. He is a co-founder of the annual Border Youth Silo Graffiti show that benefits the homeless shelter of El Paso.

In the words of Supher:

On my walks to school as a young boy, I found myself stopped and mesmerized at the writings written up and down my westside San Antonio neighborhood walls. Greatly influenced by the neighborhood artists, my eye gravitated to the small hip-hop community "writings" that moved me to adding my name, "Sulpher", to the same colorful stories, at the age of ten.

Soon after, I would meet the writers I admired and gain extensive artistic and stylistic training in letter structure, technique, marketing, and professionalism. Their mentorship and schooling inspired me to offer artistic and mentorship opportunities globally and locally. Such endeavors include being the Executive Producer and Founder of the internationally acclaimed Clogged Caps festival, joining hundereds of professional and inspiring graffiti artists, hip-hop musicians and dancers, community, and family together to collaborate with artists, companies and institutions throught the United States and Mexico. Besides my direct contributions to the Fine Arts, I have also influenced the arts by sitting on the Board of Directors at Blue Star Arts Complex.

With 20 years on my "wall" as a professional artist, muralist, teacher, producer and mentor, I congratulate my fellow writers and aspiring writers for continuing the art.

Artist Added - Daniel "Weah" Anguilu Bio

Daniel Anguilu started painting graffiti at an early age. Mostly using freight trains and walls as his canvases, his art is increasingly visible around his hometown of Houston, Texas, and highly concentrated in the East End. Anguilu has been invited and traveled to many cities in the US, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Italy to paint graffiti and to participate in graffiti art exhibits. He has also visited Asia, Africa, and Central America to enrich his knowledge of pre-colonial art and the cultures in those regions.

Anguilu’s style is deeply inspired by his Mexican heritage and mostly manifests itself as large scale, aerosol murals. Anguilu strongly believes in freedom of expression and the need to use this expression to decorate public spaces. It is through this individual and group expression that we are able to expose each other to the many faces of our local and global community.

On the local scene, Anguilu has participated in group art shows at the Mexican Consulate of Houston, the Poissant Gallery, the Aerosol Warfare Gallery, and the Orange Show. He even worked on a project with Diverse Works called This Old House, and has completed pieces for Neiman Marcus and Converse as well. You can also see his work at the Houston Skate Park.

Currently, Anguilu is focusing on painting public spaces in the Houston area and working in collaboration with local business and home owners. Through his many conversations with Houstonians over the years, Anguilu has noticed that many people, whether involved in art or not, support his efforts to bring his art to our public spaces.

Check out the creation of one of his works here:

Daniel "Weah" Anguilu
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Friday, August 26, 2011

New Artist Added - Duo aka Viper

Viper is from San Antonio, Texas and began painting in 1996 as a street bomber. He soon progressed to piecing and freights. His work can be seen throughout his hometown where his style is easily recognizable by those who are familiar with his work.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

REI joins the Artist Roster

We are so excited to see the talent that is going to make up the Burner Bash lineup this year. Here is another one to add to the list:

Ramon Alvarez (REI) was born and grew up in north Spain, studied in south France and then the United States. He has traveled all over Europe, South Africa and the US, and nowadays lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, three children and three dogs.

As a kid he enjoyed drawing and experimenting with patterns and shapes, and grew up surrounded by fine art that his dad collected and painted. As a teenager he got into skateboarding, and then into graffiti, which along with music are the major influences in his art.

Playing with deep lines and contrasting colors, he’s capable of mixing pure realism with modern techniques such as graffiti and simple line illustration. His style is a result from all his surrealistic experiences in life traveling and living with other cultures, and the contrast between past and present.

He makes a living painting murals for clients such as Univision, Cartoon Network, Facebook, Google, Balcones Recycling, Bancvue, and many others. He also paints canvas and participates in many live shows taking his art to galleries, stores, coffee shops, private collections, etc.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Artist - Mr. Gibes (in his own words)

I'm Mr. Gibes. El Paso tx. Roughly been painting for 15 years now. I push Boo Yah, Rebels Til Death, and Iron Giants Kru. I was born in Cd. Juarez mexico. and raised in California as a youngin. Thats how i first was involved in the game. When we moved to El Paso I started my graff game out here with other friends that wer into it also. It just made sense. Still very much active day and night. Just youtube me LOL! peace.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coler is Added to the Roster

Erik 'Coler' Del Rio was born on June 24th,1978 in Houston. He developed an interest in art at the tender age of 5, while drawing and painting in his elementary school classes. Coler's artistic endeavors soon began to focus more on graffiti after spying pieces in his skate magazines. He first tried his hand at graffiti when he was just twelve years old, and it was all over after that! After 18 years of painting, he is still considered to be one of the originators and innovators in Houston's graffiti scene. Coler is one of the most respected writers you'll find. His 10 years of tattooing have also helped hone his artistic skill. Graffiti and tattooing have worked harmoniously for Coler to help create a style that is untouched and unmistakably his own.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Date Picked for 2011 Balcones Burner Bash

The Balcones Burner Bash will now be held on Saturday, October 22 from 12:00 to 6:00pm at our 6th Street Warehouse. Twelve graffiti artists from all over Texas will battle it out to be this year's champion. Don't worry Texas Football has a bi that week, so come out and enjoy the cooler weather!

Friday, March 11, 2011

B3 Postponed Until the Fall

Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, we've been forced to postpone the Balcones Burner Bash to the Fall. We apologize for any confusion, but rest assured, we have made this decision so that we can bring you the best graffiti competition in Texas. We are still looking for sponsorship for the the event, if you are interested, please let us know. Keep checking the blog, as we plan on firming up a date soon.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The B3 Facebook Page

As the Burner Bash nears we rely on social media to get the word out and bring people to the event. If you haven't already, please check out our event's Facebook page. Like it, leave a comment, commit to attend, and share it with your friends. We want to make this event bigger than last year, and we can only do it with your help.

Check out the event page here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=167341689978638

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Volunteers for B3

Interested in being a part of this year's Burner Bash? We need volunteers to help run the event. Jobs include runners for the artists, crowd control, t-shirt sales, recycling detail, etc. Volunteers will be assigned tasks according to the number of hours they are willing to commit. Minimum volunteer time is 3 hours. All volunteers will receive an official Balcones Burner Bash event staff t-shirt.

If you are interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Ben Jonson at bjonson@balconesresources.com. Let Ben know the hours you are willing to work, what type of role you would like to do, and your tshirt size. Ben will be in contact with you closer to the event once specific jobs are decided. Additionally if you are required to do community service hours for school, Ben can sign any forms that will prove your participation in this charity event. Please direct any questions about volunteering to Ben.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sloke One is Back

Nate Nordstrom aka "Sloke One" was integral to the success of last year's Balcones Burner Bash. Nate has joined back up with the Balcones team to help throw this year's event. As we open the artist pool up to the entire state of Texas, Nate will be responsible for picking the best of the best talent to participate in the event. Check out Nate's story below.