Taylor Reinhold’s graffiti-influenced artwork brings wild characters, giant apes, big cats, vibrant colors and street art to the canvas. Taylor was inspired to create this skateboard deck using a laser for All Hands on Deck after spending four months in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Brazil, working with famous graffiti artists to paint murals to help restore the favelas (the slums in Brazil). “Each of the mural artists in Brazil has a moniker or a graffiti tag that I included in that board,” says Taylor.
Taylor started the Made Fresh Crew (MFC) in 2009, a Santa Cruz County group dedicated to multiple art forms including music, photography, painting, skateboarding, mixed media, and apparel. In 2011 he was granted a National Endowment for the Arts Award to co-curate the first ever Urban Arts Festival in Watsonville, California. The event’s goal was to educate youth about public murals, silk screening and sustainable art. He has organized and led workshops in multiple non-profit organizations such as Youth Now and Mariposa’s Arts.
For the last five years at Burning Man, Taylor and six other local MFC artists have created 50 foot murals, painted art cars, and made installations with laser cut wood pieces and lighting.
In 2015 Reinhold spent a total of 5 months traveling across Latin America trading mural painting for food and housing. He painted over 30 murals across Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina.
MFC has been hired to paint murals at 10 music festivals, and they are currently working on their biggest mural to date– a collaborative mural for Plantronics.