5Pointz, New York City, 2013- World famous graffiti / street / spray paint artist Shiro hails from Shizuoka, Japan however she got her start in the graffiti scene in 1998 on her first trip to NYC. Her manga-style characters reflect not only her cultural roots in Japan but are also influenced by the 'confident and sexy women' she has found in hip-hop artists like Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown and Salt 'n Pepa. Over the past 10 years Shiro's popularity has grown not only in NYC and Japan but worldwide throughout the street art community.
In August, I met up with Shiro at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens to hear more about how she broke into the often hard to navigate graffiti / street art scene in New York. She agreed to let me film her painting her latest mural at 5Pointz on the condition I didn't show her entire face. In order to respect her request, I interviewed her off camera however you still see her warm personality shine through.
This is the second vignette in a documentary series dedicated to women street artists painting in North and South America.
Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.