Artopia

Nina Martinez Sports Killer Colorful Style at Artopia

Local artist Nina Martinez spotted at Artopia at The Church on March 1, 2019.
Local artist Nina Martinez spotted at Artopia at The Church on March 1, 2019. Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Artopia 2019 at The Church on March 1 celebrated the culture of hip-hip, and that stretched to fashion...both in the crowd and in formal displays. Designers No One Special and Zoid Haem styled VIP guests and also displayed their creations.

"It was a one-of-a-kind experience," said Haem, who was dressed in orange, his favorite color. "I couldn't tell if it was the best art exhibition or the best dance party, but it was something the city and culture needed."

click to enlarge Designer Zoid Haem in his Artopia exhibit. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Designer Zoid Haem in his Artopia exhibit.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
We spotted one-of-a-kind styles in the crowd, too, including the killer look of artist Nina Martinez, who grew up in Denver and Englewood. She does collage, drawing and assemblage; she's also working on a business connecting art and wellness. Amid the spinning Bboys, we chatted with Martinez about what inspires her style and what she thought of Artopia.

click to enlarge Martinez wears striped pants by Reformation and a vintage couture black textured sweater. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Martinez wears striped pants by Reformation and a vintage couture black textured sweater.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
Westword: What did you think of Artopia?


Nina Martinez: Artopia was awesome! Good energy, good music, artwork from some of my favorite graffiti artists. I was definitely in my element. My friends who were presenting work are the homies: Voice, Swek, Jher and Tuke. They have been my favorite Denver graffiti artists since I discovered the graffiti world in 1994. I came out to support them and be part of the community.

Who or what inspires your personal style?

I'm inspired by all things vintage and love NYC and European street style. Also, bold prints and patterns drive me wild.

What is your favorite color?

Favorite color is always a hard question to answer. I love so many, but to narrow it down: ultramarine and yellow.

click to enlarge Martinez carries a handbag by Zenith. - PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Martinez carries a handbag by Zenith.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
What is your favorite accessory?

Tattoos.

What is your favorite film?

Another tough one to answer; that's like asking me to pick a favorite star in the universe! Well, I never tire of watching the Lord of the Rings series.

What is your jam of the moment?

Currently, I've been jamming out to ABRA and FKA Twigs.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY MAURICIO ROCHA
Photo by Mauricio Rocha
What three words best describe your style?

Colorful, comical, feminine.

Where do you shop?

Thrift stores and Nordstrom.

What is your style mantra?

Lately I've been saying stuff like "Be goddess-like, embrace your badass feminine body." Or else I'll imagine I'm getting ready to walk the streets of NYC or Paris.

Don't wait for Artopia 2020 to show your style, Denver.
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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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