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Justin Bua on the connection between hip-hop and MMA: "They are both irreverent cultures"

For Justin Bua, painting is about documenting moments in time that reflect an era. Hailing from New York, Bua's work has examined the urban themes of hip-hop, jazz, break dancing, and the countless threads that continue to sew the fabric of the entire culture. Since the early '90s, Bua has also passionately followed mixed martial arts fighting. Going as far as pretending to be a journalist to interview the UFC founding creator and producer, Art Davie, Bua's love for fighting is now blending with his passion for art. Catching up with the artist in preview of his live-painting/interviewing at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and DJ Z-Trip, we spoke about how fighting and painting are essentially the same thing, and how capturing the moment is more than just a snapshot in time.
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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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