Art world mega-stars have burnished their bona-fides by producing "collabos" with young graffiti artists -- a la Warhol and Basquiat.
Nowadays, even better street cachet can be earned by linking works with themes of environmental peril.
A few weeks ago, Vazquez told us he'd made sculptures depicting desert reptiles because they reminded him of Mexico where he's from. Now, apparently, they're symbols of a planet on the brink.
"The reason he did animals and stone work, was he wanted to represent animals on the verge of extinctions, such as snake, turtles, iguanas, and lizards," Colmenares said. "In the graffiti class, we want them to have ownership of the program. They get to participate in a sign that describes or shows what the rock installation is about... It's about extinction."
Tight rap in place, we're expecting Vazquez to skip SF MoMa and head straight to the Guggenheim.