Thursday, Aug 12 2010
Don't look for any gorillas in the rerun of "Mile High Killers," the Denver-based Gangland episode that first aired on the History Channel March 5. Those iconic pieces by Jolt, aka Jeremy Silas Ulibarri, the graffiti artist whose trademark Guerilla Garden brand got wrongly tagged as a gang sign in that show ("Tagged!," March 18), have been edited out. And that's not all the History Channel did to make nice to Jolt, a graduate of North High School who runs the Guerilla Garden studio and has worked with everyone from Denver Public Schools to the Museo de las Américas to the Denver Botanic Gardens — and just got a major commission on an eight-story mural for a Denver Housing Authority seniors project in the La Alma neighborhood. We hear he got paid for his pain
Since the History Channel deal was confidential, though, he can't spill any details.
But Jolt's brush with infamy had unexpected, non-monetary benefits, too. "It helped me reconnect with a lot of people I had met," he says. "It made me re-analyze the importance of art. It was a huge growing experience."
Jolt was a winner of a 2010 MasterMind Award, given annually by Westword to five members of this town's creative class.