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Graffiti New York 80’s is up and running at Paris’ Galerie Jerome de Noirnont. The show features a who’s who of famed 80’s bombers: A-ONE, Jean-Michel BASQUIAT, BLADE, Bill BLAST, CRASH, DONDI WHITE, FAB 5 FREDDY, FUTURA 2000, Keith HARING, RAMMELLZEE, and TOXIC. As Curated puts it, “the show is all about the pioneering spirit of New York art during the decade.” We’ve been told that the above piece by Futura and Crash is going for 60,000 Euros.

 

 

On October 9th at Mother Cafe in Harajuku, I had a chance to exhibit my work. It was a great experience and I wanted to thank everyone that came out. Big thanks to Mia and Mass Tucker who helped put it together!!! Thanks to everyone who came through, here are some of the pictures from that night. I took some pics in the beginning of the event and towards the end but it was hard to stay glued to the camera. This night meant the world to me ! I feel forever blessed!!!!

Ive been working on a bunch of pieces profusely for the past month for my debut art exhibit  in Japan. When I first received the information about being able to exhibit my work, I was stuck on what I wanted to do exactly. So I did as i would do with any design project, I thought about the communication and connection with the audience. I wanted to show some pieces that were truly me but also conveyed the connection of New York to Japan. I worked on many different styles for the pieces and I hope each of them reflected that. This week I will be posting a few of those pieces on here along with the a slight overview of the thought process & message of each piece.
piece set one:
N¥C Everything



This style I have been developing for a while. A lot of people might of seen it inside Blend restaurant (Long Island City, Queens) where I used mainly Latino elements to fit in with the restaurants decor/theme.  For this piece, I did a mesh of New York and Japanese imagery. I layered it, added texture to it,  and drew over it.  I really like this style because every diamond pocket allows me to create another style within the piece. I then approach each individual pocket like blank canvas.
Abstraction

I have been doing these abstract style of pieces for quite a while now. It started out as a motion piece, kind of a mix of camouflage pattern meets Jackson Polach. It is good to see the way these pieces developed over a period of time. I called one piece “Soliloquy Of Chaos” (Classic Gangstar track) I thought it made a great title. The other piece “Electric Relaxation” (A Tribe Called Quest song) also has a lot of layers of paint strokes, scribble, cherry blossom, lightning and other elements. I really enjoyed doing these pieces, it was definitely of therapeutic.
Dead Presidents
A while ago I did a logo for Japanese Dee and he gave me an idea of putting the traditional kabuki face  on the statue of liberty. I thought it was great and that it represented NYC and Japan. I decided it to take it to the next level and put it over the bills. Why I chose to put it on Ben Franklin ($100 dollar bill) no clue but it looks good. If you notice the background it has some Nas lyrics covering the whole background.
New ¥en
These pieces are a real japan illustration style. I used the Statue of Liberty with the kabuki face in both of them. I decided to do one as a big illustration that I got from seeing some vintage Japanese art. I replaced the face with the statue of liberty, the other one has the NY logo and I replaced it with the yen. It has a lot of texture and elements to it if you really look closely.
Gangsta Music
Now this piece I took the girl from an old poster (The Professional) that i was going to use for a t-shirt. The t-shirt never made it to production. Then one day I came across the lyrics while listening to Dip-Set Anthem. The lyrics are “I sit alone in my four cornered room, staring at candles. Listening to gangsta music.” So I originally did the piece where you can see the candles and the pieces of the wall were suppose to reflect the gangsta music. I always revisit work and just go with what I feel. I put a bunch of covers, added texture and put the lyrics of Smooth Da Hustler’s- Broken Language all over it. I also have the Big Pun old vinyl label on the turntable.  He is one of my favorite rappers so I had to pay him some homage.
Classics
Every piece has a mate, so when I did the Gangsta Music piece I said what is going to go with this? I wanted to keep it classic and put our favorite albums behind a turnable. I thought it was pretty dope and the hip hop heads (like myself) loved it.
Creative minds = Wealthy Pockets

This is the Artek Creative Inc. company motto & a saying that I live my life by. So I just wanted to translate it into two different illustration styles.
Pleasure To Serve You
In this piece the brushes represent art and the cup I used it to represent New York. I did them in two different styles, for the first one I did a clean illustrator vector style. All the candy in the background is redone and renamed. The other piece is bitmap style. I did the lottery inspired pieces in the background as well.
Homeless and Poison
The girl piece is inspired by the old school Bel Biv Devoe track “Poison”. I put these pieces next to each other at my show because they are complete opposites. Sometimes you see a real beautiful girl but on the inside she could be real horrible. Then sometimes you see someone that may appear horrible but on the inside they are truly beautiful.
Typography Piece
Everyone who knows me, knows I love typography. So I did two pieces of what I was thinking. One was “hustlin is the key to success”, yes an old FatJoe lyric. I take it as hustle in working hard at anything you do. By doing so, you are bound to be successful. The dreams one is very self explanatory.
5 Borough 5 city
Two typography pieces that pay homage to our 5 boroughs and Japan’s largest 5 cities.
15 minutes Of Fame
I absolutely love this piece. I was going to use it for a t shirt, who knows maybe I still will. It says 15 minutes of fame (which is an Andy Warhol saying) can be gone in a NY minute. In a day of micro blogging, obsolete magazines, & how fast the world turns, your time can come and go. Here today, gone tomorrow.
Money Power Respect
Money, Power, Respect is the key to life. I defaced the Japanese yen filled, them up with some American presidents, and had a creative meltdown on top of it.
Concrete Jungle
The lion plays as the king of the jungle but the pigeon rules the street. It was one of the first pieces I did and still one of my favorites. It was one of the pieces where you start with no direction and it gave me the outlook i needed.
Death Of Fashion
This skull is made up of all vogue models, different covers, and logos to make this ugly skull. Beauty vs disaster, love it.

WK “Neversleeps”

March 2, 2010

WK  paints this dope mural for Jordan Brand which was dropped on to a billboard in NYC. This launches the Dwayne Wade for the Jordan 2010 sneaker!

Talk About a Party!

February 9, 2010

The art of Terry Rodgers. Speechless – Amazing!!

This is some crazy paintings by Terry Rodgers of  a party scene that I wouldn’t mind being a part of!!

Here are some shots from the Doze Green show at Jonathan Levine. I love his style and his work is vivid. Check it out:





At the show I learned about this other artist (yes I been under a rock) who’s name is Josh Keyes. His work is amazing, he expresses social commentary about animals and their environments.
Check it out:

“The visualization, such as drawing, painting, photograph or other work of Art, made to elucidate or decorate textual information (such as a story, a poem, a newspaper article, etc.) by providing a visual representation”, is the definition of illustration.

From 16.10.2009 until 01.11.2009, Berlin is living once again in the beat of Illustrative 2009, a unique art festival for current illustration and graphic art, which returns after two years to its hometown. Exhibitions, events, workshops, art battles and many other surprises are taking place throughout the city, when the main core of the Illustrative 2009 is in the magnificent Schinkelbau-Villa. Illustrators from Canada, US, Japan, South-America and all over Europe as well as Berlin present their art work in the most international exhibition so far.

via:yatzer.com