Tuesday, February 17, 2009
February 20 NYC - An Evening of Hip Hop History
Join The Hip Hop Culture Center as we celebrate Black History Month with an Evening of Hip Hop History.
Friday, February 20th
The Hip Hop Culture Center
2nd Floor of the Magic Johnson Theater
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Harlem, New York City
"An Evening of Hip Hop History" will observe Black history month and Hip Hop through a presentation by Jamel Shabazz, art exhibitions, film screenings, and special performances.
6:30pm-7:30pm ?The Lesson Plan?
Screening of ?The Lesson Plan?, a short film about the impact of Willie Lynch. Q & A
following by director Eddy Duran.
8:00pm-8:30pm Renaldo Davidson?s Obama Art Series
Talented Artist , Renaldo Davidsonintroduces his 44 series, a retrospective collection
of Obama & family portraits
8:30pm-9:30pm Hip Hop Photo Legend Jamel Shabazz
Noted Hip Hop photographer and author, Jamel Shabazzpresents his work and vision.
?Back in The Day?, ?A Time Before Crack?, and ?The Last Sunday in June?. Q & A and
9:30pm-10:45pm Hottest Poets host Old School Hip Hop Tribute & Poetry Jam
Rapathon Alumni pay tribute to KRS 1, Nas, Brand Nubian, Biggie, and Jay Z. This
segment will also include Hip Hop Questions for prizes and performances with poetry.
10:45pm-12:00pm After Party featuring DJ Mike Doelo
Music & Mingle
ALL EMCEES/SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS INVITED
MC/Spoken Word Artists with best freestyle of the evening will win cash prize of $100
FREE UNTIL 6:30PM - $10 FROM 6:30PM UNTIL 9PM - AFTER PARTY $15
Call 212-234-7171 for more info
Thursday, January 15, 2009
10 facts everyone should know about Islam and the Middle East
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Graffiti in Hong Kong
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Definition of Hip Hop
Friday, November 07, 2008
President elect, Barack Obama
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Bando on Flickr
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Some cave art may have been painted over millennia
"The results so far are in line with archaeologists' hypothesis that sudden flowerings of cave art came as rapid climate change was causing Palaeolithic cultures to move quickly about Europe, first as the coldest period of the ice age approached, and then as the ice age drew to a close and inhabitable areas expanded."
"There have been surprises, though - in several caves whose art had previously been assumed to date from the same period, the new dating technique has revealed that the paintings were done in several phases, possibly over 15,000 years (25,000 years ago to just 10,000.)"
Imagine living in English caves for tens of thousands of years waiting for the ice to go away again.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wikipedia vs Gilligan's Island: A sea change in human activity
... television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way ... that's 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television. Or put still another way, in the U.S., we spend 100 million hours every weekend, just watching the ads. This is a pretty big surplus. People asking, "Where do they find the time?" when they're looking at things like Wikipedia don't understand how tiny that entire project is ....
We live in a disruptive time. As humans turn away from TV and begin to participate in making media, community, tools and meaning, we have a surplus of brainpower and time to apply to making a better world together. Viva la difference!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Satanic Plumber Archive
400+ news articles from over two decades on underground New York City subjects..... City Hall Station, graffiti writers busted, Hickey + Ski interview, the Ket saga, the High Line story, WTC diagrams, subway blacksmith, TATs profile, Freedom Tunnel, Caine RIP....... it's all there and more.
Street Art and Aesthetics: The Renaissance of Cute
Nick Mount has just published a great article in Walrus, a Canadian magazine. It discusses the relationship between fine art, lowbrow, graffiti, street art, merchandise and collectibles, among other things. Nick does a good job explaining what's going on by taking the long view.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
RIVAL, LA graf legend: Write In Peace
Saturday, May 03, 2008
This great website supports the book of the same name. There is lots of LA history online here, and it's a great read. The book is amazing and huge. You must get one. It has more than 900 pictures, including a CD-ROM. The website has additional material and commentary.
Estria's skinny cap (stencil tip) tutorial [updated]
Correct info, from the site: "In 1986 Crayone TWS and Razor KTD first introduced Estria to the Skinny Cap. Razor was the first to conceive of it." (San Francisco Bay Area)
This type of detail cap has spread to Europe and beyond over the decades.
Here's the first public tutorial on home made skinny caps.
Be forewarned: Using these can be incredibly messy. You will get paint all over yourself until you get the hang of it. Wear gloves and trashed shoes. On the upside, you'll have plenty of loose paint for those nice splatter effects.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Fuzz One needs our help: Buy his book now
Sadly, Fuzz One's mother just passed away and he is trying to raise funds to cover her funeral costs. So if you were thinking about buying one of his new books, this is the best of all possible times to do that. Here's the info:
The Last of the Old School
by Vincent Fedorchak
This one you have to buy directly from Fuzz because it's not available anywhere else.
Book is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Heavy and almost 400 pages. All raw text of hardcore NY history.
US customers: No PayPal at all. Only checks allowed from a U.S. bank. Check or money order only. For one book only and extra artwork, the total to send is $40.00. All shipments get sent with Priority Mail and include new artwork I am doing. If you want more than one book, e-mail me for prices.
Any other country: No personal checks. Only International Money Order or U.S. dollars in cash. No Euros or other currency for now. This gets you one book and Priority Mail shipping (airmail). You can send it certified mail so you know I got it, but that is an extra expense for you. It's US$ 50.00 for one book to get sent to England. I have had a few customers from there already. It should be close to that for other European countries but I ask that you e-mail me first from where you are in order to determine if it will cost more. Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will sign each book and in most cases will add my own graffiti artwork by doing something for you and include it with the book. No other authors do that.
More than one book: If you want more than one book, send me a note to tell me how many you want and where you are. New shipping prices will be given to you.
Not doing business with any bookstores or distributors. Write your name and address neatly so I can read it when sending your payment.
Send any payments here:
PO Box 111
Port Jervis NY 12771
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The Martyring of Che Guevara
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Happy Birthday Art Crimes
Art Crimes is 13 years old today, believe it or not.
In 1994, there were no search engines, no commercial websites, and putting images on the web was a brand new idea. The web was primarily focused then on what scientists and academics were interested in, because they were the ones with access to the Internet. Art Crimes was one of a handful of art sites, and the first website for graffiti art, although Kel1st and Mare139 had a website for their activities already by then, and Taiteiden Rajamailla (the first Finnish graffiti site) and I Can Fly crew's site were in the works even then.
Websites were so newsworthy in 1994 that Newsweek magazine did features on them, showing Art Crimes in one of its October 1994 issues. Writers started emailing me to say they read about the site at their dentist's office and decided to get online so they could see it. It was amazingly complicated to get online access then too, so kudos to everyone who made the effort.
Thanks to everyone who's been along for the ride, as well. Your enthusiasm, your purchases from our store, your generosity with your products and your photos have kept the site going. Thanks especially to everyone who helped and encouraged me over the years. I am honored by your support and awed by your talents.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
PowWows.com live webcast
Friday, August 24, 2007
Mr Wiggles on the Art of Lettering
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Barbara Bode Falcon, RIP
Too soon, too soon. Barbara Falcon, who was known universally as "Barbara Bode," has left this life. Barbara was the former wife of the brilliant underground cartoonist Vaughn Bode and the mother of his lizard spawn--the artist Mark Bode.
The passing of this prismatic and charismatic soul is a heavy loss for those who knew her personally and to the graff community.
She was the spark for Vaughn?s "Bode Broads," his unique way of drawing pinup in a recognizable fashion. To Vaughn, Barbara represented the most idealized form of feminine beauty. The vision of Vaughn's Bode Broads is a style that's appealed to the most influential and prolific graff artists of our time. Bode Broads can be seen in graffiti art all over the universe. Barbara?s moon-like face and curvaceous body type launched a thousand walls, worldwide.
"My father did hundreds of characters based on her image and some of them really captured her spirit, she was the original inspiration for all Bode Broads to come and ever since," said Mark.
Barbara's very nature was too complex to sort out, yet paradoxically she was an open book of the most fragile kind. She possessed great physical beauty, razor wit, keen intellect, and immense empathy. Still, one never wanted to cross the Sicilian Queen; she'd cut you off quicker than a piece of salami.
She was born Barbara Hawkins, in Utica New York, in 19xx. At the age of 16, the sultry-eyed teenager began dating a square-looking Vaughn. The couple eventually married against her parents' wishes. The intensity and dysfunction of their 11-year marriage was an event that Barbara tried to process until the end of her life.
The year of Vaughn's untimely death in 1975, she met and married Rick Falcon, the brother of Vaughn's sister-in-law. Rick was always the more normal father and husband that Barbara yearned for after the bizarre and tumultuous period with Vaughn. "After meeting Rick," Mark recalls, "it seemed like Mom and I had landed gently on a peaceful earth after we had just ridden on the tail of a space cowboy comet which was Vaughn's life with us."
Rick was Barbara's ultimate care-giver and loving husband until the end.
Rest in Peace Barbara.
- written by Angela Frucci
Friday, May 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Berlin wall section secretly removed over Easter weekend
We can hope the officials are telling the truth and that it's being restored and preserved, but the secrecy is suspicious. The Berlin wall is important world history and important graffiti history. Even if it can't remain in Berlin for some reason, it needs to be preserved as possible.