31 October 2009
PIECEBOOK NYC Launch
The Reed Space 28 JUN 08
Truly PIECEBOOK is the dream blackbook for anyone who is DOWN LIKE DAT. It is a veritable who's who of writer's writers, in an intimate format that looks so legit, you'd swear you could feel the grooves in the pages left by pencils and pens! As authentic & realistic as possible, there are even a few blank sheets left to get up on! Everyone tried to peel the sticker off the inside cover and now I actually have to SMELL THE INK on the pages to figure out which tags are new!
Half of these are MY photos, which I donated for love of the OLD SCHOOL and my big bro, co-author, Dave CHINO. I'm down with BYI since late '85, the one and only QUEEN JULIE BTS ;) Dave had the NERVE to crop me out of all the little ones! Check his blog @12ozprophet PIECEBOOK Launch 08
I have never seen so many Graffiti Kings in one building, live and direct, not on the walls! Much love to the many artists included in the book who represented! In no particular order, and no disrespect for those I forgot * SPone * SKID * TRIM TNC * VANAL KT * ATCO * SAST FSU * STERN * JALER * KEO * DIL * SCAN * HAZE * MARE 139 * KAVES * T-KID * They all signed my copy & DJ EMZ rocked major throwbacks all night! YO! The list went on and on, and I'm sure TFV Squad (inside joke for BET ;) must have had their own damned digital photo field day! Shit, it REALLY IS 1984 in many ways, and it ain't ALL GOOD!
Greg (SPone) Lamarche did an amazing job on the handwritten calliGRAFFITI intro to the book. It was like transcribing the Torah, every letter perfect or the whole page gets thrown away, not at all easy! I will be going to his studio for an amazing collage soon!
Greg Lamarche proving he still has mad SKILLS in publication!
This reception may have been more surreal than my recent Brooklyn Tech HS reunion, complete with a book to sign! Indeed, very similar, and filled with oddly familiar artistic faces from BACK IN THE DAYS recognizing mine. There were framed prints of a few pages, one was a TRIKE GND piece with an ODone BTS throwup (my HS ex and 1018 Prom Date)! UGH! LMAO!! Despite the sweltering 95 degree night- it was 110 inside the joint, the asthmatic air conditioner was NOT cutting it, the throng outside The Reed Space on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of NYC was a-buzz with how cool the book is and that it came with a custom Sharpie! 10 Deep also printed limited edition t-shirts to commemorate the event!
More pix coming soon... meanwhile check out PIECEBOOK RELOADED
PIECEBOOK road trip!
Hip Hop Block Party/PIECEBOOK Signing
New Haven, CT 14 June 08
Sacha Jenkins and Dave Villorente signed copies of their critically acclaimed PIECEBOOK while over 30 talented artists from all over the East Coast showed off their skills with good old spraypaint.
The NYC contingent included TRIM TNC, KEO aka Lord Scotch, DIL(INGER) & SCAN.
About to set up on a beautiful day in New Haven, Connecticut!
...and so the masterpieces begin, always with an outline...
Mike, Blake, Tony and Cris.
The Block Party was a successful event with a huge turnout! Thanks to everyone at Channel1! Check out their video Channel1 The Block Party Recap
Dave signing autographs while being photographed...
DJs setting up the perfect tone... while Mike SCANs the crowd.
The brilliant and beautiful Raquel Cepeda-Jenkins Hip Hop Historian.
A long line of canvases was ziptied to a chain link fence, some taped to the buildings in the square & others were standing on easels. DJs spun the classics while breakdancers did head spins on a nice big piece of linoleum.
KEO & TRIM getting it done!
Tony and his handsome son. I let him know how his parents met!
Blake KEO, Tony TRIM and Cris DIL, 3 NYC Kings.
Dave had given me one of the coveted, limited edition, 10 Deep/PIECEBOOK T-shirts. In the smallest size they printed... men's medium! It was humongous! I'd seen a vid on how to slice one up, and I went for the groupie look, strumming up interest in the book while I roamed the crowd...
Much LOVE and continued success to my dear friend DaveCHINO and Sacha SHR!
Beyond Your Imagination!
A few more of my 300 pix... COMING SOON... meanwhile PIECEBOOK RELOADED is now available!
PIECEBOOK RELOADED NYC Book Launch
The Etnies showroom 29 Oct 09
The next book in the critically acclaimed, historical PIECEBOOK series again gives owners the opportunity to add their own art to the ranks of actual graffiti kings and legends! So realistic, they even scanned the backsides of some pieces to give the illusion of ink bleeding through the pages. It's beautifully printed, looks completely authentic and continues the tradition they started in the original PIECEBOOK- creating a dream blackbook filled with only the best.
The party was jam packed! As expected, a who's who of all-city kings & international writers including most of the artists in the book came out to represent. To name but a few * SPone * ATCO * SAST FSU * JALER * KEO * DIL * SCAN * HAZE * MARE 139 * KAVES * T-KID * Cope 2 * DEZ * TATU XMEN * BANE SEIK * PYTHON * RAB CAC * RAE WIC * SIN * and * DOC TC5 * who kept us moving to vinyl along with Psycho Les of the BEAT NUTS!
19 March 2009
PUERTO RICO 8/07 The View From LA PERLA!
16 March 2009
ROMA 2007 BLUECHEESE Presents EcoArt Village...
Un BACIONE alla Grande DJ Leo, e tanti abbracci a tutti gli amici virtuali che ho conosciuto finalmente nella realta'! L'EcoArt Village e' stupenda, sull'APPIA ANTICA, al Sepolcro di Priscilla, vicinissimo al famoso ristorante, QUO VADIS?... La cosa piu' bella e' stato che avete messo la torre del DJ davanti alla torre di antichita'! Solo a ROMA! Non vedo l'ora delle prossime Vacanze Romane!!!
A HUGE KISS to the great DJ LEO, and so many hugs to all my virtual friends who I have finally met in reality! The EcoArt Village is AMAZING, on the Ancient Appian Way, at Priscilla's Tomb, close to the famous restaurant, QUO VADIS?... The most incredible part is that the DJ tower is set up in front of the ancient Roman tower! Only in ROME! Can't wait for my next Roman Holiday!!!
You know what they say, "WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO"!!
06 March 2009
WEPA! !!!Que Viva Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto!!!
What a beautifully CHAOTIC day! It was GREAT - when I wasn't kissing ass! I was a multi tasking delegate between way too many Bad Lieutenants, beat cops, mentally fkn challenged traffic cops, parade organizers, Bacardi Suits, Bacardi Girls, DJs, artists, "Security", Bacardi "event planners" and my Philadelphia friends who refer to themselves as "Carnies", who setup, breakdown and drive the float. It was not easy, but I'm VERY good @ customer service, AND I even cleaned the damned plexiglass windows!
Before anyone else, I was up on there with the crew, so that was MY float, but one Bacardi girl was trying to ask me for water like I was a waitress or something, uh, the cooler's over there, hon, I pointed with my flag, then turning my back to her, proceeded to "Party Like a Rockstar"!! Oh, NO you didn't, now go back to being my backup dancer! BK don't play!
A float has absolutely NO suspension, so when the music jumped off, I was literally 12 inches off the ground, holding on, waving my flag shaking what little my mama gave me like a doggone fool! It was Hip Hop Hayride heaven, and through some miracle I had become the prima ballerina, the one dressed differently! I played the back, by the fellas, dancing more like a crunk cheerleader than a video ho, while the Bacardi girls threw mad shade!
DJ Precise from La Kalle 105.9 (Heavy Hitter) made the most out of TOBY Love's "Tengo Un Amor" and other songs by splicing in El General, C & C Music Factory, Nina Sky, Frankie Cutlass and Fat Joe with little hits of old and new school into a hot loop... His crew from the South Boogie Down was cool, one guy kept "singing" to me, and I hammed it up like a true Broadway Baby, I was crying, swooning, walking away, it actually looked choreographed!
I had the GENTE raising those flags, on the left, on the right (alzando las banderas, pa' la izquierda, pa' la derecha), GOZANDO, picking out the Papi Chulos with my flag, calling out the city names, tirando besitos a los viejitos (throwing kisses to the little old men), WOW, I am still reeling from the ridiculous amount of Puerto Rican LOVE I ingested, and puro adrenalina (pure adrenaline)!!! What a dream come true for a Nuyorican!!!! Outrageous!
At the end of the parade route, DJ ENUFF, the King of the Heavy Hitters, Hot 97, my old pal from Brooklyn walked up, and to the surprise of Precise and crew, who had been nothing but nice to me all day, told them all just how far back we go! That's RIGHT! I was like, I TOLD Y'ALL I'M FROM BK!! Mad props to ENUFF... I love that guy, and I go far back enuff to have been to his Momma's house parties!!!
WHAT A DAY! Not only was I just as cute as the bodega beauty queens, diplomatic, energetic and funny, but I even had GUM, OK!? Will be doing it again next year, I think I earned my keep! Maybe I need to hop on for GAY PRIDE!!! I bet the BACARDI boys will be WAY prettier, and I hear they wave their "FLAGS" at HALF MAST for the WHOLE parade! OUCH, sounds kinda painful, but like "LOADS" of fun... OK, I'll stop now...
50th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade NYC
Con todo mi AMOR!