I've always had a thing for skaters. Something about the whole skate culture is appealing to me. Except the falling part, that's kind of unfortunate. I think that if you're gonna wipeout you should at least do it in style. That's where Junkprints comes in. We've teamed up with ArtsProjekt to create some really hot skate decks for all the skater girls and guys out there. So, if you skate more than you walk, this one's for you. Plus, think of all the money you'll save on gas.
If you follow me on twitter or we're pals on facebook you may have noticed a link I posted in regards to the Black Face aesthetic popping up in fashion. If you have no idea what I'm referring to please read this post that Vibe.com did about models in black face on Trya's show, V magazine and Vogue. I've been on the fence about writing this post because one of the positive and negative aspects of writing a blog post about about something is that it inherently draws more attention to the matter. The negative aspect as pointed out by Fly Girls blog writer Andrea is that by discussing this we must reference Vogue, W and Tyra, which increases their traffic/content consumption therefore making them more money, so in a way it's like rewarding them for their efforts. The positive aspect of writing this post is that it opens up a forum to discuss what's REALLY the matter with painting white models Black. The following is my stance on the situation, socially I think we have a lot more to work through than we'd like to believe and I'd love to hear your thoughts. I like to consider myself a reletively open individual. I also believe that it's possibe to positively appropriate just about anything, but I think that this is far from a positive appropriation. There isn't enough visibility of 'non-white' people in main stream fashion for a 'black face' aesthetic to be used with out making a clear re-contextualized situation. The spread in V magazine is only about one model being painted black and the other one not. They don't even have clothes on, so what does this mean? what's the vision. Without a context the only thing I can link it to is minstrel show. Perhaps I'm mis-reading the artistic vision, but I haven't really been given much to work with. If we are all so 'open' to appropriation, then next fashion spread should include a model dressed like Hitler and other models in an oven, or better yet white models made to look Chinese while working on building railroads, or while were at it, white models dressed like Pocahontas building tee pees. To me all of those would be just as ridiculous as this black face fashion thing. The fashion arena is not the first place with in the last few years that I've seen this happen. Are you familiar with Friends with You? Well they make these super cute plush toys (well most are super cute) and a few years back they did this one and a few others in the same vein. This bling clad stuffed animal was being sold for $500 and his name is foofee (pictured right). Does this not bare a resemblance to Plastic “Be-Bop Jigger” (pictured left). That is the actual listed name. This was sold in auction for $500. What's the difference between these two? 75 years or so? America's mentality? I'm not quite sure their is a difference. The next point to bring up may be authorship. Is this aesthetic completely off limits or is like how many perceive the word 'nigger' only to be used by blacks. For example if Tyra self identifies as a black person than it's okay to put white models in black face? Or even T-pain's album cover? Maybe people think Obama being President made racist, historical, iconic, imagery not racist anymore...like he changed the past or something? I really don't know but it brings up lots of questions and prime time to work out some of these. I know we won't all be on the same page but I'm curious to hear your thoughts.
The dumpster pool party was off the hook!!! Big shot out's to everyone who came out. I'm still compiling pics. If you have some send a link and I'll show em off here. Thx Sarah and Alicia for the flickr links
Dookyblog readers, I have treated you like step children. I will make no excused for neglecting you and if you've been on twitter or facebook you may not feel so rejected...but none the less what is the point of having a blog it nothing gets written in it? Well my friends, I have much to share. I've been grinding like teeth over here in Junkprints land. Here's the long and short of it. ART WORK I'll be exhibiting art work in Minneapolis' B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip Hop Mama Said Knock U Out Gallery Exhibition August 28-October 23, 2009 Opening Reception: Friday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. I'll also be exhibiting in Younity's Fresher Exhibit OCT 3rd-24th info TBA GOODIES Hello Pittsbugh! I just completed a large order of custom Record Necklaces for Moop's, 'Hello Pittsburgh' soiree. Wendy, the fab bag maker is having an opening party in her new space on August 29, celebrating her new store and big move to P-town!!!! I'll be vending at MARKIT' AN NYC ART/DESIGNER MARKET August 29, 2009 When: August 29th, 12-5PM Where: Our Lady of Sorrows SCHOOLYARD -213 Stanton Street Lower East Side, NYC Between Ridge st & Pitt st. And if that's not enough I'm finishing up the fall winter goodies.....
I'll be at the Sirens Music festival this saturday in Coney Island with a new batch of Brooklyn and Visionary Necklaces. I'm still not sure of my vending location but follow me on twitter (@junkprints) for the deets! See ya soon!
Have ya'll heard of Bag and Belly? Well you must chck out Nina's fabulous recycled grocery bags! Her work is innovative and a ka-tillion times even more awesome in person. I have one and it's now attached to my hand.
Anyone who throws a Fanny pack fashion show is alright with me. The fine folks at DNA galleries contacted me throug etsy about getting some packs in their store. I was like hells yeah. Well my dears, the Fanny packs have arrived and DNA is putting on a Fashion show on August 14th...I wish I was in Oklahoma City to witness the festivities. Check out their site for more info.
I love music, grew up in a super musical household and can proudly say that the first concert that I ever bought tickets to was Lauryn Hill (Outkast was the opening act). And the first show I ever saw...humm I can't remember, might have been War but I'm pretty sure it was Morris day and the Time, I'll have to ask my dad on that one. I remember stopping by the studio when Tony! Toni! Toné! was recording their album and introducing my self to Raphael Saadiq...crazy huh..It's even rumored that Jimmy Jam use to baby sit me, when my folks lived in Minneapolis...I don't remember. As of now, they are all stories that my parents tell me mixed with childhood memories. I started taking pictures for two reasons A: I loved working in the darkroom B: I wanted to shoot Musicians. Well I had a chance to do my fair share of both and must say that I prefer to make Junk more. One day I'll post my archive pics of Common, Mos Def, Saul Williams, Alicia Keys etc. The only ego I really have to deal with in Junkprints is my own...and I can usually handle that. After a year (2003-2004) or so of editorial work I decided to focus strictly on my art and design..no more musician egos, bands and broke artists. My love of music has never gone away, it's transitioned and though I rarely specify personalities in my work music seems to oooze through and I always find myself surrounded by musicians. This is the first year that I've embraced the music connection since my editorial days. It's been really nice. This has def been the summer of music for me. Between studio Sessions w/ 'The Faculty", Tough Dumpin and George Reefah, making tees for Earl Greyhound, enjoying the live shows of Femi, Janelle Monae . In fact It's been so nice that I decided to focus the little bit of vending I'm doing around music events. Starting with the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Thx to all of you who came out despite the rain. My next event is the Afro Punk Block party, this Sunday. It takes place July 12th, on on Clinton Avenue between Myrtle & Willoughby, noon- 8pm. click the flyer for more info. I'll also be in Coney Island at the Siren's Music Festival on Saturday July 17th from 10a-Sundown I'll have more on that next week 😉