I’VE DONE YOU DURTY….

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.....
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JUNKPRINTS LOVES DNA GALLERIES

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.
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SUMMER OF MUSIC

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. flyer 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 😉
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I WANTED TO BE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF VIBE

Vibe magazine was one the most influential publication for me. In fact it was because of Vibe Magazine that I majored in photography and started doing editorial. As I got older, got a bit of experience and was exposed to more stuff my directives changed abit. None the less it was the very first magazine that I had a subscription too and greatly helped to shape my visual language...ya'll remember the illustration issue that they would put out every year? I must admit It's been a while since I've been excited about a Vibe issue, but as a 12 yr old kid all I needed was some Sanrio stickers and a Vibe mag and I was good to go. It's sad to see that Vibe is no more...though I feel a lot better about the closing of Vibe than I did of Missbehave. Guess I just understand where Vibe is coming from, making mags is expensive and in some ways an obsolete media outlet. It's wild to think that the internets has killed so many of my photo editorial inspirations. Over the weekend I went mag shopping. I use to go once a month but over the years it's been greatly reduced due to the fact that I'm no longer looking to be introduced to new things through magazines, it's more about layout, images and collection of articles and or stories. I find that I enjoy Colors alot more than any of my teen faves due to the fact that its beatifully done and  just talks about people...not celebrities...just people. While I'm pouring out liquor for dead mags I'll give a big ups to Ego Trip,  and Suede ...and pray that Frank and Trace mags can survive as print publications.
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