Category: graffiti

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Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they were dating, circa 1983.

Photo by Maripol

On this day in music history: August 11, 1973 …

On this day in music history: August 11, 1973 – Eighteen year old Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) throws a block party in the first floor rec room of his apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx in New York City. Advertised as a “Back To School Jam”, flyers handwritten on 3×5 index cards are distributed widely throughout the neighborhood. The event is filled to capacity, attracting 300 people. Herc sets up his powerful sound system in the room, spinning a mixture of R&B, Funk, Latin and Rock records. Using duplicate copies of the same record on two turntables, Herc isolates and extends the breakdown of these songs to the delight of the crowd. The event is a huge success and leads to the DJ spinning at even larger events on the streets and in clubs in and around the Bronx. However, the first party is regarded as a watershed event in history as the birth of the Hip Hop Movement. The strip of Sedwick Avenue where the apartment complex resides, is redubbed “Hip Hop Blvd.” by the city of New York in 2016, by mayor Bill de Blasio. The current owners of the building have applied for it to be added to the registry of historic sites in New York City in 2007, but to date has not been finalized.  Happy 46th Birthday, Hip Hop!!!

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Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Evelyn Hofer for Vogue, 1985.

twixnmix: Keith Haring body-painting Grace …

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Keith Haring body-painting Grace Jones in New York City, 1985.

(Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi)

On this day in music history: March 18, 1983 -…

On this day in music history: March 18, 1983 – The hip hop documentary film “Wild Style” is officially released in US theaters. Written, produced and directed by Charlie Ahern and released through First Run Features, the film is one of the first to document the different aspects of New York underground Hip Hop/B-boy subculture including graffiti writing, MC’ing, DJ’ing and break dancing. It features a number of important and seminal figures to the movement including Fab 5 Freddy, The Cold Crush Brothers, The Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, Grandmixer DST (now known as DXT), and Lee Quinones. The accompanying soundtrack album (originally released on Animal/Chrysalis Records and produced by Ahern and Fab 5 Freddy) features many of the artists seen in the film (additional pieces by Grandmaster Caz and Chris Stein of Blondie) and becomes a musical cornerstone and often sampled part of rap in the years that follow. The original single LP is reissued by Beyongolia Records in 1998 as a double LP set (with extra tracks) in a gatefold sleeve, and as a further expanded edition for its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2008 by Rhino Records. Rhino also releases the film on VHS and later on DVD. “Wild Style” attains a major cult following over the years, and is recognized by the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Institute Of Contemporary Art of Boston and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for its ongoing cultural importance and significance.

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twixnmix: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna whi…

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Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they were dating, circa 1983.

Photo by Maripol

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Keith Haring photographed by Marcus Leatherdale as Santa Claus, 1987.

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sa…

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sakano in Tokyo for Issey Miyake in 1983.

Yutaka Sakano: In the workshop, Basquiat finds a box of white paint used to paint the cyclorama. He dipped a brush and held it in front of his face, while splashing paint everywhere. This surprised everyone attending the scene. Whenever he repeated the movement, his leather jacket got a little more paint. After a while, Midori screamed her indignation, because with the exception of the jeans and moccasins he came with, all the clothes for the shoot were graciously loaned by Issey Miyake. His jeans and moccasins are already splashed with paint, with colors found in his paintings. He seemed to have jumped directly from his New York loft to the Tokyo studio.

I think I remember that Basquiat picked up objects he found in the studio and used them in a very personal and fascinating way for this shoot. At the time, 22 years old, Basquiat still had childish features and his smile reflected the mischievous look of youth. His art reflects the same pure and innocent spirit.

twixnmix: Happy Birthday Jean-Michel Basquiat!…

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Happy Birthday Jean-Michel Basquiat!

(December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)

“I never went to an art school. I failed the art courses that I did take in school. I just looked at a lot of things. And that’s how I learnt about art, by looking at it.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Keith Haring – Don’t Believe The Hype (1988)

Keith Haring – Don’t Believe The Hype (1988)