GALLERY 69 ART EXHBIT W/ SONIC BAD (MAY 1ST 6PM-10PM)

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THIS THURSDAY MAY 1ST COME SEE THE LEGENDARY SONIC BAD ART SHOW @ GALLERY 69 IN TRIBECA. SEE FLYER BELOW FOR ALL DETAILS!

(69 LEONARD ST BTW BROADWAY & CHURCH)

 

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By Jenna Weis
NYC subway trains in the 60s were seen as means of exposure for aspiring graffiti artists. These mobile art spaces became covered with tags and bubble letters that inspired the now internationally known artist Sonic, aka Jesse Rodriguez to create his unique style in street art. The NYC native is the originator of the “Folding Letters” or “Ribbon Letters” style that put him on the map in the 70s. He says “My graffiti style was one of the first three dimensional lettering style that was ever painted on a New York City subway train. It was before its time, (as seen in book “Subway Art”) and still being used today by other graffiti artists around the world.”
By the 80s NYC street art transitioned into a true art medium and corresponded heavily with the growing popularity of Hip Hop music. At this time graffiti defined the urban culture and Sonic was fully in the mix of the street art world, creating murals bold in color, highly influenced by the NYC fast paced environment, and aesthetically dynamic. Regulation of street art was not nearly as rigid as it is today giving the artist the freedom “to paint a mural on a subway train all night long without getting arrested, if you were slick” he says “These days you can’t even walk on the subway tracks without being spotted or videotaped.”
In 2002 Sonic took his talents overseas to France, where graffiti is supported and respected as an art form and not seen as a crime as it is in the states. Sonic says “There are graffiti festivals, competitions and most importantly graffiti art shows and auctions that include some of the best graffiti artists from around the world.” It wasn’t long after this voyage that Sonic’s spray painted creations would expand even further around the world. He says “I travel to many different country’s to paint my graffiti style murals, such as Hong Kong, Jakarta, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, and Puerto Rico. Just to name a few.”

 

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NYC Urban Arts Showcase Memorial Day Weekend Yacht Party (Sunday May 25th 7pm-11pm)

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New Brand Launching Soon: Savvy Kid Concepts

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New spring/summer merchandise coming march 2014 items can be purchased on line ..

Urban t-shirts , hip hop themes and skate board tees..

T Shirt Printing Brighton … various accessories

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Media Mogul Of The Month: Jason Bourne aka Basquiat

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Having always possessed an affection for communication, especially in the written form, it would seem inevitable that the choice of writer/journalist would be made by this New York City product. In his quest to find his niche, it became more evident, at the behest of many close friends and acquaintances, that he should not miss his calling. What was once a hobby, or past time if you will, became a full fledged passion, and budding career.
With published work in a number of online as well as print publications to his credit Basquiat, or known commonly as is quickly becoming a sought after talent in the literary and media sector of industry. Crediting numerous influences and encouragements as the foundation for his progress, humility lies within as this eager-author and media consultant has an ambition that is unmatched and sure to carry him to his zenith.
As a contributing writer for well respected brands as well as serving in the role of managing journalist, content acquisitions he has been fortunate to interview some of the industry’s brightest up and coming as well as established stars. With credits including Leading Independent selling artist in history Tech Nine, to Former Roc-A-Fella artist, now Division I standout Young Chris, hit-making Producer DJ Spinz, Newly signed MMG Artist Rockie Fresh, to Freebandz/ A1 Executive, Rapper Rocko, back to Stellar Fashion Designer Staci Sherri, Entrepeneur first lady to PA State Senator Mrs Shari Williams, and NFL Star Rennie Curran to name a few, Basquiat is hard at work honing his skills; with his eyes set on being this generations premiere journalist, Basquiat is becoming increasingly adept with the management of and contribution of digital content. Adding event host to his resume, he relies on consistency and depth in diction; the sky is certainly the limit. His diligence has made him someone to definitely keep your eye on The self proclaimed “Writer of Writers” seeks to improve with every line, and challenge himself to bring his potential to fruition. The next Bonsu Thompson, or Sway for that matter, as he often jokes will cement his name amongst the greats when it is all said and done. Check out a listing of his credentials:

CREDITS:

 CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR:
PARLE MAGAZINE
THE FRESH CLASS
IGRIND
365 HIP HOP NETWORK
THE LEVITY BALL
CR8TIVE SHFT
SONIC ECLECTIC
 HIP HOP U
GRIND OFFICIAL
GET SIGNED MAGAZINE
I GOT NEXT MAGAZINE
HIP HOP TIMES
LINKS TO RECENT WORK OF NOTE:
Interview with Jean Alerte, author: Do Right Do Good

Quincy Jones Jr says “EDM IS JUST NOISE”

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Quincy Jones Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, composer, television producer and film producer who is not too keen on electronic dance music. Recently Quincy Jones sat down with The National to talk about an award he just won in the United Arab Emerites. The National and Quincy Jones discussed a wide variety of topics from his music career to what the current state of music looks like.

When Quincy was asked what type of music he feels like is all about the money, he responds with “I don’t like techno at all. That’s just noise. I can try it because there is nothing to it but I just don’t think there is anything to learn from it. Now all these DJs are making more money than rock groups. They don’t even need bands anymore. People such as Skrillex and those guys get half a million to a million dollars a show all over the world from Las Vegas to Brazil. As a musician it is extremely frustrating. Because that’s just music to sell products.”