31 May 2012

EAGLES PAINT DAY! - philly mural apprenticeship, may 30th

Comegys Public Elementary School, Greenway & South 51st, West Philly. Lead Artist: Dave McShane. City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program & Philadelphia Eagles.

22 May 2012

FELA KUTI on yellow & re-release of POL POT on red

more items added to the Griot Apparel shop this week..

RE-RELEASE OF POL POT (on red): cambodia was the last nation of the former french indochina to successfully declare its independence, in 1953. by the 1960s, a group of privileged, paris-educated khmer students known as the khmer rouge returned to cambodia and came to control pockets of the countryside. they espoused a form of agrarian, xenophobic nationalism that rejected books, money and medicine. by 1975, they won a three-way civil war that erupted in 1970 and renamed the nation democratic kampuchea. under saloth sar (better known as pol pot) and nuon chea (aka 'brother number two' or 'pol pot's shadow') the khmer rouge implemented policies of de-urbanization and a process of cleansing the population of its educated citizens. pol pot, nuon chea and the khmer rouge are considered responsible for up to 1.5 million of a possible 2.1 million deaths in cambodia between 1970 and 1979. by 1979, all of cambodia's previous urban population were living as internally displaced persons in the countryside and one third of cambodia's population had perished by starvation, execution, or forced labor including most of its educated inhabitants.

FELA KUTI (on yellow): fela kuti (1938-1997) released 77 albums, invented afro-beat, and stood up to the brutality of military and police force across africa. he was repeatedly targeted by the nigerian government for his dissent. but fela continued urging african humanism, and political awareness among all men. he called music a political weapon and wielded it to connect people across the world. wearing a design about someone like him invites a question: “who is on your shirt?” this creates an opportunity to have a conversation and connect with someone over an inspirational story.

21 May 2012

"you know i get bent, i'm a bender.."

(el-p "stay down")

i shelved it for awhile, but i have a ton left to do on this cassette biz. now that i've finally secured a comfortable spot for spray painting at the dog, i'm picking up where i left off. this one definitely is not resolved yet (another layer of chrome at least), but the process is making way for a lot of new ideas, if nothing else. more to come..