The Company Freak Disco Collective, led by Jason King, turned Central Park Summer Stage into a dance party today. Stars like Karl Dixon and Dawn Tallman (above), Ultra Nate, the ladies from Chic and many more brought back those Studio 54, Paradise Garage nights singing classic disco, soul and house – “dance dance dance dance ” – perfect start to the GayPride weekend.
KEO (above) painted the mural of Bambaata outside the Gavin Brown Gallery. The show, curated by Johan Kugelberg features Buddy Esquire’s fliers, Joe Conzo’s photos, Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style – and you can buy some of Bambaataa’s priceless records to play at home.
Imanuel aka BB7nyc stylin’ and profilin’ outside the gallery
The Cold Crush crew.
One weekend a year the area called Welling Court in Queens becomes a street art gallery. The project organized by Ad Hoc has grown each year with crews of legendary, groundbreaking, and up-and-coming artists transforming the neighborhood into a public art experience. This year saw legends like John Ahearn who cast street legend Smith (below), Cey (above), Lady Pink (below), and many more painting from dawn till dusk.
Alice and Trap
John Ahearn casting artist Smith
At the British Consulate in NYC to meet Sir Cliff Richard OBE and celebrate the start of Wimbledon. Sir Cliff was a fixture on the radio when I was a kid, his song Summer Holiday was a British ‘anthem’ in the sixties.
I shot this photo of the Brothers Johnson chilling out in Los Angeles in 1981 – love the number plate. George aka ‘Lightnin’ Licks’ and Louis aka ‘Thunder Thumbs’ recorded one of my favorite songs ‘Strawberry Letter 23′ which was originally recorded by the great Shuggie Otis .
Singer Jose James has a new single out called ’EveryLittleThing’ In true artist’s spirit of fearless experimentalism the new record shows his love for not only soul but rock and electronic based music. He grew up listening to bands like Nirvana, Jimmy Hendrix and Radiohead and later spent many late nights in East London Clubs hearing electronic music. .
To celebrate this we decided to wander the streets of Brooklyn to shoot the cover for the single (above) – it was a sunny day and we found this rusty painted flag wall – it seems just right.
José James’ new album ‘While You Were Sleeping’ comes out on June 10 – it is electrifying!
One afternoon Dave Sussman rolled up to my place in his beautiful 1976 Cadillac. The ‘BKLYNWAY/BEASTIECADDY‘ is covered in photos of the Beastie Boys, as a fan described it “ain’t enough o’s in smooooooth!” Dave created this art piece to honor the passing of MCA who sadly died in May 2012.
Coincidentally Ricky Powell, the man some call ‘the fourth Beastie’, just happened to be passing by – I think MCA would be be looking down smiling.
My show at HVW8 Gallery for Art & Design in LA opened last Thursday, big thanks to Tyler, Nikolai, and Addison for throwing a great party, as well as my girl Jen from Art Duet for kicking it up and getting press from the likes of Jay Z, Complex, LA Weekly (Jake you rule) and Brent Rollins for the photo above. The show is called ‘Rebel Cultures.Punks, Rap, Gangs’ : images from British punk era, LA punk scene, Old School Hip Hop, and the East LA Hoyo Maravilla gang series.
HVW8 Gallery is at 661 N Spaulding below Melrose Open Tues-Sun 1-6pm until May 18 2014