In 1986 Sleeping Bag records asked me to photograph Just-Ice (above) for the cover of his new album ‘Kool & Deadly. Rumor had it that Just Ice had recently beaten a murder rap in Washington DC and was an all all around dangerous dude. Born in Brooklyn he was was one of the first MC’s to use a Ragga/Hip Hop style.
The photo shoot went well and we ended up going across the street to the Time Cafe for Long Island Ice Teas and snacks. Just-Ice neatly removed his gold caps, folded them in a napkin and stashed them in his pocket before eating the tortilla chips.
Gold Caps or Grills were all the rage in the 80′s – a few weeks before I had filmed gold teeth being made and fitted at Eddie’s in Brooklyn at the Fulton Mall for ‘Slammin’ a VHS hip hop magazine.
A week or two after my shoot with Just-Ice, he popped by my studio to show me the little kitten he had adopted – he named him ‘Money Clip’.