Lupe Fiasco (The God) uses the social media outlet, Twitter, to produce a digital version of his book, “Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective”. It is an “Afro-futurist” novel that will only be available on Twitter but a poet that goes by the name, Overstand Basics, put in some work to put it into a google doc. There are only 2 chapters out right now but expect more chapters over the next couple of months. The novel is off to an intriguing start and I expect that vague things mentioned in the first two chapters will be cleared up in future ones. Depending on how the author wants to compose his or her novel, not being directly clear from the jump, can be a beautiful writing strategy. Lupe nails it in the opening chapters. Unfortunately, if you are not following Lupe Fiasco on Twitter, you will not be able to read it due to his account being private. You will be able to read it on the google document which can be viewed by clicking here. Lupe Fiasco’s first tweet that sparked the thought can be viewed by clicking here. While reading the google document, I was wondering if an author would feel disrespected if their literature ended up into a document, when it is meant for to be gazed upon on Twitter. I posed this question to Overstand Basics and you can click here to read our brief Twitter exchange about the question.
UPDATE: Chapter 3 has been added. Click here. Are we talking resurrection?
UPDATE #2: Chapters 4 and 5 are now alive. Click here to read. The restrictions of Twitter finally catch up to Lupe in Chapter 5 as he is forced to use symbols to represent words.
Kiranjeet Kaur brings to you her portrait of Biggie. Kaur writes,
“I was requested to do this painting and I had a lot of people saying they’ve seen Biggie Smalls paintings but would love to see my take on it. It was a successful piece and had a lot of people requesting for it to be printed on clothes (something I’m taking on as a personal project at the moment). I love using vibrant colours because I am heavily inspired by ethnic cultures such as Indian and Afro Caribbean. Most of my artwork is a reflection of myself. I don’t ever feel compelled to use realistic colours but love celebrating the use of paint through obvious brushwork and bright colours and textures”.
With an artist that has been put into visual artworks numerous times, it was important for Kiranjeet to truly make it her own. People see pictures of Biggie everyday, listen to his music everyday, and now Kiranjeet endows viewers with a piece of art that they do not see everyday. Whether Kiranjeet knew that she had to do something out of the box or not, her perception of what needed to be displayed was not forced, but natural. Natural artistic skill. Producing blue eyebrows onto Biggie and creating a small heart at the bottom part of his shirt, are two aspects of the work that catch my attention. If this were to be birthed onto a shirt, it will catch the attention of many more people who enjoy the music of Biggie, the art of Kiranjeet Kaur, and art overall.
the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
We’d like to introduce you to New Jersey artist Anarch aka Ruben Cedeno (Interviewed by Desi Adorn)
Street Khemistry: What is your style of art?
Anarch: A combination of mixed media/ street-graffiti/ expressionistic/ urban popart
SK: How long have you been in your industry?
Anarch: Been getting paid to make art for about 2 years but have been an artist my whole life. My father was a painter so naturally I started young.
SK: What has been your biggest achievement and your hardest struggle?
Anarch: My biggest achievement would be getting back into art after my 8 year hiatus during the Army… my hardest struggle?
Letting society lead me to believe art died years ago.
SK: If you could work with any celebrity artist who would it be and why?
Anarch: Living? not many, I feel art right now is based on hype more than actual substance. I have a theory that if the right people say something is art then everyone will think it so… dangerous game we play. If I had to choose non living artist on the other hand I’d say Keith Haring. He pretty much set the path for a lot of artists of my style.
SK: Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Anarch: Bruce Lee. Like him I’m in search of the purest style of execution… only then will I feel like an original.
SK: What’s your biggest aspiration?
Anarch: Other peoples work more specifically students of art who wow me. When I see something extraordinary I think to myself “what can I do to make myself above this?”.
SK: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Anarch: Hopefully not at my peak.
SK: When was your Holy Shit moment in the industry you are in?
Anarch: When people compliment me on my work.. it always catches me off guard and makes me feel nuts.
SK: What would the you of today tell the beginner you as a warning or positive advice about your industry?
Anarch: Keep doing what you’re doing, it will all mean something in the end, you are unstoppable.
SK: If you got a nickle every time someone said “_____________” you would be rich (fill in the blank).
Anarch: you’re in your 30s??
Any tattoo lovers out there? Well then this post is for you. DMV Freehand King has a new vlog out right now that has footage of him creating master pieces on various different people. On top of that there is also footage of hi receiving an award at the tattoo convention in New Jersey. A few good looking woman and some highly detailed and colorful artwork is what you will find in the 7 min vlog. Check it out right here on streetkhemistry.com
Organized Threat’s very own, Feggy Min, officially launches her custom made phone cases. Above are two of my favorite designs. One that shows an eagle planted on top of A$AP Rocky and another of Biggie chilling in outer space. The Biggie one is very extraordinary due to Biggie being placed in an unusual setting with unusual attire. Since many claim Biggie to be the king of New York, maybe Feggy Min thinks Biggie is the king of space. Her vision makes this extraordinary. There are much more phone cases available on her website such as Tupac, Nas, Eminem, Prince, and the list goes on. These are compatible with the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Note, and Samsung Note 2. Click here to purchase one of Feggy Min’s custom phone cases.
Street Khemistry’s own Desi Adorn caught up with New York City Artist Jennifer Taveras to speak about the artist’s influences, goals and (most importantly) her art.
Desi Adorn: What is your style of art?
Jennifer Taveras: I don’t really have a specific style of art. My style in constantly changing and I have
periods of perfecting a certain style and then moving onto the next one.
DA: How long have you been in your industry?
JT: I’ve been in art ever since I could remember but didn’t actually begin being interested
till high school when I went to school for art.
DA: What has been your biggest achievement and your hardest struggle?
JT: My biggest achievement would have to be getting recognized by others and asked for
pieces for tattoo ideas. Just knowing that people are willing to get my work on their
bodies makes me feel like my art will have an ever lasting imprint on someone. My
hardest struggle would have to be finding time to stay on art. I tend to drop pieces
midway and never finish them, or not work on anything for months at a time because
of other things going on in life.
DA: What would the you of today tell the beginner you as a warning or positive advice about your industry?
JT: I would tell the beginner me to really invest more time on working on pieces and invest on creating as much as you can. I would warn myself of how hard it is to be recognized but assure myself that if i put myself out there in the art world, good can come from it.
DA: If you could work with any celebrity artist who would it be and why?
JT: Im not to sure who i would want to work with really, but it would definitely have to be with someone who has a very different creative outlook on theire work in order for me to personally grow from working with them. Anything new to me would be great.
DA: Whose your biggest inspiration?
JT: My biggest inspiration (as self centered as it may seem) is the future me I am dying to become, a future me that is worth the obstacles along the way.
DA: What’s your biggest aspiration?
SK: My ultimate aspiration is to never get tired of my work, even if i don’t want to do it as my career. I want to be able to stay creative and open my mind to the possibilities when it comes to my work.
DA: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
JT: 5 years from now I see myself ultimately using art as more of a hobby rather than a job. I want to be a psychiatrist and 5 years from now hopefully i will be done with schooling and have my PhD in psychology using art therapy for children.
DA: When was your Holy Shit moment in the industry you are in?
JT: This moment definitely had to be when I got exposed to how hard it really is to be recognized out in the industry. I personally have always been recognized by the people around me for my talent and in school and such, but there are so many epople that are ten times better than me and trying to get my work to be just as good was definitely and eye opener.
DA: If you got a nickle every time someone said______________________ you would be rich (fill in the blank).
JT: “wait, your not just a pretty face?”
Follow Jennifer Taveras on her Social links:
FB: Jennifer Taveras
Okay so I have a special treat for you guys today. I am a member of KanyeToThe.com which is basically the best Hip-hop forum out there. My fellow members of KTT have decided to take advantage of Kanye West’s “Yeezus” album cover and make their own art work. A thread was made in the Kanye West section by KTT member Leighton (actual name Leighton McDonald) who’s artwork is featured above. This thread inspired other members to create their own as well and lead to everybody realizing that this was a great idea which led Leighton to decide to make a website entitled YeezyGraffiti.com. Here is how Leighton explained to me how it all got started:
“Mostly the idea was born from the one post that Virgil Abloh made on his twitter that said “please add graffiti” . It hit me that this was the reason the cover is blank, to create our own art and feeling for the album. Of course it could be said too that its meant to be focused on the music, but it’s a blank canvas none the less. So i started it on Friday night, and wake up to over 600 reblogs total, and it’s been gaining traction ever since. We have some of the best artists on KTT and around the internet jumping on the bandwagon now and creating really inspiring art. I have posted some stuff on there also. I cant wait to see what people keep creating as June 18th inches closer”.