June 10th, 2013

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On June 13th at 7PM, I will be moderating a talk with influential artist, designer, and author, Cey Adams at the Apple Store, SoHo. Check Apple’s schedule of events for more info about Cey and his work. Hope to see you there.

February 6th, 2013

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10 years ago today 50 Cent dropped Get Rich Or Die Trying. Time flies. Not only is it a classic, but GRDT is also the first album package to include a Slang Inc. design credit. Thanks Fif. To commemorate the anniversary, I spoke with Ego Trip’s Brent Rollins about how the artwork came together. Check it out here.

 

January 10th, 2013

On January 16th at 7PM, I will be moderating a talk with influential designer, Jon Contino at the Apple Store in SoHo. Click here for more info.

December 12th, 2012

We recently had an opportunity to art direct graphics in four House of Hoops locations. Each store has its own feel and called for images that represent the players in unique ways. The stores also needed updated footwear wall graphics (artwork behind the sneaker displays), and city manifestos to tie the spaces together. Big thanks to Alexis Marcou, Denis Gonchar, Nathan Fox, Nigel Evan Dennis, and the Nike Team for making this special.

Click here to see the work in context. Learn more about the making of the footwear walls here and here.

November 15th, 2012


I’m not sure whether I first saw John Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein Residence in a movie or in a magazine. Either way, it made a lasting impression. Years later I was art directing a photo shoot in LA and had an opportunity to shoot there. The first thing you realize when you walk in is that this place is more than a home; it is a work of art.

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July 6th, 2012

Earlier this week, I told a friend parts of the story behind Wu-Tang’s “Iron Flag” cover, which made me want to dig up the files and share more here. Dave Bett, the original Art Director on the project, and Michael Levine did a shoot inspired by Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” photo. I don’t remember how the project fell into my hands, but ultimately it did, and I was able to contribute to the Wu legacy.

To pull the cover off a few fixes had to be made. The W logo was inverted on the flag and had to be fixed digitally. My next move was to add creases to the photo to make it feel like a valued relic. The stenciled type was chosen to carry on the military theme. Lastly, Cappadonna wasn’t on the final album and had to be removed from the cover (look between Raekwon and RZA on both versions).

May 18th, 2012

Our Meet The Designer talks continue with my good friend, Greg Burke, Creative Director of Atlantic Records. On Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM, we will discuss his work and creative process at the Apple Store, W 14 St. See May 23rd on the Apple Schedule of Workshops and Events for more info. Hope to see you there.

April 2nd, 2012

As part of the Ego Trip crew, Brent Rollins’ work has appeared on magazine covers, books and more. As an independent artist, he is known for designing logos, packaging, posters, and collages. Obviously, he knows a thing or two about design, but don’t take my word for it, check out his site and tumblr for proof.

On April 5th, I’ll be talking shop with Brent at the Apple Store on W 14 St. If you’re in the area on Thursday at 7PM, come by. Click here for more info.

March 26th, 2012

On Thursday, at 7:00 PM, I will be moderating a discussion with Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto of Morning Breath at the Apple Store on W. 14th St. They will be sharing their body of work and talking about the creative process. Click here and see March, 29th for more info. If you’re around, come by.

August 10th, 2011

I’m into non-conventional music packaging, no surprise there. Last week, a friend put me on to Bjork’s forthcoming release, Biophilia: The Ultimate Art Edition. This “super limited” version is designed by M/M Paris and comes in a lacquered, silkscreened oak box containing 2 cd’s (Biophilia, plus an exclusive live Bjork recording from the Manchester International Festival), 10 chrome plated tuning forks, and a numbered certificate. Only 200 will be produced. What I do find surprising is the price – $812. (more…)

July 5th, 2011

Last month Kwaku Alston asked if I would be interested in writing something for his blog, Art of Studio. The answer was yes, and this is what I came up with.

I’ve been passionate about art for as long as I can remember. Growing up art was a hobby, not a career option. Luckily, I had a teacher who changed all that. I took a drawing class in my first year of college. One day the teacher said she thought I’d be good at graphic design. I didn’t know what it was, but I was willing to try anything that offered the possibility of being a working artist and moving to NYC. She helped me put together a portfolio and apply to art schools. She was right. (more…)

June 27th, 2011

In the weeks before Decoded was released, Droga 5 launched a unique campaign to promote the book: Decode Jay-Z. Oversized pages were put in locations inspired by the text (a plaque in Marcy projects, the lining of a Gucci jacket, etc.) giving the words context. The only one I came across in my travels was the Politics as Usual billboard on Flatbush and Tillary in BK, which was expected because Jay-Z had this location on lock for years. Seeing Jigga’s words that large, without his picture or an in-store date, made them more powerful. To connect the dots, Bing launched an online game that directed fans to each of the page locations. This video shows the scale and effectiveness of the campaign.

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