On Saturday night I walked over to 125th Street in Harlem, knowing there would be crowds out for Mike. The energy was amazing, people were smiling and taking pictures of everything.
As you can see I did my own piece.
This kid impersonating Michael
The legendary Apollo Theatre
This guy was spray painting this dope pose of MJ.
Writings on the wall.
Mommy in white.
Moments in time.
Never Can Say Goodbye.
White tee so clean.
We’ll miss you MJ. But you’ll live on forever. Genius never dies. Legends always survive.
Some of my favorite videos from Michael Jackson.
Not a lot of words, fuck it, he was a legend.
The music has changed, but I’m one of those types. I had to hit this guy up, and ask him who this music was by. He kindly responded and gave me the name.
One day we will say, do you remember, when we used to sit and just talk about our dreams? Do you remember, when were were trying to get put on, and when we did whatever it took to make things happen? We will sit and look back, and remember, the days and the places, and the people, and all the things that made everything possible. FedEx-ing boxes out the house because there was no office or showroom. Being in the right place at the right time, in the right mind. Moving a little more everyday, pushing forward, harder, and stronger. Because before it was real, it was just a dream. And you lived on that dream, and you thought on it. More and harder, as you wanted it more. And soon enough the dream is longer a dream, it is the reality of your life, your passion and desire, your choices and decisions. It is your existence itself. But you will always look back, and remember, in the beginning…it was just a dream.
always manage to inspire me. I find myself sitting or walking around for hours, thinking and coming up with new ideas. Last week I went with a friend who is in town. Below are a few photos of my favorite work, which I’m sure will make there way into my next collection.
this reminded me of an M.C. Escher
i love when you see things like this.
The Spine (side note, I have scoliosis)
I’m not really a fan of Pollack, but I really liked this messy collage of things. There are ciggarettes, nails, and buttons in this piece.
Pieces like this always inspire me more than anything else. It feels much like a living, breathing thing, and trying to translate that into jewelry, poses a challenge that I love.
This caught my eye, because of it’s shape, and the light glowing from within, it also had a very textural feel that I liked.
Perception and perspective are funny things. Sometimes just words we use to describe things, but in this instance, you see yourself looking at the man, and you see him looking at the crowd, which is actually you. Interesting piece.
I had been to the MoMA the week before, without my camera, and I was bummed out. Who goes to the museum without a camera right? I was in the diamond district that day trying to pick up a piece for a friend, and it was late, and I just decided to walk a few blocks over to museum, and when I saw these paintings I knew I had to come back. So much color, so much life, I really like these. The artist info is below.
This was was of those beautiful tortured paintings about life, and struggle, and revolution.
Simple graphic pieces like this inspires me a lot. While I was at the MoMA, my friend and I would pass by a lot of things, and say “Is that art?” And I think it’s just one of those things, where you have to ask yourself, what you think of it, how it makes you feel, does it do something for you, you know?
By far one of my favorites. I stood and looked at this one for a long time.
This piece was huge, and so beautiful. Lots of detail, and the shades of grey and black were really dope.
Ivy over at Groove Effect, shot me an email around three this morning, while I was designing the Luminary store.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
-Khalil Gibran – The Prophet
Of all the books I’ve read so far, The Prophet is one of my favorites, and it seems fitting to begin with a quote from Khalil Gibran, since ‘Crew Thick’ will be a reacurring theme on The Extension.
I know a lot of guys, and many of them don’t wear jewelry and because ‘The Space Blockade’ was a men’s/unisex collection it was important to me to give some of them pieces. Not just for exposure, or word of mouth, but to give them something that was important to me. When you truly design, you put yourself into what you create. With that being said, below is an interview I did with Curtains, who was given the Blind Ring. I’ve known Curtains for years now, since he was living in New York, and performing all over the city. Great dude.
(Curtains, LES, New York, unveiling the Blind Ring)
1. Where are you originally from, and how does that affect your lifestyle/way of thinking?
I’m ORIGINALLY from St. Vincent in the West Indies. I was raised in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn pretty much gave me my personality, my taste, my insight, my attitude, everything. I’m 100% Brooklyn.
2. Why the name, Curtains? Is there a story behind that?
Uuhm… Hmmm.. No real real story but my original name was Show Stopper. Curtains is just another way of saying show stopper. The phrase curtains has such a harsh connotation to it and it fits my personality and my music so it works.
3. If you could do anything, and go anywhere, where would you go, what would you do, and why?
I would go vintage shopping in Paris. Sounds real shallow but I get a thrill out of vintage shopping and Paris aesthetically is a beautiful city. I like sightseeing and shopping so I get to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
4. What, if anything, would you change about the music industry?
Hmmm… Good one. There’s so much. I would bring back artist development. I think the loss of artist development kind of was the 1st step in the downward spiral of the music “business”. I would give artist more stake finanially in their projects. Most artists make pennies on the dollar for records sold, I would def get artists more money. I would also shut down the whole notion of 1st week sales. Most people judge an acts success on 1st week sales, when that’s not always the case. So those 3 I would change.
5. You mentioned to me (personally) that turning 23 was a turning point in your life, if your comfortable talking about that, why was this a turning point, and what was significant for you that year?
That year I think I totally got my mind right, got focused on my life, I found my inner peace and I found happiness within myself. The key to life is inner peace so finding that at 23 set me up for a long road of prosperity and happiness. When everything is going good inside of you, the outside world adjusts itself accordingly. And that’s the secret to being successful.
‘Black Folks,’ Curtains video, from his upcoming mixtape, ‘The Great Adventures of Dope Boy C: Dope For President’ directed by Gabriel Hart, recently launched on MTV. Watch it below.
Cedric Haughton & Anthony Hendrickson. These are two names you will not forget. They are designers, who have in 2 seasons, given us a taste of what they will build in the future. I know these men well, and I have seen there progression and work ethic develop into something beautiful and timeless. Menswear, often boring and stale, feels full of invention and extremism in this collection. The most important thing about the Fall/Winter 2009 look book from the design duo, is that I actually want to wear it. Whether the pleated salmon button down, the perfectly tailored blazer, or the logo pin, I find myself wanting many key pieces from this collection, and that itself is worth mentioning.
When asked where the inspiration for this collection came from, the designers responded, “(We were inspired by)…abstract armory, disobedience within a private academic environment and recurring issues of mental entrapment.”
In addition to this, as part of their ‘Dusk til Dawn’ collection, we worked on a jewelry collaboration, featuring the pin and necklace that you see throughout the look book. Months earlier, in prep for our own Fall/Winter 2009 collection here at Luminary, Anthony took notice of some pieces I was making for ‘The Space Blockade’ collection. Using lots of open space with a geometric theme. We all sat down one night and decided that a collaboration, was in order. Using the Third Floor logo, was the perfect choice, not only for the simplicity of the design, but for how well it would fit into what they were already designing.