Sunday, November 29, 2009

"HOLIDAZE" a benefit concert for Toys for Tots & Fighting for Futures FRIDAY, December 4

I'm doing live art this FRIDAY for a great cause and supporting Fighting For Futures amazing project!! Come through!

Fighting for Futures, Natalie Crue, Sosa Management, and "Initiative Radio with Angela McKenzie" proudly present ::: "HOLIDAZE"
A benefit event for Toys for Toys and Fighting for Futures, Holidaze is slated to be one of the dopest shows of the year.

Hosted by: DA of Shinobi Ninja
On the ones & twos DJ IllyP, DJ Ready Cee, & DJ ErnieB

With guests performances by:
Jagermeister presents Ryan Vosler
Dres (Blacksheep)

Rugged N Raw /// The Illz /// Eric Sosa /// Dump Body /// Hasan Salaam /// YCtheCynic /// Warren Britt /// The Closers /// Terry Poison /// Bless Roxwell /// Miz Metro /// Spills vs. feleciacruz

You are guaranteed to get a healthy dose of dopeness, and all for a great cause.

*Live art displays by: Gigi Bio
*Cupcakes by: Jennykins
*Fashion show by: Dr Adventure (
*Live Art by: Marthalicia Matarrita, Danielle Mastrion & Lichiban
*Photos by: Vr Photography, Boris, Ema Photography, NattyNight, & Kingtexas.

Celebrating the birthdays of feleciacruz, Stephany & VaryusWaise..
****Prizes, giveaways, & $4 shots all night long*****

Admission: $10 + a Toy for Brooklyn Tots
Guestlist $5 RSVP to w/ "Holidaze Guestlist" in the subject.

Media & press inquires may be emailed to
This event is 21+ with ID.

BUNNYLOVE ::: play it safe

Recently, I had a photo shoot project with my friend ARIAN CAMILLERI (also the man behind the camera who captured my image on the top right corner of this blog), and went on his site to revisit his find this hilarious video!!Durex "Get It On", the ingenious project of the animation and video production company called SUPERFAD was inspired by three photographs that Arian had made a few years back featuring dogs, bears, and rabbits. Superfad has racked up a Gold CLIO 2009 award for Viral Marketing and a Silver CLIO award for Animation along with four AICP awards and a nomination for a D&AD Animation award. The original concept was developed by Fernando Lecca.

Durex "Get It On" from Arian Camilleri on Vimeo.

Read more about the project on Arian's blog.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

NO HE DIDN'T! Star Wars x Marc Ecko

I'm surprised designers haven't thought of this before.

Star Wars Clone Trooper Hoodie by Marc Ecko


Star Wars Darth Vader Hoodie by Marc Ecko

FREE DOWNLOAD ::: DAM-FUNK :: Toeachizown Vol. 5 :: SKY

For those who haven't gotten yet into LA's Ambassador of Boogie-Funk, here is a chance to get a taste of DAM FUNK's galactic soundscapes for FREE! This volume features some of my favorites from the album (yes to 'Sky Is Ours!'). Thanks to Fusicology for the exclusive feature.
For a limited time only

From Dam-Funk:
'Sky' is the final chapter of my 5-part presentation of Toeachizown. I chose to round out the set on a totally positive vibe & level of sound with these songs. Joints like “The Sky Is Ours” (MP3) I feel captures positive & uplifting vibes while still remaining based in the 'Funk' yet, with new types of chords & arrangements being experimented with + vocals throughout this particular song. I consider “The Sky Is Ours” to be one of my signature compositions in regards to sound, style, arrangement, drums, vocals, & keyboard playing. I'm very proud of this one. I'm glad that it was able to be released 'officially' on this project. I also hope U dig the rest of the joints contained on 'Sky'. With “Nu-Frontiers” I got to pull out my silver-sparkled Slingerland drum set and funk out for a bit, real tough for U. It, as with 99% of all my material, was 'recorded live' from beginning to end. “Spacecapades” is for the ultra critical headz whom hold the opinion that a lot of my stuff 'sounds the same'. Pleeaaaze! Just give “Spacecapades” a whirl, will ya'? 'New-Wave-Funk' vibes on that one, as well as on the joint “Fantasy”. Both made from the heart & without any irony attached, whatsoever. "Come On Outside" is a vocal joint that I hope U dig, which invites U to do just what it says: “Come On Outside & Won't U Funk Wit' Me”. It's long overdue y'all. And, I chose to close 'Sky' out with “Keep Lookin' 2 The Sky”, which I hope we ALL remember to do whenever we get low on this rock.
Always fam...remember to: “Keep Lookin' 2 The Sky”!
Peace & thank U for glidin' wit' me thru Toeachizown.
Sincerely yours;
- DâM-FunK / 2009

Sky is the last volume of Dam's Toeachizown Vol. 5. All five volumes of Toeachizown are now available in digital form, and a double CD. The 5LP box set's release date is to be announced.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The incredible world of SHUSEI NAGAOKA


This man's artistic vision shaped so much of the visual imagination of the 70s and 80s. Born in 1936 in a mountain village in the vicinity of Nagasaki, SHUSEI NAGAOKA's family had to evacuate their home when the atomic bomb hit the city in 1945. He entered Tokyo Musashino Art University at the age of 19, but decided to quit three years later, as he was already operating a successful business as an illustrator. Nagaoka illustrated several iconic record covers ranging from Earth Wind & Fire to Deep Purple, Munich Machine, Calderon and several others as well as graced the covers of sci-fi books, movie & car ads. Huge inspiration! Check out his website
Earth Wind & Fire "All 'n All" (album cover)

Sun: “Destination Sun” (album cover), 1977

Munich Machine (album cover), 1977

INSPIRATION :: Earth Wind & Fire ::: dreams are real

Earth Wind & Fire has been such an inspiration for me on many levels. Their visual representation from their magic theater-style performances to their record cover illustrations by Shusei Nagaoka (peep my post on his work above) and videos reflected a bigger spiritual vision that they were manifesting through their music. What Maurice White says about creativity and spirituality is the way I see the two intertwined in my life as well, and I'm definitely feeling Larry Dunn (part 3) in preferring doing creative work to yachting. Their music and message are timeless.

check out part 2 & 3 as well

i'm feeling...DAM-FUNK ::: Could I Be Losing Another Lover?

oh boy, this is my new favorite

From the forthcoming 5XLP Box Set Edition of "TOEACHIZOWN": "Could I Be Losing Another Lover?" (NOT AVAILABLE ON THE CD)

i'm feeling...James Hick's for video 'Recursion'

James Hick’s etherial video for the Genghis Tron track ‘Recursion’. Simplicity works

Saturday, November 21, 2009

AURAL VISIONS :: lichiban presents #3:: CHESCA :: taste the difference mixtape

I'm pleased to present # 3 of my AURAL VISIONS art & music collabo with my girl, CHESCA, one of the dopest women I know. Hailing from Italy, Chesca is keeping the female wing of the future boogie-funk scene alive in Londontown. If you love Dam-Funk, and the kind of vibrations his mixes and his productions carry, then you'll probably love Chesca's Taste The Difference mix featuring some rare boogie, electro funk & deep house gems. It's hard not to dance to this.

This is one sexy ass mix and I'm proud to get my design skills involved with it. (there is more where it came from...)

Check out some of the boogie-funk-Detroit tech inspired tracks she produced that I recently posted on my earlier post.
[photo is detail of Ryan Michael Kerry's amazing photo]

Friday, November 20, 2009


# 2 of Stephane Sednaoui's videos

THE MAGIC ROOM ::: lichiban presents ::: EDOHEART

Eseohe Arhebamen aka EDOHEART
I love EDO. Urban priestess of heart & fire, though so-far has mostly been known through her dance performances, Edoheart is a visionary & a singer with one of the most powerfully heart-piercing voices. I am currently working with her and my friend Joel Mejia on a video for her new song "Sometimes (Lord Take Me Away)" as an art director. She is a definite artist to watch.
Check out one her beautiful
and unsettlingly powerful BUTOH performances.
Eseohe Arhebamen performs Fire Butoh 2 at Grace Exhibition Space, NYC 2008.
Eseohe is calling this type of butoh performance, BUTOH-VOCAL THEATRE. The sound/music she has created and termed her "BUTOH-SINGING". This sound collaboration and production is with Toshio Kajiwara. Stage design by Eseohe Arhebamen. Lighting design by photographer Jene Youtt. Visuals: Mariette Papic+room 404 media + dinosaur fight of the zuvuya collective. Costume by Maggie Smith.
For more, visit


we will be nomads

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dungeon Dragons: LITTLE DRAGON Performs at Le Poisson Rouge, Saturday November 21, 2009

Little Dragon is back in NYC!! I got my good friend and ex-writer colleague at TRACE Magazine write up a guest feature this time.

By Devin “PAN” Barrett

Since releasing their self-titled debut album, Sweden’s soul-pop quartet LITTLE DRAGON has coursed through the veins of the indie music scene, keeping listeners’ collective blood pressure dangerously high. Hitting stride once again with their follow-up LP, Machine Dreams, Little Dragon returns stateside to the venue where they made their NYC debut a year ago. This Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village, find out what all of the buzz is about as Little Dragon takes the stage with their signature synth-infused electro fuzz. If lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s sweet serenade doesn’t give you goosebumps, you may need your pulse checked. Sharing the bill for the evening are Re:Redux (Didi and Aaron from Brazilian Girls), dance collective Crystal Fighters, and DJ Scribe of I Love Vinyl acclaim. Show starts at 11 pm.

For additional show and ticket info visit:

Monday, November 16, 2009

i'm showing at COUP D'ETAT Art Collective's :: "Live to Change Something Through Art" group art show

Come through this Saturday! Below are my BROOKLYN SUPERHEROES & some of my friends works shown at the exhibit.

Berman "Coup D'Etat BK " ::: Livingroom Johnston "Rooftop series"

Stephanie Land "Woman In Red"

Ibrahim Yaqut & Yang Chi (Artist Republic) ::: Amanda Diva " The Brighter Side"

Ana Bravo "Cruda"

Alice Mizrahi "Forgive" :: Jen One

(BROOKLYN, NY) November 12, 2009 – Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Center for Arts and Culture, PUMA, and The Coup d’etat Arts Collective are honored to announce the opening of “Live to Change Something Through Art,” a mixed media exhibition of works created by 23 local artists. Please join the artists for the opening reception on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 4 p.m.– 7 p.m. at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, New York.

“Live to Change Something Through Art” features work that is reflective of the current Brooklyn arts movement and underscores Coup d’etat’s thought-provoking brand principle, “Live to Change Something.” Highlighting a multicultural collective of artists across several disciplines, the exhibition encompasses painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation.

“The voices of Urban image makers have too often been dismissed as inarticulate and underexposed,” says Rasu Jilani, co-founder of Coup d’etat Brooklyn, and “Live to Change Something Through Art” Creative Director. “This exhibition was developed to help my fellow creators build positive awareness of their work while exposing our youth to the many vehicles of self-expression.”

Artists that were hand-selected to participate in “Live to Change Something Through Art” include: Molaundo Jones, Suhail Smith, Sam Wilson, Lichiban, Rob Fokused, Alice Mizrachi, Stephanie Land, Deka, SeeOne, One9, Alzo Slade, Ana Bravo, Berman Fenelus, Jen One, Reuben King, Amanda Diva, Nelson Rivas, Kwesi Abbensetts, Paul Deo, Robert Trujillo, Suncadm Bey, Ibrahim, and Yang-Chi.

About Coup d’etat Arts Collective: Coup d’etat Arts Collective is a Brooklyn-based collaboration of highly respected artists who produce various art-related events throughout New York City. The Collective's annual exhibition features a never-before-seen assembly of New York City’s most sought after visual artists. With music as the backdrop, the Coup d’etat Arts Collective provides a unique platform for creative synergy while filling an undeniable void in the arts community. For additional information on Coup d’etat Brooklyn please visit

For nearly four decades, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has served as a fertile ground for emerging and established artists throughout Central Brooklyn. Through its Center for Arts and Culture, Restoration continues to present, promote, and preserve the artistic legacy of artists from the African Diaspora.

FREE MUSIC :: JESSE BOYKINS III "AmorUS" -MELO-X remix is a new piece from Jesse Boykins III The Beauty Created remixed series. This week, we have "AmorUS" remixed by the homie Melo-X.


ANIMATION OF THE DAY : Principles of geometry + AntiVJ: a stereoscopic show


Principles of geometry + AntiVJ: a stereoscopic show from AntiVJ on Vimeo.

AntiVJ has been working on a new format for French retro-futurist electronic producers Principles of Geometry. Using stereoscopy (technology used in IMAX cinemas to watch visuals with 3D glasses) they produced a 50min long real-time journey through space. An exciting experience and a real visual counterpart to the band's space/epic soundtrack.
Visual production: Simon Geilfus, Joanie Lemercier, Desaxismundi.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

this vibration ::: BILAL ::: Level

::: a lesson in being free on stage :::
a new track from BILAL's new album, which is one of the three albums scheduled to drop soon that I'm really excited about...I heard it a few months ago, and it was great to hear recently that it got signed to Plug Research. With this new album , BILAL had a chance to show his extraordinary skills as a producer and singer with a vast range of talent in jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, R&B, rock, soul and probably 3 more fields of music. Genre-bending, free music. Expect the unexpected---

Friday, November 13, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY :: the lady who fell to earth

Tim Walker The Lady Who Fell To Earth for VOGUE Oct 09

i'm feeling....HARMONIC 313 : Battlestar

This album makes me feel like machines have soul...I imagine it could aid astral travel visualizations. There is a definite alarming, dark-vision-of-the future type of tone that dominates the album---it reflects an aspect of the spiritual atmosphere that is present these days and which many artists are tapping into.

Battlestar from sixty40 on Vimeo.

Check out the Warp Release page:

From the press release: "Harmonic 313 (aka Mark Pritchard aka Troubleman aka Reload aka 1/2 of Global Communications aka 1/2 of the The Jedi knights...) came to Sixty40 for his first ever film clip. Despite releasing seminal records since the 90's and being on Warp Records since 1994 and being the poster child for super-technical, superbly-crafted, bass heavy, crazy-ass electronica there'd never been anything to translate his floor-filling tracks on TV. Crazy. Sixty40 had to pioneer a variety of new techniques to take an entirely open brief into a eye-popping warning of extra-terrestrial doom."

Without trying to limit it, Warp artist,Harmonic 313's album When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence is where futuristic Detroit techno meets electro-funk, UK bass, dubstep & Dilla's hip-hop legacy (313 is a reference to Detroit area code). If you are into the kind of electronic music that Dilla, Cybotron, Kraftwerk, Waajeed, or Flying Lotus have put out, you'll probably get into this album. Find out more on Harmonic 313 When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence & on his myspace, and there is a great review of the album here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

ANIMATION OF THE DAY :: The Nature of Battle

In a ruined world, where mankind has brought destruction upon themselves, a new hope arrives in the form of a seed.

The Nature of Battle from Nat Dart on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

FUTURE VISIONS :: Blade Runner

A vision of the future from one of my all-time favorite films--and one of the best films ever made--, Ridley Scott's cult classic BLADE RUNNER.

The film depicts dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants — visually indistinguishable from adult humans — are used for dangerous or menial work on Earth's "off-world colonies". Following a replicant uprising, replicants become illegal on Earth and specialist police called "blade runners" are trained to hunt down and "retire" escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently-escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment.(from wikipedia)

Monday, November 9, 2009

PRESS ::: LIBERATING STYLE shows love!!!

I am forever grateful for LIBERATING STYLE for giving me an opportunity to shine. Much love to Angela for making this happen and to my beautiful friend & fellow artista, Fly Lady Di, who was also featured in this issue & and huge thanks for the shout out. You are an inspiration as well, ma:) I would also like to give a shout to the one and only Sarah White for taking this photo of me, to Concep for being part of the collabo featured in this spread, and to Raye 6 for being the inspiration behind the catwoman in picture 4. ...thank you!

To read the interview & check out the whole issue online, click here.

Make sure to check out the previous issues as well!


Here is the official teaser for Londontown's freshest export, STREET TALK UK! The official site is about to launch- the guys just had their preview launch party last week (here are some photos from the event on VICE Magazine). The new site is going to feature a series of interviews with some of New York's dopest movers and shakers...I'm so psyched to be part of this! BIG shout out to my London fam, Kevin, Craig and Mike for doing are the bomb!

Street | Talk Official Trailer from Street Talk on Vimeo.


TONE (one of the hardest working photographers I know in the city) has started doing video features at his LOFT now. This is my favorite so far: interview with my friend, Brooklyn-based singer & songwriter Jesse Boykins III. inspirational.


Also, here is a FREE remix of Jesse's song PANTYHOSE by Hasan Insane. Grab it HERE.
as well as CHANEL -remix by Machine Drum
and CHANEL part 2 : Spirit Dilla remix by Daru

Saturday, November 7, 2009

iRECOMMEND::: SATURN NEVER SLEEPS w/ RAS G, King Britt, Rucyl, Sarah White & Rico, Stef Eye, AFTA-1 and more ! in Philly and in NYC!!!

Finally SATURN NEVER SLEEPS fam is back in NYC with an impressive lineup made up of vibration gurus RAS-G, AFTA-1, King Britt, Rucyl, Sarah White, Rico, Steph Eye & Damon Bennet & Peter Kirn. What's even more exciting that it's here to stay: SNS visionaries King Britt and Rucyl are starting a monthly series in New York while continuing to bring to Philly's art & music scene a new vision & higher frequencies as well. Check out their super dope website for more info, artist features & free podcasts!
DEC 10th in Philadelphia & DEC 11th NYC!


This post is dedicated to every child and adult whose childhood has been prematurely cut short.
One of my favorite photographers and huge inspiration, Brazilian artist SEBASTIÃO SALGADO is a true master of capturing the human spirit on film. His book, THE CHILDREN was my first reference I turned to when I started going back to drawing a few years ago. His collection of photographs of refugee children from all around the world is one of the most powerful visual documentations of the effect of war and trauma on children.

Salgado originally trained as an economist, turned to photography in 1973. He spent several years with documenting migrant workers, and from 1993 to 1999, he turned his attention to the global phenomenon of mass displacement of people, resulting in the internationally acclaimed books Migrations and The Children published in 2000.

In the introduction to Migrations, he wrote, "More than ever, I feel that the human race is one. There are differences of colour, language, culture and opportunities, but people's feelings and reactions are alike. People flee wars to escape death, they migrate to improve their fortunes, they build new lives in foreign lands, they adapt to extreme hardship…."

His images speak without words...about terror, loss of innocence, the horrors of war and the beauty of the human spirit that- even while faced with the harshest conditions- can transcend the shadows of the past and heal the presence. This piece, inspired by one of the photos from his book, THE CHILDREN, on the left was one of my first pieces I exhibited (I donated it to a fundraiser for Emergency) a few years ago...I was at an early phase of experimenting with my style and media. After buying the book, I would keep on returning to these images and stare at these children's telling eyes...many of these kids were born and spent their entire life in refugee camps. (e.g Rwanda, Lebanon, Croatia, Afghanistan, India, Mozambique, Sudan, or Kurdistan). I believe that Salgado's photographs have the power of changing someone's life (a quality I think every artist would love to own). Someone told me that at his show of THE CHILDREN, they displayed the photos as giant, larger-than-life size prints and the power of these images made many attendees burst out in tears.

"I hope that the person who visits my exhibitions, and the person who comes out, are not quite the same," says Mr. Salgado. "I believe that the average person can help a lot, not by giving material goods but by participating, by being part of the discussion, by being truly concerned about what is going on in the world."

You can see a few more photos from the book here for instance, but I strongly recommend actually owning this book. Also check out his other massive masterpiece, Migrations. To read Salgado's bio, visit here.

Friday, November 6, 2009

TIME TO ::: IMAM FAISAL ABDUL RAUF :: Lose your ego, find your compassion & CARY FOWLER: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

A good friend of mine who is traveling to India for this conference sent me to this site. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, organizes conferences around different themes and hosts talks about issues affecting our future. These are just two of the talks that I found inspiring on their site
Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

i'm feeling... BROKENFAB

I love these futuristic beaded pieces individually designed & hand-crafted in the workshop of London-based BROKEN FAB. Check out more on

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

PHOTO OF THE DAY :: lost and found

I'm in love with these images. Found it on flickr by artist Brandon Jan Blommaert.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Electro-funk meets afro-Cuban rhythms to transport you back & forth in time. Chico Mann is the man!
<a href="">Same Color Wolf by Chico Mann</a>

<a href="">Harmonia by Chico Mann</a>

<a href="">The Selector (For Now) by Chico Mann</a>

Chico Mann is the creation of Antibalas guitarist Marcos García; a time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers, and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history.


:: The hunter becomes the hunted ::
Directed by Phil Austin & Derek W. Hayes, SKYWHALES is a 1983 animated short film that depicts a fictional society of green-skinned alien creatures dwelling in the atmosphere on a floating island, who send off hunting missions to capture skywhales. Skywhales was released at the cinema in the UK in 1984, showing before the film Nineteen Eighty-Four. Too bad that the quality of the video is so bad, as it doesn't do justice to the beauty of this film.