The biggest Halloween extravaganza you ever want to attend in your life!
Never mind the thousands of comic book action adventure super hero & villian fans that you have to navigate your way through, this convention now extends itself way beyond the glass cube of the Jacob Javitz exposition center.
The protocol for obtaining an access pass is quite extensive for a good number of reasons and I have no problems with the rules! It’s well worth it.
Now the adventure began with locating where the vendors were located that I wanted to check out as to save some wear and tear on my body. This I thought would be easier than what really happened.
But I was pleasantly surprised while walking through to see the Chicago based artist Hebru Brantley towering over most of the crowd looking at some displays.
Then it was time to find a very important artist that I met during the old Pop Shop Days named Andre Charles who I haven’t seen since I bumped into him in New York some time in the early nineteenth nineties.
Nothing like New York City when your focused on what you want to acquire for your life & lifestyle.
I enjoy being there so much that each time I visit; I dream of finding the perfect home for my artworks and possibly myself?
Lately I’ve been skipping the Meat Packing District & Chelsea areas for the Upper East Side which I really enjoy! Some streets were made for walking and Madison Avenue is one of those streets that I feel right at home.
I remember the days when I had a membership to the Whitney and traveled this familiar route to the museum and hang out there for whatever reason?
Now that I have gotten strong enough to visit I make sure the trip is well worth the struggle I endure to have a good time while searching for new opportunities.
Just three days ago was the artist Keith Haring’s (59th) Birthday.
My blog post is to simply keep his memory fresh and alive! Many people have claimed to be influenced by him and many more have benefited from making such claims while they in broad daylight paint their version of ‘Street Art’ for the world to see.
That’s cool if you can get away with it and not get arrested.
Even Keith knew the job at hand was a risk so he made sure to have someone with him photographer Tseng Kwon Chi to document just about all of his activities and use the (one) arrest as a marketing tool to finally be Identified as the chalk using graffiti artist whose humanoid figures touched everyone who encountered them.
As the great Tupac Shakur once sang “I get around” even though it takes a great deal of effort. It just so happens that there was a break in the weather and it reached nearly 75 degrees on this day in early April.
I contacted my amazing personal stylist friend the “Do-Over Specialist” Victoria to accompany me to this somewhat controversial exhibition held on the 69th floor of one the World Trade Center buildings. The host of the evening was (WTG)World Trade Gallery est.1981 who curated the show selecting a grouping of artists who have an association with ‘Street Art’ which is no longer called ‘Graffiti’if you technically don’t use your tag in your paintings or reference Hanna Barbara characters.
Regardless of the reason the art was selected and the artists chosen I had a fantastic time just taking in the view from high above the city.
It was a night that only these photos do a small courtesy.
9/11 video @Red Balloon Studio
The producer of this video exposé just posted this to my Facebook page a few days ago. I am so grateful for this footage to now be viewed by the entire world.It illustrates the power I posses to predict certain events when I gather information through the media.
This creation no longer exists in its original state but I am so grateful that this film was created to preserve one of the greatest works of art I’ve ever produced.
Needless to say I haven’t made a blog post in quite some time and that’s for two reasons. One you can’t live and write at the same time and second,I’ve accomplished so much over the summer that it’s hard to truncate everything into one amazing story!
In my last post I mentioned that I was taking it back to New York and I literally have done just that by spending as much time physically in the City as possible.
I traveled a lot of miles on foot just to meet some people I wanted to meet for the for last thirty years for the first time. And,I am proud to say that I have met almost all of them with only a few exceptions.
When it comes to locations that I wanted to visit I still have a long way to go but I’m in no rush and the places are not going anywhere any time soon. But I do find it funny that although I have found the Whitney Museum and have been all around it,all I have really done is use the bathroom in the restaurant several times.
Just recently I have been able to move about more freely due to the nice hot summer weather. I’ve had a few things on my mind to check out while I had the chance and I accomplished what I could within reason.
One was to walk the Highline elevated park in Manhattan as far as I could,then find the new Whitney museum.
The second goal was to once again travel to New York City and get on the Staten Island Ferry and ride it across the bay to Staten Island and back to Manhattan.
So far I have accomplished one which is to find the Whitney Museum via the Highline and enjoy the sights & people in and around the area. It’s one of my favorite locations now in Manhattan now that I have explored it.
I even had to return to it sooner than I expected because on the day I was there I lost my iPod and miraculously someone sent me an email letting me know that they had found it.
I have always been sort of lucky in Manhattan so this to me is an indication that I should try and make a go at it again to see how far my artwork can take me? I LOVE NEW YORK!
After experiencing some very negative feedback from some folks I thought I knew; it has driven me back to where I once started building a career, New York City.
Although I have great difficulty getting around it’s much better to struggle there than any place I can think of at the moment.
I enjoy visiting familiar territory around the west village & SoHo especially Washington Square Park where people still gather to soak up some sun and local entertainment.
But their is plenty more to descover just north west of 14th Street like the new elevated park called the Highline which runs through the new art gallery scene in Chelsea and begins with the new location of the Whitney Museum which I am dying to visit or even become a member.
My second to last visit I did a little gallery hopping and met SHAG aka Josh Angle who was just as groovy as his paintings suggest and I immediately detected his southern California swag.
I can’t wait until my next adventure.
Some might say ‘Huh?’ “What does terror hustle really mean?”
How I explain it is that;it is a person that is so terrified of being unsuccessful or have a fear of living a meaningless life expresses extreme motivation coupled with extreme anxiety!
Now that I have explained it I can move forward to telling a story about my adventure to New York City.
I always must maximize the time I spend there because of obvious reasons and so I must plan properly in order to enjoy myself plus, recognize opportunity when it presents itself; New York is like that,you gotta go with the flow.
For the first time in over a decade I rode the subway to Brooklyn to pick up a special item I pre-ordered at this years NYCC not realizing that the retailer was not in Manhattan. Then I made my way back home but first stopping at the Jonathan Le Vine gallery to support Dose Green and check out his new paintings.
On my way after getting lost in lower Manhattan for about a half hour I finally made it to the Chelsea section where the gallery is and I magically run into an artist I haven’t seen in over twenty years.
I recognized him right away and called out his name as he passed by me and, I was correct it was Sergio Klafke from Sao Paulo Brazil looking almost the same as he did when we last met.
Then the celebration began inside the gallery illustrated below when I ran into Wild Style film producer Charlie Ahearn and had a short respectful conversation with the man himself Dose Green who gave me thanks for the support.
Ok, so lately I have added to my reading material two very much anticipated books that were released in the past year. The first one is titled “No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes” which is an oral history of the now legendary City Gardens nightclub located in Trenton, New Jersey where I spent most of my young adult life trying to get my footing in this journey called life when I wasn’t doing the same thing in New York City, when I could afford it. I’m quoted in this book as saying “I didn’t go to college, I went to DISCO!” The second book “Fun Gallery the true story” is about the creation of the east village gallery scene plus the graffiti/Hip Hop cultural migration from the South Bronx to downtown Manhattan told by a very courageous woman named Patti Astor (her public name) who was brave enough to follow her instincts and promote art that was deemed a public image problem and worthless along with its creators [I wish we would have met back then] in New York City at the time. We hung out at the same clubs and probably attended the same art openings when Soho was the art capital of the world. Both books combined basically tell my life story through the images and stories of other people who lived the same creative-driven life which is now considered the most money-fueled art boom of the eighties in New York. And; as far as Trenton is concerned, this also was the most energetic time that reconnected the city with the rest of the world musically as opposed to the industrial background it once had well over fifty years ago. Also both books have films produced. The former “No Slam Dancing No Stage Diving No Spikes” will soon be released under the new title “Riot On The Dance Floor” and will be screened at this season’s Sundance Film Festival and the later has been the subject of many films most notably “Wild Style” which Patti herself stars in with costar Fab 5 Freddy and a whole cast of scene makers that were real artists and not Hollywood actors pretending to be part of the real Hip Hop Nation!