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Kendrick Daye is an artist and designer based in Harlem, NYC. He is the Creator and Art Director for Art Nouveau Magazine.

Mood Ring: Rob Milton

As an artist, music journalist, and all around connoisseur of sound, Rob Milton is always here for honoring the creatives who have helped shape his style and sound in his own words.

Here is a super short list of a few of the musical masterminds and their songs that I have studied over the years, and as I prepared to record my album Rebirth.


A Little Bette(R) – Gnarls Barkley

In the early 2000s the members of Gnarls Barkley joined forces solely for the purpose of changing my life. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. Both St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple helped stretch my musical taste and helped shape the artist that I would eventually grow into in the future. While on Rebirth I re-recorded my own versions of “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” and “Transformer,” this song specifically is my favorite thing these two have ever done and has been a staple in my listening life since it was released in 2008. CeeLo and Danger Mouse blended funk and alternative sounds in a way that I immediately found fascinating, but the message is what resonated with me most. It was a message drenched in pain, yet it was resilient. It was the most honest and transparent thing that I had ever heard. This song means the world to me. It’s the “Gonna Fly Now” to my Rocky.


M(O)re & More – Georgia Anne Muldrow & Bilal

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Bilal are rulers of the underground soul world. They both are individually musical super heroes in my book, so when they joined forces and went straight to church with this new aged hymn I could not turn it off. This is another song that I still play frequently. It’s unapologetically black and uplifting. It also showcases impeccable songwriting skill, the type that touches me the most. Muldrow’s work is constantly inspiring me and you can hear that in “Your Love (Holding On)” from Rebirth, as well as in many other songs that I have recorded in the past.


The (B)east – Fugees

There’s no denying the reign of the Fugees. Growing up both a child of hip-hop and a child of New Jersey, this trio felt like family and taught me so many lessons through their music and their journey. This untouchable hip-hop troupe is one of the inspirations behind the hip-hop-honoring song “Classic” on Rebirth. While both of their albums were filled with songs that have inspired me over the years, “The Beast” is one that is especially relevant now. Unfortunately not much has changed since this was recorded in 1995 and the police are still beating and killing our brothers and sisters. The beast is still loose. This song is what the heart of hip-hop is about, being a tool of resistance against inequalities.

Photographer Gabriel García Román Shines Light On Queer People Of Color

Get into this. “Queer Icons,” is a beautifully done multimedia photography project by Mexican-American artist Gabriel García Román. “Queer Icons” shines a celebratory light on queer people of color and makes a point to re-frame the subjects into idols, referencing catholic iconography. There’s a pastiche style halo in every piece.

“My images are visually giving power to a group of people that are generally dis-empowered. I want young people to see these images and see them as an example of someone powerful and noble that they can become,” Gabriel told Fusion in an interview.

Gabriel has too many awesome pieces to fit into this one post. But these are just a few of my favorites. Click here to view more works by Gabriel.

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The Big Ass News Puts Kim Kardashian’s Butt To Good Use

And they say journalism is dead.

Two Miami Ad School students and freelance art directors Jen Garcia of 360i and Carl Larsson of Havas are here to prove it isn’t with the help of Kim Kardashian’s ass. The duo created a website entitled The Big Ass News that puts Kim Kardashian’s famous for nothing ass to good use. The Big Ass News, shares primarily international stories from respected outlets like the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian and more and users have to literally click Kim’s butt to read the story.

The idea is brilliant because most people know more about Kim’s ass than seemingly more important world events. The project is seemingly a cultural wake-up call. Whether it breaks the internet or not, The Big Ass News is sure to make you click. And this is click bait we can vouch for. Check out some of the stories below.

Meet Post POPcalyptic Artist Sage Guillory

Sage Guillory is a transformative artist from Atlanta, GA. As a child, Guillory doodled on everything he could get his hands on. While other kids were heavily focused in school, he was not. His drawings allowed for him to escape his reality. Over the years he has developed a distinct style of art, which stems from his overactive childlike imagination. He attributes his inspiration for his work to Greek mythology, Egyptian culture and humanity as whole.

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Telekinetic Walrus Is All About That Heavy Bass

I’m not a fan of critiquing music.

I’m even less of a fan of categorizing the music I like. Because I’m of the opinion if you like it, that’s all that matters. So it’s extremely difficult to tell you why you should get into Telekinetic Walrus’ second full-length album The Spaceship With The Heavy Bass Bump, but, here goes.

In a world of over-saturated Rap, R&B and EDM this new age funk band is a breath of fresh air. Better yet, they’re more like a puff of some high grade sticky icky. If I had to make a comparison, they’d be a combination of their influences which include Funk, Jazz, Psychedlics, Hip Hop, Experimental Music and enough super bass to make Nicki Minaj blush. A kind of new age, electronic version of the Grateful Dead.

So instead of going into why you should get into, just listen and get into yourself.

Bad Haikus c/o Abe Chuang

Remember when you had to make a haiku when learning poetry in middle school? If you weren’t blessed with a full blown literary talent at that age they were really bad right? Mine were. These aren’t those adolescent haiku poetry. Not exactly.

Artist and designer Abe Chuang takes the term “bad haikus” to task in his digital art project. Abe takes those bad haikus and designs them for the digital generation in the most clever ways. They are mostly in the digital setting, mimicking text pad notes, but every now and then he steps into the analog world and plays. In one image he scribbles the haiku, “Did I really write this one as I was Shitting? Maybe. Probably.” on his legs in ball point pen as he sits on the toilet. Dope shit. Literally.

Take a closer look at some of our favorite pieces from Abe Chuang below. and follow blah on Abe on Instagram for more.











Alli Coates’ Short Film “American Reflexxx” Shines Light On America’s Mob Mentality

American Reflexxx is a short film documenting a social experiment that took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Director Alli Coates captured performance artist Signe Pierce as she strutted down a busy oceanside street in stripper garb and a reflective mask. The pair agreed not to communicate until the experiment was completed, but never anticipated the horror that would unfold in under an hour

The result is a heart wrenching technicolor spectacle that raises questions about gender stereotypes, mob mentality, and violence in America.



How Do You Know Banksy Is White? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

HISTORY LESSON: in 1983 a talented young black aspiring street artist named Michael Stewart was arrested and murdered by the NYC police department.

he was doodling with a marker on public transit (the MTA subways) towards his home in Brooklyn. He was unaware that MTA transit police were watching.

At 2:30 he was arrested and handcuffed.

later on, the pursuit of an indictment of the 10 MTA police officers would reveal that Stewart was beaten twice in two DIFFERENT locations. He was first beaten while cuffed outside the train station, and then was beaten again outside the police station. Witnesses said they saw officers beating Stewart with billy clubs, choking him with a nightstick, and slamming his head against the concrete sidewalk. He screamed for help – the officers continued to kick and beat him until he fell silent, and then they hog-tied him, and tossed his 135 pound, 5′11 body into the back of the van. He was a Pratt institute student and young artist. He was also described as “docile”, a “retiring” young man.

They claimed he tried to run.

At 3:20 AM, Stewart was brought to Bellevue hospital in police custody. He was hog-tied, bruised, and without a pulse. Evidence in the reports suggested he stopped breathing before making it to the Hospital. Hospital staff actually were able to revive his pulse and breathing, but he fell into a coma for 13 days before dying in the hospital. This was first labeled as cardiac arrest. The medical examiner hired by the family to be present during the autopsy stated it was strangulation.

Coroner’s evidence was “lost”.

On October 19, about 20 black community leaders, including City Councilwoman Mary Pinkett (D. Brooklyn), protested outside the Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau’s office at the Criminal Courts Building. Morgenthau refused to see the group stating that it would be inappropriate to comment before the case went to the grand jury in November 1983. The November 2 medical examiner’s final report from Dr. Gross differed from his preliminary report. Gross declined to state explicitly what caused the death, but reported that Stewart died of “physical injury to the spinal cord in the upper neck” and concluded that there were “a number of possibilities as to how an injury of this type can occur”.[4]

10 MTA NYPD were involved in this case. TEN. Of the ten, 6 were put on trial and acquitted of any wrong doing, and only one was found guilty of perjury during the trial. The officer who faced reprimanding for perjury also requested stress-related disability pension. They had an all-white jury.

The civil trial on behalf of the family had a fundraiser started by Suzanne Mallouk. The famous street artist Keith Haring donated the bulk of the money to this fund. Haring also stated that this series of events shocked fellow street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat to his core, stating:

“One thing that affected Jean-Michel greatly was the Michael Stewart story …. He was completely freaked out. It was like it could have been him. It showed him how vulnerable he was” (Keith Haring)

Basqiuat’s response was:

“It could have been me. It could have been me.“ 

The $40 million suit was settled out of court for $1.7 million.

Artists took note, and included Stewart in tributes and memorials.

Among them:

The song “Graffiti Limbo” penned by songwriter Michelle Shocked on her Short Sharp Shocked release. An extra verse she sings live is not on the album: “You see in order to determine that Michael Stewart was strangled to death / The coroner had to use Michael Stewart’s eyeballs, his eyes, as evidence, / So now when I tell you it was Michael Stewart’s eyes that the coroner lost / Do you know what I mean when I say that justice is blind.”[8]

The death of “Radio Raheem” in Spike Lee’s film, Do the Right Thing.

“Hold On” from Lou Reed’s album New York contains the following line: “The dopers sent a message to the cops last weekend they shot him in the car where he sat. And Eleanor Bumpurs and Michael Stewart must have appreciated that.”

The 1987 film “Police StateNick Zedd makes reference to Michael Stewart in a scene depicting a conversation between a cop and a young man, leading to an unlawful arrest. The film was a black comedy about police brutality, inspired in part by the Michael Stewart case and Operation Pressure Point, an operation designed to “clean up” and gentrify the Lower East Side of NYC.

Finally, Haring and Basquiat both produced works:

Keith Haring, “Michael Stewart – USA for Africa.”

And then,

Seeing his own life reflected in the death of a fellow artist, Basquiat went on to create Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), not only to commemorate the young man’s death, but also to challenge the state-sanctioned brutality that men of color could face for pursuing their art in public spaces.

Now, the NYPD has not changed. Banksy hasn’t been arrested. Banksy has not been beaten, hog-tied, strangled, or shot. Hell, Banksy hasn’t even been charged with any kind of court order against rampant vandalism in the US.

You think Banksy is anything but white? Basquiat was TERRIFIED, because he could have easily been beaten to death by the police as an artist.

Basquiat had a reason to be.

Ultimately, with the help of razor wire fences around train yards, police “vandal squads” (infamous for the beatings they sometimes delivered to graffiti artists they caught), and even attack dogs, New York authorities were able to all but destroy the graffiti movement in the city.

Now in this same article, Michael Stewart’s mother does not necessarily link her son with street art and rap music, but emphasized:

…She wanted people to remember him in a much broader history of black suffering and white brutality, invoking names like Emmett Till, Eleanor Bumpurs and Trayvon Martin. [….] She wanted people to remember that her son fell prey to an America that victimizes young men like her son “all the time.” Her voice quavered only once, and it wasn’t when she recounted the terrible night of Michael’s death; it was when she reflected upon the abuses that still persist, even after 30 years.“Nothing much has changed,” she said once, and then again, faintly. “Nothing much has changed.”

You can suggest Banksy is not a british white man, but I think the very proof of Banksy’s whiteness is obvious in the fact that after a solid month of vandalizing new york city, he didn’t turn up dead, or even in jail.

ETA: jhenne-bean said: + Delbert Rodriguez Gutierrez, who cops straight up ran over.


Link to an article about Demz here and here.

And the year prior, street artist Israel “Reefa” Hernández-Llach was killed by police taser. (According to his friends, “the police officers joked about the victim while he was on the ground”. Plus the cops then said that he died bc he was on drugs whennnnn that’s not what the coroner said.)

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Photographer Spencer Charles’ “Museum” Opens May 1 At City Of Ink

On May 1st, 2015, Spencer Charles will be having his first solo photo exhibit, entitled “MUSEUM.”

In December 2014, Spencer Charles released the MUSE 2015 Calendar. The calendar consisted of original portraits and nude work of women of color, taken by Spencer Charles. These women and all of the women Spencer shoot serve as muses. Museum is a visual exhibition continuing along the same theme as the muse calendar, showcasing women of color as inspirations for great art. Museum will showcase mostly black and white nude art with a minimalist style. The flow of the event will be meant to give off the impression of a museum.


Museum will take place at City of Ink, 323 Walker St Atlanta GA 30314, from 7pm-11pm. RSVPs for this event will open on April 20th, 2015. For more information click here.

Lyrically Speaking: Janelle Monae feat Jidenna “Yoga”

Good music speaks volumes… rather than impose analysis, step back and expose linguistic artistry… listen, look, and linger in fantastic rhythmic reality: lyrically speaking.


Let yo booty do that yoga

[Verse 1: Janelle]
Party at the beach down in Copacabana
Sipping Killepitsch, got my black yoga pants on
Me and Brittany, we’ve been down in Atlanta
Sweating in the club, call me Dirty Diana
Flexing like a yogi, drop it down with your hands up
Do a handstand, bend it back, put your legs up
I ain’t got no worries, I’m my own private dancer
My own private dancer

I wanna last, wanna last forever
I wanna dance, wanna dance all night
I wanna last, wanna last forever
I wanna dance, dance, dance all night
Baby bend over, baby bend over
Baby bend over, let me see you do that yoga
Baby bend over, baby bend over
Baby bend over, let your booty do that yoga

Flex it (Yoga)
Flex it (Yoga)

[Verse 2: Janelle]
Crown on my head but the world on my shoulder
I’m too much a rebel, never do what I’m supposed ta
Bend it never break it, baby watch and I’ma show ya
Stretching on my cash, got my money doing yoga
Sometimes I’m peachy, and sometimes I’m vulgar
Even when I’m sleeping I got one eye open
You cannot police me, so get off my areola
Get off my areola


[Pre-Hook + Hook]

[Verse 3: Jidenna]
I said yoga, she did that yoga
Looking for my loafers, man I woke up in a toga
She left my collar on like she my owner
So when she downward dog I jump up on her
I lo-lo-love the way you bend it
Oh Lord I’d love to break you in
Oh Lord I’d stretch you out and in
Oh Lord now you should tell a friend
Oh Lord I pray, I pray that yum-yum come on over
And let they bum-bum do that yoga

A Peek Inside Gabriel Moreno’s Creative Process

Madrid based illustrator and artist Gabriel Moreno is letting us into his creative process. He recently shared these images of the process of creating his latest work entitled “Laura.” The work was created with Pencil, Pen, Charcoal and Oil and follows suit with his in-depth style.

Take a closer look at Gabriel’s process and let us know what you think in the comments.


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Hank Willis Thomas’ Unbranding Technique Puts Mainstream America On Blast

Hank Willis Thomas’ fifth solo exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915 – 2015 builds on ideas explored in his celebrated Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008. This go around Hank’s unbranding technique explores notions of virtue, power, beauty, privilege, and desire in mainstream America. The inspired and satire work spans the rise and decline of print advertising, the work provides a spectrum for the ideal feminine type that has been marketed to individuals across gender, racial, and socio-economic lines throughout the past hundred years.

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915 – 2015 runs through May 23 at Jack Shainman Gallery. If you’re in New York City, make sure to check it out. If not, take a look at some of our favorite pieces from the show below.

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Explore The Work Of Extreme Body Painter Johannes Stötter

Johannes Stötter is an artist, musician and fine-art-bodypainter is a passionate artist and his works are influenced by spiritual and nature-related themes. He tactically blends his subjects into their surroundings and sometimes makes them look completely like a different object. Explore some of our favorite extreme works from Johannes Stötter below.

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20 Quotes On Creativity, Commerce & Design From Andy Warhol

Decades after his death Pop Art king Andy Warhol’s words still resonate with artists and creatives alike. Here are 20 quotes on Art, Creativity, Commerce and Design from Andy Warhol to get you through your day.


1. “When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums.”

2. “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

3. “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

4. “Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

5. “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

6. “Everybody needs a fantasy”

7. “I’m for mechanical art. When I took up silk screening, it was to more fully exploit the preconceived image through the commercial techniques of multiple reproduction.”

8. “Land really is the best art.”

9. “Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.”

10. “Most people in America think Art is a man’s name.”

11. “I’ll bet there are a lot of artists that nobody hears about who just make more money than anybody. The people that do all the sculptures and paintings for big building construction. We never hear about them, but they make more money than anybody.”

12. “Art is what you can get away with.”

13. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”

14. “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

15. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

16. “I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.”

17. “I’m bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is “In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.”

18. “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

19. “When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don’t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes—they’re not part of the good picture you want.”

20. “You know it’s ART, when the check clears.”

Lyrically Speaking: Dorian “Mirror, Mirror”


Good music speaks volumes… rather than impose analysis, step back and expose linguistic artistry… listen, look, and linger in fantastic rhythmic reality: lyrically speaking.


Verse I

Living in my own shadow

Drowning in all these tears

Subconsciously feed my sorrow

With doubt fueling all my fears

I tend to shine a light

On all the darkest parts of me

I can’t inflict this Anymore



I’ve got to find a way to love

The man inside my mirror past his flaws

He’s a reflection of

The perfect imperfection of us all

Can you help me

Mirror, Mirror on the wall


Verse II

Can’t chastise myself forever

It tightens this ball and chain

Visions of my displeasure

(Corrupt and pollute my brain

This pain I can’t defy

If clouds of shame still rain on me

Send me a rainbow off the shore


I’ve got to find a way to love

The man inside my mirror past his flaws

He’s a reflection of

The perfect imperfection of us all

Can you help me

Mirror, Mirror on the wall



Mirror Mirror on the wall

Who’s the fairest of them of all?

Disposable Media Is Funny, Because That’s All It Is

Disposable Media is funny, because that’s all it is. Disposable Media.


Snapchat is disposable media. And you fall into the dark ages, because it’s disposable, and media is a representation of your culture.

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So when you feed into disposable media, you’re feeding into disposable culture, and you wonder why kids have no appreciation for anything, beyond the week… Because you feed that.


Lyrically Speaking: Micah Freeman feat Father “The Red”


Good music speaks volumes… rather than impose analysis, step back and expose linguistic artistry… listen, look, and linger in fantastic rhythmic reality: lyrically speaking.


I’m coming down with a case of boogie
Tell me, what am I to do?
My suit is tailored and my girl’s good-looking
So what is it to you?
When I try with all my might
To leave yesterday in the dust
Got a fire to ignite
So don’t fuck with us

Biting and kicking and scratching
Why did I stick an attachment?
Winded up drinking this absinth
Should’ve passed it to you
Cause baby I cannot conceal that
These motherfuckers can feel that
Wig winded up getting peeled back
It was real bad.

That’s when they said
(Oh no)
You better ask around (la da da dada da)
(Oh no
I’m ’bout to paint this town Red.

You sit around playing tough in the function
I knew that wasn’t gon last
You cross the line, you can make the assumption
I’ll put my foot in yo ass
But I try with all my might
to leave yesterday in the dust
But if all I do is fight
Where does that leave us?

Biting and kicking and scratching
Why did I stick an attachment?
Winded up drinking this absinth
Should’ve passed it to you
Cause baby I cannot conceal that
These motherfuckers can feel that
Wig winded up getting peeled back
It was real bad

That’s when they said
(Oh no)
You better ask around (la da da dada da)
(Oh no
I’m ’bout to paint this town Red.

My niggas, we out here, we juugin.
Youu on the couch more than the cushions.
These bitches they out here, they lookin’
We walk in the spot and they shooken.
I feel like the Great Bambino.
Got brews in the El Camino.
Girl call your friend up for the four
‘Cause two’s not enough for me, no.
Need one in the front, two in the back
Just to paint the town red.
One with the pump, the other the sack
and another just giving me head.
Just riding around peeping the scene
Fucking some girl that you thought was your queen.
Keeping my peoples from fucking OD’ing
And this not the game, this just the loading screen.