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Feb 12

saafir

Just read Shock G’s brutally honest account of why Saafir is in a wheelchair.  Heartbreaking.  Check it out on Davey D’s blog.

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Oct 12

If you’re local, remember tomorrow is Life is Living in Defremery Park. A ton of fun things for the fam plus Talib is djing… More info at www.lifeisliving.org

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Sep 06

“FOR THE FORGOTTEN”
A solo exhibition by Jonathan Way$hak
Opening Reception – Thurs. September 6th, 6pm-9pm
ZeroFriends Gallery
489A 25th Street, Oakland CA

The first 50 people to show up for the opening reception will receive a FREE 5″ x7″ limited print, signed and numbered by Jonathan Way$hak:

Also check the new Alex Pardee-curated Halloween issue of Juxtapoz for an interview with Jonathan Way$hak.  For more of his work, check his website: www.ScrapbookManifesto.com

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Sep 02

Come out to Hiero Day tomorrow…it’s free! Here’s the schedule of performances:

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Aug 16

Come join Hiero along with Blackalicious, Equipto, Z man, Moe Green, Kev Choice, Honor Roll, DJ D-Sharp for a day long celebration in Oakland.  Music, food,  & fun stuff for the fam.  On the streets surrounding New Parish.  Check their site www.hieroday.com or event page on Facebook for updates.

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Aug 07

It’s been a while since we’ve done an interview on the site, but when we got the opportunity to meet the legendary Futura, we had to jump at the chance.

In town to promote his limited edition Hennessy V.S. Bottle, we didn’t know until we arrived at MUA in Oakland that we’d actually be able to sit down and chat with the artist himself. A million questions started racing around our heads about The Clash, the early days of NY graffiti,  music,  cycling, clothing and shoe collabos, Japan, design work, photography…his body of work has shaped our vision of what is cool.

Hennessy started this series of limited edition bottles last year with KAWS.  Futura, who politely introduced himself and his daughter Tabatha, began by talking about how the collaboration with Hennessy came about.  “I get a call from them (Hennessy) to possibly be the next artist.  I saw it as a great opportunity to have a really major company (work with me). Yes, I have collaborated with brands in the past, but in a completely different genre and marketplace.  More of a street and lifestyle world”.

He went on to talk about the connection between the streets and Hennessy, saying, “Certain brands have become big (in the hip hop community) as a result of the language and the lyrics and the content.  Tupac, Biggie…you know, people who sadly are not even here ‘put these guys on the map’ in terms of that subculture”.

Futura doesn’t consider himself “hip hop”.  He jokingly said, “I pre-date hip hop”.  But constantly having to categorize his work is getting old.

I’m tired of having to explain who I am.   I’m grateful that Hennessy got it, and they allowed me this opportunity to work with them…I have a quote here that says, “Pioneers leave directions.  Proceed with Passion”.  I have signed it.  My signature is on this bottle…one, two, three times.  And coming from a position of wanting to become famous…in 1970, I’m 15.  I see the writing on the wall, and what about me?  Who am I?   I’m an only child, and oh yeah, I’ve got nice handwriting…look at that, “FUTURA”.  So to see the continuation of that in a very purist form…the purity of my tag, of my name, of my logo. To have bottles with my name on it, and to have photos taken of me with product?  Let’s do it!   I’m very grateful for the chance.

Of all of his accomplishments,  Futura is proudest of his children.  Raised in New York with frequent visits to France, they have both followed creative pursuits and are quite accomplished in their own right.  His son, Timothy, (13thWitness) is a photographer, videographer, and occasional Hypebeast blogger.

His daughter, Tabatha, started blogging for Married to the Mob at 15 (she’s now 21),  and just published a book in April.   She also writes a column called, “The Harsh Truth” for Complex.  She is accompanying her dad on the road while he publicizes his Hennessy collaboration.

My kids and personal life mean more to me than the hype around Futura the artist.   Quite frankly, I don’t live there.   I’d like to think I’m much more humble than that.  I’m much more understanding of how lucky I am to have good health, other things in my world that mean more to me than flashing or whatever.  Having a longer view of life than, “Let’s get paid”, and all of these cliché things that are really embarrassing.  Come on, where’s your moral play?  At the end of all your hype, don’t you have a life to live?  Is there anything there for you that means more to you than the fleeting superficial?  I don’t want to say it’s insignificant because we do need money to support ourselves and move through life.  I feel like we need only what’s required.  Our ambitions don’t have to be in some unimaginable stratus where you lose track of what’s important.

Futura will be traveling around the U.S. and to Paris, Tokyo, and Moscow to sign his Hennessy bottle.  He will be showing original art starting September 6th at 560 Washington Street, at West Houston Street, NYC.

Check him (and the fam) out on the web:

www.futura2000.com
http://mttmnyc.com/blog/
www.13thwitness.com

instagram:

@futuradosmil
@tabathammm
@13thwitness

 

Hypebeast recently did a nice profile:

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Aug 03

Futura is painting a window installation at 5:30 tonight at Broadway Liquors (2860 Broadway, Oakland).  He’s in town for the release of his limited edition Hennessy V.S. Bottle, and they’ll be available for sale/he’ll be signing them starting at 6:15 pm.

You can then stroll down the street to check out Spoke Art + 5733 + EB Express’s new Loakal pop up shop opening tonight at 1423 Broadway.  It’s going to feature a bunch of local artists and lines and they’ll be doing live screen printing tonight (bring a blank shirt).  Check their facebook page for updated info.

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Dec 28

A friend was recently extolling the virtues of local Oaklandite, Mara Hruby.  She rocks a nice cover of D’angelo’s “Send it On” as well as songs from Stereolab, Bob Marley, and Jamiroquai on her release, “From Her Eyes”.  You can check out more of her music on her bandcamp page.  Incidentally, she’s also playing tonight at Yoshi’s Oakland…

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Jan 10

Footage from Hiero Show in Oakland!

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Dec 31

Happy New Year’s Eve!  There are a million shows going on tonight, but if you’re in the Bay, you may want to check out:

The COUP

RUPA and the APRIL FISHES

hosted by Lyrics Born

DJ Abel Dee

Tonight!

The New Parish, 579 18th St, Oakland, CA  94612

doors 8:30, show 9pm

$40 adv/18+

tickets & info here.

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