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Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance

Posted in art, culture, hip hop, ideas, movie, pilipino on March 17, 2009 by artofpeace

brr_thumbThis documentary was originally conceived and shot in 1997 by three amateur filmmakers (Dawn Mabalon, Lakan de Leon, Jonathan Ramos). They set out to create a document of the Pilipinos making noise in the Los Angeles hip hop scene at the time.

At this point, Pilipinos had yet to gain their full due as b-boys/girls, DJs, graf artists and emcees. Now as Pilipinos become more and more recognized for their skills, it is important to look back at the pioneers who laid the foundations for this generation’s artists.

Enjoy the definitive version of Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance.

Brooklyn the Planet

Posted in art, photography on March 14, 2009 by artofpeace

554937007_2648f4cca7Photography is a medium whose essential foundation is the ‘captured moment’.  A moment in time that demarcates a place, a time, a memory.  In the era of camera phones, we tend to take the historicity of this medium for granted as we are flooded by images via every social networking tool you can imagine.  That’s why this archive of lovely photographs in and around Brooklyn in the 1970s is so special.  As a document they are exceedingly rich and textured, and it doesn’t hurt that the photographer (WhiskeyGoneBad) is quite skilled.  Enjoy this ‘snapshot’ of time.


New Math

Posted in abstractions, art, design, humor, ideas on March 13, 2009 by artofpeace


Witty formulas.  Life is so much simpler this way.


How far must you go to gain respect?…ummmm

Posted in abstractions, art, culture, music on March 7, 2009 by artofpeace

the abstract best

If any of you pine for the golden age of Hip Hop as I do (for a 76’er like me that would be around the time of our first “black” president Bill Clinton’s first 100 days), you could do none better than pay homage to the cool brother with the laid back silver tongue, spitting verses from a handbook collabo of nietsche and krs-one. He keeps it like that, because he likes it like that. We’re talking about the Abstract aka Q-tip.

Everyone ate up ATCQ’s repertoire of soulful beats and conscious verses, Phife with his point-guard flow (if you don’t know him by now, you’ll never know), Ali Shaheed Muhammad had us doing calisthenics to the boom bap of pre-neo-soul-post-hip-hop flavor, and Tip brought in that silky smooth flow that got the ladies hot and the brothers wanna smoke a spliff or two.

It is with great pleasure that I recommend a wonderfully pure mixtape by the brother J. Period, king of the unorthodox documentarian style mix. He goes through the entire catalog of the Q-Tip’s best verses, layered with samples and beats from all over the spectrum, as well as throwing in some exclusive remixes (Excursions 2009 with De La is heavenly), and a few jewels of behind-the-scenes flavor from the man himself.

It has been close to two decades since the first ATCQ album dropped, and for all y’all that haven’t peeped Q-Tip’s new joint The Renaissance (another instant classic), I suggest you ‘check your clock, your demise is coming up and I want yo man to watch!’

My advice to you, is to listen to this mixtape and educate your dumb ass!

(props to Meelanee for the rec)


Marion Bolognesi’s amazing watercolors

Posted in art, design on June 24, 2008 by artofpeace

Marion Bolognesi’s use of watercolor is absolutely amazing. Her “eye series” pictured above just got me stuck at work, mesmerized.  Makes you wonder what is going on in her subject’s mind. The pure emotion is unmistakable.


Dan Mumford’s intricate mind

Posted in art, design with tags on June 17, 2008 by artofpeace

I happened upon Dan Mumford’s art through the good folks over at changethethought.  His illustrations are so damn compelling because they convey such a feeling of movement and buzz with an endless maze of intricate layers.  I could look at his portfolio for days.  As a fan of folklore and mythology, some of his horror based stuff is great, the shirts border on that heavy metal goth style that you could enjoy with a black light and a jayski, but still amazingly complex.  Beautiful stuff.



Posted in art, humor with tags on June 16, 2008 by artofpeace

a great ‘sesame street’ style homage to a wonderfully universal problem.

one that has plagued the author of this blog recently on more than one occasion.

story. animation. direction. by Johnny Kelly

(thanks for the link Julie!)

The inspiring work of photographer Sriram

Posted in art, world with tags , on May 29, 2008 by artofpeace

After yesterday’s post, I have to admit I was feeling very sad about the state of affairs. Then this morning, I ran into the most beautiful collection of pictures by Indian photographer Sriram. His website Traces captures the unique imagery of India, with an innocence and sincerity that warms the soul. Great photographers can take an image that we routinely overlook and turn it into pure magic, Sriram’s work is no different. Some food for the soul. Enjoy!


Help…My plant is malfunctioning!

Posted in art, design, technology with tags on May 2, 2008 by artofpeace

In the ever evolving world of robotics, there has been a constant search for ways to improve our lives and make jobs easier than ever before.  The classic idea of a robot consists of a towering figure with a pleasant disposition who will either protect you from hostile intruders complete with warnings (DANGER! Will Robinson! DANGER!) or serve up the latest in space age hot treats like Rosie, from the Jetsons.  But who would have thought that the ubiquitous symbol of domesticated living, AKA the house plant, would ever be rendered to androidian fame.  Enter…the Flower Nurse, an artificial potted plant that displays its needs and “status” via various informational dials and color changes.  For all of us struggling to get our living breathing plants to survive, I guess its a good way to practice before we perish.  Anyways, it’s just a plant.


The grimy beauty of N.Y. Street Art

Posted in art with tags , on April 28, 2008 by artofpeace

Stumbled upon this really nice photostream of street art in and around Brooklyn. Photographer LunaPark does a nice job of capturing some calm moments in the normally often unnoticed din that surrounds us. And proves, “ain’t no love in the heart of the city.”

How’s My Driving? Dial 1-800-EAT-SHIT.