23 November 2016

The A-Sides

"It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you, 
Without a strong rhyme to step to..."

So ends the summer of my discontent. 
It's been a rough while indeed, life had its ugly way with me & without goin' into unnecessary (& unpleasant) detail, let's leave it at that & get to the good stuff. 
I have felt not like myself for a hot minute & now I feel finally reinvigorated, rejuvenated & indeed re-inspired (sic?). In light of that, I have decided to kickstart my ass back into the proverbial artistic saddle by postin' my "top five" (with thanks & apologies to Mr. Nick Hornby) favorite pieces I've done thru the years; to clean out the virtual closet as it were to hopefully make room for some new stuff which I will hit y'all up with as soon as the inspiration flows from my inky fingers.
So without further ado & just a bit o' context, 
here are some works past & present to inspire the future...

We begin our archival journey in November 2008, Obama won his first term & my lovely bride danced in Brooklyn to celebrate. "Baby Got Hope" was featured in the wonderful book, "Design For Obama", & is pretty much the impetus for this here website~

Spike Lee likes this one very much indeed!

Piece 2 (Woo-hoo!), really goin' far in the WayBack Machine, but Satchmo needs no introduction...

Louis makes me smile.

A bridge too far:

We have the Brooklyn Bridge in nuestro baño!

Kevin needs some context methinks: Part of a much larger installation called "Positivity", a collection of quotes I culled from folks who were HIV positive to allow for hope in a time of seeming hopelessness-

Would that we all had the ruby reds...

& we end the greatest hits (& misses) with the mackdaddy his own self, "Obama Said Knock You Out": quite a viral sensation, Tweeted out by none other than LL Cool J on election nite & becoming one of the biggest retweets of the evening (what the kids would call "viral"?) as well as in physical poster form traversing its way from New York to Cali & from Mexico to Japan & many points in between... 
Probably my real fave of all, not just 'cause of the hype (don't believe it, man!), but I feel it is truly the most successful piece I've done, artistically, technically, philosophically, politically, & spiritually~

Pure GOAT!



Next episode: 
Deep Cuts: the B-Sides, Rarites & Outtakes, 
then on to the new grooves!

13 November 2016

Kenneth Cole sez I'm a Courageous Cat!



Well, this was an unexpected surprise & indeed a delightful way to start my weekend~

Kenneth Cole, beautiful clothing designer & more importantly, strong social activist, just celebrated a few folks whom he thought were making important & special contributions to the field of education in his COURAGEOUS CLASS SPOTLIGHT.

 Proud to say I was one of those he chose to honor
in this extraordinary campaign.
Courageous Cat indeed!




Please do not feel obliged but if so inclined...

The original Courageous Cat

12 November 2016

Double-shot to go low & then go high...

We have lots of work to do.
Here's two tunes to start us off-
one for wallowin'; the next to pick up, dust off & 
move it forward...

Nina has "Trouble in Mind" (as we all do right about now...)


Lizzo then sez "Walk yer fine ass out the door!" (or as my lovely bride thinks, "Walk yer fat ass..." which I think is delightful indeed.)

Nina is troubled.Lizzo Feels Good.

Hope these at least help you get through the day...