London-based artist Daniella Zalcman unveils her latest project, titled “New York + London: A Collection of Double Exposures.” Originally developing the idea during her last month in New York City, Zalcman took over 100 smartphone photographs of the streets in the Big Apple. She then used various smartphone apps such as Instagram to delicately superimpose the pictures over images of London’s alleyways. The outcome is a beautiful representation of the similarities the two beautiful cities share.
We have been waiting for this the World Premiere of Everybody Street at Hot Docs International Film Festival for a long time. Remember when we posted about it last year?
Well if you don’t, Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists. The documentary features such photographers as Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, and Boogie, with Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.
Get your tickets here.
Check out this great Kickstarter project by, DJ Mars who has the hopes of releasing a coffee table book titled, The Art Behind The Tape, the first ever book devoted to the history of mixtape cover art. As the first and most visual step before an artist finds an audience and a buyer, mixtape art can be just as crucial to an album’s success as the music contained within. As a frequently overlooked aspect however, particularly in the hip-hop music world, the book hopes to do the art form justice by covering its evolution with examples from A Tribe Called Quest, Kid Capri, the Gangsta Grillz series, and many more. If you’d like to know more about the project, or want to support it, head on over to the Kickstarter page here.
Hip-hop’s foundations were being laid in the 1970s, brick by brick, by DJs in the South Bronx, sometimes even in burnt out or deteriorating buildings. These pioneers invented sampling (isolating one sound and reusing it in another song) and hip-hop’s other key elements through trial and error, mostly by fooling around with records at home.
Over the many years after its humble beginnings hip hop spread its wings far and wide throughout America and the rest of the world, evolving through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Places such as LA, Detroit and many other locations gave birth to hip hop super stars. One particular state that birthed one of the most successful rap duo of the 90s was Atlanta. That rap duo were called Kris Kross, they made an huge impact all over the world. The two piece were made up of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith.
The duo was best known for their backwards dressing style and hit 1992 song “Jump”, which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and was certified double platinum as a single.
Sadly one half of the rap duo Chris Kelly, passed away last night. He was 34. There is no questioning on their contribution to hip hop. With that said PONY USA would like to say, R.I.P Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly.
Grand Royal was the name of a magazine written and published by the legendary New York hip hop group, Beastie Boys. It was most famous for its article “Mulling Over the Mullet” in issue two, which increased the popularity of the mullet hairstyle. The group went onto record a song titled “Mullet Head” off the back of the initial articles success, on the flip side of their Sure Shot 12-inch single.
The very first issue of the magazine was indeed a Beastie Boys production through and through, all three members of the group had contributed to what would become the very sought after premier issue. By issue number six, the magazine had become more of
Mike D‘s venture than that of the two Adams. Ad-Rock went so far as to actually have a disclaimer printed inside the pages of the sixth issue. “I was a fashion (I mean, super model) in the first issue of Grand Royal. But since then I’ve had nothing to do with the magazine. So not only are my views and opinions not expressed, but I don’t agree with everything in the damn thing.”
Yet even without Adrock’s input, the publication grew from a limited initial print run 1993 to a worldwide phenomenon by the time it was put to bed in 1997.
Check out the MTV News coverage of the magazine from 25 years ago.
Visitors to the future site of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum in West Kowloon will be greeted by a giant pile of feces – well, not literally. The monument of dung isn’t an alien territorial marking, but rather American artist Paul McCarthy’s contribution to an outdoor sculpture park commissioned by the museum. Other components of the sculpture park include a large trampoline re-creation of Stonehenge, as well as a giant cockroach paired with two downward-facing legs.
On deck in his summer wear, A$AP rocks the boat in May’s issue Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Peep the interview above.
“I wanted to model when I was younger,” he says. “I was always into clothes and shit.” It’s a fact that’s constantly reinforced by his lyrics (Drop-crotch Jeremy Scott pants, bitch it’s Hammer time) and by menswear blogs that practically worship him. “I’m the man on those things,” Rocky gloats. “I don’t really look at them. Well, I guess I do, but only when I’m looking at myself. I inspire me.”
Check out this great video, shot and directed by the team over at Cokau who took time out to go around New York city, asking people, “What makes New York so special?” People were only allowed to answer in 3 words check out what they hand to say.
What are your three words?