Aug 30, 2008

Reggaeton Artist Daddy Yankee backs McCain?!

From Photographer M. Christian:

His entire email message was a excercise in the kind of well thought out political rage that I like to encourage here on The World Is Ours, but i'm going to shorten his message so you guys get his quick point, see below:
"...Then tell me why the fuck is Daddy Yankee endorsing McCain?!? Who the fucks brave idea was that?!? Did they offer him expidited legalization and naturalization papers in exchange for his appearance..."

And yes Christian, I think McCain IS handing out green cards. The republicans vying for votes is getting just silly. Palin looks like something out of Good Housekeeping-I'm not trying to hand her the country. they need to start calling it The Republican Show; you know, like Maury.

Aug 29, 2008

French Electronique Group ( JUSTICE )

This video is sick. I love the T-shirt graphics, Takes me back and present...unfortunately

Thanks to photographer Ram Burgess for not only passing me the info but also a free download. AND for the Trinidad info, your mom is the Jam!

Thanks To Daniel St. James, because of him i think i actually have this group on my Itunes....somewhere.
Go to the site to see the actual video, click off my little music bear and listen.

"Justice is a French electronic music duo consisting of Gaspard Augé (b. 21 May 1979 in Besançon) and Xavier de Rosnay (b. 22 July 1982).[1] They are the most successful group on Ed Banger Records,[2] and are managed by the label's head, Pedro Winter. Their debut album † was released in June 2007 to critical acclaim.[3][4] It was later nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Electronic/Dance Album" and came in at number 15 on Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2007[5] and number 18 on Blender's "25 Best Albums of 2007" list.[6] It was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Prize, losing out to The Reminder by Feist. Justice is known for incorporating a strong rock influence into their music and image"

Aug 23, 2008

Jean-Michel Basquiat ....."Downtown 81"

from photographer Ramulass Burgas ( thnx Ram):

"I am sharing with you a film {trailer} staring Basquiat। A metaphorical explanation of his road to "success". Starring mr. Basquait himself, Downtown 81 was a film project that was created in the 80's but wasn't completed because of financial difficulties. The sound was misplaced during the film's incubation period, but in 2000 the rights to the film was aquired by the original directors and resurrected with voice overs, Saul Williams dubbing the voice over for Basquiat himself."

Go to the site to see the trailer

Ram passed along a download of the whole movie but I don't know how to add it to the blog. If anyone wants it, send me an email.


Aug 19, 2008

Pharrell Williams + Domeau & Peres =ORIGINAL CHAIR DESIGN

This is from VA's own Juliette. Thank you! Dope. So Pharell Williams designed a chair with designer Domeau & Pérès. It's called The Perspective Chair. The chair is kind of goofy looking until you see the concept behind it:

Says Pharell:

“I had often wondered what it’s like to truly be in love, not lust for once.. So I decided not to ask what it was like in someone else’s shoes or what it was like to sit in their seat.. I decided to sketch out my own experiment; the perspective chair.”

I would like to call attention to the fact that the womens feet are tilted hard in the front. Interesting. So Pharell what kind of doggy style love would you call that exactly? I think you're still Lusting, Babes. Nice try tho....

Emergency Blog:Slant Eyed Spaniards

First off, I want to say this whole thing has caused me a great deal off pain. Three [count 'em] THREE of my friends cursed me raw via email over this. They were up all late at like 2:15 in the morning giving me the digital business. { Drink some damn cocoa and get to bed!} There were exclamation points, curse words, and even other languages. Then after taking me emotionally hostage they demanded that I include this in a blog. So I'm going to say the thing that got me into trouble with them: I DON"T Think the Spaniards were purposefully being racist with this incredibly stupid move. I don't think they meant to insult or even to tease their asian hosts. I think they misguidedly were trying to give the Chinese a shout out, that just went really wrong. I mean why would they intentionally be clowning them? They should just fire the PR guy and call it a day.

Yeah! So what Tish, Chris and Mark...what you got to say about it now? For real though< i'm not putting out a new challenge. Y'all play rough! But I'm loving the passion, as always. Lol!


Aug 13, 2008

GRAF ARTIST "KET": Maridueña Mean Mugging the World

Convo over Instant Message Around Oct 2007:

Me: Ket! They called you "prolific", Babes! You're on your way!
Ket: Lol!
(or something like that.)

It may be that I added that exclamation point, because in my mind's eye I'd love to believe that Alain "Ket" Maridueña was at his screen Laughing Out Loud for real. Probably not. The truth is I've spent hours around Ket: In business meetings, at his lecture, in my car... and in all of that time I don't have a memory of him smiling. Ever. The only reason I know the man has teeth is because I've seen him chew food. But I'm still not sure: he could have gummed it and swallowed.

So what were we talking about in the I.M. convo, way back when? In 2007 a mutual friend hit me up and led me to an online news article reporting Ket's recent arrest for insane counts of vandalism. The article's writer was tossing around big words like: "master artist" and "prolific vandal". Go Ket! Now, my reaction may seem strange to some, but I knew that the man who labeled his publishing company From Here To Fame would understand . It's every creative's dream to make his or her mark on the world and Ket's arrest and ensuing media frenzy proved he'd done just that.

Years ago I sat next to Ket in a theater watching some performance art. In the dark I looked down at his arms and on it was tatted the phrase " Yo Puedo Mas QueTu". Loosely translated it's: My Will is Stronger Than Yours. Nice. The tattoo made an impression on me. Intensity and focus are the markers in some of my favorite people in this world and Ket has focus pouring off of him like sweat. It's always been my personal belief that every man ( even the deadbeats ) achieves what he truly strives for. Ket's tat shows me he is striving to take over the world and his resume backs him up: Publisher, Writer, Activist, Lecturer, "Prolific" Graf Artist, Founder of Stress Magazine and Complex , Consultant to Marc Ecko's Under Pressure video game, Producer of animation Three Thug Mice. Ket's got a lot on his mind. Maybe that is why he never smiles.

So what is Ket into now? Who knows! I do know he's busy. Do you know how long this article took to get together??! It started in NY, broke for Copenhagen, picked up in Santa Fe and finished up in F*#k-If-I-Know, U.S.A. The last time i "spoke" to Ket he was texting me party directions from Colombia ( Yes, the country!). Ket is running around the world blessing it with his Mean Mug. And I ain't mad at him.
Well, I'm hating a little, but I ain't mad. Go Ket!


Khia_Rocks: When did you know that this ( art ) would be "what you were about"?

Ket: I am not so sure but in high school I was so fully into it that I could see it being in my future. As I matured I realized that unlike earlier generations of painters that quit when turning 16 because of the legal implications I was just getting started. By the time I started my first business in college and incorporated art into it I knew this was a part of me.

Khia_Rocks: What drives you in your career?

Ket: Wanting to work with friends, on projects that I enjoy, and having to pay bills.

Khia_Rocks: What is biggest misconception people have you you?

Ket: Some people think I am a maniac and violent. Others think I am very unapproachable. I'm just serious about what I do that's all. I like to get things accomplished and have no time for the flim flam.

Khia_Rocks: What is your proudest accomplishment so far?

Ket: Starting and running a respected magazine business that stood for something.

Khia_Rocks: What was the last thing that made you crack a smile?

Ket: My girlfriend photographing me having my favorite dish for dinner today in Santa Fe.

Khia_Rocks: Sigh. I'm going to need you to stop making things up.

Son of a...

This is in from my new  design "mentee" Karelia Jo Moore.   See? mentoring is a two way street. Webster's dictionary is evolving to fit today's world. If you click the link, there are two voice references for the phrase "Son of a Bitch":

You have the traditional "Son-of-a-Bitch", and then if you click on version number two it sounds like "S'um Bitch!". Do this when you're up late and overworked. Very Special.

This prompts the second discussion. Is this mess "hoodrat" or "red-neck"?

Eddie Murphy's Golden Child is the DALAI LAMA?

"I-I-I-I-I-I want the kniiiife...."

I'm talking to my ( buddhist?) homegirl and she is describing the selection process of the Dalai Lama:

Friend: " The soul of each dalai lama is reincarnated over and over again in the body of an infant"
Me: You mean like The Golden Child?

Friend: The child posseses wisdom way beyond his years. He understands things without anyone telling him, he is wise

Me: Like the Golden Child Right?

Friend: They search all over Tibet to find the reincarnated child. Then they take him away to protect him from people who want to hurt him and so he can fulfill his destiny.

Me: ( Getting Really Excited) Gasp! Like the Golden Child!

Friend: (Laughing) Yes....Like the Golden Child

See that's what I love about media, you can entertain people and still pass on a really cool message...that unfortunately takes 16 or so years to sink in. But this revelation comes right at the moment that the current Dalai Lama is fighting with the Chinese government as they are trying to find their own Dalai ( The anti-Lama, I guess). 

The Dalai Lama is on his way out of this world. But even though he may be dying, until things get right, he is refusing to be reborn.  You hear me?: He is going to stop his own reincarnation. 

Now that's gansta. Just stay away from that bloody porridge.

Aug 9, 2008

My Public Apology to Esen ( TAKE A RECORD)

 Indie record company Take A Record had their website launch yesterday and I missed it! I didnt' get to support one of my favorite New Yorkers ( D.J. & Rapper Esen ). His beats are nice. I'm so sorry E! I'm all about artist support, esp. my friends. I was all dressed ( i even had on the red and gold DC kicks u like) and, i DID leave my house to go, but things got kind of retarded in queens and I never even made it out of my borough. I know I missed a good time.

I owe you....a jamba...or something, I dunno, we'll talk.  
So, fam, most of the artists are available on Itunes. Check out the Site:


Aug 5, 2008

Mixed Chicks Gets a Mixed Reaction

Mix Chicks hair products for the well...mixed. First off I think this is a dope and much needed product line. From talking to multi-racial friends about their experiences growing up, I know it is really tough. I took all my products over my girlfriend Kali's house one night to try to Kitchen Magician her son's hair.Just so you know A dollop of kemi oil, and a little too much leave in conditioner makes a hot mess!

BUT,the name...MIXED chicks ugh! I've never liked the word mixed since i was a child
(I was sensitive because the word applies to my big brother). It's like they're saying that you're taking 2 valid things "black" and "white" and creating something " other".

Plus ( Sigh ) I can see some tragic , confused girl trying to smooth her weave edges back talking about some: "i got indian in my family". For instance why is Chris "mega-black" Webber using the product? See what I'm saying? Let the coonery begin...

Mixed Chicks call me in a few years when you're ready to rebrand. But until then, Best of Luck!

Aug 3, 2008

Murals and La Misma Luna

Highly recommend this move La Misma Luna/ Under the Same Moon. About a little boy trying to hitchhike from Mexico to find his mother in East LA. You will look at immigration differently. I was misty eyed 10 minutes into it.

Aug 2, 2008

Athletes Wanted to Save Tibet

Last week an ad designed by Ad House Manifest Communications was posted by The ad reminds us all that we can speak against injustice. I don't think i have any athletes on my blog roll, but tell a friend.

(For my friend Mark Bierschbach)