When I was just a teen in the mid 8o's, I was heavily inspired by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant's book SUBWAY ART. I spent summers in NY and saw amazing things first hand, but this book was the first vast documentation of the early masterpieces created by the original NEW YORK Graffiti Kings. It is responsible for catapulting myself into a journey as a burgeoning Graff writer in Copenhagen, fearlessly painting trains in broad daylight. Later I swapped the cans for the camera and continued my journey as a visual artist thru photography. About a decade later i became familiar with Jamel Shabazz, who to this day I am still being confused with occasionally, and Joe Conzo, another style master with the camera in the right place at the right time. All of the above are photographers that I respect and revere for their talent and dedication to creating and capturing a vital piece of our culture and history. So to be put in the same category and mentioned as a legend beside them is an honorable feeling.
2016 had me whipping out my Shaolin Tiger and Snake styles to maintain the positive. I am grateful for the prism of opportunities that showered me through the strangest of times; some highlights of the year below. Get your horse stance on.
Dec. 23. 2016 - Mass Appeal released an article and interview in their series Contact High: The Stories Behind Hip Hop’s Most Iconic Photographs, talking about my experience with photographing Jeru the Damaja, mental Kung Fu and the importance of early Hip Hop and street culture in general. Interview by Vikki Tobak
Bitchslap Magazine published a 16 page interview and feature in their 27th issue, exploring my journey as a photographer and the importance of Hip Hop Culture.
Nov. 18. 2016 - Sole Times in Dubai wrote a nice piece about my collaboration with ATW in the spirit of Jay Z’s 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt album. The collaboration was presented at SOLE DXB 2016.
My friends and family at GeeJam, at the forefront of barefoot luxury in Jamaica, interviewed me about my relationship with the Island, my inspiration, destination and the drive behind my creative spirit.
Nectar TV Agency site is an ongoing project worth seeing. Click image.
On a recent dive into my archives, I dug out a shoot as old as the equivalent of the minimum drinking age in the states. JAY Z for his first official press shoot in 1995. Vikki Tobak just wrote an eloquent story behind the shoot for the Contact High Project project in Mass Appeal, celebrating iconic moments captured on real film. I hope you have time to read a little about this entertaining moment in hip hop and visual disruption history.
I am very happy to announce the succesful collaboration between 'Gitman Vintage' and my own honey of life brand 'Nectar'. The result is a fresh capsule collection, with two designs for spring/summer. The first design features carefully selected out takes of my imagery captured in Jamaica over two decades. The art represents some true Jamaican vibes and culture including Natural beauty, Soundsystem Culture, Spirituality and Street Style. Gitman Vintage created a nice slick pattern thats printed on high end fabric and then cut and sewn in their Pennsylvania factory. It matches their high bar of quality and is built to last.
With every purchase of the shirts, the inaugural edition of Nectar magazine issue A is made exclusively available to the buyers. You can purchase the shirts straight from Gitman Vintage, as well as from the following select fine mens wear shops: Fred Segal, Tokyo, Beams, Tokyo, Adam et Rope, Tokyo, Norse, Copenhagen, NAQP, Calgary, Cedar and Hyde, Boulder.
I remember being introduced to Wray & Nephew at the Roof Club in Port Antonio, Jamaica some 20 years ago. It is a tasteful firestarter and gets any party going in no time. My favorite drink is to add a little fresh coconut water and lime juice. Straight to the heart. A little dab of rum in the hair in the morning is also know to keep the cold away.
I had the pleasure of going to New York a few weeks ago to shoot a campaign for the iconic Jamaican rum brand Wray & Nephews. It was a family affair working with talented creative director Harris Elliot and the shoot was well handled and produced by WeFolk agency. It was great meeting the brand managers from Campari and having them on set as well.
I can guarantee that it is full strength and a very stylish new approach and image direction for the brand.
It might already be 89 degrees F in both New York and in Jamaica, but im here to add a little heat to the summer with this peek into a collaboration going on with yours truly and Gitman vintage. It's a small capsule collection made of Gitman's classic time tested and high quality Oxford shirts, paired with select visual elements from Jamil GS that make up the Nectar universe. In addition, a copy of the Nectar magazine issue 01 will be available exclusively to the happy buyers of the shirts from the capsule collection. Each style is walking art, and the magazine is a piece of art. That's a double upside. Stay tuned for more int he product. Available in select stores early 2016.