Archive for April, 2013

Hip-hop isn’t just music. It’s community.

Jay Shell’s “Rap Quotes” project is great on so many levels. It’s an art installation popping up over an entire city, a quest to install rap lyrics across each neighborhood of the Big Apple. Basically, Jay attaches official-looking signs as an homage to lyrics that correlate with a spot.

To me, the best part is that it’s a participatory event. The artist interacts with the local environment, while the community gets a chance to talk, tag or tear down each quote. Continuous loop of discussion, centered around hip-hop and the community. I guess that’s what’s beautiful about hip-hop in general: it always about the community.

Below, a few snaps of the quotes and a video of Jay installing them. You can support the project by purchasing a t-shirt on Jay’s website.

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Less whining, more hugs.

It’s hard to argue with the sentiment here. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, being around a whiner, complainer or frequent frowner is tough. It reminds me of advice that someone a lot smarter than me once said, it’s so important to surround yourself with positive people who challenge you in really great ways. It’s so true and this design is a great reminder. Hugs and smiles trump whiners and complainers any day of the week. Grab it for $15 here.

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Geometric pillow cases

Totally nerding out over these geometric pillow cases. The dude in me doesn’t often think about creative bedding options but as a fan of good design, this hits the spot. Screen-printed with water-based ink and made in the good ole US of A.

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