Up Close and Personal

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been combing through my book collection and desperately trying to finish any book I started reading earlier in the year before I buy anymore. As you can imagine, hoarding stuff has always been a bit of problem for me, from trainers to camouflage M-65, I always find a way of piling up pyramids of “things”. With that being said I’m happy to announce I finally got around to finish Holy Terror by Bob Colacello. I’ve been obsessed with Andy Warhol ever since I stumbled upon one of his pieces during A-Level Art and this book is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to an official biography one of the most important contemporary art figures in history. There’s so many revealing parts of the Andy Warhol story contained in this book it would be hard to list them all. But one thing that stood out for me was Andy’s work ethic. In a world where some people think they’re entitled to certain opportunities someone as talented as Andy Warhol during the 1970’s said the following;

“I asked him if his Pop Art success in the sixties was the result of a lot of work. He gave me a straight answer. “No,” he said, “the success was being in the right place at the right time. But it was a lot of work after it happened. A lot of paintings.” – Bob Colacello

You can purchase a copy of the book here.

Equality of Resources

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I’m not of fan of quality of outcome, although the idea behind is noble it’s affect will be anything but that. We need a system that rewards great work but also allows potential to develop and grow over time. Sean Combs aka P. Diddy made a great counter argument for ‘equality of resources’ which made me think, maybe this is the way forward? And if doesn’t happen, let’s just build it ourselves!

“We only get 5% of the venture capital invested in things that are black owned — black-owned businesses, black-owned ideas, black-owned IP,” he says. “You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver. When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results. When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Black-ish,’ fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing — to be able to come and compete.” – Sean Combs

Click here to read the full feature, it’s fucking amazing!

Get Out

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I was living inside of some universe that was created by the mob-thought, and I had lost who I was, so that’s when I was in the sunken place. You look in my eyes right now — you see no sunken place. – Kanye West

You can read the full interview here.

The Most Important Moment in History

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Virgil Abloh debuts his first Louis Vuitton mens collection in Paris on Thursday. Regardless what you may think about his work, it’s an important moment in the history of streetwear. A graduate from the “scene” has finally crossed over into the luxury fashion arena and he’ll present his undiluted take on modern luxury on the highest platform of all; the Paris runway. I’ll be remiss to point out it kind of doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, that’s subjective and I’m sure some people have already made their minds up before they’ve even seen it. With that said, just the fact he’s getting this opportunity is super important for the new generation coming up to see what’s possible when you have talent and an insane work ethic, there really is no limit to how far you can take this little ol’ thing we call streetwear. I’m really interested to see what Virgil does with the accessories and footwear at LV and he touches on that subject in this interview with the great Charlie Porter which you can read here.

“That line has been crossed,” he says. “Enough shirts have been sold and enough Instagram posts have changed the ecosystem, so you can’t go back.” But he is keen to move the conversation forwards. “Now that we’re the establishment, how do we behave?” he says. “Is it a complete upheaval of everything before? I don’t believe that. I think there has to be care in the thinking. There’s a lineage here, which is part of what I’m proposing.”

May Reading List

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Apologies for not posting this sooner but here’s what I’m reading in the month of May. I’ve been fascinated with Andy Warhol for long time and I’ve seen ‘Holy Terror’ recommended by a few people online so I finally pulled the trigger. It’s probably the closest thing will ever get to an official autobiography (outside of ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’ which I also have in my collection) but it does a brilliant job of detailing the various factors at play during Andy Warhol’s accession to cultural superstardom! I highly recommend it. The rest of the books are pretty self explanatory. After Kanye’s recent outburst on Twitter I went ahead and purchased ‘Black Rednecks and White Liberals’ which could be described as a beginners manual for Black conservatism in the USA. Thomas Sowell is one of the greatest thinkers of our time and his arguments in this book are compelling. You can find a full list of the books below 🙂

Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up by Bob Colacello
Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck
David Hammons: Bliz-Aard Ball Sale by Elena Filipovic
Black Rednecks & White Liberals by Thomas Sowell