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

Sean Combs

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!