CLAYTON PATTERSON NY ROYALTY.

Blog Entry April 6th 2014. a farewell to one of NY's Iconic Photographers and cool ass dude... Clayton Patterson , LES ambassador and documentarian from street level and sometimes upstairs window.  :)

Im basically jacking this from the NY times, but I dont know how else to get the words on here. It was well written and I felt the need to share it with anyone who likes my work, knows I live and breath what NYC has done for me in terms of inspiration and culture. For me, the impact started in the 90's first hand but obviously like anyone else seeing it from a far what the 80's offered.  It's sad today to see how all the culture and rawness that made NYC what it was is being squeezed out like a sponge so clean purebread cultureless blank people can move in, grasp some kind of grundgy persona overnight and attempt to jump into the fast lane to act like they where always here.  Im partially torn myself, admitting that I only moved to Brooklyn in 1996, I can never REALLY claim to be a true NYer I guess... but I take a lot of pride knowing I came here when NY was still NEW YORK, coming down from 2 hours north in the Catskills.... There where no mesh trucker caps, no yellow tshirts, no rooftop strawberry Gardens, no hipsters getting 4 tattoos in one shot then the next day sitting at an outdoor cafe table on on Wifi wearing a tanktop typing away while talking 5 decibels louder then ANY NYer would ever talk in public, to some broad with armpit hairs and a fur vest on with a wooden purse.   It makes me sick to my stomach... I can only imagine someone who moved here in the 70's or the 80's how they must feel to see how NY has been neutered...     I moved here for the energy and grit that was going on in the early 90s. Previously coming to the Brooklyn Banks and downtown to Sk8 with friends we would come down on Trailways buses or drive down to go to raves on the weekends, Roseland, the Roxy, DnB outlaw parties in Brooklyn, and the maybe painting different spots around the city all b4 I eventually moved here in the fall of 96'. Remember the movie KIDS? I was part of that generation basically on the weekends coming down here taking acid partying all weekend, doing graffiti or skating with packs of kids causing trouble.. returning to Kingston for school mon-Friday....   I can at least say I moved here a good decade before the HERBster invaded.  To me Brooklyn was still a Jeru The Damaja Video by the time I got here.... Those days are long gone, all you see now is a bazaar episode of Portlandia on 90% of the streets in Brooklyn.... Brooklandia....  should be a new HBO show....

Below is a heartfelt article of a man I met a bunch of times over the years who even hung around and shot pictures of us painting here and there.  I don't think I'll see him before he leaves but in some way I hope he sees this and knows I'm wishing him a farewell and good health and prosperity in his new voyages ahead.  NYC won't be the same without you for sure.... And seeing Icons leave like this , you can't help but ask yourself, how long can I stick around holding onto somethin I loved that isn't here anymore?  and where would I go? Miami?, Brasil?  I'm holding on as best I can....

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Definition of Irony, on one hand NY TImes does a great service writing about Clayton, then on the other hand I go to NYTIMES.COM and see this as the first picture on their site of 2 cornballs visually making me throw up in my mouth alittle.. these fucks are everywhere....


herbs...... yeah i said it.....               judgement at face value.....  I work with what you give me........

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CASH FOR YOUR EWOKONE x BPLA

Blog Entry March 26, 2014  EWOKONE x BPLA

EWOKONE x BPLA .  Here comes trouble........ http://www.merchmethod.com/BPLA

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Blog Entry March 16th, 2014 The STROKE, Ewokone and Converse.


Albert Hammond Jr, introduces The Rubber Tracks Studio with a walk through. Starting outside obviously.
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BLOG ENTRY MAR. 12, 2014.  SHUT NYC

Again humbled when SHUT NYC asked to use an image of mine on their new website. Just like the VSW stuff Im doing now, I along with a bunch of knuckle heads skating in Kingston in the late 80's into the early 90's, we grew up on this shit, and as you get older something weird happens where you hold some of these things to be some kind of nostalgic DNA of who you are, and a specific time in your life. For me anyway.... I think that's why seeing these brands come back, or survive soo long is more important than any Million dollar Nike Campaign forced down your throat on some billboard. When you walk past a SHUT Sticker on a street sign or someone wearing a VISION Shirt it immediately stops you and grabs your attention. you can't buy that shit.... It just rings a cord in you and a lot of others from that specific time frame. I cherish that cord ringing more now, the older I get...

Check out SHUTNYC.COM in the next few days as they relaunch the new site.


VIDEO BLOG 84, DIRECTOR’S Cut ( Extended version)

BLOG ENTRY Mar. 6th 2014 VIDEO BLOG 84, DIRECTOR'S Cut ( Extended version) The kick your ass version.


this was a project from Nov. we did on the Youtube lot with Youtube's RED cameras and cranes. Did I use the right names for that shit? Whatever, I love this longer more up close version, check it out.

Thanks to SOH for the love and see you soon for the next installment....
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