Get yourself to a local music store and pick up a copy of this. the record contains some incredible hip hop with artists such as mos def, NOE, luda, RZA, ODB, raekwon and Q-tip. Even if your not a rap/hip-hop fan, you will love this. It sounds like that awesome warm thursday night in summer at that amazing new york city bar with great friends and new girls who arent only cool, they are cute too, that night was crazy, it was when everyone got a round of drinks in and you all left late, all got laid, got up early in the sunlight but had no hangover and cruised to meet up for a lovely friday and never stopped smiling even though you had the same clothes fromthe day/night before.
yeah....ive had those days!
Its sure to be a classic, much like the new Mos record. I used to be a sucker for my 12" crate collection, now I'm getting into my CD collection because ive been archiving everything to my external HD.
so recently ive been working on building my portfolio to include more men. this time last year i could not even imagine shooting menswear. part of me doesn't connect with guys on the same level as I do with women. Either way. D1 Models have been kind enough to let me test with the men on there books. It's also given me the opertunity to shoot in London more and also take a much more hand on role in the styling. Ive found myself developing a very strong style. almost romantic. The massive wet blanket that i am has come across in my images. Masculinity romantised. Soft lighting, crisp lines and tailored lines. I have began utilizing natural light, shooting more film and finding myself in love with soft high contrast black & white images.
this means that the photographers who I looked up before have taken a back seat to my new inspirations. Im now applying for more and more assisting work and spending 2 out of 4 weeks in London per month. Its really opened my eyes to a whole body of work that i previously have missed. Its great because with my Women's work I've discovered that i have become much more adventurous. im trying daring lighting, communicating more with the model about mood and concept instead of posing the model into the ideal position almost as a sculpture would.
I almost forgot. Ive recently found myself listening to a whole load of old rock, punk and hardcore that i used to love. Ive also found a huge stash of records that pretty much document my attempt at becoming a gangster rap dj. I WAS 13 years old! needless to say ive found myself becoming inspired by a whole bunch of music that i know word for word but haven't listened to in years.
++++++++THE ANTI CHRIST!++++++++
beginning pretty soon is a new project on my part. if you dont know i have quite an obsession for catholic art. particular of god wrath. my tattoo's depict such evens as jesus's last moments. i have a cross which is exploded to look like a graphic net for a cube. ie religion puts you in a box.
anywhoooo..... due to the fact that i am styling alot of my own work now. I feel like taking on a bit of a fun time challenge and styling. durrr.
So ill keep you updated. Hope you enjoy the work and dont forget to check www.nhrb.co.uk for new work.
i am aware that my hair cut isnt the only thing that frequently changes, my facial hair is a fucking nightmere. anyway i grew a brew for about a month tops, but decided to get rid of it. however i thought i would have a little fun with it.
i am extremely worried that i wont look as farmer-ish driving around in the landrover now. but the hell with it.
beside logging on to book tattoo appointments with Woody (www.myspace.com/woodzo) i never really check my myspace page anymore.
I think that in a bid to compete with facebook/twitter/etc they lost the plot, throwing everything you dont need or may have needed into the equation. myspace is and always will be a fundamental tool for teenage masturbation. jesus if im honest, i still go though my friends requests and look at the cute girls pages, in the underwear, only 16, young, soft skin, bright eyes filled with excitement as the stare down the lens of there camera phone. oh your so naughty arnt you "xmissyxx_00".
problem is after everyone jumped ship to faceache, your left with peado's and 12/14 year olds with floppy hair. OH AND BANDS! fuck i mean come on guys. myspace was amazing because it gave you a platform to become whoever you wanted. bands got famous, emo became pop, fat girls looked hot! myspace was simple, you made a profile, took a photo from above your head, wrote a little piece about how utterly amazing the shit little things you do everyday are, added a few good looking people from your local area, and received picture comments. every so often you would find true love and have pictures splashed all over your myspace of each other declaring how perfect you are for each other, that you'll be together forever. then one day you'll either see a picture comment from a new love interest (with better hair or a better placed tattoo) which will drive into revenge blogging about how hurt you are with a million bulletins. sometimes this will happen just because after 4 months of telling everyone you love each other, you finaly meet, well not face to face because you spotted her from 200 yards away and what you saw was not the retouched, buxom beauty from photo 37 of 248. its a hideous create that if you where 4ft taller wouldnt even look like the photos youve been furiously masturbating to for the past 6 weeks. it makes sence, so thats why she was always laid down on webcam and wouldnt bend over and stick 2 fingers in her ass. fucking bitch caught me out!
now with all these new gizmo's on myspace i doubt kids have the same fun. facebook is to real, its to personal, there is no air of mystique and twitter is to bloody fast paced. i hope myspace take it back to the way it was, simple elegant, maybe then ill head back and swap picture comments for picture comments.
here are a few of my favorite myspace photos over the years from when i joined in 2004. www.myspace.com/nhrb
-drinking tea -living without toilet roll for as long as possible -appearing rich when actually penniless -counting 2 pence pieces -living off others -big brother -getting in moods because others succeed while i stay stuck in a creative rutt
-stealing starbucks mugs
ive decided it is worth fucking off the other ones (although 2 would make a good blog and 5&7 are what this blog is all about) and writing a blog about my problem. its been about 3 years since i stole my first mug from starbucks. it was, i might add, out of necessity. I had just moved into a new apartment, i had forgot to take cups/mugs/cutlery/plates etc from my mothers house. i was in starbucks, i pondered the thought of going home and having a nice cup of tetley tea while watching tv in my brand new apartment, i decided swiftly to "bag the cup".
now baging the cup is a term that i use for when you slip the cup from the table and it falls softly into an open bag.