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DJ 4 A Cure: Art Show!

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This Friday, July 25th,  DJ FOR A CURE is taking over the Scratch DJ Academy in NYC! DJ4C will be hosting an art show from 7pm-9pm to continue the mission of making the public aware of the seriousness of blood cancers using the arts. The event will be curated by DJ4C’s very own Quiana Parks and special guest Leighton Pope. A series of special guest DJ’s are set to spin, so this isn’t something you’d want to miss, Oh, and did I mention there will be live art? Come out and support the cause. For more info on what we do here at DJ4C check out the website djforacure.com.


CREATIVE: Queen Elizabeth II Gets the Royal (Artsy) Treatment

If you were an imaginative individual with a bunch of Aussie bucks to spare, you would naturally use those bills as your canvas, right?

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With the knowledge of pop culture and a great sense of visual humor, WordPress user A Bunch Of 5s produces monetary masterpieces that will make you LOL for real. (Sorry, I couldn’t pick just a handful of my favorites, they’re all too dope!)

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Reportedly after the artist completes his pieces, they are released in the hopes that the lucky recipients will “hang them onto their fridge”. Art next to your grocery list…maybe it would help me remember to buy more milk. Or at the very least, some Sharpies.


ART: Graphic artist AVERY NEJAM spills the tea on why we’re all alot stronger than we think…

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The wide world of Instagram has introduced me to so many amazing and talented people. Everyday I’m exposed to a new kind of art form that makes me want to get to know the actual person behind the creative pieces. That couldn’t be more relevant regarding Mississippi-bred graphic artist AVERY NEJAM. Her bright hues will make you smile, her humor and pop art aesthetic will make you laugh, but her story will make you stand up and cheer. I’m on Team Nejam, and after hearing what drives her, you may want to reach for some pom-poms:

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When did you discover your love for creating visual art?

Skateboarding is where it all started. It’s the root of everything I do. I started skateboarding when I was 5 years old, so you can say somewhere between then and now(I’m 22), a spark of creativity was lit.

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What’s your mindset before you start a new piece?

Stay awake. Stay informed. I like to try and keep four eyes open at all times (do my red glasses count as an extra set of eyes?). I never know where that next piece of the inspiration puzzle might come from. Keeping my mindset open to anyone, anything, anywhere is a vital mantra to nurture my creativity.

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The music that you surround yourself with, do you find that it reflects in your work?

Music is the driving force in my workflow; it encompasses the mood and feel of each individual piece I create. It allows me to visually taste colors and shapes through whatever I may be listening to at the time. It’s safe to say my taste in music is wide and far, crossing over many genres, which I think can be picked up on through my body of work as a whole and some of the music artists I’ve created work around. 

 

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Your signature red glasses are prevalent in a few of your pieces, how long have you had them?
I’ve been wearing my red glasses for years now…while in art school in both NYC and Boston(I attended Parsons New School for Design & The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston) I started to notice people recognizing me by my red glasses; that was the revelation that started it all. ‘Iconify Me.’ is my coined ideology that the characteristics that set us apart, often become our trademarks. What we’re remembered by: What makes you, YOU.'(for me, it’s my red glasses!) Since then, my work has always touched on identity in some form or fashion ever since.
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In terms of the art scene and personal style, what decade/era could you see yourself living in?
I’d say I’m an ‘old soul’ in a sense, because I’m always being influenced by culture/art/music that has come before me…but if I were to choose an era, it’d be the one we’re living in right now. The time is now. With the advancements of technology and the internet and mankind alone, we live in a pretty remarkable time. I mean, think about it…the world is at our fingertips at all times. And for the first time ever, we’re all globally available to each other through technology–which has it’s pros and cons–but I like to focus on the pros. (I’ve got many creative friends all over the world that I’ve kept in contact with for years and we’ve never met in person; all because of the internet.) But anyone and anything you’d like to learn or know is right there.
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What motivates you to keep going when you reach bumps in the road?
In 2012 I had a series of pretty severe health problems caused from Crohn’s Disease. While traveling in Shanghai, China, I had a massive flare of Crohn’s, causing me to be hospitalized over there before finally making it back to the U.S. and having 3 major abdominal surgeries including the removal of my entire colon.
 So, to go back to your original question of,”What motivates me to keep going?”…When it’s all taken away, you start to realize that we aren’t here for very long, so whatever it is you want to say or do…say or do it now. Nothing is guaranteed in this life.
 
In short, my road to recovery has been far from easy and had more bumps and detours than you’re average person would’ve liked to experience, but coming out on the other end, I’ve realized that we’re all a whole hell of a lot stronger than we can begin to imagine: “Tragic events which cause change in our lives are often the root of emerging opportunities.
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Do you have a personal list of favorite artists?
My top two innovators that I feel have changed the game for me would have to be Andy Warhol and George Lois. To cite Warhol as an influence coming from a visual artist and screen printer like myself can be quite cliché, I understand; and although I enjoy the visuals of his work…the genius of Warhol was the way he was able to merge both commercial and fine art, which is a very hard task for any artist, even to this day.
 
George Lois is the father of ‘The Big Idea’ and the original ‘Mad Man.’ His influence on both my workflow and visual communication skills are endless. Here are two quotes and a book recommendation all creative people should read and live by:
 
“If you’re a creative in any business, think of yourself as a doctor giving a patient medicine that will save his life. I’m dead serious.”
 “To me, a true creative spirit means to fight the good fight, always rejecting Con…and creating Icon.”
A Must Read: ‘Damn Good Advice (for people with talent)’ all by George Lois
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For people that come in contact with your work, what would you want them to take away from it?

I feel artists in any field “create to relate” most prominently through music, but if I can create that experience visually…I’ve done my job.

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Check out more awesomeness (her red glasses included!) from AVERY NEJAM:


ART: Daigo Fukawa // “Rough Sketch Products”

Talk about bringing your imagination to life!

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At first glance this seems like your typical, quickly-executed illustration, but don’t be fooled; these aren’t your average doodles, people.

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The basic white backdrop coupled with the ingenious maneuvering of colored wires takes your brain on a wild ride of perception. The functional furnishings were conjured up by Japanese student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University for the Arts.

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This definitely reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. (if you’re too young to know who that is, Google is your friend.)

If you’re looking for a more aggressive style of sketch furniture ideas, then South Korean designer Jinil Park has you covered:

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On the opposite side of the 3D spectrum is Maya Selway, a British jewelry designer and contemporary artist that’s known for her elegant and more minimalist conceptions.

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So the next time you decide to doodle on a sketch pad, just remember… it doesn’t always have to stay there!


Sage Vaughn “Nobody’s Home” @ Lazarides Rathbone

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After a successful show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles with Mike D of the Beastie Boys, LA-based artist Sage Vaughn recently hopped over the pond to open his solo exhibition titled “Nobody’s Home” at London’s Lazarides Rathbone gallery.

Using stark contrasts of vibrant birds and butterflies with lifeless interiors, Vaughn invites viewers to escape the unquestioned adherence to routine consumption and to instead look to the spontaneity of nature.

His exhibition will remain on display at Lazarides Rathbone until March 1, 2014. For details on opening hours and how to get there, please visit the gallery’s website here.


LIFESTYLE: DJ FOR A CURE // ART + MUSIC FUNDRAISER

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HELP PUT AN END TO BLOOD CANCER!

Join THE JUNQUI family as our founder – DJ QUIANA PARKS – teams up with PUMA + celebrity chef ROBLE ALI for the 1st Anuual DJ FOR A CURE event!

ALL of the proceeds will go directly to the Leukemia + Lymphoma Society, to help them in the ongoing fight to get rid of blood cancer!  Stimulate your palate with wine tasting, plus a presentation of 10 fashion icon-inspired paintings. Coupled with the frisson-inducing music from the elite DJs that will be on board all night, this is truly a gift for the senses!

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Exclusive. Free. Gear. Who doesn’t love those words together? Well now you’ll have a chance to score some, courtesy of PUMA! The fine print? Add the hashtags #PUMA #GIVEAWAYFORACURE #DJFORACURE to your pics. The person with the most, wins! Simple, right?

Make sure you’re there!

DONATION  // DJ FOR A CURE


CREATIVE: Viviana Belle // Makeup Artist

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There’s nothing I love more than an innovative individual, and Viviana Belle is no exception!

Owner of  Philly’s Bitten Beauty Bar, this talented MUA (MakeUp Artist) not only gives her clients great face, but she really shines when her creative juices start flowing.  This photo was my first introduction to her gifted artistry:

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I love her use of different color combos and applications; she changes the whole mood of each look! Compare the light and sweet lily to this next dark and mysterious flower:

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She also likes to showcase her love for sweets in a unique way!

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She even finds inspiration in the wildest places…

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…and from decadent accessories!

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Viviana is also a pro at Halloween! Here she is as a Geisha, but don’t think she’s afraid to get down and dirty with special effects:

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Keep up with all things VIVIANABELLE:

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ART: Celebrity Illustrations x Jovan Rosario

The sheer admiration I have for someone that’s artistically inclined is definitely an 11 on a 1-10 scale. Whether it’s with a pencil, paintbrush, spoken word or a camera, I’m usually drawn to their raw talent, especially the ones who are self-taught. To be able to find your passion and just go for broke is beautifully amazing to me. Here is one example: illustrator JOVAN ROSARIO.

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THE JUNQUI: How did you get into illustrating?

JOVAN ROSARIO:  Well drawing was always & still is my passion. My imagination was somewhat different from others in elementary school; I was a bad ass, I would always find myself sketching during class. I really started fashion illustrations 2-3 years ago & have been practicing ever since. With portraits, I’ve only been sketching for about a year. I had no idea what I was capable of until I tried it.

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THE JUNQUI: What are your influences?

JOVAN ROSARIO: Music, Fashion designers & my mood influences a lot of my work. A few people that have influenced my work are Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Olivier Rousteing, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, The Olsen Twins & Beyonce.

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TJ:  Where would you like to travel to draw inspiration?

JR: One of my dreams is to travel to two of the biggest fashion capitals, Paris & Milan.

TJ: How would you describe your work?

JR:  To be honest my work represents me; fashion forward, minimal yet bold & detailed.

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TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?

JR:  I want people to be inspired to do whatever it is they want to pursue in life. If I can inspire someone everyday, that would be an amazing accomplishment.

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TJ:  I see you illustrate celebs with great accuracy. Have you received feedback from any one of them?

JR:  I have been fortunate enough to have my work seen & acknowledged by Rihanna, Cara Delevingne (model), Rosie Huntington (model), Willy Cartier (male model), Kim Kardashian & Beyonce. Rihanna & Kim Kardashian also follow me because of my artwork. To this day, I still have that feeling of shock; it feels so surreal. I’m just so grateful for all the love and recognition.

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Check out more from Jovan Rosario:

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FASHION: It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no, it’s Lady Gaga!

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Wearing a bejeweled lobster hat.  Arriving on the red carpet in a giant egg. That infamous meat ensemble. Rocking a Kermit the Frog dress. Throughout her lengthy music and pop culture reign, Lady Gaga’s avant garde approach to fashion has never wavered. When it comes to her haute couture wearable pieces of art, she has never failed to disappoint (or even worse, BORE!) her countless fans and critics alike. With each of her outrageous ensembles, she has always managed to unintentionally set the bar higher. It would only be a matter of time before she would even out-do herself.

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During the release party for her latest album ARTPOP, Gaga literally soared to new heights when she donned the world’s first flying dress. Designed by Nancy Tilbury from Studio XO, the wearable helicopter came complete with Gaga’s own personal pilot. (aka a technician controlling the lift-off!) Who could possibly TOP that?

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…and speaking of soaring to the top, Gaga is going to be out of this world in more ways than one!  In 2015, her little monsters will be on the lookout for the Zero G Colony music festival, where she will headline the three day fiesta from (…wait for it…) OUTER (outerrr) SPACE (SPACE..Space..space)!

Umm, Houston…we DON’T have a problem!


CREATIVE: Haunt Couture x Hayden Williams

Illustrator Hayden Williams serves Designer Halloween Realness with his latest installment. I can’t get enough of his works, and he always uses his pencils to bring fashion and sassy confidence to life! (On paper, that is!) I would love to see these beauties as barbies or have them translated into actual live models. They would be some fierce Halloween heroines! May I present to you (from L to R) Rattling Chains, Hocus Pocus, Treasured Possession, and Under Wraps, aka HAUNT COUTURE by Hayden Williams!

I personally love Miss Under Wraps (being drawn to all things Egyptian) and I would love to recreate this look next Halloween. Which character are you drawn to? (see what I did there? LOL)

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ART: The Works of Patrick Eugene

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While checking out my Instagram feed recently, I found myself drawn to a piece of art that someone reblogged. Being the curious person that I am, I had to investigate. I soon discovered that the picture was linked to Brooklyn-born artist Patrick Eugene. His genuine love for abstract shapes, shades, and women is evident in his work, and I got a chance to pick his creative mind:

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THE JUNQUI: When/how did you get into drawing and painting?

PATRICK EUGENE: I started painting maybe 9 months ago. I was working full time as a banker and found myself taking the stress of work home with me. I decided I needed a hobby that would take my mind off of work and have been painting ever since. I never thought I would be called an “artist”,  because I never really drew anything or painted before. That word still kinda freaks me out!  (laughs) I truly believe that we all have hidden talents. With a just little Faith in ourselves, and trust that God is in control, all things are possible.

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TJ: What are some of your influences?

PE: Contemporary art and abstracts are awesome, so I tend to stay within that genre…but my influences are really the women in my life. It’s no secret that I have a fascination with women’s faces . I think it stems from being an average man in his 20’s who really just appreciates the beauty of a woman…but I also have two beautiful sisters, a mother, and two grandmothers who I am very close to. I try to capture the various emotions I’ve seen them go through by focusing on eyes and lips to do so. 

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TJ: Where do you travel to draw inspiration?

PE: I am of Haitian decent and have been to Haiti twice since the Earthquake . I think it’s had a major influence on the pieces but also my outlook on life. Although going through extremely rough times, the people of Haiti are so vibrant and pleasant. The art is amazing out there and the use of colors is insane. I think my second trip this summer played a major role in some of emotions displayed in my recent pieces. 

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TJ: What do you want people who view your work to take away from it?

PE: I really just want to spark thought and conversation over the pieces. I want people to feel the various emotions, but more than the actual pieces themselves, I want people to know that all things are possible and sometimes all it takes is a leap of Faith. Just my testimony.

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// Make sure you check out more about Patrick Eugene, his thoughts, and of course his great work on Instagram (@Ode_To_World) \\


ART: “Sorry Jay” // Jay Z Depicted as Fine Art by Alex Reyes

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Much has already been said about Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, but artist Alex Reyes takes it in a new direction thanks to his own visual skills and Jigga’s constant mention of artists on his latest record “Picasso Baby”. In his own words Reyes describes, “We get it, you can wipe your ass with hundred dollar bills, but sorry Jay, you’re neither ‘the new Jean-Michel’ or ‘the modern day Pablo Picasso.’ If said artists could return the favor and include you in their work though, it might look something like this.” (I’m glad someone finally said what I was thinking, like Jay you are the new Basquiat?…seriously tho?, lol.) Anyways, this depiction is featuring “works” by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and more, this delve into the fantastical is quite well done.