I have been thinking a lot about “friendship” lately.
It is almost amazing the amount of Treachery and Deceit one experiences in life.
True Friends are rare and hard to find. Associates I have many, friends very few.
Muhammad Ali on Friendship
Muhammad Ali Poem on Friendship:
“Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold.
But, its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold.
For gold is cold and lifeless, it can neither see nor hear.
In time of trouble its powerless to cheer.
Gold has no ears to listen, no heart to understand.
It cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand.
So, when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if He sends,
not pearls, diamonds, or riches but, the love of real true friends.”
The Rest is Up to You…
Michael Porfirio Mason
AKA The Peoples Champ
AKA GFK, Jr.
AKA The Sly, Slick and the Wicked
AKA The Voodoo Child
The Guide to Getting More out of Life
The most famous guerrilla artist of them all (if he can be famous when no one really knows who he is or what he looks like, despite tabloid newspaper attempts to unmask him), Banksy is either the anti-capitalist artistic conscience of the streets or the sell-out who panders to the establishment he once provoked. He is now revered enough that city councils keep his stencils on public buildings, and in 2007, a single work sold for £288,000, around 20 times the estimate of Bonham’s. Banksy produced spoof £10 notes from the ‘Banksy of England’, defaced Paris Hilton CDs, and painted the Queen as a chimpanzee during her Golden Jubilee. In August 2005, he painted nine images on the concrete wall dividing Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, including a girl floating over the wall holding balloons.
1 Hour in the life of a Banksy
Poster Boy has been slinking around New York’s subways for the past year taking a razor to advertising posters. The results are simple, satirical and brilliant. He slashes a poster of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, making a ghoulish Frankenstein of two of the most beautiful faces on screen, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. He turns an Indiana Jones poster into a comment on colonialism.
Sometimes – he has to work quickly before the police catch him – he does very little at all, as in the poster of blockbuster Iron Man, which he meddled with to create new words: Iran > Nam. He has been called the “Matisse of subway-ad mash-ups” and has said he has no intention of taking his work into galleries. The real deal.
Spending Time With Poster Boy
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The original street artist, it was Haring’s chalk drawings on the subway walls of New York that first got him noticed.
In New York, he found the art community at its most experimental outside the gallery, in the city’s streets and clubs.
His outline figures did not have faces and yet expressed a range of powerful emotions. Taking a stand against capitalism and attitudes to HIV, he hung out with Jean-Michel Basquiat, who in the late Seventies began spray painting his iconic SAMO graffiti around the city, a pithy satirical series that foreshadowed the tone of much guerrilla art.
Remember the Barack Obama Hope posters during the US presidential election campaign of last year? They were not the brainchild of some corporate marketing team, but created by one of the most influential guerrilla artists around, Shepard Fairey, who has been operating since the Eighties, with his designs adorning skate parks across America. He was responsible for anti-Bush sticker campaigns such as ‘Be the Revolution’ and ‘Obey’. The iconic Obama design, pictured, was initially distributed independently, but soon with official approval. He followed it up with a companion portrait inviting people to ‘adopt’ shelter dogs, brilliantly lampooning the historical significance of the original.
Members of the Banksy Forum website, which follows the artist’s work, have condemned the art attack, with one member saying the perpetrator is “jealous, and bitter”.
Another man, who calls himself buddings, responded to suggestions Banksy only carries out work for financial gain, by writing: “I don’t get this at all.
“Banksy wasn’t paid to do it, he wasn’t hoping someone would sell the wall. Banksy could have done the same image on a canvas from the comfort of his studio for a massive amount of money but instead goes out in the middle of the night and gives London a little gift.”
He added: “How the hell does this remind Banksy of what urban art is all about?“
Forum member happy shopper said: “Obviously done by an idiot with no style at all.”
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Now, BANKSY’S iconic image of Kate Moss will test the pockets of urban art collectors later this month when it comes up for auction. Despite rumours of a credit crunch (had you heard?) Bonhams, which will retail the piece, is confident.
“The Urban Art market remains buoyant judging by the interest this sale has aroused and we are pleased to continue to offer significant works by the most important artists in this field,” said Gareth Williams, head of Bonhams Urban Art department.
As the most notable artist in the sale Banksy’s pieces highly sought after. The Moss images are particularly covetable, being sold intact as a set of six, and are estimated to fetch £100,000 to £150,000.
Also appearing in the sale is Nola Pink by Banksy, which shows girl being rained upon from beneath her umbrella. It was one of a series of works that the artist painted in New Orleans to commemorate the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean up operation,” Banksy was quoted as saying.
The sale will take place on February 24. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to www.bonhams.com.
In this updated version of the book Never Die Alone, DMX plays King David, one of the most sinister and ruthless characters ever put to paper or the silver screen. A classic tale of an East Coast Player taking over the West Coast. Something I am all not unfamiliar with.
“The Hindus have
a word for it–karma.
They believe in reincarnation–
that a man pays in the next life for all
the shit he’s done in the previous one.
Keeps on payin’too,
till he gets it right.
Now, if I had to do it
all over again…
In order to be truly redeemed, a man
has to own up to his responsibilities.”
She had me wrapped
around her little finger, and she knew it.
I used to laugh when I heard
niggers talk about bein’ in love. Even writin’ the word makes me
feel helpless, but it’s true.
I’d never felt this way about another
person in my life, except my mother.
And I didn’t like it. I mean this
from the bottom of my heart.
I hated this feeling
that I had for Juanita. It made me feel like I was–
like I was weak.
We couldn’t have that. They say revenge
is a dish best served cold.
I was about to take my shit right out the motherfuckin’ freezer.
Bitch thought she was gonna
get by without me…
she’d be thinking again real soon. Might as well call me
a broken-down trick. Using me for my money, then telling me
a quarter mil ain’t good enough. A quarter mil’s always good.!
It was good then, and it’s
sure in hell still good now.
It was good then,
and it’s sure in hell still good now.
It was good then,
and it’s sure in hell still good now.
Rise of the Footsoldier is based on the true story of Carlton Leach, a former football hooligan heavy with the notorious ICF (Inter City Firm) who later moved up the criminal underworld by bouncing, minding, and muscling.
The first part of the movie is like Green Street Hooligans times 100. So if you liked Green Street Hooligans you will love Rise of the Footsoldier. Plus in Rise of the Footsoldier, there is no Elijah Wood. Hell, Elijah Wood hasn’t been good in a movie since The Good Son with Macaulay Culkin! Just playing.