Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Virgin Hip Hop icons

Rap gets hipper?! I found the Virgin Mobile UK adverts featuring hot Rap stars Missy Elliot and LL Cool J...check these for a laugh. Never seen in the US. What a laugh...

CLICK HERE here to watch 'LL Cool J with grandma's drawers'
TRY THIS ONE to see 'Missy Elliot getting jiggy'!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Futura $10,000

#212 was my auction number. I went in with $4,000 on my mind for that Futura painting from the Scion Installation show. Obviously, others had the same idea. The bidding started around $1,000 I think, and quickly got up to the $4,000 mark. So I revised my budget. The online and live bids settled down at $4,500 so I jumped in at $5,500. The bid returned to me at $6,500. I passed and watched it climb to $10,000!

If I had it I would happily invest in the painting. But there will be other times. Let's hope.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

May be LA is the Hip Hop art capital?

I went to the Scion Installation pre-launch party in Culver City thanks to Evan's invite and Naama's ride over. The space was new to me and pretty big with enough space for two smokin' customised Scion cars on the floor, and an annex for the bar.

The highlight had to be meeting Futura (again). He has an amazing memory - he remembered the Levi's event in London back in the day - "Contents Under Pressure...." he said! I met Stay High 149 after an intro from the dudes from Frank 151 magazine - they're cool. Stay High 149 told me about a Hall of Fame in Manhattan. Also got the chance chat to Dr. Revolt. Who? The man who did the Wild Style piece with Zephyr for the film of the same name. Amazing! I got an open invite to hang out with the Frank 151 crew next time I'm in town. Cool. Watch out for me!

All in all, a trip down graffiti memory lane. I went back tonight to get photos (my camera battery died last night?!), the postcard set
signed and catch some lickle video action. Some of it is posted here for you to enjoy too! Word.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Is the UK the Hip Hop capital of the world?

I'm serious! Think about it ... back when Hoxton was still edgy Levi's did a party in Shoreditch with Futura and Lee (I got my Frankenstein poster signed). Covent Garden's Boxfresh did a Wild Style party in 2003 with Charlie Ahearn. Last year, I discovered a remake of the 1982 Afrika Islam Zulu Beat show created in Nottingham?! Word! Fast forward and this summer Puma celebrate the re-launch of their Clyde sneaker. Nice to see some cool UK talent on the roster next to Doug E Fresh and MC Shan!

What else is happening? B-Boys break...since the Urban Games of 2001-3 the interest in breaking has seen a rise in events for B-Boys to throwdown. Man, anyone who has history with me knows I wish I could break!

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