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 27, 2008

Cypher, B-Boy book

There's a new b-boy book in town...rock photographer, Charles Peterson, and Powerhouse books (Hip Hop Files, The Beastie Boys Anthology, The Breaks) have put together photos of ciphers (I hate that cypher spelling...yuck!)

Shot over a period of six years mainly in Peterson's hometown of Seattle and a few b-boy events in Los Angeles, New York City, and Portland. In his photos, Peterson captures the bold moves, twists and turns with a medium format camera. Man, I gotta get myself a better camera! Oh and Jeff Chang has added a few words to tie the whole shabang together.

So, who's in the CYPHER? Rock Steady Crew: Renegade, Jeskilz, ATS, DJ DV One, Fenix, Artson; Massive Monkees: Twixx, Juse, Iron Mike Brysen; Ready to Rock: Floor Phantom, Tyquan; Circle of Fire (Seattle): Seth, Orb, Mosez, Quest, Thagirl,Free; BYC: Eriko, Miami Nice; KLP Crew (France): Krimo, G-Rhum; Curfew Breakers: Simi, Fenix; Drifters Crew (Korea); Freshest Kidz Crew (Seattle, Portland); Gamblers Crew (Korea); Mortal Kombat Crew (Japan); Killafornia Crew; Rivers Crew (Korea); Caspar (Mighty Zulu Kings, Boogie Brats); Asia One (No Easy Props); Kid Glyde (Dynamic Rockers); A-B-Girl (Domestic Apes); DJ Scene; Dama (Unique Styles Crew); Hiro (Spartanic Rockers); Lazy Legs (Ill Abilities); Marcio (Soul Control), Frankie (Supeme Beings Crew); Rockadile (Battle Monkeys); Thesis (Knuckleheads Cali); Geom (Battle Born Crew), Juan (Dance Broomz), Mouse (360 Gun Battalion), Newtzybot, Lancelot, and more!

The battles
  • Circle of Fire Mondays, Nation, Seattle (2002)
  • Vera Project Battles, Seattle (2003)
  • Soul City Mondays, Noiselab and the War Room (2003-Present)
  • B-Boy Summit, Los Angeles (2006)
  • Rock Steady Crew 30th Anniversary, NYC (2007)
  • Freestyle Session 10th Anniversary, Los Angeles (2007)
  • Ashes to Ashes, Portland, OR (2007)
  • Massive Monkees Day, UW Hub (2007)
  • Spartanic Rockers Anniversary, Tokyo (2006)
  • and many other rec jams and club nights

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