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.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bristol old skool graff postcards

Last month Tangent Books in Bristol released a set of eight Bristol graffiti postcards by photographer and artist Frank Drake.
"The cards were originally produced in the 1980s in association with the city’s Arnolfini gallery and feature the first graffiti works to appear in Bristol by artists including 3D and the Z Boys."
These cards take me back in time...when Virgin Records was still in Broadmead and stocked European vinyl imports and where I found two copies of the original to Peter Piper when Roni and I were out beat-hunting. Grant was still working in Revolver Records/Rough Trade where I bought the "Wild Style" film soundtrack and John was working in Tony's on Park Street. Those were the days!

If you want a more contextual description, then I copped this from the Tangent Books' website ;)
"Set against the background of the St Paul’s riots and the fusion of the city’s funk, punk and reggae factions under the influence of Mark Stewart’s The Pop Group, hip-hop emerged as the counter culture champion. The four strands of hip-hop were breakdancing, DJ-ing, MC-ing and graffiti. Any self-respecting crew needed each element and Drake’s photographs capture the very first public expressions of hip-hop inspired street art."

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