Bringing people together has always been my strong suit, so why not bring my artistic and creative souls together? I was wanting to do an event to finish the year off since I have been a little quiet lately giving myself time to live a little. So, I stopped by my comrade, Cheese’s spot Redemption Art & Music to “shoot the sh!t” as some say. He suggested doing the second edition of All City 1.0 which happened a couple years ago with Dj Bizznice. Since everyone is already in my circle why not continue the legacy, right? Makes sense. So we put it all in motion, collecting amazing talent from New Jersey’s best. The goal was 12 artists but I ended up with 52 pieces of work.
The scene was set at Blow-Out Beauty Lounge who has an amazing space and also filled with very talented hairstylist. Juan Vasquez helped me with the task of hanging every piece of work, Dj Bizznice was our Dj for the night and the sweets were provided by SugarSupplyJC with her custom pastries. While pouring some mango mimosas and adding the final touches Ms. ChicPea and mini ChicPea came in for a sneak peak before the night started. After a little dance with mini Chicpea we were ready to open the doors.
Jayne West covered the event for ChicPeaJC with an interview from myself and a couple artists as well. With over 100 people coming by the energy was great! I am glad I chose to collab with Society Needs Culture, Redemption Art & Music, Blow-Out Beauty Lounge because it just made sense. It’s amazing to be surrounded by people who believe in you. I am proud of the artwork presented and look forward to curating another…. Please check out the article!
All City 2.0 was a success!!! Thank you to all the artists that entrusted me with their work including the Legendary Ernie Paniccioli!
Artists: Juan “Cheese” Vasquez, Hota’te, Clarence Rich, Danai Graham, Mustart, Goomba, Scum, Enver Vucetaj, Awol, Warr, Jayne West, Ocean Clark, Susan Pinto, Iurii, Jesus Diaz & Me!
So Hov aka Jay Z aka Jay Hova released his “demo” tape for us with an image that has history. Of course, they aren’t talking about that but I WILL. Why? Because all artist/photographers should get their credit. It’s like a producer in music. Even though these days we don’t read cd insert credits like we use too and most the time producers don’t get their credits unless they know the business. BUT needless to say… this one is worth talking about. The same guy that took HOV’s demo photo is the same guy that was Biggie’s favorite photographer and was invited when most weren’t.
Same guy that has more than one pic of Jay Z.
And has images of Wayne when he was “little” and almost tat-less (making up words is cool).
And this IS NOT the first time this image has made it across the world. It is currently being shown in Paris, France at the Maison Folie Moulins as well as in Jersey City, NJ.
This photographer has been behind some of Hiphop’s dopest covers and in magazines from Time to Vibe.
This notorious photographer is known to many as Brother Ernie but professionally it’s Ernie Paniccioli
. Author of “Who Shot Ya?”, subject of “The Otherside of Hiphop” and last year inducted into the Hiphop Hall of Fame as well as most recently honored at Jersey City City Hall.
Who is still humble, wise an undeniable force in Hiphop. But as we know most of today’s Hiphop doesn’t honor the legends like they should. Maybe it’s pride. Maybe they want to be the cool one and not give any shine. I mean why wouldn’t you want to embrace the dude that took pics of you before you were “on top”? Just for story or nostalgia purposes at least. I mean his site is dope and does cover a lot of ill content with culture. Maybe Hov doesn’t feel or think that way but to me it makes the story more meaningful. What do you think?
For over 30 years Ernie Paniccioli, who many call Brother Ernie, has captured the raw essence of graffiti and hiphop culture in New York and New Jersey. On Tuesday, Jan 13th we will honor him with a ceremony at Jersey City’s City Hall building. The show will include never seen before prints, personal artwork of Brother Ernies and have the chance to get your prints or books signed. He is a lovingly grumpy and totally great storyteller kind of guy who might look intimidating but is a cuddly bear who emanates love and respect.
After the show there will also be a Networking Mixer one block away starting at 9pm so join us – Bistro Cafe’! Meet with some of Jersey’s finest and continued conversations with hiphop legends. Brought to you by SocietyNeedsCulture.com Sounds by DJ Bizznice.
FOR MORE INFO GO TO FB EVENT PAGE > ERNIE PANICCIOLI