Barry Bishop The Creative – Interview

Barry Bishop is a legendary artist from Washington, DC who’s early works in DC’s streetwear scene (’87) made him a major influence – having created a number of the foundational designs that set the tone and direction for DC’s famed Madness Connection, which inspired him to start his own groundbreaking line B-Man Apparel.

Bishop is also an esteemed portrait artist, via his signature style of black and white, and his new show, Barry Bishop The Creative – Original Paintings and Prints, will open on Saturday December 7th, at the Brookland Artspace Lofts.

I got a chance to talk to Barry to learn more about his past and how its influencing his present and future.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Fist of The North Star / 11.26.19

Join us, Tues Nov 26th at Songbyrd, for our annual anime CAN I KICK IT? film, where this year we’re featuring the late 80’s classic Fist of The North Star.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by a nuclear war, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor of a deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill most adversaries from within through the use of the human body’s secret vital points.

DJ 2-Tone gets things started at 6:30 PM and the movie starts around 7:30.  For more info/RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Enter The Dragon / 11.21.19

CAN I KICK IT? returns, next Thurs. Nov. 21st, to Creative Alliance (Baltimore) for another exciting night of Hip Hop, Martial Arts, Rare Grooves and more as we screen Bruce Lee’s legendary film Enter The Dragon.

We start the movie at 7 PM, tickets are $12 for general admission and $9 for members (+$3 at the door).

For more info and tickets click here.

CAN I KICK IT? – Dragon Style

CAN I KICK IT? – Dragon Style our newest design developed to further brand SHAOLIN JAZZ’s most exciting and innovative engagement CAN I KICK IT? – an event where SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones creates a live soundtrack to classic martial arts and actions movies using his turntables – giving every scene or every other scene its own music.

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Barry Bishop The Creative – Original Paints and Prints

I’m happy to announce the next art exhibition in my DOCUMENT The Fresh series featuring the works of legendary DC artist Barry Bishop entitled: Barry Bishop The Creative – Original Paints and Prints.

Barry, who attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and later the Corcoran School of the Arts, was initially influenced by the iconic works of Shirt King Phade, which led Bishop to develop his masterful usage of the airbrush and later paint brush. Bishop’s airbrush talents then led him to create a lot of the early works for DC’s famed Madness Connection brand which inspired him to start his own groundbreaking line B-Man Apparel.

Years later Bishop would move into the fine art world – picking up the paint brush again and, via the medium of acrylic paint on canvas, produce stunning portraits using his signature colors of black and white, of some of the world’s most iconic and genre defying individuals such as Bob Marley, Patti Labelle, Jimmy Hendrix, and Tupac.

Barry’s collections are represented both privately and institutionally (i.e. TNT National Gallery of Art), Eric Dyson, Chris Tucker, and the late Ruby Dee.

The exhibition will be on display from Saturday December 7th through Tuesday December 10th at Brookland Artspace Lofts 3305 8th St NE Washington, DC.

The opening reception on Sat Dec 7th will be from 7 PM – 10 PM and will include complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

For additional info/RSVP click here and for all inquiries: dcstreetwearexhibition@gmail.com.

New CAN I KICK IT? Promo Video

Check out our new CAN I KICK IT? promo video produced by the good people of Kreative 71.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / 10.31.19

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be conducting another special Halloween edition of CAN I KICK IT? featuring the 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Thurs. Oct. 31st (Halloween Night), at Songbyrd DC.

Music starts at 6:30 PM and the movie starts at 7:30 PM,  with the film being shown on both floors.  Drink specials and Songbyrd’s full dinner menu will be available.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ for DC Design Week’s Opening Party

We had lots of moving parts, but a great time was had by all at the opening party that we flipped for DC Design Week at Big Chief in DC.

From our live stenciling station on the roof-top featuring stencils thematic of DC, Go-Go, and SHAOLIN JAZZ, to an exhibition and talk about the classic event posters from Globe Posters highlighting DC’s legendary Go-Go (and events) scene from MICA’s Allison Fisher, to a talk about the storied origins of Go-Go music, the bands and people who paved the way, and its influence on the city and the music industry by notable music journalist and DC native Marcus K Dowling, a conversation about the DC music scene through pictures by noted photographer Joshua Cogan, all the while DJ RBI providing a well curated soundtrack that helped guide the evening’s activities from start to finish.

Thanks to AIGA DC and DC Design Week for tapping us to help them help celebrate this years programming, salute to Big Chief for hosting, and thank you to everyone who attended.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat BLADE / Recap

There’s a great deal of enjoyment when a client wants you to be apart of their programming, but it feels even better when that same client wants to bring you back and this certainly was the case with The Kennedy Center who asked us to be apart of the launch festival for their new state-of-the-art REACH Center – a new multipurpose venue designed to help artists bring their creative pursuits to life.

The entire festival is actually 2 weeks of programming (over 400 events) with our scheduled date featuring all hip-hop based performances and engagements from local DC acts such as Kokayi to national legends – De La Soul, all happening simultaneously which allowed for attendees to fully explore the REACH Center and its various studios, multimedia spaces, and world-class works of art.

And despite all that was happening, which included DJ sets by Bobbito Garcia and workshops by Words, Beats, and Life, we held down a capacity crowd for our screening of the 90’s classic BLADE starring Wesley Snipes.  Add to that a continuous line out of the door and a visit of our screening by hip-hop legend Q-Tip, who The Kennedy Center appointed as its first Artistic Director of Hip Hop Culture.

Thanks to The Kennedy Center for bringing us back and thank you to everyone who attended.

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