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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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“The Future (part 1)”

Introducing our newest design – “The Future (part 1)” which is influenced by tomorrow and of what the future’s fonts might be fused with those of today, which ties back into our music projects where we’ve cleverly blended jazz classics with Wu-Tang acappellas.

“The Future (part 1)” is the latest in our two-part offerings where SHAOLIN JAZZ is used as iconography and or the backbone of the art.

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The New Ninja

With the success of our Ninja Vuitton design, we asked Late Night Genius to update it and they did so by designing a new ninja form that has a more grittier look/feel and with this version (A) also including hip-hop cultural references that tap into our brand DNA.

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“Boom Boxing”

Check out our “Boom Boxing” design – inspired by the Shaolin martial arts technique of “shadow boxing” as well as drawing inspiration from pop-art aesthetics.  To customize and curate on a range of apparel and home goods items click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – “Influences 2.0”

Check out our “Influences 2.0” design which takes stylistic cues from pop art and graffiti and fuses them with SHAOLIN JAZZ’s more specific cultural influences of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.

To customize this design on a range of apparel and or home goods click here.

“Sweet Nancy from Shaolin”

Check out our “Sweet Nancy from Shaolin” design which is inspired by our album of the same name where we fused the vocals and instrumentals from jazz great Nancy Wilson with the acappellas from the legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

You can fit a curated selection of apparel and home-goods by clicking here.

Speaker Boxing

Check out our “Speaker Boxing” design which you can fit a curated selection of apparel and home-goods by clicking here.

The 37th Chamber Mixtape

Check out our “The 37th Chamber Mixtape” design which you can fit a curated selection of apparel and home-goods by click here.