Wednesday, August 26, 2009

getting $mashed.

Collaborating with Bronx Underground, last night Afropunk had their monthly Epic Smash concert series and dance party at The Studio @ Webster Hall on 11th street.
The earlier portion of the event started with an all ages dance party rocking powerpop, indie, electro, and techno featuring DJ Tim, DJ Rambunctious, Redlight Dystrict, Blast rocks midtown, and DJ Mike. DJ WAZU held down the late show, starting at 9:30 featuring performances by two noted afropunk groups, The Juggs and Activator.

Old school and newbie rockers filled the studio-- mobbing and boozing of course, including legendary rock star, Moby, along with New York's finest rising afropunk stars and faces. If you missed this month's party, join afropunk and Bronx Underground at the end of every month to get epically $mashed while jamming to good live music at Webster Hall. Check back on this blog every Monday for dates, location, and artists scheduled to perform.

The Studio @ Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, New York, New York 10003

Activator, visit their page on Afropunk at:

shannon - vocals jared - guitar cavass - bass jimmy - drums

Activator lead vocalist, Shannon, drinking a brew on stage while performing

onlooker saluting Activator as they got on stage

The Juggs, guitarists, bass, and drums
Kareem Bunton(vocals, guitar), Marcus Farrar(drums), Torbitt Schwartz(guitar), Tada Hirano(bass), Danny Chavis(additional guitar,bass), Case Newcomb(lead guitar)
visit their Afropunk page at:

The Juggs vocalist, Kareem

onlooker and local $kater chick, Cherry

$ound production at Webster Hall

Kareem (The Juggs) on vocals and guitar

Monday, August 17, 2009

Top 10 finds: ladie$ bikes and boards under $200 in Brooklyn

There is nothing spunkier than seeing a lady hop on a bicycle or zip by you on her skateboard. As a male dominated hobby and sport, ladies tend to shy away from biking and skating to keep up with their feminine image. However, after speaking with several successful guys around the city, it appears that seeing a lady on wheels often times exhibits confidence (the, "I don't care if I am the only girl doing this," vibe), social awareness (riding is good for the environment), independence (yes, I can take myself to the library myself, thanks), and just overall coolness.

(Some guys also noted that riding a bike or skateboarding also delicately tones the thighs, gluts, and calve muscles).

So, to further encourage ladies to maximize their mobility rights and to give NY guys a run (or skate) for their money, I have decided to post the ten best finds of vintage ladies bikes and skateboards for sale in Brooklyn under $200.00. If you find anymore or are selling a bike or board, please post the information of the wheels and the price, along with the sellers contact information under the comment section.

Don't forget to e-mail me at Thanks and happy riding ladies!

  • Vintage ladies ranger. 10 speed road bike. Blue. $120.00. Location: Carroll Gardens. Free delivery. 347-371-7617. E-mail:

  • Lightweight ladies cruiser. 10 speed. Metallic blue. $175.00. Location: Williamsburg. Pick up L-train, Bedford Ave stop. 646-705-2531.

  • Schwinn ladies road bike. 10 speed. Silver. $180.00. Free delivery. 718-930-8586.

  • Huffy ladies mountain bike. 18 speed. Black. $ 140.00. Location: Park Slope. 347-539-2073.

  • Stalker ladies mountain bike. 12 speed. Blue. $70.00. Location: Carroll Gardens. Free delivery. 347-371-7617.

  • Murray team ladies road bike. 10 speed. Light blue. $120.00. Attached w/ folding basket. Location: Astoria. 718-395-2275.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

$neakeR di$ordeR

A Nike sneaker lined with brown leather exterior. Political statements scribbled in fabric paint on another tennis shoe. A colorful acrylic painting depicting Micheal Jackson strapped in Adidas kicks. Last night tucked away on Dean Street, a cozy brownstone house was transformed into an artsy social for sneaker feens. The crowd spilled into the street with the many sneaker obsessed New Yorkers who attended the launching party for Anivram Sneaker Boutique-- a cross cultured store that will sell custom styled tennis shoes along with sneaker inspired wall art.

Sam Robinson, CEO and lead designer of Anivram said her website is scheduled to launch next week and will feature her designs, along with sneakers designed by top artists in the New York area. International artists, including Gaby from Ireland, also attended the event to showcase his sneaker inspired paintings. His medium-- cardboard, acrylic, staples, Photoshop, and stitches. And if you wanted to kick it for a cause, proceeds from the party will be donated to scholarships for sneaker design students. Nice. For more info on the boutique and custom inspired sneakers, e-mail Ms. Robinson at And for more information on copies of my photography or covering any events, please contact me at Thanks! More pictures to come soon!

Designer and President of Anivram, Sam Robinson.