Once again it's not about the hood they're gentrifying, but the artist themselves.
How much do you know about this neighborhood and this part of Atlanta?
It's the first time. Everything's new to me.
And there is only one JR and that's the Gorgeous JR. I hope that 100K helped feed some of hungry people.
So sad what it's become in a few mere months...
holy shit, these are fugly.
and is that first pic really a t-shirt with part of a bandanna attached? jesus.
Personally, I think that a black arts festival connotates that black artist aren't capable of competing with hispanics, asians, whites, etc. In other words, these black artist produce product of such poor quality or limited interest that they cannot survive without being sheltered. I don't believe that is the case, black artist are like black athletes, black educators, etc. and are perfectly capable of competing, and the demise of everything labeled "black" is in the best interest of everyone!
so their big contribution to fashion/lifestyle/hype/whatevs is a hat that reads "FUKK"? meh.
Big up to the crew, man.
If you're going to do fashion do better. And don't say Atlanta fashion sucks. Very 3rd grade.
Xxx Fresh.Youre.Not xxX
Clicked article image thinking it was about "Pussy Riot"... I am disappoint.
The Gorgeous JR... Really?
How is Fresh.I.Am ripping off FCUK? They're ripping off FCUK because they're utilizing four letter words that both start with "F"? Really? That's your logic?
Before you continue to spread this foolishness, go to the French Connection's website (since you clearly didn't check it beforehand). Then go to Fresh.I.Am's website. Completely different lifestyle branding, demographic and overall aesthetic.
If you're going to troll, do better.
I agree that comment may have been a little emotional. In fashion, its still an emerging market which is a positive because Atlanta can define the market in its post pioneer stages. Trade shows are comment back and people are more open minded in the urban market.
Emerging urban market? I grew up here...Atlanta is a chocolate city and has been on the forefront with most "urban" markets, including fashion. These guys are just acting like they are better by saying "Atlanta fashion sucks".
Come on man!!!
If your going to leave a comment or opinion ...what can we learn positively and is it a good inference. I think the important message here is, Atlanta has an emerging, urban fashion market that never existed before. Don't be a small thinker, embrace your City. -Chilly-O
Ever notice that any article of "hip hop" fashion makes its wearer look like an overgrown toddler?
When I read about a d-bag fashion "designer" say: "Atlanta fashion sucks. Period," then it's fair game, especially when said "designer's" clothes are straight wack and unoriginal.
Kriss - maybe your "design" buddy needs to take your own advice and not criticize with such hyperbolic statements. Now GTFO of here. FCUK what you heard.
@TheGorgeousJR fashion is freedom of expression. There isnt a correct way of doing it. You can't copy right a style or trend. If its lame, do something better. If you can't, FUKK off.
These lames are ripping off the FCUK name that was big in the early 2000s. These guys are a real solid reason why Atlanta fashion sucks. Y'all making Kanye West's "hip hop" t-shirt look good.
I got an acronym for ya...GTFO of here.
i'll be looking for these items at rag o rama and goodwill, not gonna spend $200+ just so i can get beer spilled on it
so you really wanna debate about style and fashion, cause there is no right or wrong answer
Exactly what is stylish about dressing like a Boko Haram reject?
To all, I'm speaking for a lot of young, Atlanta-based African American artists when I say this. The NBAF's presentation of itself to Atlanta, the country, and to the art world, at large, is dated and broken. NBAF coordinators and curators dont appear to be very inclusive of avant-garde african diasporal artists and ideas, at all. For the minute amount of contemporary artists that are included, dialogue about the work isn't established, in any form, and education about who that artist is, remains glaringly absent. Just last year, I witnessed works by talented contemporary artists Paul Benjamin, Nikita Gale, and Yanique Norman get treated as meer backdrop decorations at a packed NBAF event held at a car dealership. No docents. No info. No inquiries. No nothin'. Wow.
Also, fellow artists have expressed to me their frustrations about how the NBAF treats its participating artists. For years, artists who participated in NBAF's artist market, payed exorbitant prices, plus many others expenses, to travel here to present their work at Greenbriar Mall. This venue set the tone, past and present, for many an artist's disdain towards the NBAF. To my knowledge, for quite some time, it was very off putting for artists and collectors alike to engage in a venue as distracting and run down as Greenbriar mall. I've been told that directly affected sales and perceptions of their work.
I have a friend of mine, who's an art dealer in Northern Virginia, who flew down just to attend the artist market at the world congress center a few years ago. He told me how great it was to see the venue changed that year, but also how he was shocked to see so many commercial salesman in booths, directly adjacent to the artists, selling their wares! He stated that at one point, a gentleman asked him if he wanted to buy gutters for his home! What?!!
In regards to gala events and auctions, the NBAF asks artists to donate work, in which the organization recieves upwards of 50%-60% of the final sales commissions. In other instances, artists are asked to donate 100% of a sales commission of one work to the organization , and in return, have the opportunity to make 100% commission on the sale of another piece entered into the event. Seems cool right?
No. Many young artists are told that these auctions create interest in collectors to regularly follow their work, but in reality, these events are marketed as annual sale opportunities for collectors. These auctions have long been described as "feeding frenzies" for local art patrons who are unwilling to pay emerging artists, or their galleries, full price for prized work. These factors are the reasons why you NEVER see an artist's best work at these functions, just so you know.
Cumulatively, with all of the aforementioned factors added up, this is a probable reason why fewer emerging artists and local/national/international artists of note participate, which in turn, affects the amount and quality of critics, gallerists, and collectors who attend, critically write about and show financial support for the festival. I can't speak directly to advances in the music, dance, film, and stage components of the NBAF, but it appears to me that the art component of it is going backwards.
In closing, i believe some are thinking "Well, despite what you said, you aren't going to find a better place for african american art to be showcased." What you may be thinking is true, but just because its available, doesnt mean that its ACCEPTABLE. African american artists in Atlanta, and beyond, have too much artistic talent to offer to other organizations and cities, to accept what the NBAF is offering to them at this time.
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