Legendary hip-hop photographer Ricky Powell and street visual artist David Flores separately have etched their names amongst the cultures forefront when it comes to iconic imagery.
Powell, a modern master of environmental portraits, got his start in 1986 while tagging along with the Beastie Boys on Run-DMC’s Raising Hell tour. The photos he took during that run have become celebrated world wide and served as the launchpad for a career that extends to this very day, creating a trail of stills marking crucial moments in hip-hop history.
Starting as a freelance illustrator for Shorty’s Skateboards, west coast OG David Flores has risen to the ranks of a giant in the hip hop art world. Since the early 2000s, his “stained glass” style of paintings have been on prominent display from museums to inner city walls.
He’s most known for breaking down iconic portraits into segmented, mosaic pieces. This allows the viewer to participate in reimagining something timeless such as classic Andy Warhol or Jean Michel Basquiat pieces in brand new ways.
“I wanted to produce a body of work that was aesthetically pleasing with respect and a nod to artists, explorers and influential people of the past and present”. – David Flores
The urban lifestyle brand Akomplice are the culprits we must thank for bringing these two contrasting visual mediums together. Powells imagry will serve as the backdrop while Flores will manipulate portions with his signature style of illustration art.
Mike Tyson, Keith Herring, Eazy-E and others will be further immortalized on signed prints by each artist, along with accompanying t-shirts, coffee mugs and skate decks made in the USA.
Be sure to check the Akomplice webstore when the limited collection begins on May 15th.