East-West

24 10 2008

Rima came to visit from Cali.  Naturally, this warranted another road trip to Philly.  

 

 

Def Prayer

Def Prayer

Mar 2008

marsOne caught some quick prayer action in an alleyway on South St in Philly.  There happened to be some pretty fresh Philly handstyle up on the wall.  This is one of my favorite shots.

 

 

The Champ is Here

The Champ is Here

Rima and Z post up in front of the Rocky statue in Philly, in front of the Art Museum.

 

 

Kid in a Candy Store

Kid in a Candy Store

Mariam was pretty happy to see all this random mural we passed by in the city.  Even though it was still unfinished, she was like ecstatic.

 

 

Schoolin

Schoolin

Mariam points out feautures in the mural to everyone else.  The art basically covered the entire wall of an elementary school in West Philly.

 

 

Z X

Z X

I have to confess.  I did place them in front of this mural, but we had to take advantage of it somehow…

 

 

City Hall

City Hall

A closeup of City Hall in Philly.  This historic building stands in the center of downtown Philly.  

 

 

Alternatives

Alternatives

In the open air market on 52nd St, Mariam stands in front of a shop window full of mannequin heads.  

 

 

Scene it All

Scene it All

The view from the top of the Art Museum steps.  City Hall stands at the center, with the Ben Franklin Pkwy connecting it to the museum.

 

 

Larger Than Life-size

Larger Than Life-size

More evidence of Philly’s artistic culture.  This enormous mural was painted on the side of a theater in North Philly.

 

 

Dope Check

Dope Check

Inspecting sneakers in a shop on South St.  

 

 

Cosby Eats Free

Cosby Eats Free

Once we got back, we hit up Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC.  Apparently, this is Bill Cosby’s favorite spot in DC, they got his name and picture like everywhere inside.

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Haterade

21 10 2008

For one of the least exciting road trips ever, the road trip crew traveled out to ATL.  Originally, we were planning to go to New Orleans, and stop by ATL on the way, but that ended up being too far, so we just went to ATL.  Honestly, I don’t see what all the hype is about.  We tried to check out all the big spots in downtown, but apparently all the real action isn’t even in the main city.  Thanks.  

We ended up cutting our trip short and heading back early.  We stopped by UNC Chapel Hill on the way back and checked out the campus.  The campus and the whole city had a really strong similarity to UVA and Charlottesville, same type of vibe.  It was a nice way for us to end the trip on a positive note.

 

 

Aura

Aura

Mar 18, 2008

We visited the Coca-Cola factory in ATL.  It was basically a waste of time and money.  Much like Hershey Park in PA, it’s one giant ad campaign for their company and products, except without the roller coasters.  The only interesting part of the Coke factory was this section where you could taste the different soda’s Coke makes for each of the regions in the world, b/c they tailor the flavors to what the people like.  In theory, this sounded amazing, but in reality, everything was pretty gross, except the stuff from North America.  

This picture shows Tayeeb standing in front of some pretty amazing artwork in the lobby of the Coke factory.  The staircases lead to the various exhibits they have setup.

 

 

Life in 3D

Life in 3D

The Coke Factory had a movie they showed, which they gave out these 3D glasses for.  The movie was really lame, another long-drawn Coke advertisement about how their formula is so special and unique and blah blah.  I just like how Tayeeb represented DC down in ATL, yea boi.

 

 

 

Multi-National Array

Multi-National Array

Another famous spot in ATL is Centennial Park, where the Olympics were held in 1996.  At one of the entrances to the park, they have these little canopy-type gateways with the flags of the countries that participated.

 

 

Memorabilia

Memorabilia

This was a sign that hung at another entrance to the park.  I can’t even imagine how dull this city must’ve been before the Olympics rolled through.

 

 

Illuminate

Illuminate

Mar 2008

Red Bull happened to be in town the same week as us, showing off some amaaaazing pictures with their Illume tour.  They had giant cubes set up all through the park, which turned out to be TV screens, and they displayed pictures from various extreme sports.  Check out the link see the pictures for yourself, I thought they were incredible.  

The next day, we left ATL and headed back towards home.  Coincidentally, the day after we left downtown ATL was hit by a massive hurricane, destroying much of the downtown area, especially major buildings like the CNN headquarters and the Phillips Arena.  There was actually an NCAA bball game going on in the arena at the time the storm hit.  I don’t think anyone was seriously hurt. but there was major damage to the buildings in the exact area where these pictures were taken.  Of course, we’re happy we didn’t get caught in the hurricane…but, I still feel like maybe the whole trip woulda been more exciting had we gotten to see something like that.  Mixed Feelings, sorry ATL.

 

 

Clocktower

Blue

Mar 2008

We stopped by Chapel Hill, NC on the way back and visited UNC.  Everything was pretty much closed because of spring break, so we just wandered around and looked at the buildings.  This is a clocktower that stands tall in the middle of campus.  

 

 

Yellow

Yellow

I think this was closer to some of the dorms.  We were just chillin in this nice little area near a park.  Afterwards, we went out into the city to eat.  Everyone was so incredibly nice, and the food was pretty good.  Overall, it reminded me SO much of Charlottesville.  Seems like a great place to live and go to school.





The Coolest

14 10 2008

Lupe Fiasco visited VCU during his tour for The Cool, promoting his new album.  The concert was great, I managed to actually get up pretty close to the stage and take some pictures.  Most of them didn’t come out too great, but here are a few that I really like.

 

 

Hip Hop Saved My Life

Hip-Hop Saved My Life

2/2/08

Nikki Jean gets on stage and sings the hook for Lupe’s song, “Hip-Hop Saved My Life”.  Behind her is hypeman, Bishop G.  The concert took place in the Siegel Center at VCU.

 

Light Show

Light Show

The lights were a fantastic part of the show.  Here, Lupe raps in front of his band, while Sarah Green and Gemstones stand on the right.  

 

 

Live

Live

Lupe put on an excellent show, and was having a blast on stage.  Here he is, feelin’ the music in between verses.





Hall of Fame

10 10 2008

The Graffitti Hall of Fame is on 106 & Park Ave.  Yes, BET based the show on a real place, and yes, it’s much cooler than the show.  It’s basically a giant outdoor basketball court, next to a school, and the walls are just covered with art.  Every so often, they’ll go and paint over it and allow a new wave of art to get thrown up.  Here’s some stuff from our visit to the Graffitti Hall of Fame.

 

 

Poster Boy

Poster Boy

10/21/07

Ok, so there isn’t really any graffitti in this picture, but it’s still one of my fave pictures.  Tayeeb’s rockin that MSA National shirt while Dahman is…yes, texting, again.  

 

 

Proof

Proof

Oussama wanted to make sure he would have proof of being at the Hall of Fame.

 

 

At Every Turn

At Every Turn

There was graffitti everyyyywhere…and it was all so sickkk.

 

 

It's Official

It's Official

Tayeeb stares at all the artwork, while I catch him in front of the tagline.





A Return

10 10 2008

More road trips.  Yes, a 3rd trip to Philly.  But, I’m not complaining, I have a blast everytime.  This time one of Dahman’s childhood friends was visiting from Chicago, so we went to Philly and NYC in one weekend to show em around.  Here are some pictures from the Philly side of the trip.

 

 

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

10/18/07

Oussama and Tayeeb look out across the Delaware river that borders Philly on the East side, over to Camden, NJ.  Dahman fiddles around with his camera in the background.  Penn’s Landing, where the picture was taken, is a nice little boardwalk spot that’s an awesome place to hangout when the weather is nice.

Pale Comparison

Pale Comparison

Oussama walks in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge, which connects Philly to Camden and crosses the Delaware River.

 

 

It's In Hue Too

It's In Hue Too

The Ben Franklin Bridge at night.

 

 

Vandalish

Vandalish

The entrance to a shop on South St. in Philly is covered with art and graffitti.  This was a shoe/clothing store, very Philly.





The Fraternal Twin

8 10 2008

I could’ve posted all of the Philadelphia pictures into one entry, but I don’t think that would do justice to the unique character of city.  Everything in the previous post was taken in downtown Philly.  The following are pictures taken from West and North Philly.  The vibe is completely different in these areas, compared with downtown.  They’re not at all identical, but they’re def still twins…fraternal twins!

How Meterful

How Meterful

8/4/07

In West Philly, there is an outdoor marketplace that’s over 5 blocks long.  Here you can find all sorts of stuff, clothes, sunglasses, shoes, watches, etc.  There’s a huge Muslim population in the area and you can find many Islamic merchandise stores, masjids and halal restaurants all around this region.  As we parked and eagerly stepped out into West Philly for the first time Tayeeb took a second to fill the meter before we went exploring…

Rebel Movement

Rebel Movement

Dahman was standing in front of a window in the hotel room, taking in the view, as we were getting ready to head out for the day.  Here, he’s pictured with a shirt he designed, as part of his Rebel Movement collection.

Reflecting Glass

Reflecting Glass

The AICP mosque in West Philly was originally a church that was turned into a masjid.  The windows of the building all have this very decorative design that makes it stand out against all other buildings in the area.

Longing...

Longing...

A vase full of flowers on a window ledge…looking out into the real world?  Maybe wishing they could get some fresh air…?  Who knows…

Holy Socks

Holy Socks

Not the most flattering picture, I know.  But Tayeeb’s socks just seemed to fit right in with the holy atmosphere inside of the AICP mosque…

Inside Out

Inside Out

I’m sure you can guess where we are in this one.  The 52nd St. Masjid is a small prayer room on the second floor of a building that directly overlooks the outdoor market in West Philly.

Hey Lo Ish

Hey Lo Ish

Really gettin that glow after praying, no?  Tayeeb continues to take in the sights at the 52nd St. Masjid.

Scrumptious

Scrumptious

I know it’s a fatboy thing to do, to post pictures of food, but this chicken was sooooo good!!!  “Saad’s Halal Place” is a well-known middle eastern restaurant in West Philly, right across the street from AICP.  His rotisserie chicken is amazing, not to mention many other items on the menu.  I think he only has this chicken on the weekend’s though…a must visit for those who like to…eat.  You know who you are.

Graffilly

Graffilly

So, I heard Philly was the birthplace of graffitti.  Naturally, we had to go out and find some street art to see if it was really true.  Not only is Philly just plastered with murals and art all over buildings from all parts of the city, but the graffitti specifically is amazing.  We wandered into North Philly after visiting the Al-Aqsa mosque in that region and we found an abandoned building cooovered with graffitti.  These are some of the pieces that were on that wall.

So Sickk

Illness is a Blessing

I have no clue what this says, but I love it.

So True...

So True...

It really don’t, stay tuned…





National Art Gallery

6 10 2008

I hit up the National Art Gallery in DC with some friends and saw some…interesting stuff…

My favorite pictures though are of these flowers from the garden outside

 

 

Yelloww

Yelloww

6/30/07

I think it’s a rose…I dunno.  It looks nice though.

 

 

Two Time

Two Time

Look at that, he found a friend.  How sweet.

 

 

Modern Sculpture

Modern Sculpture

Some Daily Planet lookin sculpture outside of the museum, with a giant hanging sculpture behind it.