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…





Camera Phone

6 10 2008

Before my digital camera, I messed around with photography primarily with the camera in my cell phone.  At the time, I thought the pictures were amazing, but looking back now…I’m not so impressed.  There are a few however that stand out to me, mostly because I like the composition or the angle of the shot.  I think if I had just used a better camera to take the same pictures they would’ve turned out pretty awesome.

 

 

Stay Fly 'Til I Die

Stay Fly 'Til I Die 4/3/06

Me and Amer took an adventure through the streets of Richmond and wandered into an open-air sewage tunnel. We call it The Aqueduct, I think it’s really called the Ginter Park Creek or something…not important. What’s amazing is that the walls of this entire tunnel are lined with graffiti and art from a bunch of different people.

The whole tunnel is something like 2 miles long, and is pretty much full of art. Obviously, once we found it, we had to see it through all the way to the end. I took pictures of most of the art, but this is one that I just liked because of what it says.

I don’t think the aqueduct is still intact anymore, last I saw, the city was re-routing it’s path. It’s possible that they tore down the walls, destroying the art that was on it. I haven’t been back in a few years, but if I ever do end up down there again, I’ll be sure to update with some decent pictures.

 

 

Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet 7/14/06

In 2006 I was able to attend the ALIM program in Livonia, MI. As part of this one-month intensive, we would be given opportunities to visit many of the Islamic Centers around the area. One of the centers we visited was the Islamic Center of America, which claims to be the largest mosque in North America. It was a beautiful structure, and the people were very nice and seemed extremely organized.

This picture is of the carpet in their main prayer hall. My camera phone didn’t do justice to any other part of their facility, but I like the way this turned out. After I took this, I started to photograph the carpets at each of the masjids that we would visit. This one still takes the cake I think 😉

 

 

Zu Zu

Zu Zu 7/23/06

This is from the Canton Mosque in Canton, MI. We had an overnight program at this masjid during our summer intensive. This is a picture I took of Zuhair during one of the lectures.

 

 

Detroit, What!

Detroit, What! 7/29/06

This is the last of the camera phone pictures! On one of our visits to local community centers, we stopped by downtown Detroit and visited the boardwalk. Here some ALIM students are sitting on a bench after praying. I think it’s Lake Michigan that was in front of us, with Canada being on the other side.

This was a nice little moment where we got to enjoy the scene and chill for a little bit before being rushed around again. Detroit itself was kinda ehhh…but this was a beautiful part of the city.