Sunday, March 30, 2008


I confess. Even though I'm a visual artist, I get way more exited by music events than galleries. I usually get exhausted and bored by museums after 30mins, but admittedly, every time I do go out to an an art event, I leave inspired. This weekend, the hype was all about the various art fairs happening all over the city. I really wanted to check out Bridge, as I was curious about the Asian art crop they were focusing on this year. Here are some of the eye candies that gave me the sugahi!
beautiful, yet very unsettling...perhaps another representative of the latest trend in art to overexpose children's sexuality.

Ark Galerie from Jakarta, Indonesia brought a dope installation by my favorite Indonesian artist, Eko Nugroho. Make sure to check out his website, his work is the bomb!

dolla is no supapowa

These two images are emblematic of the stereotypes developed around "oriental" women. The submissive and available OR the invisible and off limit. hello, the Universe needs an update!


shout out to RHYTHM LAB RADIO!

wronglips was featured on LABSPACE, the website of Rhythm Lab Radio! thank you for the love, guys! check out their website which is not only a cool resource for "music inspired by the heartbeat", but you can also listen to some badass podcast recordings of their radio shows.

"The Rhythm Lab features not just one type of music, but rather showcases the entire rhythm diaspora: soul, neo-soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, nu jazz, world beat, go-go, latin, broken beat, and reggae. The Rhythm Lab airs Saturday nights from midnight - 2 a.m. and can be e-mailed at Read more about the show."

RLR is manned by Tarik Moody and DJ Don Cuco. Tarik got his first taste of the music industry back in the mid 90’s as an intern for a cable access music video show called Sonic Ignition in Washington D.C. He met and talked to artists such as Chuck D from Public Enemy, Republica, and Cypress Hill. He moved to Minneapolis in 1998 and started volunteering at KFAI in 1999. Eventually he hooked up with DJ Jennifer and became co-host of the long-running show Groove Garden. In 2003, he became one of four hosts for KFAI’s Local Sound Department.DJ Don Cuco started his musical journey at the fresh age of ten. With Influences from Latin Rock to Afro Cuban jazz, Funk to Hip Hop, Electronica to Salsa, Reggae to Cumbia, Mendez has always been ahead of his time. He also plays guitar, and was featured on Los Nativos’ first full length album, Dia de Los Muertos. Give them some love and check their myspace page.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Hey Ladies!!!

When I wrote the song Wrong Lips (I will post it on the blog soon!!!), I was feeling both frustrated and inspired by the ups and downs that come with being a creative and empowered woman. I feel today more than ever, women are really claiming the throne and stepping up to make a change by any means necessary. We are strong. We are beautiful. We are intelligent. We are the future. The beauty of it, is that we are connecting and coming together to create a new world. Through culture, hip-hop, art, fashion, revolution, motherhood, directing, health and technology we are all joining as one.

So, what better way to document this beautiful time on this planet? Give some shine!! Each week we will feature some of the beautiful ladies we are connected with, inspired by and involved with, under the label "Hey Ladies!!" (inspired by Lichiban's personal entry MY GIRLFRIENDS RULE.)

Visual Artist/Live Installations/Dancing Machine

Fly Lady Di takes fly to a whole new level. This lady rocks a party from the moment she walks through the door until the bouncers are pushing last call. All eyes on her. Recently creating a huge buzz by rockin' live painting @ shows, Diana can dance circles around you with her feet and her paint brush.

WHAT DO YOU DO? play by my own rules and try to get away with it
TRUE BEAUTY IS… natural, and undoctored
BEATS… of my heart increase when i'm around him
TRUE SEXY IS… unapologetic confidence
MUSIC IS MY… inspiration - as sounds create visions in my head.
ART DOES NOT… pay very well at the moment, BUT IT SOON WILL!
MY NIGHTS ARE… spent on the computer doing work
THESE 3 TURN ME ON… passion, intelligence and a sense of humor.
SELF-KNOWLEDGE … is key to surviving the pursuit of your dreams
ENOUGH OF … relationship drama -- no need for that right now!
TRUE POWER IS… freedom of choice
LIFE CAN BE THE... best when you are surrounded by people you love,
even in your darkest times.
TO LOVE IS TO… love oneself first and foremost.
I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE… I took the risk of being myself.

Check the technique:

Delphine Diallo
Photographer/Visual Artist/Director/Video Editor

Delphine is one of my favorite photographers in NY. I first came across her work while browsing through myspace, and I have been an addict ever since. I love the combination of culture, layer and illustration she combines to create her masterpiece.

WHAT DO YOU DO? photograph, drawing, shooting video and dreaming
TRUE BEAUTY IS…inside and outside
BEATS…dj premier
TRUE SEXY IS…natural
MUSIC IS MY…inspiration
ART DOES NOT…follow the trendy world
MY NIGHTS ARE…beautiful
THESE 3 TURN ME ON…selfish, not humble(??), ignorance
SELF-KNOWLEDGE …the best way to understand people
ENOUGH OF …imagination
TRUE POWER IS…creativity
I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE….i got the heart full of love

(I shot this photo of her @ a Dante's Fried Chicken party..)
Check the technique:

Pursuit Grooves

Dj/Producer/Visual Artist/Designer

Pursuit Grooves aka Vanese Smith has made her mark all over the BK scene and beyond. Getting love for her soulful electronic sound, she has been blessing the streets with innovative music production, skills on the turntables and whatever else she can pull out of her sleeve. I'm so excited to see what pops off this summer... in her mix.

WHAT DO YOU DO? make and play music
TRUE BEAUTY IS? sunlight
BEATS? I dig them... alot
TRUE SEXY IS? simplicity
MUSIC IS MY? foundation, salvation and sanity
ART DOES NOT? have limits
MY NIGHTS ARE? filled with zzzzzzzzz ( I like to sleep)
THESE 3 TURN ME ON? organic peanut butter and jelly sammiches/ gluten free pizza/ kale
SELF-KNOWLEDGE ? is important
ENOUGH OF ? selfishness...lets grow together
MY CREATIVITY IS? done my own special way
TRUE POWER IS? control
LIFE CAN BE THE... best you make it
I'VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE? I spit fyah rhymes...when I want!
IN 2009, ILL BE... chillin on a beach somewhere...

Check the technique:

Pursuit Grooves remix of Oh Sheila

Ok, this was just the beginning.. Up on deck next Black Cracker, Christina Rimstad, Siaira Harris and tons more..

Sarah White

UNCLOSED MIND: REPLIFE keeping it real

One of my favorite MCs, REPLIFE, a.k.a Daniel Gray-Kontar, a Cleveland-born MC, poet, publisher, award-winning journalist, youth mentor, and advocate for public education is one of the most honest and inspiring artists I have encountered in a while. A heavy-hitter in the international broken beat/hip-hop scene, Replife is not only "one of the freshest MC's out there" (you can believe it if BBC Radio host, Gilles Peterson says it:), but also a renaissance man with a strong grassroots background. For Replife, "keeping it real" is not just an overused line, but a way of translating rhymes into action.

As a journalist, he has been published nationally in The Village Voice, The Source, The Philadelphia Weekly, and Cleveland’s Free Times, for which he served as an associate editor and columnist. In 2003, he founded Urban Dialect – a monthly alternative magazine blending the interest of literature, politics, culture and community. As a poet and spoken word, RepLife spread his talent around in various publications such as Bum Rush The Page, A Def Poetry Jam, Spirit and Flame, and the Contemporary African Poets, was chosen as the 1994 national poetry slam co-champion, and he was also one of the featured artists on the sound recording for Grand Slam: The Best of the National Poetry Slam Volume One.

His new solo album, The Unclosed Mind is dropping on March 24th, and you can purchase it on iTunes,, Best Buy, and at independent record stores the world over. With international collaborators on board such as, Noni Limar (Sa-Ra Creative Musical Partners), Deborah Jordan (Silhouette Brown), jazz singer Ki Allen and rising Swedish star Kissey Asplund who lent their vocals to the project, and Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dego (of 4Hero), Kaidi Tatham (of Bugz in the Attic), Atjazz, Don-Ray, RLP, Archetyp, and a host of others who contributed production to the album, this album is a true gem. I highly recommend it.

Following is my convo with Replife about his first encounter with "Sucka MCs" as a child, the challenges of juggling life as an MC, PhD candidate, journalist and youth mentor, and about the value of taking risks.

Lichiban: Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?

Replife: I was born and raised in Cleveland, but I currently live in the San Francisco Bay area. It’s funny how you don’t realize how much your view of the world is shaped by the place you’re from until you leave it. No matter where I go, Cleveland will always be with me. I have a serious love/hate relationship with the Land because it is such a difficult place to be if you have any desire to be progressive. My album, “the unclosed mind” is dedicated to the people that have made the decision to stay in Cleveland and make it a better place, and I have a lot of admiration for the everyday people back home. They are tough, no nonsense people who work very hard everyday and never ever quit. As far as the Bay Area is concerned, I’m a new transplant here, and I’m still wrapping my brain around this new environment. But the people here have been real warm and open to me.

L: Most artists I know started their “career” in their childhood? When did your love of making music surface?

(Laughs). Well … there’s kind of a double answer to that question, really. Since my writing is so much a part of my “instrument” I’d have to start there. I like to say that my love of writing developed out of being a “bad” kid. I would do all kinds of dumb kid stuff, just because I could. I was an only child raised by my mom, so between when I got out of school and my mom getting off work, there were a couple of hours each day to get into all kinds of madness on the streets. Needless to say, I was grounded a lot. So it gave me a lot of time to sharpen my writing from the prison cell that was my room. It gave me that healthy dose of hating the world that all poets need (laughing). Anyway … I was already writing poems as early as eight years old. But by the time I was in junior high school, I heard “Sucker MC’s” for the first time. It was a wrap. I had to rime. So, while all the other kids where breaking, DJing, and painting; I was one of the first kids riming as my contribution to hip-hop culture in the neighborhood. I guess cats thought I was pretty good at it, so it wasn’t long after that before I started recording in the basement. It just had to go down.

L: You are an accomplished journalist, poet, an active musician, and also pursuing your PhD. Are you able to integrate these distinct projects into a holistic life path? How do you find time for everything?

R: (Laughs again). It’s definitely not easy. And yeah, it’s definitely a lot on it! There are a lot of sacrifices I’ve had to make along the way. One of them is that I really don’t have time to nurture a relationship with a female love interest because I’m so busy. Most of my time is spent doing (or thinking about) those things you mentioned; so it’s difficult for a woman to accept that she’s going to have to be second (or even third) in my life right now, and I don’t think its fair for me to ask someone to do that. So, yeah, it means that I’ve had to make decisions about what’s really most important to me; and what’s most important is my connection to the creative source. I connect with the creative source by working with youth, making music that uplifts people’s spirits, and by continuing to research and write prose about how to bring people into a greater understanding of each other in our shared world. All of this is – not to sound cliché – but all of this is “God’s work.” And I’m thankful to have been given the third sight to recognize this very early in my life.

L: You have collaborated with a lot of future soul/broken beat artists in the past. You guys clearly are the key figures in shaping the movement. How would you describe the genre?

R: I think that by our very nature, human beings look to the future. For example, whenever we speak, we are drawing from the past, and we are speaking in the present. But our speech truly resides in the future because we are anticipating a response of some kind to what we are saying. So, from that standpoint, I look at future music as being the present utterance we’re delivering as musicians in anticipation of the next frontier. We live in an increasingly globalized world, and that globalization impacts us politically, culturally, economically, and spiritually. All of the musicians involved in making this style of music are all very global-minded. And so, I think everybody that’s a part of the future soul/broken beat movement realizes this spirit of the times. It’s a fusion of past musical influences and current technology in the interest of eliciting a response from soulful people. And when I say “soulful” I’m not speaking in terms of “black” or “R&B” music. I’m talking about the souls of the “tuned in” people living in this time. This is my take on it, but I’m sure others will have a very different one.

L: Your new LP, The Unclosed Mind, is dropping this month. Tell me about the record a little bit. What was the concept behind the album, and whom did you work with? Where can we get hold of it?

R: Well, for me, there is a difference between an open mind and an unclosed mind. I think we are all born into this world with an open mind. But as we continue experience life, our minds very naturally get more closed due to our natural inclination to discriminate and to put things into boxes. We tend to put boxes and labels on the music we listen. We say “this is hip-hop, this is soul, this is rock,” and so forth. This album is challenging our preconceived notions of what hip-hop music is. And it really took a lot of courage for me to release this kind of an album as a debut, because the record is challenging listeners to have an unclosed mind when listening. But it was a record I had to release, because I think that music is one of the primary ways that we connect with each other. So if we can unclose our minds to music, we can unclose our minds with respect to a number of other things socially-speaking. That’s the whole concept behind the recording. I’m really proud to have worked with musicians from all over the world on this record. Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dego (of 4Hero), Kaidi Tatham (of Bugz in the Attic), Atjazz, Don-Ray, RLP, Archetyp, and a host of others contribute production to the album. Then, Noni Limar (Sa-Ra Creative Musical Partners), Deborah Jordan (Silhouette Brown), Kissey Asplund, and jazz vocalist Ki Allen all contribute vocals to the record. This record is truly a global effort with artists from Japan, Sweden, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Montreal, and of course, Cleveland. It’ll be released on March 24th, and people can purchase it on iTunes,, Best Buy, and at independent record stores the world over. All praise due.

L: Many of your lyrics touch on issues having to do with social justice, civil rights, peace or other community-related matters and you are also a community activist, right? What do you think are the most relevant issues today and how could us, artist, do more to address those issues?

L: Those are really dope questions. Well, let me answer your first question very directly. The most critical issues in my mind are the miseducation and depolitization of young people on the one hand, and environmental justice issues on the other. Truly, you could say that these are one issue; and that issue is the misappropriation of power between the haves and the have-nots.
Answering your second question is a little more complicated. I have really made a lot of my life’s decisions based upon the question “what can I do?” I’ve answered that question by deciding to try to act — in as responsible a way I can — on local and global levels. On the one hand, I act locally by working with young people where I live. That’s really important to me. Even whenever I tour, it’s got to be part of the deal that some time is spent at a school or community center talking with young people. I don’t ask for a bunch of stuff on my rider. I just ask for the promoter that’s bringing me into town to make sure that they connect me to young people or to a strong youth organization. Earlier, I talked a little bit about globalization, and the fact that our world is getting smaller. So, I try to work on a global level by composing lyrics, poems, and articles that reflect our commonalities in the interest of engaging in the process of re-humanization. I think a large part of the reason that we wage and support wars with such relative ease is that we’ve done a pretty good job of dehumanizing each other. And in many instances, we do it quite unconsciously. I kind of shy away from talking about what I think other artists should do, though. I think everyone has their own path. But this is how I have chosen to act, based on my personal belief-system.

L: What drives you? What makes your creativity flow?

R: Beauty makes my creativity flow. A beautiful scene on the street. Beautiful people on the train. A track that’s so beautiful that it gets all in my body. A beautiful woman. And even our struggle is beautiful. To watch so many people struggle for basic survival – to find the strength to make it happen in the face of overwhelming odds. Man … it’s nothing to romanticize. But there’s still something very beautiful about the human will to survive.

L: What was the most beautiful moment in your music carrier?

R: Oh wow. You are asking some great questions. Well … I’d have to say that it was the period of time when I made my first trip to London in 2006. I had an opportunity to work with people that I had admired from a distance for a very long time. Working with Dego was one of the best experiences of my life. That dude is nice and easy in the studio. A true professional, a true artist, and a solid, solid human being. Then, there was working with and really creating a bond with my labelmates at Futuristica. Deborah Jordan, Simon Scolfield, Caroline Marks from Electric Conversation, Rise, Soul Persona, Marc Rapson, Cecilia Stalin … all of these people are truly my brothers and sisters. Meeting and building with them was more than about music. It was about connecting with soulmates. Then, there was working with Mark de Clive-Lowe (my man, Mashi!!) and the incredible avant-garde jazz pianist Robert Mitchell. That two-week period of recording and performing was the most beautiful experience of my life.
"If you don’t take risks, you can’t grow, and if you don’t grow you can’t inspire others to feel – and that’s what art is about at the end of the day. The art lives through us. It dies through us. It is us. And if taking risks is what makes us grow, it’s ultimately risk-taking that gives life to the art and life to the self."
L: What should we expect from you in 2008?

R: A lot. You can look for the follow-up album to “the unclosed mind” almost immediately. It’s an album I actually recorded between 2004 and 2006 called “the book of job.” That record will be out by the end of 2008, also on Futuristica, which is rapidly being called “the Stones Throw of London” by some people. But there’s been a lot of side projects as well. I appear with Belgian producer Cris Prolific on a track for his album, then there’s a couple of songs on Don-Ray’s forthcoming album. Mark de Clive-Lowe and I recorded some songs that will appear on an EP we’re releasing together this year. And there’s a little talk of a possible remix album for “the unclosd mind.” There are so many collaborations happening for release this year, it’s hard to list them all here. But I’m excited about each and every one of them. I’ll also be touring a lot more than ever. I also plan on getting back into the newsroom a bit this year. So there will be more articles penned by Daniel Gray-Kontar once again. And look out for my students! I work with some amazingly talented young people in Oakland … so you may hear about a project coming from them, as well.

L: What would you say to those who are contemplating switching life path in order to try to make a living out of their real passion — let it be art, journalism, or music —but are discouraged by the risks involved in choosing a creative journey?

R: One of the scariest moments of my life came when I leapt without a parachute to start a magazine. I knew that it was going to be tremendously difficult financially and otherwise. And it was. I got kicked out of my apartment, it created serious problems with the woman I was seeing at the time, and it took a toll on me health-wise. Ultimately, the magazine didn’t survive, but it was one of the most important things I’ve ever done because it made me grow in ways that I can’t begin to express in the time and space we have here. I mention this to simply say that the nature of being an artist or an intellectual is taking risks. If you don’t take risks, you can’t grow, and if you don’t grow you can’t inspire others to feel – and that’s what art is about at the end of the day. The art lives through us. It dies through us. It is us. And if taking risks is what makes us grow, it’s ultimately risk-taking that gives life to the art and life to the self. So at the end of the day, the question is … am I going to live or survive? And that’s a very personal question that each individual in transition has to answer and sort through between themselves and the creative source.

L: Thank you!

Mama wants...

Oh no she didn't!!!!
Check out Bijules and her new ear bling, Hairrings!
I must say, although I think I've seen it already on the streets in Bed Stuy, Im lovin' them. I'm waiting for some in red..

lichiban X munny: "AIO is a Gypsy Leopard"

toys are us...literally! this is an homage to my totem animal:)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

HIP-HOP AFRICA: Conference this Friday

2008 Spring University Lecture Series

TIME LINES - Hip Hop Africa: Global Currents, New Media

March 28, 2008
6PM - 8PM
19 University Place, Room 102.
New York University

K'naan, Somali-born MC

This Friday there will be a panel at NYU with the Museum for African Art on hip hop videos throughout Africa. They have flown in several interesting folks from different regions of the continent, and will be screening rare video material from the history of the hip hop movement in Africa. The panel looks at the history of cinema on the continent and how people tell stories with contemporary tools like high definition cameras and cell phones.

Conceptual artist, writer and musician Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky That Subliminal KidJesse Shipley (Bard College) and Michael Ralph (New York University) join Shaheen AriefdienProphets of da City and filmaker Ben Herson to discuss the emergence and current state of hip hop in African nations. moderates an all-star panel discussion on African hip hop and music videos. Professors of the pioneering South African rap group Prophets of da City and filmaker Ben Herson to discuss the emergence and current state of hip hop in African nations.

TIME LINES: New Perspectives on Contemporary and Traditional African Art is co-sponsored by the Museum for African Art and Institute of African-American Affairs at New York University. TIME LINES is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Also check out this great resource on African hip-hop at the United Nations of Hip-Hop website.


For the art lovers in BROOKLYN

Philly's all-star line up. King Britt and Kissey Asplund in the house!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008



Hungry Threads

Maharishi has launched the MHI collection for spring and summer, and it seems to be visually as appealing as some of the hand made detailing and embroidary. Be on the look-out for high-end fabric's with attention to detail, a camo comeback and hot campiagn photos..

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Miss Bruno ****

Miss Bruno****

Miss Bruno****

Miss Bruno****

So, this weekend I had the pleasure of getting a sneak-peak of some of the fashion being sprung from Brooklyn designers on the rise @ BK Fashion Week{end}. Although I think all of the designers had something fresh to bring to the table, 2 of them specifically left me drooling and threatening to raid their closets. Miss Bruno, known for amazing transformable neckwear introduced their first line of dresses and new neck peices. Make sure you check these ladies out! I've been plotting a way to get my hands on some of their peices.

The other designer that stood out, was the lovely mother of 3, Joan Vaccianna. The collection was sleek, sexy, street and classic all at the same time. Hubba Hubba. Mama's in heaven...

Joan Vaccianna////

Joan Vaccianna////

Joan Vaccianna////

Monday, March 24, 2008


Sing, scat, flo, sew, style, grind, write, photograph and spread my scent on the streets..
TRUE BEAUTY IS… freedom, confidence, pleasure, giving from the heart
BEATS… are my life line.
TRUE SEXY IS… making sure all of your needs are met by any means necessary
MUSIC IS MY… outlet to express the goddess within
ART DOES NOT… have walls
MY NIGHTS ARE…my most creative moments
THESE 3 TURN ME ON… dancehall, selflessness, dreamers
SELF-KNOWLEDGE …comes from surrendering to the now
ENOUGH OF … Ego’s, Pain, the BUSH family, police brutality
MY CREATIVITY IS… about to peak
TRUE POWER… community
LIFE CAN BE... dream you want it to be!
TO LOVE IS TO…know yourself.
I’VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE….I’ve got the power of the wind in my soul.

Visual artist, healer, seeker, shapeshifter, gypsy (for real), flow expert, lover. I love to help people get more free access to their own creativity. It is one of my missions in life and it is also my own inner journey. I am on a life-long spiritual search to understand the path from pain to liberation. I love faces and the stories they carry. I seek freedom in love.

TRUE BEAUTY IS…having one’s inner beauty in sink with one’s outer shell.
BEATS… are my addiction.
TRUE SEXY IS… a combination of subtlety & raw fire.
MUSIC IS MY…healer, my muse, my heartbeat, food for my soul and my body.
ART DOES NOT…put our creativity in labeled boxes. Art critics and people with rigid imagination do.
MY NIGHTS ARE…spent with my favorite activities: painting, hanging with my peeps, thinking about my next project and with lots of loving.
THESE 3 TURN ME ON…creativity, your imagination, my imagination
SELF-KNOWLEDGE … is the awareness that we have come from and are united in a higher consciousness.
ENOUGH OF …violence to any being with a consciousness.
MY CREATIVITY…is the beast within that seeks release through every cell of my being… my salvation.
TRUE POWER IS…inner freedom.
LIFE CAN BE....a bitch but there is ALWAYS a way to transcend the pain.
TO LOVE IS TO…surrender to the god within and to express the divine flow circulating in the veins of my soul.
I’VE GOT FLOW BECAUSE…I found and surrendered to my true life calling.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


last Friday, ROCKSMITH, one my favorite street wear labels, celebrated their SPRING 08 release party. these guys are not only ill designers, but they are also really cool, down-to-earth peeps. i feel blessed to have so many creative friends. check to see more about the new collection on the Format blog of ROCKSMITH's one and only female team player, my lovely friend Diamond Girl. photos by TONE.

Erik (Rocksmith/Kilo) & Diamond Girl (Rocksmith/Kilo, Complete Technique)

Nate (Rocksmith/Kilo) & Sallomazing (Dope Swan & The Stoop, Reconstruction Period)

Erik (Rocksmith/Kilo) & Osa (Complete Tecnique)

Ralph, Nate and Kenshin of Rocksmith/Kilo....imagine that

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hello my name is..

Sarah White..aka.. your mama. I was born and raised in the Midwest, so I come reppin' Minneapolis. During my 26 years in the city of lakes, I managed to pick up a pretty hefty itch for the arts, along with a growling in my soul almost impossible to satisfy. I loooove music, photography, underground fashion, street art, and dancing till I sweat. Although I am so excited and inspired to have finally made the leap to Brooklyn (my new home!), I am also amped to spread some light on some of the amazing artist emerging out on the Minneap. I love to express myself at every and any moment I see fit. Whether that be in bed, at the grocery store, in a freestyle session or in a photoshop haze, I feel like now is the time to shine. You cant wait for the Revolution to knock on your door. The freedom is in your hands.
I am a mama. Literally. Gave birth w/o drugs to prove I was a natural bad ass.
Here's the blessing I have in return..

Even though I know she will wake me @ 7am, I stay up till 3am working on art..

My main love in life is music. If I went a day without hearing it, making it, being it..I would melt. Check out some of my music here .

I take photo's under the name Artistic Bling. I have no idea what the name means anymore or why I decided to roll with it. Here's s taste:

Eagle Nebula


Let the blogging begin.

Hello, my name is

Lichiban. instead of words, i'd like to introduce myself through images.
i was born and spent the first 20 years of my life in Hungary. i lived through my country's transition from communism to democracy. Budapest is one of my planetary homes. you'll find a lot of ill street art on the city's crumbling walls and once-glamorous but now decaying habsburg apartment buildings.

szimpla cafe (budapest, HUNGARY)

szimpla cafe

a bar on blaha square, (budapest)

chelsea, NYC

i love to travel. i have a predilection for choosing places to visit that teach me about what it means to be human amidst the worst possible living conditions. i have visited several civil war-stricken countries and sought encounters with spiritual healers. this photo was taken on a month-long trip to srinagar/indian kashmir. one of the most beautiful and dangerous places on earth (it was almost destroyed by nuclear warfare between pakistan and india in the 90's). there were at least 4 granade attacks a week when i was there. i took this photo of a gujar gypsy family from a nomadic tribe that settled in srinagar for the summer (gypsy is not just a term for a bohemian tarot reader. gypsies are nomadic tribes from india, many of which migrated to the middle east and europe several centuries ago. outside of india, they are usually considered as one ethic group called roma, and they are an often mistreated and stigmatized minority in europe and in the middle east. )

i am a visual artist. i am addicted to color.

that's my logo and this is my version of street life

i spend sleepless nights with putting color on organic surfaces.

i like to draw lips.