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#WomanCrushWednesday: Björk

You already know what today is, it’s #WomanCrushWednesday. On Wednesdays, we like to highlight some of our favorite ladies and today we are shedding light on Björk. Björk is Vashtie’s all-time favorite artist. She is an iconic singer-songwriter and actress

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Swizz Beats is Looking to Fund an Art Show for 20 Artists

If you are in need of funding for your art, you might want to hit up Swizz Beatz. The Dean Collection (an arts organization started by the producer and his Grammy-winning singer wife, Alicia Keys) is launching the ‘Dean Collection

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GoPro Launches New Trade Program: Swap Old Gear For New Gear

Do you have an old digital camera laying around your house? If the answer is yes then this article is for you. GoPro has recently announced a new program that allows you to trade-in your old digital camera for a

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VashtieDotCom Exclusive: Visual Artist Distortedd Talks Art, Dream Collaborations And Psychedelics

Distortedd, born Anhia Santana, is more than just an artist with a distinctive taste in art. Known for her almost gnarly or morbid taste in design, the artist has grown a following from her dark, yet thought revoking art. Turning

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Recap: FRIDGE’s ‘Perfect Timing’ Exhibition Presented By G-Shock

Last night, the Vashtie.com team made their way to G-Shock for the grand opening of the Perfect Timing art exhibition by FRIDGE. FRIDGE is an NYC based multidisciplinary artist who knows no boundaries when it comes to creative expression. FRIDGE

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Could Marc Ecko have saved the white rhino?

The last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died last week at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He is survived by his daughter and granddaughter. Currently, “The Last Three” statue of Sudan and his daughter, Najin, and granddaughter, Fatu, stands at

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Jaden Smith To Join Forces With Pharrell And G-Star Raw

Musician and designer Pharrell Williams have enlisted the young Jedi Jaden Smith to join the denim label G-Star Raw. Joining GSR in 2014, sustainability has been Pharrell’s top objective, creating the first pair of jeans with no water waste last month. Pharrell

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Banksy piece spotted in East Harlem

Banksy is back in New York. So far, murals by the British protest graffiti artist have been spotted in Harlem, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. We saw a piece in East Harlem featuring a New York Stock Exchange broker that we suspect

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Kid Super’s Art Show Was Everything We Wished For

NO LONGER SELLING CLOTHES ONLY PAINTINGS reads Kid Super’s website. The New York based creative has given up selling his coveted designs on clothes and is now moving in the direction of more traditional art. This past weekend, we had

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RECAP: Akoo Clothing X Patrick Ewing Pre-Launch Event

This past Friday, Vashtie DJ’d the release of the highly anticipated 10th anniversary Akoo X Ewing Collection. The event took place in The Garment District at Akoo’s showroom in NYC. The room was buzzing with tunes by DJ Ernez X

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9 Halloween Makeup Looks That’ll Leave Everyone Shook

Featured image above by MadeYewLook  If you’re reading this for ideas on a look for tomorrow tonight you’re just like us (a procrastinator) but have no fear, we work well under pressure. We’ve surfed the web for the best DIY

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The Celebration Of An Icon: Grace Jones

Today, we celebrate the birth of the legendary Grace Jones. Over the years, the Jamaican model-turned-signer, has contributed to the fashion, art, and music industry unprecedented by any other artist of her era. From hit singles such as “My Jamaican

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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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Fashion Designer Melody Ehsani Empowers Women and Explores Iranian Heritage

Dreamy and ethereal, Melody Ehsani’s designs are to die for. Many of her products are reminiscent of ’90s Hip-Hop style and her bold ME logo connotes a simple confidence and self love. Her aesthetic brings the playfulness of childhood and

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Current Must See Art Exhibitions Around the World

Have you ever been so excited to see an amazing museum exhibit, only to find out you already missed the dates for your city (i.e. The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Brooklyn Museum)? Whether you’re the next Kehinde Wiley,

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The ‘Last Days’ Project Asks Your Favorite Artists a Personal Question

Every day we live we are one more day closer to our last, whether we know it or not. It’s a hard thing to think about, but Gyasi Williams-Kirtley is asking the uncomfortable question, “What would you do with your last

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Basquiat x The Skateroom Are Bringing Art To Boards

  The collision of skate culture and art have become one and the same with the newest collaboration between Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s estate and The Skateroom. Both parties are no strangers to one another–as they first joined forces in 2015 to

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What The New ‘Chance Arts and Literature’ Fund Means For Chicago

  Chance The Rapper has been making major moves within his city. Just like every other major city in America, it’s no secret that Chicago suffers its fair share of obstacles and injustices. The palpable class distinctions within the community

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New “Rush” Visual Takes You Inside Starrah’s Hyper 3-D Universe

In less than a year, singer/songwriter Starrah has become the main architect of a new sound shaping pop music. Her golden pen has quickly made her the most in-demand artist crafting hooks for the iconic voices of our generation, her

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A Stroke of Beauty: Zahira Kelly’s Black Goddesses

Growing up, a vast majority of the Disney princesses and female icons we admired lacked one major component that was so critical to our identities. The images of the women we were supposed to glorify simply didn’t resemble us. They

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Fearless Bronze Girl Poses Courageously in the Face of Wall Street‘s Notorious Bronze Bull

Just in time for International Women’s Day, the work of artist Kristen Visbal poses courageously in the face of Wall Street‘s notorious bronze bull. The Fearless Girl stands in solidarity with the women of the world, representing the relentless courage of all who have resisted

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Paper Trail Magazine Is The Underground Plug We’ve Been Waiting For

  With so many magazines, online publications, blogs, and other media outlets out there, it’s easy to lose site of some of the incredibly innovative projects being churned out by young creatives. This week, we were graced with the opportunity

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Remembering Stanley Kubrick on the Anniversary of His Death

The mastermind behind some of the most influential cult classics that dramatically shaped cinematography as we know it, today we pay our respects to Stanley Kubrick. A man who wore many hats–and wore them well–we remember Kubrick as an epochal American film

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Reading in Color: Must Have Books From Black Authors

The wonderful and phenomenal Ms. Maya Angelou once said, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” She

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The Official Breakdown of Donald Glover’s Wins Since the Premiere of ‘Atlanta’

When we think of someone who’s on fire in the entertainment industry right now, we must think about the esteemed, Donald Glover. Since the debut of his show ‘Atlanta’, there has been an overflow of success going into Glover’s direction.

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Toro Y Moi and The Mattson 2 Release New Psych-Jazz Single, “JBS”

With the many pioneering collaborations Toro Y Moi (also known as Chad Bundick) has had in the past with SZA, Travi$ Scott, The Avalanches and more, his newest one with twin jazz duo, The Mattson 2 just adds on another

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Celebrate Hip-Hop History With The ‘RAP365’ Calendar

Merriam-Webster defines the term history as a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their cause. According to this definition, one could compare history to an experience. Which is something Hip-Hop fans from all generations can relate

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‘WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS!’ Remembering Protests of the Past

In times of social struggle, New Yorkers are not afraid to stand up and make sure their voices are heard. Instead of ignoring the issues, these brave souls stand together and protest. Protests are important. They grant the ability to

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Pussykrew Pushes the Boundaries of Art, Technology and Gender

As we continue to adapt to new technologies, one team experiments with surrealist imagery and pushes the envelope for multimedia contemporary art. Originating from Poland, Pussykrew is a multi-disciplinary art duo, Tikul & mi$gogo, who encourage us to rethink reality.

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‘MILK AND HONEY’: Rupi Kaur’s Ode to the Feminine Experience

“In moments of tragedy, art is the core,” Rupi Kaur told Bust Magazine. She wasn’t lying. In fact, when you hold her debut book, Milk and Honey, in yours hands, you’ll feel the truth of words she’s drawn together spinning into

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King Krule’s “A New Place 2 Drown” Deserves Your Attention

At only 22, Archy Marshall, more popularly known by his stage name, King Krule, has created several incredibly innovative bodies of work. You may recognize him from his melodic single Easy Easy but the English star has written, sang, produced, and

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Pipilotti Rist and Her Pixelated Life

Lately, there has been a lot of pictures floating around the internet of these jagged jellyfish-like, lantern looking balls lighting up fluorescent colors of purple and blue in a huge room. You may or may not know that it was

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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN Is Back With His Best Film Since ‘The Sixth Sense’

With the recent release of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split, we decided to examine the trademark style and calling signs of his films. Shyamalan’s film career is an interesting one to study because he has arguably had more success and more

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Contemporary Artists to Watch Out For in 2017

It can be overwhelming keeping up with all of the talented young artists to watch this year so we selected a few of our favorites for you! Below you will find painters, digital, and film artists paving the way for

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Celebrities Showcase Their Split Personalities In Dual Photo Series

Just like there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every celebrity. Andrew H. Walker brilliantly captured split photos of over 50 celebs at the Toronto International Film Festival portraying two different personas. Celebrities are constantly having

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Remembering George Michael With Our Top Five Favorite Tracks

George Michael could have been a product of his era, but his songwriting talent and amazing voice helped solidify his place in music history. Michael started out as one-half of a bubblegum pop duo called Wham before breaking off on

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Solange Performs “Rise” and “Weary” on ‘Fallon’

Solange hit The Tonight Show stage for a beautiful performance of “Rise” and “Weary” from her hit album A Seat at the Table. This has been Solange’s second performance from the album since she appeared on Saturday Night Live back in November. Recently

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Watch FKA Twigs’ New ‘Soundtrack 7’ Film in Full

Throughout the year, FKA Twigs has been working on several special projects. Over the summer, she held a free dance workshop in Baltimore in hopes to find dancers to join her on stage. In October, Twigs curated a Halloween-theme exhibition

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Prince’s Paisley Park is Officially Declared A Public Museum

Per the Chanhassen City Council, Prince‘s Paisley Park studio complex has now manifested into an official museum. The building has already seen a record of 12,000 visitors without any complaints of traffic and convenience. This is a contrast to the

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That Time I Wrote, Directed and Starred in an Art Film to “Hotline Bling” Featuring Johnny Stevens (of Highly Suspect), ASAP Bari, Luka Sabbat & More

Note: This post was originally posted October 6th, 2015 Still from the #UOGLB Art Film. 2015 Me and this girl are very different… Yet… Me and this girl are very much the same. I wrote this story about “Lolita” in

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