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Les Graffitis (1976) French NYC Graffiti Documentary Old School Subway Writers


“In New York, the art is in the street. Graffiti and murals are all a way of expressing art outside official channels, to exist in a city that engulfs individualities.

These signatures are in fact the aesthetic expression of a new art whose influence will be considerable in the areas of music, fashion, graphic design. In New York, it’s a new way to show the world that is played.”

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The Danchall Reggae Cover Art of Wilfred Limonious

Back in the early 90’s, while record diggin’, I picked up Josey Wales Undercover Lover offa the strength of the amazin’ cover art. So when WFMU’s Beware of the Blog hipped me to an online archive of Limonious’ album artwork, I knew I was in for a treat!

“Who is Wilfred Limonious?
Limonious is a graphic artist who created many of the most memorable jamaican LP covers of the eighties and early nineties. His work remained relatively unknown outside of Jamaica because most of these records were never released internationally. Reggae and Dancehall aficionados frequenting vinyl import stores around the globe however often keep fond memories of these rare records not only due to the music but also because of Limonious’ vivid and often hilarious illustrations. Digging deeper into the crates one will also find examples that go beyond the often cited cartoon characters. Particularly his hand-made renditions of those geometric shapes that were ubiquitous in the eighties have a charm of their very own.
Unfortunately virtually nothing can be found on the web about his personal life and his current whereabouts. Only this: User kalcidis at roots-archives.com mentioned in a forum post that he was “pretty sure” that Limonious has passed away in the first years of the new millennium.”

The Wilfred Limonious Archive

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