Exclusive #DopeArt2 Interview With Artist Henry J Fuller

"Beyoncé XO" and "Lil' Red Riding Rihanna"

“Beyoncé XO” and “Lil’ Red Riding Rihanna”

If you love pop culture, then your heart will burst with excitement when you see Henry J Fuller’s artwork. On March 24th, his #DopeArt2 exhibit opened at Hofstra University’s student run FORM Gallery, and even though I couldn’t make it, I can imagine how much everyone loved the paintings.

"Oh Miley"

“Oh Miley”

#DopeArt2 is the sequel to Fuller’s #DopeArt exhibit featured in FORM Gallery during the Fall 2013 semester. #DopeArt focused more on the male Hip-Hop scene, while #DopeArt2 lends a hand to some of the leading ladies in the music industry. The exhibit includes paintings of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Also thrown into the mix are portraits of Michael Jordan, and a scene from the popular television series Breaking Bad.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the artist behind all this pop culture magic a few days after #DopeArt2‘s opening reception.

Me: What was your inspiration for this exhibit? 

Henry Jordan Fuller: My inspiration for #DopeArt2 was the introduction to my #DopeArtDivas collection. In my first #DopeArt exhibit I mainly focused on male Hip-Hop artists with a lot of tattoos as well as top name male Hip-Hop artists in the industry. So for my 2nd showcase, I kind of wanted to focus on popular females in the industry as well as expand the size of my canvases from 18×24 to 24×36.

Me: How long did it take to finish each painting?

HJF: Usually it takes me at least a week to do a painting, but my showcase was pushed forward a whole month, so I did six out of seven of the #DopeArt2 collection within 2 weeks, each taking between 1-3 days.

Me: What is your favorite part of the exhibition process?

HJF: My favorite part of the exhibition process is creating detailed portraits of popular celebrities that can easily catch any onlookers attention.

Me: Which painting is your favorite?

HJF: By far my favorite portrait of my whole #DopeArt2 collection is my 36×48 Breaking Bad portrait entitled “Scavenger Hunt”. Breaking Bad is my favorite show, and I really enjoyed creating this piece.

#DopeArtByKingH #oftheday #breakingbad #jessepinkman #walterwhite #heisenberg #portrait #oiloncanvas #painting #36×48 #kinghpromo #khp

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“Scavenger Hunt”

Me: How did you come up with such cool titles for your paintings?

HJF: All of my titles were added on last minute, but I just wanted to create catchy titles that fit both the painting as well as the artists’ careers. The [Michael Jackson portrait’s] title “I Got my J’s Tho” is just a popular saying among sneaker collectors. All of my titles were thought of last minute.

Me: Will you be selling and/or have you sold any of these paintings? If so, for how much? 

HJF: The only portrait from this collection that I’ve sold is my “I Got my J’s Tho” Michael Jordan portrait, and that was for $700, which is my highest selling painting thus far. I do a lot of commissions, so I’m not in a rush to get rid of these portraits, but I do plan to sell for around the same, with the exception of my “Scavenger Hunt” Breaking Bad portrait which I would like $1300 for.

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

HJF: Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my latest artwork @kinghpromo & @dopeart___

Be sure to follow Henry J Fuller on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s working on!

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5 Awkward Things In Lady Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’ (Trimmed Version)

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If you haven’t already heard, Lady Gaga released G.U.Y.: An ARTPOP Film last weekend. The film is about 12 minutes long, and I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. However, I have seen the trimmed version of the film which is only 33% as long.

G.U.Y. is based on a Lady Gaga song of the same name. The acronym stands for “Girl Under You,” and boy, does she get under that male dancer in the video.

Although the song is struggling at number 18 on the charts, Gaga’s Little Monsters seem to be enjoying the film.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Lady Gaga creation without some weird happenings, so here is a list of five things I found to be very awkward in the trimmed version of G.U.Y. (Lord only knows what craziness is in the full length film!)

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1. Andy Cohen, is that you? Bravo TV host Andy Cohen  appears in the film as the Greek god Zeus. I will admit, he definitely fits the part.

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2. ARTPOP video game?! I can only imagine how excited the video game nerds are about this.

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3. Michael Jackson rose from the dead. We all knew it was a hoax. How’d you manage to keep us clueless for so long, MJ?

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4. Lady Lego Gaga. Legos are for kids. Now all we’re going to think about is the sexual innuendo behind it.

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5. Jesus and Ghandi’s second coming. So, is G.U.Y. the sexual apocalypse?

And this is just the four minute version. There’s got to be more weird where that came from.

Check out the trimmed version for yourself, and watch the full movie on VEVO.

(NSFW) Men on Instagram Put Cocks in Socks for Testicular Cancer Awareness

 

2014-03-27_07-54-21-1Well, at least we know where the ladies will be headed for Man Candy Monday from now on!

In honor of Testicular Cancer Awareness, men on Instagram are taking photos wearing only a sock over their penises.

Hey, I’m not complaining!

The photos began to attract attention on March 25th, and some are considering #CocksInSocks a new meme.

The photos are also on their Facebook page and their Twitter.

For a couple of hours on Tuesday, Instagram actually blocked the hashtag. Thankfully, they unblocked it again, but some individual photos are blocked. Facebook has also been blocking a few of the photos.

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Plenty of cocks in socks to go ’round, ladies!

Apparently the idea stemmed from the British nonprofit Cancer Research UK who raised more than $3.3 million with the #NoMakeupSelfie.

Although the #CockInASock hashtag currently isn’t raising any money, you can still donate to the Testicular Cancer Society here.

Just think of all the money these selfies would raise!

I found Trinidad Carney’s comment on a BuzzFeed article about the selfies very funny:

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Successful fundraiser indeed!

This Week in Music: Shakira is on Fire in “Empire” Music Video

Shakira Empire FireThis is the empire, and Shakira is our empress.

The music video for Shakira’s single “Empire” off of her brand new self-titled album Shakira. is very different from her usual style.

Although this video lacks Shakira’s infamous sexy hip shaking, the beautiful vocals and glorious camera work make this one of her best projects yet.

“Empire” begins with Shakira sitting in front of a tan colored wall wearing a tan colored dress and nude makeup. The vocals in the beginning of the song are very soft, almost as if she’s whispering a folk tale to a young child.

The scene changes to Shakira standing at the door of a church in a wedding dress as the guests await her entrance.

Shakira Empire Wedding

I was sort of confused at first, because I know Shakira is one of those celebrities who doesn’t want to marry until she’s 60 (poor Gerard Pique).

But then she does the unthinkable: she drops the bouquet and runs away.

The song begins to escalate as Shakira sings “and I’m like…” before bursting into a powerful chorus of  “Oooh”s.

The runaway bride proceeds to frolic in a meadow with beautiful dandelions flowing in the breeze around her. After this seemingly innocent act, she begins dancing on the church steps with a fire running down her dress.

Shakira Empire Meadow

I think I could watch Shakira frolic in the meadow all day. It’s just so beautiful.

The meadow scenes and the scenes where Shakira is in what looks like a ruined and abandoned church with leaves strewn all over the floor wearing a black winged dress are probably the most majestic in the entire video.

Shakira also does this crazy back-bend, bridge-like thing with her body towards the end of the video.

Is there anything this Colombian beauty can’t do?!

I really love the song and the video. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Check out her new album, Shakira. on Spotify and enjoy the “Empire” music video!

Kim and Kanye Vogue Cover Spoofs

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After Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Vogue cover was released on March 21st, the internet went crazy.

Between comments about how Kimye ruined Vogue and the celebrity spoofs, it seems like everyone and their mother knew about the couple’s coverexcept Kourtney Kardashian.

“I haven’t seen any reaction — I’ve literally been unpacking,” she said on GMA when asked about the internet uproar. “I’m the last to hear anything.”

While Kourtney Kardashian was living under a rock, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Al Roker and Willie Geist decided to have a little fun parodying the couple’s Vogue cover.

Seth Rogen and James Franco:

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog:

Al Roker and Willie Geist:

I don’t know about you, but I think Al Roker and Willie Geist take the cake for this one!

See the couple’s Vogue profile here.

Spring 2014 Workout Playlist

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to shed all the blubber you gained during the winter to keep you warm! Getting toned and fit for the summer months could be quite the challenge, but bringing some music along might make your workout more enjoyable.

Whether you’re jogging, lifting weights, running on a treadmill, or just doing some old fashioned push ups, these 10 hard hitting tracks will keep pushing you closer to your workout goals!

1. Glasgow, David Guetta: This fast paced electronic beat will have you working up a sweat at the gym in no time. Try lifting weights to the beat of this one!

2. Ground Shake, DiRTY RADiO: That’s right, keep on running! Don’t be afraid to make the “ground shake, baby!”

3. Autosave, Fedde Le Grand and Patric la Funk: Keep a steady pace on the treadmill with this electronic beat. Perfect track to warm up to.

4. Natural Disaster, Laidback Luke and Example: You’re definitely going to “need some air” when you’re done with this track!

5. Shave It Up, Zedd: Get a little groovy on the exercise bike with this track. Put your back into it!

6. Suspension, LIGHTS: “You’re not close enough”! Keep pumping!

7. Work, Work, Britney Spears: Don’t you wanna “look hot in a bikini”? Then you “better work, work”!

8. Burnin, Gum Me: Feel the burn in your muscles. Own the burn.

9. Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton: Nobody can stop you now. The ceiling can’t even hold you back. Just make sure to stay on the treadmill…

10. Modern Hearts, The Knocks ft. St. Lucia: This song is perfect for a cool down before leaving the gym. Or, the dramatic synth could make you feel like you’re taking the lead in race, slow-mo style. Either one works.

Happy spring, and enjoy your workout!

 

Album Review: Foster the People’s ‘Supermodel’

Foster the People’s second album, Supermodel, was released today, March 18, 2014.

Supermodel is a bit different from the band’s previous album, Torches. It focuses more on the lyrics instead of the cool groovy beats that fans fell in love with on “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Call It What You Want.”

The first single from this album is called “Coming of Age,” which also happens to be the last song to be written for Supermodel.

When it came out in January, I was not impressed. Therefore, I wasn’t too excited about the release of the album today.

However, I decided to listen to the album anyway, and although I don’t completely hate it, I don’t exactly love it.

“Ask Yourself” and “Goats in Trees” are based heavily on acoustic guitar, making them sound very indie-folk.

The weirdest songs on the album are “Pseudologia Fantastica” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon.” “Pseudologia Fantastica” features distorted vocals in the intro, which completely killed my vibe for the track. “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon” is a crazy mix of loud unruly electric guitar and a broken record-sounding intro, which might come across as quite jarring to the average listener.

“The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones” is a short sample of the band’s perfect discordant harmonic abilities.

“The Truth” has some amazing lyrics, including my favorite line, “A purpose is needed before you know that you know / To never wonder what you are / And not forget where you’ve come from.”

Perhaps the most heartfelt song on Supermodel is “Fire Escape,” a very gloomy, stripped-down track. I love the part where Mark Foster sings,

I see the seasons change
All the young faces come and replaces the dying marks
Sit out on Lexington and Vine
All the pimps and prostitutes wave you down at stopping signs

Save yourself, save your yourself, yourself
Save yourself, save yourself.

My favorite’s on the album are “Are You What You Want to Be?,” “Nevermind” and “Best Friend.” I love the electric guitar chord progression in “Are You What You Want to Be?” The track “Nevermind” features a psychedelic repeated acoustic guitar melody coupled with soft vocals that play on the ear nicely. “Best Friend” is probably the closest you’ll get to the band’s old sound, with its groovy bass guitar and horns.

Supermodel is definitely a new spin on the band’s sound as compared to Torches, but fans might grow to like it.

Check out Supermodel on Spotify!