Friday, November 13, 2009

Fumi Board

So Listen, I just got finished Skype'n my people in Japan and they are very interested in how I come up the board designs, what inspires me and how does the whole creative process works...and I'm like aight, "I'll put it in my blog. Shit, more than half the time I don't even know what the hell I'm doing. Real talk, sometimes I wake up, crusty eye's and dragon breath and I'm thinking "How the hell did I create that?" Who cares though. As long as it comes out dope right! Well just to satisfy my Yakuza homeboy who would probably cut my pinky finger off for here is how it worked for the "Fumi"board!

Late night, Brooklyn, New York...probably around 1AM-ish. Tie up the Nike Dunks and head towards the Bodega with the ipizzle gripped closely, looking for the appropriate theme song for my two block trek. M.O.P. "Ante Up", MF DOOM remix...That'll do! I move through a labrinyth of trash, displaced hipsters, crack heads and the local street goons only to be met by Suliman (The bodega dude). He's singing some seemingly emotional song in his native tongue! I chime in and we laugh, I pay for my beverages and some salt and vinegar chips. While I'm en route to the door he drops some old Muslim proverb on me and I tell him "You know what? I was feelin' that one...the last one you gave me the other day, hmmm not so much. But this one...nice!" With his thick and worn hands he politely gives me a "pound" and I swiftly make moves back towards my building!

It's about 2AM now. I look around the crib and I come across this magazine and It had an article about our beloved Dapper Dan! Listen, if haven't heard of Dan...your lost! Anyway, Dan made custom Gucci, Louis, Fendi, and MCM suits and accessories for HiP-Hop's Finest and resident drug czar's!

I always wanted to slash some of my work on a Dapper Dan suit when I was a kid so when I was reading this article I was like "Damn, I could do a board using the classic Louis pattern with my work on top. Not a completely new idea but let me put my muscle on it, in the form of a board!

So I had to get myself self ready! For this design I needed two people! Ghostface "Tony Starks" Killah and MF Doom! Period! These are my "Go to Goons" and favorite emcee's when I need some extra raw inspiration!

I turned the volume up to "ridiculous" and went to work! I started with the classic Louis Vuitton color ways and checkers (which I use a lot in my work). Chose a nice bold font that I could fill easily...I forgot the name of the one I did for this piece though! Oh well. Then I proceeded to fill it with paint splashes at first but it looked forced and therefore, WACK! So as you can see I put the "camo" twist on there...Yeah, that's it baby! Still not satisfied I decided to push a little bit further. Maybe one of my characters, hmmm...Yezzziiirrr! Throw in the Jamaican flag colors for good measure and BOOM! There it is!

All this done in a matter of hours! Let's be clear, it doesn't always work this way but when you slip into the ZONE all things are possible! I'd like to thank MF Doom, Ghost, Louis Vuitton and my medulla for helping me knock this piece down! Yeah Baby!

So check the board out below and to see more boards and t-shirts come to the mmora online store! More Art and Design stuff coming soon! I'll see ya'll in a minute!


  1. your header on this blog.... NAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSTY!