Words by Cheats, (Peep My Feet photos by Cheats)
I guess I should start this post by saying, “My name is Cheats, and I’m a recovering sneakerholic. I’ve been clean for about 2 months now and I’m just taking it one day at time.” Naugh seriously, I remember the exact moment when I realized The Power of The Sneaker. It was 1990 and I was a middle school student at Brookland Middle School (yes, the one right off Parham). I remember before first period, we played sports outside. There were games of 2-hand touch football, basketball (when the rims were up), and handball (right outside of building T). Well, back then, Brookland had its share of fights. We all knew the drill, if a fight broke out, we would all run towards it to see what was happening. Well, there was one morning, we were outside playing before school, and all of a sudden the whole school was running over to where we played handball, and when I say the entire school – I mean the entire school - was running over to the handball court. So like everyone else, I thought it was a fight and I ran over too. When I got there, I saw one of my classmates, Paul, standing in the middle of a circle and the entire school was staring at his new Jordan V sneakers, the Red Fire Jordans with the 23 on the side. I’d never seen anything like it. The best part of the story, is that Brookland had a lot of cats with style and personality – but Paul was not one of them. Paul was a quiet, I dare to say, nerdy type kid, with a small group of friends. That morning, my friend Paul went for being nearly invisible at Brookland Middle to the most popular kid in school. That may not mean much to you – but to me – in middle school – that was unreal. All day long Paul was getting high fives from strangers – kids that never talk to him before was asking him, “Yo, Where you get those?” The next day or so reality sat back in because other “cooler” kids got the Jordans that week. BUT Paul had them first and from that morning on – I understood the power of the sneaker. As misguided as middle school popularity was….it stuck with me for life.
Victor Cruz – sporting the Jordan V Red Fire – Paul had them first.
I really love sneakers and that’s why I was so excited when found out about the inaugural Peep My Feet event last week at the Camel. S/O to the homie Noah-O, him, along with Chris North and Kharee Hamilton, they really spearheaded this effort to bring over 20 vendors to The Camel to check, buy, and trade sneakers and vintage clothes.
Noah O and Chris North making moves…
You can’t deny the correlation between sneakers and hip hop culture. From the birth of hip hop in NYC, you had the sneaker, the gold chain, and the Kangol (pretty much the Kangol – unless you were on some Whoodini black cowboy stuff). You had the toothbrush to keep them clean, it was a glorious time. I didn’t really get into sneakers until I could afford to buy my own in high school. My man Matt B had a crazy shoe game in high school and college – I was just trying to keep up. But all over the country, sneakerheads were being born and raised through hip hop culture. It’s big business now and it good to see the entire culture being embraced.
The gold chain has been replaced but sneakers and caps are a still key elements of hip hop culture
The DJ always holds down the event. Swerve is one of the best in RVA.
For more information on Peep My Feet – Check out RVA Sneakerhead Community on Facebook
There has been so much RVA hip hop coming out lately that I really can’t keep up with it all. I appreciate every artist that sends me their latest work: mixtapes, singles, videos, etc. and I apologize that I can’t get everything posted as fast as I would like BUT keep sending it my way (CheatsMWC@gmail.com). The Cheats Movement Blog will continue to be a outlet for all RVA music and, in particular, RVA hip hop. So with no further delay — Here is what I’m turning up right now:
What can I say about Sweet Petey’s latest joint. Nick F brought it hard on, “Vices.” He is receiving well deserved national attention for the mixtape that features RVA emcees, Radio B and Michael Millions along with his Tokyo Ave Fam, Conrizzle AKA Loochey Lovely, and YMCMB’s Drizzy Drake. Of course, Nick is a beast when it comes to his rhymes and he killed it on Vices. My favorite track on the tape today (it changes all the time) is Pem Pen.
Pem Pen – Sweet Petey ft. Loochey Lovely
Number 15 – Sweet Petey ft. Drake
The Grindaholic himself Octavion X dropped his latest solo project, “Vigilante” in November of last year. While many folks that I’ve talked to believe “Vigliante” to be his best solo project to date (I believe this as well), it has been a slow build for tape. I sat down with Octavion last week for my Grindaholic series and he agreed that, “Vigilante” is in the process of deliberate and targeted branding effort. He wants everything to be right – the marketing, the videos, etc. because he believes in the music. I agree, the music is very impressive. My favorite track is, Get it How I Live ft. Artik Phreeze, Chance Fischer, BC Music 1st, produced by Mr. Ivory Snow.
We R VA ft Suburban District
Noah-O’s New Video, “Looking Down”
Charged Up General Noah O took it back to the Bay for his latest video, “Looking Down.” Check out the new visual. The upcoming record is called, “Thug Wilders Revenge.” It’s coming soon and RVA is on notice.
I’m a fan on HaBits. I’ve seen them rock a few times live and really appreciate the element of hip hop they bring to RVA. It’s a return to the emcee. Their feel reminds me of the throwback origins of NYC hip hop. The new record is called, “Soul Connection.” It is dropping very soon and here is a new single from the record.
HaBits – I Wanna Be
When I sat down with So !lla for the first ever Grindaholic interview, he made it clear to me that Broad Street Elite is the focus and 2013 is year. I respect his grind. Check out the music and see what BSE is all about. My favorite track? This one is tough because I’ve been sitting back watching what !lla have been going through and because of seeing some of his journey I’m going to post the track, Runnin Too Long.” I feel l like !lla has turned a corner and this track sounds like victory to me.
So !lla – Runnin Too long
There it is for now. There is so much more but again, I can only do so much at a time. Keep supporting The Cheats Movement and I’m going to keep supporting your work and RVA. #WESEEIT!
It has become very clear that the goal of The Cheats Movement Blog in 2013 is to do something bigger for the RVA community. What do I mean by, “bigger?” I mean the blog, myself, the entire Cheats Movement Family will deliberately take on the task of creating and presenting the type of Richmond community that we want see spread throughout this city. I think that has always been the underling goal of the blog, to present RVA as the positive, diverse, creative community that I see daily but is not reported in the RVA media. With the growth of the blog it has become clear, or should I say even more real, that this blog (with the help of a lot of amazing friends and supporters) can be a driving force to bring Richmond’s community together. If you were not there last month at Gallery 5 when Photosythesizers, JPS, and Glows in the Dark performed on the same stage, you missed the very best of what I’m talking about. The most diverse audenice in the city coming together to enjoy Cheats Movement Family, The Richmond Comedy Coalition and these bands, that may not have been billed together if it wasn’t for a platform like the one we created together.
It happened again last night at WRIR’s Party for the Rest of Us. Seeing such a diverse crowd, in a small room, grooving to the music of Ohbliv, and then turning it up with YFD and The New Juice Crew gives me a feeling that I can’t explain but I know I want to duplicate over and over again. Immediately following the showcase last night, as well as the Richmond Famous show at Gallery 5, and even follow the RVA HOT SAUCE show nearly 2 years ago, strangers come up to me wondering when are we going to do “that” again. How can we get that vibe again. I feel the same way.
HEAR IS THE POINT – I can’t do it – WE can’t do it without everyone playing their part. Step 1 – if you are not following the Cheats Movement Facebook Page – Click HERE and follow, share it with your friends. We need to spread what is happening in the city. Step 2 – If you see that The Cheats Movement Blog is hosting/supporting a event or cause – rest assured that it will be one that is worth attending or supporting. I am very clear that this blog is about positivity, creativity, diversity, and anything that lift up RVA. Feel comfortable knowing that while you may not feel every blog post, it all serves a goal. Step 3 – if you see something that this blog “should” be supporting, send me an email (CheatsMWC@gmail.com) and let me know. If it is positive and good for the RVA community, you have a friend in me.
I strongly believe that celebrating Richmond’s creative diversity will go a long way in healing some of the lasting bitterness of the past. It’s not the only answer but I can’t solve every problem with a blog post or event. I can take action to create a better city. We can together. I need you to be a part – will you help?
Yoooooo…the hits just keep on coming for The Cheats Movement Blog in 2013. I’ve wanted to hook up with my brother Ohbliv for a long time now and this Friday it is going down at the WRIR Party for the Rest of Us 8. The mad genius himself will be in the building for a set that start promptly at 9:15 PM. RVA, you don’t want to miss this. Ohbliv has been doing his thing in LA and NYC but will be back in RVA for this set. And that is not all…I have more in store for Friday – much more…
Much more indeed in the form of the entire YFD crew. That’s right I’m talking Artik Phreeze, Ms. Proper, Haskins and Doe, all in the building to rock this Friday with the Cheats Movement. YFD has been really making moves this year and this is going to be a very cool opportunity to see the whole crew in one place.
If you’ve never seen my brother Artik Phreeze rock live – come out Friday 9:15 PM at the Renaissance Ballroom.
Last but not least, the entire New Juice Crew will close out the Cheats Movement set. Fresh off shutting down Face Melt Friday and releasing their new mixtape, the entire crew will be rocking on Friday. All I can say about my brothers Black Liquid, BC Music 1st, Corey Starks, Bandolero, Lord Slugg, RT, Emphasys, Swerve 36, Azreal, and the entire crew is that you have to see them rock live to believe it.
So there it is…this Friday WRIR Party with the Rest of Us 8. Cheats Movement Presents…come out at 9:15 PM – don’t be late. And rock with the Cheats Movement Family. Tell a friend – WE-R-VA!
First, let me start by saying this project is literally the definition of why I do what I do. I like to open up new thresholds of imagination, by creating backdrops for people to live amongst, create and get lost in. It’s amazing when I talk to people and they explain their interpretations of a piece of art. It inspires me to keep creating, knowing that everyone will create their own worlds within each piece. I can’t say specifically what made me choose the hands, or the flowers, or even the colors, it’s something that evolves and when it’s right, I just know it. That is not to say that I am some sort of visionary, but that there’s a feeling that I get when it all comes together. That emotion, inspiration, and energy is what I hope everyone gets from their interaction with a mural or any piece of public art.
Binford Middle school Ham? Mural Summer 2012. #RVA #100ft #Brick #Wall #Mural #kids #play #free in #creative #Recess #garden #Paint #Pink #Blue #BlackandWhite #Yellow #Colors #Hands #Holding #Flowers #Lines #Basketball #Court #schoolyard – What hashtags would you use to describe this mural?
When you really think about it, there are only a few days in life that you know you will remember forever. For me, Saturday was that one of those magical days.
I woke up carrying a secret that only four people, my immediate family, knew: I was planning to propose to my amazing girlfriend Aria. And I was planning to propose to her in front of a live audience, including a lot of our family and friends during the Richmond Comedy Coalitions’ Richmond Famous show at Gallery 5.
The morning started with my nerves in knots. I woke up slightly anxious about the proposal but in absolute terror about the attendance of the Richmond Famous show. I was honestly worried that no one would show up that night at Gallery 5. I was worrying Aria sick by asking her, “Babe, what happens if no one comes,” I would ask her every 20 minutes.
ARIA: He was so worried that only 6 people would show up. I constantly assured him that people would show. He is insanely modest; he didn’t understand how much of an impact he had made in the community. I kept telling him that people would come out to support him and RCC.
That morning, I started sharing the secret. I called Aria’s mother and let her know my intentions and, of course, asked for her blessing. Her excitement gave me not only ease but confidence that I was proceeding in the right direction.
ARIA: Who knew I could be so gullible. All of a sudden he had an urgent need to go pull the trash can in from the driveway. It was 8:30 in the morning; most would have thought something was up. Little did I know, he was in full master plan mode.
The next challenge was waiting. I needed to keep my emotions in check and not tip off Aria that I was a little more “worked up” than normal. I was helped by some very quality Starz on Demand, I played, “Beat Rhymes and Life,” the documentary movie featuring A Tribe Called Quest. Aria watched most of it with me and just being with her on the couch further cemented, for me, that I was 100% doing the right thing.
Then the phone rang. It was David, from the RCC, letting me know that we would not be alone tonight, if fact the presales were on their way to 100 and he anticipated a sold out show. It’s a strange emotion to feel relieved and excited at the same time – I was honestly relieved that the night was going to be populated – if not historic.
ARIA: While I had no idea he was planning a proposal, during those few hours on the couch watching the Tribe documentary and then Fade to Black I kept thinking of how amazing it felt to be so connected to him.
So when I was telling my mother “the plan”, I could see the utter panic on her face about the “surprise” element of the proposal. It gave her more than “hesitation.” I have always relied on my mother’s advice and Aria’s personality often reminds me of what, I think, my mom was like before she raised me and my siblings. My mother looked at me and immediately said, “Marc, you can’t do that to a women, you have to give her some time to digest what is happening and you don’t want to do that in front of a lot of people.” I thought about it and agreed with her. So I retooled the plan and adjusted to propose in Church Hill right before our planned dinner at Proper Pie.
Fast forward a bit to the car ride to Church Hill, I can’t remember if we even talked. ARIA: He was a bit quiet in the car, but I just assumed he was nervous about the show. I just let him be with his thoughts. The ring was in my pocket and I convinced her we had to go to take a few photos of the city for the blog. I really didn’t think that anyone would be at my planned proposal spot, a wonderful view of the city near Richmond Hill, but as we were pulling up, I saw a few people at the spot. As we got closer, it turned out to be a small wedding. A good sign indeed but I was not thinking about that – I was thinking, “Yo! Where am I going to propose?” ARIA: After seeing the wedding at that particular spot, I was thinking cool, maybe we can just go to dinner, I was starving. Luckily I just continued to go with the flow. I made a quick audible to the park with the statue and the great view of the Lucky Strike building. I asked her to take a few photos and then I pulled out the ring. I waited for what felt like a year before she was able to answer; she was too busy being shocked and smiling. ARIA: I honestly have not been more surprised in my entire life. For a split second, I didn’t want to yell out yes, thinking maybe there were just earrings in the box and I’d be embarrassed. Then I quickly realized of course it was a ring and he was proposing; I was so shocked. I didn’t even realize I hadn’t said yes. Once she said, “Yes,” and I can’t really tell you exactly how I felt. It’s not overconfidence when you’re on the same page with the person you love – you just know it’s going to be cool. I knew we were on the same page and asking was bit of a formality to me.
ARIA: I was ecstatic; I was so excited and nervous at the same time. I wanted to tell everyone we encountered that I just got engaged! I loved the man, I loved the ring. It was amazing!
Once the proposal was done, I had to convince Aria to put her, “poker face,” on because no one knew about the proposal but our families and a very special friend, who may or may not, be back in town from Washington D.C. in time for the show.
Just because the “actual” proposal was done, it strangely didn’t make me feel relief about proposing on stage. I – once again – had the ring in my pocket and it hadn’t really registered that she’s just said yes. Once Gallery 5 started filling up with our friends, I started to get distracted – speaking with friends and running around – that took my mind a bit off the show. Aria left her phone at my house in the West End so she drove back to get it – I’m sure the car ride helped her collect her emotions. When she came back the show, she was almost calm.
I got word that the show was sold out around the same time our “special guests” arrived at Gallery 5. I blocked out most emotions immediately before the show and took solace in RCC cast members telling me, “I got your back,” it was awesome.
The moment I pulled out the ring, my world was a flash. I am so grateful for the people quick enough to break out their phones and, of course, my good friends with cameras because I got so many great photos of my on 1 knee. I honestly don’t even remember doing it. ARIA: I think I was just as nervous as he was, I knew it was coming and I had to sit in my seat for about an hour waiting for it to happen. As he went through the story and then pulled out the ring box, I didn’t have to feign excitement or surprise. I was still so excited and probably still a little stunned. Looking back, I am so thankful that I made it up to the stage without falling. As I stood there as he proposed again, it was still amazing. I just focused on him. Plus I got to see my ring again, and this time I got to keep it!
The rest of the night was easily one of the best nights of my life with Just Plain Sounds, Glows in the Dark, and Photosynthesizers. I smiled, hugged, dance, loved and just had the best night. ARIA: It was a great night. We essentially had our engagement party right there. It was so amazing to have been able to share the experience with so many of our friends and family. It was great to get so many well wishes from people I didn’t even know. Everyone was so happy for us and there was just a lot of love and positivity in the air. I loved both of my proposals and I couldn’t have planned it better myself. I am so blessed to have such an amazing and thoughtful fiancé. He aight!
All I can say is, “Thank you RVA,” I love this place some much – but, to me, when I think of, “RVA” I think of more than geography, I think of family and home. I love my Cheats Movement Family and it was such a unreal experience to share this night with you.
My family was in the front row with those “special guest”
Glows in the Dark killed it – I can’t thank them enough.
The RCC was amazing Saturday night! Please check out one of their shows.
Here at The Cheats Movement – we love the new year. A new year brings new music, new videos, new art, and most importantly new energy. This year is going to be even better than ever. The goal is to be even more on the ground in RVA – presenting even more positive aspects of RVA’s diverse culture. We are going to break new content and new ground, while working with our longtime friends and adding new partners and contributors. The Cheats Movement Family is going be front and center in the streets and as long as you are positive, motivated, and up lifting to our community – I got you.
In this new year, I will NEED your support! Help spread the Cheats Movement logo (take some stickers) – support the projects (starting Saturday night at Gallery 5), support the Facebook page (690 Likes right now), support on twitter, tell a friend – the Cheats Movement is going to run with the support we currently have and build – build – build for 2013! But I’m not going to stop there – national interviews are coming too. Last year it was Ice T, Bobbito Garcia, Phonte (etc) – this year will be more of the same.
I’m excited to start the new year off with some new RVA music. RVA hip hop is the backbone of this blog and I will never turn my back on it. RVA hip hop has always showed this blog love and I appreciate the support and will continue to give back.
Ms. Proper teamed up with one of my favorite directors Rob Roby (Soul Live Media) for the first visual of her upcoming album, “Escaping Reality.” Ms. Proper is off to a great start – if Prop and Rob can do work equal to the visuals that he did for Doe The Paperboy last year – watch out RVA- the game may be crushed already. S/O to some of my homies in the video: Artik Phreeze, The Williams Brothers from YFD, So !lla and the BSE crew, and Doe. Rob, Where was my call (haha)? I can shoot behind the scenes.
Next up is the homie Noah-O (S/O Charged Up Ent.). He teamed up with producer Taylor Whitelow (make sure to check out his latest solo work Armsrace) and drop a new track, “Klephnote” from the upcoming, “Monument Avenue.” You gotta feel “with” Noah during this period. This is one of the most heartfelt tracks I’ve heard from him – the range and diverse skill set he continues to show as an artist puts him in a special category. “What’s a few dollars/if you ain’t got honor” Word!
I’m really excited to share this latest drop from my brothers Nint3ndo. They blessed me with their new bootleg, remix, edit pack and I appreciate it more than ever because it just shows the diversity of the city. These brothers have always been great to the blog. Check out “Trapocalypse.” Also, I see how they are reppin some true hip hop hard with some of these remixes. #Salute
Last of the day…my brother Dank D released his new work, “SMOG OF WAR.” The homie is showing more and more growth with every record. I know how hard he works and I’m happy to see it paying off. S/O to my homie Joe Threat who is also featured on the album. You can’t find two artist more motivated to put in work.
That’s it for today but I got more waiting to post later this week. My email is CheatsMWC@gmail.com if you want me to check something out. Check the site, it doesn’t have to be all music or hip hop anything positive in the city – hit me up.
This year has bees so amazing that Part I simply not enough…The Cheats Movement Blog best photos of 2012 Part II – WE SEE IT! Click the link to Like the Cheats Movement Facebook Page! Even better in 2013!
The Ohbliv article I did for RVA Mag was one of my highlights of the year. For one, Ohbliv deserved the ink for his constant contributions to the RVA music scene and second, take a minute to read the article, it’s not your average hip hop article – we go deep and it was really dope experience.
I shot my first music video this year and it was for my brother, The Honorable Sleaze. I was so proud to work on this video for such a well deserving artist.
Bottom line – dope parents mold dope children – some of my favorite people. Shot at the Shadrock Music Festival.
Richmond Magazine hooked the Cheats Movement Blog up this year. I’m so proud that RVA is taking notice. This photo was shot by my dude Nick Mastro and featured in the article. S/O Mike and PJ Sykes.
I focused a lot on Black and White photos this year. This is one of my favorites of Ms. Proper shot at Epic Fest.
A rare group shot of the artist of the RVA Street Art Festival, with my man Ed Trask raising his arms in victory.
With much peace to my dudes BC Music 1st and Soul Live Media – who just always do their thing – not a lot of blogs photograph local hip hop like the Cheats Movement – no matter what – RVA hip hop is the backbone of this blog. Conrizzle, Octavion, Isaiah, Fair, rocking the stage.
Futura 2000 tagged my book of tags. He put in work and did this right in front of me….crazy. Check those edges, he burnt them with a lighter.
At River Rocks – RVA’s own BossHogg Monk
Aryz on Aryz right on main street
RVA’s hip hop community came together to honor Kleph Dollarz – some of the best in RVA!
WPA Bakery in Church Hill!
I loved branching out of hip hop to cover other types of shows this year, Diamond Center is one of my favorite Richmond bands.
Who else go this…a photo with some of the best (clearly elusive) street artist in the world…chillin while in town for the G40 Art Summit.
I took this photos at a rally for Tim Kaine for Senate. I love this photo – that young man was so excited to see the future Senator of Virginia.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nick Mastro at the RVA Street Art Festival. Nick was doing it all down at the Richmond floodwall, from photos to videos to time lapses. He crushed the festival and now is sharing his most candid photo essay with The Cheats Movement.
The RVA Street Art Festival played a center a part Richmond’s summer art renaissance, also labeled, “RVA’s Style Wars Summer.” Some of the best street artists from around the United States came to RVA at the invitation of famed artist and festival creator Ed Trask and co-producer Jon Baliles. Together these artists presented a live display unlike any project ever seen before in Richmond . Mastro was there from start to finish and captured some of the most candid photos of the weekend.
The more time I spent around Nick the more I understood that he “can” do it all. He is one of the best photographers I’ve seen in RVA. And he was willing to share bits of his knowledge with a rookie photographer that was a bit over his head for such an amazing festival (rookie photographer = me). Since meeting Nick, I have called him repeatedly to ask for his assistants and knowledge. Never hesitating to come out support The Cheats Movement, Nick has already shared his talents on this blog and will be instrumental in the future development of what happens on The Cheats Movement (the second contributor spoiler alert if you’ve paying attention). That is not to be overshadowed by Nick’s own company and work at MastroTime Photography. If you need photography work done – Nick can do it and do it well.
I am pleased to drop this amazing photo essay from Nick, courtesy of MastroTime Photography.
RVA STREET ART FESTIVAL – CANDID MOMENTS
JEFF SOTO – CALIFORNIA
CHRIS MILK – RVA
EL KAMINO – VIRGINIA
POSE – CHICAGO
DALEK & RICHARD COLMAN – CALIFORNIA
EL KAMINO – VIRGINIA
JEFF SOTO & HAM?
There you have it for now – keep it locked into The Cheats Movement for some of the best “RVA focused” blog post in around. Think the “60 Minutes” of RVA. WE SEE IT.
Some very cool news coming from the street art world. I was able to spend a good amount of time with Gaia during his time in RVA. If you remember, Gaia was the very first artist to put work for RVA’s G40 Art Summit. He was great and produced an amazing wall on West Grace. A few weeks ago Complex Mag named Gaia the greatest street artist out right now. Check out the entire list of 50 which includes a ton of artist that were in RVA during the G40 Art Summit and RVA Street Art Fest (Aryz, Roa, Pixel, Mark Jenkins Jaz and more). Congrats Gaia!
All artist living and working in Richmond understand the challenge of being fully accepted in this town. I have often heard that RVA is even more critical to home grown talent than most other places. I’m not sure if that is 100% the case, but I know gaining a dedicated fan base in RVA is not easy. That is why I’m so excited to see the excitement currently surrounding my friend and very talented artist Hamilton Glass, aka HAM?. HAM? has taken 2012 by storm. He has been killing work all over RVA: the RVA Street Art Festival, the G40 Art Summit, murals, gallery shows, and even skateboards. HAM? has been on point. And it’s cool to see RVA starting to take notice and support his work. At his most recent art opening, a solo show for West Coast Kix, there were people from all over that came to check out his display. His work is powerful and pleasing at the same time.
Spending time with HAM?, and his family, has allowed me to see the effort it takes for a major artist to be successful. It’s a merger between talent and opportunity. HAM? defiantly has the talent, it is nice to see that he is starting to get more opportunities. Be sure to check out his display this month at West Coast Kix and visit his web site: whosham.com.
This was an amazing weekend for RVA. The RVA Street Art Festival lived up to the bill. The weather was perfect and tons of Richmonders came out to see some of the best artist from RVA and around the country. Ed Trask, Jon Baliles, and the team that organized this amazing weekend should be very proud. The artist could not have been more accommodating – which is certainly tough when they have a job to do and working so closely with other artist – indeed felt slight pressure to do well. The gallery show was also dope – but overshadowed a bit by the live mural painting. Highlights of the final day: The groups photo below (awesome), Dalek’s appearance – unfortunately he did not paint a full mural but it was very cool that other artist represented his work on their murals, and Dalek and POSE hitting up an old ride in front of a live audience.
Victory: Ed Trask raises his arms as the RVA Street Festival concludes with a group photo. From Left to Right: POSE, El Kamino, Jon Baliles, Hense, Ed Trask, Jeff Soto, Dalek, HAM?, Chris Milk Hulburt, Richard Coleman (on end).
POSE and Dalek
Richard Coleman and Heide Trepanier
HAM? and Jeff Soto
Art 180 and Vizie
Ed Trask and El Kamino
Yesterday was an amazing day for the RVA Street Art Festival. The weather was amazing and RVA took full advantage. This event is really a “festival” in every way. There are beer trucks, food carts, entertainment, all kinds of stuff going on. Today is the last day – so travel down to the wall by Black Finn and check it out.
Jeff Soto (Cali) and Hense (Atlanta)
Pose (Chicago) signs for a fan and his work.
El Kamino (Richmond) and HAM? (Richmond)
My Art 180 partner Jen and the kids from Art 180 working on their wall.
The RVA Street Art Festival is underway. Ed Trask has brought to RVA some of the best artists from around the country and they are doing it at the Shockoe Bottom Flood Wall Power Plant (the part of the flood wall right by Black Finn). I went down twice yesterday to take the first round of Cheats Movement Photos. I will be down there again today — it’s a great day – check it out.
Not even going to front – I basically lost my S*$T on this one. Oh those shy global art legends. In this toast: Cheats, Shane (Art Whino), Tony (RVA Mag), and of course covered ROA, Pixel Pancho, Jaz, Lelo, and Aryz. All here for the amazing G40! (Photo by my dude BCMusic1st on the quick help out). #WESEEIT
If the arrival of Gaia to kick things off didn’t get you interested in the G40 Art Summit, I’m not sure what will. But here is another attempt. The amazing Pixel Pancho is killing his robots on Grace Street this weekend as a part of G40. The Italian artist does all types of work but told me yesterday that murals are where his heart is…check it out. Again, S/O to RVAMag and Art Whino for bringing this project to RVA.
What an amazing project! G40 is underway – again RVA Mag is driving this ship and you gotta give credit where it is due. Here are some of the final photos I took of Gaia. The mural is located at 11 West Grace Street. He is on his way down south, ATL, NOLA, and Memphis, before heading back to B-more. It was a great experience being able to photo this project. Like the Cheats Movement on FB for more…
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I’m always excited to meet young entrepreneurs in RVA. It doesn’t matter if you work in music – fashion – business – etc. – if you are doing something positive for the city and on your grind – I can appreciate that and, in a many ways, relate. I first worked with Slapdash at the RVA Music Fest: Hip Hop Hooray and it’s been love ever since. It’s one thing to be young and grinding in the hip hop scene – but what I respect about Slapdash is their work ethic promoting local hip hop events. Historically, RVA has struggled to maintain reoccurring hip hop events. That started to change in 2011 with the growing success of The Rebirth – FaceMelt Friday – and others that I know I’m forgetting (my bad). “Some” RVA venues (mostly notably The Camel – S/O to them) have really benefited for the attention that the RVA music is receiving theses days. That attention is also paying off for Slapdash creators Cain McCoy and Octavion Xcellence. Last weekend’s Slapdash event at the Camel, was not only supported by RVA hip-hop fans but also by some of the most talented hip-hop artist in RVA – (if they were performing or not). I will post all of The Cheats Movement Photos later this week but, “Why I Love RVA Today” — Team Slapdash. Below is a small preview of what is to come with my photos of the weekend — keep spreading the word about The Cheats Movement blog and LIKE THE CHEATS MOVEMENT ON FACEBOOK. RVA we are in this together!
CONRIZZLE – JUST RELEASED SOME NEW — CHECK THAT!
The article posted on Facebook last night and most will see it this week in the print edition of Style Weekly but one of RVA’s biggest unsolved mysteries is no more. That is because Keeley Laures decided it was time to end the mystery and talk about her amazing site Graffiti Richmond. I met Keeley last year while she was displaying art at Steady Sounds. We just started talking and became friends. I’m proud to say that she is a friend of the site and was instrumental in the 3 Part Graffiti Adventures photo series posted last year. I’m going to spend the rest of the week begging her to do an interview with me. I’ll keep you posted – Congrats Keeley!
“It seems like with abandoned buildings – they sort of take on a life of their own – a different life – a different type of community takes over when a building is left behind. An unseen community – the homeless – the artist – the explorers – bondage photographers.” — Decayed Richmond
Last week, I sat down with Decayed Richmond to talk about their amazing urban exploration project. Decayed Richmond has been killing RVA’s art-culture scene since they launched their website last spring. Documenting urban exploration has really skyrocketed in popularity with the growth of affordable cameras and the rise of the internet. Richmond, with all of its history, and unique appreciation for historic relevance, makes it a perfect backdrop for a state-of-the-art urban exploration project. Decayed Richmond is that project – but they need your help. Support them at: decayedrichmond.com
Below is only a snapshot of THE INTERVIEW. Click HERE (or the main menu tab) to read the full interview with Decayed Richmond.
Cheats Movement: Decayed Richmond really jumped on the scene last year. Tell me a little about the creation of Decayed Richmond?
Decayed Richmond: It started around the spring of last year. We basically started the site because we saw other sites about exploring abandoned buildings and wanted to start something of our own. We had a stock of pictures that have been collected over the years. We knew the photos would fit well on a website. So we went up with Decayed Richmond and it really blew up. Over the course of two or three days the site got like 200 to 300 followers. And that’s when we decided we wanted to shoot a movie about it.
Cheats Movement: There is defiantly an element of surprise every time that you explore a new building. What are some of the most unique things that have happened on site?
Decayed Richmond: The most unique, and the most recent, is the last time we went out – we ran into some other people doing bondage photography (fetish photography). We kind of spooked each other out. They ended up being very helpful. They showed us some different ways to get in and out of the building – but it was weird.
Cheats Movement: So when you go into a new building – what is the goal?
Decayed Richmond: It really varies. Going into a new building, we shoot photos and video. We try to explore all the ends and outs of the building. We try to learn a little bit of the history of the building before we go in so we have a better understanding of what a room could have been used for. One of the main goals is to always reach the roof of the building – seeing the rooftop.
Cheats Movement: What is the most interesting building that you’ve been in so far?
Decayed Richmond: It’s hard to pick one but the 25th street theater in Church Hill is really cool. Another would be Innerbake, the old cookie factory on Belvidere and Broad. Every time in that building is a new experience.
Cheats Movement: This seems like way more than just a website and movie to the Decayed Richmond team.
Decayed Richmond: It is. It’s something that we will do forever. Whenever we travel, any city, any town, we try to find something (to explore). You would be surprised how many places are just completely neglected. I feel like so many of these places would be great to give back to the community.
Cheats Movement: I feel like Richmond is one of the worst offenders of that – we have so many great opportunities to restore history here. Even the laws in Richmond, in regards to restoring abandoned properties are very tough.
Decayed Richmond: Yeah. That’s fortunate for us and what we are doing but tough for the city. There are so many places that can be turned into cool venues, artspaces, etc.
I think most people will agree that RVA is a close knit town — and that there are many positives (and negatives) about that aspect of our city. A positive is the close connection of talented people. Often I will be doing a project for The Cheats Movement and someone will ask, “have you seen my friend’s art work or have you heard my friend’s cd?” That is pretty normal and I love it. It is the best way to connect to what’s hot on the street.
Since I started this blog, the name Hamilton Glass has come up over and over from my friends and other artist. Though I was familiar with his mural work, I had never met HAM until a about a week ago. HAM’s talent is truly world class. I was instantly drawn in by the visual ascetic of his art and also the powerful messages he displays. I agreed that HAM would be perfect for a profile on the site but then I thought — PROFILES ARE NOT ENOUGH IN 2012.
I really want this site to be a part of RVA’s creative community. Instead of just profiles, I want to build real relationships with the talented people I highlight doing work in the city. So this post is just a start of my new goal.
HAM has blessed the site with a brand new 2012 logo and I will continue to highlight HAM’s work on this site. CHECKOUT HAM’S WEBSITE: www.whosham.com and hit him up for work.
Let me know what you think of the new logo by comment, facebook, twitter, or email. I want to know — and the first ever Cheats Movement stickers are coming later this month.
HAM X THE CHEATS MOVEMENT 2012