Illustration

Illustration - Circle Cinema

When I was 13, my friend and I had my mom drop us off to see a movie. I don't remember what we told her we were seeing, but we knew what we were seeing - Pretty Woman. So our 13 year old selves watch the film, giggling along the way of course. We walk outside like we had just seen some Schwarzenegger movie and my mom says, "Pretty good movie, huh?"

"Um, what mom?"

" Oh I figured I was here anyway and I would  see a movie."

"MOOOOOMMMMMM!!!"

She had somehow snuck past us and grabbed a seat in the back of the theater. The embarrassment was crippling and we still laugh about it to this day. Mom - 1. Sneaky 13 year old me - 0.

The name of that theater - Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle. I always loved film and Circle Cinema (mom and Julia Roberts and all) was a major part of my growing up. Later in life, I studied art history and really fell hard for Pointillism - small, important parts making up a greater picture. I loved it.

I woke up in the middle of a 2016 night with an idea and typed with one finger, one eye and zero punctuation, "circle cinema movie posters made from circles." And the next day, my own Circle Cinema was born.

I was quite the horror movie buff from an early age. Probably too early. I learned much the vocabulary my mom was trying to shield me from watching Linda Blair and company.  

Before Disney threw their hat in the ring, George Lucas and John Williams brought a whole other world to life for me. I was a little too young to have seen Star Wars in the theater but one of my earliest memories is seeing The Empire Strikes Back and the mysterious Boba Fett. In this particular piece I took it a step further and each image is created with the amount of circles of the year that the character debuted. Note: Boba Fett is in the middle despite being 22 years ahead of Jango Fett because I was going with their chronology.

Illustration - Cursed Out Productions

As I stated in my "About Me" section, which I'm sure you have memorized by now, I am driven by music. I'm not one of those people with AirBuds in, walking down the wrong side of the sidewalk, professing that "Music is my life, man." What I mean is I find rhythm, tonality and harmony in everything. Even the most dissonant sounds  I picture with some version of James Brown's "Funky Drummer" breakbeat playing in the backdrop. In a way, my music has driven my art, and my art has driven my music. Cliche? Maybe. But true nonetheless.

I have run an independent record label in its current form since about 2002, Cursed Out Productions. The idea and name came to me in 1997, so I use "since 1997" in the logo because it makes me look much cooler. Pre-2000 and post-2000 are looked at very differently in the underground hip hop world. The reason I waited until 2002 to really start it up was because I was so very mediocre at just about everything in 1997. Since then, I have worked with hip hop pioneers such as Craig G from the Juice Crew, underground legends such as LMNO from The Visionaries and most importantly my home team, pictured above. You will see Cursed Out featured much more in the Campaigns page.

Illustration - Stand-Alone