Jus Chillin on the Block with the Boys

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So my list of side projects grows (and my gym visits have evaporated). I am now working with my friend, Keegan Simon, and his business The 1ndividual Aesthetic. For those of you who aren't familiar with Keegan's great work see Machel Montano's album artwork for Carnival 2014, and also his Addy Award Winning spraycan t-shirt packaging. Anyway, Keegan's influences include pop art and street art and our collaboration is making me pay attention to the 'graffiti' around Port of Spain a little bit more.

 

I was walking to my car from a restaurant and was literally arrested by these charcoal (?) drawings of faces on a wall in the veritable ruins of an old Newtown house (foundation, fence and front steps are all that's left). It was really the first time I'd seen street art in which the images looked so decidedly and unapologetically Caribbean. I couldn't wait to come back to shoot with  "the boys" (do you get it? It's like they're my friends...that's why I'm waving lol). And of course put on my new grafitti dress (isn't this the most literal outfit you can imagine! lol. No points for creativity for me here).

 

What do you think? Art or eyesore?

 

Photography: Kyle Walcott

Dress: Zara, Boots: Steve Madden, Identity Necklace: Nastygal