It has been awhile since I have posted an update on the New York poster, but it is not like I haven’t been working on it. On the right side of the poster, I included a two-story house party. The top floor is an homage to the unofficial birthplace of hip-hop. Most people acknowledge that the party DJ Kool Herc and his sister threw at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on August 11, 1973 helped propel the hip-hop movement forward. At the party, DJ Kool Herc unveiled his new technique of extending the beginning and middle of songs with two turntables. Yes, that is Kool Herc working the turntables in the back of the room. And yes, the design of the room is based off a photograph I found of 1520 Sedgwick. If you want to read more about this party, click here for the Wikipedia link.
As for the rest of the illustration, I have continued to include names, places, fashion, and themes of the beginnings of hip-hop. The posters in the back reference famous hip-hop artists and the clubs that were known for showcasing the best hip-hop music and talent. The posters are vaguely patterned off of party announcements from that era. The fashions specifically included were nameplate jewelry, winter jackets, white gloves, afros, bell bottoms, and shoe laces tied up pant legs. Also, I included John Travolta’s character from Saturday Night Fever. The disco era was not well respected amongst the hip-hop community, but it is important for me to include as many icons from New York during that era.