AFROPUNK FEST 2014
Paintings? Check. House of Daveed bow ties? Check. Van? Check. Snacks? Check.
Let's go to AfroPunk!
Every year in August, masses from all over the world swarm Brooklyn, NY for the culture explosion known as AfroPunk Festival. This year, The Fox & Monocle was privileged to be among the vendors in The AfroPunk Market, which took place for the duration of the festival.
This tremendous opportunity allowed us to showcase our work to a completely new and exciting audience, as well as network with a wider range of artists and designers from all over the world. There is no denying, NYC is known for its love for art, and its breading ground of inspiration and we were blessed enough to make use of all the apple city has to offer. Some foxes among the group had yet to experience New York in this light, and found themselves at home among the local creatives that overwhelmed the scene. Its no surprise to know this trip brought with it a sense of urgency to not only take the next step as The Fox and Monocle, but that as individuals, a divine inspiration could be felt inciting a drive for the big city that might've literally been contagious.
There were times along the road to Afro Punk, that made it look like an impossible feat, and yet, every need was met. From transportation, to logistics, to nourishment, God saw fit to provide us not only with the talent that got us there, but the material things required to make it a success. Among Gods many wonderful gifts, is the gift of beautiful people, people of all colors, of all personalities, of all beliefs, and their ability to harmonize with one another in a common love for life, freedom, music, and art. There'd be no adequate way to describe the Afropunk scene, to call it a rare sight would be an understatement, its not enough to say you've never seen anything like it. Afro Punk represents the unrepresented, it is a compilation, comparable to an orchestra, with its variations of similarity, endless sounds playing together in perfect harmony.
Among the endless inspirations lurking around Afro Punk was the obvious sense of fashion that is undoubtedly unique to the eclectic styles of the AfroPunk fairgoer. Grunge, Afrocentricity, Pop, Hipster, and Punk, are just a few of the many representations of black people parading around Commodore Barry Park. Trying to capture the life of the event, the vibrant colors, both rich skin tones, and bold fabrics, kept the eyes on high alert, trying to take it all in. I'm sure the romantics were searching for their better halves among the crowd, chances of love at first sight definitely increased within the gates of Afro punk. Music lovers, waited in line and stood among the masses for their favorites to grace the stage and for the chance to bump into them in the market places. All forms of art could be seen and experienced, painters, musicians, fashion designers, dancers, and culinary artists, what more could one really ask for? AfroPunk is without a doubt one of the most unique and beautiful gatherings to be enjoyed.