A Hot Minute With Hip Hop Art Legend Cey Adams
Cey Adams has spent his entire career exercising the perfect balancing act: in addition to being a successful artist, he’s also the mastermind behind Def Jam Records’ visual design firm. If you’re in NYC, you’ll see his work firsthand…both on the street and inside some of the city’s most prestigious museums. As if that weren’t enough, his work with the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige (to name a few) certainly cements his name as one of legendary proportions in both realms of expertise.
Needless to say, we were stoked to find him inside the Juxtapoz Clubhouse this afternoon. Check out our 60-second convo below.
What is the most insane thing you’ve ever created or painted?
Wow, well you know last month I painted an American flag for the opening of the new National Museum of African American History And Culture. And you know the opening dedication was done by President Obama, so it was a big deal.
Did you meet the President?
No, because I was too busy making a flag like this!
IF you met the President, what would you say?
Same. We’re going to miss him.
Ok, if you could paint your whole body one color, what would it be?
Wow, damn, that’s a good question. I would probably say black.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Hmm…steak from a place called Lucien on the Lower East Side.
That’s a dope spot!
Yeah, that’s my birthday place, and whenever I sell a piece, that’s where I go to celebrate.
So since you’re based in New York; can you name two more of your favorite spots to hang out in the city?
There’s a place in DUMBO called Superfine, and then Red Rooster in Harlem, which is my buddy’s spot…Marcus Samuelsson.
Cool. One more question—would you rather only be able to wear an outfit made entirely of magazine pages for the rest of your life or not be able to paint for 10 years?
Oh, definitely the 10 years not being able to paint. I mean you know with an outfit made of magazine paper, the minute it rains, you’re in trouble.
Very true. Someone needs to capitalize on waterproof paper.
Image courtesy of Akhil Sesh
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