For Mello Music Group artist Open Mike Eagle & Paul White’s video for “Dang Invincible” they linked up indie 2D animation studio, Doulzia to create the visuals. The result is an awesome anime style cartoon.
Doulzia founder and director Alex Pierre explains the premise of the video:
“Conceptually the video parallels Mike’s stream of consciousness and the narrative style of rap. The video follows Studio Doulzia’s Noul (the protagonist of their film concept Skeletonblood) moving through train cars in a New York Subway Q Train. Noul anxiously looks for a train car where she can feel at ease, her journey speaks to finding assurance and humor in the subtle unfamiliarities that exist within the atmosphere of intimate settings like train cars, that otherwise could make a person feel vulnerable. The song felt really visceral, and we wanted to capture that as much as we can visually.”
The video debuted on Adult Swim’s Toonami last month (2/25/17), pretty dope!!
As a diverse and international team largely made up of marginalized people native to and currently residing in the USA, Canada, and Japan we celebrate our own distinctive personal experiences, embracing our familiarities and learning from our differences.
We would hope that not only artists would be inspired by our model to spread the concept of universal togetherness and invest energy to make that a part of their own lives . For animators, we hope to demonstrate that you can do this with or without industry. You don’t need anyone’s permission, you can carve out your own space.
Our overarching goal is crafting feature film animation reflective of groups unfairly censored or underrepresented in media; POC and LGBTQ people, While refining Doulzia’s house aesthetics. As well as stretch the culture of animation to reach disciplines in fashion and music.
Directed by Alex Pierre
Music Producer Paul White
Vocals Open Mike Eagle
Art Director: Suzuka Kishida
Lead Animator: Nijuku
Core Animation Team: Sam Speck & Lukas Anderson
Additional Animation: Silver Paul, Suzuka Kishida
Pixel Animation/Art: Alex Pierre
Character Design: Suzuka Kishida & Alex Pierre
Animation Cleanup/Color: Seth McGhee, Nijuku, Sam Speck, Lukas Anderson, Alex Pierre, Yvonne Ho
Background Art: Suzuka Kishida
Storyboards: Alex Pierre
Compositor: Eric Braford
Translation: Daniel Ruiz, Eric Bradford
Skeletonblood created by Alex Pierre
Animation Assistance: Kofi Fiagome, Jay Luo
Logo Vector: CYKNG
Audio Assitance: Brian Perry
Translation: Sohail Oz Ali
Color/Lighting Advice: Yog Joshi
From the album “Hella Personal Film Festival”
We Love stuff like this!!
THIS IS HIPHOP!!!
Totally Rad Illustration by Jay Reed
One of our favorite Designer/illustrators Jay Reed recently dropped a dope BMX inspired illustration called “Totally Rad” on his IG page!. It’s a modern day take on the classic RAD movie poster. Jay Kept the font similar to the original but this time he has a kid doing a tail whip with some cool graphics in the background.
This joint had us hyped!! Hopefully Jay will be doing more dope BMX pieces! You can follow his IG below
Raleigh Nelson Vails Inspired “Teaba”, Frame Art By Zephyr
We’re loving this new Nelson Vails inspired fixed gear/single speed complete called “Teaba” by Raleigh.
“Designed for street riding and track racing, the Teaba is a fixed gear single speed steel bike with higher-end componentry for serious riders. This bike boasts a lightweight alloy frame, carbon fork, FSA stem and seat post, and fixed free capabilities (to run as a single speed or fixed gear), as well as removable brake hardware/cable guides for a clean, finished look. The Teaba comes with bullhorn pursuit bars and toe clips (for legal racing), an extra set of riser bars to swap out for riding around town, and extra brake levers and grips.”
“The Teaba was inspired by Nelson Vails—the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic Medal in cycling. Created by Raleigh in collaboration with Nelson and his best friend, famous graffiti artist, Zephyr, the Teaba’s story actually takes place before Nelson’s Olympic days when he rode fixed gear bikes as a messenger in NYC.”
“The frame features unique top tube art and meaningful original illustrations by Zephyr including Nelson’s signature Converse Chuck Taylor Hi Tops, an iconic dime (what Nelson used to call his messenger service for the location of his next job), the flags of the Checkered Cab (onto which Nelson grabbed bumpers to catch rides), the notorious TOGA bike shop (where messengers hung out), and Cat’s Paw Hill in Central Park (where Nelson and the crew met to ride and skate), among others.”
Below is a series of video Raleigh produced featuring Nelson Vails and Zephr talking about the Teba and their early days in NYC
Kid Carvers & The Backyard Bike Bandits
133art released the cover to volume #2 of the their comic book series Kid Carvers & The Backyard Bike Bandits and had to share it with you!! We got the co-creator of the comic, Jason Reeves of 133art to let us know all about it!
“So Kid Carvers, named for one of Black history’s great polymaths Gorge Washington Carver, is our contribution to the Black Speculative Fiction movement. It is first, an all-ages action adventure about genius twins Marley & Charlie Carver, who in the wake of a rash of bike thefts in the neighborhood decide to take matters into their own hands, and solve these crimes. The become junior detectives, using their brilliant minds and gadgets to unravel the mystery of the Backyard Bike bandits. Its a childhood romp through the city of New Orleans(where I’m from), that’s one part Goonies, one part Scooby-Doo, last part Doctor Who.”
“At the same time, Kid Carvers is our statement to the masses, Black kids and kids of color can be their own heroes, they are brilliant, and when they put their heads together they can solve the problems that challenge us. Doing a ton of conventions in the past few years, we saw that there were few, if any, all-ages books that the kids could take home with them. As much as we love our rated pg-13 and mature style comics, having to tell parents that maybe this book or that was a little too old for their little ones, was a problem for us. Alverne and I remember being inspired to create from the comics we got to take home and consume as kids and we wanted to provide that. So we set out to fill that need as we saw it, and Kid Carvers was born.”
“In issue #2 (which dropps Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 at Black Comix Day in San Diego:
the twins are deep into their investigation and we introduce a few new mysterious characters, like Dr. Lance Beaudrox. The twins’ is the prime suspect and owner of Beaudrox’s Bike Shop. And we also get to flashback to a New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, when all the kids including Joe Carver (the twins’ Dad) raced their bikes in the Crescent City Cross!”
Pre Order your copy of Kid Carvers & The Backyard Bandits HERE