Monday, November 29, 2010

Featured Artist - Byron Brown - The Phukheadz

Today I wanted to take the time to talk about something a little bit different. I myself am a huge fan of art in all forms. Ever since I was a kid I have loved cartoons and drawing and I had a strong passion for Comic Books as well and the awesome artwork they contain. Granted there are many genres of music that I am found of and cars are another form of art that I have always been in love with. Of course there is always film and one of my favorite styles of film just happens to be Claymation. So, when I myself was inducted into the L.O.O.P., I could not have been happier. I was familiar with Byron and what he was doing with the Phukheadz and I was definitely looking forward to hopefully one day getting one myself. I did not have to wait terribly long as I was fortunate enough to meet up with Byron in Miami this past spring and I was presented with Phukhead #0734. Each Phukhead is hand made by Byron and they come in a custom handmade and numbered box as well as a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Byron has given Phukheadz to over 800 people and counting and some of the different ones he has done are just Phuking fantastic! I proudly display mine at home in the Shoe Skool Studios and it's something I will definitely keep for life. Byron Brown is one hardworking S.O.B. who is an awesome contributor to the Florida dance music scene and beyond. He puts together some of the best events in the Jacksonville area and people with a positive attitude like Byron are hard to come by. Quickly making friends wherever he goes, spreading the word of the Phukheadz far and wide and you can be sure you will see him at an event in the future with his hand-made collectibles. Check out his biography below and head on over to some of the Phukheadz’ pages to learn more about them.

The Phukheadz Induct Cypress Hill Into The L.O.O.P.
My name is Byron Brown. I am an artist based out of Jacksonville, FL who sculpts clay figures called Phukheadz that I present to different artists, comedians, musicians, dancers, fans and promoters as a way of saying thank you for all they do in entertaining me throughout my years. I run a photo journal on Facebook and MySpace of over 800 people who have received their very own Phukhead. Recipients have included Public Enemy, Cheech and Chong, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Juliette Lewis, Queensryche, Skinny Puppy, KRS One, DJ Qbert, Nitzer Ebb, Martin Atkins, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Steven Wright, John Leguizamo, Eddie Griffin, AIR, members of Wu-Tang Clan, Emilie Autumn, Steve Porter, Rabbit In The Moon, Combichrist, The Crystal Method, Plump DJs, Goldie, Wes Borland and the list goes on and on. The complete list can be found at MySpace and Facebook. There is also an online blog that features interviews with fellow L.O.O.P members. In a recent mission to add to the Loyal Order of Phukheadz, I came across another mission by Velvet Hammer (management for Cypress Hill). I joined their street team and handed flyers out to every corner of Jacksonville, from the night clubs, the beach spots, head shops, tattoo parlors, ticket outlets and over 900 invites on their event page on Facebook. For this, I earned two backstage passes for their Orlando stop on August 20, 2010 and the chance to do some Phukheadz biz. The spirits were high when I walked in the venue and even the staff and security was chiller than normal, probably due to all the smoke in the air. We went backstage and entered the stage door to watch Collie Buddz join Slightly Stoopid on stage. Then we went out into the loading dock and walked around the buses when I spotted the first inductee and newest member of Cypress Hill, DJ Julio G. I introduced myself and then presented him with West Coast Phuk, showed him the Phukheadz for the rest of the group and then he hollered at B-Real and Eric Bobo to come over.

B-real was inducted next with Dr. Greenphuk and Eric Bobo with Conga Phuk. When the guys saw Sen’s Phukhead, they all became super excited over the king-size blunt and old school Cypress hat he was reppin. B-Real asked me to give all my contact information to their tour manager and then pointed me in the direction of Sen Dog. We got the cameras rolling and documented the fourth and final presentation in which Sen showed so much excitement when he opened the box and saw Sen Phuk aka Blunted Phuk. We then followed Cypress Hill as they joined Slightly Stoopid for the encore and rocked the sold out crowd. Over all, out of the 800 plus Phukheadz presented, this was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had. Thanks to Cypress Hill for all the love and being really cool down to earth peeps. Thanks to Neal of Velvet Hammer and the security of Hard Rock for being there every step of the way and helping me get through a couple of road blocks. Thanks to Dan and Ann for helping me with the camera and all the foot work. Look forward to working with Velvet Hammer again, hopefully to induct Alice In Chains, System Of A Down and the VH crew.

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