Bumrush Optics: All Day with MDK

We know we made you guys wait a while for this but hopefully the video more than makes up for it.  This shoot took place on what initially seemed like another gloomy Sunday, with skies overcast and light rain occasionally drizzling through EDSA on our way to meet up with MDK.  Thankfully, the sun came out and ended any threat to our shoot that morning.  Skate junkies and students littered the place, as well as random tourists who ventured around and took pictures as unobtrusive kalesas circled the streets from time to time.  Little children sat with us as we all watched everything that was going on. We couldn’t have asked to be at a better place.  Loud speakers and good music were the only things missing.

Thankfully, MDK’s own Defcon provided us with the score.  The rugged, Shaolin-style beats sound like a RZA-type production and fit seamlessly with the footage that’s coming your way.

MDK is one of the  few crews in Manila made up of a complete roster of  MC’s, beat makers and graffiti artists. In this Sunday afternoon session amongst ruins and broken down abandoned spaces, we focused on the visual aspect of the crews vision, exploring the colors that fill up their world. We present to you Iron and Meow of the MDK camp.

Books: Various

Jean Robert observed a padlock resembling a face. After this peculiar ‘fascination at first sight’ moment, Jean and his brother, Francois, started shooting anything that resembled faces from key holes to door knobs, locks, bags, telephones, manholes and so much more. I found this book a few years back and it’s been one of my favorite art-photography driven reading materials ever since.

This excellent hardbound features some of the best street art around the world. The cover says it all, ‘5 Continents’! The photographs are just as vivid as the art you’ll find inside. Add this to your collection if you come across it anywhere! This is a legit wicked read through intense visual madness.

Grabbed this one as soon as it became available at Fully Booked. This is a keeper until I die and not even a grave digger could take this away from me. Justin Bua‘s imaginative inner-city illustrations sketches us through his youth growing up in urban New York and tells us his story on the birth of Hip-hop. An amazing book to have in your shelve!

WARNING: Sick drawings inside!