Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #4: For The Record.

posted on December 4th, 2013 by in Design, Jamaican Music, Stuff

For the Record

For day 4 of the SEEN Christmas 2013 gift guide, we picked a book released by Red Bull’s Music Academy.

“For the record” features 15 conversations with “people who have shaped the way we listen to music”. While from a Jamaica-lovers’ perspective, the talks between Adrian Sherwood and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry as well as Matias Aguayo and Sly & Robbie are probably the most interesting, e.g. the meet-ups of Benny Ill and Moritz von Oswald or Just Blaze and Paul Riser are definitely worth reading, too.

The 400 pages hardcover book is available from Die Gestalten.


Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #1: Sevens Clash Zine.

posted on December 1st, 2013 by in Article, Design, Jamaican Style, Photography

Sevens Clash Zine

In August 2012, photographer Alexander Richter and writer Sean Stewart spent seven days documenting music, art, sports and street life in Kingston, Jamaica.

They e.g. went digging at Augustus Pablo’s Rockers International; met an Australian abstract sculptress planting artistic roots downtown; navigated arcane stroll politics in New Kingston; visited dancehall deejay Ice Cold on a rainy night in Mud Town; reasoned with reggae revivalist Protoje; convened with Uncle Demon and the legion; and found the sweet science of bruising resurgent at Stanley Couch Gym.

The content they gathered was posted at sevensclash.com on a bi-weekly basis over the course of the following seven months. Now, they feature a selection of their favorite stories from the project with some fresh design and a bunch of previously unreleased photos in a 7.75” x 10.5” zine. Laser-printed in full color, the 40 page publication comes with a postcard and stickers and is limited to 100 pieces.

Find out more.


GABE at Subliminal Projects.

posted on March 24th, 2013 by in Design, GABE, Jamaican Artists

GABE - Art in the Dancehall – Subliminal Projects
Photo via Shimmy Shimmy

Art in the Dancehall – the exhibition curated by Al Fingers and Suze Webb celebrating illustration and design in Jamaican music, from 1979 to the present day – recently hit Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles.

That meant that also some work from SEEN’s GABE was displayed at Shepard Fairey’s gallery and it means that if you are interested in in buying some of his prints or work from other Art in the Dancehall artists like Daniel David Freeman, Denzil “Sassafras” Naar, Ellen G., Jamaal Pete, Peter Edward, Robin Clare, Tony McDermott or Wilfred Limonious, you should head over to the Subliminal Projects online store.


Art in the Dancehall at PUMA Yard.

posted on July 28th, 2012 by in Event, GABE, Jamaican Style

PUMA Yard

Art in the Dancehall – the exhibition featuring Dancehall-related work from legendary artists like Limonious, Jamaal Pete, and Tony McDermott as well as SEEN’s art director GABE amongst other contemporary designers – set up shop in London.

From 27 July to 12 August, the show curated by Shimmy Shimmy und Al Fingers (large up again!) stops by the PUMA Yard to celebrate dancehall illustration and design from 1980 to the present day.

On Monday, GABE will be heading to London to be at the vernissage.

GABE - Words, Power & Sound Special EditionBefore leaving, he got one of his artworks at display at the event – a black and white relick of his WORDS, POWER & SOUND design – printed on a super-limited run of 25 tanktops.

There are a couple of Mediums left. If you want one, head over to GABE’s Facebook page. Fast!


SEEN recommends: Art in the Dancehall.

posted on June 19th, 2012 by in Design, Event, GABE

Art in the Dancehall
Poster design by GABE

Today, Shimmy Shimmy and Al Fingers announced their new project for 2012, Art In The Dancehall, an exhibition co-curated in association with Puma, BASS Festival and Jamaica50:

The exhibition, to be in both Birmingham and London this summer, will feature work from foundation Jamaican artists Limonious, Jamaal Pete, celebrated poster designer Sassa, and UK go-to Greensleeves artist, Tony McDermott.

Alongside this, we present five young artists from around the world keeping the tradition alive: Ellen G (Israel), Robin Clare (Jamaica), GABE (Germany), Daniel David Freeman (UK) and Peter Edwards (UK).

It will feature a never before exhibited photograph of Limonious, alongside exclusive and specially commissioned pieces.

See the exhibition in Birmingham from 27th June to 13th July at The Drum (144 Potters Lane, B6 4UU) or in London from 27th July to 12th August at Puma Yard (Boiler House, 150-152 Brick Lane, E1 6RU).

Visit www.artinthedancehall.co.uk for more information.