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.


Blow Your Head Vol. 1: Dancehall

posted on September 28th, 2012 by in Article, Jamaican Style, Photography

Blow Your Head Vol. 1 – Dancehall

Diplo and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series “Blow Your Head”.

Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre. For [the first] volume, the duo traveled through Trenchtown, visiting Tuff Gong Studios, Gee Jam Studios and Sugarman Beach, documenting the most cutting-edge music and dance with candid photographs of the players and venues.

Each volume is an 8 x 10 inch, 96 page black and white softcover printed in a limited edition of 1,500 copies. It is available in stores October 1. Pre-orders can be placed through Picture Box.


SEEN recommends: 7 questions w/ Tattoo Phillip.

posted on September 27th, 2012 by in Article, Jamaican Style, Photography


© Alexander Richter

Sevens Clash keep releasing great reports from their travels through Jamaica.

After articles on Tommy Lee and Schoolboy Football, they did a studio visit and mini interview with “Tattoo Phillip” – the man currently running the tattoo scene in Jamaica.

Phillip’s professed specialty is detail and shading work, and with a client list that includes prominent musicians (Vybz Kartel filmed the video for Coloring Book at his studio, for example), Olympians, media personalities and Miss Jamaicas, his pedigree is unique among Jamaican tattoo artists.
– Sean Stewart

Read the whole story here.


Major Lazer X So Me: “Get Free” video.

posted on September 5th, 2012 by in Jamaican Style, Video

Not totally new but still a total pleasure to watch – Major Lazer’s video for “Get Free” featuring Amber Coffman:

Director So Me pairs Major Lazer‘s surprisingly understated, flute-embellished “Get Free” with the rhythms of life in Jamaica, setting shots of hair braiding, bench pressing and horse jockeying in time with Switch and Diplo’s chugging instrumental.

Via The Fader


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!