Hi, 'My Name Is' Known As Unknown. On my birth certificate it says Martin Donnelly, but I've chosen to ignore that and call myself something mysterious and slightly cool. Known As Unknown allows me to create stuff based on things I love, and this collection is no exception. Hip hop has been in my blood since I was a kid, and although it's now a distant memory, the sights and sounds are not. With this collection I have brought together several of my favourite Hip hop artists, past and present, but with a twist.
I want to strip back the on-stage, larger than life persona to reveal the ordinary people that became extraordinary.
Identity is everything when it comes to creating an alter ego. Hip hop is full of egos born from the need to reinvent, change or escape something (usually from the darker side of life). An alias, as with any great super hero, is a way to be somebody else, be larger than life, fearless, defiant and untouchable. A way to protect your real identity. It can give you status, power and make you loved. Pick the right name and you can be unstoppable.
So, for instance if your name was… let’s say Tracy Lauren Marrow, and you grew up on the tough gun-tooting streets of south Los Angeles, it might’ve been a good idea to pen a new AKA ASAP. Tracey Lauren isn't going to provide the kind of bulletproof armour you want people to think you’re wearing. So enter stage right: Ice T.
This is a celebration of hip hop’s most unique individuals; a collection built on my own personal love for a super culture since the age of 12. From the 80s & 90s old skool pioneers, to the noughties and the teenies torch carriers. But... I want you to take a step back and celebrate the extraordinary people behind the masks. The everyday folk that were born to be kings (or queens!).
A collection Hip hop's finest as they momz originally intended.
These legends will test your hip hop knowledge and see if you can correctly identify each b-boy or b-girl from their birth name and likenesses, alone. It's kinda the 'guess who's who' of the hip hop world.
Let the fun begin.
The collection is currently receiving a lot of love on Twitter and Instagram. I've had nothing but positivity from the community and several of the artists in question. With likes, follows, reposts, retweets and favourites from the likes of Public Enemy, Terminator X (Public Enemy), DMC,
Dj Hurricane (Beastie Boys), MC Ren (NWA), The Wu-Tang Brand,
Odd Futures, Posdnuos & Maseo (De La Soul), Kid (Kid 'n' Play),
Digital Underground, Grand Puba (Brand Nubian), Pharoahe Monch, Pepa (Salt 'n' Pepa) Will Smith and the one and only Ice Mutha F**kin T. As you can imagine, I'm pretty humbled to think these guys have even seen my work, let alone liked it.
With your help, my aim is to get the 'My Name Is' collection printed and delivered to you, to hang on your walls. I'm proposing four different products, with a number of pledge entry levels:
1. Postcard of each of the individual Hip Hop legends. Signed by myself
2. 12x12inch Giclee Fine Art Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching, of each individual Hip Hop legend. Signed by myself
- 3. Limited edition 50x70cm screen print (art stock 230gsm - two colour black and metallic gold ink). Signed and numbered by myself.
4. Limited edition 100-page coffee table book. Featuring all of the hip hop legends from the collection. Signed and numbered by myself. Specs:12x12inch - image wrap hard cover - premium matt #100 (148 gsm)
The artists represented are as follows: E Double, Grand Puba, Laurn Hill, Pete Rock, Pusha T, P Diddy, Ludacris, Marley Marl, Jean Gray, Pharoahe Monch, Redman, Kid N Play, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, ODB, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, RZA, Master Killah, U-God, DMX, DJ Kool Herc, Missy Elliott, Big Pun, Salt N Pepa, Q-Tip, Quest Love, LL Cool J, Common, Everlast, Heavy D, Talib Kweli, Schoolly D, Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Master Flash, Kurtis Blow, Kool Moe Dee, Mos Def, Humpty Hump, J Dilla, Busta Rhymes, The Game, Rick Ross, Guru, DJ Premier, Truegoy, Posdnuos, Maseo, MC Hammer, The Fresh Prince, Jazzy Jeff, Biz Markie, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Rakim, Eric B, Bushwick Bill, DJ Hurricane, MCA, Ad Rock, Mike D, Andre 3000, 50 Cent, B Real, Nas, Slick Rick, KRS1, Coolio, Drake, Rick Rubin, Jam Master Jay, Run, DMC, Russell Simmons, 2 Pac, Notorious B.I.G, MF Doom, Little Wayne, Snoop Dog, Mellie Mel, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Ice Cube, Easy E, MC Ren, Dr Dre, Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Flavor Flav, Chuck D, Terminator X, Just-Ice.
Risks and challenges
There is zero risk for me. I love what I do and can't wait to share these with you all.
All of the photos above are mock-ups to help represent what I am hoping to achieve. They are not final prints.
Please note that the gold colour within the images for the large print (50x70cm) is for illustrative proposes only. The gold in the final print will be a classic metallic ink.
All of the character designs are 100% my own, from my tiny little imagination.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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