In 2006, I started a company called Raised Fist Propaganda. The premise of it was to promote a lifestyle that intertwined Punk Rock, Reggae, and Skateboarding – 3 things that played a crucial role in my life growing up in New York. The Sublime record, “40 Oz. to Freedom” pretty much encompassed all of those things and remains one of my favorite albums.
In 2008, I began to expand the business, shooting photos and music videos for my favorite hip-hop & reggae artists in the scene. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to link up with one of my favorite reggae rock groups, Slightly Stoopid – which I am still shooting for to this day.
At the same time, I joined with some of NYC’s OG Skate legends (Zoo York, Supreme, Shut) to produce limited edition Legend Skate Decks at the Etnies Showroom in SOHO. Our party was called “Respect,” and brought together the skaters with reggae, hip-hop and punk bands.
This created the essential “lifestyle” of Raised Fist Propaganda -Music and Culture – promoting nothing but positive vibes. I owe a great deal of that type of thinking to the New York Punk rock and Hardcore scene as well – which can be seen in the very name of RFP. It’s not so much rebellion, but the “we can do it” mentality.
I am psyched to be working for The Pier as a photo-journalist. This creative outlet is something I can produce classic photos and articles for – documenting some of my favorite bands and spreading the good word about them.
IG = @RaisedFistPropaganda