City Link Best of Miami: Brimstone127 Photograph

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Brimstone127 has done it again. He has been voted rapper of the year in South Florida by City Link Magazine. His smooth ryhmes and positve works in the community makes him an original Miami B Boy. Included is an original photograph by Jacob Schere.

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City Link best of Miami Brimstone127

This past year, we’ve seen a surfeit of excellent new local hip-hop acts (???Mayday!, anyone?) and newsworthy events from some of South Florida’s stalwarts (both Garcia and DJ Khaled dropped albums, for example). Nevertheless, we keep going back to Seth Schere, a.k.a. Brimstone127. When we booked the rapper and producer at last year’s City Link Music Fest, we had only a vague inkling of who he was. He had to follow a slow set at The Poor House by a crooning singer-songwriter that, while poignant, sucked the energy from the room. By the time Brimstone127 had finished performing, the crowd was on its feet, shouting, moving and electrified. And we damn straight knew his name.

Creature Magazine (UK): A Few of My Favorite Things: Fry, Tekiya, Games of Chance and the Japanese Summer Matsuri

Thursday, October 25th, 2007
In the recent edition of the UKmagazine Creature Magazine, an article titiled A Few of My Favorite Things: Fry, Tekiya, Games of Chance and the Japanese Summer Matsuri was published in the issue on summer festivals. Along with the article of the Japanese festivals there re articles and work by other great artist. Be sure to drop by and give them a shout out from Lucid Communication. a direct link to the Creature Magazine Festival issue here!

Japanese Matsuri ( Festival )

A Few of My Favorite Things: Fry, Tekiya, Games of Chance and the Japanese Summer Matsuri

Weaving my way though the yukata clad crowd allowing the grilling aromas to fill my nostrils. The air was hot and sticky. Like it always is here on a sizzling August night in Tokyo. Lets back track for a minute so you can catch up with me. It’s summer here in Japan, and summer festivals are in full swing. Countless festivals take place across the country, ranging in size from tiny neighborhood get-togethers to ones that bring entire cities together. Typically they fall into one of 4 categories, fireworks, Bon Odori (folk dancing), centred around a religious Shrine or Temple, or one of the newer styles such as a Samba festival in the heart of Tokyo. Whether its attended by hundreds or hundreds of thousands the mood is pretty much the same.

Back to the steamy streets of my festival. Heat rises off the ground as sweat rolled down the back of my neck. The Bon Odori stage is 3 stories tall toped off with a series of Taiko drums, just like a cherry on a sundae erected out of steel pipes and huge red and white cloth. The different teams of dancers lead the crowds in a series of set moves. Like that of country line dancing except that the lines are circular, and instead of cowboy boots and jeans, most wear straw sandals and Yukatas. The folk music comes blasting out over a PA system and the Taiko drums add a thick layer of BOOM to the music. The crowds follow the team dancers and kick up dust in circles around the tower, but all this dancing and shuffling has left me hungry and craving something icy cold to take the sting of the hot night away.



This lead my stomach to my favourite part of the festival the street vendors. They whip all kinds of tasty little tit-bits on skewers and run sleazy games of chance for the young ones. The Japanese version of the carnies, Tekiya, run all the booths. They are related to the yakuza, and must pay some tribute to the local boss in order to ensure a hot spot to put up their booths or else be vanquished to the fringes of the festival. Heckling the cute girls in their matching Yukatas and bags, egging on the youth who try to catch goldfish with a paper net before it melts into nothing, these are the faces of the Tekiya. Some of their faces show years behind the sizzling grills, others youthful girls with dyed blonde hair serving up shaved ice with candy coloured syrup. The stalls light up the night sky. Hues of red, orange act like bug zappers, pulling in all the customers to their stalls. I can’t resist any longer and I happily wait in line to get a piece of FRY. Yeah that’s right, fry. It’s a simple concoction of flour, water, a little seasoning, flash fried and slopped with a sweat soy sauce. UMMMMM good. Its hot oily goodness slides down my throat and is good news to my growling stomach.

All these colours swirl in my eyes. The booth lights, glowing led necklaces, all blur into my mind’s eye. The charcoal grills roast up the night even more. Cotton Candy waifs pass me. A deep breath brings all the smells winding there way down to my stomach The long hot days, the longer steamy beer fuelled nights and tasty grilled bits in the bottom of my gut, these are a few of my favourite things.

Jacob Schere


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ISM a Community Project Magazine V. 04 I. 03

Monday, October 1st, 2007

ISM a Community Project Magazine just released its autumn issue. ISM is a non-profit orgaization dedicated to the promotion and support of the arts. They distribute the magazine internationally. In the autumn 2007 issue features an article on Jacob Schere’s photographic works. Entitiled “Refining and Defining”, with text by Lisa Tanaka. In addition to that essay it features an interview with Shepard Fairey (Obey), and the photographer Diane Arbus, plus many other exciting artist.ISM Magazine is widely distributed throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. ISM: a community project is available at selected Barnes & Noble, Borders, Hastings, and a wide range of independent bookstores, newsstands and museum shops. Also available though thier website. Please support the arts and pick up a copy. are the images used in the article at a higher resoution.Enjoy, and again, please pick up a copy.REFINING AND DEFININGLISA TANAKA textJACOB SCHERE image”Monet painted haystacks out in the countryside. To him they were the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. And literally, he shed light for us on how beautiful something so ordinary can be. For me that’s the challenge. Go out into the world and find those things that I find beautiful. Show the world what captivates and thrills me.”Jacob Schere may be an ordinary man, but he has a not-so-ordinary view of the world. He is the creator of collages, photographs and clothing designs. Living in the centerfolds of Tokyo, Japan has given him insight on how ordinary things can be the most beautiful. One of hi s projects includes a collection of photographs taken of the “lost and found” tradition in Tokyo which is as follows: If someone finds an item that is clearly a lost object, they will place it in a unique place and situation so that the owner may find the item. Schere’s photo collection captures the uniqueness of this culturally insignificant tradition. While this is an everyday practice for the Japanese, Schere has found beauty in the cleverness and conscientiousness of such an act. The care that is put into preparing the the lost items so that they may be found is almost surprising.Though photography Schere has found a way to communicate his view of beauty. “Unfortunately a lot of people don’t ever realize what they have that is beautiful. Or they ignore it and stuff it way down deep. Or even worse they never look for it in the first place. Schere stands out as a photographer because he defines beauty as people in their natural environments. “People are a product of their environment. The smells, sights, and happenings of a neighborhood all rub off on them. The aesthetic of just being in a place and time is a totally unpretentious act.” Some of Schere’s most interesting work is of the simplest things. Schere communicates the idea that something is beautiful for the mere fact that it exists beyond anything else. He can capture a house as it stands alone, but what exactly does he see? Not a representation of a building, but of a home and all that it encompasses; those magical moments that happen in a home between family members when one is alone.While this is a unique talent, it took Schere years to truly acknowledge his abilities. “The process to saying that I have talent, or an ability to really express something took a long time. It was there under the surface somewhere, but truly didn’t bubble up until university and beyond. To keep on refining and defining my way.And Schere continues to define his way. Schere is still growing as an artist and he allows that of himself. He believes that art has healing power, not only individually, but universally. “We let so many things stand in our way, our faith, religions, cultural differences. Rather than see the similarities we only notice what is different. I hope that art can help bring people together. To let them see and experience the world as one people rather than Us and Them. Artists should strive to create these kinds of work. Work that will stimulate ideas, awaken the mind, and overcome injustices.

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