Cey Adams is a legendary New York graphic designer and visual artist. His iconic client list includes JayZ, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G, Mary J Blige, Public Enemy and so many more. Our first podcast episode is starting with a bang, Cey Adams is an incredible artist with incredible stories – we take a deep dive into his origins, graphic design, hip hop music, grafitti, fine-art, and more.
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Examples of designers working with old school 'paste-up design'
12:40 - Russell Simmons with RUN DMC
15:17 – Andy Warhol (and Debbie Harry)
15:30 – grafitti artist and now fine artist Eric Haze in the 80s, and more recently
16:30 – Andy Warhol with Mick Jagger at a club; and, out & about in NYC.
18:25 - Interview Magazine was founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol and his friend John Wilcock. After Andy's death in '87 the magazine changed hands a number of times and is still being published today with well over 500 issues having been published.
21:50 – 1st generation Apple computers were used at DefJam
23:01 – Beastie Boys 'Licensed to Ill' tour 1986/87
25:30 – Beastie Boys - Cookie Puss 12”
26.12 – Real Roxanne
27:00 – a series of logos designed by Cey Adams
32:43 – Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
Public Enemy's front man, Chuck D, is also a graphic designer and visual artist. He designed the super famous Public Enemy logo.
37:30 – Steve Carr, Cey Adams' business partner and co-owner of The Drawing Board Graphic Design (I'm assuming this photo is from the early 90s, based on wardrobe)
45:00 – Cey Adams set up a proper studio to start pursuing collage as an art form
45:23 – Some of Cey Adams 'Trusted Brands' art series
55:30 - EMPD cover art by incredible comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz (art direction and design by Cey Adams and Steve Carr)
56:40 - Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop
59:00 - The Museum of Grafitti, Miami