MCA DAY 2014 Comes to a Close

Friends… what an incredible, unforgettable, crazy, fun, moving and epic day today has been. We are still taking in and trying to process all of the raw emotion and beauty that we witnessed here today in Brooklyn.

At this time the art show and MCA Day NYC has come to a close, but this legacy is far from over. Many other MCA-related events across the US and GLOBE have yet to begin today and this weekend, so please keep on shining that light for Adam today and every day. Honor his memory by being a leader, a friend, or an inspiration. There are so many ways to make the world around us better, just pick one and get to task with that trademark Yauch ferocity.

Let me close by saying it’s been a true honor to get to work alongside so many incredibly fun and creative people, and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Mike Kearney and the entire MCA Day 2014 planning crew. I love all of you so much and my heart is so full with gratitude and pride in the work we’ve been able to accomplish.

Adam’s work here is not yet complete, because his music and message continues to inspire and bring people together, and quite frankly, that’s an incredibly admirable legacy that will stand for generations. I hope that he can feel all the love being sent his way today.

Yours in Gratitude,

Michelle “Shutterbugs” Lawlor
Curator/Organizer/MCA Day Co-conspirator and Bass Lovin’ B Girl

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Marc Verri

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Up next we have work from artist Marc Verri.

About Marc:

I am an art teacher, headstone etcher, wrestling coach, husband and dad.

What the Beasties Mean to Him:

I can apply the Beastie boys to any hat i wear in life. I can also apply them to any time in my life since i was 13.

The thing that has kept them current for my life is the ability to change as you age and mature but to keep true to being yourself. Change with the times, change with time, but keep your essence. MCA investigated his soul and his place in the world through all  levels of change. That’s what cool is.

Check out Marc’s work at: www.verrioriginal.com

 

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Jessica Valentin

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Next up we have art from Jessica Valentin.

About Jessica Valentin:

Jessica Valentin, ratgrrl is a dynamic, self-taught artist. She weaves together familial influences: listening to old schol hip-hop with her brothers and sister; sharing her mother’s love of french provincial furniture; her father’s humor;  dealing with love, loss and grief; and superheroes in her family. She creates mournful celebrations in her work. Comfortable with using graffiti and comic book style techniques in her work, she dips into serious and dark subject matter in a colorful, playful way. Influenced by loved ones here and gone, she honors them with color and sadness; putting torn pieces together creating something whole and new.

What the Beasties Mean to Her:

The Beastie Boys were the soundtrack for my youth and beyond. The music is dope, and the 3 beasties are just as dope. MCA was a symbol for growing as a person and doing the right, just thing. I respect that he lived a good life, and feel that the world would be better with more human beings like him in it. It would be my honor to show my work on MCA day! xoxo

Check out her work at: www.ratgrrl.com

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Fiorella Tosca

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Next up we have art from Fiorella Tosca – all the way from Italy! Fiorella submitted last year and we are thrilled to be able to welcome her back again.

About Fiorella:

Hi, everyone!

Born and bred in Rome-Italy

They call me Fiorella – but I’m Larajam…

I’m here again to celebrate with all of you the life and the spirit of Adam Yauch, aka MCA! I’m not physically with you, my painting speaks to me!

I’m dedicating to painting, body and soul! always in music!

I am also one of the administrators of Intergalactic Beastie Celebration on Facebook and Twitter!

What the Beasties Mean to Her:

I continue to feel the soul of Adam and protection; as he did 20 years ago I also read the “Bodhisattva Way of Life” by Shantideva; giving me hope, confidence in myself and positivity!

And it’s in his name that I have been a volunteer for an Italian NGO that deals with projects and distance support for refugees from Tibet.

This time the voice of Adam suggested to me “Bodhisattva Vow” as a new painting!

The vibrations have helped me to see the words with color.

Thanks.

Patience.

Vote.

And always “Everybody Hurts” by REM reminds me Nathaniel Hornblower!!

 

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MCA Day Artist Corey Sweeter

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Corey Sweeter’s submission has a really great backstory. Thank you for sharing with us, Corey!! Check it out!

The story:

I bought Licensed to Ill on tape when it first came out at about the age of 12.  It was one of the very 1st albums I bought with my very own $.  I was hooked.  I wore out spots in the tape trying to rewind & fast forward to hear all of the lyrics.  Flash forward many, many years & I’m  now a husband & father of 2 who’s shared his love of all things Beastie with my family.

This photo won me a large print of the Hot Sauce Committee, Pt 2′s album art autographed by all of the Beasties from a fan art contest their management company used to promote the album’s release.

What the Beasties Mean to Him:

MCA.  Intelligent, passionate but a bit on the quiet side, and prematurely grey.  All are reasons, among many, why MCA was my favorite Beastie.  I could relate.  At first, I was a young man who wanted to have fun like the BB seemed to be having on Licensed to Ill.  But, then as I grew up they seemed to be growing up & maturing as well.  They evolved, they had families, got involved in causes… Simply put, they mirrored who I am, who I became & soundtracked my life.

 

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Betsy Shober

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Up next we have a poster design submitted by Betsy Shober.

About Betsy:

Music Enthusiast. Digital Art & Design Hobbyist. Computer Applications Engineer. Ohio Native. Mother, wife, sister, friend. Traveling to NYC for the first time on 5/1-5/4, with a visit to Littlefield for MCA Day.

What the Beasties Mean to Her:

Beastie Boys = Constancy.

*First memory (age 7): Cruising with my uncle circa 1987, blasting “Fight for Your Right” from his Chevy Nova with the windows down.

*Favorite memory (age 16): Watching the 1994 MTV video awards performance of “Sabotage” and MCA’s infamous REM acceptance speech interruption stunt.

*Shared memory (age 34): Introducing my 2 sons to the sounds as our Beastie Boys “Solid Gold Hits” album spins on the record player.

*Upcoming memory (age 35): Celebrating constancy with my best friend on MCA Day 2014 on our first ever visit to NY.

On and on, on and on…

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MCA Day 2014 Artist: She’s Crafty

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This poster was created by She’s Crafty – a Chicago-based all-female Beastie tribute, who are also hosting their own MCA DAY Chicago event. If you’re local you should go out and support!

Check out the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/225556210975294/ and GO!!!

Learn more about She’s Crafty at www.shescraftychi.com

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Tom Shaw

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Up next we have the work of Tom Shaw.

About Tom:

Just some dude from the internet.

What the Beasties Mean to Him:

The biggest thing the Beastie Boys has meant to me is an automatic connection with a great community of fans than come together and do cool stuff like this.

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Raul Regalado

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Up next we have a tattoo designed by Raul Regalado – and we LOVE it! Great work Raul!

About Raul:

Raul Regalado born in Juarez Mexico and was raised in Salt Lake City Utah. Raul Regalado relocated to Longmont Colorado where he now owns a tattoo shop called Skinhouse Studio. Raul Regalado takes pride in his foundation of talent, passion for art, and creative energy. Raul Regalado has become a longmont finest tattoo artist he is continually evolving and creating new forms of art and masterpieces.

What the Beasties Mean to Him:

What can I honestly say that hasn’t been said before. Anyone who has heard any of the jams from these boys can’t deny the heart and soul that they put into everything they touched. They not only created something for the masses but for the individual. One alone can see the biggness that was brought to the music industry. There are many things that come and go in this world, but their art is something that is going to last the test of time. This is one of those events in music that affected artists for years to come. For the artists up and coming and the artists up and growing, they jabbed that creativity knife right in the gulliver. I get a chill when that drives straight into the ear canal. Its straight from the heart feel good tunes, and at the same time, honest low tone to the valiant highs.

Check out more of Raul’s work at his website: http://skinhousestudio.com 

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MCA Day 2014 Artist Dan Pheos

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Up next we have the art of Dan Pheos of Hicksville, NY.

About Dan:

Dan Pheos, graffiti artist, illustrator, 42 year old street urchin

What the Beasties Mean to Him:

I moved from queens to Nassau in the early 80′s and I was the only kid that listen to rap, then the day the metal heads weren’t giving me shit to what I was listening to, was the day I was listen to the Beastie Boys. They connected different subcultures with the right to party together.

 

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