The Size Of A Tiny Crater On The Moon

Reflections on the deep impact of New York graffiti artist & party flyer designer Phase 2

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Credit: MikaV
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Credit: AIGA Eye On Design

Do you know of Phase 2? If so how?

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Credit: Martinez Gallery

Can you talk about his influence as a “style writer,” as I read that Phase was not fond of the label “graffiti” because of its negative connotations?

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Michael Holman’s Breaking and the New York City Breakers, 1984 • Credit: Paco Taylor
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“The TV Party” flyer by Phase 2 — Bronx River Center, April 22, 1983; one of two flyers featured in Michael Holman’s ‘Breaking and the New York City Breakers,’ 1984 • Credit: Dustykid
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“The Blockbuztaa,” flyer by Phase 2 — Negril, Dec. 23, 1982; two of two featured in Michael Holman’s ‘Breaking and the New York City Breakers,’ 1984 • Credit: Cornell University Library

Phase’s flyers are typographically expressive in ways that I had never seen before. I suspect that this is a result of his time as a writer. What do you think about his use of type?

Do you know the extent of his activity with The Zulu Nation? How much did he contribute to the world through this organization, and was there any more graphic design work made while he was a member?

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“Go to the Edge” flyer by Phase 2 — Earth’s Edge, Aug. 27, 1983 • Credit: Cornell University Library

Through the lens of a designer/or artist, is the contribution of Phase 2’s methods and aesthetics important to the world of design? Why or why not?

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Doug E. Fresh - “All The Way to Heaven” promotional poster by Phase 2, 1986

Phase 2 was a DJ, B-Boy, pioneering writer, and MC at one point in his life. Hip-Hop is the most listened to genre of music, in addition to being a global movement. As an individual who participated in all elements of Hip-Hop, and created these documents (party fliers), what impact can the knowledge of Phase’s presence in Hip-Hop culture have on design? Is promoting his work and presence in Hip-Hop of any significance? Why?

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Wax Poetics Magazine Issue #12, Spring 2005 - Collage art cover by Phase 2 • Credit: Paco Taylor
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“Electric Boogie Showdown” flyer by Phase 2 — P.A.L., Oct. 16, 1981 • Credit: Cornell University Library
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew - “All The Way To Heaven” music video; features poster art designed by Phase 2, 1986. • Credit: UPROXX Video

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