While wandering around the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center on the third and final day of the 2009 New York Comic-Con, I had finally exhausted all of the main attractions. I decided to give some of the independent creators a chance. I happened upon a table where artist Shawn Alleyne and Writer Koran Curtis were promoting a comic they’d created called A Hero’s Diary. They were selling posters, stickers, and a sketchbook. Shawn’s amazing artwork immediately piqued my interest, so I decided to show my support by purchasing one of each. I don’t know what ultimately became of A Hero’s Diary, but I still have that sketchbook. I soon sent Shawn a friend request on Facebook. Today he posted something that reminded me just how wise a decision that was.
WARNING: The following image contains nudity.
This morning, Shawn posted one of his latest works. It’s a poster titled Hip Hop Tribute- H.E.R Truth. The title is an obvious reference to Common’s controversial yet classic song “I Used to Love H.E.R.” The fairly abstract work consists of a number of striking images, chief among which are a pair of exposed breasts with fancy drawer handles covering the nipples. Hovering Just behind the owner of those breasts is a giant schematic of a semiautomatic pistol with a microphone jammed in the barrel. Every bullet in the magazine has the word “TRUTH” inscribed on it. Shawn offered the following disclaimer and explanation for his work:
This is one of my most personal pieces of art to date...There is a much deeper meaning here than just a woman's body...she represents the BEAUTY and TRUTH of what REAL hip-hop is to me. Feel free to ask any questions before you judge.