Here are two photos (and signs) from Jay Shell’s upcoming Rap Quotes show, that opens THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, 7-10 PM, at G1988 (East), 7021 Melrose Ave. He creates these fictitious street signs, from his favorite location based rap lyrics, and installs them in those exact intersections. We will have photos and the signs, for the first time available ever.
Thanks to our friends at LRG Clothing for being our proud sponsors, and when you come by Friday night, you can say hello to our show’s host, West Coast rap legend, Murs!
Here are two of the 100 Rap Quote signs from streets artist Jay Shells, who opens his first LA show THIS FRIDAY at G1988 (East), from 7-10 PM. He creates fake street signs inspired by his favorite location-based rap lyrics and then installs them in that exact intersection. They last just a few hours before they’re taken down by collectors, but we will have them available for the first time ever in a gallery for the show. And we will be selling pictures of the signs in their street surroundings as well.
Join us from 7-10 THIS FRIDAY with show host and West Coast rap legend Murs, and our friends from LRG clothing! and follow @RapQuotes this week to see his new pieces all throughout LA.
Gallery1988 and LRG Clothing is proud to announce it’s newest exhibit, the first Rap Signs show from NY artist Jay Shells. Jay’s street art has been featured on The Huffington Post, Complex, Vice in the LA Times, by the Associated Press and 100’s of other media outlets. He picks his favorite hip-hop lyrics that mention street intersections, produces them as official street signs, then places them at the referenced location. If you don’t know about Jay’s prolific work, check out the video above.
And for the first time ever, Jay Shells will take his Rap Signs to an art gallery. They will available for purchase, in addition to photos of the signs in their artistically placed surroundings. Presented by Gallery1988 and our friends at LRG, Jay will be displaying 100 rap signs, both new and old, one wall for East Coast, and the other for the West Coast.
We are also excited to announce that rapper Murs, whose lyrics are quoted by Jay for the project, will be hosting our opening reception at G1988 (East) on Friday night from 7-10 PM. We will also have a DJ playing featured songs. This is a show you will not want to miss. And if you keep your eyes open this week in Los Angeles, you may just see signs all over the city! There is NO RSVP needed to visit this exhibit. This show will run through May 17th.
We kinda thought our past exhibits with LOST and Breaking Bad, we had seen the lengths in which fandom can go. We felt we reached the peak and then some. Then we released our first Ghostbusters commemorative poster, and found a new plateau.
For people who have followed the recent boom in screenprints over the past few years, you might acknowledge that a lot of the chaos and buzz happened after the LOST campaign that ABC, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were nice enough to let two people blindly create as a marketing campaign. We released the first 4 prints of that series, and watched as they slowly sold, day by day, at a snail’s piece. I remember waking up every morning, running to my computer to check the status, and seeing “2 SOLD.” I continued to swear to the Disney Company and ABC that it would eventually take off, but we never REALLY knew. But then it took off, almost like it heard my unsure promises, and we sold out every print in less then 10 seconds from that day on. Word had gotten around, to actual fans (not just people trying to make a dollar selling them, since that phenomena barely existed back then) and that’s a process we’re happy to watch unfold.
Then came the Breaking Bad print set, where a majority of the pieces in the first 5 released either didn’t sell out in the first week, or just took a few days of slow traffic to disappear. Imagine having to explain to Sony why they’re show wasn’t doing what LOST did. But again, by the 6th or 7th release, a mainstream audience heard about it, and it was back to every poster selling out in seconds, even helping those first few releases to join the club quickly.
So, when we started our Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary print sales, we expected a similar build-up, especially because very little to no explanation or warning was given to buyers. So we announced an 11 AM ET release, the night before, woke up a bit early, and set it up. We pressed the button to publish - and saw an immediate response usually reserved for months later. As seen in the picture above, we had over 16,000 unique visitors on the site during the sale. That is above and beyond anything we’ve seen before.
So, here are some things we’ve learned.
1. That’s crazy. Thank you.
2. The way the website works now, is that when possible customers put the item in their carts, it pulls it from the inventory. So if it seems sold out, go ahead and refresh, some will become free.
3. Using our Twitter @galleries1988 and our Facebook page (but mostly Twitter) to get up to the minute reports make a lot of sense. It will tell you everything during the sale.
4. Since some people (weirdos you might call them), put a print in their cart and then go do house chores, or watch an NBA Playoff game, or just go to sleep, some free up later in the day. We usually can notice that and pull it back out eventually. So here’s the thing, for each new release, we’ll put up those few stragglers from the online allotment also. It won’t be many at all, so don’t complain and freak out when the availability status changes, but it’s better than us just selling them to friends or putting them on eBay ourselves (which I know you don’t want to hear, but WE’VE SEEN SOME PLACES DO). So anyway, keep an eye out for that.
5. Everyone who emailed immediately about having issues combining orders, we have that and will get to fixing it. Our web team will be contacting you. Go ahead and order this new print, we will fix the rest for you, just going to take a second. But there will be no retroactive adding outside of that, so just select combining for this second print for moving forward. Any emails of trying to combine after the order from this point on, will be ignored.
And that’s it. Oh, yeah, also…
The next print, DKNG’s “Ecto-1” will go on sale TOMORROW, April 21st, at 5 PM ET at ghostbusters30th.com. They are $35 and 18x24 inches. And now you know everything for it!
Also, thank you. We remember the nerves and fears we had reporting to Disney/ABC our LOST progress every day, and hearing them sort of sigh. Those days are gone. Now let’s bust some ghosts.
Some pictures we found on Instagram (thank you to those we credited on the pictures!) of last night’s opening reception here in New York City.
It was PACKED ALL NIGHT LONG, with a line around the block! Even through 11 PM, an hour later than we were supposed to be open. We are SO THANKFUL to everyone in NY who waited in line and came to see this incredible art show. And thank you to Jeff & Eric Rosenthal, Melissa Stetten and Nikki Jagerman for their vital help. We will be open EVERYDAY though the 26th from 11-7 PM. Also, for those outside of LA, we’re working to get all the artwork up online for viewing. And before you know it, we will be in Los Angeles on May 17th.
And another thank you to both Sony Pictures and to every artist who participated. Without the genius and artistic minds of both, this could never have happened.