This weekend Hebru Brantley showcased his work, and foray into merchandise, at 902 S. Wabash Ave. It was a great addition to Lolla weekend, and luckily ACITM found some time to stop by.
The shop’s name was inspired by its mission: to bring Brantley’s artwork from “a price point not everyone can afford” to a medium more like the penny-candy shops he remembers growing up on the South Side. After a purchase, I actually got a bunch of candy and stickers in a goody bag… reminding me of the good old days.
“When I was a kid, a dollar could get you pretty far in terms of getting an amount of candy from a corner store,” Brantley said in an interview with DNAinfo. “I wanted to have things at a lower price point that still represent me, and my brand, so you can ‘cash-and-carry.'”
The event was sponsored by Izze Sparkling Juice, Nike, Jos Cacciatore, Fake Shore Drive, and Red Bull SoundSelect. Not only was Brantley’s art on display, everything was up for purchase, including a new “Hebru” line of clothing featuring famous photos donning the now famous Hebru goggles. The “Mike” Series was available in black and white, highlighting a mean Mike Tyson right hook (called “Kid Dynamite), Michael Jordan getting some air (called “Heat of the Bull”), and Michael Jackson smiling (called “The Thriller”). Enstrumental, The Original David, and Chance the Rapper collaboration tanks, jackets, and shirts were also available for purchase.
Lupe Fiasco was spotted hanging out Friday night after a scheduled Chance the Rapper performance was cancelled. Check out the rest of our pictures below. Support the Chicago art scene!