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New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Jun 26, 2019

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is an American portrait photographer and filmmaker, known for his intimate portraits of celebrities, public figures, and artists. In this episode TGS and Amon converse about The List Films, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, The Power of Words, Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, George Hurrell and the secrets to taking an iconic portrait. 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/timothy-greenfield-sanders-interview

 

Jun 8, 2019

Armen Djerrahian is a photographer, director and creative director. In part two of this conversation, Armen and Amon talk capturing Jay Z, exploring life in Queens Bridge, meeting Littles and developing a working relationship with Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

If you're a budding photographer then you should listen to these episodes twice. 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/armen-djerrahian/

May 24, 2019

Armen Djerrahian is a photographer, director and creative director. In this  two part conversation, Armen and Amon talk about bodyboarding, BMX, graffiti, B-Boy, Ska, Armenian Genocide and the thought process of capturing iconic photography.

If you're a budding photographer then you should listen to these episodes twice. 

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/armen-djerrahian/

May 1, 2019

Born in 1938, Alex Harsley is a Documentary Photographer, a Curator for The 4th Street Photo Gallery and Founder of the Minority Photographers Inc.

Alex and Amon sat for about an hour or so to talk about photographic sciences, visual conversations and surviving the nature of life. 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/alex-harsley/

Apr 16, 2019

Obarh and Amon hold court in the 14th Street/Eighth Avenue underground New York City Subway station. In this episode they talk about vampires, having a heart, energy, messages for young artists and the chosen few who are able to see the light.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/obarh-interview/ ‎

Apr 6, 2019

Back in the Lower East Side but this time to kick it with Marc Leader of 212 Arts Gallery. Marc talks about growing up in Coney Island, his introduction to Jan van Eyck, his love for the movie Road House, the key to selling art and the misconceptions of owning a gallery in New York.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/marc-leader/

Mar 25, 2019

Julius Wiedemann and I met up at NOMAD Works in midtown to talk about his experiences at TASCHEN, the importance of Gutenberg, global challenges and reading philosophy.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/julius-wiedemann/

Mar 11, 2019

Amon Focus kicked it with Power Malu at Overthrow Boxing gym in the Lower East Side to talk about the club scene in the 90s, various hustles, the Lyricist Lounge Show, getting into running, Bridge Runners, sports injuries, living a healthy lifestyle, his early days with Al Sharpton and activism.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/power-malu/ 

Mar 5, 2019

Carlo McCormick is an American culture critic and curator living in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and artists.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/carlo-mccormick/

Feb 26, 2019

Carlo McCormick met up with Amon Focus in a kitchen deep in the Lower East Side to talk about art, culture and history. In this episode they talk about youth culture, owning your history, privatization of public spaces, huge cultural shifts, Emory Douglas, Jamie Reed and the broken window theory.

Show Notes:

https://www.newyorksaid.com/carlo-mccormick/

Feb 12, 2019

A few days ago I had an incredible conversation with the "First Lady of Graffiti" Lady Pink. In this episode we talk about her early days of painting trains with elite graffiti writers, proving herself, playing the construction game and mentoring young artists.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/lady-pink/ 

Jan 25, 2019

Met up with Leo in midtown to talk about growing up in Washington Heights, being a wild curious kid, the cultural microscope, demystifying the facade of the art world, being a Social Scientist and empowering the disenfranchised.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/leopold-vasquez/

Jan 10, 2019

Crash talks comics, Style Wars, painting trains, Keith Haring, types of spray paint, caps and our responsibly to tell the history of graffiti correctly.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/john-crash-matos/

Dec 30, 2018

Damn this year went by quick. Juan and I are back with this year's 2018 Year End Wrap Up. We met back up in Tudor City to reminisce about past episodes, the launch of Sunday Cigar and what we've learned along the way. Happy New Year Good People!

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/2018-year-end-wrap-up/

Dec 11, 2018

Kenny Vera talks running a small business, launching his LOOT Lifestyle brand, learning new languages and overcoming mistakes.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/kenny-vera/

Nov 27, 2018

Today’s episode is a continuation with our guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne. This is the 2nd part of a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about PNB Nation, dogma, street wear, quality of life and keeping your word.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/blusterone/

Nov 9, 2018

Today’s guest is James K. Alicea aka BlusterOne and this is going to be a two part episode. In this episode, Bluster and I talk about growing up in the Lower East Side, his early graffiti days, Rakim lyrics, religion, spirituality, the Five Percent Nation and his introduction to Islam.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/blusterone/

Oct 30, 2018

What’s up good people welcome to the New York Said podcast, I’m your host Amon Focus.

This week I headed to Metropolitan High School out in the Bronx to talk to some of the kids in the Beacon Youth Program. I was asked to talk about Podcasting. I kept it simple, I showed them the audio equipment but I said the best way to learn about podcasting is to record one… So we did.

If you’re a long time listener to the show then you’re familiar with the card game I created called New York Said Shuffle, if not then it’s simple. New York Said Shuffle is a game where I have the guest shuffle a deck of question cards that I created and then they answered them.

In this episode I played a lightning round with the students. I asked each person in the group one question each and then they flipped the tables then interviewed.

This is a light fun episode which I really enjoy. Shout to Leo of SOA Life for making this episode possible.

I’m out of here, enjoy!

Show Notes: Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/chopped-cheese/

Oct 16, 2018

We're back in Brooklyn, DUMBO to be exact and this time we are kicking it with Vikki Tobak. Vikki is a journalist, producer and the author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. In this episode we talk about growing up in Detroit, her photography moment, working with Gang Starr, working at Paper Magazine, interviewing Diddy when he was on the come up and her journey to Contact High.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/vikki-tobak/

Oct 9, 2018

Put out the word Blahzay has emerged to give New York Said an hour of his time. We appreciate that. In this episode we talk about his early days in hip-hip, eating right, dream hunters, the G.O.B. project with Al Skratch and going inward.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/blahzay-blahzay/

Oct 2, 2018

On a pretty hot day in Washington Square Park I met up with Al Skratch to talk about his journey through the music industry, life, loss, family and resiliency. We also talked about Al's new project called G.O.B. (Get on Board) with Blahzay Blah, his early Ill Al Skratch days, collaborations with Brian McKnight, Michael Jackson, loving your craft, investing in oneself, travel, no expectations and other life lessons.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/al-skratch/

 

Sep 24, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Clayton Patterson. Clayton is a documentarian, an artist, a historian and staple of the Lower East Side. In this episode we talk about how to survive as an artist, the Clayton Cap, the 80s, the forgotten ones, citizen surveillance, documenting history and the Tompkins Square Park police riots.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/clayton-patterson/

Sep 10, 2018

Today’s episode is very, very special to me. Today’s guest on the show is Phade of the Mighty Shirt Kings.

If you’ve a been a long time listener, then you’ve heard me speak about Phade and the Shirt Kings about a dozen or so times in previous episodes.

Before I even knew I was a creative or before I was into art like that, I was into the the work of Phade.

If you’re not familiar with Phade or the Shirt Kings, you are, you just don’t know you are. Whenever you see any airbrushed Disney or popular cartoon character drenched in hip hop culture on a shirt, you’re seeing the influence of Phade and the Mighty Mighty Shirt Kings.

If you’ve ever seen LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Bell Biv Devoe, Pusha T or anyone from the ASAP Mob rocking airbrushed anything, I’m certain it was done by Phade or one of the many members of the Shirt Kings crew.

Phade and I recorded this in Harlem, right there in Marcus Garvey park. There will be birds chirping, cars honking and probably some sirens but that’s New York Said.

I’m out of here, enjoy!

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/shirt-king-phade/

Aug 28, 2018

I hope you've eaten because this is with Jackie Gordon Singing Chef. In this episode we talk about fried English muffins, Montgomery's Cheddar, chicken wings, umami as well as food stories, music and Jackie's family history.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/jackie-gordon/

Aug 16, 2018

Today’s guest on the show is Tiger Hood also known as Patrick Barr.

This episode happened because my train decided to take a detour and out of my utter frustration I decided to get out and just walk home. If you’ve ever ridden the Subway in New York on the weekend then you full understand my frustration.

On this summer hike to the Lower East Side I ran into my friend Tiger Hood. Now I’ve known Tiger for some years now. If you don’t know Tiger Hood, he is famous for his photography and the type of golf he likes to play. His game is street golf. Tiger upcycles used milk containers by wrapping them with tape and hitting them with a golf club toward a box in the distance. Sometimes he puts the box up the block and sometimes it’s across the street, it all just depends what he deems the safest placement for that street. Some People even collect his taped up milk containers.

The first time I saw his photography it stopped me in my tracks. He had taken a photo in Key West of a Rooster eating out of a KFC box and I thought it was funny.

For years I’d been wanting interview Tiger and stars stars finally aligned.

Enjoy,
Amon

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Show Notes

  1. Follow Tiger Hood on Instagram
  2. SoHo
  3. Minetta Lane
  4. Plinko
  5. Key West
  6. Cadet Corps
  7. Photo Journalist
  8. 50 Years in New York
  9. It’s the contact that matters
  10. Social butterfly
  11. Having fun but taking it Serious
  12. ABC – Always Be Careful
  13. Eldridge Cleaver
  14. New York Nico
  15. Christopher Marks
  16. The Love of the English Language
  17. Poetry
  18. Graffiti Writer: Cliff
  19. Level Up
  20. Apple rolled down the hill
  21. Mental blinders, people don’t look
  22. Real bad boys move in silence
  23. Don’t hate showoffs
  24. Ugly people bring the beauty to the world
  25. Dress smart
  26. Paul Mccartney
  27. Blue Note
  28. Street Photography
  29. Take your picture first then ask
  30. Put your tailgate up
  31. Are you a comedian
  32. Shanna Christmas
  33. Called racist
  34. Comedy Cellar
  35. Shop by circular
  36. Top Golf Driving Range
  37. Played Volleyball
  38. Fuck golf
  39. Dance in the club
  40. A pretty good judge of character
  41. Always on the Honey Hunt
  42. Nappy Gilmore
  43. Most important lesson? I haven’t learned it yet.
  44. People never appreciate feeling normal until we are sick or injured
  45. Bastardized the sport of golf
  46. Amy Schumer
  47. Quala the Weirdo
  48. Golf Obsession
  49. Golf Digest
  50. ESPN 30 for 30
  51. Bringing the Life out of the City

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This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Website: https://www.newyorksaid.com/tiger-hood/

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