Thursday, February 4

Buddy Esquire: King of the Hip Hop Flyer

"Known as the 'King of the Flyer,' Buddy Esquire was the premier show flyer artist in the Bronx during the earliest days of hip hop. Combining influences ranging from Bronx Art Deco architecture to superhero comics and Japanese anime, and teaching himself the fundamentals of lettering and graphic design, Esquire created a new artistic style, which has been often borrowed but rarely credited today. ... Esquire’s flyers advertised the earliest performances of legends like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, the Cold Crush Brothers, Spoonie Gee and the Treacherous Three. Edited by Johan Kugelberg, Buddy Esquire: King of the Hip Hop Flyer reveals one of the key sources for hip hop’s visual language, presenting a catalogue raisonné of Esquire’s flyers, visual art and hand-painted clothing. Also featured are never-before-seen photographs of Esquire, his crew and the street art and hip hop culture of the late 1970s and early 80s."
NPR: Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers
Remembering Buddy Esquire, the King of the Hip-Hop Flyer
Cornell: Hip Hop Party and Event Flyers