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Trust a Big Furry Hat and a Smile

Author: Tafari, Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 6:05 PM Mindspill

Doing this Christmas in July section of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series has been fun this week and a bit challenging. It’s been a challenge because when I land home after being out all day, all I want to do is lounge on my deck in the summer air with a cool cocktail and snack. Venturing to my home office/man cave is a chore these summer days, as all I’m interested in doing is being in my super chill comfort zone on the deck. Nevertheless, I present you with the last of this series. Initially, I was struck by her furry hat as I was rushing to get to a show after lunch. Then, I saw her smile and she gave me life. A great smile and a big furry hat equal the perfect storm. Fortunately, I had my camera out & ready or else, I would not be posting this look. Ha! Fate.... Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Fashion Enigma

Author: Tafari, Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 11:37 PM Mindspill

When I saw him walking across the plaza at Lincoln Center, I tried not to look but how could I not? He was there to be seen so I indulged a bit. I’m not gonna lie but he reminded me of a cross between an Oompa Loompa and one of those winged monkeys from “The Wizard of Oz.” And the way that he moved was super exaggerated. If only I could have captured that. He kind of came out of nowhere and people were really after him to get a glimpse. I wondered, is this just a NYC thing or is it Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that brings out the fashion enigmas, geeks, freaks & savvy…. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Fun Winter Trends

Author: Tafari, Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 1:31 AM Mindspill

Last winter, it seemed as if every other New Yorker that I encountered had on one of these cool funky looking knit hats.  Some were some kind of animal, some were just wild! I wanted to get one really bad & they were everywhere but I did not want to deal with picking lint balls out of my locks. Just because it's cool doesn't mean it's cool for everyone. I spotted Lauryn Shipp while walking through central Park after leaving Strawberry Fields. It was a very crisp December afternoon but I was in a walking mood. Lauryn was really friendly, and gave me a moment of her time on the day before the Snowpocalypse ravaged NYC. What an unforgettable few days that turned out to be… Anyway, I wonder if the knit hats will be a big again thing this year. You know NYC sets that pace. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Big Perfect Accessories

Author: Tafari, Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 7:36 PM Mindspill

If you can’t appreciate a woman in a big furry hat with a sparkly designer handbag, then you cannot appreciate anything! OK, maybe that’s a reach but still. I'm just saying... Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Lincoln Center George

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 10:44 PM Mindspill

"Lincoln Center George" is one of those New Yorkers that loves to be seen at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in the tents or not.  Last season, I spotted him rocking various furry looks; some being more courageous or outrageous than the next. In the photo above he was rocking raccoon, skin tight stretch pants and tons of beautiful Native American jewelry.  Rumor has it that Lincoln Center George is 1/64th “Indian.” Who counts down that deep? Anyway….. With Lincoln Center George looking so wow... he was bound to catch attention right? Right!  There were very few periods where he was on the scene when he was not being interviewed, video'd, photographed or stared at  by curious/confused passersby. I had a small chat with him & he is a regular guy having a little fun while being ready for a throw down with PETA. I’m totally looking forward to see what Lincoln Center George has to offer in September with the fashion hungry converge on Lincoln Center for fashion week. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Vintage Fur

Author: Tafari, Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 3:00 PM Mindspill

Growing up in Detroit, one thing you see all over the place during late fall through winter is fur coats of all kinds. Some ghetto as hell. Some super sharp. Some real pimpish. When I left for NYFW last February, I honestly did not expect to see a lot of fur because no one has Detroit beat.  Well…. I was so wrong! Detroit has nothing on NYC when it comes to fur wearers. It was everywhere! I was just waiting to see crazed PETA people at Lincoln Center throw faux blood, picketing etc but that never went down. On the same note, there were lots of great faux fur with fun designs and tons of vintage fur as seen here. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Winter Throwbacks

Author: Tafari, Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 2:50 PM Mindspill

Digging through my archives for “lost images” I found a handful of pieces that were supposed to be posted MONTHS ago to my NYC analog series. Sort of funny looking at the images from the winter where the fashion savvy were rocking fur, coats, hats, wraps and everything in between. For the next several days, I’ll be posting these images for my very own Christmas in July photo festival. When I saw homegirl pictured above, she threw me into the 80s with her simple style, high waist jeans and the shabby chic ponytail. I’d say she’s working the White B Girl stance real hard & real right! Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.