Slipmat design for VNYLST

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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My brother Osandi has a vision called VNYLST. For record heads like myself this is that go to web and mobile application we’ve been waiting for. I can truly stand for such a concept and company, so I was proud to be asked to contribute to the cause in the form of a vinyl slipmat for your record player.

 

This marks my first design for such a product and I can’t think of a better home then through VNYLST. 100% of your pledge goes to the company to support the cause. Take a look and dig…

 

VNYLST on Fbook

MTN Colors: Limited Edition Spraycan

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

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 MTN Colors recently released 5 new limited edition spray cans featuring Belin, Mistery, How & Nosm, Roid MSK and myself. As always they they are presented in an individually designed wooden box, stamped with the artists personal seal. Limited to only 500 units in total.

My can is available here for purchase.

Designs for the Uncommon Mobile case

Friday, June 15th, 2012

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I was invited via Juxtapoz to submit some of my artwork to the Uncommon Project. They produce and sell customizable mobile phone cases for most Apple products. You’re able to scale and rotate images from a vast selection of artists to get a composition you like on a mobile device case.

To date there are about 8 images to choose from in my collection. All are taken from sellect works from both my personal collection, commisions and gallery works. Below is just a small sample of your options.

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Artworks available for Gela Skins mobile devices

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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Scorpio & Smoggy Air courtesy of Gela Skins

 

I was approached by GELA SKINS  to submit some original art for their line or mobile device covers. Gela Skins produces high quality removable protective covers to customizing you various portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images.

 

So far I have submitted two designs, Scorpio & Smoggy Air, Both collage heavy works incorporating found ephemeral paper, my line work and structural aesthetic. I felt that these works would fit the project, keeping my ‘Vintage Futurism’ design direction.

 

Futuristic modern mobile devices wrapped with vintage paper in a structured collage assemblage.

 

Available here to view and purchase.

 

MOCHILLA REMIXED

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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MOCHILLA REMIXED: Photo Selects/Logo Remix Exhibition + After Party!

 

Save the date: Thursday, October 20th Mochilla & Hit+Run present:
MOCHILLA REMIXEDat the Townhouse Gallery in Venice. Some of our favorite visual artists have flipped the classic Mochilla logo, originally designed by Stephen Serrato – check out Augustine Kofie’s version (included). On opening night, these logo remixes will be on display alongside iconic photographs by Mochilla founders B+ and Coleman. Each has selected special photo selects from their vast collection for this exhibition that runs from October 20th-November 12th.

 

Participating Mochilla Logo Remix Artists:
Aaron De La Cruz, Abcnt, Alfred Hawkins, Augustine Kofie, Brent Rollins, Cody Hudson
Eric Coleman, Ernesto Yerena, Patrick Martinez, Retna Ritzy Periwinkle, Stephen Serrato
+more TBA

 

Also running alongside the show will be a pop-up shop with our recent releases and a few classic selects. Keep an eye out for some very special limited edition Mochilla gear that will only be available the night of the show. Don’t miss the opening night after party next door at the Del Monte Speakeasy with surprise guests! We’ll be celebrating our recent Timeless Remixed project on our “Feito Em Casa” Mixes.

 

7pm-10pm Art Exhibition : Townhouse Gallery
10pm-2am After Party: (Two Doors East) Del Monte Speakeasy

Be sure to RSVP on Facebook

 

[Above is my contribution to the MOCHILLA REMIXED project to celebrate 10 years of service, dedication and documentation by Eric Coleman and Brian Cross. It’s been a very humbling to be included in this project and I appreciate the ‘reach out’. I took me some time to conceptualize what I could do with this already classic word, so I felt it was best to keep it simple, a hand style and a bit of distress for movement and wear.] -AK

G4’s Attack Of The Show

Friday, February 11th, 2011

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Client: G4 TV/ Time Warner

Project: G4’s Attack of the Show Add Campaign backdrop

Location: Los Angeles

Medium: Latex paint, acrylic & spray paint on 8 x 8 foot wood panel

 

 

In the Fall of 2010 I was commissioned by the design crew at G4 TV to produce an original backdrop for an add campaign to promote the upcoming season of the viral video and gadget heavy G4’s Attack Of the Show. The final design incorporated my looser style and interwove iconic electronic gadgets and media related to the shows subject matter. I felt there was a great fit here + I wanted to make sure my work was organic and loose enough to not look so ‘digitally printed’ as a backdrop.

 

The Street campaign consisted of full size billboards as well as train and bus adds from January to March of 2011.

 

One of the highlights of this project was that the final piece is publicly on display in the main lobby of the E Entertainment Building on Wilshire where they film Attack Of The Show.

Global Singha TransPortraits Series: San Francisco

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday February 12, 2011

 

Singha Beer has revealed its next artist for the latest stop of the global Singha TransPortraits campaign.  On Saturday February 12, 2011, artist Augustine Kofie, aka Kofie, will create the next Singha TransPortrait at Harlot in San Francisco.

 

“Kofie’s designs have been featured everywhere from murals to music videos & game console designs. We can’t wait to see how he brings his signature style to Singha Beer and we’re excited to add another incredibly talented artist to the Singha TransPortraits campaign,” 

-Boon Rawd Trading International Co., Ltd. Senior Branding and Event Officer, Theerathip Mahaguna. 

 

Singha1933’s Blog

Detail Photos: Scott La Rock  

 

[I was personally recommended for this project by my contemporary and friend Retna, which he participated in for the Los Angeles edition. For this San Francisco edition I will be doing some live finishing touches to a 15′ x 8′  Lucious Hudson designed canvas live during the event.]

 

 

Set Production: Backdrop paintings for Tieso & Busta Rhymes

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

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Tiësto vs. Diplo ft. Busta Rhymes - C’mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise)

 

Directed by Alan Ferguson

Set Production by Phillip Boutte Jr. of Simple Complex Media

Production co: London Alley

 

 

 

Phillip Boutte Jr. called me in to paint eight flats at 8′ x 10′  based on illustrations that reflected the concept/direction of this particular music video shoot. Took about 2 full days to paint with assistance from Puede’Uno in a large studio south of Downtown Los Angeles. Not all of the panels ended up in the final edit, but my work is none the less prevalent in almost every shot. 

 

 

Illustration: Remi LBO album cover for Porter Records

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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Remy LBO

Peeling in the Drum Comical Cheating

Ink on Velum with Photoshop Halftones

Commissioned by Luke Mosling of Porter Records 

Porter Records Cd/Lp Release April 2010

 

Created this illustration late 2009 for the Porter records release for instrumentalist Remy LBO. It all went so smoothly from the initial email, to my quick turnaround on line art samples based on their interests. It was refreshing to illustrate again, especially characters. It has been some time since I’ve offered them for commercial use, but this was such a fitting project

“O’ Mighty Homer” With Jim Mahfood for The Simpsons 20th

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

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Jim Mahfood AKA Food One and I were asked to reproduce a mural we had painted for a Simpsons show at the Meltdown Gallery in Hollywood, California a number for years back. The piece would be made in high quality prints to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons.

I personally worked on the aura around homer, the bright colors surrounding him as well as and a number of the original cast of iconic characters.

This  was a blast to work on and I’m honored to have been asked to donate my talents for such an amazing franchise. 

 

HERE is the link to the collectors prints.

 

[Side Note]

This piece was actually painted earlier this year, just about the time I realized my camera had a time lapse feature, so unfortunately I didn’t realize how long the battery would last, hence the short video below.

 

Illustration: The Pharcyde for Delicious Vinyl

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Client: Delicious Vinyl  

Project: CD Artwork for The Pharcyde: The Bobby Evans Mix

 

Back in 2008, Rick Ross of Delicious Vinyl commissioned me to create an illustration of The Pharcyde for a Bobby Evans Mix-tape. I was lucky enough to reference an old Adidas press photo of the group that has never really seen the light of day. It was perfect, especially since it was an image that represented them during their younger days. It was an honor to work with Delicious Vinyl on even a smaller project such as this. It was a nice turn of events for me personally, especially since I was raised on the Pharcyde and was very much inspired by Slicks ’ original & progressive cover art for the Bizarre Ride Album.

Future Roots Mix CD Artwork for Sweatson Klank & Dublab

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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Client: Take AKA Sweatson Klank 

Project: CD Artwork for ‘Sweatsons Trajectory’  / A Future Roots Mix for Dublab.com

 

My second time around working with DJ Take. For this cover art I pulled a section of an existing assemblage that was on display in Seattle as well as in Los Angeles. I felt if set the mood for Sweatsons Galactic Neo Funk parade of recent & unreleased music gems. 

 

Tracklist and Audio @ Sweatson Klank BLOG

Backdrop for AMEISH Video: Save Ourselves

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

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Client: Cory Shaw of Buildestroy/Secret History

Project: Ameish Video Backdrop for ‘Save Ourselves’

Location: Wilshire District/ Korea Town, Los Angeles.

Fall of 08

 

The hard working folks at BUILDESTROY Secret History brought me on to paint an original backdrop for a young artist named Ameish. The backdrop was for his first video shoot for a song entitled ‘Save Ourselves’. The acrylic piece requested was a style I had painted before, loosely inspired by Native Indian Art of the Northwest and my own organic/ teck like brushwork. The overall piece worked great as the backdrop for the chorus and brought a whole other style to the overall video.

MICROSOFT ‘Softwear’ Launch Party, NYC

Friday, March 20th, 2009

kd-redumbrella09.jpgIn January I was commissioned by my friends at The Red Umbrella Group to create a painting for the MICROSOFT ‘Softwear’ T-shirt launch Featuring COMMON and Biz Markie. Above are the pre party photos of the back-lit painting which was an acrylic on canvas.  Here are some event photos from Freshness.

1028 Designs: ‘Kofie Table’ Fine Art Furniture

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

kd_1028designs_kofie.jpg The table features laser cut imported tropical Avodire wood that is hand stained & inlaid into laser cut, powder-coated steel base with a smooth routed glass top. Each table has an interior shelf as well as adjustable feet. Each piece of fine art furniture is hand produced in Los Angeles & comes signed and numbered. Multiple color options are available for the bases. There will only be a run of 50 produced with this particular design, taken from my series of works entitled ‘Hands On’ from my solo exhibition at Transport Gallery in ‘06. All inquiries & orders can be made through 1028 Designs.comThis is my first produced Fine Art/Furniture piece and I must say a true stunner in person. The table will be on display starting March 12th to the 28th a Zero1 Gallery during my solo exhibition “Vintage Futurism”

4×4Tracktor Logo play

Monday, December 29th, 2008

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Dublab.com Positive Projection Proton Drive Art

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

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Client: Dublab.com

Project: Dublab Positive Projection Proton Drive Identity

 

Jeff Madrid of TRSRHNT  & I recently completed the artwork for The Dublab Positive Projection Proton Drive. We went back and fourth digging on various images and text as well as a set of original watercolors to produce a body of work with positive & inspirational value.

 

We also produced over 300 f 1-off screen printed ‘Positive Projection’ postcards and a 2009 Calender featuring artwok form various artists.

DUMBO Incense x KOFIE

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

kd-dumbo-x-kof.jpgDUMBO is an incense company based in Kobe, Japan. All of the incense sticks are all hand crafted & come in a high quality package with 25 sticks. In late spring of 2008 I collaborated with DUMBO on this design based on one of my mix media collages of found paper with pencil and ball point pen. So far they are only available in Japan for 1,500 yen pack. I may be selling a few on the sight in the near future. 

Agenda Tradeshow

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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Refill Magazine | 7 Ply Laser Art Project | Australia

Friday, June 1st, 2007

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Laser etching into maple plywood [2007]

 

Refill Magazine Presents: REFILL 7 - The 7Ply Laser Art Project. An exhibition allowing artists to explore the idea of lasering away at seven layers of ply that make a deck and add their own distinctive mark. A select group of artists globally have contributed their works to explore this new technology.

 

Only 50 limited edition decks will beproduced per artist. The aim of the show is to have a series of unique decks that collectors may choose to ride or display.

 

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From LA With Love Compilation Art for TAKE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

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Don’t leave me this Way [2007]

12 x 12 inches 

Found paper & Acrylic Ink on wood panel. 

Finished in matte satin gel medium.

 

Original piece created for the FROM LA WITH LOVE compilation for the song by Take feat. Gaby Hernandez song ‘Walk Away.

Illustration: Rime Magazine/ J Dilla & James Brown

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

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Watercolor & Acrylic on paper

2007

 

Commissioned by Rime Magazine to produce a couple of  article illustrations for some of their issues. The two shown are of James Yancie AKA J Dilla as well as James Brown, both highly influential artists no longer with us physically. The Dilla piece was painted specifically for the article & James was painted live @ The Root Down several weeks before.

Illustration: Orko Eloheim| Forbidden Physics Album concept

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
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Client: Orko Eloheim
Illustration and textures for tri-fold layout

Layout by Jeff Madrid of TRSR|HNT

2007

 

Orko Eloheim | Forbidden Physics | One Cell Records. San Diego native Orko  Eloheim (Nephlim Modulation Systems) requested my services for this solo release which was intended to be a physical CD on indie label One Cell Records. From the last news I received, it will now only be a digital release. That was a bit of a sting since my man designed it based on a tri-fold jammie. I’ve mentioned many a time that i am not a pure graphic designer, so i need to enlist the experience of some of my very talented associates…. TRSR|HNT on the layout, text and conceptualization, myself on the found elements & original illustrations.

Illustration: Scion Presents: Connie Price & The Keystones VS BDK 12″

Monday, January 1st, 2007

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Watercolor Illustration on paper

Layout by Jeff Madrid of TRSR|HNT

2007

 

Producer, writer, arranger & guitarist Dan Ubick of Connie Price & The Keystones/The Lions Commissioned me to rock the layout for this Scion Promotional release featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percee P.

TRSR|HNT on the layout, text  and fine tuning.

 

 

Target: Revolution Short film by Tronic

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

tronic06.jpg2006. Tronic is a well established NYC based Multimedia studio.  Scrawl Collective artist Mr. Jago & myself were commissioned by Tronic to paint 2 identical 8 x 8 x 8 white cubes for Target. The short film was never aired on public television, but projected on 8 jumbo LED screens that move across the faced of a building at Victory Park in Dallas, Texas. The actual painting was executed on an abandoned airplane runway near Coney Island, NY in the fall of 2006 from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Yes, I came home with the worst case of bronchitis. Tronic_Revolutions

NBC: The Singles Table commission

Friday, August 4th, 2006

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Single Table commission [2006]

4 x 12 ft

Acrylic on masonite

 

I was commissioned by Set Designer Charisse Cardenas to create a painting for an NBC pilot entitledThe Singles Table’ staring Alicia Silverstone. The piece is displayed in the living room of a teck geek/aspiring DJ in NYC. Last i heard the show was drooped, but they did film about 6 episodes so there is sill a possibility of it airing. If so, this was planed for a thursday Prime Time slot. 

SS+K Office: Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

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Talib Kweli’s ‘Listen’ Video/ Illustrations and performance

Monday, May 1st, 2006

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 Original linear and portrait Illustrations & Live Painting. 

Commissioned by Syndrome Studio

2006.

BlowNuts VS. Kofie | Skateboard Wheels

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

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BlowNuts Skateboards, Japan

2005

 

During my time working on Draftsmen in Japan, I was blessed with many opportunities and fresh projects coordinated via my friend Yoshi of Ritual Of Roots. For this project I was commissioned to create an original urethane wheel design for this Japanese Skateboard hardware company, BlowNuts. The client wanted to incorporate my traditional shapes, a Jeep & the 4×4 logo. It was a tuff fit, but it all worked out great. There was also a limited run of coaches jackets produced along with the wheels. I came from a skateboarding background so this was a true pleasure to work on this.

Illustration: Labwaste 12″

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

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Illustrationsused for the Labwaste 12″ [2005]

Released on One Cell Records.

 

This is the second release from the Zwarte Achtegrod album.  A 12″ with 8 remixes. When Giovani (Subtitle) first showed interest in me adding a lil something to the album I was excited. I smashed out about 4 portrait illustrations of them based on Eric Coleman’s photos & just gave Sub xerox copies. I had confidence in his design taste & gave him free range of usage, pro bono. It was a treat to see what they did with them. Both Subtitle & Thavius Beck are so naturally talented & work very well together professionally and personally. It’s always an honor to provide my services to those cats.