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Jaÿ-Z, Kareem “Biggs” Burke and Dame Dash, photographed for his debut album Reasonable Doubt by Jonathan Mannion on April 1, 1996.

When Jonathan Mannion first met Dame Dash he offered to charge the Roc-A-Fella Records team $300 less than their current lowest quote. At the time the album was known as Heir to the Throne, so Mannion prepared a regal-themed board to present to the Roc team. Just hours before the shoot Hov switched the title to Reasonable Doubt, feeling that the original was perhaps too presumptuous for a debut album. The title switch gave the listener the opportunity to decide if he was throne-worthy.

After hearing of the title change Mannion would be the one to convince Jaÿ to move from Scarface-influenced, Versace linen, Miami drug-running visuals to the now-classic New York Mafia crime theme. Mannion encouraged Jaÿ to “keep it Brooklyn” and used John Gotti collections and old police photos and murder-scenes from the 1930s and ‘40s as inspiration points. Hov, Dash, and Kareem “Biggs” Burke went and fitted themselves out in $3,000 suits for the shoot, and brought along large amounts of cash ($150,000) and various handguns to be used as props.

The photo shoot took place on the roof of Mannion’s old apartment building, located under the Westside Highway on 72nd and Riverside in Manhattan: “Back then, it was all busted and beat up, and it fit the vibe. I knew I could get some beautifully composed shots, based on traditional cameras. So I was shooting with Hasselblads and Rolleiflexes, like press photographers did back in the Civil Rights era.”


If you’d like to see Dame Judith Anderson being utterly delightful in a similarly delightful selection of hats, look no further than 1961’s Don’t Bother to Knock. In this little-known British comedy (which was re-titled Why Bother to Knock in the US, presumably to avoid being confused with the Marilyn Monroe movie), she plays warm, witty Maggie Shoemaker, who’s on a mission to reunite two former lovebirds.

Judith is, in The New York Times’ words, ‘stylish and perfectly in tone as a broad-minded Bostonian’. Maggie’s openness, cheery disposition and lovely giggle remind me of upbeat Lady Joan Culver in Free and Easy, a film Judith had appeared in twenty years earlier. Light, comic roles didn’t come her way often, but she excelled in them.

Don’t Bother to Knock is filled with young, easy-on-the-eye actors and actresses (beefcake and cheesecake!); but it’s Judith, elegant and engaging, who’ll capture your attention.


.crystal princesses collection (part 2)

after the official disney princesses i started to draw my favorite girls from my favorite movies :3 some are disney, some are not :) if you think your fav is missing please don’t yell at me “you forgot xy!!!” as i did not, just these are the ones i like :) but i do take commissions if you would like to see her in this style, feel free to write me a pm :)

.please do not use without permission~

My entry for the @meowraculouschatnoirzine!!

I feel like I levelled up with this guy! I’m really happy with the results! 

It’s copic marker flat colors with Prismacolor colored pencils and gel pen details. I blend the colored pencils with odorless turpenoid and a paintbrush. The paper is Strathmore smooth bristol paper!