A few weeks back I had the opportunity to follow artist David Young V and Sean Stewart of Babylon Falling rolling through the Tenderloin in SF pasting up artwork as a tribute to the legendary Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party.
Sean was in town for a series of talks and booksignings to promote his book “On the Ground — An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press” and brought with him reproductions of a powerful piece Emory created for the back cover of the Black Panther Party Newspaper in the 60s.
This is the first of two photosets I will be posting from that night.
Emory gave us the go ahead to wheatpaste this image of his from the November 14, 1970 issue of The Black Panther. With not much time and not wanting to kill D Young V’s Kinkos connection we didn’t print up millions of them, but we were out late dodging hustles and hitting spots all over the Tenderloin. These are Shaun’s shots from the night. Do yourself a favor and follow him…the man never stops shooting so I know he has mad shit in store for his Tumblr.
By the way the image is also featured in full color on page 69 of my book and Spoke Art Gallery recently released a signed 18”x24” two color screen print of the same image. It’s in an edition of 100 and sells for $50 with the proper funds finding their way back into Emory’s hands. You can cop it here