It was an oppressively hot day in East New York, Brooklyn, but then again, every day in East New York is oppressive and hot. They were a rag-tag bunch. Three afro-headed MCs frolicking through the hood looking as fresh as it gets. Karmaloop photographer/resident #hardboy Thuan Tran arrived early and was waiting at an overgrown bus stop when he saw a dude with a crispy tattoo on his forearm that read “East New York.”
“Yo bro I’m a photographer, can I get a quick pic of that crispy tattoo on your forearm?” Thuan’s very polite.
The dude sized Thuan up for a second. “Man, get the FUCK outta my face.”
That’s the way it goes; the hood can be insular. If you’re not from around here, get the fuck out. There’s one special space, however, that puts out–for the most part–purely good vibes: the barbershop.
The barbershop is like a second mirror–the comfortable place you go to round out your look–to refine, finish, accessorize. It’s the least judgmental and most judgmental space at the same time. You can be who are, but you’d best expect to hear the real deal when your shit’s not on point.
Escaping the sun (but not the heat), the trio jammed open a rusty gate and ducked into an inconspicuous, quintessentially Brooklyn building. They climbed down some pitch-black, trecherous-ass stairs and stumbled into a full recording studio–BANGING monitors, a mixing board, seven guitars, and a full drum set. The three MCs went HAM off the dome for a good half hour before realizing they were supposed to be on a photoshoot.
The afro is the ultimate “fuck you” of hairstyles. It’s harsh, it’s bold, it’s natural. Finding the right gear on Karmaloop to fit the styles of these fro’d MCs was easier than pie. Experience our lovely, swagged-out day in East New York via the gifs and pics below:
“Afro. As revolutionary as a black fist. A wordless declaration of self-confidence and love.”
Baxter P. Wordsworth, New York-based MC and afro aficionado, was the brains behind the frostyle idea. Here he is rocking the Hufnagel Pro Sneakers in Oatmeal Sea, the Twill Pants in Burgundy with Cream Stitch, and the Sunev Buttondown Shirt in Black.
“MY HAIR AT THIS POINT IS RELIGIOUS. I WOULDN’T CUT THAT SHIT FOR A HUNDRED DOLLARS.”
Wordspit, our East New York ambassador, hooked up the barber shop and studio. Check him rocking the New Balance x Herschel 420 Sneakers in Grey, the Slim Fit Pants in Olive, the Healer Buttondown in Red, and the Dynasty Ring in Antique Brass.
“The fro helps the flow, man…”
Quanna, Savanah-New York transplant, rounds out our afro-MC trifecta. Check her rocking the Scully Platform in All White, the Hawks in Fiction, the Swag Bodysuit, and the Strike a Match Necklace in Pink.