Friday, December 26, 2008

Ekundayo Solo Art Show @ Exclusive Saturday 1/3/09

Exclusive, Ground Up Pirates, & iKandy presents

@ Exclusive (1311 Kapi'olani Blvd #104 in the Hawaiian Life Building)
Saturday January 3, 2009
5PM - 10PM

This monthwe will be featuring a solo art installation from EKUNDAYO of the Ground Up Pirates collective. He will be unveiling new art pieces for his Honolulu art show at Exclusive. Ekundayo will also be doing live painting at the show. The art installation will be on display through February 1, 2009.

Ekundayo (Dayo) was born in Honolulu, Hi, in 1983 where he lived with his mother and father until the age of five when his mother and father could no longer get along. Ekundayo's father snuck him out of the state without his mother’s knowledge, and for seven years Ekundayo and his father moved from place to place living a life on the run. Meanwhile in her desperate need to find her son, Ekundayo's mother helped start Hawaii's first clearing house for missing children. The life on the run ended in 1994 when his father moved to California with Ekundayo's sister because his father was dying from cancer. In early 1995, Ekundayo's father passed away from lung cancer; Ekundayo was eleven…

Ekundayo lived with his sister, brother in-law, four nieces and his sister’s mother in a small three-bedroom and one-bath house in Pacoima, Ca. It was in this house at the age of 13 that Ekundayo discovered his love for art. After being involved in school fights, stealing and hanging with the wrong people, he was suspended from school. One day while in the
garage, he found one of his uncle's black books. This uncle wrote for a graff crew in L.A. called C.H.B. This book completely changed Ekundayo’s life. He became obsessed with drawing and copied every single page in that little book. Meanwhile, the Dept of Justice had located Ekundayo at his sister's home and returned him to the custody of his mother. Ekundayo went back to Hawaii to live with his mother. His drive to create didn't stop, and the encouragement from his family only fueled that ambition. Shortly after graduating high-school, Ekundayo moved back with his sister and brother in-law in much more spacious accommodations. He attended Pierce College in Winetka, Ca, where he
practiced his craft and worked on his portfolio until 2003 when he was accepted into Art Center College of Art and Design on a scholarship.
Although the teachers he studied under and the friends he met while going to Art Center were priceless to his development, Ekundayo dropped out after completing his foundation courses in order to create his own path in the fine art world. He combines both subversive graffiti aesthetics in combination with art-historical erudition using acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink and various carving techniques. Ekundayo's work expresses the struggle of life and how those struggles and burdens can either inspire us to change in a constructive way or weigh us down by our own inability to change.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

12/11/08: Peekaboo Monster x LS x Exclusive Art Show

Aloha all! Big MAHALOS to those that made it out to Peekaboo's Solo Art Show Opening Night. It was some crazy stormy weather that day!! Enjoy more of the pictures here, and send us pictures if you took any, email: enjoy.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12/11 Peekaboo Monster Art Show 5-9pm

Aloha! Join us this Thursday, December 11th from 5pm-9pm for PEEKABOO MONSTER's Solo Art Show here at Exclusive! He will have canvas', posters, and other custom mediums for sale. Cash Only. We also will be releasing our Exclusive x LS x Peekaboo womens tee! And for the fellas you can already cop the Peekaboo x Lightsleeper T-Shirt at the shop. Hope you can make it!

Here are a few of his current pieces!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

restock: DJ Neil Armstrong MixCD

Aloha fam! Now back in stock the entire collection of DJ Neil Armstrong MixCDs. Lucky for me I caught him just in time, he left later that night to go back on tour with Jay-Z!! Yes I'm sure you know, but he was chosen all because of his DOPE MixCds, and all because his DOPE Mixcds got in the hands of JAY-Z! It pays to do what you love. Get your mix today, they made great Christmas gifts!

Friday, December 5, 2008

RECAP: LS Pop-Up Opening

The night started off real chill, with music by DJ OBSERVE and KTC. The shirts were hung on the walls in place of art work, and part of exclusive was painted green to prep for PEEKABOO Monster and his solo art show coming this Thursday Night. Peeps rolled through to cop the tees to support. Get yours while you can, the lightsleepers pop-up shop is available this month only in Exclusive.
For those that keep asking what is Lightsleepers? Here's a brief bio from their website:

The Lightsleepers is Hawaii Hip-Hop roots, culture, life, curating, all day - erryday.

Founded in 1997 as a radio show on KTUH 90.3fm called, “The Lightsleepers”. The show was birthed and hosted by Kavet the catalyst. Before the show went off the air in 2001, the accomplishments the show achieved was never done in Hawaii. Listeners from all over the world tuned in to a Hawaii Hip-Hop show. Artists would make it a point to stop in to the show, such as Aceyalone, Jeru the Damaja, Q-Bert, Shortcut, PEACE, Myka9, Radioinactive, Peanutbutterwolf, Sole, Dose, 2Mex, Visionaries, Busdriver, and countless others. Also in that time period the “LS” were able to release 2 tapes and 1 CD, “Narcoleptic Symposium” - a compilation of Hawaii artists as well as artist that stopped into the show to freestyle, “Juxtaprose” - Kavet the catalyst’s first solo tape, and “Narcoleptic Symposium 1.5 Ana Love Digi” - the 2nd compilation from Hawaii.

Non-stop love for Hip-Hop, the Lightsleepers continue to drop gems, jewels, and diamonds. Growing out of the soils of the radio show we have been releasing Music from Nomasterbacks, Wade, Earthmovers, Jus1oh, Dj Observ, and ktc, with much more to come. Doing on-going events/shows such as Trip the lights, Beatroot, Inertia, Heartists, Hip-Hop Cinema, Games of S-K-A-T-E, and 2H 2F. Overall, spreading the love for God through example and action, by teaching, educating, and believing in the youth.

The Lightsleepers; never sleep, don’t sleep, and won’t sleep.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Today my bff KOAK and I (learning from the best) painted my Dripping Ribbon Bow in the shop. This season we printed the dripping bows on the back of most of our new iKandy shirts! So siick, well I think so. Thanks Jay!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Aloha ladies! They're finally back in stock! The SWAN Glasses we all been waiting for now restocked here at exclusive/ikandy. Come get yours.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Happy Holidays!

Aloha folks! Today is the first day of December leaving us with 23 more days of shopping! I want to thank my mother for helping make my Christmas Tree & Wreath ideas come to life! We have tons of gifts in the shop for all your stocking stuffers, co-works, loved ones, and friends. Shop Local, shop independent, shop exclusive! Happy Holidays & Happy Shopping! Come on down and get a free gift for yourself with any purchase over $25 (valid 12/08/08 - 12/31/08) our christmas gift to you.