Pacific Park Arts hosts 10 Murals, 1 Day

Pacific Park Arts hosts 10 Murals, 1 Day.

Located on Dean Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Murals by Mike Perry, Morgan Blair, Eddie Perrote, Josh Cochran, Archie Lee Coates IV, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Thomas Colligan, Jennifer Maravillas, Naomi Reis and Edward Ubiera.

Photos by Jessica Miller.

Ali Kaukas’ Summer Photo Diary

Photographer Ali Kaukas lives the type of wanderlust lifestyle most can only dream of. The type of lifestyle when the question “where are you based out of?” garners more than one answer, and several locations. A summer spent on islands, in mountains, and on the beach, Ali graciously shared pieces of her adventures with us through a photo diary of the summer’s key moments.

Photos by Ali Kaukas.

What excites you the most?
What excites me most is what I don’t know. The unknown, the unseen, the unheard. Seeking new experiences, new experiences that expand this life. Making me think, making me move, making me fall straight into that groove. Grooving with the unknown. Dancing with life as it falls in front of me. And doing this all with my camera by my side. The sweet spot for me is being in those moments when I am fully engaged with what is going on in front of me and I am there with my camera moving with it. Present to life as it unfolds.

You’ve been everywhere, all summer – what’s the story?
I started off the summer in Santa Teresa Costa Rica, where I was surfing, taking photos, living in the sunshine and dancing in the sand. I came back to Vermont, where I grew up, to start the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival Tour and shoot the Frendly Gathering Festival (always a major highlight of my summer!) Then to Colorado – took a 23 hour train from Colorado to Lake Tahoe. Trains are so sweet, all you have to do is look out the window. Down to Southern California, kinda fell for Encinitas (might move there in the next year when I want to settle down for more than 2 months) Back to the green mountain state of Vermont, and now I sit here on a little island in misty Maine typing this.

How’s this all possible?
It has been a little over one year since I declared to myself to live a whole year doing whatever showed up on my path. Having little plans and no expectations . To give myself ultimate space and presence. To let life play out and evolve from one minute to the next. I had the idea to be moving my body a lot, interacting with humans and nature, listening, observing and taking photos. All of these things happened. Everyday. My next adventure is across the seas to Australia to shoot the new Wanderlust festival on the sunshine coast. My November, December and January are totally free, I have lots of ideas but have not committed to anything yet. Any ideas?

Working closely with music festivals, and being so in-tune with the movement of the body, what does the term ‘#MusicConnects’ mean to you?
#MusicConnects to me, means letting music move you physically and mentally. For me, I love how music connects me to my body. Any type of good dance party, full body shakedown is the best release for me. Love me some reggae night or a festival where everyone is just letting crazy loose. And dancing on the beach in the mid-day sunshine with headphones pumping, that’s the spot! I love to see people getting down, it makes me really happy to witness to that. People connecting to their own bodies and to the people surrounding them through music. Music Connects.. sure does!

Photo descriptions, as told by Ali: Ali in Squaw Valley, California finding a sweet spot; Brittney, Lake Tahoe; Alex, determined to getting into a coconut in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica; Nicole, West Virginia; Ali, lost in the woods of Maine; A boy I just met on the trail while hiking in Squaw Valley, California.. he led me to this amazing spot; Janna post surf in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica – feeling the pulse of it all.

Keep up to date with Ali Kaukas.

AfroPunk Style Selects

AfroPunk continued to rank #1 for festival fashion in our eyes. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us and pose for a few snapshots.





@ItsYourQueens, Dee Dwyer



@wechief, @ItsYourQueens, @thejojobaby





Photos by Jessica Miller

Music Monday with Raury

The House of Marley celebrated AfroPunk style this weekend in Brooklyn and we are still amazed at the beauty of the event. One of our favorite acts from the festival was Raury, a 19 year old Atlanta super star who had the crowd swaying back and forth chanting the beautiful words of “God’s Whisper”. Have a listen below.

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Photo Credit: elijahd0m

Ting and Ting x AfroPunk After Dark

The ladies of DDD are at it again with an #AfroPunkAfterDark edition of their Ting and Ting monthly party series. Featuring DJ Kitty Cash, DJ Kellz and Freaks 4 Soca. We have announced a giveaway in support of the event, head to our Instagram for full details. You could be the winner of a Chant Mini Portable Speaker and a free $20 Uber NYC gift card!

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Join us at Putnam’s in Brooklyn at 10pm for an extended night of Caribbean vibes. RSVP HERE!

#StillMisEducated – 8/30

The House of Marley is joining forces with the Culture LP again for their next upcoming event, #StillMisEducated.

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Join us Sunday, August 30th in Brooklyn at Studio 301 as we celebrate creativity and art with likeminded individuals.

The festivities will include a silent auction and all proceeds will go directly to The Future Project, a national campaign to help young people realize their dream.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Meet Imani Shanklin Roberts

The House of Marley had the pleasure of sitting down with emerging visual artist, Imani Shanklin Roberts, a DC native currently living in NYC who caught our eye thanks to our good friends over at The Culture LP. Her work touches the energetic child, the soulful millennial, and those who are moved by the beauty of the mind casted on a canvas. We thank Imani for letting us take a dive into her work space and giving us a taste of her world.

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“I create work that is inspired by my experiences. Through the lens of an African-American woman, I create pieces that reflect a reality that I know well. A reality of a people that are transgressive, filled with love, faith, and beauty. I create images that compete against stereotypes or any negative character tropes. I create work that captures the plight and magnificence of wonderful people who have faced adversity but prevail because there is no other route.


Valuing comfort and smooth vibrations contributes to my artistic process heavily. Being able to step out of bed and touch my canvases is a real asset to my art making. The immediacy of my workspace allows me to constantly breath energy into my work and reflects on things I like and don’t like as I move through the pace of each piece.


The work I create, I would say, is holistically collaborative in that sense– needing models to portray the themes I desire in each piece & needing music to uplift, give energy and breathe life into my body and soul as I create.


During my creative seasons my room becomes my ideal concert. I craft playlists to listen to that consists of DJ mixes, local artists, international phenomenon’s. Old, new and in between. Artists that all inform my mood, the rhythm in my brushstroke, and my sway as I walk away from my canvas to make changes and capture the full essence of what I’m working on.”

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Imani’s selection of House of Marley listening gear – the Liberate XL over ear headphones in Saddle.

On August 30th we will be sponsoring our second event with The Culture LP featuring Imani’s work as it relates to the wonderful works of Lauryn Hill and “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album. The pop-up exhibition and silent auction titled, #StillMisEducated, will take place on August 30th in Brooklyn. Tickets are now available.

View more of Imani’s artwork.

Today is Earth Overshoot Day

Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Not familiar with this term? Earth Overshoot day marks the approximate date that human demand for renewable resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In less than eight months humanity has used up nature’s budget for the entire year.

For the remainder of 2015 we will maintain our ecological deficit by living on resources borrowed from future generations. Unfortunately for our luscious green planet, this year it has fallen six days earlier than last year. Ecological overshoot is only possible for a limited amount of time before ecosystems begin to collapse.

Think twice before running water during your morning routine; if you head out to buy groceries, purchase a reusable bag. You can also do your part through social media. Help Mother Nature by spreading the word here.

For more information visit Global Footprint Network and World Wildlife Fund .

Water Wise Movement


Marley Coffee, Water Wise’ Coffee, and ambassador Rohan Marley are teaming up to spread awareness in order to clean up the rivers in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. With thousands of people relying on the rivers for everyday living, it’s important we each do our part and become educated in the process of coffee production. While coffee is the lifeline of this region, it is also the main source of pollution; Rohan Marley, Water Wise Coffee, and Marley Coffee aim to change this.
This Summer, Marley Coffee will be raising money for four new wet mills that clean dirty water waste found in the rivers from processing coffee cherries. With each cup you buy, 1 cent will be donated to The Water Wise Movement. Cups can be purchased here.

In 2014, Marley coffee was able to raise over $80,000 to Water Wise, this year our family over at Coffee hopes to exceed a courageous goal of $100,000.

To get involved with the movement, you can use the hashtag #WaterWiseMovement on all social networks and tag @MarleyCoffee and @RoMarley in your posts. Social awareness is a beautiful thing, and every mention counts!

It all adds up! Drinking coffee every morning is a household habit. The coffee you drink tastes even better when you can feel good about the difference you’re making at the start of each day.