Queens, NY native and Art Historian, Demont Pinder, saluted Mr. Nasir Jones for the commemoration of his classic album, Illmatic, by posting a painting of the album cover which Pinder painted a year ago. Twenty-four years since its birth, Illmatic, is arguably one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, so it’s only right that one of the illest painters with a keen ability to document history and culture in a prolific way would re-create the album cover of the great poet, who not only put Queens on the map, but created the NY Anthem, “New York State Of Mind.”

Pinder is an Artist who loves and fundamentally grasps the idea of the magic created when Art, Fashion & Music collide in a brilliantly poetic way. Whether on the road with an iconic hip hop Artist, popping up at a club in Maryland or Washington D.C. to paint whoever is performing that particular evening or sharing his epic collaborations such as the visual Art and poetry reading he did with Omari Hardwick for Art Basel 2016, Pinder will never cease to amaze you with his colorful artistic creations and larger than life, yet humble spirit. And, oh, does he have an eye and knack for splattering up some hoodies, jeans and jackets too.

Currently on tour with Eric B. & Rakim (dates below), be sure to check out some of heART of Cool family member, Pinder’s work, on Instagram; and as a bonus, make sure you vibe to a 24 year-old throw back, “New York State Of Mind”.

💕Eric B & Rakim Tour Dates💕

April 8 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
April 10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
April 12 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
April 15 – Wallingford, CT @ The Dome
April 17 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 18 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
April 19 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 20 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
April 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
April 24 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
April 25 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
April 26 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
April 29 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
April 30 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
May 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
May 3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

💜Love & Light☀,