Eye, Hatshepsut | The Fragrance Brief

Eye Hatshepsut with CM Logo

Finding Eye, Hatshepsut I’ll never forget my first trip to Egypt. From moment one, I was drawn in by the country’s awe-inspiring architecture, its epic folklore, and of course, its longstanding connections to perfume. It was during that trip I was introduced to the stories of Hatshepsut and her rather unconventional rise to power. I was instantly hooked (the female heroic, the gender nonconformity, the expansion of trade…) and have …continue…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 3

David Bowie mural at The Graffiti Room

Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time spent chasing Asphalt Rainbows. Dropping in on the world of Queer Street Art🌹🌹🌹. This Week’s Caps | HomoRiot, Razo, Miss Me Art, Freeoutlast and …continue…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 2

Rainbows Stikman

Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time spent chasing Asphalt Rainbows. Wishing a Happy Birthday to Donatien Alphonse François the Marquis de Sade (born June 2, 1740)🌹🌹🌹. This Week’s Caps …continue…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 1

Cru Arts and Indecline on Melrose

Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time spent chasing Asphalt Rainbows. This Week’s Caps | CruArts, Indecline, Hektad, cb23, KaiAspire, Little Ricky, Pam Good, Os Gemeos, PhoebeNY, Damien Mitchell …continue…

Scent Bombs & Other Disruptions

Brooklyn Vietnam Mural

If you’re anything like me, when you hear the word disruption, you probably think of something meant to interfere with your day (i.e. a stalled subway making you late, or a hyperactive child screaming for attention). There is a certain negative bias to the word. However, as I was reminded throughout the time I spent on Asphalt Rainbow, to disrupt isn’t necessarily to wreak havoc on everything around you. You …continue…

Asphalt Rainbow & Street Art Techniques: Stencils

sprayed rose stencil

Part Two in the Asphalt Rainbow series on Street Art Technique & Olfaction takes a closer look at stencil art and the process of translating stencil design into fragrance. Often credited as the earliest known form of public art (the infamous handprints as stencils on cave walls), stencils today continue to have an important creative impact on our world thanks in part to daring outdoor installations by artists like Banksy and Blek le Rat. These compelling (and politically …continue…

Asphalt Rainbow: Why Fragrance & Street Art

Blek le Rat "Sleeping Man"

“Art must serve a cause; not a military cause, or political, but a social cause.” – Blek le Rat Since the very beginning of the Asphalt Rainbow project, I have been quite adamant that the purpose of this particular experiment is not to simply add a fragrance component to a street art piece. That’s not to say that incorporating an olfactive element into existing street art wouldn’t produce interesting results, because it could. However, …continue…

Asphalt Rainbow: Street Art Inspiration (Gallery)

Art for Whom? (Bushwick)

The worlds of scent and graffiti collide in Asphalt Rainbow, the latest from Charenton Macerations. Inside this gallery, you’ll find a series of amazing street art & technique that helped inspired the final Asphalt Rainbow fragrance. Let’s go outside.

The Mythological Rose

David Working Out (Williamsburg)

There is no denying that as human beings, we sometimes try to communicate with one another using roses. It is a flower ritualized and revered like no other in our history. But what exactly are we trying to say when we choose to say it with rose, and how has its floral message changed with the passage of time? How and why has the rose come to mean what it does to us …continue…

Asphalt Rainbow & Street Art Techniques: Subtraction

banksy-boy-pig

“Your incompleteness completes me” Asphalt Rainbow is a fragrance born from a fascination with masterful techniques deployed in street art production. There is so much beauty in how a skilled bomber possesses this expert ability to take the simplest everyday things and turn them on their heads – doing so through careful manipulation of an object’s preexisting form and structure. These artists alter our expectations of surrounding space – and yes, a similar phenomenon can be achieved in perfumery. Join me …continue…