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…

Rose, Street Art, and the CM2 Project

For the Love of Sade

The CM2 Project: Inspired by Street Art Disrupt expectations. From its ability to distort perceptions or transform the ambiance of any environment, to its all-too temporary embrace with our skin – not to mention our many varied public displays of olfactive ‘expressionism’ – the world of scent shares some very interesting parallels with the world of pens, pastes, and paints. Street art can make you think just by interrupting a …continue…

A New Chapter Begins…

CM Fragrance No 2

I am so pleased to finally be able to share some news about Charenton Macerations‘ follow up fragrance to Christopher Street. This new project has been in the works for the past two years, and touches on a series of questions regarding perfumery that many of us ask ourselves every day. It also introduces two new collaborators into the CM mix, both of which I am really looking forward to introducing you to over …continue…

Walking Christopher Street: The Stonewall Inn

53-Christopher-Street-(Reflection)

A Brief History of The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street) First built in 1843, the buildings at 51 and 53 Christopher Street were constructed as six stables, and at the time were best known for housing the delivery horses for Saks Fifth Avenue. The two buildings were converted into one connecting structure in 1930, and became Bonnie’s Stone Wall, an infamous prohibition era tearoom named after the novel by Mary Casal. A restaurant was added later. …continue…

Stonewall, 45 Years Later

SW45-Featured-Image

Christopher Street is currently playing host to Stonewall 45: Windows Into LGBT History. This Greenwich Village educational exhibition commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots: the three-day historic event now heavily regarded as the spark that triggered the rise of the US LGBT rights movement. Over two dozen storefronts stretching from Greenwich Avenue to Greenwich Street, tell the story of the cultural climate surrounding that fateful June night. The Christopher Street …continue…

Inside the Pages of Christopher Street Magazine

Christopher Street Magazine Covers

In search of research materials for my fragrance, I happened to stumble across Christopher Street magazine while combing through the stacks of archive materials inside the New York Public Library. Founded in the 1970s, this early gay literary magazine (along with publications like the Village Voice) proved incredibly useful in understanding shifting West Village philosophies in a post-Stonewall New York. During the time of the magazine’s launch, the re-energized activist community …continue…