Pharrell Williams the 40 year old singer is in a happy place right now with his strikingly ever youthful gait he made an appearance with was soon to be described as an icon of pop culture history, a Vivienne Westwood hat which was Pharrell’s tribute to Malcolm McLaren of the world famous Supreme team, and also once manager of the sex pistols, who himself had a success full career in music and created the sartorial signature look of the 1970’s, redefined pop culture from the birth of vintage t-shirts (which are pieces of wearable art that get better as they age), dog collars and spikes (currently making a return on bracelets and heels.
Malcolm McLaren fused pop culture, art and fashion, together with side kick Vivienne Westwood designed costumes for the New York dolls which included red patent leather and soviet style hammer and sickle motif, Thiers was a match made in heaven that set the fires in hell, sadly McLaren passed away in 2010 after a prolonged battle with cancer. And in similar fashion Pharrell is set to creep up and conquer all art forms and expression platforms conquerable from future prefab Collaborations with world famous free form Architect Zaha Hadid, to vinyl sculptures with Takashi Murakami, jewelled ice cream sneakers with Jacob & Co, this dude isn’t out to get lucky, he is a strategic artist who picks his alliances carefully.
Malcolm McLaren of the world famous Supreme team,
ARTST TLK interview 2012
Interestingly after Pharrell made his debut with the famed hat on the Grammys red carpet, a post from the Arby’s Twitter account read, “Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?”, to which Williams responded, “Y’all tryna (sic) start roast beef?”, referring to the company’s signature roast beef sandwiches.
But Last month, Williams decided to retire the hat and put it up for sale on online auction site eBay.com to benefit his From One Hand to Another charity.
@Pharrell You’re welcome. We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the #Oscars tonight! Arby’s (@Arbys) March 3, 2014
The auction ended on Sunday – the same day Williams performed at the Oscars – and Arby’s bosses purchased the hat for $44,100.
His G I R L
Prior to the release of his GIRL album his second solo Effort the cover art sparked a barrage of comments of which the artist expressed his displeasure about the twitter fury his album cover ignited. He wasn’t not mad, but he’ was disappointed.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club, a radio talk show, the Grammy winner pointed out that the woman standing closest to him is, in fact, black. He said “What really disappointed me is that, man, they jumped the gun,” he said in the interview. “She’s a black girl from Wisconsin I used to date over 10 years ago, maybe 12 years ago.”
If you haven’t seen the cover of GIRL by now, it shows him and three women in bathrobes and sunglasses. None of the women are black, as his twitter fans pointed out.
But had haters bothered to listen to the music first, they’d have known that GIRL (out March 3) “is an ode to women, period.” For example, his next single, Marilyn Monroe “means that no matter what color, size, sexual orientation you are, I respect you as a woman because I know without you, none of us would be here,” he says.
That the black woman on the album cover is light skinned adds to his confusion. What is the definition of black, then? “What is this conversation?
“Is our president not black?”
“Is Lenny Kravitz not one of the greatest living rock legends?” “What are we talking about, here?” he asks. “Is Lisa Bonet in or out?” “My mom is a black woman and is a huge part of my business,” he says. “My business is run by another black woman and I’m married to a black woman.” “What are you talking about?”
Valid questions which had received no answer even when the Oscar nominee strutted the red carpet for the Academy awards night for best soundtrack with “Happy” his album due to drop the next day and he defiantly looked his best when he was being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest.
There are no scandals, and the only conspiracy theory about him attempts to explain how the 40-year-old manages to look even with internet memes tagging him as a vamp young but (Cetaphil and cold water, are the secret in case you were wondering).
Here’s the thing: Pharrell Williams is so likeable he makes ya’ll hop to a happy tune the most you can do is act indifferent. This may not be Pharrell’s magnum Opus, but G I R L is perhaps the testimony of an artist standing on the shoulder of giants looking to the nether regions of the veterans.
From one Hand to AnOTHER.
From One Hand To AnOTHER (FOHTA) was founded by, Pharrell Williams in 2008 because he believed that every child could be a success if only they had the right tools. Pharrell Williams grew up in Virginia Beach in the Seatack neighborhood. Times were tough but his family was strong and he was lucky enough to find his tool for the future-music. That discovery changed his life and is the reason he is successful today. He believes if every community with underserved youth had a community centre that was devoted to augmenting the learning experience needed to succeed and provide exposure to different technologies, arts and resources, kids could find their own tool – their key to a successful and fulfilling future. Pharrell Williams, with his partners in the corporate and education community, is building his vision of a community centre – The Pharrell Williams Resource Centre (PWRC).
The Mission states
i am OTHER is a cultural movement. We explore the pursuit of individuality, the defiance of expectations, and the arrival of a new class of visionaries. Be one of us. Be OTHER.
This a copy of the i am OTHER Manifesto
By Pharrell Williams
I serve and represent the OTHERS because I am one myself.
OTHERS defy expectations and stereotypes. We are curious, ambitious, energetic and have every intention of squeezing the most out of life. Above all, we are individuals.
OTHERS don’t fit into categories. We are not jocks. Or skaters. Or musicians. Or students. Or technologists. Or audiophiles. We want to be all of the above and then some.
OTHERS are a diverse group of optimistic, bright minds connected by technology and a desire to make our mark, who together can advance culture and even humanity.
OTHERS are not defined by demographics or geography. We have shared ideals, dreams and a vision for a new reality.
OTHERS believe individuality is the new wealth. Experiences are the new assets to acquire. Whoever is the most individual wins.
i am OTHER celebrates people who push society forward. The thinkers. The innovators. The outcasts. History has proven that it’s the rule breakers who have the power to change the world.
Since 2004 Pharrell has provided financial support for programs in Virginia Beach including the Back to School Supplies program and the distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to residents of the neighborhood in which he grew up. Another step in the right direction was this hat which he bought for $200 and auctioned for $44,100 that would become the funding for another kid’s educational milestone. If the hat fits wear it, skin colour isn’t the issue either and whether its by himself or with a Girl Pharrell continues to make history and walk paths non before him have walked.