Picasso, Baby: Fly Art Clothing Combines Hip-Hop Lyrics and Classical Paintings

What would happen if Jay-Z and Beyoncé were touring during the Renaissance era? What if Van Gogh got down to 808s & Heartbreak? What if Picasso left the house in Versace mink?

It would likely look something like Fly Art, a clothing label birthed by college buds Gisella Velasco and Toni Pontenciano.

Fly Art began as a Tumblr series just over a year ago, but the brand has now reconfigured into an extensive line of statement-making tees, crewnecks, and hoodies. The designs layer the recognized lyrics of modern musicians over the works of iconic painters, paying homage to both hip-hop heavyweights and highly regarded artists.

While certain paintings, like Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Goh’s Starry Night, and Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory, get slated with some of Kanye’s most recognizable lyrics, Boticelli’s works get paired with Beyonce’s beloved words. In one tee, King Louis XVI’s “Antoine-François Callet” classic is captioned with the infamous hook from “C.R.E.A.M.” by Wu-Tang Clan.

Many of the pairings hilariously extract the paintings’ hidden playfulness. For instance, the triumphant scene in Romulus’ Victory Over Acron by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres is accentuated with “Trophies,” an obvious reference to Drake’s boastful banger.

The juxtaposition of hip-hop culture with fine art of pieces from the Renaissance, Post-Impressionist and Modernist eras create a cleverly humorous intersection of fine art, modern music, and streetwear.

All of the pieces from Fly Art’s collection can be found on Rad Co.


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