A culture journalist who is passionate about reporting on graffiti, hip hop and streetwear.
I've written original feature stories and short news posts for a number of magazines and websites such as New York Magazine, XXL, Mass Appeal, Grailed, Complex and 12ozProphet. I have experience interviewing rappers, graffiti artists and New Yorkers.
I'm a graduate of the Journalism and History program at Stony Brook University.
My first feature story for New York Magazine was a piece explaining the popularity of The North Face within 1990s New York City street culture. This was one of the first stories to reveal the relationship between graffiti writers, rappers, and shoplifters with one of America's most successful outdoor clothing brands.
An interview with graphic designer Richard "Dick" Tahsin, the artist who created the art for Polo Ralph Lauren's most coveted pieces.
Lei Takanashi speaks with the New York rapper about the long process of finishing album projects and the allure of hookah. If we weren't writers, we'd eviscerate the battle rap scene. Please support Passion of the Weiss by subscribing to our Patreon.
Interviewed Online Ceramics and Places+Faces for Complex.
There is no bringing New York back-at least not in the sense of the catchphrase that's staled over the past decade (and has never quite come to fruition). Thanks to the internet, hip-hop is more democratized than ever. Scenes these days tend to be more dictated by sonics than geography.
A profile on the ex-Chinatown gangster China Mac, a formerly incarcerated Chinese American rapper who is making a buzz in New York.
An opinion piece focused on the resurgence of vintage Polo Ralph Lauren and how it could benefit the company.
For the holiday season, I broke down what were the best vintage Wu-Tang clothing items to buy.
An interview with the owner of the Lower East Side vintage boutique Deepcover.
Apart of Mass Appeal's 'New Classics' Album Reviews.
Student Journalism Work
Executive Editor of Stony Brook University's school magazine, The Stony Brook Press. Led a team of editors and designed the print magazine.
A feature story on the last video stores standing in New York City.
An feature piece on JOEY and CLYDE, two new school Long Island graffiti writers who have had their names run the entire lengths of the LIRR.
A profile on Hempstead, Long Island rapper A+, a former child rapper who became one of the first artists to sign toUniversal Records.
A feature piece on Tuff City Styles, a tattoo shop in the Bronx which provides legal walls for graffiti writers to paint on.
Published various amounts of online content for 12ozProphet. Put together galleries, managed weekly posts, shared new music.