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Orlando Arocena: Star Wars – Hip Hop vector tribute

If you know me, you know that I’m a Star Wars fan (thanks to my dad). You can bet that I’m wearing a bunch of Star Wars gear today and channeling my inner Jedi, with a big smiling grin on my face. That said, I happily celebrate and recognize this day as May The Fourth Be With You! So does illustrator Orlando Arocena–whom I interviewed in CrayonBeats Magazine: Issue 06 (beginning on page 73)–and you can see that in his latest project, “STAR WARS – HIP HOP vector tribute“.

New York-born, Connecticut-based artist combines his love for Star Wars and golden era hip hop, through 10 incredibly dope pieces. You’ll see inspirations of Public Enemy, Run DMC, Eric B. & Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and Notorious B.I.G., mashed with easily recognizable Star Wars characters and galaxy scenes. This is the first batch in this series, and he promises more to come. Check this one out now, and prepare to be amazed!

From Orlando Arocena: Growing up in the Bronx ( in the 80’s- Castle Hill Ave). It was a time of Lee jeans, striped track suits, shell top Adidas and The Force… Kids would gather and play out new battles with their action figures. Imitate their favorite Star Wars Characters. While some can be seen carrying their C3PO- head case around the block…….and at this same time, another culture was growing as well – Rapp. Rapp gave birth to HIP HOP and it was EVERYWHERE in so many forms…..tags on the subway cars, on the highway over passes, playing from the proud Boom Boxes being carried on shoulders, down to the airbrushed tags on people’s hoodies- it has always been a very expressive deep creative culture that I’ve appreciated. Both have inspired me for many years.

I wanted to say “thank you” to so many with this tribute, but time wasn’t in my favor. So, this is just the first of many creative series on this topic. It’s just too much fun to keep in one series. Cheers and May the 4th be with you.

orlandoarocena-1- fearofablackplanet
orlandoarocena-2- devastatingmiccontrol

To see MORE + the outlines and inspirations, click the link below.


Written By: Tiffany B.

Music and arts journalist, music curator, and co-boss babe of CrayonBeats since 2008! I've published 3,000+ posts consisting of new music, reviews, and interviews. I also do half of everything of CrayonBeats Magazine, so get familiar with our issues! Aside from being a music aficionado, I'm also a freelance artist/illustrator, a creative soul, a natural born lover, a comic book reader, an optimist, and a bit of a weirdo. I hate writing bios about myself, so see ya.