Tag: Ithaka Darin Pappas

“The Miracle Mile Shot” non-dialogue, Short-Subject Documentary at LAGFF

“The Miracle Mile Shot” is an experimental, non-dialogue short-subject documentary film by Greek-American artist-photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas. This is the third in his series of hip-hop Photomentaries almost entirely relying on his own archival imagery of West Coast rap artists.

“The Miracle Mile Shot”

Ithaka cites legendary documentary film-maker, Ken Burns as a motivating influence to begin this type of film work.

“I begin seeing these incredible documentaries randomly at different times and places around the world, on planes, at friends houses etc. And it took me a minute to realize that all of this compelling story-telling; Jazz, The Civil War, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea were coming from the same source, Ken Burns. His projects can tell an entire story with only still photographs if necessary, it’s amazing.

I realized that I was the creator of much of the kind of raw still photographic material that Mr. Burns uses for his projects, and it has inspired me to begin to edit and present these images in a film format to tell a story. The Miracle Mile Shot is my third short-subject film festival project. I have already completed earlier this year Eazy E & Venice Locals (A Historic Day in the Brotherhood of Hip Hop and Skateboarding

I call these projects Photomentaries, meaning at this point I am only using still photographs in movement, with sound and text to vocal communicate ideas. I am not sure I will ever incorporate narration, I am enjoying the closed-mouth communication direction of it all and think I’d like to take it to the next level and even try a much longer project, of up to an hour.

“The Miracle Mile Shot” has also appeared at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and has already been submitted to several other short film festivals around the world.


In this short subject non-dialogue documentary, photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas reexamines “The Miracle Mile Shot”, a picture he took of N.W.A. in 1988, that through the decades has become the defining image of N.W.A. in its prime. The photograph examined in the short, entitled “The Miracle Mile Shot”, was made on November 11th 1988 and features Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. The image began its existence being used as the official press image for NWA’s triple-Platinum album, Straight Outta Compton (Priority Records). “The Miracle Mile Shot” is an individual photo from a series of pictures made that day (at the photographer’s home apartment studio at 6516 1/2 Orange Street – Los Angeles) using a Hasselblad 500 CE camera with an 80mm lens and Norman lighting equipment. Throughout the decades, the image’s relevance has continued to grow, being one of the only photos in existence clearly showing the faces of all members of the short-lived but highly influential group

Source IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10519540/


Used Bootleg Eazy-E “Skate Outta Compton” sweatshirt (photo by Ithaka Darin Pappas) selling on EBAY for astronomical $499!

Used Bootleg Eazy-E “Skate Outta Compton” sweatshirt (photo by Ithaka Darin Pappas) selling on EBAY for astronomical $499!

Used Bootleg “Eazy E & Venice Skaters” sweatshirt with photo by Ithaka Darin Pappas selling on EBAY for astronomical $499!


Rare illegal shirt produced by Thrasher Magazine available for as much as five hundred dollars.


Eazy E “Held His Own Skateboarding in Venice Beach in 1989”, Fab 5 Freddy tells VladTV

See Video Here: Fab 5 Freddy (VLADTV) 

Talks Eazy E Skateboarding 

in Venice and Ithaka pics in Contact High Exhibit

On May 15th the legendary Fab 5 Freddy spoke to DJ Vlad (VLADTV) about the early days of YO! MTV Raps, his NetFlix documentary The Grass Is Greener and about Ithaka Darin Pappas’ historic images of Eazy E, being hip hop’s very first skateboarder being shown at the exhibit Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop (Curated by: Vikki Tobak)

Full Interview at these links:

Part 1 (Fab 5 on VladTV): youtube.com/watch?v=0ztlV

Part 2 (Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/MCtqoFYBym0

Part 3(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/dXK4m4xaIhs

Part 4(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/8Wa-xktCN34

Part 5(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/2J0-3iVwJEM

Part 6(Fab 5 on VladTV): youtu.be/uZw4bn_n1MU

Was Eazy E Hip Hop’s First Skateboarder? (Rare 1989 Photos Surface In New Short Documentary)

Was Eazy E Hip Hop’s First Skateboarder? (Rare 1989 Photos Surface In New Short Documentary)


Eazy E & Venice Locals February 24th 1989 (A Historic Day in The Brotherhood of Hip Hop & Skateboarding). All photographs under federal copyright by © Ithaka Darin Pappas — @_ithaka_


Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was a hip-hop visionary who never got the credit he deserved for turning rap into an international phenomenon (though 2015’s Straight Outta Compton biopic went a long way toward rehabilitating his legacy). Well, he was a visionary in other ways, too. Decades before it became commonplace for every rapper to have a skateboard or two in his closet, Eazy was practicing kickflips with his young son on the streets of Compton. At a time when skateboarding was dominated by white kids listening to punk – and the hip hop community disregarded anything related to skate or surf, Eazy E paved the way. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment…


Это был исторический день в отношениях хип-хопа и скейтбординга. Это был первый раз, когда известный рэпер публично одобрил скейтбординг (и даже признался и продемонстрировал, что он был скейтбордистом mesmo). До этого дня скейтбординг был в основном для панков … хип-хоп не был чем-то увлеченным сообществом скейтбордов. Каким-то образом этот день подал зеленый свет между двумя мирами, что было нормально принимать друг друга. Это было начало пожизненного братства, поскольку все мы знаем, что эти две вселенные теперь движутся рука об руку, абсолютно неразделимы. este foi um dia histórico nas relações do hip hop e do skate. Foi a primeira vez que um conhecido rapper endossou publicamente o skate (e até admitiu e demonstrou que era um skatista mesmo). Antes deste dia, o skate era principalmente para punks … O hip hop não era algo abraçado pela comunidade de skate. De alguma forma, este dia serviu uma luz verde entre os dois mundos que era aceitável aceitar um ao outro. Foi o início de uma irmandade ao longo da vida, como todos nós sabemos que esses dois universos agora andam de mãos dadas, totalmente inseparáveis.

これはヒップホップとスケートボードの関係において歴史的な日でした。 有名なラッパーがスケートボーディングを公に承認したのは初めてのことでした(そして彼がスケートボーダーのメスモであることを認め、証明することすらありました)。 この日より前は、スケートボードは主にパンクのためでした…ヒップホップはスケートコミュニティによって受け入れられるものではありませんでした。 どういうわけかこの日は2つの世界の間でお互いを受け入れても大丈夫であるという緑色の光を出しました。 私達全員が今これらの2つの宇宙が手をつないで、絶対に不可分に乗って乗っているのを知っているので、それは生涯の兄弟愛の始まりでした。

Extremely Rare Photo of Eazy E Skateboarding by Ithaka Darin Pappas now on Exhibit at “Contact High” hosted by The Annenberg Space For Photography “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop,” at the Annenberg Space for Photography. A new group show organized by author Vikki Tobak looks at the work of photographers who chronicled the rise of hip-hop, with famous prints (like the iconic portrait of Biggie Smalls in a crown by Barron Claiborne) as well as unedited contact sheets and other images of key musical figures from the genre, including Eazy-E, Jay-Z and Salt-N-Pepa. Tobak is the author of the bestselling book on which the exhibit is based. Opens Friday and runs through Aug. 18. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, AnnenbergPhotoSpace.org. #eazye #hiphop #skateboarding #ithakadarinpappas #NWA General Admission Magazine: Tell us about the cover photo and how you got to that point with N.W.A? Ithaka Darin Pappas: At the time I was working for Priority Records. I was their main freelance photographer during this period and I had photographed N.W.A. probably more than any other photographer. This particular day was a shoot for MTV and they were doing a little culture clash unite between this pop group Kris Kross and N.W.A. Kris Kross came down and we all met in Venice. Fab 5 Freddy did the interview, an old-school artist and hip-hopper from New York. After the Kris Kross bailed we all walked down to the skate area down there on the beach at Venice. Eazy grabbed some kid’s skateboard and took off. I’d already been working with this crew for probably almost two years and I’d never even heard the word skate board came out of anybody’s mouth, or surfing, or anything like that. It was a shock to me, and he’d obviously spent some time on a skateboard because he knew what he was doing. General Admission Magazine: He could skate? Ithaka Darin Pappas: Yes. He was confident on it. One thing we’ve learned from this photo is Eazy is a goofyfooter. (Ed’s note: Goofyfoot is the type of stance a surfer or skater is defined by)

Eazy E Skateboarding! Rare Photograph by Ithaka Darin Pappas to be exhibited at Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit

Eazy E Skateboarding! Rare Photograph by Ithaka Darin Pappas to be exhibited at Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit

An ultra rare 1989 photograph of deceased rap superstar Eazy E (Eric Wright 1964-1995) by artist/photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas will soon be exhibited to the public at The Anneberg Space For Photography in Century City (Los Angeles). The exhibit Contact High: A Visual History Of Hip Hop created and curated by Vikki Tobak, with creative direction by hip hop founding father, Fab 5 Freddy.

Contact High includes 140 works from 60 photographers, with over 75 original, unedited contact sheets—from Barron Claiborne’s iconic Notorious B.I.G. portraits and early images of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West as they first came on the the scene, to Janette Beckman’s defining photos of Salt-N-Pepa, Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks documenting hip-hop culture and the aforementioned images by Ithaka Darin Pappas.

Source: Newsweek


How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

DJ Vibe began what would be a ten year residency at Kremlin. In the nineties, Kremlin was considered the third best club in the world and under Vibe’s advice started hosting international appearances.
It was 1992 when Vibe was finally flown to New York City. By that time Lisbon had found a place on the world map of clubbing.
Vibe’s memory of New York was still vivid in his mind when he started producing So Get Up.
The Underground Sound Of Lisbon, a collaboration between Rui Da Silva and Vibe, started of with a track featuring an original poem by hip hop lyricist and vocalist Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas.
The song, So Get Up (a remix of an earlier elctro-esque spoken word track by Ithaka of the same name So Get Up (original by Ithaka) was destined to become a perennial dance floor smasher, transforming the career of Vibe and Underground Sound Of Lisbon and the entire music economy of Portugal indefinitely.
Vibe had just come back from the Big Apple, where he’d see Junior Vasquez play at the epic Sound Factory. He sent a test pressing of So Get Up to a friend in New York City and the record magically arrived in the very hands of Junior Vasquez who started playing the track at the Sound Factory.
One year later, Tribal America, a subsidiary of EMI Records released the single and it soon became a national anthem of Portuguese dance music.
The song climbed to 1st Place on the Billboard U.K. Independent Dance Music charts and the first international edition sold over 50,000 copies.
By the mid-90’s, Vibe had become an international ambassador for Portugal’s dance music scene.

Historic image of rapper Eazy E skateboarding, photographed by Ithaka Darin Pappas in Vikki Tobak’s new book “Contact High: A Visual History Of Hip Hop” (Penguim Random House).

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Historic Image of Eazy E Skateboarding photographed by Ithaka Darin Pappas In Vikki Tobak’s New “Book Contact High: A Visual History Of Hip Hop” (Penguim Random House).

One of the only pictures of rapper Eazy E actually riding a skateboard was recently published in Vikki Tobak’s epic new analog photography book about the first forty years of hip hop. The photo appears opposite page of the original proof sheet that the image was taken from, showing another few frames of Eazy E skateboarding as well all of NWA doing an interview with Fab 5 Freddy from Yo!MTVRaps. Epic stuff.