This February in honour of Black History Month I have created a 1/1 parcel to bring light to the injustice faced African Americans dating back to the 1920’s.
The front of the jacket is decorated with a patch which is shown as a “Justice” scale.The back of the jacket simply reads “NO JUSTICE”. This play on the movie Title “Poetic Justice” which stars Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur. The film was released a year following the infamous 1992 LA Riots.The inner lining and fabric of this piece is decorated with the names of several individuals who have been killed unjustly by law enforcement and by acts of hatred.
In Celebration Of The ‘Be Like Mike’ Campaign which originally launched in 1991, 6 Creatives from Toronto got to take part in this very dope project featuring the new Air Jordan x Gatorade Collection. Apart of the launch event which took place at the Jumpman Store in toronto. The creative’s include Designer / Artist : Tone Burke / Dj : Killa Kels / Producer : FrancisGot Heat / Host & MC : mcebone / Radio Host : Alicia Ace west / Photographer : Tristan Forbes
Scarborough native and bobb artist Savadouchi brings us his latest project titled “41”. With tracks like Katana featuring Dope $ociety artist Fredericks Reginald, this project was quick to pick up steam after its release. Be on the look out for visuals to follow the project.
Don’t Sleep on this one..
This Halloween Tone is back at it with his second art instalment titled Dead Or Alive. The show was a illustration based show which gave viewers a experience the couldn’t forget. Tone re-created images of celebrities from Tupac to Rihanna in a zombie like form to play on the Halloween theme. In addition the gallery was fully curated with custom designed masks, strobe effect lights and live music from Toronto producer Patrick Perezz.
Almost an exact year and date to the release of his first project, Reginald is preparing to release another outstanding project; cleverly titled: “Guruilla”. The title is a play on the term “Guerilla Warfare”. Insinuating the fact that this body of work is a rebellion or an attack of some sort. Taking direct aim at those who create, think, and live according to the norms established by the fabric of society. While taking aim at the status quo of what good music actually is, it is clear that this project is a call to not only make entertaining music but to also maintain thought provoking content.
In October 2017 Graphic artist and Dope $ociety founder Tone Burke
held his first solo art show “The Dealer” with a capacity audience in attendance. The art show took place in a Queen St W gallery with many taste makers in attendance. The artshow provided viewers with several mediums of art such as digital art, sculpture, illustrations, and live music, some of which were Tone’s most notable works and some never seen before.
Here is a look at what went down.
The Art Of Dope.
There are many conclusions one can draw from that one sentence. The word Dope has been flipped and twisted dozens of times during modern history. Since the 90’s the word ‘DOPE’ has gone from referring to opiates, to referring to weed, and most recently used to show your appreciation for something cool. As a collective we have used a combination of these distorted meanings and played upon them to create our motto: Dealers Of Potent Expression
Ultimately Art will never die, but it has definitely been lost in this age of technology. The coming together of the creative’s, the cultured and otherwise worldly individuals in order to promote the resurgence of real Dope artistic expression is what the culture has been missing. D.O.P.E $OCIETY plans to be the a constant reminder of what Toronto was and will forever be; a concrete jungle with diverse artists stemming from a variety of multicultural origins, pushing the boundaries to show that beauty can grow anywhere when fostered.
As a collective we are here to break boundaries and promote artistic expression.