Harlem Shaken

Harlem Shaken

April 10, 2013


I traveled from Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon all the way up to Harlem to go to a quite colorful art show of the artist Bariq Cobbs at the Bibi Salon. For those of you that don’t live in NYC, it’s like traveling to another state border when you travel that far in the city—though this was definitely worth the trip.





Bariq’s influence of his hometown of Philly mixed with fashion was evident in his art. His styles ranged from what I like to call “80’s fashion plate” (which were my favorites, as seen above), to graffiti styles that reminded me of an ode to the 90’s hip-hop scene and even Surrealism.

I remarked to him that one of his paintings resembled the surrealist artist Magrite because of his painting with a man in a hat. He replied that he’s been influenced by Dalî lately.

Bariq’s art was so colorful and vibrant that it made me feel so ready for some warmer April weather. Well, except for the humidity, which caused my hair to frizz that day.


Celebrity makeup artist, Maria Scali (above left) introduced me to the owner of the salon, who is also a celebrity hair stylist, Maisha Stephens (above middle). How fabulous are they?


top: Paul Smith (sample sale) / bra: Agent Provocateur / pants: H&M Conscious Collection / bag: vintage / shoes: Christian Siriano Gold Collection for Payless / bracelets: etc…  / lipcolor: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (vegan!) in Anime

Art by Bariq Cobbs at the Bibi Salon in Harlem

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