Sunday, November 5, 2017


The TomasBlot Butterflies are a series of photographic art piecescreated by Californian artist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas)in Lisbon, Portugal (1997) based upon symbols his father drew hours before passing away in 1991. 

Ithaka - On The Microphone - Portugal 1997

Ithaka - On The Microphone - Portugal 1997

Ithaka is the lyrcist/vocalist of So Get Up (popularized by Underground Sound Of Lisbon and Cosmic Gate), Escape From The City Of Angels, and Seabra Is Mad. Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas)  recorded his first two albums while living in Lisbon, Portugal ('92-'98).

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Flowers And The Color Of Paint - Ithaka

Although written and vocalized in the English language by Ithaka Darin Pappas, a southern-Californian, this record (his debut album) was recorded in Lisbon, Portugal (where the artist lived from 1992-1998) and where, to most, this is considered a 'Portuguese' album.

This record appeared in the middle of a new movement known as Hip Hop Tuga (hip hop made in Portugal). Many hip hop tuga artists were from former colonies of Portugal in Africa such as; Cape Verde, Mozambique and Angola - and Ithaka was not considered an outsider with this national and international group of lyricists/vocalists.

The recordings include guest appearances by many of the best young performers working in Portugal at that time, such as General D and Marta Dias. The album was very well received by the media, being nominated nominated for three Blitz Premios (Portuguese equivalent to the Grammy): "Best New Artist", "Best Male Vocalist" and "Best Album". And in a 1999 retrospective of Portuguese music by the national newspaper Publico, "Flowers And The Color Of Paint" was considered one of the most important "Portuguese" albums of the 1990s.

The record is perhaps best known internationally because of the track, Escape From The City Of Angels, which came to public light when award-winning film director Antoine Fuqua used the song in his movie "The Replacement Killers" during a sequence featuring critically acclaimed actors Mira Sorvino, Chow Yun fat and Clifton Collin Jr.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ithaka's 2nd album, Stellafly (1997) recorded in Portugal


Stellafly FULL ALBUM (youtube):

INSTAGRAM: @_ithaka_
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STELLAFLY, the second album by California songwriter and alternative hip hop artist, Ithaka,  received the "ALBUM OF THE YEAR" award (1997) by Jornal Publico and was also nominated for four BLITZ PREMIOS (Portuguese Grammy) for BEST ALBUM, BEST MALE VOCALIST,  BEST SINGLE (for "Seabra Is Mad") and BEST VIDEO ("Seabra is Mad").

All lyrics and lead vocals by Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas).

With special guests; Sergio Nascimento, Jôsette, Marta Dias, Ace (Mind Da Gap), X-Sista, Red Beans, Mimi.

Track list:
1. The Bum With Blue Blood
2. Substance-free Exile
3. The Plot (featuring Mimi)
4. Eden By The Sea
5. Ain't No Breeze
6. Butterfly Of Wisdom
7. Seabra Is Mad
8. Stay Strong Little Brother (featuring Jôsette)
9. Capricorn and Cancer (featuring X-Sista)
10. King Tardy
11. Sunny The Bunny (with Red Beans)
12. Sushi-Pack Subway (with Red Beans)
13. Alabama cave Party (featuring Ace from Mind Da Gap)
14. The Rise And Fall Of A Fortune
15. Spiritual Graveyard
16. Ursula Of Ithaka (featuring Marta Dias)
17. Stellafly

Flowers And The Color Of Paint - thaka's 1995 debut album (recorded in Portugal)

Flowers And The Color Of Paint is the 1995 debut album by Californian alternative hip hop artist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas). Lyrics and lead vocals by: Ithaka Ithaka's Flowers And The Color Of Paint, recorded at Namoche Studios in Lisbon, Portugal in 1995, was nominated for three Blitz Awards (the Portuguese equivalent of the Grammy) in the categories of: Best Album, Best New Project and Best Male Vocalist.

And in an end-of-decade retrospective of national music, the prestigious newspaper Publico considered Flowers And The Color Of Paint to be one of the ten most influential 'Portuguese' albums of the 1990's The original pressing of Flowers And The Color Of Paint released by Movieplay Records was only 1500 copies. Ironically, despite the song, Escape From The City Of Angeles' obvious cult status with literally millions of illegal downloads around the globe, the label has never made a second issue of the album.

In 1997, acclaimed Hollywood director Antoine Fuqua used the song in the soundtrack for his feature film The Replacment Killers [released by Columbia Pictures] starring; Mira Sorvino (academy award winner) Chow Yun-fat (academy award nominee) and several other known actors such as Clifton Collins Jr. and Michael Rooker.

Full Album on Youtube:

@_ithaka_ (ithaka instagram)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rare photos of Eazy E by Ithaka Darin Pappas at 2017 Photoville, Brooklyn

[Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture]

Rapper, Eazy E skateboarding in Venice Beach, California Feb. 24th 1989 - photographed by:Ithaka Darin Pappas

Presented by
Contact High with support from Mass Appeal and Invictus Black

Curated by
Vikki Tobak; Associate curator: Syreeta Gates
“Contact High” spotlights the photographers who have played critical roles in bringing hip-hop and music culture imagery onto the global stage. Photographers share their era-defining stories’ iconic images, what legendary street photographer Henri Cartier Bresson called ‘The Decisive Moment’. “Contact High” offers a rare glimpse into the creative process and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the imagery that shaped hip-hop and music visual culture. Getting access to the original and unedited contact sheets, we see the ‘big picture’ visual legacy being created. Contact sheets let you look directly through the photographer’s lens and observe all of the other shots taken during these legendary moments.
Hip-hop and rebel cultures have always been about self-definition, especially when it comes to visuals and style. For artists, that one iconic pose, press shot or album cover would play a major role in shaping them into icons by any means necessary—skills, style, swagger, bravado and visuals. Today, the way we digest and create cultural imagery has radically changed. Today’s visual landscape is haphazardly shaped from every direction. The contact sheets reveal how photographers shaped the evolution of a visual cultural phenomenon.
Let’s get analogue for a minute. Contrary to the iPhone’s dominance, film is not dead. In fact, there’s a whole movement of analogue film photographers hashtag bragging: #FilmIsNotDead #35mm #ishootfilm #analogphotography #analogvibes… the list goes on. In this digital age of Instagram and Photoshop, it’s easy to hide imperfections. Analog film reveals beauty and individuality by exposing imperfection and process. There is individualism and eccentricity in every shot, like the dust and grooves of vinyl records. Photographers typically don’t show their contact sheets. It’s their visual diary. Not every shot worked, in fact, most didn’t. Back when every photo was methodically shot on analog film, the negatives on a roll of film would be contact printed on photographic paper allowing you to see the full range of images that would eventually develop into the ‘money shot’.


“Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture” spotlights the photographers who have played critical roles in bringing hip-hop and music culture imagery onto the global stage.
The exhibition encompass more than 40 years of history and celebrates what and how photographers saw as hip-hop evolved into a global force. Coinciding with the publication of “Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture” (Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House) to be published fall 2018.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Historical Images of NWA by Ithaka Darin Pappas (The Defiant Ones)

Historical images of NWA created by artist/photographer Ithaka Darin Pappas were recently featured in the celebrated HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones, directed by Allen Hughes. Among the seventeen pictures used were several shots of an autograph session at a Los Angeles Wherehouse Records location in 1989 that have never been seen publicly before.