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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"YOU" DJ Vibe featuring Ithaka (Peter Bailey Remix) Urb Magazine

"YOU" DJ Vibe featuring Ithaka (Peter Baily Remix) Urb Magazine

This track has been killing it for me on dance floors for months. I loved the track so much I asked DJ Vibe to let me do the remix and he said, Yes. The track features lyrics and vocals from Ithaka (ithaka Darin Pappas) who was the voice and lyricist of the classic, "So Get Up". With a steady key line running throughout that builds and builds it's obvious why it causes caos on the dance floor.

Peter Bailey - URB Magazine July 23rd 2007

Ithaka Darin Pappas - EDMânia December 2016

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Turquoise Waves" contemporary sculpture by California artist, Ithaka

"Turquoise Waves"
By artist: Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas)

from the series Aliens Of AkahtiLândia,

of the ongoing body of work entitled, 

The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard

*Pieces are currently available

For purchasing or exhibit info see:
or contact: 


Born in California, multi-faceted visual artist, global wanderer and naturalist, Ithaka, first began experimenting with photography at the age of 5. By his late-teens, he was doing freelance magazine assignments for publications such as Thrasher Skateboarding.
During his early twenties he found regular work as a photographer in the West Coast music industry photographing hip hop artists such as NWA (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E). Also during this period, living in Los Angeles, he began sculpting - primarily using discarded surfboards as his raw material of choice.
His own search for self-expression gradually distanced him from the more commercial applications of photographic work and he began exhibiting both his personal photographs and sculptures (often together) and began traveling extensively.
During the 90's, he relocated several times: Athens (six months), Tokyo (one year), Lisbon (six years) and in 2001 visited Brazil for the first time. Where, for a decade, he has divided his time between Southern California and a rural part of the state of São Paulo. And finally after more than half a year in Mexico, he has finally returned to reside in Southern California
As both a life-long surfer and a connoisseur of urban culture, Ithaka has long had an inner-conflict of city vs. nature. His influences have often been divided between the two worlds, but it's been there in Brazil his love for the wilderness has grown substantially. His new found passion for the jungle, and all of its mysteries, has become the dominant influence in all aspects of his visual work.

Ithaka – (born 1966 Anaheim, California)
Solo Exhibits:

2015 F+ Gallery - "Aliens From AkahtiLândia" (Sculpture, Painting and Photography)

2013 Hurley International Headquarters in Costa Mesa, California (Sculpture, Painting and Photography)

2012 Gallery WOA: Way Of Arts - Cascais, Portugal (Sculpture, Video & Photography)

2011 Nike Posto 5.0 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (sculpture)

2010 The Camp - Costa Mesa, California (sculpture, photography)

2010 Gallery Alma Do Mar - São Paulo, Brazil (sculpture. photography)

2008 Clash - Lisbon, Portugal (sculpture)

2007 Gallery WOA: Way Of Arts - Estoril, Portugal (sculpture)

2000 International Surfing Museum - Huntington Beach California (sculpture)
1998 Gallery Ze Dos Bois "Quality_Time: Part One" - Lisbon, Portugal (photography, text, performance)

1996 IPJ: Instituto Portuguesa Da Juventude "UMBILICUS" - Lisbon, Portugal(photography)

1995 Universidade Moderna - Lisbon, Portugal (sculpture)

1992 Gallery YMA -Tokyo, Japan (sculpture, photography)

1990 Pepperdine University – Los Angeles, California (sculpture)

Group Art Exhibits:
             2016 Surfboards On Parade
2014 Surfboards On Parade - Huntington Beach, California
2014 "Azores Wave Week - Ponta Delgado, São Miguel Island, Portugal
2013 McNamara Gallery - Nazaré, Portugal
2013 Sagres Surf Culture - Sagres, Portugal
2010 Oca Do Ibirapuera - São Paulo, Brazil
2007 Oca Do Ibirapuera - São Paulo, Brazil
2003 111 Minna Gallery - San Francisco, California
1999 Photo Impact Gallery - Los Angeles, California
1992 NICAF: Nippon International Contemporary Art Fair - Yokohama, Japan
             1990 Zero One Gallery Los Angeles

   Book Appearances
           2012 "Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior"
           Ithaka's photo series Umbilicus featured in book by Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic (Rockport publishers)

           2004 BELONG: A TV Journalist's Search for Urban Culture by Jennifer Morton (Canada)
           2003 ALTAS-LUZES - by Rita Carmo & Miguel Cadete (Portugal)
           2000 THE END OF PRINT by David Carson (graphic designer) (USA)