This past Sunday, I photographed Ice-T at his home in New Jersey. While in his home, I saw this portrait that reminded me of Kehinde Wiley's work I had seen in the Brooklyn Museum years ago… 2007 maybe? Ever since then, I have been a big fan of Kehinde's work and really admired his nod to the classical master painters.
I thought this would be a great way to connect with Ice, but Kehinde’s name escaped me. It was a total brain fart. I didn’t want to embarrass myself and get Kehinde’s name wrong or, worse, have Ice-T stare at me blankly having no idea what I was talking about.
Long story short: my suspicions were correct. I came home and looked it up. Turns out Kehinde Wiley DID paint a portrait of Ice-T (in 2005 in the style of this). I wish my memory served me better that day.
Oh, and the photos I took of Ice-T and Coco will appear in the July/August issue of Hoboken Digest.