Hennessy recently launched its next Very Special Limited Edition Series at the end of June this year, the seventh in an ongoing series that includes Scott Campbell, Ryan McGinness, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, and Futura. JonOne's custom design is a totem that blends urban art with the distiller's craft.
Over the last three decades, JonOne has become internationally revered as one of the most groundbreaking graffiti artists to come out of the concrete jungle that is New York City. The artist, born to Dominican parents in Harlem, spent the latter part of his teenage years leaving his signature “Jon156” tag in subway trains and buildings all over the city. Rappers who lived in and around the Uptown sector of Manhattan and the Bronx knew about JonOne’s historic contributions, including Fat Joe.
JonOne began his art journey in the ‘80s as a teenager who tagged up buildings with his infamous 156 All Starz collective. Once he relocated to Paris, Jon passed down the collective and spent the last 30 years an international icon, loved by many for his vibrant installations and exhibits featured around the globe.
“My stuff is very colorful, and it brings a smile to everyone’s face when they see it,” JonOne explained. “Half of the work, in my head, is doing something very colorful, energetic and joyful. The other half is making it live and having a great time doing it. So it’s all about that and enjoying life.”
On First Thursday this week, we will be hosting Jon One at our Rosebank store in Johannesburg where you will be able to enjoy drinks and view the creative pieces Jon has created over the years. First Thursday starts at 6pm - we look forward to seeing you there.
Address: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank