Photograph by
Powell, Ricky, American, 1961 - 2021
Subject of
LL Cool J, American, born 1968
Kangol, British, founded 1938
Date
1988; printed 2003
Medium
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet): 15 × 18 3/4 in. (38.1 × 47.6 cm)
H x W (Image): 9 1/2 × 14 in. (24.1 × 35.6 cm)
Description
A color photograph of LL Cool J captured in Los Angeles in 1988.
LL Cool J is standing in the center of the image with two other men who have their backs to the camera. All three men wear identical red and white jackets and pants. The back of the jackets have red and white stripes and white lettering reading [TROOP / L.L. COOL J] with a gold crown in the center. LL Cool J faces the camera, his arms thrown over the shoulders of the men on either side of him. He wears a red bucket hat with white [KANGOL] label, a large gold rope chain, gold and diamond bracelets, and several diamond rings on each hand. The background is black. Beneath the image is a handwritten inscription reading ["L.L. COOL J" L.A. '88] with the photographer's signature [Ricky Powell / '03].
Place captured
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
chromogenic color prints
Topic
Actors
Fashion
Hip-hop (Music)
Musicians
Photography
Rappers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.132.357
Restrictions & Rights
© Ricky Powell
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a7949c77-d811-4a6a-bede-f850ff589c46

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