Brantley, an artist that Billionaire Boys Club has admired for a while, creates
narrative driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic
characters. He utilizes these iconic characters to address complex ideas
around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power and hope. Majorly influenced by
the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley
uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his
inquiries. Consistently challenging the traditional view of the hero or
protagonist, Brantley's work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative
that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze.
Brantley's more famous works is the character, Flyboy. Recognized by his
yellow goggles and green helmet, Flyboy is a childlike character who was
conceptualized based on the infamous Tuskegee Airmen—the black pilots who
fought in World War II. Flyboy is often seen flying, running and sometimes,
just chillin' throughout Brantley's paintings, and can also be seen as
life-size pop-color themed sculptures. The childlike character "derived
from the idea of needing pivotal characters of color that could exist in a
pop commercial space that’s also a space of high art,” Brantley explains.
the Billionaire Boys Club astronaut and Hebru’s Flyboy character together
speaks to BBC’s admiration of exploring oneself and fulfilling creative
potential. As both BBC and Brantley’s works are influenced by music, art and
fashion of today and the past, the collaboration reflects an imaginative
culture we immerse ourselves in every day.
Hebru pieces will be available at the Billionaire Boys Club ComplexCon booth,
including apparel and accessories.