1985
New York City
Art schools such as SVA, Parsons, and FIT housed hundreds of students in this 15-story gulag on 34th street in Hell's Kitchen. The rooms were the size of prison cells, but to experience NYC in the '80s was transformative. Throw endless booze, mix-tapes, drugs, and cockroaches into the semester and things got pretty colorful. It was a massive brick hell-hole of creativity and madness.

I stayed for three years.

Below is a collection of Comics, Graphics, Posters, Apparel, Social Media, Books, and Events produced over the past decade. This ongoing project occupies the black & white space between post-mortem branding and nostalgic tribute.

Neon signage on the front of building

Sloane location in mid-town Manhattan

From above


Retro postcard from the Gift Shoppe


Our Mascot: The 9th Avenue Pigeon.


Sloane apparel series - modeled by a few Sloane survivors

Subway poster series promos from a collaboration with Puzl.


SLOANE HOUSE 1986 - WELCOME TO HELL TOWN


COVER JACKET (above)
AND SLOANE HOUSE COMICS PANELS (below).
[ Character head design courtesy of Puzl ]

Sloane Rangers
CBGB's show flyer

NYC subway car circa 1986

Typical Sloane room before student customization.

Sloane hallways

DINER at the corner of 33rd & 9th - viewed from Sloane

Typical New Yorker:  sweaty and pissed-off.

“On my first weekend in NYC my education officially began during the Death-Race of 9th Avenue: Yellow taxi’s were doing 70 mph as they headed south. I figured one would jump the curb any minute and mow down a line of pedestrians and keep going. I hailed one, climbed in quickly and rocketed downtown with a lady friend getting tossed all around the back seat as the cabbie wove his way through traffic. Seatbelts? Why even bother? Came to realize that EVERYTHING in NYC was going at least 70 MPH!"
— K.BANKS