Artist Erni Vales Talks Creating Iconic Lil Kim Louis Vuitton Outfit

There's just certain photos in music history that either perfectly capture a moment for an artist or are so spot in their creativity they become iconic, etched into our mind as a definitive visual.

Think John Lennon in his New York City T-shirt with his arms crossed. 2Pac in a Detroit Red Wings jersey spitting at photographer while exiting a court appearance. Barron Claiborne's snapshot of Biggie donning a crown. Kurt Cobain in a frumpy sweater, guitar in hand during his Unplugged performance.

The process behind one of those shots includes a lot of personnel, from—of course—photographers to a bunch of dedicated contributors.

For one of the most iconic images of the early aughts, Lil Kim suited in a leather one-piece outfit adorned with the LV logo of Louis Vuitton for Interview magazine's November 1999 issue, it certainly was a group effort.

The look was snapped by David LaChapelle, who birthed the symbol idea that was executed by graffiti artist Ernie Vales. The imaged was dubbed one of the Top 50 photos in rock by Rolling Stone. Watch the video above to hear [< href="" target="blank">LINK] Vales explain the concept; "I have certain experiences in my career where I look back and I'm like, I used to paint trains and now I'm here," Vales told REVOLT at Art Basel 2014. "How crazy is that?"

Posted on 09 Dec 2014 by LilKimZone

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