50 Years of Pride: A project by Juan Carlos Pagan

By Juan Carlos Pagan,
Instagram: @JuanCarlosPagan,
Twitter @Juan_C_Pagan

Since Pride month is upon us. I’ve decided that my genesis release on SuperRare will be a piece in support of the LGBTQ community. Originally commissioned by The New York Times, the 50 Years of Pride cover marks a seminal moment in the gay community, The Stone Wall Inn riots. Half-century ago, the police and patrons clashed at a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village NYC. That clash helped spark a movement that continues to this day. The riot poured out onto Christopher Street where the pride colors now intersect with the street crosswalk lines. This is where I drew the inspiration for the  artwork. I will now turn this cover into an NFT so this story can live in the Metaverse eternally.

I will be donating 10% of the sale of this NFT to the LGBT Center in NYC:

Original New York Times Cover

Christopher Street where the pride colors now intersect with the street crosswalk lines became the primary source of inspiration on how I drew 50. 

I used an isometric grid to create typographic forms that had dimension. The 50 was drawn in such a way where I could tuck the ‘5’ closer to the ‘0’. Reinforcing the idea of coming together. 

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