Tribe Vibe Urban Renaissance Artists was a wearable art collective founded by Kenya Abdul-Hadi on the campus of Howard Universtiy in 1991. We painted on t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, denim and leather jackets and furniture, and took Washington, DC by storm. Before long, we were selling in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, and as far away as London and Trinidad.
Each artist has our own unique style and found inspiration in each other and the fashion trends of the day. Watch the popular TV shows In Living Color, The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, Living Single and MTV, and our shirts appeared on them at least once.
In time, I moved from my studio in O Street Artists’ Studios to 1800 Belmont Arts, a three-story collective of African American and African artists and artisans. Tribe Vibe fans came weekly for the top pickings of the newest wares, whether silk screes, originals, or painted furniture. Some people chose to frame and make pillowcases of the t-shirts rather than wear them.