Back in the Summer of 2012, you might remember yet another post I put up about the early Beastie Boys (i.e. prior to their makeover as beery partiers, but after their migration from hardcore to hip-hop). It was a great shot of the band — still a quartet, rounded out with future Luscious Jackson drummer Kate Schellenbach — lounging against the wall of a lot between West 22nd and 21st street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (across from what was then Danceteria). Here’s that photo again.
And here’s another shot of that same tag, courtesy of a July 1985 copy of SPIN. I remember cutting this out and taping to the door of my dorm room my freshman year of college.
Anyway, back in 2012, being that I’d just come across the picture on Tumblr, I regrettably had no idea who shot the photo. I’d assumed it might have been Ricky Powell (whose work I’d also spent time with here). Today, however, around the same time I discovered that photo of Jesse Malin at late, lamented Subterranean Records, I found more shots of the Beastie Boys graffiti shot — evidently also taken by Josh Cheuse (who, it should be noted, also shot THIS photo of the band I once tried to track down).
Anyway, here are more shots from that day. Be sure to check out Cheuse’s work here.
And here are the Beasties from a few years later....