Exclusive interview with Jonathan Mannion on the creative process of the Aaliyah mural for Art Basel by Jeks. Mannion shares shares a story from the time that he worked with Babygirl.
Yesterday, I decided to get out the house and go to American Dream Mall. I walked by Charlotte Russe, and decided to go in because I know they sale Aaliyah tees. Once I went in, to the right was a table of licensed tees. I saw Aaliyah, opened up the shirt to take a photo of it. To my surprise it was a crop top, $10. Great price, imo. No, I didn’t buy it as I’m on a tight budget and I would rather own some Aaliyah tees other than in black.
But, I took a photo of it because I enjoy finding Aaliyah related things outside of home. The next amazing thing happened after I took the photo and folded the shirt back: One in a Million began playing in the store! It was amazing, the music was playing so loud. So due to the song I stayed in the store lip syncing along to Aaliyah. 🤍
Added more the the “About Aaliyah” Section
Added a monthly Timeline/Anniversary Section to the right content bar
“She was playing with me, she was pretending to be mad. The thing about Aaliyah she was always smiling, always full of energy. And I said let me get that angel, that sweetness. [she poses with her arms crossed] She did this whole thing, she starting throwing her fists at me, that was an act. I have the rest of the pictures, and when you look at them you laugh.
It was her 16th birthday, at the Apollo Theatre.” – shares photographer Ernie Paniccioli