Khari Johnson-Ricks

Khari Johnson-Ricks is a young New-Jersey-based artist who is working in Newark and identifies as a painter, animator, DJ, and dancer. His work analyzes conflicting symbols of masculine tradition through the guise of lyrical movement found in Shotokan Karate, Voguing, Hip Hop Dance, video games, Buddhist Mudras, and Kemetology.

His work addresses the close relationships that theses cultures have to movement, as well as the ever-changing standards of what masculinity and manhood are. By referencing institutions like the dojo in contrast to the club or the ballroom, the work brings forth the stark dichotomy that comes with Queerness in America today, as well as underpinnings that tie these traditions together. Johnson-Ricks graduated from Montclair University with a Bachelors of Fine Art.

This is his first mural in Newark, New Jersey.

Booty Bounce to Dis


BootyBounce to dis was created to recognize the Jersey Club youth culture that originated in Newark, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. Its high energy dance movements draw from elements of vogue, popping, flexing, and juke. The mural speaks to its participants’ diverse backgrounds, which in turn produce a visual and physical language unique to the youth of New Jersey.

Assisted by Stephen Batiz

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