T. Eric Monroe

T. Eric Monroe’s body of work features rare images and moments from the 1990s, chronicling the intertwining worlds of hip-hop, skateboarding, and Punk rock.

T. Eric Monroe is a visionary cultural curator whose body of work offers a captivating glimpse into the dynamic world of 90's Hip Hop, skateboarding, and hardcore culture. Born and raised in Somerset, a small suburban town in central New Jersey, Monroe's journey into the heart of urban culture began with a passion for skateboarding and photography. During his junior year of high school in 1988, Monroe's photography work caught the attention of Thrasher Magazine, marking the beginning of his illustrious career.

By the early 1990s, Monroe had established himself as a sought-after photographer, capturing the raw energy and authenticity of New York City's burgeoning hip-hop scene. His work graced the pages of The Source Magazine, where he served as photo editor starting in fall 1995, contributing to the publication's status as a cultural touchstone within the hip-hop community.

As the millennium approached, Monroe's entrepreneurial spirit led him to explore new avenues within the worlds of skateboarding and marketing. He founded the United Skateboarding Association (Beast of The East Contest Series), pioneering marketing opportunities that bridged the gap between skateboarding and mainstream culture. Collaborations with brands like Activision, Tony Hawk, and Marc Ecko solidified Monroe's reputation as a visionary marketer with an innate understanding of youth culture. In 2010, Monroe's journey came full circle as he observed a resurgence of interest in 90's hip-hop culture.

Recognizing an opportunity to revisit and share his archive of 90's photographs, Monroe embarked on a mission to digitize and catalog his work, culminating in the iconic book trilogy, "Rare & Unseen Moments of 90's Hip-Hop." The trilogy, hailed as a cornerstone of hip-hop literature, offers an intimate portrayal of rap's most influential artists and their impact on American culture. Today, Monroe continues to inspire and educate audiences worldwide through speaking engagements, exhibitions, and collaborations with international brands. His recent speaking engagement at Princeton University marked the beginning of a new chapter in his career, further solidifying his status as a cultural luminary and storyteller.

Through his unwavering dedication to preserving and celebrating the legacy of 90's hip-hop culture, T. Eric Monroe remains a beacon of creativity and authenticity in an ever-evolving landscape of urban art and expression.

The collected images are a rare glimpse into that moment when life becomes immortalized - capturing a moment in life that tells its own story of your cultural heroes."