Former Hamptons local and rapper Yung Jake achieved a flurry of internet fame this week after his celebrity portraits drawn with emojis went viral.
The portraits of stars like Kim Kardashian, Larry David, Wiz Khalifa, Miley Cyrus, Chief Keef, Jerry Seinfeld and Rihanna, among others, were created using the emoji paintbrush tool emoji.ink and then shared on Jake’s black hoodies Twitter account @yungjake.
While the rapper is known for his music, he’s also no stranger to conceptual visual art. His unique music videos play with themes and iconography from various social media outlets, and push the boundaries of the medium with computer graphics, iPhone footage and production, use of computer pop-up windows and other direct references to the digital world in which he—and all of us—lives. Jake’s interactive film E.m-bed.de/d was made with HTML5 and was an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has also shown paintings and multimedia work at several galleries, including his brother Tripoli Patterson‘s Tripoli Gallery in Southampton and Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, where he now resides.
This emoji art is perfectly in line with everything Jake does.