T. Eric Monroe’s body of work features rare images and moments from the 90’s, chronicling the intertwining worlds of Hip-hop, skateboarding, and hardcore (punk).
The collected images are a rare glimpse into what Monroe calls “that moment when life becomes immortalized - capturing a moment in life that tells its own story of your cultural heroes.”
During the 80’s, Monroe skated and dabbled in photography, and by the early 90’s, he got serious and found a way to make a living using photography to document the countercultures that were emerging in the New York area.
Some of Monroe’s images have been shared in publications like Thrasher Magazine, The Source, XXL, Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, along with international publications, and he has licensed content for documentaries and television – all at a time prior to digital photography and the convenience and ease of the Internet.
During the late 90’s - early 2000’s, Monroe was involved in Action Sports events, created the largest amateur skateboard league that included the Beast of The East Contest Series, and he managed on-site activation for Tony Hawk’s one-off skate demo appearances on the East coast. He also developed the grassroots marketing platform for brands like Activision (video game manufacturer), Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and managed numerous Scion (Toyota Motor Corp.) programs that included, "Metros" a live music tours.
Because of the chaos of the time, during the 90’s, photographs that were not chosen by magazines or record labels went into the cabinet and sat for years. Recently, Monroe got the thought: “Enough is enough! Time to share the images and moments with the world!”