Archive for June, 2007
There's a new Big Brother in LA's graffiti world, and it's known as "GRAFFITI TRACKER," where "Every wall tells a story." Looking to capitalize on urban blight, the private upstart monitors graffiti "hotspots" around the city, keeping detailed records of tagging names, locations, gang affiliations, & frequency, compiling detailed databases on individual artists and areas in general. For a hefty fee, local law enforcement or private individuals being vandalized can then tap into the company's detailed records, which also include maps and photo archives to help make arrests. Of course, GT also accepts outside information and taggers can phone in tips on their Read More
In an interesting move, noted art & antiquities auction house SOTHEBY'S has extended the scope of its offerings to include vintage video game ephemera, which will make its first appearance on the block at this week's Thursday morning auction in New York. Up for grabs (and projected to fetch somewhere between $150,000Ã¢â‚¬â€250,000 USD), is "an extensive archive of original marketing materials from the "Golden Age" of Atari, ca. 1981 to 1983, comprising more than 2,000 items of widely varying sizes and formats, including manuscript memorandum, internal specification guidelines, original sketches, Read More
In an attempt to curb the ravages of "Road Rage" and other motor vehicle-borne transgressions against the almighty, today the Vatican officially issued a set of "Drivers' Ten Commandments," (seriously) intended to keep members of the flock in a "charitable & forthright" state of mind while behind the wheel. (Note that commandment #1 is recycled and #5 is particularly interesting)...
THE DRIVER'S TEN COMMANDMENTS:
1. You shall not kill.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
7. Support the families of accident victims.
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
10. Feel responsible toward others.
In addition, the code urged motorists to always "drive with a moral sense," obey all traffic laws, and to pray when behind the wheel, performing the sign of the cross before starting off and saying the Rosary along the way (its "rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver's attention.") Curiously, the document failed to mention any need for the application of dashboard Christ or Virgin Mary sculptures within vehicles. Apparently aesthetic decisions are still left up to the faithful...
"Jesus Built My Hotrod" by Ministry
If you're in the NYC area, don't miss the chance to see the absolutely incredible installation of the manga-inspired works of the Murakami protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ©e & frequent co-conspirator known to the world only as "MR." at Chelsea's LEHMANN MAUPIN GALLERY before it closes on Saturday, June 23rd. Dealing with the theme of "otaku" or "obsessive" culture in his native Japan, the show displays an impressive array of beautifully detailed Pop paintings and large-scale Read More
Aspiring painters should take pause & peep game to see what master artist & hypnotist (that voice will get you every time) BOB ROSS can do with a bit of phthalo blue, midnight black, alizarian crimson, and sap green on his palette. Prepare to enter the "Enchanted Forest," unicorn sold separately...
Hot on the heels of TIM BISKUP's recent LA mural installation for HELIO, the upstart cellphone company has announced a free giveaway of a special limited edition glow-in-the-dark "Big Pollard" toy by the iconic painter and designer.
Here's how to get one: Starting Friday, June 15th, people can visit the Helio Santa Monica store (1220 Third Street Promenade) to pick up 1 of 500 individually numbered tickets. They're free - no purchase necessary - but limit one per household. On Tuesday, June 19th, 75 winning numbers will be selected randomly and published on heliomag.com. If your ticket matches one of the 75 winning numbers, bring it to the company's party for the artist on Wednesday nite from 9Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11 pm to pick up your very own Tim Biskup vinyl. Don't sleep, people...
Supertouch's own resident Popagandist RON ENGLISH has just released these images of his upcoming Medicom Be@rbrick available only at this year's ComiCon in July. No word yet as to how many will be available or how & when they'll drop, but prepare to stand in line...
With a team of assistants in tow, SHEPARD FAIREY has begun his biggest ever assault on the greater New York area with a solo show titled "E Pluribus Venom" opening at Manhattan's venerable JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY Saturday, June 23rd, and a large-scale installation at a space in Brooklyn's Dumbo district premiering Thursday, June 21. Artist representative-to-the-stars LOUISA ST. PIERRE dropped by the BK spot for a sneek peek at the gang's Read More
The mainstream media continues to poke around the backstreets of Tokyo, this time with an aricle in Sunday's NYTimes on some of the city's newest hidden hotspots and a concierge service that will lead you there by the handÃ¢â‚¬â€for $84 an hour...
By Julia Chaplin; Source: NYTimes
To read the article in its entirety, click HERE
Rockin out at Tokyo's hipster hotspot LeBaron...
IT was the middle of the night as a Japanese skateboarder and concert promoter named Chris led me through Tokyo's Shibuya district Ã¢â‚¬â€ a sort of futuristic Times Square Ã¢â‚¬â€ with its hyper-commercial vertical sprawl of glass office towers and flashing neon billboards advertising the latest cellphones and pop stars. We threaded past the sleeping shopping malls and shiny multiplexes, down a series of winding streets and through a Read More
Take a trip down amnesia lane with one of R&S' more rare outtakes. For a daily dose of supreme cartoon knowledge par excellence, tune in to JOHN K's blog on the regular...