Archive for June, 2007

TOKYO///WTF??? FILES: PEPSI CUCUMBER…

June 15, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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For those lucky (or unlucky, depending on your tastebuds) enough to be in Tokyo today, you can be one of the first humans to taste PEPSI's newest flavor experiment, "Ice Cucumber," which debuted in vending machines across the island nation this morning. Slated to be available only through the end of the summer, the new mint green-colored, cucumber-flavored cola is only for sale in Japan and once supplies are gone, that's it...

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LA///FASHION///ANGELS ON MELROSE…

June 15, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch buddies and makers of the finest sunglasses in the state of California, DITA EYEWEAR have just announced the opening of a new concept shop called "CITY OF ANGELS EYEWEAR." Located at 7928 Melrose Ave in Hollywood, the shop opens its doors to the public this Saturday, June 16th with an all-day kickoff party. Don't sleep...

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LA///STUDIO VISIT: GARY BASEMAN…

June 14, 2007  |  Tokyo  |  Comments Off

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Dropped by the studio of one GARY BASEMAN this week in the Hollywood heat belt to take a sneek peek at some sketches for paintings about to be unveiled at his upcoming solo show "Hide and Seek in the Forest of ChouChou" at BILLY SHIRE GALLERY in Culver City on July 14th. Apparently, the story behind the Baseman's newest character is that he gobbles up all the evil vibrations around him and expels them as positive, feel-good Read More

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LA///THE MAD DOCTOR IS IN…

June 14, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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We've just caught wind of the next phase of DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI's collaborative LOONEY TUNES collection. Keep an eye out for the goods in coming weeks...

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JAPAN///TOKYO WITH A TWIST…

June 14, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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We've seen the interior shots of BARRY McGEE's (aka: TWIST) recent installation (which largely mimics his recent San Francisco & New York Deitch Project shows) at WATARI-UM in Tokyo, but here are some well-deserved glimpses of the incredible exterior Barry and his faithful co-conspirator AMAZE (aka: Josh) assembled for the event. Presented by Tokyo style house HYSTERIC GLAMOUR, the exhibit remains on display until September 30 when all of the show's original artwork will be given away free of charge. Dream on...

Photos by ever-vigilant ST ally "14-2-1"...

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"I love graffiti because it enables kids from every social extraction to do something that brings them closer to art, when they normally wouldn't be stimulated to be visually creative. Graffiti helps to develop an awareness of immediate expressive and uncontrolled freedom. I want kids to have this possibility. It's an important introduction to form and writing, story telling and color"

—Barry McGee

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NYC///KEEPING UP WITH THE “SPLASHER”…

June 13, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Shepard Fairey gets shut down...

Since NYC's most notorious vandal (or is it "anti-vandal") known only as "The Splasher" started defacing Manhattan's most notable pieces of street art (which, in turn, were defacing public & private property) last year, with new "splashes" showing up constantly, not a single week has passed where at least a couple people (private parties, usually angry, and media alike) have contacted me trying to figure out who this counter-revolutionary revolutionary is, exactly. While I can say that I honestly have no clue—though I've been put onto some very legitimate & likely tips, but that's all I'm saying, for now—it should be pointed out that SAM ANDERSON wrote an in-depth feature on the phenomenon a few weeks back for none other than NEW YORK MAGAZINE tracing the movements of the city's latest villain over the course of the past year. HAVE A LOOK:

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THE VANDALISM VANDAL
Who’s been splashing the city’s most prized graffiti? The hunt for the radical, young—and possibly lovelorn—conceptual-Marxist street-art supervillain.
By Sam Anderson, New York Magazine

I. MEDITATIONS ON A STREET-ART SKIRMISH:
Graff beef! Fetishized commodities! Counterrevolutionary fucktards!

The first good look I got at one of the Splasher’s actual splashes was at a place called the Candy Factory, an abandoned brick wall at the south end of Soho that’s become, over a couple of generations, one of the most important nodes of illegal art in the city—a shabby outdoor Louvre of wheatpasted posters, stencils, and stickers squeezed between a construction zone and a parking lot. The view changes almost daily: Its prime spots are probably fifteen layers thick. On the day I went, at the center of the mess stood a Technicolor poster of an anthropomorphic pickle-shaped rainbow; above him, there was a portrait of a little Swiss-looking girl innocently playing a flute. And above her, in the upper right corner of the wall, was a sad, frowning candy corn, looking even sadder because someone had flung white paint over its face—a ragged spray that covered one cheek and part of his nose. Near the splash was a poster-size manifesto, partially torn, apparently declaring the candy corn’s crimes against humanity. It was titled AVANT-GARDE: ADVANCE SCOUTS FOR CAPITAL, and it read, in part:

"REVOLUTIONARY CREATIVITY DOES NOT SHOCK OR ENTERTAIN THE BOURGEOISIE, IT DESTROYS THEM. OUR STRUGGLE CANNOT BE HUNG ON WALLS. DESTROY THE MUSEUMS, IN THE STREETS AND EVERYWHERE."

The manifesto ended with a warning: "THE REMOVAL OF THIS DOCUMENT COULD RESULT IN INJURY, AS WE HAVE MIXED THE WHEATPASTE WITH TINY SHARDS OF GLASS."

So began my tortuous descent into the curious case of the Splasher—a scandal that had gripped the city’s underground art scene for months. It was a tricky case, with triple-crossed motives, riddles nested in mysteries, and loops of self-devouring irony linked together in a gigantic chain stretching clear across the city, from the most expensive Soho boutiques to the Williamsburg waterfront to the industrial streets of Bushwick. Everyone was a suspect: cops, ex-students, anarchists, petty vandals, corporate marketing execs, self-made kings of the underground art scene, even some of the victims themselves.

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WK's bombed bomb...

Here at the beginning, then, why don’t we just lay out the mystery, the so-called facts, as plain as we can make them. In the fall, some anonymous figure started vandalizing the city’s most celebrated vandalism—by which I mean not traditional seventies-style spray-paint graffiti but a relatively new, gentrified outgrowth of that tradition that’s come to be called “street art”: multimedia works of astonishing polish and complexity and beauty, often created by artists without a “street” bone in their bodies. Many went to art school and have grown-up jobs and lucrative gallery careers and are terrified of the cops and traditional graffiti crews. Over the past ten years, as street art has become big business—upscale art shows in London and Tokyo, advertising contracts, waves of positive media coverage, blogfuls of groupies—it’s generated exactly the kind of internal backlash you’d expect in a subculture conceived of as guerrilla warfare against consumer culture. The Splasher epitomizes this backlash. In the middle of the night, about six months ago, this vandalism vandal started hitting the scene’s most acclaimed masterpieces, works that might have gone for $10,000 or $20,000 or $30,000 in a gallery, with big sloppy splashes of housepaint—teal, white, purple, yellow, electric blue. Beneath the splash he—or she, or they, or (who knows?) us—would leave a manifesto ranting, in Marxist jargon, about commodification and fetishization and the author’s intention of “euthanizing your bourgeois fad.” From November to March, the splashes arrived in bursts, busy weeks interspersed with long fallow periods. By the end of the campaign, observers counted nearly a hundred of them.

Continue reading the rest of this article by clicking HERE...

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NYC///ON THE WALL WITH STASH…

June 13, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

Following Tim Biskup's lead in LA, STASH has taken over the NYC component of HELIO's street marketing campaign by creating a signature mural for the cell phone company in the East Village at the corner of 6th street & 2nd Avenue. Check out this just-released time-lapse of the mural's first stage of installation, which was pulled off with a little help from KAVES of LORDZ OF BROOKLYN fame. For those with an ear for the old school, the soundtrack is “BOTB” by LADY TIGRA, freshly remixed by Supertouch buddy Joe Hahn of Linkin Park & appearing for the first time in this video...

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LONDON///THE DIAMOND SKULL CHRONICLES…

June 13, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Since being unveiled to the public at London's WHITE CUBE GALLERY as the most expensive piece of modern art ever made with a pricetag of $98,000,000, DAMIEN HIRST's diamond encrusted skull (titled, "For The Love of God") has yet to be sold. According to the gallery, three parties have shown some interest, most notably, the pop star George Michael (who probably thinks it would look perfect perched atop John Lennon's white "Imagine" piano, which he famously acquired several years ago). Whether it can be sold at full price remains to be seen, in what will be a true test of the price bubble that currently surrounds the world's modern art market.

For those mere mortals who can't afford to even ponder such a purchase, worry not. Mr Hirst has just announced that he will be offering prints of his masterpiece through the gallery in various limited editions with prices ranging from $2,000 to a whopping $20,000. The most expensive versions, limited to 250 prints, are coated with real diamond dust. The saga continues. Start saving your pennies, puny humans...

More on Damien Hirst's diamond skull HERE...

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WTF??? FILES///SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE…

June 12, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Just when you thought you'd seen it all, something comes along to prove just how much you have left to learn. Silky, skintight JUDAS PRIEST cycling jerseys, no doubt Rob Halford-approved. Somewhere, someone is screaming for vengeance...

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Next up for the Priest? "Sin After Sin" Speedos...

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HOLLYWOOD///STUDIO VISIT///CAPITOL “A”…

June 12, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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A day deep in CAPTIOL RECORDS' incredibly historic subterranean STUDIO "A" where legends like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and The Beatles put it down is always one well spent. That's exactly where Supertouch's own EVERLAST got down to business recording an elaborate string arrangement for his forthcoming album of new material, due to drop at the end of 2007.  PEEP THE TECHNIQUE:

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Let's just say the day rate is more than your allowance...

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The OG details are in effect everywhere you look...

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Workin hard, or hardly workin?...

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They're all good at math, too...

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Take 53...

THE FORMER STAFF: 
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