Archive for February, 2008
Are you one of those new parents with a glass display case full of deadstock KAWS toys your crawling newborns can't touch? If so, Supertouch buddies FRIENDS WITH YOU have the perfect solution that will allow you to keep your 40-year-old virgin treasures safely out of sticky baby paws and still give them something better than Fisher Price to play with. Their new "Wish Come True" set of characters featuring special "no-tip" weighted bases and built-in bell chimes from one of our favorite manufacturers, STRANGECO, will keep the kids busy for hours while their parents are busy trolling eBay for holy grail Kaiju vinyls...
*And, just in case those parents with a collectors urgeÃ¢â‚¬â€and an innate desire to embarrass their kidsÃ¢â‚¬â€just have to get a signed set of Wishes to put away for themselves, FWY's Sam & Tury will be on hand this Saturday, February 16th to sign copies of the set at the official East Coast release party at YOYAMART (15 Gansevoort St. @ Hudson St) from 3Ã¢â‚¬â€6pm. Stalkers welcome...
Out in LA today, I had the chance to take fellow art collector, kustom kulture aficionado, and seven time Tour De France champion LANCE ARMSTRONG on a visit to the downtown studio of MR. CARTOON & ESTEVAN ORIOL to check out one of the sickest collections of handbuilt lowriders on the West Coast, housed in a clubhouse that must be seen in person to be believed.Read More
Having been a close friend of the immediate Supertouch circle, it's nice to see HEATH LEDGER being remembered on the streets of LA following his final funeral ceremony in Australia this week. RIP brother...
Our girl on the scene in Paris, SARAH, drops in a long overdue look at the show of JIM HOUSER's work, "Created by Moonlight" currently on display at her hotspot gallery/shop-of-the-gods, COLETTE. Featuring dozens of new pieces and small installations by the Philly artist, the show is up until February 23, and anyone interested in picking up work can do so by contacting the gallery directly. In the meantime, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Former comic artist turned painter (and renowned chubby chaser) DAVE COOPER has always rendered his outsize fantasy girls as cellulite-ridden, big-chompered cherubs gone wrong and his new show, "Bent" at Culver City's BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS is no exception. Featuring an amazing array of bubbly women who steadfastly defy L.A.'s stick-thin standards in scenes of full-frontal debauchery, Cooper's girls prove that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Visiting Brit NICK WALKER dropped a 20+ foot version of his "Moona Lisa" stencil on LaBrea at Olympic the other day in celebration of his sold out show, "Pretty Decorating" that opened at CARMICHAEL GALLERY last week, adding to the little hits that have been popping up around town for weeks now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We're up in Portland this week to take in the NORTH AMERICAN HANDMADE BICYCLE SHOW that kicks off this weekend, but it was at the opening of the Jose Cabaco-curated "TEAMS OF PORTLAND" art show in the world headquarters of legendary advertising agency WIEDEN + KENNEDY last nite that first blood was drawn. Featuring custom-made setups from 10 local cycling teams and bike builders, the show featured an incredibly diverse array of two-wheeled offerings, from straight hand built performance machines to freak flag art pieces where function took a backseat to form (or a distinct lack thereof). The city's hipsters turned out in droves, mingled alongside cycling royalty including pro cyclist Barbara Howe, Maurice Tierney from Dirt Rag Magazine, and Raleigh's Reed Pike, and made a hell of a lot of free beer disappear real quick. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
It's been a minute since we've heard anything from our mate across the pond, PETE FOWLER, so it's with a happy heart that we can say his show "Bubblegum Psychedelic" at STOLEN SPACE in London's East End was the big deal it deserved to be when it opened to the public this week. Toymaker, graphic designer, DJ, music aficionado, limey, animator, football hooligan, our man Pete wears a lot of hats at any given time, but at Stolen it was his chops as a painter that were on display when his first exhibit of candy-coloured canvases in a long time hit the walls. HAVE A LOOK: Read More