Archive for May, 2008

CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///CLIMBING THE GREAT WALL…

May 23, 2008  |  China, Cool Shit, Feature, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

l1000958.jpg One of the most memorable experiences in life has to be climbing the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Built between the 6th century BC and the 16th century, the 4,000 mile Great Wall was constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. The area pictured here is closest to Beijing, the former capital city of the Ming Dynasty which was responsible for building the most strong, fortified, and enduring segments of the wall. At its peak, the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men and historical records indicate that around two to three million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall. Now, the colossal structure is a modern tourist trap where American, Euro, and native Chinese travelers mingle to gawk at each other and the monumental gigantitude of the twisting path before them. HAVE A LOOK:

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///BEIJING’S SIGNS OF THE TIMES…

May 23, 2008  |  China, Road Trippin, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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CAUTION: Radioactive children at play...

On our long prowl in Beijing last week it was impossible to travel nearly a block without encountering some amazing Chinese signage translated into inimitable "Engrish." Here's a peek at the best of 'em. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ART & COMMERCE///SNEEK PEEK: BARRY McGEE x RVCA x CINELLI…

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The track bike of the gods... 

Here's a first look at the production sample of BARRY McGEE's highly anticipated track bike collaboration with RVCA & Italian cycle makers CINELLI. Available as part of the company’s upcoming collaborative “Pressure” art exhibition featuring an array of Cinelli bikes built and designed by such modern artists as Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, C.R. Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, RVCA founder PM Tenore and Stephen Powers, the show will debut at RVCA’s flagship store in San Francisco on Thursday, June 19th and will be followed by a second September showing in Austin, Texas at cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONG’s new bike shop, MELLOW JOHNNY‘S (so named for Armstrong’s cycling nickname derived from the French term “maillot jaune,” meaning yellow jersey), with more future tour dates to be announced. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide and available in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the Barry McGee signature cycle will be available as 25 complete bikes and 25 frame-only kits with pricetags of $3,700.00 and $2,100.00 respectively, and will be available for sale only through RVCA and Mellow Johnny’s. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates to come, in the meantime, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///NIKE BRINGS BMX TO BEIJING…

May 20, 2008  |  BMX, China, Cool Shit, News, Road Trippin  |  Comments Off

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Beyond BMX Thunderdome...

In China, BMX is an obscure sport at best, a fact NIKE aims to change. Last week the 6.o squad including riders MIKE SPINNER, MAXIME CHARVERON, and NIGEL SYLVESTER rolled out to China and proceeded to set up shop in the Eastern equivalent of Thunderdome as designed by Richard Serra for a demo in honor of freestyle BMX pioneer BOB HARO called "Lightning Bolts." Transforming an abandoned water tank—that was full of two feet of stagnant, standing water up until the day before last Tuesday's event—into a BMX paradise in the round was no easy feat but when all was said and done a former Communist industrial wasteland was converted into one of the world's most incredible street courses. Of course, it wouldn't be a Nike event without an art component and Hong Kong toy designer Michael Lau stepped to the plate, creating a huge painting and special toy for the occasion. Also on display were a series of original-style Bob Haro BMX number plates as customized by an array of young artists to be auctioned off in benefit of The Land of Plenty foundation that introduces at-risk youth to the world of BMX. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///THE STREET CUISINE OF BEIJING….

May 20, 2008  |  China, Cool Shit, Death Trip, Road Trippin, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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These are the safe choices. Peep the real goodies after the jump...

Yeah, that title sounds scary and it should be. Eating in Beijing can certainly be dicey and the street food is truly a thing to behold. Nearly all manner of strange and seemingly inedible creature is represented in an endless stream of street stalls, all impaled on bamboo sticks ready to be cooked—or not—to your discerning standards. To untrained Western eyes, these stalls look more like a setup for Jackass than a serious culinary operation. Of course, freshness is prized in China so many of the selections are still alive in cages awaiting your selection and subsequent preparation. Of course, we couldn’t resist a quick tour. Needless to say, it was a strict diet of white rice after this outing, though. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///LOST IN BEIJING FOR THE LAUNCH OF NIKE SPORTSWEAR…

May 19, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, China, Fashion, News  |  Comments Off

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Nigel Sylvester in the clouds by artist Robert Wilson...

Just returned from China where ardent Supertouch supporters/footwear-to-the-gods giant NIKE have had their hands full for the past several months preparing for some incredible pre-Olympics events including the launch of the new Nike Sportswear division, the Nike technology retrospective "House of Innovation" exhibit, and the big (and seemingly impossible) takeover of the legendary and historical Forbidden City for a nite. Along for the ride was a veritable who's-who of international tastemakers and shakers who transformed the massive trek into a traveling party & impromptu meeting of the minds. Under massive preparation for the upcoming Olympic games that launch on 08.08.2008, Beijing is a city in transition, undergoing a series of monumental building projects (Rem Koolhaas' CCTV tower is a standout) and sweeping social changes that mark its slow, but obvious westernization—a fact made apparent by the ubiquitous presence of American and European shops and restaurants that dot the city's cluttered urban landscape. HAVE A LOOK (and lots more to come): Read More

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TOKYO///SEONNA HONG’S “VISCERY LOVES COMPANY” AT KAIKAI KIKI…

May 10, 2008  |  art, Murakami, News, Openings, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

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Takashi Murakami with protogé Seonna Hong and his 24/7 personal recorder...

LA-based painter and longtime Supertouch buddy (and Emmy-award winning artist) SEONNA HONG debuted her first solo show of new paintings with TAKASHI MURAKAMI's new KAIKAI KIKI GALLERY last week when "Viscery Loves Company" opened to a throng of avid supporters including Supertouch's own AMANDA FAIREY, better known as the superior half of Shepard Fairey. Out in Tokyo for just 24 hours of revelry, Amanda managed to cap the nite off with a early-morning round of Ms. Hong and "MC Murakami" before hopping back on the jet to get back to work in LA cracking the whip over Shepard's lazy ass at Studio One. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///TOM SACHS TAKES MANHATTAN…

May 10, 2008  |  art, Ballers, Lance Armstrong, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Ladykillers Inc: Joe Coleman, Eric White, and Special Agent Lance Armstrong

It was genius art star TOM SACHS' nite to shine on Thursday in NYC when his "Animals" show opened at the prestigious SPERONE WESTWATER GALLERY where Supertouch's own ERIC WHITE, JOE COLEMAN & WHINEY WARD, and LANCE ARMSTRONG were out to support Tommy Boy in full effect. Following Sachs’ awe-inspiring Sperone installation, he managed to knock the remaining and otherwise composed onlookers jaws to the floor with a second late-nite opening at LEVER HOUSE where his monumental new bronze Hello Kitty sculptures (formed and painted to resemble foam core constructions) were unveiled. Raw power indeed. Hands-down, Tom Sachs is one of the most brilliant and visionary minds of his generation, a fact made more clear with each successive show of pure force. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///RON ENGLISH CHECKS IN FROM THE CANS FESTIVAL…

May 8, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Ron English, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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McSupersized and Banksy had a daughter and she's quite lovely...

Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH was out in London this past weekend in full force at BANKSY's first public stencil art convention, THE CANS FESTIVAL, where his alter ego McSUPERSIZED tagged along to entertain the kids. While in town Ron managed to liberate a few billboards with his signature brand of "Popaganda," and attend the opening of his joint art exhibition "The Adam & Ron Show" co-starring British painter ADAM NEATE at the venerable ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS where the queue of punters lined up to get a look at the art was nearly as long as the one to get into the Cans Fest. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More

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HOUSTON///THE CLAYTON BROTHERS GO BIG IN LONE STAR…

May 8, 2008  |  art, News, Openings, Texas  |  Comments Off

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Visionary artists and longtime Supertouch buddies ROB & CHRISTIAN CLAYTON, aka: "The Clayton Brothers," pulled another incredible show of new work out of thier collective sleeves with the debut of their joint show "As Is" at ultra-progressive MACKEY GALLERY in Houston, Tejás last week. Curiously dwelling on the themes of repair and domestic renewal, the brothers who paint together have created yet another amazing body of work that pushes their distinct visual style into new realms of accomplishment. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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