Archive for July, 2008
The biggest complaint we've got about life in the 21st century, aka: "The Future," is the near-total lack of the really cool inventions Pop Culture has been promising us for the last 50 years. Yeah iPhones are kinda cool, but you still can't do a video or hologram chat on one (WTF Steve Jobs?!?), laptop computers have just created a race of modern information slaves, and anyone found traveling by Segway is pretty much guaranteed (or at the very least, deserves) a severe beat down (especially the fat lazy cops who ride em). We want our flying cars, time machines, and jet packs now! And while you can pretty much file the flying car and time machine ideas in the "never" category, this week inventor GLENN MARTIN unveiled the first fully functional consumer-grade jet pack in the futuristic town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin proving that some semblance of a Jetson-ian future might not be too far off. Demonstrating the pack in the video here was the inventor's 16-year-old son (after all, you can always make more kids, right?) who was prevented by spotters from taking to full flight in public until more test flights have been completed. Designed to fly an average-sized pilot 30 miles in 30 minutes on a 5-gallon tank of gas, the MARTIN JET PACK can be had for a measly $100,000 Earth dollars, and since it is designed to conform to the FAA's definition of an ultralight vehicle—which weighs less than 254 pounds and carries only one passenger—a pilot's license won't be required for users. No word yet on when the death machine will go on sale but we've got a short list of "friends" we'd love to gift them to...
In the world of tattooing, a vast array of artists make a living inking portraits into miles of human flesh, but when it comes to memorializing the genre's foremost characters, painter and fellow tattooed man SHAWN BARBER is the go-to guy. Paying homage to some of the skin trade's living legends and rising stars with "Tattooed Portraits," a solo show at the venerable BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS gallery in Culver City, Barber unveils old master quality likenesses of Jack Rudy, Juan Puente, Kat Von D, Mark Mahoney, Mister Cartoon, Clay Decker, and Bob Roberts every bit as realistic as their flesh and blood counterparts. Unconstrained by the boundaries of traditional portraiture, Barber's discerning eye for detail leads him to capture his subjects in an array of full body portraits and carefully chosen detailed close-ups of artist's hands, backs, and especially their tools of the trade: the tattoo machines themselves, in a never-ending quest to reveal intimate aspects of his often reclusive subjects who are generally more comfortable creating images than starring in them. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
OG Supertouch homie, downtown NYC graffiti/graphic art legend, streetwear impresario and speed bike aficionado ERIC HAZE marks his full-force return to his 1980s fine/Pop Art roots with a massive solo show of new paintings, drawings, and screenprints at MoCA CHINA in Hong Kong this month. Coinciding with the 47-year-old artist's relocation to his spiritual homeland of New York after an extended stint in the full sun of LA, the exhibition finds our man employing the iconic linestyle evident in his seminal '80s and '90s graphic design for bands like Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, and LL Cool J to brands like Def Jam, X-Girl, Tommy Boy, and MTV, albeit with a distinctly loose approach that softens and abstracts the resulting imagery, alluding to his improvisational graffiti linework in the process. Paying homage to his longtime and pioneering involvement in the streetwear industry, Haze has created a special clothing line with 55DSL available in a custom pop up shop within the show. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Since completing her collaborative tour de force collaborative "Omega Bridge" art show with art buddy DOZE GREEN in Amsterdam last month, Brasilian painter and street artist FEFE TALAVERA has been in constant motion across several countries, leaving her distinctly future primitive markings on the city walls she passes through on the way. We catch up with her in Barcelona where she just wrapped up this big blue burner with painting buddy DEBENS. HAVE A LOOK (beware, potentially NSFW): Read More
As we check in with Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI and trusty sidekick NATHAN "NACHOS CABRONES" CABRERA on their last day out in the great wide open of Alaska we catch a glimpse of ambiguously gay duo fishing, whitewater rafting and beating a hasty retreat from surly local miners who don't much like the look of streetwear-wearing, fancy camera toting big city folk. The highlight of the trip so far? The pristine, miraculously original daily driver Model-A still roaming the icy backcountry like 4 wheel drive had never been invented. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
NYC's (well, Brooklyn, actually) chartreuse-loving street anonymous art phantom JUDITH SUPINE has reprised his last summer's attack on the vaguely toxic East River by sending yet another color-screaming art floatie out to sea this weekend. No word yet as to whose hands the diving beauties ultimately ended up in, but one thing's for sure, it'll probably turn up in some high-end street art auction sooner than later. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Digital artist LENA GIESEKE has created an incredibly captivating 3D video model of PICASSO’s masterpiece 1937 painting "Guernica." Says the artist of her inspiration: "The idea of creating a 3D version of an influential artwork came out of doing jigsaw puzzles of famous paintings. When you assemble a jigsaw, you study a painting in great detail and you become aware of the very lines, shapes and colors that the painting is composed of and how these elements merge to create a unified expression. Through the puzzle, you explore the artwork, examining details your eye might not have caught otherwise." For those needing a bit of historical backend, "Guernica" was Picasso's commentary on the Nazi bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of modern art ever produced whose relevance still seems more timely than ever...
Coincidentally, recent examination of "Guernica" by expert art conservators has determined that the painting is in "serious but stable condition" in its current home at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and can not afford to undergo any further restorations. The painting's most serious (and damaging) restoration was undertaken in 1974 when superstar art dealer/actor TONY SHAFRAZI spray-painted the words "KILL LIES ALL" across the work in what can best be described as a cheap fame grab that subsequently catapulted him to the highest echelons of the international art world. Funny how things work, innit? Read more HERE...
Aging British 30-somethings will no doubt instantly recognize the faces of the BBC’s new animated 2008 Olympic campaign as the legendary Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy from the awesomely bad 1970s live-action TV series “Magic Monkey,” but kids will be even more stoked to discover this unknown narrative as a newly animated series by GORILLAZ members JAMIE HEWLETT and DAMON ALBARN. Animated by legendary British inkslinger Hewlett with a score composed by Albarn, the Beeb’s new "Monkey" series of campaign animations and multi platform media spots (think mobile, web, and other interactive) is an absolutely radical step for a massive mainstream media company, especially the venerable old guard institution of the BBC. Based on the story “Journey to the West,” a legendary Chinese novel published in the late 1500s and widely renowned as one of the country’s four most important works of fiction, the story follows a monk and his band of disciples as they battle a never-ending array of bad guys and demons on a journey to reclaim a trove of sacred Buddhist scriptures for China. On this quest, the main character of Monkey dazzles in a series of battle scenes which he fights with his magic growing staff from the back of a flying cloud. In the BBC’s new animated spot, says Hewlett, “the idea is that you tell the entire story of Journey to the West in a two-minute opening sequence, which is basically them on their way to the Olympic stadium … this is going to be the summer of Monkey.” And the beginning of awesomely integrated Pop Culture sports coverage as well. HAVE A LOOK: Read More