Archive for July, 2008
Buried deep in the great white north to photograph his upcoming new collaborative collection with SF-based sneaker spot HUF (more on that soon), Supertouch’s own DARREN “DR” ROMANELLI (with legendary artist & taxidermy addict NATHAN "NACHOS CABRONES" CABRERA in tow) has now piloted a helicopter to a remote Alaskan dog sledding village where the pair—particularly señor Cabrones—look and smell a lot like dinner to the local inhabitants. Will they make it out alive? Will the duo crash & burn in a two seater helicopter that looks more like a remote control toy than a gasoline powered vehicle? Will Romanelli come back planning a thermal underwear streetwear line? Only time will tell. Stay tuned loyal readers. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of our favorite upcoming artists, LOUIE CORDERO calls the Philippines home, where he’s recently mounted his most ambitious solo show to date, “Absolute Horror,” (until July 27th) at MO SPACE in Bonifacio Global City. Deeply influenced by the flatness and graphic style of local self-taught painters in his country and the pervasive influence and iconography of Western trash culture—particularly B-movies, heavy metal, Garbage Pail Kids, and pulp horror—on society (particularly adolescent minds) Cordero has paid tribute to both in his latest series of inspired paintings and sculptures. Of particular interest is the large-scale statue of rotten-faced twin zombie boys and Cordero’s paintings that bisect (and use as stands) life-sized sculptures of young Beavis & Butthead-type boys lying on their backs on the gallery floor, making it one of the most fun shows of the summer. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Since Guantanamo Bay isn't technically accepting any new prisoners, our man ESPO aka: STEVE POWERS is ready to set up a little WATERBOARDING torture experiment—in conjunction with NYC-based arts organization CREATIVE TIME—of his own and he needs you or your lawyer to sign up now. READ ON: Read More
Tokyo travelers know that the national obsession with kawaii ("cute") character mascots is ubiquitous to the point that even the police have their own cartoon buddy, PIPO KUN, to keep them warm & fuzzy inside (too bad the same's not true here, we can only imagine the mascots the LAPD & NYPD would come up with). In a very unofficially sanctioned homage to the gunless wonders that keep Japan the safest country on the planet, Supertouch buddy KAWS has just released two colorways of his own XX-eyed version of the little do-gooder called "JPP" for sale on his personal website. Produced by MEDICOM TOYS for KAWS' ORIGINAL FAKE label, the little buggers are 8" of crime-stopping vinyl in either yellow or black (1,000 pieces produced per colorway), and will set you back $98 each. Don't sleep; these will disappear faster than John McCain's presidential run. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Our sincerest congrats go out to Supertouch buddy & VICE MAGAZINE founder/Dos & Don’ts author turned STREET CARNAGE impresario GAVIN McINNESS who has managed to replicate once again, this time producing the intimidatingly-named DUNCAN WHITETHUNDER McINNES. Weighing in at a hearty 9 pound 9 ounces, the scion of Canadian royalty carries a heavy mantle of LES hipsterdom and ironic facial hair that we're sure he will someday cultivate with the same aplomb of his old man.
Lost in the great white north to photograph his upcoming new collaborative collection with SF-based sneaker spot HUF (more on that soon), Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI (with legendary artist & taxidermy addict NACHOS CABRONES in tow) has just begun a week-long residency in the backwoods of Alaska that just might get his ass eaten by the local large-sized wildlife. Luckily, he's got a good camera with him so the blood should look extra real. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Checking in on the City of Fog it's nice to see Supertouch buddy SWOON getting her ups with this new piece at 24th & Hampshire...
The music video might be a genre best considered dead and buried but both alt rock pioneers BECK and RADIOHEAD released amazing looking and amazingly different clips this month proving there might still be some life left in the three-minute rock spot after all. As expected Radiohead’s single for “House of Cards,” pushes the technological envelope, enjoying the distinction of being the first music video ever shot using lasers. Employing the incredibly high tech real time 3D scanning technologies of structured light and Lidar laser-enhanced scanners, director James Frost succeeded in creating an incredibly unique & retro-tech looking narrative (click HERE to read an in-depth making of interview). Taking their altruistic regard for fan interaction to the next level, Radiohead have released the video as an open source code file that fans are encouraged to tweek to their hearts’ content. Beck, on the other hand, has created the perfect visual accompaniment to his ‘60s-esque single “Gamma Ray” with a video that perfectly evokes Andy Warhol’s amateur movies and Silver Factory parties circa 1965 New York with a slightly modern touch...
BECK's "GAMMA RAY":
RADIOHEAD's "HOUSE OF CARDS":
THE MAKING OF "HOUSE OF CARDS":
In Iraq on his first "fact finding mission" on the campaign trail, BARACK "Bad Boy" OBAMA hits up a military basketball court to drop one in the bucket from the three-point line on the first try without even breaking a sweat. Nothin but net. Is it the shoes? Kobe for VP? Barack to replace Lamar Odom in '09?..
Hot off his massive installation at England's TATE MODERN and his general huge-scale bombing of London, French photographer and street artist JR has just completed his latest epic project, “Los Surcos de la Ciudad” (“The Grooves of the City”) in Spain. Seeking to tell the tale of the ancient Spanish Mediterranean port city of Cartagena in the region of Murcia through the faces of its oldest residents, the 25-year-old artist spent three days photographing the city’s elders and then transferring the giant-sized portraits onto the city’s walls both new and old and in various states of decomposition. Completed in time for the city’s 14th annual The Sea Music Festival, the grand narrative project helps reaffirm JR’s assertion that “the facades and walls with all their cracks and grooves can tell the story of a city” and so too can its inhabitants. HAVE A LOOK: Read More