Archive for July, 2008

DETROIT///POETRY///JACK WHITE’S ODE TO THE MOTOR CITY…

July 15, 2008  |  Detroit, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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White's DPD mug shot following his 2003 beating of the Von Bondies' Jason Stollsteimer (he deserved it)...

Disclaimer: As a rule we hate poetry (and performance art)...

White Stripes/Raconteurs frontman and native Detroiter JACK WHITE has taken a lot of heat in the past two years following his move from Detroit's historic urban Indian Village neighborhood to the decidedly safer & more musically fertile grounds of Nashville where his latest albums have been recorded. As a tribute to his hometown, Mr White has taken the unusual step of penning a poetic homage to the murder city—an act that would probably earn him a severe beating if he were still a resident. Reproduced here in its entirety (for better or worse), then, is "Courageous Dream's Concern." READ ON: Read More

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SOUND & VISION///EVERLAST’S “FOLSOM PRISON BLUES” LIVE ON THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW…

July 14, 2008  |  Everlast, News, Next Big Thing, Sound + Vision, Video, WTF???  |  Comments Off

For the past year Supertouch's own EVERLAST, aka: Mr White, has been holed up recording his forthcoming solo album "Love, War, and the Ghost of Whitey Ford" featuring his countrified Hip-Hop take on the classic JOHNNY CASH lament "Folsom Prison Blues." To commemorate the single's release, Mr White decided to debut it live as a duet with the Man in Black himself on the JOHNNY CASH SHOW, where he was joined by fellow musicians DJ MUGGS and keyboard whiz KEEFUS. Luckily, our boy MAZIK was on hand to film the madness. Johnny lives...

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NYC///NEWS///SHEPARD FAIREY’S ORIGINAL OBAMA ARTWORK AT RUSSELL SIMMONS’ CHARITY AUCITON…

July 14, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, News, Obama, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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Shepard Fairey’s “OBAMA HOPE (1 of 3”), original?mixed media stencil collage on cotton rag paper, 4’ x 6’, 2008. 

With OBAMA mania running at full capacity, Hip-Hop culture mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS is offering one of official Barack Obama campaign artist SHEPARD FAIREY's three original handmade fine art "Hope" editions in his annual ART FOR LIFE charity auction. Donated by the artist, Shepard's mixed media stencil collage on cotton rag paper measures a whopping 4' x 6' and its sale benefits Simmons' non-profit organization, Rush Philanthropic, that benefits the youth community of greater Manhattan through various arts-based charity outreach programs including the Rush Community Grants Program, Rush Arts Gallery and Resource Center, and Rush Kids among others (read more about it HERE). The bidding ends on July 16, 2008 12:16:00 PM (EDT), and as of Monday afternoon the going price was $40,000 USD. Give till it hurts...

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LONDON///NEWS///BANKSY REVELAED?…

July 14, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Former male model turned art star Banksy's face revealed at last... 

Here at Supertouch we're not in the business of unmasking our contingent of anonymous artists, but with BANKSY fervor in full swing, London's DAILY MAIL has published an extensive feature today purporting to unmask the city's most beloved vandal as a as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia. The piece includes the artist's alleged name and photos of the Bristol Bad Boy as a high school teenager, on vacation in Jamaica, and his childhood home along with testimony from former "friends" and family members. Is it really him? We'll never tell, but you can read the full story for yourself HERE...

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TOKYO///ART & COMMERCE///KAWS x MARK DEAN VECA’S NEW BLITZ IN ALL ITS GOREY GLORY…

July 12, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, KAWS, News, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

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In their ongoing graphics collaboration for ORIGINAL FAKE, Supertouch homies MARK DEAN VECA and Mr KAWS have again teamed up to bring you this hyperdetailed Veca-penned rendering of XX-eyed mastermind's classic Blitz bomb character. Look for it on T-shirts in Fall 2008. As for the original, you'll have to get an invitation to KAWS' house to see it on his wall...

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LA///POLITIKS///OBAMA ANNOUNCES HIS VP CANDIDATE: SHEPARD FAIREY…

July 11, 2008  |  LA, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Barack Obama with Amanda and Shepard "Hussein" Fairey in LA...

While we assumed that Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY would be getting the official "First Artist" nod for his campaign artwork once BARACK OBAMA takes office, we're as shocked as anyone to find out he's chosen the LA street artist as his VP candidate (although Jesse Jackson was a front runner). The pair met in Hollywood last week for a covert strategy session where this photo was taken to commemorate the event. And no that's not background noise in the photo, it's stardust in the air. Well, actually, glitter. Obama is serious about his party favors...

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Inspired by the popularity of Shepard's "Hope" campaign posters, Barack has started a little stickering campaign of his own...

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BROOKLYN///KUSTOM KULTURE///THE NECK FACE “EAT YOUR BABY” VAN RIDES AGAIN…

July 10, 2008  |  art, Art Freaks, Autorama, Brooklyn, Graffiti, Kustom Kulture, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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A very rare factory paintjob available as an option only on the 1987 GM Handi-Van...

Nothing like a NECK FACE "Eat Your Baby" van sighting to brighten up an otherwise hot, humid, sunny Brooklyn afternoon...

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NEWS///SOUND & VISION///PUNK GODFATHER MALCOLM McLAREN BRINGS PORN BACK TO TIMES SQUARE…

July 10, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, NYC, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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A clip from McLaren's "Shallow" porn series...
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"You call that dirty?"...

Punk rock mastermind and boy band manager MALCOLM McLAREN (wot, you thought the Sex Pistols were a real band?), has single-handedly brought porn back to the once notorious Times Square with his new series of “artful porn films” titled “Shallow” now screening until mid-August on MTV’s massive outdoor, gilded HD screen between 44th and 45th Streets. Produced in conjunction with legendary NYC arthouse CREATIVE TIME, the series of 21 so-called “musical paintings” are montages of the vintage porn films once shown in the theaters that once crowded the tourist mecca. “I've cut up pieces of old stag movies, slowed them way down, and set them to music,” says McLaren. "What you see is not people having sex but people about to have it. The old movies had a lot more foreplay. I was interested in the body language of nonactors, how they communicated their longing." The artist has set the films to musical mashups like Captain and Tennielle's “Love Will Keep Us Together” and Joy Division's “Love Will Tear Us Apart” that can be heard on cell phones when pedestrians call a number on the screen. Savoring the irony of his film’s culturally sterile screening venue, McLaren explains “Hundreds of people would walk down the street thinking about sex, now the outlawed culture will live on.” HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ROUNDBALL///STREET LIFE///KOBE x SHEPARD FAIREY = MVP ART…

July 10, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, BBall, Kobe, LA, Lakers, News, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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KB takes purple away from Prince once and for all...

KOBE BRYANT fans not still bedridden after the sickening Celtics Championship victory last month can grab a piece of the KB MVP legacy by snapping up one of these two commemorative prints by Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY who was commissioned personally by the Kobe himself for the occasion. Limited to 50 print editions each signed by both Shepard and Kobe, and in 100 print editions signed only by Shepard, "Kobe" and "MVP" are available only through UPPER DECK and will set you back around $1K each. And don't forget to look up next time you're driving past Hollywood & Vine. Number 24's up there plotting revenge (and hopefully some player trades) in 2009...

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From up there Kobe can see Boston, and he's pissed...

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LONDON///ART & COMMERCE///BANKSY ESTABLISHES HIS OWN OFFICIAL “CERTIFICATION” BOARD…

July 10, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, Banksy, Commerce, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Will the real "BONSKY" please stand up?...

In an effort to thwart bootlegging and the resale of his illegally placed street installations, national living art treasure, knight of the Queen's court, and minister of tourism BANKSY (Sir Banksy, to the common man), has just established an official certification board to authenticate his artworks prior to resale. Yes, you read that right. Appropriately named "Pest Control," the Banksy-appointed committee has declared that all major resellers of his work must consult them first before any secondary market work can be considered truly authentic. A member of Banksy's camp reports, “The works are made for specific sites, and taking them is tantamount to theft. That is why Banksy has approved this authentication system. He certainly doesn’t want the people who’ve removed them making money out of it.” This move comes after three inauthentic works attributed to Banksy went on sale at Bloomsbury Auctions in London without prior certification. And so turns yet another incredible page in the grand work of performance art that is Banksy's career...

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