Archive for August, 2008
The inimitable art gremlin and nonstop tagging phenomenon known as NECK FACE is back in Cali and hard at work hanging his show of new work at West Hollywood's NEW IMAGE ART gallery. Aptly titled "Cannibal Carnival," and set to open this Saturday, August 16, the show of new paintings and other grisly surprises represents the young demon's best work yet, and we're especially happy with his new "evil clown" theme. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In a move that literally none of us could possibly anticipate, Supertouch's own street saboteur & Popagandist, RON ENGLISH has written a musical homage to golden boy presidential hopeful BARACK OBAMA, and had it recorded by THE SUTCLIFFES, and just to up the ante, he's filmed a video incorporating footage of his recent "Abraham Obama" street installation in Boston...
With all the mainstream news outlets presenting the "official" view of the 29th OLYMPIC GAMES in Beijing (including computer-generated fireworks and lip-synching 6-year-old body doubles), Supertouch brings you a street level look at the real haps around town from the back alleys to the 798 Arts District, you won't see anywhere else...Read More
The American onslaught of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film kicked off with the inaugural screening in NYC last week on Friday, 08.08.08, at the indie-centric IFC CENTER, hosted by director AARON ROSE. The usual cast of art freaks and downtown hipsters turned out in full force to take in the flick before repairing back to the East Village hotspot that is ERIK FOSS' venerable LIT LOUNGE for a late nite of celebratory god-only-knows-what, obligatory scandalous photo ops, and loud sounds by DJ CHRIS JOHANSON. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last week's opening of the low-fi spectacle of downtown outsider art that is BEAUTIFUL LOSERS at Tokyo's LaFORET MUSEUM in the hipster hotspot of Harajuku commemorated the Japanese premiere of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film and the beginning of the new NIKE SPORTSWEAR-sponsored "Make Something!" workshops. The show—smaller in scale than the full-scale exhibition currently on tour in Europe—included original art by Margaret Kilgallen, ESPO, Jo Jackson, Josh Lazcano (AMAZE), Alexis Ross of the Gents of Desire, Barry Mcgee (Ray Fong), Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Sean Barton, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Thomas Campbell, and Ed Templeton, among others. Meanwhile, the "Make Something!" workshops hosted by Alexis Ross (Homemade Tattoos), Aaron Rose ( Zine Making), Sean Barton (Sign Painting), and Jo Jackson (Paper Mache Heads of World Leaders) gave the throng of eager Japanese fans something to do with their idle hands and deviant minds. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Commemorating the opening of the 29th OLYMPIC GAMES in Beijing and the global launch of NIKE SPORTSWEAR, the massive and thundering drumming event known as “88 BOADRUM” was held simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles on August 8, 2008 (aka 08.08.08). In order to create an aural spectacle worthy of the historic occasion, Japanese noise avatars THE BOREDOMS teamed up with NYC art rockers GANG GANG DANCE to perform an 88-minute composition beginning at precisely 8:08 PM on either coast. With the Boredoms ensconced in LA’s historic La Brea Tar Pits, and Gang Gang Dance lining Brooklyn’s Williamsburg waterfront, each group was surrounded by a massive spiral of 88 drummers thundering away in improbably synchronous harmony to create an echoing score that could be heard for miles. In light of a recently published BBC article attesting that rock drummers and performance athletes enjoy comparable cardiovascular fitness levels, a more fitting tribute could not be had. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Following up the ZACH GALIFIANAKIS-fueled weirdness that was his "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" video, Supertouch buddy KANYE WEST gets equally sideways in his new puppet-tastic OLYMPIC-themed video for "Champion" directed by NEON...
Surfer, confirmed hair farmer, and biochemist turned artist (for reals) KELSEY BROOKES is on an endless global quest for inspiration and the ultimate wave. Last month took him to EL SALVADOR where the pace of life is a little more laid-back and toilet seat cover construction is a fine art. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Last week saw the opening of the "East Coast-vs- West Coast," a tattoo fine art show at SAVED TATTOO & GALLERY, owned by none other than Supertouch's own resident tattoo legend SCOTT CAMPBELL. The exhibition was truly a gathering of talent that showcased some of the best artists working in the trade today, including Chris O'Donnell, Tim Lehi, Mister Cartoon, Juan Puente, Mike Rubendall, Horitomo, Grime, Aaron Cain, Henry Lewis, Bob Roberts, Phil Holt, and Shawn Barber, to name a few. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Following last week’s opening of STEPHEN POWERS’ (aka: ESPO) controversial new “Waterboard Thrill Ride” on CONEY ISLAND, it’s proved to be a runaway success with queues down the block to get a peek at the animatronic torture scene through the cell bars the norm. Of course, all that street buzz has drawn the mainstream media like flies. Here’s the word from CNN & the NYPost: