Lance and Ed Ruscha talk art and Ed plans his next masterpiece based around Livestrong’ new bionic clavicle…
There’s only one superhuman whose life that headline could apply to in reference to the span of a mere two weeks. Of course, the freak of nature in question just happens to be Supertouch’s own resident cycle killer LANCE ARMSTRONG. After debuting his new KAWS designed TREK MADONE in the legendary MILAN-SANREMO race on March 21st only to crash it and his now shattered collarbone in the Spanish classic VUELTA CASTILLA Y LEON race two days later, the seemingly indestructible hard charger is now the proud owner of a new clavicle implant that looks suspiciously like twelve drywall screws and a piece of old bender board. Of course, we gave up a career in professional sports medicine and surgery years ago so our frame of reference might be a bit outdated. Now on the mend and back on the bike in preparation of his scheduled runs in June’s GIRO and the TOUR DE FRANCE in July, ol’ Livestrong managed to log some bro time at the house in Austin last week with visiting LA art legend ED RUSCHA who was in town for a lecture at UT. Currently hitting the mountains hard at altitude in Aspen, the man with nine lives is proving that the term unstoppable was in fact originally coined in reference to him. Keep an eye on ST for updates from the road, and a sneek peek at Lance’s upcoming round of new artist-designed race bikes. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
This year's installment of the legendary SOUTH x SOUTHWEST music festival in Austin, Texas again proved to be one of the last fleeting moments of relevancy in a modern music world gone post-apocalyptic. Aside from washed-up metal has-beens Metallica playing a gig in honor of their new signature Guitar Hero video game (if only Satan would rise up and strike them down now, lord), the dusty Texas town played host to a staggering array of ripping new talent proving there might still be hope for Hollywood—if not the big box chain record store—yet. On the scene to wheatpaste the town red, white, and black was Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY who went big on the side of LANCE ARMSTRONG's personal bike shop, MELLOW JOHNNY'S immediately after touching down. He pretty much slammed the rest of the town too. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Art collector and Supertouch buddy/resident iron man LANCE ARMSTRONG hasn’t had much time off the bike lately as he gears up for next year’s monumental lineup of races, culminating in his unprecedented return to the TOUR DE FRANCE in July, so we check in with him now to recap his victory this weekend at the TOUR DE GRUENE time trials, and his WILLIE NELSON hosted post-race celebration for last week’s annual LIVESTRONG RIDE FOR THE ROSES in the best little city in the west: Austin, Tejás. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We gotta admit it, we’re big fans of dust art. From the ubiquitous “Wash Me” signs to the “Dusty Willie” masterpiece you see here by an anonymous dust painter in AUSTIN last week. What better excuse is there not to wash the whip?
Just got back from a very long, lost weekend in Austin at LANCE ARMSTRONG's epic (and ridiculously underrated) AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, where 40,000+ revelers gathered for three days of incredible music, beer, and BBQ. With a lineup featuring over 140 bands including ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS, BECK, FOO FIGHTERS, THE BLACK KEYS, NERD, THE MARS VOLTA, SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS, NEKO CASE, MGMT, HOT CHIP, and CSS, performing on multiple stages, the sun-drenched sonic rendezvous was only enhanced by the unparalleled coolness of the mostly Austinite crowd that still appreciates rock 'n' roll on a level rarely seen outside of Europe.Read More
Supertouch’s resident world champion cyclist/2009 Tour de France front runner/heavy-duty art collector LANCE ARMSTRONG played host to the second installment of RVCA & CINELLI‘s collaborative art exhibition, “Pressure,” this weekend at his own newly-opened cycling shop MELLOW JOHNNY’S in Austin, Tejás. Although the man in yellow couldn’t attend (being strapped into the saddle of a bike at 5:30am everyday to train in the mountains isn’t exactly conducive to partying), Austin’s fixed gear fanatics turned out in droves to ogle the bikes on display customized by a stellar array of artists including BARRY McGEE, PHIL FROST, KAWS, ESPO, ASHLEY MACOMBER, CRAIG STECYK, CLARE ROJAS, DMOTE, and more. The kickoff to a very blurry weekend that began at the art show before sliding over to the nearby 501 STUDIOS where the first-ever installment of the vaunted BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL was going down, Austinites showed that the fixie movement is alive, well, and flourishing in the Lone Star. To prove the point, San Francisco fixed gearheads/single-speed messiahs MASH dropped in to hold the world premiere screening of their new mini-flick chronicling their recent summer fixie ride through town with Lance. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More
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