BOOKSMART///INSIDE PETER BESTE’S “TRUE NORWEIGAN BLACK METAL”…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Books, Cool Shit, Death Trip, Feature, News, NYC, Photography, WTF???  |  Comments Off

pbeste41.jpg For those scratching their heads at the sight of the following images, in the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called Black Metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990’s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards...

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NYC///SOUND & VISION///MUST-SEE SHOW: DAVID BYRNE’S “PLAYING THE BUILDING” INSTALLATION…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Cool Shit, Feature, News, NYC, Openings, Sound + Vision, Video  |  Comments Off

byrnepiano11.jpg Talking Heads founder DAVID BYRNE has had one of the most varied and original careers in rock, constantly vacillating between the worlds of music and visual art with rare grace. Throwing yet another curveball through the rarified air of NYC's art world, Byrne presents music as art in "Playing the Building," his new CREATIVE TIME-sponsored 9,000-square-foot, interactive, site-specific installation that transforms the interior of the landmark Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan into a massive sound sculpture that all visitors are invited to sit and “play"...

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STREET LIFE///JOSHUA ALLEN HARRIS’ NEW STREET BAG-ISM…

July 9, 2008  |  art, Cool Shit, Graffiti, News, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

Supertouch blogger ERIC WHITE is digging NY MAGAZINE's new video interview with one of Manhattan's most innovative "street artists," JOSHUA ALLEN HARRIS, who creates his incredibly temporary sidewalk installations using found materials and the power of the city's ever-present subway air ventilation grates. SEE MORE: Read More

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TAIPEI///TOYBOX///KAWS x YUE MINJUN AT THE MUSEUM OF TOMORROW…

June 28, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, KAWS, News, Toybox, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

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The new holy grail of vinyl toydom. He's laughing at how much you're going to pay... 

Yeah, that thing's real. It's a special collaborative figure made by KAWS and Chinese art phenomenon YUE MINJUN for a special show of vinyl toys designed by Chinese artists called "Art For The Masses" at Taipei's MUSEUM OF TOMORROW that opened tonite (through July 27th). Featuring new sculpts by  ZHOU TIEN HAI, LIU YE, JING YU, ZHOU CHUN YA, and YUE MINJUN (with KAWS), the show is the first to address the genre for a Chinese audience incorporating domestic modern artists. All figures have been produced in runs of 500 pieces for sale at the museum and are not being distributed domestically. Translation: keep your eyes on eBay and your PayPal account locked & loaded. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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KUSTOM KULTURE///BMW’s GINA: THE NEW WAY TO SKIN A SHARK…

June 25, 2008  |  Cool Shit, Kustom Kulture, News, Next Big Thing, Sounds, Video  |  Comments Off

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SF///CYCLE KILLERS///RVCA & CINELLI PUT “PRESSURE” ON THE STREET

June 21, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, Cycle Killers, News, San Francisco  |  Comments Off

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Phil Frost's wheels of fury... 

The corner of Haight & Asbury was ground zero for San Francisco’s track bike & messenger culture when RVCA opened their "Pressure" exhibition of collaborative art bikes with esteemed Italian cycle maker CINELLI. On board to customize the premium two-wheelers was an all-star lineup of artists including BARRY MCGEE, ASHLEY MACOMBER, CLARE ROJAS, C.R. STECYK III, DAN MURPHY, DMOTE, JESSE GELLER, JOSH LAZCANO, KAWS, MADSAKI, PHIL FROST, PM TENORE AND STEPHEN POWERS who added their unique touch to an array of new and vintage Cinelli frames and components. While many of the bikes remained rideable works of art, some artists like KAWS, Clare Rojas, Josh Lazcano, and Ashley Macomber transformed their cycles into nonfunctional (or in the case of Lazcano, hyperfunctional) sculptural pieces. With artwork prices escaping the reach of most lowly city peddlers, RVCA created a limited edition series of T-shirts by all artists in the show and debuted some pieces from the new Barry McGee apparel and accessory collection set to drop this fall. Also up for grabs was the eagerly anticipated special Barry McGee production art bike. Available as an edition of 50 pieces worldwide in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the cycle is available as 25 complete bikes and 25 frame-only kits with pricetags of $3,700.00 and $2,100.00 respectively. The run will be available for sale only through RVCA and LANCE ARMSTRONG’s MELLOW JOHNNY’S bike shop in Austin, Texas where the art show will make a stop in late September. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON CALLING///BILLBOARD LIBERATION///ON THE WALL WITH JAMES CAUTY…

June 17, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Billboard Liberation, Cool Shit, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Katie shills for Jimmie...

In the street art riddled streets of London Lichtenstein-ian AgitPop artist JAMES CAUTY knows to get a little attention you have to pull out the big guns. In other words, Kate Moss. Such was the case when the young artist liberated a few East End billboards in the name of art, er, self-promotion (there is a website listed on there after all). Nicely done. Now that Kate's advert campaigns are on the wane and retirement is looming large on the horizon these bombs may be the only daily doses of her we have in the near future. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SOUND & VISION///PRODUCT TOSS///THE PHONOFONE iPOD SPEAKER CHANGES SHITE SOUND INTO ART…

June 17, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, News, Next Big Thing, Product Toss, Sound + Vision  |  Comments Off

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The sound of the future. Two speakers are officially deader than an Ed Hardy T-shirt...

Yeah, MP3s and their bastard half-brother & sister formats sound like shite compared to the full stereo image vinyl provides, but with the new stunningly beautiful PHONOFONE iPOD SPEAKER (that's right, "speaker" as in one) at least no one will be paying attention to the actual sound coming out of the speaker. Created individually by hand in Toronto by innovative concept lab SCIENCE AND SONS, each signed and numbered miniature gramophone amplifies iPod sound without external power or batteries by exploiting the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibels (roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers). Crazy as it may sound, upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone base their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich sound that totally eclipses the low-fi source file. Impossible as it may seem this tiny porcelain unit sounds nearly as loud and rich as a premium iPod dock and only after playing with this little beauty for the better part of an hour during which we fed it a wide variety of input from the Bad Brains to Debussy did we believe it for ourselves. At $850 USD this little beauty is a connoisseur's plaything, but the looks on the stunned faces of your audiophile buddies at your next party will make it worth every cent. Until it shatters on the floor after said drunk audiophile buddy bumps into it, that is. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///KUSTOM KULTURE///THE KANDY KOLORED LOVE VAN…

June 12, 2008  |  Cool Shit, Kustom Kulture, News, NYC  |  Comments Off

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The look of love on a 100 degree day...

The best thing about being down in the street in NYC is sights like this incredible KANDY KOLORED LOVE VAN heating up the scene in SoHo like it was 1977. When was the last time you saw the robot from Queen's "News of the World" album romancing a naked hottie beside a magical waterfall or a real stained glass window on a moving vehicle? HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ART & COMMERCE///RVCA x CINELLI x BARRY McGEE FRAMES GOOD TO GO…

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The must-have art cycle...

Cycling fanatics are no doubt counting the days until the opening of RVCA’s collaborative art show with renowned Italian cycle company CINELLI and an impressive lineup of modern artists including Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, C.R. Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, PM Tenore and Stephen Powers on Thursday, June 19th at RVCA’s flagship store in San Francisco and now we’ve got a look at the full run of BARRY McGEE’s special production art bike to be sold at the event. Available as an edition of 50 pieces worldwide in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the cycle will be available as 25 complete bikes and 25 frame-only kits with pricetags of $3,700.00 and $2,100.00 respectively. The run will be available for sale only through RVCA and LANCE ARMSTRONG’s Mellow Johnny’s bike shop in Austin, Texas where the art show will make a stop in late September. Stay tuned for more details to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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