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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LONDON///BALLIN’///DAMIEN HIRST’S NEW SALES TACTIC…

June 28, 2008  |  art, Hype 2.0, London, News, Next Big Thing, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Hirst goes for the gold...

YBA founding father, Diamond Skull mastermind, "highest paid living artist" record holder, and all-around art gangster DAMIEN HIRST has decided to forgo the formal gallery world and sell his new body of work via auction. Sidestepping longtime gallery rep LARRY GAGOSIAN for London's SOTHEBY'S auction house, the 43-year-old Turner prizewinning artist intends to open his work up to set some new sales records when he puts enough new art to constitute two gallery shows on the block in a two-day auction in London on September 15 and 16. The centerpiece of this sale, titled “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever,” is his new masterwork, "The Golden Calf," a monumental sculpture of a bull submerged in formaldehyde inside a gold-plated stainless steel and glass box. The animal's head is crowned by a solid gold disc, its hooves and horns are cast in gold, and the piece is expected to fetch at least £12 million. When asked why he decided to open his new art to an international auction market, Hirst stated simply, “the world's changing.” Larry Gagosian has already declared that he'll be front-and-center at the sale bidding among the faithful. It's Damien's world, we just live in it...

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Hirst & the bull that laid the golden cage...

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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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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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LONDON///STREET ART INVADES THE TATE…

May 29, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, London, News, Next Big Thing, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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And... FIRE! France's JR takes aim at the Tate Modern's finest...

Unlike a host of unmentionable urban art institutions that turn a blind eye to the burgeoning art movements erupting just outside their museum doors, London's TATE MODERN is paying homage this month to the city's most colorful and volatile movement through their inventively-named “Street Art” exhibition. With an eye for international talent, the museum has invited six artists with roots in graffiti including Brasil’s OS GEMEOS and NUNCA, France’s JR, Italy’s BLU, NYC’s FAILE, and Barcelona’s SIXEART to embellish the building's massive facade and partake in a group exhibition that will remain on display until August 25th. Of course, the most obvious omission in this list is the town’s resident street art kingpin BANKSY, but we suspect the Golden Child is above such institutional fare. And just when it seemed like London would have to build more city walls to support the nonstop barrage of wheatpaste posters and graffiti besieging it, the show has inspired a legion of artists to step up their wallpapering efforts turning the surrounding neighborhoods into an outdoor museum. It seems that Street Art is the British Invasion of the ‘00s (or at the very least, the new black). HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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WTF?!? FILES///COOL S#!T///RISE OF THE JELLYFISH…

May 27, 2008  |  art, Cool Shit, News, Next Big Thing, Video, WTF???  |  Comments Off


By air...


...and by sea.

Thanx MP.

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LA///FASHION///BAPE HOLLYWOOD OPEN FOR BUSINESS…

April 24, 2008  |  Fashion, KAWS, LA, News, Next Big Thing, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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OG streetwear homeboys Nigo & Takashi Murakami flex their street cred...

Love it or leave it, NIGO's LA branch of the legendary Tokyo streetwear brand BAPE (aka: A Bathing Ape)—the brand that launched a thousand imitators—opened for business on Melrose Ave this Thursday nite with a star-studded media frenzy of a debut party. Two years too late? Yep, but remember this is LA, Ed Hardy and Crooks & Castles are still "cool" brands here. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEXT BIG THING: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF AMY STEIN…

April 23, 2008  |  art, Next Big Thing, NYC, Photography  |  Comments Off

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The alternate cover art for Ozzy's 1983 classic, "Bark at the Moon"...

We've been following the work of NYC-based photographer AMY STEIN for a while now, and we at Supertouch just can't get enough of her sublime samplings of American life. With an impeccable eye for composition, color, and that ever-elusive "perfect moment," Stein's visual narratives are profound in their spartan beauty and emotional tension. Presented here are excerpts from her three series: "Domesticated," "Halloween in Harlem," and "Women & Guns." HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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HOLIDAY RECAP///OSAKA///THREE TIDES OF T&A…

January 9, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Next Big Thing  |  Comments Off

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Masa flexes the dyslexic LA sign while Usun (black shirt) counts his blessings...

New Supertouch blogger and Osaka overlord, THREE TIDES TATTOO impresario MASA threw it down in style this holiday when he and sidekick USUN brought the hotness that is the SLY GIRLS out for a night of scandalous behavior. Needless to say, this was the safest photo we could post...

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LA///EVERLASTING INK…

October 24, 2007  |  art, Blame Canada, Next Big Thing, NYC  |  Comments Off

elastt032.jpgMark Mahoney "gently massages the epidermis with the flutteringof stainless steel"...LA Ink may get all the press in the West Coast tatt trade these days, but real heads know MARK MAHONEY's (aka: the lightest hand in LA) SHAMROCK TATTOO is the OG spot for inkslinging in the City of Angels. And that's precisely where our boy EVERLAST headed this week to add another emblem to his book of flesh after wrapping up recording on his new solo record. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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