WORLDWIDE///ROADTRIPPING///JR AT THE PHOTO PHNOM PENH FESTIVAL, CAMBODIA

December 13, 2008  |  art, Asia, News, Photo Finish, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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JR gets jumpy in Cambodia...

French photographer and public art (notice we didn't say "Street Art") phenom JR has had a busy couple of months trekking through Brasil nd India on his way to Cambodia for the PHOTO PHNOM PENH FESTIVAL that opened late last month where he installed a massive succession of images from his "28mm: Women" series, many of which were captured along the way. In commemoration of the event's inaugural year, the artist wrapped, very appropriately, the French Embassy in Phnom Penh with 20 sets of women's eyes culled from his recent photography portfolio that portrays ordinary women around the world—many of whom work as prostitutes in war-torn countries. JR shot this series using a wide-angle 28mm lens that forces an extreme close-up between photographer and subject, resulting in portraits marked by their uncanny intimacy and extreme detail. A truly egalitarian artist whose career focus has been bringing art out of the gallery and onto the streets for the average person to appreciate, often in impoverished areas where local interaction with formal art is nonexistent, JR remains guarded when pressed about the true meaning of his work: "I put [my work] on the street, and sometimes people try to find the exact meaning, but there isn't one. They have to think about it. Most of the time, [my subjects] have to explain the project much more than I do. After all, they are the ones posted up in the street. They are the real heroes of the project." While in Cambodia, JR continued his series by photographing local women and plans to return to the country in February 2009 to install the images guerilla-style across the city, continuing his ongoing dialogue with the streets and his subjects. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CUBA///ROADTRIPPING///FINDING OS GEMEOS IN HAVANA

November 24, 2008  |  art, Cuba, Feature, Graffiti, Os Gemeos, Road Trippin, Street Art  |  Comments Off

osgcuba2.jpg A few years back Supertouch buddies/Brasilian art phenomenon OS GEMEOS (literally "The Twins" in Portuguese), along with fellow artist NINA visited Cuba and left their indelible mark throughout the streets of the city where time stands still. Our man on the road JASON NOLAN just got back from a slightly illegal run to the island nation where he found most of the murals still intact. HAVE A LOOK:

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ROADTRIPPING///LOST IN HAWAII

October 28, 2008  |  Hawaii, News, Road Trippin  |  Comments Off

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It's been a slow posting week as the crew's been runnin loose on the garden isle of KAUAI getting lost in the Hawaiian jungle, chasing rainbows on the beach, and waterfall jumping on a well-needed breakaway from the City of Angels. Keep yer eyes peeled for a lot of catching up, starting now. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ROADTRIPPING///M.I.A. IN MARFA, TEXAS

October 17, 2008  |  art, Feature, Lance Armstrong, Road Trippin, Texas  |  Comments Off

marfablog17.jpg Roadtripping in Texas with cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONG a few weeks back ultimately landed us in the remote and unlikely art culture hotspot of MARFA, TEXAS. Known primarily as the land that time forgot and the setting for iconic films "Giant," "No Country For Old Men," and "There Will Be Blood," the sleepy town of 2,000 people is actually one of the nation's best kept creative centers and is home to an amazing array of talent, including the legendary Christopher Wool, and art world émigrés who fled the confines of NYC for the wide open spaces of the West. The migration was started by so-called "minimalist" (though he hated the term) artist DONALD JUDD when he relocated to the area in the early 1970s, and single-handedly instigated the migration of like-minded heads to the former military town centered around the abandoned army barracks he was now using as his own private museum and studio space.

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ROAD TRIPPIN’///BANKSY JOINS THE KKK IN ALABAMA

August 30, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, News, Road Trippin, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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After painting the town in New Orleans this past week, rogue British street artist BANKSY had the good sense to get out of Hurricane Gustav's way and piloted his caravan towards the Old South stronghold of ALABAMA where these newest hits quickly popped up. Keep an eye on ST for updates as Her Majesty's royal artist makes his way east, spraycan in hand. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ROAD TRIPPIN’///SURFCHASING///KELSEY BROOKES ON THE LOOSE IN EL SALVADOR…

August 12, 2008  |  art, Kelsey Brookes, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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Mr Brookes' alter ego is unleashed on a packed flight...

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

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ALASKA///ROAD TRIPPIN///DR ROMANELLI LOST IN THE GREAT WIDE OPEN—LAST LOOK…

July 28, 2008  |  Alaska, Dr Romanelli, News, Road Trippin  |  Comments Off

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Surly miners who don't much like having their bitchin Model A photographed give the boys a run for their money—out of town... 

As we check in with Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI and trusty sidekick NATHAN "NACHOS CABRONES" CABRERA on their last day out in the great wide open of Alaska we catch a glimpse of ambiguously gay duo fishing, whitewater rafting and beating a hasty retreat from surly local miners who don't much like the look of streetwear-wearing, fancy camera toting big city folk. The highlight of the trip so far? The pristine, miraculously original daily driver Model-A still roaming the icy backcountry like 4 wheel drive had never been invented. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ALASKA///ROAD TRIPPIN///DR ROMANELLI LOST IN THE GREAT WIDE OPEN, DAY III…

July 25, 2008  |  Alaska, Art & Commerce, Dr Romanelli, Road Trippin, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Buried deep in the great white north to photograph his upcoming new collaborative collection with SF-based sneaker spot HUF (more on that soon), Supertouch’s own DARREN “DR” ROMANELLI (with legendary artist & taxidermy addict NATHAN "NACHOS CABRONES" CABRERA in tow) has now piloted a helicopter to a remote Alaskan dog sledding village where the pair—particularly señor Cabrones—look and smell a lot like dinner to the local inhabitants. Will they make it out alive? Will the duo crash & burn in a two seater helicopter that looks more like a remote control toy than a gasoline powered vehicle? Will Romanelli come back planning a thermal underwear streetwear line? Only time will tell. Stay tuned loyal readers. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ALASKA///ROAD TRIPPIN///DR ROMANELLI GETS LOST IN THE GREAT WIDE OPEN…

July 23, 2008  |  Dr Romanelli, Fashion, News, Road Trippin  |  Comments Off

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What Dr Romanelli can't see is that underwater that bear is holding a knife and fork...

Lost in the great white north to photograph his upcoming new collaborative collection with SF-based sneaker spot HUF (more on that soon), Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI (with legendary artist & taxidermy addict NACHOS CABRONES in tow) has just begun a week-long residency in the backwoods of Alaska that just might get his ass eaten by the local large-sized wildlife. Luckily, he's got a good camera with him so the blood should look extra real. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///CLIMBING THE GREAT WALL…

May 23, 2008  |  China, Cool Shit, Feature, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

l1000958.jpg One of the most memorable experiences in life has to be climbing the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Built between the 6th century BC and the 16th century, the 4,000 mile Great Wall was constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. The area pictured here is closest to Beijing, the former capital city of the Ming Dynasty which was responsible for building the most strong, fortified, and enduring segments of the wall. At its peak, the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men and historical records indicate that around two to three million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall. Now, the colossal structure is a modern tourist trap where American, Euro, and native Chinese travelers mingle to gawk at each other and the monumental gigantitude of the twisting path before them. HAVE A LOOK:

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