THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE:
SHEPARD FAIREY AND THE ART OF APPROPRIATIONAs underground art phenomenon SHEPARD FAIREY’s first major museum retrospective prepares to open at the INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON on February 6th, we feel the need to address some of the vicious and unfounded rumors surrounding the originality of Shepard’s artwork that have been floated online in recent years. Though written by a variety of different detractors for a questionable array of reasons, the common thread binding them all—aside from a thinly masked veneer of obvious envy in most cases—is a nearly ubiquitous lack of understanding of the artist’s use of appropriated imagery in his work and the longstanding historical precedent for this mode of creative expression. Read More
Last nite, graffiti gremlin NECK FACE took advantage of some down time between billboard postings on the front wall of Hollywood fashion hotspot BARRACUDA to leave a note for freshly-inaugurated President OBAMA. Representing "la gente" to the fullest, Nasty Neck lets the Big O know his economic reform package should indeed be the first order of business this week: "we don't need change, we need dollars, homie!" In other news, Barracuda is expanding to include an art gallery component this summer. Stay tuned to Supertouch for details coming soon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of the skate world's best-kept secrets is the ultra-collectible but hard to find SKATE BOOK. A 350+ page hardcover "mag," from the minds of skaters SALMAN AGAH and MIKE BALLARD, the refreshingly formatted quarterly periodical is a welcome departure from the copycat skate mags that could once call themselves cutting-edge. Featuring beautiful photography and in-depth articles, Skate Book embraces several themes and riders per issue, delving deep into each in a timeless manner befitting the magazine's hard cover status. Volume 3 is a must-have featuring lengthy profiles on OG pro and Supertouch homie LANCE MOUNTAIN, vintage skate stickers, and cover boy BART SIMPSON who was illustrated especially for the issue in a series of spreads depicting "El Barto" ripping hard across legendary SoCal spots like Carlsbad, Hollywood High, and the Sunset Carwash Gap. Available for the bargain price of $19.95, you can find copies in person at BARRACUDA LA, or online HERE (subscriptions are only $49.95 for 4 issues). Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch buddy/French street art sensation JR has gone big on the streets of NYC's Lower East Side this week in visual preparation for the debut of English artstar-maker STEVE LAZARIDES' upcoming Beautiful-Losers battling "Outsiders" show opening this Friday, September 26th on the Bowery (more on this soon). Meanwhile, innocent New Yorkers can only stand idly by as the streets of their beloved Gotham are stormed by the French like a reverse Norman invasion, albeit with more wheatpaste and fewer bayonets...
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
We love seeing untouched vintage graffiti, and this sighting of a large piece by Parisian street artist FAFI and her then-boyfriend TILT on the wall in a DEATH VALLEY ghost town is a welcome find...
Dropping in on the ever-frigid Bay Area (where summer doesn't officially start till October and lasts exactly three weeks) for a millisecond, it's good to see our favorite piece from DOZE GREEN is still livin large in the LOWER HAIGHT, even if our boy Doze is now officially a citizen of the world as he traverses the globe on the never-ending spiritual road trip that is his career. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
To celebrate the release of his now-untitled new album (formerly named "Nigger") this week and his product collab with downtown hipster sneakerhead hotspot ALIFE, last great rapper alive NAS threw down a rare private live performance in the shop's back courtyard for a lucky group of friends and family Monday nite. Luckily, ever-present man on the scene MEL D. COLE was on the scene to catch some serious snaps of the quality honeys in attendance. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Here at Supertouch we're not in the business of unmasking our contingent of anonymous artists, but with BANKSY fervor in full swing, London's DAILY MAIL has published an extensive feature today purporting to unmask the city's most beloved vandal as a as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia. The piece includes the artist's alleged name and photos of the Bristol Bad Boy as a high school teenager, on vacation in Jamaica, and his childhood home along with testimony from former "friends" and family members. Is it really him? We'll never tell, but you can read the full story for yourself HERE...
Closing shop this weekend at London's venerable ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS is a fantastic show of new work by legendary Dutch graffiti and multimedia artist DELTA (aka: Boris Tellegen). Known for his unique architectural lettering style that transformed conventional tags and mural pieces into multi-dimensional works of art, Delta has been a pioneering force in the international scene since 1983. Expanding on his early street style in this new show, “The New Dutch Master,” Tellegen has delved into a variety of media including paintings, sculptures and 3-D installation pieces. Two screenprints and a new book have been created to accompany this exhibit and all are available online at the gallery site. And, for Delta fans that prefer to wear their allegiances on their sleeves, keep an eye out for the D-Man’s upcoming clothing collab with Stüssy, dropping this fall. HAVE A LOOK: Read More