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
Like it or not, so-called "Street Art" is the undeniable visual currency of our times (at least until next month's trend hits) and no self-respecting cultural institution would be complete without an obligatory show of the latest vandal-in-waiting. In the case of the extremely progressive RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM (who hosted a Barry McGee exhibit in April) that art vandal is none other than the Southland's notorious billboard hijacker SKULLPHONE whose iconic skull & vintage cellphone iconography has been leering at hapless LA commuters and Blackberry slaves from all corners of the city for the past several years. Enshrining his street-level postering and stickering efforts in a museum setting by bringing actual objects he's "customized" into the gallery makes this show particularly noteworthy, and the exhibition highlights include actual LA parking meters, dumpsters, gas pumps, and even a public bathroom all adorned with his illegal imagery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
It's been a painfully slow year in streetwear but the event of the summer kicks off this Friday in Hollywood when NEIGHBORHOOD, STUSSY, and NIKE unveil their "Boneyards" collaboration at the 144 LaBrea installation space. Unabashedly celebrating OG Southland beach and skate culture, the Boneyards project brings together a like-minded group of skaters and artists including JUAN PUENTE, JEREMY CARNAHAN, JOHN HALL, JACK RUDY, JESUS "CHUEY" QUINTANAR, ERIC DRESSEN, MISTER CARTOON, ROB ABEYTA, and ESTEVAN ORIOL to create a hard-edged clothing collection and sneaker collab that real SoCal skate rats have been dreaming of. Event space is extremely limited, RSVP now (see below) if you're even dreaming of showing your ugly mug at the spot. Don't sleep... HAVE A LOOK: Read More