HONG KONG///”BANKSY ROBS HONG KONG” SELLS OUT…

April 24, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Hong Kong, Hype 2.0, News, Street Life, Worldwide, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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The smell of sweat and money in Hong Kong...

We're not going to devote a lot of time and space to the unauthorized second-hand sale of consigned works that is the current "BANKSY ROBS HONG KONG" show presented by FABRIK CONTEMPORARY ART at the HONG KONG ARTS CENTER that opened last nite, but for the curious, here's a look at what Banksy's first organized foray into the Asian market looks like. Since the artist and his camp had no part in the exhibition, no new works were presented and the show consists mainly of pre-owned prints and other limited-edition serigraphs with few original pieces of art on display. Of particular interest, however, were some never-before-seen chunks of the warehouse installation Banksy painted for the afterparty of his 2002 "Existencilism" show at the 33 1/3 Gallery in LA that were later removed and preserved by an astute private collector. As of this writing, all works in the show had been spoken for and prices were as insane as any other Banksy sale, with some works reaching the $500,000 mark. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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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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LA///SKYJACKING///RON ENGLISH GOES HOLLYWOOD…

April 22, 2008  |  art, LA, News, Ron English, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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"Greetings From The Occupation: Wish You Were Here"...

In case you've been living in Hollywood with your eyes closed for the past week, Supertouch's own Jersey Boy/master billboard liberator RON ENGLISH has been here bombing up the Lost Angles with a new array of his own trademark brand of Popaganda imagery right under your nose. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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IRELAND///STREET LIFE///INSA GOES BIG IN DUBLIN…

April 18, 2008  |  art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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The high-heeled obsessed English street artist known as INSA made his presence known in the land of brown ale...

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///AN HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A BANKSY…

April 18, 2008  |  art, Banksy, London, Street Life  |  Comments Off

Hit mute immediately to kill the annoying house music that accompanies this time-lapse video of an hour in the life of BANKSY's recent Tesco mural on Essex Road, Islington, where an incredible array of tourists, locals, and random lookie-loos stop in a sixty minute span to take in, pose with, and ponder the meaning of the artist's critique of one of the UK's biggest retail chains. With this kind of public support, it seems Sir Banks would be hard-pressed to get arrested these days...

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S BIGGEST EVER…

April 16, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Cool Shit, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's tribute to the watchers...

Somehow, against all odds, SIR BANKSY just keeps going bigger and never gets caught. His newest piece which debuted this week in London—a three-story parody on London's closed caption TV network that constantly surveys the city's residents as they go about their daily lives—was erected ADJACENT to one of the cameras in question, and still he roams free...

From the DAILY MAIL:
"Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London. The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera. Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society. (read more)"

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Note real CCTV unit (highlighted in red) adjacent to Banksy's mural. Insane...

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LONDON MASSIVE///FRESH BANKSY…

April 12, 2008  |  Banksy, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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By land...

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And by sea...

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LA///STREET LIFE///SKULLPHONE SPEAKS…

March 31, 2008  |  art, News, Skullduggery, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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The Barracuda staff proves that life imitates art beneath Skullphone's warm, digital glow...

Following our earlier report on Supertouch breaking the news that SKULLPHONE had hacked his way into the Clear Channel network to post his iconic skull image onto the network's LA digital billboard network illegally, WIRED MAGAZINE has reported that it was all a hoax, and that Skullphone actually paid for the ads:

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FROM WIRED MAGAZINE:
"The Los Angeles street artist known as Skullphone managed to get his iconic skull-holding-a-cell phone image to display on 10 prominent digital billboards throughout Los Angeles last week — leading some blogs to report that he'd hacked into the signs. Alas, Clear Channel Outdoors, which owns the billboards, says no. "He paid to get it up," says spokeswoman Jennifer Gery. "It only ran for two days." Update: Clear Channel's Tony Alwin is unhappy about the hacking rumors. "The advertisement was bought under the assumption that it was art that was in an art show," he says. "Any claims about hacking into our systems is false. It's a lie, even."

And while we at Supertouch know how to read between the lines (Skullphone's hack represents the first big breach of the system in what's certain to become a regular occurrence), Supertouch ally and PAPER MAGAZINE publisher DAVID HERSHKOVITS met up with Skullphone himself late last week to have a few words about the situation:

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FROM DAVID HERSHKOVITS/PAPER MAGAZINE:
Finally caught up with Skullphone and had a quick conversation about the brouhaha that's been stirred up by his tag popping up on 10 digital billboards around LA. Skullphone would neither confirm nor deny Wired's report that the billboard time was purchased from Clear Channel. The firestorm began when the story was originally reported on Supertouch. I had reported that sources had told me that it was indeed a hack. Here are some sound bites from my conversation with Skullphone:

"The art of hacking I know nothing about. What is hacking? What is art?"

"People thought Bob Dylan sold out when he went electric. I guess people weren't ready for it."

"To me it's American art. The (now digital) billboard on the side of the highway."

"'Skullphone digital billboards.' It was a logical fit."

"Once again, it’s a matter of semantics. What does it mean to hack the system? Is getting people to think for themselves hacking?"

"Skullphone has a right to be there."

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HOLLYWOODLAND///STREET LIFE///SKULLPHONE SKYJACKS LA’S DIGITAL BILLBOARDS…

March 20, 2008  |  art, Billboard Liberation, LA, News, Skullduggery, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Skullphone goes digital above Barracuda at 7769 Melrose...

Right now the enigma that is known only as SKULLPHONE is easily Clear Channel Communications' greatest enemy in SoCal since he hijacked 10 of the advertising giant's most prominent digital billboards around LA in Hollywood, Westwood, and the art hotspot of Culver City. Hacking into the billboard's computer network today, our boy positioned his trademark skullphone imagery in between the array of flashing movie, TV, and auto company ads that make up the normal paid advertising barrage on the giant illuminated monitors. Keep an eye out for more photos to come throughout the day...

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Photos by Curtis Kulig

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PORTLAND///KUSTOM KULT///W+K’S “TEAMS OF PORTLAND” BICYCLE SHOW…

February 8, 2008  |  London, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Behind that pileup is a "NO BIKE PARKING" sign...

We're up in Portland this week to take in the NORTH AMERICAN HANDMADE BICYCLE SHOW that kicks off this weekend, but it was at the opening of the Jose Cabaco-curated "TEAMS OF PORTLAND" art show in the world headquarters of legendary advertising agency WIEDEN + KENNEDY last nite that first blood was drawn. Featuring custom-made setups from 10 local cycling teams and bike builders, the show featured an incredibly diverse array of two-wheeled offerings, from straight hand built performance machines to freak flag art pieces where function took a backseat to form (or a distinct lack thereof). The city's hipsters turned out in droves, mingled alongside cycling royalty including pro cyclist Barbara Howe, Maurice Tierney from Dirt Rag Magazine, and Raleigh's Reed Pike, and made a hell of a lot of free beer disappear real quick. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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