A week after the DNC wrapped in snow-white Denver, CO, we bring you a first look at the mugshot from SHEPARD FAIREY's arrest on August 25 for "interference with police authority and posting unauthorized posters." Taking a break from his duties hosting the pro-Obama "Manifest Hope" art show, Shep was busy plastering downtown Denver with his signature Obama posters when cops in full riot gear and guns drawn reportedly shouted “Get on the fucking ground or we’re going to kick you in the fucking head!” Fairey and his crew were then zip-tied, accused of being "anarchists" for wearing all-black outfits, and led to jail where he spent 15 hours eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and giving each other body cavity searches before pleading out to the police interference charge with six months unsupervised probation and a $100 fine. Hopefully, as First Artist under an Obama administration, Fairey and his ilk will have diplomatic street immunity for at least four years. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Since Guantanamo Bay isn't technically accepting any new prisoners, our man ESPO aka: STEVE POWERS is ready to set up a little WATERBOARDING torture experiment—in conjunction with NYC-based arts organization CREATIVE TIME—of his own and he needs you or your lawyer to sign up now. READ ON: Read More
As you'll see, SUPERTOUCH has undergone a bit of a renovation with a lot of added features—including a crew of guest bloggers—that will all be operational shortly. We're having a bit of technical difficulty right now while the domain name transfers fully to new servers so just hang in there, you'll be able to see images and all archived posts momentarily. STAY TUNED FOR MORE TO COME...
SoCal art & lifestyle clothing company RVCA in conjunction with renowned cycling company CINELLI have announced a collaborative cycling art project, "Pressure." Featuring an array of Cinelli bikes built and designed by such modern artists as Barry McGee, Ashley Macomber, Clare Rojas, C.R. Stecyk III, Dan Murphy, DMOTE, Jesse Geller, Josh Lazcano, KAWS, Madsaki, Phil Frost, PM Tenore and Stephen Powers, the partnership has been undertaken to pay tribute to both companies' passion for design and excellence in their respective fields and attests to the undeniable link between underground art and track bike culture that has solidified in recent years. The show will debut at RVCA's flagship store in San Francisco on Thursday, June 19th and will be followed by a second September showing in Austin, Texas at cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONG's new bike shop, MELLOW JOHNNY'S (so named for Armstrong's cycling nickname derived from the French term "maillot jaune," meaning yellow jersey), with more future tour dates to be announced. To commemorate the show an array of limited-edition merchandise will be produced including RVCA T-shirts, a hardcover book, and, most notably, a special BARRY McGEE-designed Cinelli bike. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide and available in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the cycle will be available as 25 complete bikes and 25 frame-only kits with pricetags of $3,700.00 and $2,100.00 respectively, and will be available for sale only through RVCA and Mellow Johnny's. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates to come, in the meantime, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Following the long run of Japanese Pop Art power player TAKASHI MURAKAMI's retrospective "© Murakami," show in Los Angeles, the massive retrospective picked up and relocated to the BROOKLYN MUSEUM where the exhibit's star-studded opening charity gala was held last nite. Supertouch buddy, director DAVID LAM was on hand to take in the spectacle firsthand, including the highlight of the evening, a performance by Supertouch ally KANYE WEST to an adoring crowd, including fashionista Marc Jacobs who queued up for a closer look at Kanye's performance like a rabid teenager. Adding a bit of tongue-in-cheek irony to this stop was the inclusion of a mini-exhibition of fake Murakami Louis Vuitton merchandise to playfully contrast the onsite LV boutique (which, once again, kicked none of its profits back to the museum) selling very real and very expensive merchandise to the housewives of New York City. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY is taking his BARACK OBAMA endorsement seriously and went big this week with a massive new—and somewhat disappointingly, legal—billboard on the side of his new world HQ building on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Apparently a bumper sticker on the back of Shep's biodiesel Volvo wagon just wasn't cutting it anymore...
With a second baby in the cradle and a metabolism fast approaching middle-age, we're not guessing that you'll find street art legend SHEPARD FAIREY in the saddle of a road bike anytime soon (unless it's in his imagination) but with the release of FUJI's new OBEY collaborative fixed gear, he might just be able to get his legion of zombie followers to get out and do it for him. Available now as a limited-edition release, we're sad to report that the bike's $1,500 pricetag doesn't buy you a rack to carry your posters and wheatpaste on. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Even if identical twin brothers Otavio and Augusto Pandolfo—otherwise known as the Brasilian art duo OS GEMEOS (“the twins")—threw a new art show every month, we still wouldn't get tired of taking in their amazing fantasy slumscapes. This time, the Brothers P have landed in Madrid at PILAR PARRA & ROMERO GALLERY where they launched their new solo show, "Sonhei Que Tinha Sonhado" ("I dreamed that I had dreamed") a full-scale multimedia installation of makeshift building facades and fantastic soundscapes last week. What's perhaps even more impressive than the sheer consistency of the brother's art is their daunting drive which pushes them to create art on nearly anything they can get their hands on at a superhuman rate. Simply put, few people in the art world are operating at this level, take notes, people. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of the most amazing aspects of SWOON's artwork is the power it has to completely envelop a space, transforming walls and ceilings into detailed scenes from the masterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vivid urban imagination with solemn linocut characters serving as mute orators of her dark fantasy scenes. Ok, that sounds a hell of a lot like really bad artspeak, or even worse, "creative writing," but Swoon's artwork just hits us like that. In her latest solo show "Drown Your Boats" that opened at MARSEA GOLDBERG's West Hollywood artspot NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY this weekend little Swoonifer, inspired by the dark writings of Angela Carter's "Burning Your Boats," wove a stunning visual narrative throughout the narrow corridor that is this streetwise energy center on Santa Monica Boulevard that will form the core of her highly anticipated large-scale installation at Deitch Projects in NYC this Fall. HAVE A LOOK: Read More