Posts Tagged ‘Politiks’


February 2, 2009  |  News, Politiks, Rock of Ages, Sound + Vision  |  Comments Off on NEWS///POLITIKS///M.I.A. TALKS TERRORISM

Portrait of M.I.A by Greg Gossel from The Shooting Gallery’s upcoming Grammy art show in LA…

This year she’s been nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar, but musician & artist (her first solo show was in 2001 in London) M.I.A. has more pressing issues on her mind, namely the nearly totally unreported genocide currently being perpetrated in her homeland of SRI LANKA where she’s officially been labeled a “terrorist” by the government (to her credit, she was denied entrance to the US by the Bush administration under the same classification). In an interview with favorite ST news site THE DAILY BEAST, the currently preggers and nearly ready-to-pop singer declared: “The situation is systematic genocide, ethnic cleansing … “I want my fans to know I’m not tryin’ to be like Bono. Someone Irish talking about what’s going on in Africa. I actually come from there and the fact is that this is happening now. The war has been going on for a long time, but it stepped into the genocide bracket recently with the new President. I lived in Sri Lanka when the campaign for ethnic cleansing started and if I could stop it and see the end of it in my lifetime that would be amazing. I can’t justify my success otherwise. I can’t justify getting nominated for an Oscar or a Grammy, that to me wouldn’t mean anything if I don’t actually get to speak about this. It’s not like I’m trying to sell records, I’m trying to stop the death of 350,000 people this month.” Click HERE to read more…


February 2, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks, WTF???  |  Comments Off on WTF?!? FILES///POLITIKS///THE OBAMAS GET WAXED

Apparently smoothing out the crow’s feet is not an option…

Wasting no time following BARACK OBAMA‘s inauguration, purveyors of ultra-creepy celebrity likenesses MADAME TUSSAUDS got down to the business of immortalizing the first couple in the time-honored and forever freaky medium of wax. Barack’s already made his debut at the institution’s Washington D.C. branch to the horror of several infants attending the unveiling, while first lady MICHELLE is still being sculpted in London’s Merlin Studios in preparation for her March debut. Unfortunately, she won’t be joining her man in his Oval Office setting; instead she’ll be placed in line with the museum’s other first ladies, right next to now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…

Possibly the only person in the entire world not trying to meet Barack, even a wax one…


January 27, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off on NEWS///POLITIKS///OBAMA GRANTS FIRS INTERVIEW AS PRESIDENT TO ARAB NEWS NETWORK


In a move seemingly engineered to break the brains of conservatives, BARACK OBAMA made good on his “Change” platform this week by granting his first official interview as president to the Saudi owned Arab news network Al Arabiya. The move was an overt show of good faith to Muslims worldwide, one that serves as a starting point for the long process of repairing America’s badly damaged public image at the hands of his predecessor. Explaining this unprecedented outreach Obama explained, “Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.” Criticizing the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” as ineffective, Obama said “The language we use matters. We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name. I cannot respect terrorist organizations that would kill innocent civilians and we will hunt them down. But to the broader Muslim world what we are going to be offering is a hand of friendship … What I want to communicate is the fact that in all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I’ve come to understand is that regardless of your faith—and America is a country of Muslims, Jews, Christians, non-believers—regardless of your faith, people all have certain common hopes and common dreams. And my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that. And that I think is going to be an important task.” Shocking stuff indeed given the lingering shadow of last eight years. On the topic of Arab Israeli relations, Obama declared “I think the most important thing is for the United States to get engaged right away … All too often the United States starts by dictating—in the past on some of these issues—and we don’t always know all the factors that are involved. So let’s listen.” Looks like those campaign posters weren’t just all rhetoric after all. Read the full transcript HERE.


January 27, 2009  |  Inkwell, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off on INKWELL///WTF?!? FILES///OBAMA’S GREATEST MISSES


If OBAMA‘s inauguration took your breath away, these reader-submitted experiments in tattooing should leave you speechless…

The obvious choice…

David Alan Grier’s “In Living Color” Obama?…


January 24, 2009  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off on NEWS///POLITIKS///SHAWN BARBER PAINTS OBAMA FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Obama envisions the future of the art world…

The tattoo world’s Michelangelo, SHAWN BARBER has extended his old school painting chops to the political scene with this commissioned portrait of BARACK OBAMA for the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Gracing the cover of their Tuesday, January 22nd inauguration edition, the move was a bold one for the traditionalist rag that furthers the mainstream embrace of underground artists in the name of Barack almighty. Not only is the Big O leading the charge toward economic and political recovery these days, he seems to be sparking an art world revolution in the process. Of course, this time next year the printed newspaper might just be a thing of the past.



January 23, 2009  |  art, Graffiti, Neck Face, News, Obama, Politiks, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off on HOLLYWOOD///STREET POLITIKS///NECK FACE’S OPEN LETTER TO OBAMA


Nasty Neck makes an appeal for more than just “change” from Obama…

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


January 21, 2009  |  Inkwell, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off on INKWELL///POLITIKS///OBAMA 4 LYFE


Dedication. What you can’t see is the George W. Bush tatt it’s covering up…


January 21, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off on AMERICA 2.0///INAUGURATION DAY///THE WORK AHEAD


“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” —Obama 1/20/2009 


January 20, 2009  |  art, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off on NEWS///POLITIKS///THE MYSTERY OF THE OBAMA POSTER SOLVED

The two sides of Barack Obama…

By now, a virtual sea of ink has been spilled—particularly on this site—discussing nearly every aspect of SHEPARD FAIREY‘s now legendary propaganda poster for BARACK OBAMA‘s 2008 presidential campaign. To date, however, no one—including us or even Shepard himself—could put a finger on the photographer behind the source photo that was the basis for Shepard’s patriotic call-to-arms. Now, writer JAMES DANZIGER of burgeoning online news filter THE DAILY BEAST has correctly pinpointed the photojournalist as one JIM YOUNG, and tracked down the original image, which was later flipped and altered by Fairey to create the “Hope” poster. Read all about it HERE.

Shepard’s Obama rendition takes its rightful place in the Smithsonian museum…


January 20, 2009  |  News, Obama, Politiks, Washington DC  |  Comments Off on AMERICA 2.0///INAUGURATION DAY///DONE DEAL


Well, it’s finally official. In the words of the freshly minted PRESIDENT OBAMA, it’s time to put aside childish things and get down to the work at hand. Fingers crossed…

Uncle Jam wants YOU… to get off your ass!