Posts Tagged ‘Street Life’
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
When someone says the words "Mermaid Parade" one can't help but imagine a street full of hot, young, half-naked women in forgivably bad costumes. Unfortunately, such was not really the case at the costumed perp walk that was last month's 2008 CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE which instead looked like the movie version of a Vice "Don't" column. Featuring a staggering array of art-damaged revelers in various states of creative undress, the annual event once again proved to be one of the best people watching processions of all time. Technically the country's largest art parade, the parade is actually an homage to Coney Island's long forgotten Mardi Gras that was staged religiously from 1903 to 1954 and invites a stunning array of like-minded exhibitionists to converge on the boardwalk to display their pound(s) of painted flesh. Pour yourself a drink, smear some Vaseline on your computer screen and HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The corner of Haight & Asbury was ground zero for San Francisco’s track bike & messenger culture when RVCA opened their "Pressure" exhibition of collaborative art bikes with esteemed Italian cycle maker CINELLI. On board to customize the premium two-wheelers was an all-star lineup of artists including 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 who added their unique touch to an array of new and vintage Cinelli frames and components. While many of the bikes remained rideable works of art, some artists like KAWS, Clare Rojas, Josh Lazcano, and Ashley Macomber transformed their cycles into nonfunctional (or in the case of Lazcano, hyperfunctional) sculptural pieces. With artwork prices escaping the reach of most lowly city peddlers, RVCA created a limited edition series of T-shirts by all artists in the show and debuted some pieces from the new Barry McGee apparel and accessory collection set to drop this fall. Also up for grabs was the eagerly anticipated special Barry McGee production art bike. Available as an edition of 50 pieces worldwide in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the cycle is available as 25 complete bikes and 25 frame-only kits with pricetags of $3,700.00 and $2,100.00 respectively. The run will be available for sale only through RVCA and LANCE ARMSTRONG’s MELLOW JOHNNY’S bike shop in Austin, Texas where the art show will make a stop in late September. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In the street art riddled streets of London Lichtenstein-ian AgitPop artist JAMES CAUTY knows to get a little attention you have to pull out the big guns. In other words, Kate Moss. Such was the case when the young artist liberated a few East End billboards in the name of art, er, self-promotion (there is a website listed on there after all). Nicely done. Now that Kate's advert campaigns are on the wane and retirement is looming large on the horizon these bombs may be the only daily doses of her we have in the near future. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, yeah, more BANKSY news, but how often is it that you hear about one of his street hits getting buffed? At a point when lucky recipients of Banksy bombs are selling chunks of their walls and starting retirement funds it's nice to see one go the way of the dinosaur. And that's exactly what happened in NYC this month when a disgruntled shop owner wiped his store's slate clean...
ROCKSTAR GAMES' fourth installment in the GRAND THEFT AUTO franchise dropped yesterday to over a million pre-orders (at $60 a pop, mind you, do the math), but for one hard charging 7-year-old, the game's got nothin' on real life...
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
The high-heeled obsessed English street artist known as INSA made his presence known in the land of brown ale...
THE ART OF POLITICS
By ROB WALKER
SOURCE: NYTimes Published: April 13, 2008
Whether or not Barack Obama would make a good president, it’s clear that he makes an excellent muse. It’s hard to think of a political candidate in recent memory who has, in real time, inspired so much creativity, exercised free of charge and for the campaign’s benefit. Perhaps this suggests something about Obama—or maybe it suggests something about his supporters. The examples are many. One of the most prominent is the limited-edition print created by the Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey in January. Fairey is best known as the creator of the “Obey Giant” imagery that, beginning in 1989, spread on city streets around the world by way of posters, stickers and stencils. Fairey made a brief statement when he unveiled the portrait, noting his “great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President.” Poster sales, he added, would underwrite “a large statewide poster campaign.” In addition to popping up on many streets, the image later made its way onto a T-shirt, created in collaboration with the San Francisco street-wear brand Upper Playground — and apparently onto the radar of the Obama campaign. The candidate himself sent a thank-you note, and his campaign had Fairey create a new poster that became the inaugural offering in an “Artists for Obama” section of the barackobama.com online store. Fairey told Creativity Online that while he has been politically active, there’s something new in the enthusiasm he now professes to feel. “I just thought it was time to stick my neck out,” he said. A variety of other artists READ ON...
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:
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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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:
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, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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."