summer magic 6/12/09

Chor Boogie
Chor Boogie

  • The First Annual C-Monster Venice Biennial Awards. The best roundup of the exposition I’ve read so far.
  • How Droll. Pharrell, Murakami, and Jacob the Jeweler make some really lame shit for Art Basel and folks are starting to realize just how much they love Cupcakes iced with baby lotion
  • “Our whole approach was what you might call ‘none design’ meaning that Jerry would root out any attempts by John and I to introduce gratuitous design embellishments. This ruthless weeding process resulted in bold, simple, direct graphics and is probably the main reason that the Two Tone style has such an enduring impact.” A look at one of the most important design aesthetics from my formative years. (via crblog)
  • “They’re not interested in expensive green technologies or recycling programs—the point is reuse, to breathe new life into the city’s detritus and build a new, separate world from those remains. “We’re not perfect,” Swoon says. “How much jet fuel was used to fly all of us here? But we’re not going to let being imperfect stop us. If you are too rigid in your ethics, you undo positive action.” I really like the whole hobo/digger aesthetic of Swoons projects. NYMag article here
  • A unique blend of sport, art and Spontaneity. Ed Templeton.
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  • I think it’s some sort of statement about fast food and animal welfare
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    Once Bitten, Twice Shy 6/10/09

    Greg Lamarche
    Habitual Offeder Greg Lamarche 2005

  • An interview in images with graff artist CRE (via)
  • A nostalgic tour of the Crayola Crayon through the last century. For me it’s all about the smell of the paper on the crayons that takes me back to Mrs. Stricklands 1st grade class. (via)
  • “To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn’t have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way.” Hipster hop star Spank Rock interviews Mos Def and maybe learned something about being a relevant artist (via)
  • NY City Girls don’t fall they just start again
  • Some assembly required
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    Slipping into Dankness 6/9/09

    Swoon - swimming cities
    “The Swimming Cities of Serenissima” Swoon 2009 (via)

  • It’s time to pack it all in. The NYTimes has an article about the new found respectability of graffiti. Blechhh (via WYW)
  • “Area others could call “rundown” or dilapidated, were in fact pretty charming. There was visible history on the facades with all their marks from generations of inhabitants. The buildings silently told stories of their inhabitants’ existences.” The paper facades of German artist Evol (via Interview)
  • The best way to buy one of those Faile “Prayer Wheel” things these days is to park your escalade underneath the Williamsburg Bridge and wait for a preteen to ride by on his bmx , you toss him the cash and he slips the sculpture to you. What you never bought crack before?
  • “A tiger that lives in a cage is much wilder than a tiger that is free to roam” A look at the underground fashion scene of communist East Germany (via)
  • Grand Finale has produced an inspiring documentary on 68 year old Bristol based reggae selector DJ Derek. The man lives life to the fullest touring the country armed only with a backpack full of killer tunes, his bus pass & an unquenchable thirst for real ale.
  • Dutty Whine – Special for Robert.
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    The Charm of Distance 6/5/09

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  • “The UK is weird. They are more censoring that even the US! The magazines there are really pushing it, they are ahead of the curve, so you would think that they would be more open minded.” A short talk with photographer Richard Kern as prepares for his upcoming NYC show. (via interview)
  • Wow. I really think they are serious with this. Make magazines Graff how too. Next in the series will be making sawed off shotguns for vamping toys in the tunnels.
  • “Throwing on a wet suit in the snow is quite an experience.” Dane Reynolds has surfed some waves nobody else has.
  • “I don’t like this design aesthetic so I’m just going to continue this fantasy which I love.” Artist Kenny Scharf doesn’t let the little things like opinions shake him in this interview (via flavorwire)
  • There is no such thing as second class citizenship
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    Randomness of Chance 6/4/09

    Michael Genovese
    Steal, Quietly, Question Michael Genovese 2008

  • “I don’t know if it’s sad, pathetic or what, but I don’t think so. I mean, nothing has felt too terribly wrong yet and I generally have a good moral compass—all things considered. I really try not to over-think this shit. Otherwise you just wind up sounding like phenomenologist Shepard Fairey. So let’s just say I ran away and joined the circus and leave it at that.” Skateboard graphics legend and exploiter of stupid human tricks Sean Cliver hasn’t gone too far ….yet. (via Vapors)
  • “Yeah, I’m rolling weed,” he said. “I have a medical card. I’m a weed smoker.” Skateboard Pro Jereme Rogers Walks the edge after a bit of a funky mushroom trip on his roof (via ignored prayers)
  • Did you know there is a cassette copy of the Talking Heads in the Space Station? That lil bit of info is courtesy of this guided tour of David Byrnes studio (via PSFK)
  • Wooster has a cool video up of Dain, a pensioner who is putting some of the most vital work up in the mean streets of NYC
  • Colossus of Roads
  • A day in the life of The One
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    JA XTC

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    One of my all time favorite Graffiti writers is the Bad man JAone XTC. Dude has crazy exploits and really changed the way folks thought about all out bombing. He was one of the definitive NYC writers in the early nineties. Just check this article from Rolling Stone magazine about Him – ROLLING STONE,FEB 9,1995
    JA is also an actor, who has been in Films like Karate Kid 3 and Whiteboys.


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    Black Diamonds 6/2/09

    Mode 2
    Mode2 at Weserburg

  • “the ‘freeconomics’ model of most web businesses is providing opportunities for social interaction to those who have dropped out of or been abandoned by the traditional meatspace support systems” Increasingly access to the internet is changing the hazards of homelessness (via futurismic)
  • Oaxacan Street art, so vibrant and from what I understand primarily done by young female teachers. (via oh so arty)
  • “On weekend nights we dance until dawning/Then go to hear the speeches at Hyde Park, Sunday mornin’/What if it should start in rainin’/I’ve got a boy, so who’s complainin’/This London life is the life for me.” A look at the short lived Swinging London magazine “London Life” (via CRBLOG)
  • The Misunderstood Cryptozoological Vandal
  • Children of The Grave
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