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
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.
“The Swimming Cities of Serenissima” Swoon 2009 (via)
Misteriosa muerte de Abismo (via intersections)
Are the Christians going to do to street art what it did to skateboarding? (via animalny)
The future of scum punk is in the hands of some black kids from East NY (via street carnage)
Graff is on the upswing, becoming legal in Brazil and a low priority in SF (via tomorrows museum)
“There is also an element of the impulse to preserve these things and to pack your whole life onto a couple of hand-made rafts and set sail, which is about the feeling that the way we are living is coming apart at the seams, is destroying the world around us and will not last. These boats are not to be taken as a literal solution, but in the way that art distills a language from our imaginations and creates images that speak to us above and below the level of our spoken language, we are addressing these issues in our form.” Artist Swoon talks about her upcoming junk raft voyage across the Adriatic Sea (via arrested motion)
Some bloggers just don’t understand just how unseemly this preoccupation with Shepard Fairey is. I mean it’s simply a disgrace. Whatevs. Some bloggers need to stop trying to control the conversation.
Your not hardcore like us…….
See Dr Lakra
To keep up on my Steve Powers quota here is a pretty entertaining interview from nyGlob.
When you are surrounded by greatness remember to hit record.(via Daily Swarm)
Hmmm, How can I turn a potent image of struggle against colonial powers into a way to sell luxury vodka? (via Hipsterrunoff)
Cool subway map calendars that try to visually represent the character of the city (Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul) (via ILG)
Public transit goes green by using effective graffiti technique. Werd?!! (via Visual Culture)
Maira Kalman has made a great visual essay about a trip to view the Lincoln archives. (Via D Funderbugh)
Swoon is having a raffle of an original Piece of her work to support her project “Swimming Cities of Serenissima“. Get your ticket here
Slumdog 2 : The Need For Speed
Denver v.Tucson carsonisdemented? via flickr
Incarcerated NYC Graff Writer OVIE talks about the dangers created by digital media for a writer. Loose bits Sink Ships. Free Ovie 1. (via What You Write)
A.V. Club Interviews my good friends, or at least the offer is there for them, Brett and Jemaine.
Looking forward to the new film “The Informers” thats based on a Brett Easton Ellis book which means the 80’s and tons of Blow .Watch the nsfw trailer (via Playlist)
Czech artist David Cerny’s sculpture “Entropa”has united Europe in a way previously unimagined.(via NY Times)
A breakdown of one of the worlds fastest growing economic sectors, Slavery ( via Goodmag)
Swoon, Chris Stain, and Mike Brodie:
Whole Cars In Brazil Via Lost Art Brazil