March 2, 2010

Banksy Beat

“Theoretically my graffiti actually increases the value of property rather than decreasing it.”

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Banksy’s been giving granting a lot of press lately, in his version of a PR campaign for his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, including two British magazine covers.

Proof that he did the Sunday Times Magazine cover:

Check out Time Out London‘s feature and interview.

Read the Sunday Times Magazine article here.

Larger cover images after the jump.

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March 1, 2010

JR – Women Are Heroes

JR is a French street artist who deals in large-scale wheatpaste murals—as if Paris wasn’t beautiful enough already. The documentary captures the essence of the work: striking, controversial, and nothing if not ephemeral. Highly recommended.

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More information here and here.

Dailymotion via Hypebeast

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February 25, 2010

The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds

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The recent Upper Playground × Inglourious Basterds poster collaboration inspired me to finally watch Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece (six months late is forever sooner than never).

All images via Arrested Motion (full-size images available, since my web-optimized crops don’t do the artwork justice).

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L: David Choe; R: Estevan Oriol

Like most of my postmodern peers, I’m predisposed to like anything that Quentin Tarantino has a hand in (I actually genuinely like Jackie Brown) and it was largely a foregone conclusion that I would enjoy his fifth feature-length film. Even so, I would say that Basterds is somewhat unique, not just as Tarantino’s take on a war flick—homage-y, genre-agnostic and immanently quotable—but even within his oeuvre: the film relies heavily on the absolute moral compass dictated by historical hindsight, operating within a framework of unambiguous good guys and bad guys. This isn’t the clusterfuck of Reservoir Dogs or, say, Vietnam: the eponymous team of Americans is fighting goddamn Nazis, a.k.a. evil in its purest form.

NB: Spoilers ahead.

L: Alex Pardee; R: Rene Almanza

L: Alex Pardee; R: Rene Almanza

With history on his side, Tarantino can afford to instill the Basterds with a measured, weirdly heroic, sadism: the American boys sent to terrorize enemy forces in Nazi-occupied France can do no wrong. Scalping, clubbing, scarring, it’s all good—it’s nothing compared to the horrors of the Holocaust.

Nevertheless, Basterds is relatively tame for the auteur who made his name by transcending senseless violence by depicting it for what it is: nasty, brutish and short. Seasoned film viewers have certainly seen worse.

But Tarantino is (and arguably never was) going for shock value, and graphic violence is but one of his calling cards: he’s at his best when he’s spins tension out of talk, typically between arch-enemies (knowing or otherwise), over milk, strudel, whiskey or fashionable pumps (T has always had a bit of a foot fetish). Tarantino further demonstrates his mastery of dialogue with the clever but unforced play on language: if English is the lingua franca, America is the punchline—cheap shots, perhaps, but all in good fun.

L: Sam Flores; R: Grotexk

L: Sam Flores; R: Grotesk

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February 12, 2010

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February 9, 2010

All Gone Release Party @ Reed Space

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Although All Gone 2009LaMJC‘s annual compendium of “The Finest of Street Culture”—has been out in Europe for about a month now, the coveted tome is finally coming stateside to party.

This year’s edition and previous installments can be perused in their entirety in a web-based viewer here.

The Reed Space is playing host to the much-anticipated streetwear event.

All Gone 2009 Release Party
The Reed Space
151 Orchard (at Stanton) [map]
New York NY 10002
212 / 253-0588
Saturday, February 13, 7-10pm

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January 31, 2010

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January 28, 2010

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January 19, 2010

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January 13, 2010

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January 10, 2010

Shtick Chicken

“This is not something everyone would do, but this is what I do.”

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Fucking Dickchicken. Most everyone in New York has encountered his tag at some point in Brooklyn and “Manahattan” (sic; a typo on Playboy.com, since I highly doubt that it’s an oblique nod to NYC’s natural history). I can’t say that I recommend the video—and, in fact, I refuse to embed it here—and I certainly do not condone Dickchicken’s obnoxious imagery, but I suppose it’s nice to know that there is a kind of method to the madness.

dc2

As with Carles of Hipster Runoff, I respect “Richard Poultry’s” dedication to his crass, but I am (at best) ambivalent about the aesthetic implications of DC’s blight upon this lovely city. Diligence is one thing, but obscenity is uncalled for.

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