ZIPPY x UPPER PLAYGROUND Zippo Lighter

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Upper Playground's new collection, the San Francisco Heritage Preservation Society, teamed up with famed American cartoonist Bill Griffith to present a very limited edition Zippy the Zippo®. Paying homage to San Francisco’s historic cartoon culture (including R Crumb, the late Spain Rodriguez amongst many) and one of its most legendary comic strip icons, the Zippo is made in a very-limited quantity of 100. We want one.

Landscapes by Levi van Veluw

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
This 4-piece series reinterprets the traditional landscape painting, removing plots of grass, clusters of trees, babbling brooks from their intimate 2 dimensional formats and transposing them onto the 3 dimensional contours of his own face. Thus a fresh twist is given to the obsession inherent in the romantic landscape of recreating the world and simultaneously being part of it. The romantic landscape and self-portrait genres are combined as a means of re-examination.

The World's Largest Basket

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The world's largest basket happens to be the headquarters of Longaberger, you guessed it, a manufacturer of baskets and other craft goods. The building, standing 7 stories tall, is quite handy unto itself: the "handles" apparently wick away snow in the winter. Not sure how, but hey, it snows a lot in Newark, Ohio. 

New Greg "Craola" Simkins x Trekell Brush Set

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Former Juxtapoz cover artist Greg "Craola" Simkins has released his 3rd custom brush set through Trekell & Co, Inc. This new set includes a dagger brush which is essential for all of your lettering needs. All 9 brushes in this set are made from golden taklon and have been designed by the artist himself. Each set includes an insert explaining what Greg uses each brush for. Available for purchase through Trekell.com. Watch the video after the jump . . .

Anna Kapustenko: Vanilla

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Russian illustrator Anna Kapustenko has created this soft, innocent portrait of a dreamy little ginger, titled ' Vanilla'. Based in Kharkov, Anna specializes in book graphics, illustration, watercolor and mixed media. There is a lot of mystery behind the work of this artist, which often borders on fairytale fantasy and tenderness.

A Big Head: Anthony Lister in Miami

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 12, 2012
What is that thing? It looks like a giant fishing reel sinker. Anthony Lister takes the prize for the strangest canvas in Miami this year.

Heart and Lungs Illustration

Illustration // Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Heart and Lungs Illustration is Marta Monteiro's illustration and drawing portfolio. She graduated from the Fine Art - Sculpter course at the Oporto University of Fine Arts, in 1999 . Lives in Penafiel, Portugal, and has worked as a teacher, illustrator, animator and film director. Fun, humorous renderings with great the appeal of classic vintage prints.

Opening photos: "MQISM" @ Art Primo

Graffiti // Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Over the weekend, Art Primo in San Francisco hosted an exhibition entitled “MQISM” featuring a variety of mixed media work from the prolific graffiti writer, MQ. Known for his two-letter throwups that have occupied the streets for 20 years, the artist has been branching out recently, most noticeably focusing on a variety of unique stickers and zines.  Out of all the work in the show, the most memorable is the MQ tiled flooring; we want some for our kitchen!

Opening: Dave Kinsey "Everything at Once" @ Joshua Liner, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Opening this Thursday, December 13, Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Everything at Once, an exhibition of over thirty intense, high-energy paintings and works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist Dave Kinsey. This is Kinsey’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. As the show title suggests, Kinsey attempts to convey a world gone made with media, perpetual conflict, and a sense of the mounting struggle between the urban and natural worlds.

"EAMES: Beautiful Details" Book Release

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 11, 2012
And what a beautiful book this is. AMMO Books has just published perhaps one of the most stunning books we have seen all year, Eames: Beautiful Details, one that we are very happy ended up in our offices yesterday. Not only an in-depth, 400+ page look into their innovative and groundbreaking furniture design, Beautiful Details covers Charles and Ray Eames' extensive exploration in textiles, product, graphic design, toys, film, and photography.

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