Taboo: Ukiyo-e & the Japanese Tattoo Tradition

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
As one of the oldest forms of body modification, ritual scarification and tattoos have been found on mummies dated to the 2nd millennium BCE. In Japan, irezumi (the insertion of ink into the skin) existed as long ago as Neolithic times. Over the centuries, the practice has assumed multiple forms and carried with it a myriad of meanings...

Aline Smithson’s Monograph Kickstarter

Photography // Sunday, February 22, 2015
Until March 5th, California-based photographer Aline Smithson will be raising funds through her Kickstarter campaign to publish her first significant monograph of portrait photography. The book will contain over 100 photographs from 18 different bodies of work and contain both color and silver gelatin printed works. 

"Men & Cats" by David Williams

Photography // Saturday, February 21, 2015
New Yorker and photographer David Williams began his Men & Cats project back in 2009, in order to break the “crazy cat lady” stereotype. “I wanted to show that regardless of gender, many people have found the joy that cat companionship can bring,” he told Time Out NY magazine in an interview not too long ago. 

video: Silk and Mavel Underground

Graffiti // Saturday, February 21, 2015
Minnesota writers Silk and Mavel escape the snowy grounds of the Twin Cities and lay down some pieces in a storm drain tunnel.

Didion by Wasser @ Danziger Gallery, NYC

Photography // Friday, February 20, 2015
Julian Wasser started his career in photography in the Washington DC bureau of the Associated Press where he met and accompanied the famous news photographer Weegee – who would become a lasting influence on him. In the mid-60s Wasser moved to Los Angeles as a contract photographer for TIME, LIFE, and FORTUNE magazines and becoming internationally known as the go to guy for getting candid but memorably composed photographs. (His iconic images of Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston; Marcel Duchamp and Eve Babitz; and a young Jodie Foster are already classics.)

Blur is Back! (And they have a video for a song called "Go Out")

Music // Friday, February 20, 2015
Hey everyone one! Blur is back. That may be big news for some, in our office we are pretty sure one member of the staff was quite happy. Blur's members were busy for the past 12 years, Damon Albarn doing all sorts of projects, one being the highly successful Gorillaz. The last time we saw Blur, they had a Banksy-designed LP called Think Tank. On April 12, 2015, they will release The Magic Whip, and have a lyric-video for the song "Go Out." 

Scene Report: Los Angeles

Graffiti // Friday, February 20, 2015
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report.

Born 2 Chill..

Graffiti // Friday, February 20, 2015
Fun, colorful and rather simple piece from the talented likes of Nemco.

Björk “Black Lake” Trailer

Music // Friday, February 20, 2015
"Black Lake" is a new sound and video installation commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition Björk (March 8–June 7, 2015; Member Previews, March 4–7).

Newest Illusionary Installation by Alex Chinneck

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 20, 2015
You may remember Alex Chinneck’s melting wax house from last year. Well here he is again, this time with a suspended car on a wave of tarmac.

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