Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The day has finally arrived: Upper Playground just opened its newest retail space doors in New York’s new East Village at 437 East 9th Street. UP has collaborated with many NY icons from the art and fashion worlds, so it makes sense the Big Apple finally welcomed UP to the neighborhood. Today is the spot’s first full day open, after its debut yesterday, and along with all the dope new threads, one of the biggest attractions is definitely the massive permanent art installation shown below from fine artist and NYC resident David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72.) Can't make it to the East Coast to check it out yourself? Don't worry, we got you covered. Peep more UPNYC and Choe installation photos here.
Juxtapoz // Monday, September 22, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) has been busily covering the walls of the upcoming new Upper Playground New York with some of his dope imagery, which will remain part of the future store
Juxtapoz // Friday, September 19, 2008
David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) just stopped by the Upper Playground headquarters in San Francisco to sign and number two of his brand new prints, so we decided to stop by and kick it with this legendary street and fine artist for a minute. Hey, we figured he may want some company; signing and numbering a total of 400 prints isn’t exactly the highlight of an artist’s career (the numbering part was more of a challenge- wouldn’t you lose count after print number 176?) Literally in SF for 10 hours before jetting back to NYC to prepare for yet another exhibit, Choe laughs as we ask him how all the traveling has been treating him. “Shitty,” he said. “I threw up on the plane over here and I have to get back on another flight in a couple hours.” Hell, for a guy that’s been jailed for months in Japan, shot steroids in their arm to run across the border, hitch hike to Alaska, swim in a river in Africa, and paint with their own blood, what’s another cross-country flight? Nuthin’ that’s what- especially when you’re a badass like Choe.
Juxtapoz // Saturday, September 13, 2008
In an ongoing effort to secure Democratic hopeful Barack Obama's presidential bid, Upper Playground and Digital Gravel, the online store for urban apparel brands, have partnered to produce a limited-edition line of Obama t-shirts featuring selective artwork from the Upper Playground x Barack Obama print series. The Upper Playground x Digital Gravel t-shirt collaboration will showcase the sold out poster designs created by The Date Farmers, Munk One (shown,) Sam Flores, Alex Pardee, Grotesk, Morning Breath, and Ron English via Upper Playground. Approximately 300 t-shirts were made for each graphic, and the retail price for each t-shirt is a mere $20. All proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts will go directly towards creating new promotional projects in support of Obama's bid for President up until the election in November, so show your support and hit up DigitalGravel.com now!
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fine artist David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) is the latest artist to partner with Upper Playground to produce not one, but two Barack Obama prints. Choe has designed and produced apparel, adidas sneakers, comic books, movie posters, album covers, fine art books and toys, among many other projects. David Choe’s Barack Obama posters are part of an ongoing series from Upper Playground of artist collaborations in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Upper Playground has endorsed Obama's campaign by creating posters featuring artwork from Grotesk, The Date Farmers, Munk One, Ron English, Alex Pardee, Morning Breath, Mac, Sam Flores and Mear One, in addition to printing t-shirts with Shepard Fairey's Obama graphics to help support the campaign. There were only 200 prints made, which are signed and numbered of each design, and each poster retails for $200. The limited-edition 18"x24" prints are available exclusively online: here (poster seen above) and the other (not shown) is available right here. All proceeds from the sales of the posters will go directly to creating more campaign t-shirts, posters, and stickers by other artists in support of Obama's bid for President. Please note: the prints will not ship until October 15, 2008.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 28, 2008
This Thursday, July 31st, marks the release of the new Aesop Rock adidas Originals sneaker from Upper Playground. The Stan Smith shoe is the third release in the four-part series that also includes designs from fine artists Herbert Baglione, David Choe, and Sam Flores. Aesop Rock is an American hip-hop artist from New York that is known for his storytelling style of rap. He has collaborated with established entities such as Nike and painter Jeremy Fish on various projects, and he is excited to introduce his first sneaker design with Upper Playground. Aesop Rock explains the design concept behind his Stan Smith sneaker: “The faded green and gold colors have a strange eerie-meets-regal vibe that I liked when designing the art for last year's None Shall Pass album. I wanted to continue that color scheme, and keep it pretty simple. I didn’t want anything too intrusive. Basically I just wanted something that I’d rock, and my mother might even wear them.” There are only 500 pairs available of this sneaker worldwide. Sizes range from men's size 4 to 13.5. To get your hands on the Aesop Rock adidas Originals sneaker, visit www.upperplayground.com or head to an Upper Playground retail store. The sneaker will go on sale online at 8 am PT on Thursday, July 31st. Aesop Rock is currently touring throughout the U.S. to promote his critically acclaimed album None Shall Pass. For tour dates and other information on Aesop Rock, please visit: www.myspace.com/aesoprockwins See the sweet video below and more shots of Aesop Rock’s design here…
Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 24, 2008
Upper Playground released the new and highly anticipated limited edition David Choe adidas Originals sneaker today. The Stan Smith shoe is the second release in the four-part series that also includes designs from Aesop Rock and Sam Flores. “I wanted to convey a mixture of serial killers, ninjas, nightmares, and Ice-T lyrics,” Choe explained about his new sneaker. There are only 500 pairs of the Choe sneaker available worldwide, and sizes range from men's size 4 to 13.5. To pick up your fresh pair of David Choe kicks, visit www.upperplayground.com or head to a UP retail store and try to make your way through the masses of sneaker heads trying to get their dirty hands on these Stan Smiths.
Juxtapoz // Monday, July 21, 2008
As a follow-up to the Herbert Baglione release last week, on Thursday, July 24th Upper Playground will release the new David Choe adidas Originals sneaker. The Stan Smith shoe is the second release in the four-part series that also includes designs from Aesop Rock and Sam Flores. Los Angeles native David Choe is a muralist and graphic artist. He has designed and produced apparel, comic books, movie posters, album covers, fine art books and toys, among many other projects. Choe has collaborated with companies such as Electronic Arts, Levi’s, Sony Pictures and now adidas. “I wanted to convey a mixture of serial killers, ninjas, nightmares, and Ice-T lyrics,” commented David Choe about his new sneaker. Choe is currently the star of a feature documentary on his life called Dirty Hands. The film documents Choe, a young near-schizophrenic street artist that devises numerous criminal schemes that allow him to hitchhike across the globe. Details about the film can be found here www.dirtyhandsmovie.com There are only 500 pairs of the Choe sneaker available worldwide. Sizes range from men's size 4 to 13.5. To pick up your fresh pair of David Choe Stan Smith sneakers, visit www.upperplayground.com or head to a UP retail store. The sneaker will go on sale online at 8 am PT on Thursday, July 24, 2008.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Upper Playground announced today that they will be releasing an exclusive sneaker series with adidas Originals next week. The new shoe line features four signature designs from fine artists Sam Flores, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, and hip hop artist Aesop Rock. Beginning next Thursday, July 17th, Upper Playground will release a new sneaker every Thursday. Each sneaker design will be available for sale at Upper Playground retail stores and online at www.upperplayground.com The new sneaker series is not the first time Upper Playground has collaborated with adidas Originals. In 2005, Upper Playground partnered with adidas Originals to create a limited-edition BBQ themed sneaker in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the adidas Superstar. The synthesis of one of our favorite shoe brands with four of our favorite artists is almost too much goodness to handle. Luckily, we have a pretty high tolerance for goodness. Stay tuned for more info on these epic releases coming soon.
Juxtapoz // Friday, June 20, 2008
As if there wasn’t already enough hype surrounding the world debut of Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe, Upper Playground has created an exclusive t-shirt for the premiere of the flick, which goes down tomorrow at 9:45 pm at LA’s Majestic Crest Theatre. If you’re a Choe fan, and how could you not be, pick up your Dirty Hands t-shirt at the LA Film Festival this weekend. Upper Playground is also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner to see the premiere tomorrow night. Yeah, free stuff is always good. Check out the Upper Playground blog for details and we’ll see you tomorrow night for some serious Choe action.