Signing Prints with David Choe in SF

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. 

Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe T-Shirt

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.

World Premiere: Dirty Hands: "The Art & Crimes of David Choe"

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 16, 2008
Hey, all you David Choe fans out there- have you snagged tickets to the premiere of Harry Kim’s new documentary Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe yet? Kim filmed the artist's “life and crimes” from 2000 to 2007, a period coinciding with Choe's rise to fame and fortune in the art world as he matured from a street artist bombing underpasses and illustrating porn magazines to a respected muralist, painter, and graphic novelist. Trust us, shit gets intense. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Los Angeles area this weekend, you better hurry up and get your tickets to the world premiere of Dirty Hands on Saturday, June 21st at the Majestic Crest, as part of the LA Film Festival. There are only three showings going down at the festival, so if you want to be the one telling people how dope Dirty Hands is rather than hearing about from everyone else, hit up to get tickets now. See the trailor and get more info at

Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Harry Kim’s highly anticipated documentary on street art’s favorite badass, David Choe, finally debuts Saturday, June 21st as part of the Los Angeles Film Fest at Majestic Crest Theatre. Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe chronicles the life of this renegade artist’s triumphs, struggles, and self-described “bullshit life.” Los Angeles artist David Choe's kaleidoscopic work can be playful, confrontational and sexually frank. His personal life is no less complicated, as revealed by close friend Harry Kim, who documented Choe's life and crimes from 2000 to 2007. From the manic highs of commercial success and dinosaur hunting in the Congo to the self-destructive lows of Japanese jail sentences and bouts of self-doubt and depression, what begins as a gleeful portrait of a bad-boy artist slowly becomes a poignant celebration of one man's journey, both artistically and spiritually, toward his own uncertain salvation. Note: If the above video gives you a lovely "This video is no longer available" message, YouTube is lying. Just refresh and click on the bottom play button, or go here. Purchase tickets to the world premiere of Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe at

David Choe at Lazarides Galleries, London and Newcastle

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 29, 2008
The amazingly talented and consistent David Choe opened his first UK solo show, Murderous Hearts, last night at a packed private viewing at Lazarides Gallery in London. Of course, Juxtapoz was there and is pleased to share some opening night photos with you right here...

Upper Playground Takes Over London with Saber and David Choe

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 28, 2008
Upper Playground has landed in London along with two members of our extended family. Fine artists David Choe and Saber will be exhibiting their solo shows at Lazarides Gallery and UP London, respectively, in the month of March. David Choe, who has exhibited at UP's FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco and has collaborated with the brand in the past, will be exhibiting at the Lazarides Gallery in both London and Newcastle through March. Saber, who is currently collaborating with Upper Playground, will be painting in-store at the UP London location the day of February 29th, and exhibiting throughout March at a guerilla space at a nearby location. Those lucky Brits! Take a peek at Choe and Saber’s work here…

Mr. Everywhere: David Choe

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 07, 2007
We hate to spoil the ending for the fans of Thumbs Up!, but David Choe isn't really on his way to Alaska right now, he's (been) back, though Mr. Omnipresent may or may not be in Miami this week as well, and now he's whipping up a monster bunch of work in a new studio space as he prepares for his solo show at Lazarides Gallery in London in February (via The World's Best Ever). Enjoy the photo tour of his new work space on


Juxtapoz // Monday, November 05, 2007
Day 14: For the final diary entry on the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour, photographer Jon Dragonette brings the trip to a close with some sweet shots from (and at) Boston, Mass. More...  

IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT: On The Road To Boston

Juxtapoz // Sunday, November 04, 2007
Day 13: Photographer Jon Dragonette shows off some of the art as the the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour rolls into Boston.


Juxtapoz // Saturday, November 03, 2007
Photographer Jon Dragonette reports from Burlington, Vermont on Day 12 of the East Coast leg of Sparks' IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour with David Choe, Saber and Retna.


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