Building an LA Shop: Johnny Cupcakes

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 25, 2008
How the hell do you start your own store in the heart of Los Angeles? With a ton of work and planning, a little insanity… and cupcakes. Cupcakes? Johnny Cupcakes’ LA flagship store has been in the works for some time, as Johnny insisted on a vintage bakery theme for the new spot. Good thing Johnny Cupcakes made a video on the planning and creation of the store, which is set to open its doors August 2nd. Yum… sugary goodness. Hey, anyone else developing a craving for frosting?    

Skinner at Upper Playground Sacramento

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 21, 2008
Upper Playground Sacramento played host to an epic opening of new works by Skinner this Saturday, July 12th. Folks from all reaches made the trek up to California’s capital to take a peek at Skinner’s No More The World Of Man: a stunning collection of portraits, paintings, collages, and installation pieces. “Looking past all the face-value ‘monsters and gore,’ the body of work is actually a gnarly critique of the stupidity and racism of capitalist culture,” writes Aaron Winters on Fecal Face. Aside from his work on walls, Skinner killed it with an insane puppet installation, complete with hand-welded swords. Intrigued? Check out more photos this way…

Augor MSK Strikes Again

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The cool thing about being friends with famous graffiti artists is that they send you photos of their newest works right after they finish them. This massive bomb marks another piece in the heart of Los Angeles by the infamous Augor MSK of The Seventh Letter. Augor MSK just completed this piece last night. “I’ve been tryin’ to up the anty with my street art installations,” says Augor. “I’m building quite a collection,” he continues. That’s for damn sure. His style on this one is insane, to say the least. If you haven’t already seen it, now would also probably be a good time to check out Augor in action on video as part of The Seventh Day Project.

Street Art Locator: Version 2

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Our friends at Street Art Locator, the insanely wonderful and simple site where anyone can upload photos of street art across the globe, just made their site even better. Yep, in the last few hours they put Version 2 of streetartlocator.com live. With added features allowing folks to create a profile and edit the locations they’ve posted, it looks like Street Art Locator will be the next site we spend too much time exploring. So join us in our distraction, and post some of your own photos at streetartlocator.com.

Damsel: New Laser Fabricated Jewelery from Black Book

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 19, 2008
The kids at Black Book Stencils have already made a name for themselves with their insanely intricate laser etched stencils and artwork, so we got a lil’ giddy when they just announced their new Laser Fabricated Jewelery Line, Damsel. Damsel is having a private soft launch all summer long, which means you can’t actually buy any of their new gems until the full line and website is launched this fall. What does that mean for you? Well, it means you’ll be waaay ahead of the curve because we’re about to let you in on a secret: the Jewels can still be purchased through their mailing list, so only those of who who sign up are in the know. With three to six new pieces launching every two weeks, you’re definitely going to want to sign up right here. C’mon, how else can you say “Fuck You” with a smile and a rainbow on your chest?

Exclusive Release: Alex Pardee's "Chadam"

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 02, 2008
Over on his MySpace page, our buddy Alex Pardee just released the first official screenshot from the Chadam movie that he is feverishly working on with HD Films and Warner Bros. Looks like it’s gonna be a sweet film, as Pardee told us, “It's insane how much work is being put into this project from everyone that's involved.” Make sure you add Chadam as a friend because he’ll be releasing a lot more exclusive images, secrets, and stuff over there the more progress made. And you can check out his stories over there too, which will guide you though a little of his world so you can imagine what to expect from the awesome movie.

Photos: Tim Biskup & Titi Freak at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 19, 2008
Tim Biskup (right) and Titi Freak (left) took over the Jonathan LeVine Gallery this weekend, filling both show areas to the brim with fans crowding in to check out the new work. Biskup’s The Artist In You and Titi Freak’s Vida Apaixonada both opened May 16th and will remain on display until June 14th, but if you can’t make it out to New York to see these incredible works in person, take a virtual tour of the pair’s opening night reception and artwork right here…

"Die Post Ist Da!" Opening Flicks

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 19, 2008
The Die Post Ist Da! show at Intoxicated Demons gallery went down the other weekend in Berlin. Featuring works by three artists: Morten Anderson, ARO, and Michael Hyp, Die Post Ist Da! attracted a diverse crowd eager to check out Anderson’s bright paintings, ARO’s stunning vector-based graphic illustrations, and Hyp’s insane laser etched skate decks (shown.) From the looks of it, all three had their artistic talent hitting Germany in full effect! Make sure to see more opening photos right over here.

Acorn, Ghostpatrol, and Miso Invade Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 08, 2008
Our buddy Andrew Hosner, co-owner of Thinkspace Gallery in LA, just passed along some exciting news: they just got a huge batch of new works from street artists Acorn (Canada,) Ghostpatrol, and Miso (both from Melbourne.) The three recently had a big show in Australia that even had a special book accompany it called Ink Advance. Well, like any insane gallerist, what did Hosner do? He decided to add their awesome works to their walls in a special showing opening tomorrow, May 9th! We have a sneaking suspicion that Acorn may just show up again at Thinkspace later on this year, so if you really want to be ahead of the curve, you’ll jump over to Flickr and check out photos of the trio’s work right here.

Photos: "Bury Me in the Sand"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 01, 2008
Los Angeles-based graphic designer and visual artist Geoff McFetridge has an exhibit of his newest works up at San Franciso’s Mollusk Shop/Gallery. Titled Bury Me in the Sand, McFetridge filled the walls with his signature simple lines, bright colors, and humorous outlook on life. Take a peek at some opening photos here…

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