Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Lawyers, guns, and money. Sounds like some shit is going down. Luckily, it’s an upcoming AWR and MSK group art show at Canvas, featuring original works from Augor, Aloy, Bert Krak, Dame, Ewok, Jersey Joe (Rime), Krush, Norm, Pose, Risk, Retna, Revok (shown working on the collaborative print, left, that will be released at the opening) Saber, Tyke (The Witness) Zeser, and more. It all goes down next Saturday, February 28th, 2009. See these graff masters in a setting other than the street. They may be the sickets artists in the concrete jungle, but they can also kill it in a studio setting. See what they have to offer and hit up Canvas LA next weekend. And remember to send some lawyers, guns, and money while you’re at it. Someone always needs a lawyer and money is also nice.
Juxtapoz // Monday, February 02, 2009
Last October saw the launch of Scion’s fifth Installation Art Tour, giving exposure to both established and emerging artists. Installation 5: Self Portraits highlights a diverse array of artists from around the world and visits nine cities including Miami, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, as well as new spots Phoenix and Detroit. Now the show is ready for it's next stop on February 6th at Perihelion Arts in Phoenix. Participating artists include: Kelsey Brookes, Andy Howell, Blek le Rat, Jeff Soto, David Choe, Patrick Martinez (whose portrait is shown), J. Shea, French, Sage Vaughn, Kofie, RETNA, Ron English, Saber, Usugrow, and many more. This installment of the tour is sure to be crackin, as Phoenix will welcome the tour for the very first time, so do what you gots to do to get out to Phoenix next week. Details at scion.com/installation
Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 29, 2009
As of this morning, the cats at 1333 Minna have released their Spring 2009 collection, and with it some of the sickest hats we have seen on the market. This season features original works by Seventh Letter members Reyes, Steel, Ewok, Retna, Amanda Lynn, Norm and Belsky. For Spring, they have introduced the new classic fedora shapes in fine straw with custom woven hatbands and linings. Of course, they don’t stop there. 1333 Minna also offers a line of accessories, including bags, scarves, belts, and more. Looking fly never was so easy, so hit up their site now: www.1333minna.com. You’ll be happy you did.
Juxtapoz // Monday, January 05, 2009
Although a bit dry, this is a good video on Retna and the cats of The Seventh Letter's (Juxtapoz #78) Will Rise (aka AWR, which stands for “Angels Will Rise”) from Vimby. Retna speaks on his involvement with AWR and his own artistic process, and the video highlights a wealth of great graf. Check it out.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Listen to The Seventh Letter's (Juxtapoz #78) Retna talk about how he initially made a name for himself (starting at the tender age of 10!) and why he was destined for fame, as he started doing throw ups at Nat King Cole’s house of all people in a 9-part series interview from Walrus TV. Damn, we knew Nat was cool, but his credibility just spiked. See what we’re raving about in these videos and then peep the other seven we have in store right over here…
Juxtapoz // Monday, December 15, 2008
We already briefly mentioned Retna and Mac’s (both members of The Seventh Letter, Juxtapoz #78) much that we thought we’d show you a series of in-progress photos of the pair working. “That was the hugest wall MAC and I have ever painted,” writes Retna on his blog. “Mac came through like a champ, like a certified boss player. The image MAC chose resonated with me because I remember being that lil mischievous kid drawing on things. I never knew that some of my actions would lead me to heart ache and pain; in the end yes it’s been worth it.” More mural photos here…
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 11, 2008
During last week's Art Basel, graff writers and street artists hit the Wynwood streets in Miami’s second installment of the internationally acclaimed, site specific, street level, mural installation Primary Flight. This year’s exhibition featured 40 of today’s most respected local and international graffiti artists, including WK Interact (work above, who also may be appearing in a future issue of Juxtapoz!), Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz #82, shown working below with a cop eyeing him) Blek le Rat (Juxtapoz #95) David Choe (Juxtapoz #72) Retna, Revok, Reyes (all in Juxtapoz #78) and many more! Graffiti has come a long way, from the back seats of police cars to gracing the walls of the world’s greatest collections and museums. Primary Flight’s original concept and purpose is to provide these artists with outdoor, concrete wall space, allowing them free reign to install their art as they see fit - back into graffiti’s original environment - in what is arguably its most appealing format. Curated by Logan Hicks, BOOKSIIII, Lynn Yohana Howard, and Anthony Spinello, Primary Flight took off with flying colors during Art Basel, December 4 – 7, 2008. Maps outlining the street installation are available for download online at primaryflight.com and on location in the Wynwood streets, but take a visual tour of the whole outdoor show in the many photos Logan Hicks passed our way...
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The Seventh Letter (Juxtapoz #78) was definitely well represented at this year’s Art Basel, as Revok, Reyes, Saber, Krush, Augor, Retna, and Mac all got some sick work up on the walls of Miami. One of our favorites is this piece by Augor. This guy’s style just keeps getting better and better. As if his illegal billboard ad-busting work wasn’t dope enough, it’s insane to see what this cat can accomplish given more time and an environment free of the fear of arrest to really show off what he can do with aerosol.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 02, 2008
São Paulo, Brazil is known as one of the roughest and most vibrant cities in the world, and it’s reputation as a global epicenter for some of the most up and coming artists grows daily. To prove it, take a look at this insane video Retna posted on his blog of local Brazilian graf kids covering massive buildings in pixação, a type of graffiti lettering native to São Paulo. Scaling ledges stories above city streets as onlookers gape in awe? Damn, these guys don’t mess around.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 25, 2008
To commemorate its upcoming 10-Year Anniversary, Upper Playground has released Upper Playground Volume II, a catalog detailing projects, artists and behind the scenes shots from 10 Years of Upper Playground’s artistic endeavors. From vinyl toys to custom-made furniture, Upper Playground’s extensive product offerings are highlighted in Volume II. And, because of its relationship with FIFTY24SF Gallery, Upper Playground Volume II also features many of the artists that have showed at the FIFTY24SF Gallery including: David Choe, Alex Pardee, David Ellis, Doze Green (pages shown below) Ben Eine, Basco, Usugrow, Saber, Retna, Date Farmers, Estevan Oriol, Craola, Slick, Armsrock, Anthony Lister, Lucy McLauchlan, Ben Tour, Herbert Baglione, D*Face, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, and cameos by Too $hort and Fillmore Slim. Yeah, just a few, slightly important artists. If you weren’t able to come to any of the shows, or see any of their dope products, this is a great way to catch a glimpse and grab a small slice of Upper Playground history. Upper Playground Volume II is available for purchase at Upper Playground stores or online here.