Design // Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We are saddened to here today that the designer behind the very famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, Betty Whitehead Willis, has passed away at the age of 91. According to CNN, she grew up 50 miles outside of Vegas, attended art school in Pasadena, California and then moved back to Vegas where she created one of America's most famous signs. We can probably credit her indirectly for "Swingers" while we're at it.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
We are deeply saddened and troubled by the news that most of us in the United States woke up to this morning: three masked gunman storming into the offices of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including two policemen. According to the Guardian, the attack occurred at "11.30am on Wednesday after the magazine’s staff had gathered for their weekly editorial meeting." How numbingly sad about it is to hear such news, watching this event be reported from some of our favorite newsrooms in the world. You feel a connection even though the publications are vastly different. These were journalists as targets, working in a country with free speech. Working under the pretense of free speech, controversial content is meant to spark debate, effectively and metaphorically define the tide of the times. It is meant to incite discourse, not violence. Today, we send our thoughts and respect to journalists around the world who continue to publish, driven by the power of free speech.
Graffiti // Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Artist Joseph Albanese honors Mike Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Today we remember Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Amadou Diallo, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley and the countless other young black men whose lives have wrongfully been taken by corrupt law enforcement agencies and a deeply corrupt judicial system.
Vault // Wednesday, November 12, 2014
There was only one Duardo, and with such dash and panache, he was recognized by that one moniker. Known from coast to coast, from sun-up to sundown, Richard Duardo lived to celebrate art and those who make and inspire art. He was certainly at home at the galleries where I'd hear him revel in conversation, but his heart was in the streets and neighborhoods that guided his Chicano pride and call for justice and dignity.
Graffiti // Saturday, October 18, 2014
The graffiti community has tragically lost another influential character that friends refer to as hilarious, shy and most importantly a solid friend. Christopher Pebley aka TRIGZ (MSK, J4F, ICR) was killed last week in Hollywood after an altercation where a man cowardly shot Trigz. A father, a tattoo artist, actor and graffiti writer, Trigz had an unforgettable appearance from being covered in tattoos that included his face.
Graffiti // Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Jick rocked this classic styled piece for DG to pay tribute to the recently passed New York writer.
Graffiti // Monday, July 07, 2014
The graffiti community has once again lost another influential participant who had been writing since the mid ‘80s. Jason Wulf aka DG was electrocuted by the third rail in a subway station in Brooklyn last week. Our thoughts and condolences to friends, family and crew members. DG RIP.
Graffiti // Saturday, June 28, 2014
Over this past weekend Batle's life was tragically cut short. He had LA on lock with scribes, stickers, tags, and pieces and had countless streaks and pieces on freights as well. This is a huge loss to the LA graffiti scene and he will be missed.
Graffiti // Friday, June 06, 2014
The most stylish handstyle the people of Hong Kong will lay their eyes on. The Jadesist Btms.
Design // Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Legendary Italian graphic designer, Massimo Vignelli, passed away today at the age of 83. One of the father's of modern graphic design, with identities created for brands like American Airlines, Ducati, Bloomingdales, United Colors of Benetton, and graphics for the NYC Subway, amongst hundreds of other projects, Vignelli founded his own Vignelli Associates with his wife Lella, moving the company to NYC in 1971.