Friday, February 26, 2010

Manifest Equality

I don't know if you're into equal rights, but I sure ain't. Just kidding. There's a big art show/public art event called Manifest Equality opening in Hollywood on March 3rd. Its serious. A couple of notables on the judging panel are LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa & Senior West Coast Editor of Vogue/West Coast Editor of Teen Vogue, Lisa Love, among others. There are about 150 artists from around the US that have contributed work to the show stemming from central themes of justice, love, equality, unity, respect & civil rights. Albert Reyes, Sage Vaughn, Shepard Fairey, and Travis Millard are all up in the mix. For more details visit MANIFEST EQUALITY DOT COM.

Location & hours:
March 3rd – March 7th, 2010
Wed & Thurs - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat & Sun - 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

1341 Vine Street
(between Hollywood & Fountain)
Los Angeles, CA 90028-8141

Awww! Let's hug. Flyer & info via the quite talented (and also in the show) DAN MONICK.

S.A. Richard: Bears & Girls & Things

Los Angeles artist S.A. Richard doesn't only paint bears & girls. They just happen to be the ones I have posted. Now for the meat: he paints, he skates, he's a southpaw. Sounds alright to me. He also likes space travel which is wildly underrated these days. Current projects? Yep...

"The current work is part of a large project he was working on during his last two years living in Oakland with fellow artists Seth Armstrong, Michael Louis Young and Chris Russell.  He has recently returned to finish the project and shoot a film. He also has a book due out toward the end of the summer called, “I Can Only Give You Everything” which presents this painting project in it it’s entirety. Email him at or ADD HIS FANPAGE ON FACEBOOK." [photos of S.A. courtesy Daniel Yagi]

Secret ramp in his secret studio? Yep...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Surfer Blood- Swim

A little pick me up for your morning- Surfer Blood from West Palm Beach, Florida. Besides the bad kids beating up the old man in the video (Paw Paw! Nooooo!!!) its pretty cheery. Not only do they have a lovely polaroid band photo, but they also list Flannery O'Connor as an influence- yes, yes, for the win. They are playing about 7980 shows at SxSW. You'll be hearing a lot about them, I'd warrant. SURFER BLOOD on MYSPACE.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Welcome to the High Desert

Photographer, designer, and snake handler Eric Anthony launched his new site yesterday. See what its like to to run around in LA and skate and make stuff and have friends (yes, I insinuate that you have none). Visit the HIGH DESERT.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gee Your Vans Smell Terrific!

Mullusk Surf Shop is one of my favorites for a reason: they do cool shit. I emailed with the shop's Sky Crawford this week about the idea for this video on their site.

Mollusk Minutes from Mollusk on Vimeo.

"Basically the video making happened serendipitously one day... KYLE FIELD, a friend of the shop, showed up, fueled on buckets of coffee spouting, "I have an idea for a video..." He pulled out a notebook filled with vignettes of surf shop employee caricatures which were hilarious. All of us said, let's give it a go... The best part was that all of these random things started happening and we ended up with about 45 min of footage. We then cut it down, while trying to maintain the original feel—we wanted it to be tongue in cheek with a dry sensibility. While John was editing, in front of a peanut gallery (Gus and myself), Kyle started painting different scenes from the film and working on the titles. I don't know where the idea of smelling the Vans came in or how John got on video talking about "shoe collaborations..." I actually think he (John) was on candid camera at that point. Anyhow, it's just a day in the life of Mollusk San Francisco."

You got 3 cities in which to locate a MOLLUSK- VENICE, BROOKLYN, SAN FRANCISCO.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Time for a Road Trip

One of the funny things about America that most Americans don't think about is that you can drive 3,000 miles and still be in the same country. This spot is big. I haven't been on a long road trip in a while, but here's one that stirred up the wanderlust. A couple of guys from the U.K., Alex Wein & Matthew Martin, drove from Baltimore to Miami over Christmas & New Year. Its a great little story & includes a search for GG Allin's death spot, Kona skatepark, and one cockroach (at least). Read the story on READ PLATFORM. See more of Matthew Martin's photography on I AM LUCKY. link via @jaredeberhardt

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Robert Williams at Cal State Northridge

Robert William's show that debuted at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in NYC at the end of 2009 has made its way westward to all us derelicts on this side. “Conceptual Realism in the Service of the Hypothetical” will open at CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE on Saturday. Here's the skinny:

Opening: Saturday, February 20th (6-9 PM)
CSUN Art Galleries
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA, 91330-8299
Mon – Sat Noon – 4pm, Thurs Noon – 8pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays.
818.677 .2226

Photos from the NYC show via SLAMXHYPE.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Precious: Lots of Problems. Good Taste in Footwear.

Yeah, ol' PRECIOUS has it pretty tough, but hey- she does manage to keep it together enough to get a hold of some navy blue Authentics. Ahem...please see 'le movie poster.' (that's French for 'the movie poster.')

I'm not going to spoil the plot for you if you haven't seen it. However, I think the best explanation for the film is actually a bell curve that Kurt Vonnegut put in his last book. In MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY there's this part when Vonnegut explains Kafka. Basically, things start out horribly (Damn. I am a cockroach...) and the reader thinks, "This could not be worse for the hero! Jesus!" However, the reader is wrong. This get much, much infinity. In the graph below you could interchange Kafka with Precious & there you have it. Homeslice has that oscar bagged.

Friday, February 12, 2010

NYC Fashion Week-The City Gets Some Summer

As you know, people get crazy around big events like Fashion Week in NYC. Its tough to create a different kind of event or experience because everyone has done just about everything. MILK STUDIOS is always leading the pack with this kind of adventure so leave it to them to partner with MAC Cosmetics and awesome Montauk beach vibey spot THE SURF LODGE to bring summer to New York. They have a lot going on in this space, but the really cool part is that Milk has turned the 8th level of their space into a Surf Lodge themed restaurant. I wonder if you can trade your snow boots & wellies for flip-flops at the coat check? (Look at that. marketing gold right there. I wasn't even trying.) All photos are from photographer BEN ROWLAND.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Amy Miwen: Somewhere in her twenties. Somewhere in America.

And sometimes she paints custom Vans so says her site. This photo right here isn't me, its actually her, but I poached it from her site where the 'me' tag was appropriate. Look at more of Amy's work on her ETSY PAGE or AMY MIWEN'S SITE.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Donny Miller & Randy Jackson BFF-4EVA

PHIL emailed a few minutes ago with this hot tip. Randy Jackson, America's Next Top Model, is on PEREZ wearing a DONNY MILLER shirt. Just because he's on Dance Dance USA Talent Crew Time doesn't mean that he don't like art. Still waters run deep. What about loud water? Isn't Rand-J loud? (That's what I call him in the tabloids, dawg. Rand-J.) Donny, make some art about this & turn Randy Jackson into a girl.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Albert Reyes x Andres Guerrero at Subliminal Projects

Friend o' Vans ALBERT REYES has a show with his buddy ANDRES GUERRERO opening this Saturday in LA at Subliminal Projects Gallery from 8pm -11pm. All info for the show is posted on OBEY'S BLOG. Now I have room to post what I really wanted to show you- Albert's work that I took photos of at the GIANT ROBOT take down event at the Japanese American History Museum a couple of weeks ago. His work is too good.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Carts of Darkness

I first heard about the documentary Carts of Darkness in 2006. My friend JEREMY (whom I was working on a snowboard film with at the time) was doing a little bit of editing on this film about homeless men tearing ass down Vancouver streets in shopping carts at 50mph. Apparently, this was a phenomenon fairly well known in the area. The director, MURRAY SIPLE, had been a snow/skate filmer and found himself with a need to tell the story of these fellows who are from his & Jeremy's hometown. The full film is streaming now on The National Film Board of Canada's site. Its fantastic. The b&w stills are by SCOTT POMMIER. If you're having trouble seeing the full screen toggle try THIS LINK.

I love Canada. Free heath care. Free Movies. Spelling 'color' like 'colour.' Thanks to LEXANI for the link.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Holding Down Customs & Happy Hour in LBC

The jet setters from Vans put on our glamourous diamond-encrusted shades & headed to Denver, CO for Snowboarding's biggest tradeshow/highschool reunion, SIA. Lucky for me, The Editors at BOARDISTAN were there, too. They nabbed this shot of Taylor Reeve.

I can't believe I don't know this girl. She's been doing custom Vans for a while, as well as custom surf boards & MX stuff. She is also claiming happy hour in Belmont shore so I'm going to stalk her (or maybe I'll just email her...I don't have the dedication for stalking.)

See more of Taylor's work on TAYLOR SAYS.