Ground Up has become a driving force in Philadelphia’s rising hip-hop community. The group is made up of New Hope, Pennsylvania’s Azar and Baltimore, Maryland’s Malakai. Ground Up has released several mix-tapes over the past half decade, including Supernatural (2012) and the DJ Cannon produced Up Late (2011). The group has notably also worked with […]
Who doesn’t like beautiful babes beautifully shot? The Parisian blog, Popflys, is full of trendy fashion, skateboard, and art posts, but what really catches eyes is the Babes section of the website. Here, creator Andrew Rutledge, takes time to give the viewers (as well as himself) a much needed Babe Break, in which he photo-dumps […]
Actor Nicolas Cage is almost notorious for never passing up a movie or screenplay, especially one where he can channel absurdist amounts of emotion into the role. YouTuber, Harry Hanrahan, compiled virtually every stunning Nic Cage outburst. These moments paired with crescendo of wind instruments creates a hilarious yet eerie compilation. The climax cannot be […]
The harsh line weight and graphic style of comic books and superheroes, mainly Marvel Comics, is what got my brain to start working with my hand and drawing from my first time through the rest of my life. As I hit puberty, like many kids, I became more angsty, emotionally volatile, and increasingly risk taking. […]
Two of the rap games bigger up-and-comers, Danny Brown and A$AP Rocky, are no strangers to being lavish, eye grabbing, and bold. Noisey’s YouTube channel had a creative idea to sit the two young lyricists down in a multi-part series to talk about everything from girls to rock stars, to drug experiences to Ol’ Dirty […]
In the day an age in where Tim and Eric style humor has made it to basic cable, it would be shocking to find some levels of absurd humour that are more twisted and disturbing. YouTube channel, HowToBasic, seems to deliver this over the top level of comedy in roughly a minute and a half. […]
Television provides a lot of the American populous with filler in their day-to-day work lives. However, the entertainment TV is meant to provide has been in a stark decline. People now enjoy watching vicarious living: people failing, mundane jobs they do not work, spoiled disrespecting infants, and lackluster competition. The news in America now provides […]
Pretty American is an EP that brings back the simplicity of rock and roll. Guitar solos are plenty, but highly refined and well thought out. This is a record that reminds you of drinking with your buddies, hitting on girls, puking up mistakes, and moving forward. Always moving forward.
Few bands are able to strike so much feeling within such few songs. Philadelphia’s now defunct band, Bustduster, does so with ease. Their 3-track EP, Pinkeye, starts and ends with no mercy of clearly explaining the stress of being an early 20-something dealing with the reality of transitioning to adulthood. Self-described as Pizza-core, the melodic […]
I’m very proud to say that I’ve gotten to know and be friends with Emily Youcis over the past five years. She has gained recognition on G4 TV for her wild and far from apologetic Internet videos about the masochistic dog, Alfred. These videos, especially, the trilogy Alfred’s Playhouse 1-3, are an inventive and harsh look at reality. Her paintings are equally as twisted, as they are stylistically phenomenal. She has the edge that society has been avoiding and truly needs to stare at. Nietzsche spoke of the abyss that stares back. The abyss is Emily Youcis.
A good friend of mine, Austin Lotz, recently got a job and moved up to New York to pursue design. I have all the faith in him, because this kid leaks talent. His work displays creativity and intelligence that most illustrators and designers lack.
April 6, 2010, I survived a death defying five story fall through Philadelphia’s Divine Lorraine Hotel. I spent the next ten days in ICU Psychosis in Hahnemann Hospital. During this time I had hallucinations of dead babies, riots, terrorism, hell, and 4Loko. I talked to inanimate objects, perceiving them to simply be French tourists. Six months after my recovery, I made a series illustrating my hellish voyage into my own mind. This experience has continued into my personal and illustrative work dealing with perception, memory, and mental deterioration that can strike any of us at anytime.
Graffiti and skate culture has become more polished and is trending away from its roots. Philadelphian photographer, Christian Suchecki, brings back a grittier and darker edge to this aesthetic in his series, The Tunnels. Suchecki explores the dimly lit and overly graffiti scripted subway tunnels of North Philadelphia.