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Os Gemeos: colourful street art out of Sao Paulo

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By Chris Koehler in New Art on Wednesday 21 December 2011

Brazilian twins Os Gemeos have been creating some of the most colorful art on walls for decades. In a street art scene where artists are judged by the quality of their stencils, it is refreshing to see Os Gemeos consistently putting up work that is technically masterful and completely unpretentious. Their characters have a playful and fantastical quality, contrasting sharply with the urban decay they decorate in Os Gemeos’ native Sao Paulo. Recently, their transition to gallery work and sculpture has been seen them expand their scope into massive multimedia installations.

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Lotfi

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By Chris Koehler in New Fashion on Friday 9 December 2011

I’ve collaborated with San Francisco-based fashion designer Sharareh Lotfi on her last two collections. Recently, I created illustrations for her Fall 11 look book. Her line, Lotfi, is a true DIY operation: all textile patterns, styles, and manufacture are done in house. The textile designs in particular are quite striking. I only wish Lotfi had […]

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Forest Swords album: Dagger Path

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By Chris Koehler in New Music on Friday 9 December 2011

Between replays of Bruce Springsteen and hipster-of-the-minute rock, I keep coming back to the Forest Swords album Dagger Path. Even with all the modern microgenres, I have no idea how to classify this album. At times stark and ghostly, other times melodic, the music is always hypnotic. Samples loop and evolve, slowly shifting styles mid […]

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Gottfried Helnwein

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By Chris Koehler in New Art on Wednesday 2 November 2011

No conversation about hyperrealism, violence, and children would be complete without mention of Gottfried Helnwein. Helnwein’s paintings walk the line between upsetting and beautiful but are always provocative. While his subject matter isn’t for everyone, his skills behind a brush are undeniable. Plus he paints with sunglasses on. How bad ass is that?

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Beautiful old school typography by Herb Lubalin

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By Chris Koehler in New Design on Wednesday 2 November 2011

Herb Lubalin’s typography looks clichéd and a bit played out if you are catching it right now, until you realize that most of the designers riffing on his letters were born after he died. Lubalin’s typography isn’t subtle. That isn’t to say it isn’t well balanced or poorly kerned (it is). It’s more that it […]

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Wood coverings for the Fuji X-100

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By Chris Koehler in New Products on Wednesday 2 November 2011

The Fuji X-100 has popped up on this site recently, but this mod is definitely worth a mention. Aki-Asahi in Japan makes wood coverings for the X-100 that class up an already classy camera. Combined with the vintage look and metal, this camera is looking money. If only someone made wood paneling for TVs.

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Awesome graffiti by London street artist Roid

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By Chris Koehler in New Art on Wednesday 2 November 2011

I spent a good portion of high school sitting in Tower Records looking through graffiti magazines, and since then I’ve become an internet graffiti addict. I’ve seen a ton of letters and sometimes they all seem to blur together. When I first started seeing work by London’s Roid, I felt like I was seeing graffiti for the first time.

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