Not only is the scale of the things Italian street artist Blu is doing on the street, impressive — he does these huge pieces with just rollers with long extensions — even more amazing is how quickly he works. If you haven’t seen the stop motion animation he did, you should. It’s an animation on the walls of a street in which he’s painting, then buffing, then painting it again, with a succession of characters moving all around. It’s just insane how much work it takes to create these things. I don’t think anyone has ever done anything like it.
Working out of Seoul, South Korea, JeongMee Yoon has a wonderfully vibrant photo series consisting of children with their pink and blue items. We asked her about the genesis of it: ‘The project began from five-year-old daughter, who loved the color pink so much that she wanted to wear only pink clothes and play with only pink toys and objects. I discovered that my daughter’s case was not unusual. In the United States, South Korea, and elsewhere, most young girls love pink clothing, accessories and toys. This phenomenon is widespread among children of various ethnic groups, regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Perhaps it’s the influence of pervasive commercial advertisements aimed at little girls and their parents, such as the universally popular Barbie and Hello Kitty merchandise that has developed into a modern trend. Girls train subconsciously, and unconsciously, to wear the color pink in order to look feminine’.
So I interviewed Bianca, one half of Coco Rosie, the other morning. Love their music: very dramatic, almost operatic in its scale yet imbued with a sense of sonic unease that carries the divine melodies well beyond their maudlin minor key progressions.
Wouldn’t our cities look better if outdoor fixtures didn’t look so… normal? In Lisbon, street artist Diogo Machado, also known as ‘Add Fuel’, reimagines the dull, grey electrical boxes that often go unnoticed by turning them into illusions of ceramic works.
For the past two years, Italian street artist ‘Blu’, has been spending time working on and living in an old military warehouse in Rome. Just recently, he’s finished work on the building, having turned its 50 windows into mouths and eyes of 27 colorful and strange creatures. The giant mural is as beautiful as it is eerie.
Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: This umbrella doesn’t just keep you dry, it also helps you make friends
When it’s pouring outside, the last thing you want to do is stand in the rain after leaving that umbrella at the office. And if you do happen to have an umbrella, the last thing you want to see is a stranger standing next to you on the street, drenched from head to toe from forgetting their umbrella. That’s where the Umbrella Here comes into play.
Legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has just had a not-so-punk, rare ‘mixtape’ from 1988 unearthed recently by Dangerous Minds. Further contributing to music history, this strange tape was supposedly put together by the man of grunge just one year before the release of Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach.
‘It’s that pink and blue building on Flinders Street, YOU CAN’T MISS IT’. Melbourne-based artist Reko Rennie tapped into his Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi roots and gave it an urban twist, the result being this eye-catching façade called ‘Always was, always will be’.
You heard that right: spirits roam these narrow passageways, and the City of Sydney had a hand in all of this! ‘In Between Two Worlds’ is a public artwork by artist Jason Wing, who tapped into his Aboriginal and Chinese roots to give Chinatown a spectacular and eye-catching makeover.
An urban lifestyle brings so much artificial light with it. We have lights in our faces all the time – from house lights, street lamps, computer screens, smart phones, and television sets. Such high exposures to artificial lighting wreck havoc with our internal Circadian rhythm and creates unbalanced photosensitivity in us which affects our quality of sleep.
Every August, thousands of colourful balls flood the streets of Cobh, a small fishing town in Ireland, for the Barrack Hill Ball Roll – the world’s quirkiest, most unique lottery. 6,000 red, blue, green, and yellow numbered balls are released at the top of West View, the town’s steepest street, aptly nicknamed the Deck of Cards.
If you’re in the market for a new book, here’s some sage advice from one of literature’s most influential book reading list advisors, Oprah David Bowie. At the exhibition of ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Art Gallery of Ontario, curators revealed his top 100 must-read book list.
London now has its very own death ray! Kind of. It hasn’t yet opened (in fact construction has not even finished) but the Walkie Talking building in central London is already making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Or right reasons if you’re a global troublemaker and dream of ruling the world.
If Austin was a car, it’d be a VW campervan. The capital of the Lone Star State, Austin has seen its popularity (and population) soar in recent years: between 2000 and 2006, it was the third fastest growing city in the United States. Austin is cultured, kitsch and kooky, and rightfully wears its unofficial slogan […]
Widows are Jams. F. Kennedy and Bobby Evans – an eclectic rap duo from Los Angeles, formed out of the ashes of previously awesome LA rap group, Brother Reade. Widows are playing in San Francisco on Thursday June 13 at 111 Minna Gallery with support from Antwon and Alexander Spit. It’s all the name of the Colors of Tequila traveling pop-up series being presented by Olmeca Altos Tequila and which will be celebrating the best in drink, food, music and art.