Secret Walls made its way to Austin and the recent SXSW festival. Mirgun Akyavas of Austinspace caught the street graphics competition as they exploded during the three days and two nights of live art battles with Jon Burgerman, Bridge Stehli, Kev Bee, Dan Leo, Lamour Supreme, Joshua Sutterby (aka Alfa), Fel3000ft, and Smug.
Anonymous Indigo could be named the official protest song of Austin, where it was filmed live during a city protest on Guy Fawkes Day in 2011. It’s a heartbreaking song with a smile at the end. Spoiler: the ballad includes lyrics about Romans drowning in their own vomit.
This is a website that allows you to check out live HD streams from videocameras posted up all over the world. You can even check out some of these locations in 3D. Most of the locations are large metropolitan areas with a lot of action. Tune into the Austin, TX, stream to check out the [...]
Secret Walls and Chevy teamed up to produce a series of artist interviews in the lead up to their live art battle at this years SXSW. The first video in the series features an interview with Jon Burgerman at his home in New York City. The video also features a new un-released song from Burgerman’s [...]
OK, yes, I did get to experience what I guess was a prototype for the Dutchtub when I was in Austin a few years ago, and yes, that experience did involve some making out, but the moaning sample in the background music of the promo ad on the website is over the top.
Premiering at SXSW, which kicks off this weekend, this brilliant documentary chronicles the disturbing world of model scouting in Eastern Europe, where young girls are taken away from their homes and families with the promises of riches, only to be exploited by unscrupulous agents for the Japanese market. Unsettling, but fascinatingly so.
Roll on Bass Culture at SXSW. It’s all about celebrating the influence of reggae on British music as Natty, Little Roy, Rasites, Lady Leshurr, BBC 1Xtra’s Robbo Ranx and more hit the road. The first stop is the world famous and strong contender for my favourite gathering of all time: the SXSW festival in Austin.
Bottle of Wits (available in red and white) is the new The Princess Bride themed wine by Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary. Varietals of the wine include Inconceivable Cab and As You Wish White, and are available for purchase online.
If you are chosen for the path of an ‘expressionist’ and/or ‘abstract expressionist’ painter: first of all, you accept that painting the intangible, aka ‘nothing’, is a lot of the times harder than painting the ‘something’. Know the challenge. Secondly, painting from only a real and honest place within yourself can be extremely exhausting and at the same time intoxicating; or, sometimes you’ll just need to get intoxicated. Give yourself a break!
When I first saw Dana Falconberry play at The Cactus Café in Austin a few years back, it was like experiencing a cross between The Andrews Sisters and Nick Cave, and it made me re-think how I approach rhythm and harmony. In a good way.
Davis Ayer is a photographer based in Austin Texas whose Tumblr grabbed my attention. The saturated colours, and soft textures of hair and flowers make for very pretty images. I especially love his Politives and his use of hair flicks and double exposures to create a sense of movement.
Well, it is Movember, but heck, even the proliferation of facial hair around the streets of Austin, Sydney, New York, Newcastle, and beyond haven’t prepared us for this rampant silliness: ‘Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR‘. Ah. Now I get it.
Business models like this bring a small ray of hope to our environmentally-challenged species. In.gredients is set to be the first ‘package-free, zero-waste grocery store‘, due to open in Austin later this year. Here’s hoping this trend catches on in a big way.
The Rugby World Cup is winding down, with the mighty All Blacks to face the unpredictable French in the final this weekend, and New Zealand is gearing up to return to, erm, normal. But the scenic splendour of the country remains unchallenged. I speak from experience, not just as an ex-pat Kiwi now living in Austin, but as someone who recently tramped across a particularly beautiful stretch of land in the North Island’s Coromandel region. [Photos by Alison Zavos]
Matthew Rainwaters was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, which is the part of Los Angeles nobody likes to talk about. He did a lot of skateboarding when he was younger, broke a lot of bones, and spent hours filming his friends. Making skate videos eventually brought him to still photography.