Noah Rabinowitz and Lotfy Nathan have been travelling together on a mission to find the Twelve O’Clock Boyz, an urban tribe of bikers in the heart of Baltimore. This culture of bikers ride in large groups, sometimes huge, 100 member groups. They ride around urban neighborhoods, pulling stunts and paying no attention to traffic laws. […]
Baltimore-based artist Jonathan Latiano is interested in where things begin and end. Explains why a number of his artworks, like 2012’s Emerge, appear to be created at the exact place where 2D and 3D dimensions meet.
Before I wandered over to my current residence in Berlin, I spent four years sampling Baltimore’s seemingly endless source of musical inspiration. Famous for producing Animal Collective, Beach House and Dan Deacon, Baltimore’s cheap rents and ample space for creative exploration have attracted the best the East Coast has to offer, and then some. Among […]
Christopher Wallace’s drawing tools of choice are a bicycle and GPS. His canvas of choice is his Baltimore neighborhood. First he plans his routes with something in mind (check out his free-style hydra and centaur), then he takes to the bike trail while tracking his movements using GPS. Geeky and awfully cheeky.
I have some serious issues with the Occupy brand and culture these days, but I met some cool artist types through the movement, and we’re trying to do awesome stuff in Baltimore with a projector. Help us out.
I know several people in Baltimore who have built their own beehives and even small apiaries within city limits in back yards and rooftops. For those who don’t have enough time to make their own, here’s this slick, pre-made one by Philips.
Sonho makes sweet, unique charms that separates itself from the rest of the laser-cut jewelry out there. These pendants are handmade in Baltimore using birch, brass components and a whole lot of cuteness.
During the recent 10 Minute Play Festival in Baltimore, some of my friends performed in this amazing piece written by Arther M. Jolly from the perspective of a rag, a toy submarine, a rubber ducky, and a sponge.
People are often skeptical when I tell them Baltimore is one of the best cities in America, mainly because they only know the city via The Wire and John Waters movies. Maybe this will convince them: the country’s largest pinball museum will open in Charm City by the end of the year.
At the risk of tarnishing my metal cred (if it ever even existed), I really love Lower Dens. I think front-woman Jana Hunter writes gorgeous lyrics, and the band’s music is catchy and accessible without being too polished or safe.
Summer is in full swing here in Baltimore, so I’ve been blasting this awesome song by the British hard rock band Gun, which was active in the late ’60s.
Beth Hoeckel, a Baltimore-based artist, has created some wildly experimental and wonderfully psychedelic works over her career. Her figures tend either directly challenge or ignore the viewer, referencing themes of identity and perception. Bright and bold, these are insistent images. Do they remind anyone else of Run, Lola, Run?
Yup, only in Baltimore. This creative hotspot is now home to the oddest short course race on the planet: ‘Run For Your Lives is an apocalyptic 5K obstacle race. But you’re not just running against the clock. You’re running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, bloody zombies’. And if that isn’t enough, at the end of it all, there’s a full-on celebration, ‘or zombie transformation’, as they put it, with live music, food, and beer. It all takes place on October 22.
My friend Bethany Dinsick, who I’ve posted about a couple times, just posted her new video for her song, Bad Lil’ Boy. It’s a great, goofy parody and celebration of the DIY culture we’re embedded in here in Baltimore that’s an interesting contrast to the ethereal feel of Dinsick’s music.
If you’re in the market for a great custom bike, check out Bishop Bikes in Baltimore. Chris Bishop, the man behind the operation, fabricates his own components mostly from scratch, and builds gorgeous, one-of-a-kind frames to your specs. They’re not cheap, but all things considered, they’re a fantastic value.