Archive for August, 2008

NYC // NIKE SPORTSWEAR GRAND OPENING

August 20, 2008

On August 22nd, 2008 Nike will unveil it’s new flagship store in SoHo dedicated to Nike Sportswear line that was birthed earlier this year. Located on 21 Mercer Street, the store will be the only one in the world that will carry the whole Nike Sportswear collection in its entirety. Nike Sportswear Mercer Street will also house the Bespoke program which allows consumers to interact with Nike designers for full customization of footwear as well as products that are exclusive to the store itself. Nike will host a block party on August 21st in celebration of the Grand Opening with presentations from people way cooler than myself. Early reports aka walking by the store on my way home from work, have spotted a line already forming of the young and dedicated and sometimes delusional sneakerheads. Maybe they will make smores with graham crackers shaped like dunks, over a campfire fueled by old shoe boxes their parents made them throw out. And yes, I do consider myself a bit of a sneakerhead too, but camping out for days?!?!, somebody has got to remind these kids that 1. this behavior is not conducive to getting a girlfriend and 2. when it’s all said done, they’re just shoes. There, I said it. More pictures showing the interior of the store when you click that link: (more…)

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ART&FILM // BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

August 19, 2008

I just saw this movie. It left me in a reflective state for a good two hours after I saw it. It’s beautiful and amazing and passionate and…..that’s all I have to say. See it when you can. Here’s the synopsis:

“Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural movements of a generation. In the early 1990’s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment” art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories…speaking to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.”

For screenings and other info visit their website.

MUSIC // BLUEPRINT 3, HE MAKES IT SOUND SO YEEZY

August 18, 2008

So, as many of you already know Jay-Z is releasing Blueprint 3. If only Brett Favre was so lucky when going in and out of retirement. The rumors have been confirmed and at the Kanye West show at Madison Square Garden on 8/6/08 it was officially christened by the Jigga man himself. I originally was going to pass on posting this because 1. I’m not really into the whole mainstream rap game and 2. even kids with dial-up has already posted on this BUT then I heard the whole track, courtesy of DJ Lorenzo, Saturday night at Madame X. The track is hot, like really, really hot. Like so hot, those in the place had a moment together hot, with unified head bobs and women with confused faces as their hips uncontrollably moved as if some magic power took over their body. Ok, enough. The official video leak from that night at The Garden is above. The full version of Jockin’ Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh) you can hear when you click that link right HERE:

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ART&DESIGN // PLAY AS YOU GO

August 18, 2008

“71% of adults used to play on the streets when they were young. 21% of children do so now. Are we designing children and play out of the public realm?

This project is a study into different ways of bringing play back into public space. It focuses on ways of incorporating incidental play in the public realm by not so much as having separate play equipment that dictates the users but by using existing furniture and architectural elements that indicate playful behaviour for all.

It asks us to question the current framework for public space and whether it is sufficient while also giving permission for young people to play in public.

Play as you go…” Bruno Taylor.

Source: Pixelsumo

ART&POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY x MOVEON.ORG

August 4, 2008

Hot off the presses aka first thing in our inbox this morning, was a press release from Evolutionary Media Group announcing today that Shepard Fairey and MoveOn.org have joined forces to create the “Manifest Hope Gallery” in Denver, CO. Strategically opening in time for the Democratic National Convention this gallery will not only host work of Shepard but also include other famed artists and…you! Or possibly you. If you’re dope. Because there is also a design contest as well, with super star judges. I’m getting my Crayola’s ready right now, see you at the finish line. Holla!

Excerpts from the original Press Release:

“MoveOn.org, artist Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground announced today that they will join forces to host the “Manifest Hope Art Gallery” (manifesthope.com) at the Democratic National Convention. The gallery, open from Sunday, August 24 through Thursday, August 28 2008, will feature both known and new artists all supporting Barack Obama for President. “

“The groups also launched a related contest today, calling for entries of visual art from grassroots supporters of Senator Obama. Similar to MoveOn.org’s “Obama in 30 seconds” contest, the submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges including famed artists Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Shepard Fairey, musicians Moby, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and DJ Spooky and Cydney Payton – Executive Director & Chief Curator Museum of Modern Art Denver, and Nancy Spector – Author & Guggenheim Curator of Contemporary Art. Five finalists will be selected to show in the MANIFEST HOPE Gallery alongside well-known artists such as Shepard Fairey, Sam Flores, Ron English, Chris Pastras, Mel Kadel and David Choe.”

“The Manifest Hope Gallery will be housed in 10,000 sq. ft. of gallery space in downtown Denver. It will show some of the most widely recognized art pieces seen in the 2008 presidential campaign and a wide variety of new works by famed artists.”

“The top 30 submissions to the Manifest Hope Gallery contest will present their works in an on-line gallery hosted by MoveOn.org and Obey Giant. The works will be presented to the public for bidding as an eBay auction with all funds donated to the MoveOn PAC.”

Manifest Hope Gallery
2990-2936 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
www.manifesthope.com