Archive for the ‘New York’ Category

VIDEO // HIPSTERS IN SPACE

January 22, 2009

Got this from the boys at Satchel.  Funny shit.  Love the Steve Aoki cameo.  The characters are just like the people who roam down my street every weekend asking for directions to a loft party and then pretend like they didn’t need them anyway.  Like if you go past the Bedford stop on the L train, you enter a cosmic vortex of Brooklyn where there’s no street signs and no rational.  Now you know the reason why I always wear headphones, even if there’s no music playing.

ART & FASHION // LOUIS VUITTON x STEPHEN SPROUSE x DEITCH PROJECTS

January 14, 2009

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Last week was a hot one for Luis Vuitton, with it’s full on Stephen Sprouse collaboration/makeover unveiling at the SoHo flagship store.  The store went under a full makeover with neon graffiti and neon lights all paying homage to the godfather of skate/graffiti/punk rock fashion fusion.  Dietch Projects will also be running Rock on Mars (funded entirely by LV), a retrospective that turns the entire space into Sprouse’s futuristic Rock and Roll vision.  A limited edition LV x Stephen Sprouse, skateboard and trunk will be sold for 8k as well as some other limited books and shirts.  These items are available now at the SoHo store and will be available worldwide Feb 2nd.  The retrospective at Deitch Projects will run through Feb. 28th.  For all those who just read that blurb and thought that sounded way too buttoned up for this blog, there’s a sidenote below these pictures that I saved all the flavor for.

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Sidenote: Before you drink that jaded streatwear haterade on this post, educate yourself.  I had it out with a sneaker head earlier about how he thought LV was a “bullshit cop-out” with the skateboard/graffiti collaboration and I had to kindly correct him.  Because, when I asked him if he knew who Stephen Sprouse was, his repsonse was …….. yup, still waiting.  Truth is, Spouse was collaborating with Luis Vuitton in 2001 doing the same thing, before this rookie even discovered limited edition anything.  “Well if they wanted to do graffiti shit, that ain’t real graffiti”, this collaboration it’s not about graffiti, it’s about a designer and artist.  Not to mention that Sprouse is hugely responsible for laying the foundation of street culture/art/fashion fusion aka “his culture” in the 80’s downtown NYC scene.  I’m just getting a little tired of this jump to hate, closed minded, street aficiando’s who bought their first dunks 6 months ago and think this culture is all about their dunks they bought 6 months ago.  So ******, go to wikipedia, look him up, formulate a response and come back like you knew who he was all along and then you can tell me it’s still bullshit, I may even agree with you.  You’ll at least be informed in your opinion while you wait for your pre-order kanye x kaws album. Same thing , different packaging.

NYC // REEBOK FLASH STORE OPENS THIS WEEKEND

November 16, 2008


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Pull up your tight sag and run your ass over to 169 Bowery to peek the new Reebok concept store called FLASH.  It’s here for only one month and each week they will be releasing a limited edition shoe that only has a shelf life of that one week, then it’s replaced by another limited edition shoe for the following week. 1 month = 4 shoes to collect in all.  The store will have limited edition apparel and other footwear as well.  Be sure to go on the days where the young whipper snappers won’t be running around and acting like those lady’s when they sell wedding dresses at a discount.  You know, like this:

(I identify with the red sweater lady)

NYC HOAX // FAKE NEW YORK TIMES DISTRIBUTED BY PRANKSTERS

November 12, 2008

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This morning I was given a free New York Times with the headline “IRAQ WAR ENDS”.  The paper is dated July 4th, 2009 and in the top left corner the statement, “All the news we hope to print”. This elaborate prank is hitting the busy subway stations of New York this morning and early rumors attribute this elaborate hoax to THE YES MEN, a liberal prank group, who even set up a NY Times mimic website with the stories and links to other liberal organizations.  The 15 page paper is filled with articles and ads all pushing towards a utopian world where war has ended, oil companies are pushing for environmental causes, universal healthcare and much more.  The New York Times has a disclaimer already posted with more information on the hoax that can be found here. An official Times spokesman said, “This is obviously a fake issue of The Times. We are in the process of finding out more about it.”

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SHOP // UPPER PLAYGROUND OPENS IN NYC

October 22, 2008

Let us all bow our heads and have a moment of silence for this momentous occasion.  Upper Playground, one of the Bay Area’s best exports, has finally landed in New York, by opening a location in the East Village.  Upper Playground is a store, clothing line, blog, gallery, activists, artist home amongst all other things awesome.  I would personally consider them the “Conglomerate of Cool”, yes that is my term, if you use it, you better source it. Ahem…hint hint.  We at Deviant Decorum have been a huge fans of U.P. for years now and is always a mandatory stop in our Bay Area travels, them and HUF of course.  How can you not love a place that uses a walrus are their mascot?  Their gallery, FIFTY24SF, has also been putting up some of the best shows for street artists for some time now and intertwining them with releases in their retail store.  You know all those David Choe, Mike Giant, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Usugrow shirts that we rock and the faux streetwear kids always ask, “where did you get that shirt?” and we lie and tell them “Urban Outfitters”, well they came from Upper Playground.  Don’t worry, those kids probably don’t read this blog anyway, they are patiently awaiting the next set of orders from their supreme commander Kanye West on how to act like a prick.  Talented? … yes.  A Prick? …….. yes.  Talented And Not A Prick? …… Upper Playground.  Go to the store:

437 East 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
Everyday 11:00am-7:00pm

ART // BANKSY // VILLAGE PET STORE IN NYC

October 9, 2008


Breaking news and hot of the presses: Banksy, stencil art superhero and street art star, has been going big in NYC lately with three large murals, one just finished today on Houston and 6th Ave., by hiring sign painters COLOSSAL MEDIA, that depict his infamous rat characters.  But, this week, to no fanfare and red carpets, Banksy secretly opened The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, on 7th Ave between Bleecker and West 4th Street, open everyday from 10am-Midnight.  This is Banksy’s first New York show and it not only artistically brilliant in the oh so tongue in cheek Bansky style, but it’s really really fun.  The pet store features a lounging Leopard in the front window, laying on a branch with tail moving.  Upon entering the store you see that the cat is actually a fur coat.  There’s fishsticks swimming in a fishbowl, chicken nuggets pecking at food, a monkey in a cage watching other primates ‘get busy’ on the Discovery channel.  There’s so much more as well, but I don’t want to give it all away, because experiencing it first hand is too much fun.  The best part of the store, IT’S FREE and you don’t have to be part of the art elite to go. All are welcome and being among kids and adults who aren’t in on “the secret” behind this place adds to the experience and makes it that much better.  This is Banksy’s first jump into animatronics and there’s no paintings hanging or graffiti murals on walls.  Just pure artistic fun.  Damn, we need more of that.  Here is a statement from the artist about the Pet Store:

“New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art.”

Snapped some pics with a work camera on lunch break:



MUSIC // StageFARM’s 3RD ANNUAL SHAKEDOWN w/ KIDZ IN THE HALL, BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR AND THE BACK CC’S

October 7, 2008

On September 20th, the stageFARM threw down big with their Annual SHAKEDOWN fundraiser at The Bell House in Brooklyn.  Up to bat were The Back C.C.’s, Blitz the Ambassador and calling out their current New York City anthem, ‘Rollin’ Down the Street’, were The Kidz in the Hall.  If you haven’t caught any of these acts, it’s well worth clicking on those band links and check their local shows before they blow up.  The SHAKEDOWN was the third installment of an annual fundraiser thrown by the stageFARM, a local theatre company that is well worth peeking at.  Headlining past SHAKEDOWN fundraisers were acts like Spank Rock and Kid Sister.  To put it simply, not only do they throw dope shows, they make them too.  Currently the stageFARM is working on SPIN, a series of five short plays with some heavy hitters of the writing world backing it up.  SPIN runs through November 8th.  As their website says, “We make plays for play-haters.”  So get your culture on, go see their show and get on their mailing list for the next, SHAKEDOWN.  You want to see the Shakedown?  Just peek the gallery when you click: (more…)

ART OPENING NYC // MICHAEL THOMPSON @ HASTED HUNT GALLERY

September 20, 2008

Okay, so this opening was last week, but got swamped so bad with the Clark Kent job that I didn’t have time to sit down between then and now.  But, the crew rolled uptown to the Hasted Hunt Gallery in Chelsea to grab some free drinks and check out fashion photographer Michael Thomspon’s new show that opened on Sept. 11th.  This is Michael’s first solo show in the US, with an opening heavily attended by those involved in the fashion world, you know the people always listed in the inside cover of fashion magazines… the liner notes people…yeah, them.  A few celebs even peaked their heads out, like Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Captain Orange Crocs Chef Mario Batalli.  Moving like a little tornado through the crowd was Jed Root (Michaels agent), in full cheek kissing support of his number one.  Jed was so busy making his way to Jack Bauer (Kiefer), to probably help him save the world or something, that a few of us got the Up-Rooted by the man representing the man of the hour.  All in all it seemed that people were much more interested about talking to each other than what was hanging on the walls, which seemed more like an editorial than an art show.  But, I could be completely off, a lot of people are praising it.  You can judge for yourself as the show runs through Oct. 25th at Hasted Hunt, 529 W 20th Street.  To more see pictures of the opening night, the celebs who attended, the man of the hour and our new personal favorite Jed, just follow the jump when you click right HERE: (more…)

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…)

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.