Posts Tagged ‘Graffiti’

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.

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LA // VANDAL MOVIE SPOILER FOR “MARLEY”

January 5, 2009

The new Owen/Anniston film “Marley” hit theater’s on Christmas and a vandal in LA decided to give the heads up to would be movie goer’s about the “plot twist” in this family feel good comedy by painting “The Dog Dies”, on billboard and street level advertisements.  Maybe it was Angelina Jolie with a spray can and a little bit of vengeance for ol’ Jennifer Anniston.  Whoever it was, I hope they do that Will Smith movie “7 Pounds” next, because there is no way I want to spend $12, to sit and wait an hour and a half to just find out why he is helping people.

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MIAMI // ART BASEL // THE MAC & RETNA GET UP TO GET DOWN

December 14, 2008

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The Mac and Retna went big in Miami last weekend for Art Basel.  The two street artists went to work on a large mural featuring script by Retna and The Mac’s undenyable style. IF you haven’t seen these guys collaborate yet, it’s one of the best things to hit walls in a while.  I put in a picture of one of their past projects below.

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Some other stuff they’ve done:

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Told you they were dope.

PROPS // MARC ECKO TAGS AIR FORCE ONE

June 1, 2008

This may be old news to some but I still want to mention it, Marc Ecko, urban fashion icon and his new website Still Free took Guerilla Marketing to new levels by getting up on Air Force One. Not Air Force 1 like the shoe, but the actual plane that takes our “president” down to Texas so he can work on more important things, like his ranch. Yes, the video looks real and spawned an overwhelming amount of news coverage, but it was all a giant hoax. We got to give it up to the Ecko team for pulling this one off and garnering over 7,000 news stories. Marc Ecko has always been an advocate of graffiti with the nearly shut down Graffiti Block Party that he hosted along with numerous other causes. Check out the website for more explanations, the original video on the AF1 hit and other graffiti related matters. So this week, our flat brimmed salute is to you, Marc Ecko, for fooling the shit out of everybody and always getting the graff kids back.