The worldly implications of this years American presidential race have incited a large outpouring of unconventional support from many sources. The legion of Upper Playground artists and affiliates have had a strong allegiance to Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Previous works from the likes of The Date Farmers, MunkOne, Alex Pardee, Morning Breath, Mac and Sam Flores comes another artist to join the ranks. Legendary pop-artist Ron English has reappropriated a classic portrait of former American president Abraham Lincoln in the likeness of Obama. Two hundred 18” x 24” prints, priced at $200 are available for pre-order now at Upper Playground.
As a large and influential art movement, graffiti has become an important facet in the art world, with this in mind, award-winning director Jon Reiss created a documentary delving into the culture. Bomb It! is “The Explosive New International Graffiti Documentary” that was filmed at many locations around the world, including LA, NY, SF, Paris, Tokyo, and Amsterdam. The movie documents the origins of this art style starting in the 70s and 80s, featuring graffiti legends such as Taki 183, Cope 2, Zephyr, Revok, and Shepard Fairey. The DVD is now available at the Bomb It Online Store and will be screening soon at locations all over the world.
Designer Tom Ford’s 2007 perfume campaign was marked by a sexually charged and provocative ad campaign. Carrying over into 2008, Ford’s spring/summer collection has once again enlisted none other then Terry Richardson as the photographer of choice. We can’t help but think that campaign direction detracts slightly from the focus on apparel.
Source: Design Boom
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The popularity of Pedro “Busy P” Winter and his numerous musical exploits have hit a pinnacle in recent months. As a forefront runner in the electronic music movement, Busy P himself has become frequently seen in the spotlight. colette’s gallery will feature a series of self-portraits designed by SO ME, art director of Busy P’s music label Ed Banger. The portraits include Busy P under different personals and settings.
Flying Coffin’s 2008 summer collection has arrived. Their lookbook is indicative of the brand’s direction and themes as a series of clever finger people model off the shirts. Available soon at select Flying Coffin stockists.
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of Michael Lau’s personal exhibition of CSBOOTH15 comes a look into one of the upcoming figures set to take part in the show. The 049 Jordan seen here features ML’s signature hand produced apparel and footwear. With a distinct sports theme revolving around sports this theme with the upcoming Olympics, this 049 Jordan could provide foreshadowing for much of the same.