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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

MNMNT Release New Series of Artist Snowboards


Monument Snowboards recently unveiled their new season of artist-designed snowboards. Included in the mix are boards by Richard Colman, Kelsey Brookes, Rammellzee, Bjorn Copeland, and three limited boards by Ssur. Read on to browse the rest of the designs and click for larger views. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Pop Will Eat Itself – Tate Modern’s New Exhibit Explores the Art of Branding

Keith Haring – Pop Shop (Image: © Keith Haring artwork © Estate of Keith Haring. Photo: Charles Dolfi-Michels.)

The early pop-art that emerged in the late 50s and early 60s was as much a critique as it was a celebration of a new post WWII consumer culture hyped up by industry and government during the height of the Cold War. Since then, pop artists have taken their commentaries on capitalism beyond the incorporation of mass media imagery, employing modes of commercial production and sometimes becoming brands themselves.  Pop Life: Art in a Material World, a new exhibition at Tate Modern, surveys pop artists of the last three decades who have embraced not only mass media, but mass production and commerce. The exhibit is highlighted by works from Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, selections from Damien Hirst’s self-promoted 2008 Sotheby’s auction, a newly commissioned installation by Takashi Murakami, and a recreation of Keith Haring’s NY Pop-Shop. The museum has also opened a special Pop Life Boutique, with select products available online.

(Exhibition Images: Nigel Howard/London Evening Standard)

Pop Life: Art in a Material World
Oct. 1 – Jan. 17, 2010
Tate Modern
London, England SE1 9TG

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Daniel Johnston’s Jeremiah Now an iPhone Game


Cult musician and artist Daniel Johnston can now add iPhone app to his growing list of commercial endeavors. The 99¢ Hi How Are You game lets players navigate Johnston’s iconic Jeremiah the Frog through a series of 27 levels, accompanied by his songs. We couldn’t resist giving it a try and must admit – it’s actually quite fun whether you are a Johnston fan or not. Download it from iTunes here

This certainly isn’t the first time Jeremiah has been used for commercial products. In the past few years the character has been licensed to numerous products including vinyl figures (yes, developed by yours truly), a line of Medicom backpacks and accessories, and countless t-shirt designs as accessible as your nearest Urban Outfitters. Earlier this month Activision released the Guitar Hero 5 video game, featuring an avatar of former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sporting a Jeremiah t-shirt.

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Nike AM90 x Dizzee Rascal x Ben Drury Video

Friday 18th September, Nike and Mercury recording artist Dizzee Rascal will release the very special, and strictly limited, Nike Air Max 90 ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’ sneaker.  The shoe has been created in a special partnership between Dizzee, Nike Design and long-time Dizzee collaborator and creative director, Ben Drury and will go on sale exclusively at Nike’s 1948 store in London’s Shoreditch, ahead of the release of Dizzee’s fourth LP, Tongue N’ Cheek (Monday 21st September).

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

KAWS Keeping Busy

Image: Kaws

There’s been quite a bit of KAWS news during the week off. First, we can only hope that what appears to be a fresh take on the classic Chum character in this painting posted on Kaws’ blog, is a sign of things to come (that’s Erik Parker with a great new painting in the pic). The artist will present his next solo exhibit this February in Madrid. While there’s no official word yet, expect Galeria Javier Lopez to play host.

Next up are two new products on the way, including a much anticipated monotone version of the ambitious Four Foot Dissected Companion sculpture. Despite a hefty price tag, if the release of the first color-way earlier this summer is any indication, expect this one to be gone in the blink of an eye. Released this past weekend is a playful toy collaboration with Japanese brand, Undercover, featuring the fashion label’s bear hugging Kaws’ Companion character.

Images: OriginalFake

Lastly, Kaws has lent his hand to the September issue of Interview Magazine’s feature on Michael Jackson.

Image: Kaws


Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

KAWS & Sorayama’s Silver No Future Companion Sells Out

Image: kawsone

Following an in-store release at OriginalFake in Tokyo this past Saturday, KAWS and Hajime Sorayama’s silver No Future Companion went on sale this morning on kawsone.com.  The metal figure’s sale was announced by an email that arrived in subscribers’ inboxes around 8:30am EST and as expected, was gone in under an hour. Contrary to collectors’ speculation that spread rumors of 300 pieces, the second color version was produced as an edition of 500 – the same as the earlier black chrome release late last month.


Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Eric Beltz Teams Up with Hunters, Run! Artist Series


The second installment of the Hunters, Run! 7-inch artist series featuring the art of Eric Beltz is out today and available via At Arms Ltd. The numbered edition of 200 is on white vinyl with additional insert and inner-sleeve art. For those without turntables, a free CD is included. In addition, Josh Keyes fans will be happy to hear that a very small quantity of record #1 from the band’s leftover tour stock has also been made available online. For this ongoing project, The Hunters, Run! and Battle Standard Recordings have teamed up with art editions company, At Arms Ltd. to curate a series of limited edition vinyl releases, each featuring artwork from a notable artist.  Hunters, Run! plays a release show tonight in Brooklyn and tomorrow at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ and will also have records for sale. Those just interested in the music can purchase via iTunes and other online music retailers.


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Monday, July 6th, 2009

Josh Keyes/Hunters,Run! Signed Charity Auction


At Arms Ltd. and Josh Keyes are conducting a charity auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Currently on offer are 2 signed versions (one black and one green vinyl edition) of the sold out Hunters, Run! EP1 7″ record.  The record, cover and insert art have all been signed by Keyes. Both auctions are live now. Support a good cause and bid online here.

In related news, At Arms and Battle Standard Recordings are gearing up to release the second installment of the Hunters, Run! artist series later this month. The edition will feature artwork by 2009 Pulse Prize winner, Eric Beltz.


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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

KAWS & Sorayama’s ‘No Future Companion’ Sees Release


The collaboration between KAWS and Hajime Sorayama that leaked last month has been officially announced by OriginalFake. The fully poseable metal figure is set for relase at the Tokyo shop this Saturday, June 27 and will cost about $1,000.

Images via Complex

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

KAWS 4 Ft. Dissected Companion Has Arrived

Image: Nigo / Honeyee

The piece avid KAWS collectors have been waiting for has finally arrived. The 4 Foot Dissected Companion has already sold out at OriginalFake in Tokyo, and a very small amount have quietly made their way stateside. No official word on how many were produced, but we speculate no more than 100, perhaps less, as Medicom’s got to keep the product mold intact long enough to produce the other two color-ways. If it pops up anytime soon, expect to see a secondary market price of at least 7k on this one. The one pictured above belongs to Nigo – of course.

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