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Beauty and The Beast / He might not even remember, but back in June of this year I received an email from Ludo saying that he was living in Paris and working on a project titled: Nature's Revenge. He went on to explain it in this very deep and poetic way, but the gist of it is he composites plants with everyday human aggressions and pollutions, like guns and CCTV cameras. The results are impactful visuals that he then wheatpastes through-out our environment.
September 17, 2008
Bull Shit / I just finished uploading the 600th photo to our pool of street art images from around the world. And it is fitting that this recent update comes with a funny intervention piece from the streets of Birmingham. I received the photo from one of our readers, who said:
"Yes it's in Birmingham and it lasted only 10 minutes, I passed a first time in front of Bullring, there was nothing, and when I came out, the bull had a new shape ;-D, and people were enjoying, looking in surprise, and trying to guess who around could have made it, until a little boy, kicked away the bull-shit and removed the stuff hysterically, which was quite symbolic by the way" -photo submitted by Iktômi
August 27, 2008
Branded Hell / It's about time. The first solo show by underground LA artist Branded is here come August 2nd. We interviewed him back in January of 2006 and have been closely following his work since. With carrot in hand, go see: It's Hell Not Having A Hero.
July 15, 2008
TRUTH Issue 5 / King Adz killed it again this issue. My favorite of the series, 89 pages of content I've never seen before. Artist Pilpeled blew me away. As did the work of HUSH, but the chapter breaking tabs by No New Enemies carries the entire read. Download it now, for free of course.
June 20, 2008
Bye SOLVE / This past Saturday, the street art scene lost a friend, artist and inspiration as Chicago-great Brendan "SOLVE" Scanlon was found dead of a stab wound to the heart. Fellow artist saro, started a group on flickr as a memorial to him. Join to share photos of his work and memories of him.
photo credit: that's you!?
June 16, 2008
The Specter Bridge / Few artists know how to apply their work to the streets like Specter. He doesn't just glue something on a wall, many times he physically changes our landscape in a three-dimensional way and much of it all in fun. One of my favorite is the wooden bridge (below), but others include his brickwork project, cardboard and necklace. Pay respect.
June 13, 2008
All Walls Are Our Walls / Our first ever interview was with an artist named Hop Louie. He is a very productive cat who loves to put stuff on walls from Finland to Senegal. His site has recently been updated with a ton of new work. Visit hoplouie's website or read our exchange of words from 2006.
April 13, 2008
Over 500 Street Art Pictures / Our community section of street art from around the world has just gone over five-hundred photographs. Thanks to submissions from our readers, cities like Madrid, Dublin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Istanbul, Sao Paolo and Miami get major updates. With a triumph upload from Bei of seven pics from Beijing, China. Enjoy and please do keep them coming.
March 25, 2008
Studio Gangster / This past December (during Art Basel) I had the opportunity to check out an exhibition by Steve Powers and friends at the Miami Design District. The show was presented by Deitch Projects and aptly titled "Sign-A-Rama." The space was filled from floor to ceiling with sign graphics and verbage from the hands of Barry McGee, Matt Wright, Chris Johanson and more. I was so into it that I left with a signed copy of Steve's latest book. It's been on my desk for more than two months now and I don't foresee it moving to the library anytime soon.
If you like Steve Powers AKA ESPO's work, than you would enjoy this recently released 24x30 limited edition print titled Handy Signs. Available at handysigns.net »
March 18, 2008
Four Days in the Glades / The Langerado Music Festival is upon us. In two days time, we'll be in a 10'x15' booth showcasing our work, listening to good tunes and simply taking a break from reality. For our third year at the show, we are introducing five new t-shirts and some more original artwork. Stop by and say hello.
While we are off in gatorland, you can read an interview on yours truly (okat) by visiting Alan Bernard's Fuckin' Mayhem site.
March 4, 2008
You've Got to Get Mad / A clip from the movie Network (1976) that is more fitting today than ever before.
Click to watch »
(found via Can You Speak This)
February 23, 2008
In Our Mailbox, Pt. VII / A few weeks back Junkyard Sam asked to send over some stuff. I had no idea what to expect and to my surprise... I got an envelope of three amazing limited-edition prints of his fantastical illustrations. Check his site and etsy store for more.
February 22, 2008
King Adz, Post V / Back in the USA… There is only one street artist who is doing anything remotely original today and that is Brad Downey. I am giving him all the press he deserves with a feature in 100proofTRUTH Issue 4 and a double sized spread in my Modart Magazine column 'Word From King Adz'. Brad is not only a true original, he is also one of the nicest, most genuine blokes I've had the honour of getting down with. He's got a great book out 'The Adventures of Darius and Downey' published by Thames & Hudson. Here are some links to his work: link one, link two, link three
February 14, 2008
King Adz, Post IV / This is England! There is a massive amount of street fashion photography on the web these days and all of it is the result of the life's work of one man: Paul Hartnett. Who has been documenting/shooting street and club culture since 1976. He is the absolute Don and there would be no Face Hunter, Last Nights Party, Cobrasnake etc etc etc without Paul paving the way. His photography has not only influenced the street style photography, but also documented thoroughly the emerging sub-cultures, beginning with Punk and still going strong with Nu-Rave and Underage disco. He has a retrospective exhibition of his work this week at the Vibe Gallery in the Old Truman Brewery in East London, starting on the 14th Feb...
February 13, 2008
King Adz, Post III / There is some really killer/fresh fashion coming out of Manchester (England) at the moment. Nu-Rave and mash-up culture materializes in clothing form with the youthful fashion label Me & Yu - designed and managed by two people (Angie & Gordon) from their stall in Affleck's Palace a quirky indie indoor fashion market in the coolest part of Manchester (The Northern Quarter). My 14 year old daughter is really into their clothes and this is the best endorsement out there: word of mouth from the teenager! link: www.meandyu.com
February 11, 2008
King Adz, Post II / One of the people who I've been in contact with most in the last year is Iranian street art legend, A1one. We hooked up after he watched my Blek Le Rat film back inna day… He is a big fan of Blek and stencil art. But over the last year he has started to develop a mixture of street and Iranian folk art, into a fucking great look… Street art constantly need to reinvent itself, to reinvigorate itself otherwise it might stagnate or disappear up its own arse… visit: A1one's flickr and The Tehran Walls Blog
February 7, 2008
King Adz, Post I / King Adz signing in for a week of guest-blogging on this fucking amazing website. So from across the pond I say 'Howzit!'
For those who don't know me, I am a writer and ex-film-maker and my crew/creative collective is called 100proof.tv and has members in all continents… And today I'm gonna be giving a Big Shout! to all of Africa and all of my African Peeps and looking at talent that really means something from that continent. The best film-maker on the planet right now is a South African lady called Alex Mamacos who has been down with 100proof since the beginning. Her first film 'My Beloved Thandiwe' just blew me away, and it takes a lot to move me these days… Pure film-making, purely non-commercial, for the love of film and true love of humanity, which in this day and age of movie bullshit is a fucking rare thing... Anyway watch her film here: www.vimeo.com/666669
February 6, 2008
Free for All / Our friends from This is a Magazine have released free PDF downloads, complete and unabridged of their first and second printed Compendia -- published in 2002 and 2003, both books quickly sold out and until now have only been available to view in exhibitions and conferences.
"At over 200 pages each, these volumes contain custom artworks by Boogie (USA), Takeshi Hamada (JP), Antonio Riello (IT), Jon Burgerman (UK), Asizaka Koji (JP), Frederique Daubal (FR), Slavimir Stojanovic and Futro (SLO), Clay Weiner (USA), Anthony Burrill (UK), and many other artists..."
Download Love, the Universe & Everything
February 5, 2008
LINKoln Logs / I've collected a set of links over the last few weeks that run the gamut from Brazil to China. During Art Basel Miami, a site specific street level installation was put together by some ambitious art collectives and called Primary Flight Miami with works by: Bask, Blek Le Rat, David Choe, The London Police, She Kills He and many more. Flickr has got a good collection of photos from the walls. Leon writes to tell me about c6 a group known as "The Original Art Wankers." It's fun to watch the video where they sprayed the windows of a London Underground train in 9 minutes with 1,260 flies. Click for a set of mixtape stickers and also don't miss the work of 6EMEIA -- living to make our streetscapes happy, colorful characters. Unrelated to street, but deserving of a click are these eerie toy manufacturing photos from China.
January 24, 2008
In Our Mailbox, Pt. VI / Dr. Radio from Germany sends us an envelope of stickies to post around town.
December 28, 2007
100PROOF III / Not as street heavy as the previous two issues, but worth the download simply to view the work of LASER 3.14. Download 145-pages of goodness.
November 23, 2007
The Works / Ok, so for those of you that don't know me, I am the founder of areyougeneric.org and I go by the name of okat. Besides running this site and most of its contents -- I also like to doodle, illustrate and collaborate on any project that I can get my hands on.
I never had a website of my own to collect all the fun nonsense I work on (like the sneaker below), so I finally got around to posting one this weekend. Click to see my works (your feedback is welcomed).
November 4, 2007
Body Double / The next time you come upon a motionless body on a street corner... you better think twice before giving it money or better yet calling the police. If you are lucky enough, you've just discovered a mystifying street installation by Mark Jenkins. His work deserves a look and the videos warrant an eye as well.
October 16, 2007
From Start to Finish / There are no words to describe this link but to say click here and scroll to the right.
October 15, 2007
The Society of the Spectacle / Let us ignore the fact that General David Petraeus is just another puppet. What I find even more aggravating is that his long-awaited Iraq report was conveniently timed to coincide with September 11th. This is a disgusting little trick even an amateur magician wouldn't attempt. Here kiddie, kiddie... look at the wonder of my left hand while my right does all the punching below the belt.
September 12, 2007
In Our Mailbox, Pt. V / I received a package today from Nate Williams, of 4 magnificent silkscreened prints he calls: the "We don't need another Anti-Hero" set. These prints show-off Nate's talents to perfection. The work he did on our Monkey Bomb poster was only the beginning... visit his site for an infinite amount of art and passion from this amazing talent.
August 8, 2007
Street Art Film Festival / Albus Cavus, the art collective out of New Jersey is showcasing a collection of films about artists who transform streets into galleries and change established ideas about art in public space. The festival will feature some of the well-known, like Above, JR, Craig Noble, Chor Boogie and highlight a few up and commers as well. Click for more info.
July 14, 2007
Moore vs CNN / This was drawn while I was watching Michael Moore's beautiful tirade on CNN. It was well deserved. Kudos to mister Moore for giving prime time television the finger. If this continues, I might actually start watching mainstream news again. Click to watch the clip.
July 13, 2007
Over the Fence / Over the last three months street art pics have been consistently rolling in. Recently updated cities include: Plymouth, Phoenix, New York, San Jose, Jerusalem, Lille, Leicester, Lancaster, Manchester, Mexico, Minneapolis and Raleigh. Two photos stand out from the bunch under London and Asuncion. Take a peek and keep your eyes open and camera ready the next time you stroll the city block.
June 29, 2007
In Our Mailbox, Pt. IV / Today in our mail we received This Is (not) A Magazine's compendium number five "Who I think I Am". It is a book of over 225 pages of beautiful, sick, deliciously manic art. Besides the tons of illustrations and photos, the book has an infinite amount of print details like various paper stock, numerous die-cuts, an amazing fold-out and a handful of stickers.
We are especially excited because it features our sticker/jam Confessions of a Generic Magazine. Click here to learn more about our featured sticker or get your own copy of the book.
June 6, 2007
Streets 2k7 / Peter K and friends reclaim an old bike path along the river in New Brunswick and collaborate with 150 artists to paint the wall that runs along it. The photos are a must see »
June 3, 2007
R.I.P. Hummer H2 / I'd like to think it was our gas-station sticker campaign that brought this on, in any case, its for the good and the people have spoken. H2 sales down 27% this year and it seems as though GM is taking the hint and ending production. Cheers.
May 27, 2007
A Picture is Worth a Thousand / Chris Jordan is turning the uncomfortable and all too often ignored statistics of our culture into amazing and expressive large pieces of photographic artwork. His new series; An American Self-Portrait, is inspiring but the subject matter is our sad reality and begs the question: how do we slow this down?
May 16, 2007
In Our Mailbox, Pt. III / This morning I was delighted to find an envelope stuffed with stickers of the always fun, cheerful and colorful cartoon characters of DAVe Warnke. For years now DAVe's sticker art has been bringing fun and inspiration to the streets of San Francisco and he's recently started an after-school arts workshop for high school students called Street Styles. Click to learn more or see what DAVe has been up to lately.
If you'd like to participate in our fun installment of: What's in our mailbox... just ask for our address.
May 2, 2007
Quarterly / Bloodwars (the pdf magazine for graffiti writers and street lovers) is now available four times a year and this month issue 24 is released for your downloading pleasure. 64 pages of madness.
April 18, 2007
Parrived, Pt. II / A few weeks ago I mentioned the Parra show that was coming to Miami. Here are a few photos from the event. As expected, Parra's talents are exceptional in person. Click for the short set of images.
April 13, 2007
Get Busy / I don't get into too many online publications, but 100proofTRUTH is one I can't resist. King Adz releases issue two and this time it has almost doubled in size at 120 content filled pages of photography, interviews, art and other mad shit. Download it now and you'll avoid being bored the rest of the day.
April 4, 2007
It doesn't matter which way you look as long as you look at the streets of Philadelphia and Santiago / I finally got to updating the community section and its shaping up to be a great archive of street art from our favorite cities. New and updated Philadelphia and Santiago are a must see, plus pics from my recent trip to Tel Aviv. 407 photos and I'm not done updating... there are still about 20-30 photos in my inbox waiting to get posted. On your walk home, look around you, snap a photo and send it in.
March 30, 2007
Breathing Room / A collective of young artists known as Studio Smack were commissioned to put together a video reflecting the enormous amount of visuals that plague us every day. They stripped away everything in our path but commercial and graphical messages leaving us with a very dark and sad truth.
"The amount is so big that its commercial effectiveness has become utterly dubious." See Kapitaal (Capital) for yourself.
March 21, 2007
Google Crazy / We've heard that many of you are visiting us from Google but we have no idea where and why we are getting all this attention today. We'd love it if somebody would be kind enough to let us know? There might even be a little present in store for you.
UPDATE: Ok, mystery solved. CNN and Business 2.0 wrote a story on unknown artists and featured us among other sites/friends Wooster Collective and Stencil Revolution. Thanks for the heads up... Although we are not entirely comfortable with the story's topic of collecting profits from the up and coming, it is nice to see the medium get some exposure. Click to read the full article.
March 20, 2007
Parrived! / This coming Thursday... illustrator, artist and one of our very own collaborators is coming to town. See the works of Parra at a two-hour showing in South Beach or (if patience permits) wait for his visit to LA next month.
March 17, 2007
Word of Mouth / I've just returned from Langerado 2007. I'm tired, exhausted and pretty sure I survived the last three days on pure adrenaline. I want to thank all of you that stopped by with so much positive energy and feedback. It always surprises me how many people "get it" and are willing to support us and our efforts.
In the next few days I'm going to gather up all the photos from the festival and post them here for you to enjoy. Until then, help us flourish as a grass roots operation -- spreading by word of mouth or online by bookmarking us on del.icio.us
If you were at the show and would like to email me, drop me a line at: rugeneric (AT) gmail (DOT) com
March 13, 2007
Two Days Away / Here we go again! We are only two days away from this year's Langerado Music Festival, where we've secured a 10'x20' booth to showcase our latest catalog of t-shirts and print art. If you plan on going to the show drop me an email or at least be sure to stop by and say hello.
We'll be launching two new t-shirts at the show that you'll be sure to love. Click for a preview... or view last year's fun.
March 7, 2007
Concrete Jungle / King Adz does it again with his latest release; 100proofTRUTH, a beautiful and well put together 72-page "urban culture" PDF with links to online audio and video content. Download your own copy today... the last piece by Alexis Manning on advertising agencies is a must-read.
January 31, 2007
11 Spring Street / One of the most impressive art shows to ever come together took place this weekend on 11 Spring Street in Lower Manhattan. Wooster Collective brought together hundreds of street and graffiti artists to deck the halls, walls, outside and inside of a building (soon to be demolished) and open it for the viewing pleasure of all. Read all about it at woostercollective.com or click here to see an amazing collection of photos from the event.
* photo by Jake Dobkin of streetsy.com
December 18, 2006
Commercial War / "The struggle for ad placement in public space in China is not unlike a battlefield strewn with casualties after a pitched battle for power. Today one brand wins. The next day, its competitor will replace it with better positioning on public spaces. Every day, new ads go up, and old ones fall down, scattered in pieces, and discarded on the ground under newly erected billboard advertisements."
A must-see, Wang Qingsong's Commercial War »
December 14, 2006
Art Basel Miami / During the month of December the city of Miami transforms into a Mecca of Art and Design. For the last 37 years, Art Basel (Switzerland) owns the title of the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fair and in December, Art Basel happens in Miami.
Most of us at areyougeneric.org are based in and around Miami, so we are in prime contact with everything from the art show to the crossover events in music, film, architecture and design. But the best part of Art Basel in Miami, is trying to catch the efforts of unknown artists that come from all over the world looking for a little awareness.
There are some well marketed events out there, but for those of you looking for a taste of some street, be sure to check out: “SKYWALKERS’ by Friends With You – a blimp parade featuring the works of David Choe, Ara Peterson, Misaki Kawai, PaperRad, Devil Robots and Mumble Boy, in conjunction attend the Final Art Show and Auction (Thursday, December 7, The Savoy Hotel) with works by Andre from Paris, Gary Baseman, Blaine Fontana, Mr. Cartoon, Crash, Daim, Dalek, Dr. Revolt, Joshua Mays, Keen One, Mad, Mike Giant, Misaki Kawai, Ron English, Rostarr, Sage Vaughn, Seak, Sever, and WeAreSupervision, there’s also Jose Parla’s Cityscapes show and an always entertaining event is the Art Loves Design street party at the Miami Design District (25,000 people on the street with 50 exhibitions -- expect plenty of anti-Art Basel fun too).
Are you coming to town, want to share a beer with us? Email for a meet-up.
December 4, 2006
1, 2, A Link For You / Chris from Frakture Industries tells us your not born in a box, why live in one? while Chantal from ueeh speaks of an interesting street art project where cities battle each other for dominance and Val from Paris is plugging a project called Olowshop, whose purpose is to push ideas to make people think and a gallery of "free expression" for artists of any medium. He also promises to develop actions like ours in Paris.
November 10, 2006
Videos Gone Wild / Over the last few weeks we've run into a few compelling videos of street artists in action. Here are two that deserve multiple viewings: Timelapse of Japanese Street Artists and Barcelona Street Graffiti, but the most radical thing to reach the street of late is wildlife created by Karolina Sobecka -- an amazing effort and execution. Consume.
November 7, 2006
Confessions Goes Español / Special thanks to fellow reader b370! who took the time to translate our "Confessions of a Generic Magazine" into spanish. For our latin lovers out there, click here to download the artwork.
October 16, 2006
Interview: FeelsWeird / Street artist FeelsWeird seems to have tried every type of application, from cardboard to sculpture. He recently got our attention with his bold and blue sticky tape characters. Read the interview for insight and inspiration from this newcomer to the pavement.
October 9, 2006 / For Discussion (2) »
The Spread of Street Art / In less than four months our collection of street art photos has climbed to 330 pics (54 new). Cities to note: Athens, Bethlehem, Montreal and Rome. Keep shooting the mayhem and send us your favorites.
October 5, 2006
London Calling / I will be travelling to London this week from the 14th to 18th. Any readers/friends of the site that reside in the UK and want to have a meet up, drop me an email (my schedule is pretty open to anything).
September 10, 2006
In Our Mailbox, Pt. II / David of ROJO® magazine was kind enough to send us a copy of "heart stroke pattern" -- 160 pgs filled to the brim with art from the likes of: Ric Stultz, Adam Tickle, Tim Biskup, The 62, Faile and many others. This edition is already sold-out, but visit ROJO® daily for news on events, art, and more upcoming issues.
September 8, 2006
Kudos To Nate / Friend and contributor Nate Williams is featured in the October issue of HOW Design Magazine. In celebration of the write-up and to encourage everyone to get a closer look at his amazing skills, we've put the limited-edition Monkey Bomb poster on sale for a short time. Get it while you can.
We'd also like to mention that in the short future, the poster will be converted to a t-shirt design -- sign-up to our mailing list for notification.
August 23, 2006
In Our Mailbox, Part I / We love to get things mailed to us. Especially in the form of stickers, characters, and other mad art. In our first installment of: What's in our mailbox... comes the art of 750R75. We don't know much about the artist, except that he enjoys sending art through the mail and saying deep things like, "The Sun was the center of the Solar System. That was until man created money." Lovely. If you'd like to participate, just ask for our address.
August 3, 2006
Ants Go Marching / In November of 2004, we received a package with some assorted stickers from Marc de Jong and crew. The mailing included a DVD titled "outside the square", a film documenting a street art job his crew worked on... impressive and inspiring. Today, Marc writes me their site is now online, enjoy prdctvsm.com
July 19, 2006
What If Big Business Ruled The Internet / Some cable companies are trying to shape the future of the internet by giving some website content preferred status on their network and banishing other stuff altogether. Watch a video by rocketboom.com as they tackle the issue and help push the fight to keep the net neutral.
June 26, 2006
Cancel AOL? NEVER! / Our little stunt to boycott AOL a few years back was easy and fun, but has nothing on the ridiculous recording Vincent Ferrari taped while trying to cancel his AOL account. This story is getting some well deserved national attention -- listen to the recording to hear more on AOL's manic efforts to keep customers or watch our fun little do-it-yourself action.
June 22, 2006
Community Mayhem / I've just uploaded 31 new photos to our community collection of street art. New cities Katowice and Oakham make an appearance and Leicester shows an impressive collection with six new pics. Special thanks to Lord Leigh of monoclothing.com for 17 of the 31 submissions.
June 16, 2006
Le Rat / King Adz of 100proof.tv puts together a beautiful 26 minute video doc on street artist Blek Le Rat. Watch a teaser to the movie as it introduces Blek's birth on the streets of Paris in 1981. Le Rat is one of the more pivotal stencil artists of our time -- browse through our community section to find dozens of artists influenced by his work (most famously Banksy).
May 22, 2006
The Numbers Don't Lie / "Today across America 260,000 billboards line the roads... 23,076 newspapers and magazines are on sale, 162 million TV sets will be turned on for an average of 7 hours, 23,237 movie theaters will project films, and 27,000 stores will rent videotapes. By the time the day ends, you will have been exposed to 1,600 commercial messages. Tomorrow there will be more."
The above quote was written 17 years ago; it was for a Whitney Museum exhibit entitled "Image World: Art and Media Culture". Want to take a guess as to how much the numbers have multiplied by?
April 14, 2006 / For Discussion (6) »
Link Mashup / Its been a long time coming, and here it is, "your moment of zen": Lazy Artist presents Dutch Adbusting while Bucky from ANIMAL sends us a shout out. SocialPest relaunches with a limited edition tee and Stencil International aims to compliment the street art community. A while back Melina illustrated to us all how to pee on SUVs (and so much more) as SEIZER-ONE admits to pasting posters. Katy of katyart.com and Kate of obsessiveconsumption.com are two of my favorite letter Ks. And finally a crew up in France asks us to Think, Don't think with zebra poetry.
March 28, 2006
Langerado, Oh My / I'm finally recovering from the Langerado show. It was a success on so many levels. Click here for a bucket load of photos from the show.
March 16, 2006 / For Discussion (5) »
10' x 20' / We've secured a booth at this year's two-day Langerado Music Festival. If you plan on going to the show drop me an email or at least be sure to stop by and say hello. We'll have bucket loads of stickers, buttons and other fine items from friends all across the land. Plus, we'll be launching a few new tees at the event at bargain prices. I'll post some more info on contributing artists closer to the event date (just a few short weeks away).
February 24, 2006
Billboards With Cause / Every few months or so You Art Here runs a youth competition where selected winners get their art exhibited on billboards across Bloomington and Indianapolis. For the fourth annual competition they asked kids between grade and high school "Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?" The winners are selected, see them here »
Support YAH, their intentions and goals are so clear and simple it's a pity they're not in every city across America.
February 14, 2006
Kiss Your Rights Good-bye / The Trademark Dilution Revision Act is attempting to make it's way through our courts and has already passed in the House of Representatives. The new proposed legislation is something we should all be very weary of. This Act will serve to "eliminate the current protection for non-commercial speech currently contained in the Lanham Act. It will prevent artists and consumers from invoking famous trademarks to explain or illustrate their discussion of public issues."
Follow this link for an important read by Edward Greenberg and make note of his encouragement: "Don't bitch about corporate coercion, do something about it. Send a letter or better, send a photograph accompanied by a short note to make your point."
February 12, 2006
Interview: Branded / An honest look into the daily life of a street artist and his oversized wheate paste-ups. See the clip which first caught our eye, then be sure to check out the full interview with photos.
January 22, 2006 / For Discussion (27) »
Boycott Urban Outfitters / It's come to our attention that mainstream shop Urban Outfitters has ripped off yet another independent artist, Johnny Cupcakes. Urban Outfitters is notorious for infringing upon the rights of independent artists everywhere under the label "Urban Renewal" and it's time artists everywhere come together, spread the word and put a stop to this ridiculousness.
Support Johnny Cupcakes, support independent artists and shops or just go out and make your own tees, but for all that is sacred... stop shopping at Urban Outfitters. Please discuss, this entry is open for discussion.
January 19, 2006 / For Discussion (7) »
Sticker Splice / Derek and Heather wrote us the other day to let us know of their collaboration with photographer Zach Wolfe as they traversed the city bombing stickers and "...shot well over 9,000+ hi-res photos, spliced em up - and spit out this sixty second preview of the results... no video cameras here, all individual shots." Check out the video »
January 18, 2006
Interview: Hop Louie / Back in May 2005, Hop Louie submitted some of his street art to our community section and we've been fans of his ever since. I'm posting our discussion over the last month to hopefully inspire us all a bit more and shed light on a great artist and his beliefs. Read on to the feature and interview »
January 4, 2006 / For Discussion (5) »
The Makers of Panexa / Stay Free! puts out a drug parody that is right on target: "Panexa is proven to provide more medication to those who take it than any other comparable solution." Read it for the laughs but realize it's not that far from the truth. Nice work SF!
December 28, 2005
It's 100 Proof / Eleven megabytes of street mayhem. 100proof announces the launch of the third issue of "1percent: the journal of all things good."
100 pages of the best urban culture and arts. Issue 3 features: Blek Le Rat in Taiwan, Swoon, Michel van Rijn, T-KID170, Witold Krassowski, Produktuk.com, Standard Motion, Paris Street Art, Crimescene.be, Chuck No Pattern, Are you Generic? Download Issue 3.
December 16, 2005
Signs of December / I'm a sucker for action that's kept undisclosed only to reveal itself weeks, months or even years later to the unsuspecting audience. Secret Wall Tattoos does just that. The site is a collection of photos from motels across the country with hidden little secrets behind the room's paintings and mirrors or underneath the chairs and beds. I'm obsessed and now scour every hotel room I come across in the hopes of finding one. I'd love a photo if you've done one yourself or happen to stumble upon it.
December 5, 2005
Simple DIY / Not sure what came first our shopping cart jam or theirs, but I’d have to say it’s one of the easiest actions to pull off. We said, "Boycott AOL” they say “Buy Nothing” -- have you seen any other messages on shopping carts? Post ‘em here.
November 21, 2005
Peel & Stick / We mentioned it almost twelve months ago and now we are hyping it up again as the "Peel Here" sticker exhibition is back in business: Saturday, December 3rd, Los Angeles. Click for more info (note: 6 days to submission deadline).
November 17, 2005
Thinkmule / Friend and contributor Jeremy Pruitt makes a nice update to his site; thinkmule, with tons of new work and an online shop to open soon.
November 9, 2005
Street Art x18 / Street artist Hop Louie uploads six photos of his work from Stockholm to Senegal -- both the paste-ups and photos are beautiful. Blá McElroy gives us a peak at the public walls of Dublin and Gerhard turns in three pics from hometown Amsterdam. Other new pics to note under cities San Juan and London.
November 4, 2005
Safe and Sound / We lost power on Monday as Hurricane Wilma's wrath blew over us. We spent about six hours in the stairwell of our building, listening to the winds and debris flying all around. Our power was restored a few hours ago and besides some structural damage the crew and I are all safe and sound. So now back to business...
My inbox collected some worthy links over the last few days: Your Art Here is an organization founded on the belief that everyone has the right to "be the media" and if you are in or around LA on December 3rd, Anti-Market is hosting Peel Here: a sticker based art show (with an open call for submissions to November 21st). And finally, you can download 1percent's latest issue.
I also received some community submissions but that update will have to wait. In the meanwhile, leave comments on our catalog, we're always curious to hear what you think.
October 26, 2005
Starsucks / We've finally posted the entire set of photos from the starbucks invasion we pulled off a few years back. And in related news, delocator.net provides a means to preserve the local and independent coffee shops in your area. Just type in your zip code and drink up!
October 19, 2005
Leicester vs. Manchester / Manchester is still at top with 19 photos. Seven of which are new and uploaded by someone at woodsandhillsplc.co.uk. Lord BreaKfast of monoclothing.com uploads six photos under Leicester -- which I admit are some of my favorite pics of late.
October 17, 2005
With A Vengeance / We are back, new and improved. The site’s design has been cleaned up a bit to allow for growth and development. Our catalog’s been updated with a new shirt design by Parra and Media Puppet is back in stock. Our community section is accumulating into an impressive resource thanks to your continued support. Well, I don’t want to give it all away, so browse around a bit and discover it for yourself. If you like or don’t like, we’d still like to hear it.
October 9, 2005
A Tree Smiles Upon Us / I've just updated the community section with one of my favorite photos yet; the tree pic under Mexico City. Plus new cities Brighton, Florissant and Santiago are added to the list....
April 4, 2005
Link Dump III / Before I get into the March link dump I would like to welcome new cities Salt Lake City, San Salvador and Tacoma to our community section of street art pics. And now for the noteworthy links: start off with Sara's...
March 16, 2005
Streets 2005 / Streets 2k5 is a unique festival that will bring together street art from international artists to the blocks of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Spread the word or submit your work. Call for entries ends March 15th....
March 3, 2005
Link Dump II / Spend hours not minutes viewing the you and i productions online exhibition and the lovely mailorder. For you stencil maniacs visit m-city....
February 22, 2005
Coast To Coast / If you're in New York and need something to do besides dropping fifteen bucks on a lame hollywood movie, then visit the Halcyon Shop -- they're hosting an art show for tsunami relief with over fifty artists and all artwork...
February 2, 2005
Link Dump / I was on hiatus the last few days as the flu took it's toll on me. During my absence I collected a few links to share with you: the illustration and typography of Melina Rodrigo, how to become a social...
January 19, 2005
A Disaster Unfolds / We are at a loss for words -- with the Tsunami tragedy claiming the lives of over 33,000 people and still thousands more missing. Please help, take action by donating some money to the economic reconstruction of the devastated cities....
December 28, 2004
Shut Up Already! / The Society for HandHeld Hushing delivers a clever fight against the obnoxious cell phone user. I could have used one of their cards yesterday....
December 13, 2004
Stickerthrow / Free Stickers! Free Beer! If you're in Brooklyn on the 20th be sure to stop by and throw one of your own up....
November 16, 2004
Postal Labels Against Bush / The way all jams should be: cheap, subtle and with an obvious goal in mind: Postal Labels Against Bush brought to you by, Evan Roth (a.k.a ni9e)....
October 10, 2004
Pepsi Sponsors War / Pepsi and Coca-Cola have battled over product placement in almost every possible medium -- from the Coca-Cola drinking judges on American Idol to the Pepsi vending machine in Tom Hank's living room (Big, the movie). But in 2003, the battlefield...
November 16, 2003
Brand Baby / The following is an article from PRINT magazine, issue LVII:I 2003, pages 58-59. "A few months back, Advertising Age published an item about an enterprising Danish outdoor-media company called Nytmedie which offered free baby carriages to mothers of newborns if...
October 1, 2003
Dead Head / The fucks over at Cunning Stunts are offering $6.85 an hour for anyone willing to sell their forehead as billboard space. The UK agency defines their tactics as guerilla marketing that helps to bring non-traditional and ambient media forms to...
September 30, 2003
AOL Gets Dropped / It seems the backlash of criticism AOL has received over the years is forcing the media conglomerate AOL Time Warner to think twice of relating itself to the internet service provider. The media giant has confirmed that it will drop "AOL" from its name -- symbolizing the company's effort to put the failings of the biggest merger in history behind it and begin a new phase of its corporate identity.
Back in 2001, when AOL and Time Warner merged, AOL was seen to be in the driving seat, leading the charge of digital media and online subscribers. But since then, AOL has seen subscriber numbers drop and lawsuits filed leading to $24 billion in losses, while Time Warner has proven to be the engine that could.
The loss of subscribers can clearly be credited to AOL's lack of business to consumer ethics. Lawsuits have been filed against the internet service provider for such things as: selling its subscribers personal information, overcharging or billing new features with little or no notice, and flooding the network with banners and adverts.
September 18, 2003
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