Monday, November 29, 2010

R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

The man who directed Empire Strikes Back, the best of all the Star Wars movies.

Custom Manhole Covers by Shepard Fairey, Invader, London Police, Flying Fortress and Rendo

In most cities, you want to keep your head up and eyes peeled or you might miss something interesting. In the Fashion District of Milan, however, it would be understandable if you choose to stare at the ground. The reason being - these awesome manhole covers by artist Shepard Fairey, Invader, London Police, Flying Fortress and Rendo.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Freedom Tunnel

A really cool video shot by Charles le Grand who described the tunnel:

Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the “Freedom” Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era. After using it for only a couple of years, Amtrak discontinued the line and left a massive cavern which later became a shelter for street people. Progressively, the tunnel turned into a veritable underground metropolis where thousands of homeless were living in organized communities underneath the city’s skin.

Freedom Tunnel from Charles le Brigand on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Chelsea Hotel Documentary by the BBC

The Chelsea Hotel in New York City is a landmark that anyone interested in music or art will eventually end up hearing about. Some of the hotel's famous guests include Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Charles Bukowski, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and of course Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. The hotel was also the one time home of World War I soldiers who had just returned from service and some of the survivors of the Titanic. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

LENNONYC: Watch it Now!

The PBS series American Masters looks at John Lennon and his time in New York.

Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.

Scarlett Johansson by Craig McDean

Kinetic Hot Wheels Sculpture

It includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs. The crew is still at work on the installation.
In “Metropolis II,” by his calculation, “every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city,” Mr. Burden said. “It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It’s quite intense.”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Exit Through The Gift Shop DVD Packaging

In the digital age we currently live in you have to give people something special to get them to buy a physical product. Well you had to know that Banksy would do just that when he releases Exit Through The Gift Shop in the US on December 14th. Now there is no excuse for not getting the art fan in your life the perfect Christmas gift.

Broken Skateboards Turned Into Skulls

These skateboard skulls are put of a promotion for a skate shop in Brazil. Designer Beto Janz explains:

Ultra Séries Skate Store has gotten a new structure:
In order to promote this new spot, designer Beto Janz customized used and broken decks, using the decks to produce skulls. Stickers with the brand and the address of the new stores were applied to them and they were left on streets nearby main skateboard places around Curitiba/Brasil – Therefore, anyone who finds them, gets them.
An “underground” way of promoting the store.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Punks On Film

The most dazzlingly insane film reference book of all time, Destroy All Movies!!! is an informative, hilarious, and impossibly complete guide to every goddamn appearance of a punk (or new waver!) to hit the screen in the 20th Century. This wildly comprehensive eyeball-slammer features A-to-Z coverage of over 1100 feature films from around the world, as well as dozens of exclusive interviews with the creators and cast of essential titles such as Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead, The Decline of Western Civilization and Valley Girl. Everyone from Richard Hell to Penelope Spheeris to Ian MacKaye contributes his or her uncensored reminiscences from the front lines of a revolution. Other interviewees include Alex Cox, Nick Zedd, Lech Kowalski, Mary Woronov and Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris. Also examined are hundreds of prime examples of straight-to-VHS slasher trash, Brooklyn junkie masterpieces, Filipino breakdancing fairytales, no-budget post-apocalyptic epics, and movies that shouldn’t even have been released, many of which have never been written about online or in print!
In the late ’70s, Punk Rock and its followers ambushed the world with nuclear force. It was an unprecedented phenomenon that infested radios, print, and culture as a whole. Of all its shell-shocked witnesses, the least prepared was Hollywood, who viewed the movement as a walking epidemic of self-abusive, garbage-eating, candy-colored manimals ripe for marketable stereotyping. The results were hilarious, as lowbrow cinema was forever altered in the shadows of 20-inch mohawks and steel-spiked wardrobes. Meanwhile, punk participants like Spheeris and Alex Cox managed to document the emerging outbreak in a more humanistic light, creating enduring visions of a new breed of youth through blazing music documentaries and innovative narrative assaults.
Destroy All Movies!!! nails down both ends of the spectrum with superhuman research, vicious precision, and electrically charged stills and images, and is the first and final definitive armchair roadmap to punk and new wave on celluloid. Five years in the making, this pulse-bursting monument to lowbrow cultural obsession is a must for all film fanatics, music maniacs, anti-fashion mutants, ’80s nostalgists, sleazoids, cop-killers, and spazzmatics!
DESTORY ALL MOVIES (Part 1 of 4) from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Boobs In 3D

The book is titled 3DD and as you can tell from the image above it's a three dimensional look at breasts. Just in time for the holidays! Buy it here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Something Good Happened Today

Aung San Suu Kyi has been freed. She is Burma's elected leader but has spent 15 years under house arrest.

Image by Shepard Fairey

Forgetters "I'm Not Immune"

forgetters perform "I'm Not Immune" in Chicago from WBEZ on Vimeo.

The Forgetters feature Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil).

The Glasses Make The Man

1) Woody Allen 2) Kanye West 3) Buddy Holly 4) Michael Caine 5) Kurt Cobain 6) John Lennon 7) Geordi LaForge 8) Malcolm X 9)Johnny Depp 10) Dame Edna 11) Stephen Colbert 12) The Blues Brothers 13) Austin Powers 14) Yves Saint Laurent 15) Elton John 16)George Costanza 17) Bootsy Collins 18) Elvis Costello 19) Terry Richardson 20) David Hockney 21) DMC of Run DMC 22) Andy Warhol23) Mohandas Ghandi 24) Steve Urkel 25) Napoleon Dynamite 26) Clark Kent 27) Shock G of Digital Underground 28) Truman Capote