Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Dia de los muertos!

October 31, 2011

Muerte by Mike Giant, finding it.

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Retna: Black Magic

October 24, 2011

Speaking of black on black and ballin’, one of my fave artists El Mac’s great collaborators, Retna, using his heiroglyphic style calligraphy as a backdrop for Mac’s signature portrait murals, is releasing a new print in the following week titled “Black Magic”.  5 color hand pulled print at a giant 38.5″ x 55″, signed and numbered edition of 30.  How about a $6,500 art investment?  Dude is being slept on and blowing up quick.  Been a while since I’ve invested in art, but if I had $6,500 to drop within the next week, that means I could probably be closer to being engaged within that time instead.  I’d end up getting black on black eye from Linda.  Lmao.

http://www.digitalretna.com/

Kaws xx Hennessy

September 2, 2011

“Friends, work, music, art. It’s important to find the right blend…” -KAWS

Yea Buddy!  Too bad it may never be opened.

Clever Packaging: Watch The Throne

August 29, 2011

On the way to Va Beach last week, we stopped by “Tarjay” off I95 for a quick rest stop.  We decided we might as well browse through the music isle to pick up some tunage for the road so I picked up Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch The Throne”.  I know many people got it off iTunes, but as I mentioned before, I personally still enjoy the excitement of opening a tangible copy of an album.

Going through the music isle, this album is hard to miss since it stands out with the gold cover with embossed designs by Riccardo Tisci c/o Givenchy.

it opens up with 4 flaps on all sides revealing more photographic designs with the center holding the disc.

on the flipside, the gold embossed design is repeated on all panels of the cover.

While driving and half way into listening to the album, the repetition of the gold panels and the way the album cover panels opened up all of a sudden clicked and made sense to me why it was designed that way.  I had to grab the album packaging while driving and folded it up to this…

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not sure if this was the designers intention, but it just made sense for it to be which I thought was pretty…Pretty dope.  I really like that there’s been an effort in making album covers interesting and creative lately to hopefully entice people to actually buy the record as opposed to downloading it.

As for a review on the actual album, I thought it was OK.  It get’s progressively better, and it’s interesting to hear the some tracks influenced by Dubstep.  As for the rest, I’ll leave the details up to the other blogs.  I mainly just wanted to comment on the clever packaging and hopefully encourage people to at least try to buy an album every once in a while.  It’s worth it.

-Kanpai

July 1, 2011

c/o sTpL

D.I.Y.O.D.

March 15, 2011

A must listen if you’re an artist of any media, whether it be Music, Film, Design, etc., dig into your iTunes Store and look up the DIYOD podcast.  Start from episode 1 and work your way up.  Dope and moving dialogue and insight on creativity, the industry, marketing, networking, etc.  Alot you could relate to and learn from, agree or disagree on, it’s up to you.

Bottom line:

quality>quantity

passion>pay

talent>tools

 

Do It Yourself Or Die

Go if you know!

November 8, 2010

Obey, Parla, Dalek, just to name a few in DC.

11.6.10-12.18.10

http://www.irvinecontemporary.com

Worth the wait.

August 13, 2010

Almost everyday I check to see if “El Mac” has posted anything new.  It’s been a long while since I made a post about his “Persephone” piece as well as Mac posting anything new himself.  But now I realize why he hasn’t been posting anything for a while, he’s been all around the world creating content to post about.  This dude is just ill with the aerosol precision.  Definitely damn well worth the wait.  Peep his new murals around the world at http://mac-arte.blogspot.com/

El Mac: Persephone

April 1, 2010

I first stumbled upon this artist that goes by “Mac” or “El Mac” in the August ’09 issue of the Juxtapoz Magazine.  As soon as I saw his work and read about him, I immediately had the impulse to somehow acquire one of his pieces.  His paintings are unlike any technique I’ve seen before both on walls and canvas.  Coming from a graffiti background, Mac has applied his talent to creating murals with radiating strokes to form the highlights and shadows of the portraits that he paints.  On canvas, although his look is consistent with his murals, he uses Japanese calligraphy brushes to create maze-like details which form the tonal values of the piece.  If you look at his canvas work, you would almost think that he just took a photo into Illustrator, vectorized it, then took it into Photoshop and threw some sort of filter to create the details.  But he does everything by patiently and precisely laying down each stroke with the calligraphy brush by slowly tapering the lines to give his pieces the depth he’s trying to achieve.

Not too long after reading Juxatpoz, he released one of his paintings as a print called “Song of songs” shown above.  I was lucky enough to be able to snag the 31st copy out of 50 of these huge 30×42 prints which is now one of my prize possessions in my art collection.  You could get a glimpse of it in my “Low Light Test” video as Linda walked in.  A few days later after I got it, I found one of the same prints on eBay going for over $1k.  Crazy!

Today I just found out from my co-worker Brendan that Mac has a pre-sale of the print that I actually wanted from seeing it in Juxtapoz to begin with titled “Persephone” shown below.  It’s scheduled to be released on April 9th.  However, as much as I would love to pick one up, I’m afraid I might have to pass on this one.  I’ll still be following his work and looking forward to more releases.  At least I got “Song of songs” and will never be tired of looking at it.  To see more of his talent, peep him out at elmac.net.