Has skateboarding become a fashion statement, more than an attitude?From the raw/dirtiness that once came glued with being a so-called “delinquent” skateboarder. There has been a drastic change in the appearance and perspective that we were once given by the norms. The overly sized shirts, pants, and what ever shoes you used on the daily was your attire. Nowadays skateparks seem like runway shows leaving the unfashionistas a minority in todays skate-culture. I was recently browsing through a CCS catalog and noticed that the clothing section in the catalog outweighs all of the skateboarding essentials: wheels, trucks, and most importantly the decks.Why is that? Are such pioneers of merchandise, every skateboarder needs, advertising to the wrong clientele now? People were bound to get scraped, and waste shoes on the weekly. So instead of wasting your allowance on some over priced pants, to skate in or on played out shirts that your friends have worn out since the latest issue, get out there and get yourself some steez on your board. Most importantly, Don’t get dressed like its the first day of school when you go out and skate… Go out there and F**K S**T UP.Now sit back and enjoy this classic throwback:-AnthonyDavila
Parisian artist Horfee celebrates his first exhibition in North America, “CHAOS PAYS” at New Image Art in Los Angeles, California. Video by Steven Andrew Garcia HORFEE…
Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens, a Long Beach, CA musician and member of Free Moral Agents, De Facto, The Mars Volta and Jack White’s touring band was found dead in his hotel room in Cholula, Mexico this morning. His influence and contribution to the Los Angeles music scene will be sadly missed and will have a sincere impact around the globe. Jack White has cancelled the remainder of the Lazaretto tour while the rest of the music community orbits in shock. RIP Ikey, Frances The Mute will forever be the most powerful piece of art I’ve ever consumed.
In sticking with our recent trend of presenting artwork of the darker degree, I want to present the work of Cortar Cabezas. Primarily known for dabbling in the medium of collage, Cabezas looks to push the viewer buttons by mixing together imagery that is subtly perverse and then backhands it in the forehead with a metaphorical ironic pinky ring! Normally I’d attempt to break down this body of work both visually & conceptually, but after studying it for awhile I feel like most of the works are pretty self-explanatory… But have no fear my lil hooligans, I’ll still hold your hand through this awesome work…. For me collage as a medium is pretty straight forward, you cut it up, mix it around, and then serve it up to the masses (and if you’re a real BA you might even frame the shit). Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t artists out there who push the boundaries of what a “collage” can be defined as but, in this case it’s amazing to see very little image manipulation and how that alters the outcome of the final image.
Cortar Cabezas is a dyinamic Spanish duo comprised of artists Toño fM and Raul Lago. There isn’t a whole lot is out there about how this group came to be, but what is out there is the sick collages that they’ve been pumping out! The imagery has a vintage feel but with contemporary twists for sure. The transitions between the puzzle pieces isn’t very slick so it’s pretty hard for you to ignore the more jarring/focal aspects to the image. The guys do an amazing job of creating these sort of “visual paradoxes” that create a bridge for the viewer to better understand the dark concepts of the works. Like all great artists, these dudes try to send you on a cruise through various emotions which usually ends with you laughing to yourself about how the narrative presented will probably never work out. Some works are more jarring than others, but I figure that’s the artist intent, and if anything shows a kind of range that allows each piece to operate on its own. If I had to define the work I’d say It’s “viscerally unapologetic”, so basically if you have a pulse & enjoy something other than Mayonnaise sandwiches…. you may enjoy yourself here!
Check out more work by Cortar Cabezas and befriend them on the Facebook you’ll be happy you did! Here’s a peep of what to expect from these guys!
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Murals are a thing that is never going to go out of style. It’s been a integral part of art and it’s history for hundreds of years. More recently, murals are getting quite a bit of love from all around world. Bringing in Young Jedi artists from all over the place and giving them the real estate to get down.
The guy we’re focusing on today is Spencer Keeton Cunningham who (to simply sum it up) is a dude from “Parts Unkown, USA” and travels all over the place, crushing murals along the way. It’s always fun to watch artists work & the way it evolves when they travel and are forced to respond to new environments along the way. Personally, I’ve been following this dudes work for awhile seeing what new places he’ll pop up at and the way his new surroundings effect his work. Spencer’s murals focus on characters representing various cultures, from Native American iconography with the occasional nod to skateboarding culture. Upon first glance, you notice the full weight and scale of the work. It’s dark… it’s moody… and above all else, it’s pretty rad. The characters are done with bold lines and creative usage of color that can be big & bold but not ridiculously busy or detailed. I would say a big focus is on the actual movement or body language by the character of focus. Taking freedoms with the anatomy only enhance the emotions of the piece. Having said all that…
This work can be mad depressing at times! Not in the way where you wouldn’t want to peep it, but it definitely leaves you with the feeling that most of these characters won’t have a happy ending. Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m living in some “Half-glass full”, “Everything happens for a reason.” type shit, but its something to point out considering the majority of public art murals tend to lean more on the side of uplifting the viewer. This is more about taking the viewer to school and educating through his work. Mainly touching on topics about various atrocities done onto the Native American peoples and their communities. I guess this is one of the reasons I was initially drawn to this work… It gives off a vibe not commonly found in murals. All the while tackling issues that don’t get their due. Its a fun mix thats pretty balanced and exciting to look at. Recently, Spencer’s work is constantly evolving and taking new chances that look to be mad promising!
Check his work below and follow his travels and other artworks on his site:
↑Collaborative mural with dope New Mexico based artist Jaque Fragua
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Haris Mešić is a photographer that was raised in San Francisco, but is currently working on various projects in Bosnia, where he’s from. His photos cover a wide array of topics that range from skateboarding to landscapes to bikers. With his photographs, Haris shows how the unity of all life and people can never be broken. He successfully captures pure & powerful moments, so that they can be enjoyed and learned from after their time of perfection. All of his photos carry much meaning and have a story behind them. Haris also has exceptional lighting and compositional techniques, thereby elevating the value of his photos to a new level. Thus, not only do his pictures make you think, they are incredibly enjoyable to look at.
Haris shoots most of his photos on film (many are developed in the darkroom) and takes an even mix of color & b/w photos. All of his photos are available as prints at any size/paper. I definitely think that you should keep Haris Mešić on your radar and recommend that you look at even more of his awesome photography at his website here:
French artist Horfee prepares for his exhibition “Chaos Pays” in Los Angeles, California. video by Steven Andrew Garcia HORFEE - CHAOS PAYS - NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY Opening…