New York, NY
New York, NY
Graffiti and skateboarding have always been related. They're sort of like turkey and green beans--they don't go directly together, but if one's on the dinner table it makes a lot of sense for the other one to be there too. So it is with much pleasure that we bring you this video of a device invented by British artist D*Face that unites spray-painting and skatebaording in a way we never thought possible. The method? Attaching a can of spray-paint to the bottom of a skateboard and controlling it with a remote control as skaters do their thing. The result? Kickass art.
There's an old saying that goes something like this: When life gives you disgusting back hair, make disgusting back hair-ade. It's about how you should take the things that you think suck about yourself (like that briar patch on your back) and turn them into things that don't suck (like a work of art). Today, we'd like to salute the men who live by this credo. These are men who have shown the world that a coarse patch of wirey black weeds growing on a man's back is, like wet clay or an untouched block of marble, fertile ground for artistic expression.
Take the grizzly above. This mysterious Twins fan was seen at a game this weekend with a Joe Mauer jersey shaved into his back hair. It's an ambitious work that's both visually stunning and economically practical--have you seen the price of a MLB jersey!? Now let's look at 13 pictures of his creative, hairy backed brethren.
Los Angeles, CA
Before a graffiti artist can start sneaking into train yards to write his name in elaborate block letters on the side of the 7 train, he's got to practice. That's why the world's best writers keep blackbooks. These secret notebooks are a treasure trove of pieces not meant for public consumption.
Until Sacha Jenkins and David "Chino" Villorente get their hands on them. After releasing two collections of blackbook drawings, the two graffiti writers/authors have just put out a third. World Piecebook is an amazing collection of wildly creative drawings that includes works by writers from Korea to the Netherlands and damn near everywhere between.
Each piece shows the care and whacked-out inventiveness put into crafting a unique style. More significantly, they emphasize how far this style of graffiti has traveled, from the burnt-out streets of the Bronx to all corners of the Old World.
By Jana + JS
The majority of us will only take 20 minutes out of our lives to ever consider the lightbulb--most likely while replacing one. But Todd Robbins has made his living off the lowly household essential; he's eaten more than 4,000 of them.
"It's about as much of a trick as a triple somersault on a trapeze," says the star of "Play Dead," the off-Broadway spectacle that just hit its 200th run. "There's no deception to it. I truly am eating glass."
But instead of internal bleeding, a piece of legislation may be the thing that puts Robbins out of business.
The year was 1995 (or '96, somewhere around there) and artist David Christiansen was in Mexico working for a local church. The pieces he was sculpting were serious business, depicting the final hours of Jesus' life. It was a long way from the work he'd been doing, building things like giant Beavis and Butt-Head robots for Viacom and six-foot-long roaches to help the company promote the "Citizen Kane" of roach movies, "Joe's Apartment." Then one day, without warning, the idea for the sculpture above was born.
"I just combined the two," Christiansen said about the inspiration for "Beavis and Butthead's Fifteenth Station of the Cross." "It's all about how people worship media and how media is based on this 'watch me, follow me' culture. In a sense, it's the same as religion."
Christiansen's sculpture, which he made out of eurothane foam in about three months, went on display in a Kansas art gallery soon after he finished it. It didn't stay up long. "It's kind of a Bible Belt area," he told Clutch. "It got some controversial media coverage and I was asked to remove it after some protest. It kind of hit a nerve with some Catholics." But not everyone in the '90s was an overly sensitive killjoy. A month after the controversial showing, Christiansen put the piece up in another art show and didn't hear a single complaint.
And now, are you ready for this: the sculpture can be yours! Christiansen is selling this beautiful piece of religious commentary/pop art for the low, low price of $6,000 (plus $375 shipping). OK, so it's not that low. But it's worth it for two reasons: 1) You'd own this epic piece of art and 2) You'd be able to keep your religious aunt from ever visiting.
Check out some more pictures of "Beavis and Butthead's Fifteenth Station of the Cross" below. Read More...