In 1989 Marc McKee was the aesthetic mastermind behind the graphics slapped on skate decks for World Industries and many of its subsidiaries, including Blind, 101, Menace, A-Team and Almost. So if you were skating back then, you were probably riding a McKee original. Two decades later, with the help of Winston Tseng, Marc has managed to cram some of those original designs and some of his other rare pieces into a 96-page book called "The Art of Marc McKee."
While a good chunk of the book focuses on the artist's classic decks, the ones that made the golden age of skateboard art what it was--funny, sexy, and offensive--it also includes pieces he did for publications like "Hustler." We had a chance to catch up with Marc in the midst of his book tour stop in Italy and the artist let us in on what it was like working with the pros during that golden age.
As Gwen Stefani would say, these banana sculptures are bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
If there were any two directors--all right three--who have the chops to go head-to-head in a steel cage, it would without a doubt be Quentin Tarantino and the Coen bothers, Joel and Ethan.
The guys are cinemagraphic icons. An ex-con and an ex-cop raising a stolen baby? The sweet sounds of Stealers Wheel resonating while a man gets his ear hacked off? The flawless ability to cast Steve Buscemi? That's the stuff of genius. It's also why we were so psyched to hear that Spoke Art's Ken Harman would be pitting the directors against each other in a pop culture-themed art smackdown featuring more than 100 artists.
"Quentin vs. Coen - An art show tribute to Tarantino and the Brothers," opened at Bold Hype Gallery, artist Eric Althin's gallery in Manhattan. Paintings, screen prints and photographs reinterpreting favorite scenes, characters and films hung on the walls, as Dudes and Mr. Pinks walked around sipping on complimentary "Caucasian" cocktails (seriously, people were drinking White Russians in costume).
Fortunately, we managed to catch up with Ken and Eric during the frenzy of opening night to help us figure out just how important to them the directors are.
For 15 years "South Park" has been polluting the airwaves with crass jokes and immature humor. We couldn't be happier about it. To celebrate its crystal anniversary, the show has declared this the "Year of the Fan" and commissioned some incredible artists to create pieces inspired by the show. The result is an art show that opened in New York yesterday at the Opera Gallery featuring 15 pieces by 15 artists that will excite a "South Park" fan like white women excite Chef. We've pulled a few of our favorites from the site (including Ron English's "Last Supper in South Park," which is above). After the New York show is over these pieces will make their way to Comic-Con where they might be displayed right next to your crappy fan art! That's right, as a part of "Year of the Fan," the show's staff is asking fans to submit their own interpretations of the morons who live in "South Park." Submit your least sucky art here.
Everyone knows the story of the great Saint Patrick. He was an apostle born in the fourth century A.D. who was obsessed with four leaf clovers, cheap plastic necklaces and beer. Each year the world pauses to celebrate him on March 17 with lots of alcohol consumption and loud talking. Inevitably, a long day of celebrating the great apostle is followed by a long night of puking your brains out. In fact, puking is as much a St. Patrick's Day tradition as skipping work and sexually harassing someone because they're not wearing green. So in order to celebrate the venerable Saint Patrick and his day (which is tomorrow), I've gathered up a bunch of gifs of people barfing. The pope would be proud.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker battled the evil Empire, helped his wayward father find redemption and hooked up his best friend with his own sister.
In this galaxy, "Star Wars" is often unceremoniously combined with disparate media that has no business sullying the name of the historic franchise (that's George Lucas' job, after all), all in an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of geekdom. It's as if people think any pop culture reference mashed up with "Star Wars" equals page view gold. And maybe it does, but that doesn't mean that we can't be outraged by some of these egregious attempts at page view bait.
Here are a few "Star Wars" mashups that are either unworthy of the venerable name or inspired works of art. You be the judge.
The idea of stealing a piece of art off a wall isn't that crazy. You just pick it up, carry it to your van and drive away. It's gets a little more difficult when the piece of art IS the wall. In that case, you have to cut out a square of wall and cart it away, like some thieves did with a Banksy piece in L.A. Here's what the piece looked like before it was stolen. The after photo is below.
Los Angeles, CA
Via Wooster Collective
We've got some bad news for that guy who sleeved out his arm in Louis Vuitton, the guy who inked the fashion logo on his scalp and the one who scrawled it across his neck. Someone new is rocking the logo and he looks way better than you. Also, it's a pig.
Get this: Belgian tattoo artist Wim Delvoye is doping up pigs at Art Farm China in Yang Zhen, Beijing, and inking them with designs ranging from the LV logo to patterns found on Russian prison inmates. Delvoye and two other artists pull out their guns and tattoo at the same time to get in as many designs as they can while the pig is under anesthesia. After that, Delvoye sends the pig on its way with some A&D ointment and a farm hand, who keeps the tattoo clean and moist.
While we here in America believe in this little thing called animal rights, for the most part, over at the Art Farm it’s all about giving the visitors a site to ogle. Delvoye also makes money off his bizarre endeavor, stuffing and selling some of the pigs after they die and stretching the skin of others over canvas.
"Instead of producing art I wanted to harvest it," Delvoye, who has no fans in the animal rights community, has said. "The pigs are a nice allegory that makes us think about what art means to us, and where the line exists between what art is and what art isn't."