November 24, 2013
November 19, 2013
The arts community in NYC suffered a dirty stab in the back Monday night when Jerry and David Wolkoff, the owners of graffiti artist haven 5 Pointz, haphazardly whitewashed the building's facade. An act that was apparently meant to soften the blow of the building's imminent demolition felt more like a huge fuck you to anyone and everyone interested in or involved with the street art scene in New York.
About a dozen people, including curator Meres, were milling around 5 Pointz on Tuesday afternoon, taking photos and tagging a little corner of the building for the last time. There was an air of utter sadness and defeat, everyone questioning why the end had to be like this. The painting of the building seemed like an act of sheer anger, something an uncontrollable kid would do if they were throwing a temper tantrum. Not only physically destructive, painting over the graffiti was metaphorically destructive as well - it's is a sign of utmost disrespect in the graffiti community.
A unique part of the city which had become a cult international destination for artists and fans; and, more importantly, a creative outlet for a community of New York City is gone for good. 5 Pointz is set for demolition over the next 3 months, and overpriced condos will take it's place. More pictures after the jump.
October 28, 2013
Next time Daniela goes somewhere, I'm gonna hide in her suitcase. Obviously a traveler, Ms. Coelho, originally from Brazil, gets around (the world). She captures beautiful scenes from her trips, and has a very interesting perspective. These photos make you want to get up out of your seat and go far, far away. Today's a great day to explore the world, through her photography. Check out more of her gorgeous photos here, and also Meu Amigo Tigre, the band she plays bass guitar in, which is great background music for her photography.
location Brasilia, Brazil, but currently living in London favorite camera Yashica Electro 35 random fact about yourself I just configured a wi-fi router by myself and I'm felling great about it favorite subject matter to shoot Basically almost everything I see when I travel photographers you admire Man Ray, André Kertész, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier what makes a great photo For me what makes a good photo is not the technique involved, but its impact and how it makes you react. Some of the most beautiful photos I've seen are not "right" in terms of composition or exposure, for example what makes a terrible photo Usually photos of me eating are pretty bad why do you love photography This is such a simple question, but I'm finding it a little hard to answer. I don't think I've ever really thought about it. Taking photos is something I gradually started loving a few years ago. For me it just works as a great way of self-expression, I think. do you do any other art? I play bass guitar in the band Meu Amigo Tigre
October 25, 2013
Just in time for the blustery weather Uniqlo has released some new flannel shirts. I've always been a fan of Uniqlo button ups which are cut just a bit narrower than J.Crew or Gap but it's been hard for me to find check patterns or designs that I like. The Japanese retail giant made it easy for me this season though. They released both a green and black camouflage print. They were so popular (and so cheap) that they sold out of the NYC stores in just a few days. But they're still available online (maybe) and are (or were?) on promotion for just under $20. Take a look below.
October 22, 2013
1948 is London's 21 Mercer. Another cryptic number with no mention of Nike in the name, 1948 can fit about four of New York City's NSW flagship stores inside of it. The cavernous former warehouse space has been updated for the trendy Shoreditch clientele- exposed brick is painted black, wooden accents are highlighted with neon and grid-like design elements add some Eastern influence.
As one would expect from a Nike Sportswear flagship store, 1948 has an ever changing exhibit of Nike's newest technology which just happened to be the Free Flyknit City Pack when we visited. There is also a carefully selected display of running tech like Gyakusou as well as the super high-end NSW Made In Italy collection. And finally, the store wouldn't have been complete without a few walls of shoes. 1948 is worth visiting if not for the shoes, then for the look and feel of the space. For me it was a pilgrimage to a temple of Nike on another continent. Check it off the list.
October 17, 2013
October 16, 2013
More Flyknits (they're pretty much our thang). This time we can give you a look at the Free Flyknit HTM SP. The HTM designation stands for the Nike all-star design team of Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker. It also means an extremely limited run of shoes, with some special technology or a blend of two or more distinct pieces of tech. This particular shoe takes the Flyknit Trainer upper and slaps it on the Free 5.0 sole, the hybrid result is a great looking, very light and flexible shoe in three exclusively HTM colorways.
For the purposes of this post, we've got the white and tour yellow variations to show you. Yellow is of particular note, because, of the various iterations of Flyknits to date, there hasn't yet been a bold yellow colorway. There have been plenty of blues, neon greens and grayscale colors but yellow has been a bit scarce. The Free Flyknit HTM features a multi knit on the tongue and a blend of gray as well as the main upper color throughout the shoe. The laces are are ribbon which is a nice touch and adds another contrasting texture to the already texture rich kicks. Check out some detailed pictures below.
October 15, 2013
Think of a camera - something boxy, probably dark in color, with a lens and a few buttons. That's what most people would describe, except David Lo. He lets his imagination run wild, designing cameras that would impress the likes of Quentin Tarantino and James Bond, to name a few notables (see below). He calls his works "instructions for fantasy", and draws on the daily. His mind is full of designs, and Mr. Lo hopes to create a small book of camera designs one day. In Lo's world, the possibilities are endless. Check out some of his drawings and photography below, as well as on Flickr.
October 14, 2013
How do you see one of the world's most exciting cities in two days? You don't. You try to hit all the coolest spots as fast as you possibly can. It helps if you have a local tour guide. We were lucky enough to have two. After discussing over a pint, we concluded we had to go to Shoreditch. So off we went.