I know I’ve posted about POW! WOW! 2013 about 2013 times now but this here is the official recap video for all of last year’s amazing artistic endeavors, including commentary from several contributors and the founders like Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar. It’s really well worth a watch – this video gives you a good sense of the scope of the entire event and the nice island vibes. Via Booooooom. I interviewed Jasper Wong for the Imprint Culture Lab website earlier in the year too. [Watch Video]
3 Union Shop: The Colby Poster Company is a short documentary about a famous LA screen printing shop which ran for three generations, starting in 1948. It’s a great watch about a dying industry and communication in the pre-internet era. Directed by Felipe Lima and C.R. Stecyk III. Via The World’s Best Ever.
Tomorrow evening Gallery 1988: West on Melrose (well, they’re both on Melrose, duh) opens up a great-sounding group show, Required Reading: Prints Inspired by Literature. No word on exactly who’ll be in this one yet – I know Benjie Escobar will have a great print in there, and presumably lots of the usual suspects (in other words, about 3/4 of the most talented artists and illustrators in the LA area).
This Saturday, The Seventh Letter, the LA-based streetwear label powered by graphics from some of the city’s best and most respected graffiti artists opens its flagship store and gallery location on Fairfax Ave. The grand opening includes a group art show with contributions from the likes of Aaron De La Cruz, KR, Richard Colman, Patrick Martinez, Greg Lamarche, Retna, 123Klan, Haze, Mr. Cartoon, Chaz Bojorquez, El Mac, and many more.
I’ve posted about the amazing work of Russian typographer Maxwell “86era” Lord several times here. He did an amazing job on the Selector “Best By Any Test” tee graphic earlier this year, and the shirt has had an amazing reaction so far. More recently, Max posted about this impressive graphic he did to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal hip-hop album Enter The Wu-Tang / 36 Chambers. The original graphic cleverly incorporates each of the core members’ names (based on the roll-call in the song “Method Man”) into the iconic W logo shape. Hit the link to Max’s site for more details on the process.
The Good For Nothing show is a collaborative work series between LA-based tattoo artist Alain Gomez, and some amazing contributors including 2ndwnd, CBNC, CRYPTIK, and more. The show is going down tomorrow evening at the CNBC HQ at the Brewery in DTLA. Sounds will be provided by Contact Field Orchestra. 2020 N Main St #12, LA, CA, 90031. 7-11pm.
Jeff Soto is back with a brand new series of Seeker Friends prints, this time exploring nine ancient elements including Fire, Water, Earth, Life and more. The first one is Fire and it is set to drop at noon, today PST. The print will be available for $30 + shipping at Prints on Wood. This timed edition will be available starting Friday until noon PST on Sunday.
My talented former employer, Jeff Staple, has teamed up with three other respected brands (10.Deep, HUF, & Black Scale) to create a special apparel design collaboration which will release on Black Friday. The release consists of limited edition varsity jacket and hat the proceeds of which go to benefit Art Start, an award-winning, nationally-recognized New York City non-profit organization. [Watch Video]
You probably shouldn’t be online today. You should be out and about giving thanks somehow or other, don’t you think? Or at least at home, surrounded by family. On the off chance you aren’t busy with fun things, this episode of Angeleno artist David Choe’s popular podcast DVDASA features none other than my good buddy and former employer, Nima Nabavi, perhaps best known for founding pioneering online retailer Digital Gravel many years ago, way before everyone was doing it.