Warsteiner Art Bottles

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Warsteiner, a German brewery, recently teamed up with some amazing artists to create a series of art bottles. The line-up includes designs by 123Klan, Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed), Insa, Stefan Strumbel, Nychos, and Brook Reidt. The series was curated by Hawaii-based artist Jasper Wong (the founder of POW!WOW! who I interviewed for Imprint Culture Lab recently) and Andy Chiu of Warsteiner. Of course, the bottles look incredible, and the artists also teamed up for a mural in Berlin too. [Watch Video]

SWF x Trill Dad

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Stay Weird Forever recently teamed up with Trill Dad for this excellent Pizza Hat. What you might not realize is that collectively these two brands represent more BTS work for the streetwear industry than you could possibly imagine. The talented gents behind SWF and Trill Dad have both helped craft the creative for brands like The Hundreds, Mishka and REBEL8 and much more.

The Cryptik Movement

Next Saturday, exactly one week from today, will be a great day for art in Los Angeles. The homie Grizz will open up the doors to his brand new boutique/gallery space Hutch LA. A ton of work has gone into ensuring that the space is nothing short of stunning. And to get things started the right way, the inaugural opening is a showing of the latest art by Cryptik. Plus live tattoos will be going down. See you there.

SLVDR X Josh Oldenbug X Stoked

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A lot of people would be stoked to come up on this beautiful surfboard from SLVDR and Oldenburg, who have teamed up to raise money for STOKED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth in underserved urban communities. SLVDR are hosting an auction for “The One,” a custom, handmade surfboard designed by Josh Oldenburg himself. The auction started on 8/16 and will run for a week via eBay (which means there are only four days left now), and 100% of the proceeds will benefit STOKED.


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Last weekend, I was lucky enough to stop by Beer Belly in Koreatown while MR44 was touching up and adding to some walls he first did there back in 2011. It was great seeing 44 in action again and he even let me assist, filling in some colors, which was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. You can follow his work on his mr44ism Instagram account. [View Photos]

School of Music

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Here’s a great video about the awesome School of Music aspect of the annual POW! WOW! gathering in Hawaii. The video helps to explain what the School is all about, and it’s no wonder that they’ve been so successful given involvement from good folks like Andy Song at Flexfit Basecamp, and Hisham Dahud, who I interviewed for Imprint Culture Lab back in May. Via Booooooom. [Watch Video]

86era BTS

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I interviewed a talented typographer by the name of Maxwell Lord a few years ago for the T-Files. We’ve stayed in touch since, occasionally discussing the possibility of his doing a graphic for Selector. This year I had a graphic in mind which needed a skillful type treatment and Max agreed to tackle it. So I gave him one of the brand’s longstanding mottos, “The best by any test,” along with some very vague direction, and he put his skills to work. This new graphic from Max will be available on the Selector site in the next few days. He was kind enough to provide me with several BTS shots which illustrate his process for creating this kind of custom lettering – from the initial sketches, to the pre-vector raster, then vectoring, and the final product. [View Process]