Funnily enough, this title arrived quite shortly after my dad was telling me how much I liked the Beatles cartoons on TV, growing up. I didn’t even recall that there were any, let alone having watched a lot. Enter this new title from Skira Rizzoli, Beatles in Comic Strips, written by Enzo Gentile and Fabio Schiavo, who have assembled over 200 Beatles comic strips, many of which are rare and very had to find elsewhere. [Read More / View Images]
Check out these two collections of old Penguin and Pelican book cover graphics. Things Magazine has an impressive archive of covers, by decade, including the ’60s. Some of them are amazing. And this Flickr collection of ’60s Penguin & Pelican covers maintained by Joe Kral is great too. Via The Ministry of Type.
I’ve just finished two entertaining fiction novels, both of which dealt with intellectual property and the repercussions of runaway record label lawyers. Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow, creates a totalitarian landscape, where record label execs have poor kids put away for life, and take the internet away from entire families, in order to put a stop to the scourge of piracy. The novel cleverly deals with the way this hinders the kind of creativity which brought us hip-hop, and more recently, the Grey Album. In Year Zero, by Rob Reid, the very same overzealous and litigious record labels merely threaten the very existence of our little planet. Earth’s archaic copyright laws mean the universe owes us more in royalties than they’ve got, which makes snuffing us out pretty inviting. It’s quite a funny novel, arguably demonstrating Douglas Adams levels of silliness. This infographic from Likelihood of Confusion looks at the IP debate today, and details the main differences between the two current Presidential candidates when it comes to this topic.
Brooklyn Bound Magazine is an incredible-looking new publication from my favorite borough. It offers “A New Take on the New American City” by investigating the heart and soul of the city, the people pushing it forward, and looking at where it can be tomorrow. The new effort comes from an all-star lineup including Founding Editor Benjamin Meadows-Ingram, who had already made a name for himself as an excellent music journalist when I first met him about a decade ago; Jeff Staple, arguably one of the best magazine layout designers in the game handles Creative Direction… [Read More]
MAGIC & Project tradeshows invited Jeff Staple to curate an exhibition of extremely rare limited edition releases from across the last decade or so of streetwear. The display compiled a plethora of rare and highly sought-after items, which chances are, typically you’ll only find on eBay, if at all. The exhibition was called PROJECT/Reed and Hypebeast invited Jeff to speak about it.
Speaking of Aaron De La Cruz, he’ll be contributing to the Dabs Myla & Friends Marvelous Expeditions group show at Thinkspace in Culver City this Saturday, alongside an impressive roster of artists. And with that show coming right up, Aaron recently interviewed the Australian art duo for Juxtapoz. Hit the Thinkspace link for a nice collection of sneak peek photos.
I just got my hands on the new CRYPTIK: EASTERN PHILOSOPHY title from ZERO+ Publishing. I’m a big fan of CRYPTIK, so it’s no surprise that I’m really happy to have his first book. At 85 pages deep, the hardcover displays excellent documentation of the artist’s public art campaign with beautiful black & white and color images of his iconic brand of street art: Buddha faces, Buddha Palms, Ganesha, Gandhi, Sanskrit-inspired lettering, and mystical symbols. The Cryptik Movement aims to help humanity evolve to a higher awareness, and this book is more or less the best available program guide. It also features a foreword by Ethel Seno, who worked with Jeffrey Deitch on MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” exhibition. 10.25 x 7.75″ (25.4 x 19.1cm) [View Images]
Here’s an interview by PrintIs.In with Eddie Zammit, the founder of T-world (the world’s only T-shirt journal). Aside from being a big fan, I’ve written for several issues of T-world, interviewing Jeffstaple, Greg at Mishka, Mr Cartoon, Estevan Oriol, Joshy D. from REBEL8, and many more streetwear bigshots. It’s been a pleasure to be involved with such a quality publication. I interviewed him for this site a while back too. This portrait is by the amazingly talented Nicole Reed.