This recent LA Times article “‘Wheaties’ artists get creative outside the box” by Hugh Hart takes a look at the current state of wheatpasted art here in LA. It’s great to see a focus on ABCNT (interviewed) featured, and the article also mentions CRYPTIK (interviewed) and Shark Toof too. I’ve not heard of wheatpaste artists as “wheaties” before so that was educational.
I went to check out the current Takashi Murakami exhibit ARHAT at Blum & Poe in Culver City yesterday. It pretty much blew all of Murakami’s previous work I’d seen completely out of the water. I thought it was incredible. I really enjoyed the fascinating mixture of Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist iconography, the Hayao Miyazaki references, the bright colors, the overall abundance of detail, and his hilarious self portraits. The main room contained three huge paintings, which had enough detail that I could have spent twice as long staring at them, and still not seen everything. [View Photos]
Fans of Ludwig Clothing probably already know that founder/creative director Mike Dytri is big on MMA and takes his training seriously. So it’s only fitting that he’s just launched an awesome series of giclee prints, which pay homage both to the art of Keith Haring and to the art of wrestling. Impressive stuff. 15% goes towards the RED HOT foundation. Available here.
Brandon Shigeta is a really talented guy from Los Angeles. He’s one of the best photographers I know, and he’s a LEED certified architect to boot. He contributes to Hypebeast regularly, which might help explain why he seems to have the coolest job of all time – guaranteed to be backstage at every event you could possibly hope to go to. Which is why if you’re not following Brandon on Instagram, you’re kind of missing out.
Ivan has been doing big things with his Skulls brand lately. I was traveling last weekend, and didn’t manage to post about his Spring Lookbook shoot with model Alysha Net (Parts 1 and 2), or his awesome pizza bagel-themed “Vinnie’s” Pack. The brand is about to turn two so Ivan is celebrating his own unique way, by releasing more impressive and eye-catching hats.