Yesterday seemed like such a big day in the history of our little planet, thanks to SpaceX. As many people have commented online and presumably elsewhere, it’s exciting that we’re on the verge of getting way past the moon, almost as if we’re living in a sci-fi story, or in a good David Bowie song, perhaps. I wonder if any aliens noticed. The synchronized landing of the boosters was unexpectedly beautiful too.
ALL THE BUILDINGS IN PARIS: That I’ve Drawn So Far is the latest book out from talented artist & illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, via Universe Publishing. If you loved his previous titles based on the buildings of London and NYC, you’ll no doubt enjoy this new hardcover too. If you’re into art/illustration, architecture, and travel, this is a real treat either way. James’ unique illustrations cover the city’s most famous buildings and landmarks (both historic, and modern) as well as some much lesser-known examples of local construction. And as much as I enjoy Hancock’s lively illustration work, his hand-lettering throughout the book is really nice too.. [Read More]
The talented homie LA-based artist Benjie Escobar is taking his art to Texas for the first time, with his new exhibition Aqui No Mas opening at Presa House Gallery at 7pm this Saturday. He’s set to unveil a new body his trademark black & white “lowbrow” work; all ink on paper. The theme of Benjie’s latest work focuses on repurposing, reimagining, and updating iconic Chicano & Latino characters in new ways, and his own unique typography; inspired by low rider art and tattoos. Don’t miss out on the exclusive Flash Sheet print which will be available in the gallery. Presa House will also exhibit new work by artists Sabrina Alfaro and Gilbert Martine.
This might be a slight departure from the usual content here, but I’m posting it because I honestly think that an hour in a kayak in Alamitos Bay (near Belmont Shore & Naples Island, in beautiful Long Beach) is pretty much the best way you can spend $10 in Los Angeles County (not including pizza or tacos). My daughter and I are huge fans – we go about once a week throughout the summer. The combination of outdoors fun, cool water, and good exercise is kind of unbeatable. Please pardon the low res screen cap from my old GoPro – you get the idea. Check out Kayaks On The Water for more info, and their Yelp page is helpful too. You can even take your dog (but you’ll need to bring a suitable dog life jacket).
I usually try to keep this blog rated PG13 but this print by my talented friend Jeff Gress (who is also POW! WOW! Hawaii Operations Manager) is too good not to share. Perfect timing for the current political climate. It’s part of the POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Featured Artists Presented By 1xRUN series of prints that coincide with the incredible mural festival. Several of the editions have already sold out!
Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London is a really cool project on Kickstarter, by London-based photographer Alex Bartsch, whereby he shoots reggae record covers in the locations featured on the cover. They make for some very cool photos! The Kickstarter project is to produce a book around Alex’s great photos.
POW! WOW! JAPAN 2016 starts today! I was lucky enough to be there last year during the first POW! WOW! JAPAN. This year the mural festival and accompanying events are going down in Kobe, a city in Kansai, near Osaka and Kyoto. It’s a lovely place – I lived there for about 5 years during high school. Funnily enough, many of the murals are going up on my old high school. You can follow the fun on their Instagram account.
Before a recent flight, I downloaded Alto’s Adventure: An endless snowboard odyssey, and ended up being glad I had. It’s sort of a side-scrolling racing platform game, although this one generally scrolls diagonally from the upper left to the lower right, as you glide down mountainsides. And there aren’t stages per se, just new tasks and challenges to achieve on potentially endless downhill rides. The ride is only over when you crash, essentially. The gameplay is interesting in how little you need to do control-wise to achieve the goals – its minimal there too. [Read More]