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Painted Oceans

POW! WOW! Long Beach 2015 participating artist Tristan Eaton has just announced an impressive new project called Painted Oceans. His plan is to paint the famous Red Sands Sea Forts off the coast of England, alongside the artistic talents of Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, How/Nosm, and The London Police. There’s also a current Kickstarter effort to raise $200K to document the whole project. Epic stuff!

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My buddy Martin Wong and his wife Wendy organize these incredible fundraiser concerts for their daughter’s school’s arts program. Aside from being for a great cause, the matinee concert series is absolutely awesome in its own right. Martin calls on his epic rolodex to line up LA punk rock legends and all sorts of other great musical stuff. Family-friendly, great raffle prizes, and lots of good loud fun (bring earplugs). It’s a deal, it’s a steal. The next one is going down Sunday, January 31st. Tickets available here.

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Nuclear Mysticism

The good people at Passion of the Weiss (super well-respected LA-based music blog) said this was good. When it comes to finding great new music I trust them completely. This “Nuclear Mysticism” LP by Dr. Conspiracy is fuzzy trip hop (or whatever the kids call it these days) powered by dirty psyche rock breaks of the best kind. So, if you like Edan, GLK, or DJ Shadow, chances are, you’ll dig this too.

Jasper Wong x Microsoft

Super popular & well-respected art blog Supersonic Art have some incredible photos of the Jasper Wong mural in Long Beach, California from last year, created using the Microsoft Surface tablet. It was really fun to be on hand for this – another great addition to the LB public art landscape.

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Deep Cover

This article from Fastcodesign nicely points out that whoever said album cover design is dead was totally wrong. I hope it wasn’t me who said that. Check out the “Best Art Vinyl 2015” winners and nominees out over at the Art Vinyl website for more.

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As The World Dies

As The World Dies is the name of a new limited time-release from talented artist Ian Kuali’i and art online retailer 1xRun. The exhibition includes two editions of 17″ x 17″ pigment prints, as well as some of Ian’s amazing one-of-a-kind original vintage spray cans with his signature hand-cut stencils. I’m a huge fan of Ian’s work and I’m kicking myself for not having posted this earlier, but hey, there’s still over a week left on the countdown to the end of the limited time run.

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Director’s Drawings

Once the exclusive domain of film crews tasked with realizing a director’s vision, storyboards have in recent years become appreciated as works of art on their own. This is largely the result of Drawing into Film: Directors’ Drawings, a landmark exhibition held in 1993 at Pace Gallery in New York. The show’s catalog, the first published collection of this rarely seen material, features sketches, drawings, notations, and storyboards by a who’s who of superstar directors, including Sergei Eisenstein, Orson Welles, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Federico Fellini, Tim Burton, and Terry Gilliam. These highly diverse, wildly expressive hand-drawn illustrations—from Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull fight sequence storyboards and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice character sketches to David Lynch’s surreal Dune landscapes—add new layers of meaning that enhance the experience of these iconic films. Long out of print but available at New Metaphor Books, Drawing into Film a fascinating slice of film history and a fantastic visual feast.

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