“Don’t grow up, it’s a trap!” is a popular meme on Tumblr these days. And while it’s sadly ironic, it’s also true. I recently heard that if you ask a class of kindergarten children if they’re artists, they’ll all say yes. If you ask a class of 2nd graders the same question, less than half will say yes. Somewhere along the way, we forget how to reach for the sky. We get bogged down with self-doubt and the other sometimes depressing realities of life, instead. Enter Dallas Clayton, a man on a mission to rectify this global problem! Already well known for his children’s books like An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Love, this time he’s set out to write “A kid’s book for adults,” and that’s exactly what he’s done with It’s Never Too Late. Fresh out from Putnam Books, with big pictures and short sentences, you could be forgiven for thinking the ideas contained within this new hardcover title are for children. Au contraire, they’re clearly aimed at us grown-ups, those of us who need an occasional reminder that life is amazing, if only you change your perspective. And so under the guise of a very simple book for kids, the talented, creative, and ever-positive Dallas Clayton spreads a powerful and much-needed message for adults, all about appreciating the wonder around us, living in the moment, and making the most of life.
ARTCRANK is a poster party for bike-lovers, which first started in Minnesota in 2007. This Saturday, November 9th, ARTCRANK-LA will take place at Space 15Twenty in Hollywood. Admission is free and the event will feature limited edition poster prints for $40 from the 30 contributing LA-based artists, who include Amy de Leon, Eyeone, Marco Zamora, SEIZER-ONE, and many more. Take a look at the 2012 video and some previews of the limited edition posters. More details on their FB page too.
The good people at San Diego-based sunglasses brand Knockaround truly are class acts. Now you can join in supporting them for a great cause – raising money for art education in schools – by investing in a very special limited edition run of Nacho Sunglasses, which were designed by Vanessa, a 5th grader. If you recall the Knockaround Limited Edition Shark Attack sunglasses you’ll recognize this effort as a repeat of that successful campaign, except this time Knockaround are running everything via Indiegogo. You can even invest at the Spicy Nacho level and get a re-issue of the Shark Attacks! But best of all? You can tell everyone, “Those are NACHO sunglasses!”
Slow Culture are back with another great-looking opening, right on the tail of their successful exhibition of work by Jay Howell, in conjunction with The Hundreds. This week Friday, they’ll unveil a selection of work by LA-based artist Kristofferson San Pablo, who has an idiosyncratic style blending fine art techniques with contemporary pop culture references. 7-10pm. See you there.
I couldn’t make it to the recent Jay Howell opening at Slow Culture gallery in Highland Park, on account of being on the opposite side of the Pacific and all. Luckily, The Hundreds were on hand to document the shenanigans. It’s only fitting when you consider the exhibition showcased art from the Jay Howell x The Hundreds capsule collection, and the gear from said collection was also on hand. Word on the street is, this was one of Slow Culture’s best openings yet. Onward and upward, gents!
I was in Japan last week, for the recent Architecture for Dogs opening there. No complaints here, but one downside was that I missed the awesome one day Break Bread installation which Angeleno artist Patrick Martinez exhibited at El Tapatio Market in Bell Gardens (a city located between LA and Long Beach). Luckily, LA TACO have great coverage of Patrick’s amazing work inside the grocery store.
It finally feels like winter’s coming to LA, and I’m already thinking about whether I’ll be able to get to Hawaii early next year for POW! WOW! 2014…and in preparation for what is surely going to be another amazing summit of talented creatives, the POW! WOW! crew have just put out the new men’s and women’s tees, in a nice minty green print color. Stoked.
I’m not sure how long this amazing work from the CRYPTIK Pop-Up at HutchLA is going to be available online at HutchLA so all I can say is don’t sleep. If you couldn’t make it over to the retail/art space in Verdugo Village to check out the exhibition in person, this is your best bet for coming up on some amazing CRYPTIK work!
The good people at Australian magazine ACCLAIM recently interviewed my talented and industrious buddy Ivan Jimenez of Skulls Intl. Just like ACCLAIM said, Ivan has had an impressive career, and deserves a lot of credit for creating some of the most eye-catching 5-panel caps you’ll see anywhere. Ivan works harder than most people I know and he really respects his customers too. A lot of brands have jumped on his brandwagon and are biting his style shamelessly, so it’s great to see him credited for his work.
In preparation for the Jay Howell opening Except My Love at Slow Culture this evening, the Highland Park gallery have posted an interesting interview with the Cali-based artist, called 5 Questions W/ Jay Howell. It’s a great way to find out a little more about this talented artist, inspirations behind his pieces in the show, and also about his Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay & Craig.