Aio Wireless (a prepaid wireless service provider) invited Benjie to participate in their Inspiration Series Art Studio alongside some other LA talent like Ash Kahn and Miss Lawn. Benjie’s collaboration featuring his hand drawn lettering, spelling out “Posi-freakin’-tivity” included some awesome headphones. At the launch event they also had poster prints and tees. They’ve just released the video they did with Benjie, leading up to the collaboration. [Watch Video]
Here are a few highlights from 2013, in my humble opinion – just sharing – I’m no expert/critic. Needless to say, most real highlights for the year happened offline!
Book of the Year (Fiction): The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Technically, this was published in 2009, but I didn’t get around to reading it until this year.
Book of the Year (Non-Fiction): Shadow Type I saw a lot of amazing art & design books in 2013 but this title from Princeton Architectural Press stood out thanks to the amazingly curated collection of vintage type it contains.
Album of the Year: Head in the Dirt – Hanni El Khatib Such a good album. I never got around to posting about it here somehow but it was definitely my favorite LP of the year. It’s still on heavy rotation. On a semi-related note, I did interview Innovative Leisure label-founder Jamie Strong for Imprint Culture Lab.
Trip of the Year: Pow! Wow! 2013 What an amazing experience – great artists, epic setting, creativity for days. Would love to go back again.
Post of the Year: T-Files 040: Erik Otto This interview with talented SF-based artist Erik Otto (who is currently working in Mexico if I’m not mistaken), was the Typo-Graphical post from 2013 with the most visitors. Thanks! Please come again.
A brand new print edition from LA’s own CRYPTIK dropped on art/print webshop 1xRun today and all 75 copies have already sold out! Impressive stuff. Goes to show, the early bird gets the rad art print. If you’re interested in his work, I’ve interviewed him for this blog a few years back, and Imprint Culture Lab slightly more recently.
Bay Area-based artist Samuel Rodriguez (interviewed) recently held an interesting art exhibition at Cukui, called Visual Mixtape. The art celebrates local and international musicians, because “they have such a universal impact.” The goods on display consist of Sam’s original paintings, each of a different musician, as a box set including a signed limited edition print and a custom bracelet too. The musicians featured include Bjork, Erykah Badu, J Boog, and Mac Dre.
This Saturday, Known Gallery opens up a new exhibition of work by one of LA’s best-known photographers, Estevan Oriol, famous for documenting some of LA’s tougher and less glamorous subcultures such as gangs and lowrider car culture. He also directs film. And to get the party started this Saturday, the new exhibition opens with a book signing event from 2-7pm.
Lovers of fine graphic tees from the City of Angels should be happy to hear that Foreign Family are currently taking pre-orders on several of their popular classic designs, mostly by the talented MR44 and Johnny Kim. The eye-catching and enduring designs include “Chasing the Dragon,” “Coi,” “Foreign Affairs,” and more. You can check them out in their online store.
If you’re a fan of De La Soul and/or Prince Paul’s incredible production for them, you’ll want to check out this new mixtape from DJ Platurn, So This Is De La Heaven Part Deux. It’s the continuation from Part 1 which was released in 2003 and it covers lots of sampled breaks and beats the group famously rhymed over loops of. Via Egotripland.
Pretty excited about this. I’ve been a big MUJI (no-brand) fan for years now, so I’m really excited that they’re opening a flagship store in the LA area tomorrow! It’s going to be located in the Hollywood Galaxy Shopping Center at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it should be worth a look, for its minimalist “no-brand quality goods.” This year I got to visit the “MUJI Mecca” in Yarakucho, Tokyo, which stocks every single MUJI item, and Imprint has been working closely with MUJI Executive Creative Director Kenya Hara on the Architecture for Dogs project too.