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Everybody’s Something

Chance the Rapper is a talented young hip-hop musician from Chicago who rhymes (and sometimes sings) like none other. The mixtape this was on has been downloaded 900,000+ times, and it’s easy to see why. Everybody’s somebody’s everything; nobody’s nothing.

Agents Provocateurs

Subliminal Projects have a new group show opening tonight. Agents Provocateurs is a “selection of subversive skateboard graphics & artworks,” featuring Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Andy Jenkins, Ben Horton, Cleon Peterson, Donny Miller, Ed Templeton, Fos, Jason Moore, Marc McKee, Michael Sieben, Sean Cliver, Todd Franciss, and Winston Tseng. Ties in with the Agents Provocateurs book from Gingko Press.

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Designing for a Sea Change

This week I visited the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City with the team from Imprint Culture Lab. The current exhibition, “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change,” focuses on the global problem of rising sea levels, the increased intensity of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, typhoons in the Philippines, the Tōhoku earthquake & tsunami in Japan, and what that means for low-lying areas like The Netherlands, Bangladesh, and right here in California. Fascinating, albeit worrying, stuff – with some inventive solutions presented too. Worth a visit!

Shing02 Interview

I’m just blogging to say I blogged on another blog. Or, in plain English, I was lucky enough to interview emcee/producer/visual artist Shing02 for Imprint Culture Lab earlier this week. I remember listening to his music way back in the ’90s, when I was a young hip-hop fiend and he was already known for tackling tough political issues.

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Andrea Wan

POW! WOW! 2015 is right around the corner now, just two weeks off, so it’s nice to see this great profile on Andrea Wan, a talented Canadian artist by way of Berlin, who I was lucky enough to meet at POW! WOW! 2013. Via Booooooom.

Hell Ya Recap

Benjie Escobar has posted nice recap of photos from his great Hell Ya art show at the new Emporia Brewing Co tasting room in Ontario last Saturday evening. The night included tons of great art, two original beer flavors, tasty snacks, risograph print giveaways, and an impressive turnout.

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The Last Shall Be First

Here’s some nicely shot and well-deserved video content on Andrew Chen, founder of clothing label 3sixteen, via cognac brand Courvoisier. Andrew, Johan, and crew, have consistently been making top-notch clothing for well over a decade now – an impressive feat in of itself. They are particularly well-known for their excellent denim, as showcased here.