Jean Claude And Christo – Negotiation

the wall -gasometer

monolithic oil drum installation

jean claude & christo’s website

With Hirst circumventing the gallery and going straight to auction, Murakami going head first into luxury brand dissemination of work, and sneaker companies hiring every graffiti writer I know, today’s artist sees a conscious shift in how commerce interacts with 1) the work, and 2) the artist as BRAND 3)gallery as (home furnishing)store.

Two legendary artists who remain entirely outside of white walls that confine & confuse many(thanks a lot postmodernism & abstract shite) are Jean Claude & Christo. You’ve probably heard of their art. You may have walked through their gates in Central Park. But the historical scope & financial aspects of their ephemeral installations are the thing that escaped me until I heard them speak of their work at the ICA a few weeks ago.

All their artwork is SELF FUNDED and the realization of their projects reflects fundamental changes in politics & economics. Christo does the preparatory sketches for the project on the top floor of the same manhattan loft they’ve lived in since the 1960s- where a young Philip Glass installed their plumbing. They pay for the rental of the site, all the processing & legal fees & meetings for the project to be approved.. every last red cent. They sell the preparatory sketches to their benefactors to generate these funds, and give the world these giant installations.   This is where Wu-tang got their idea(maybe) to hustle the first run of 12″ for Protect ya Neck out the trunk until they could broker groundbreaking deals with multiple labels.

When i say that the works & their process reflect fundamental changes in politics & economics, it means that each single installation must win approval of the government & the landowners of its particular setting. When they wanted to wrap up the Reichstag, they had to convince German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder(as well as the entire structure below him) that their manifested daydream somehow made sense and would be a public good. Pragmatic politicians are notoriously hard to convince of the worth of art -especially abstracted giant public works. It took 9/11 and the election of Bloomberg to see the Gates in Central Park to fruition – a project that started in the late 1960′s. That scope of decades to execute art is lost in today’s immediate gratification culture, where trend cycles & public attention has diminished to a infinitely small point.

As artists, they perfectly meld modernism with social critique. As people, they are  pure in mind and purpose. We hold artists(and some designers bridge this gap as well) to be the dreamers of society and I am thankful to have learned from these two through the ICA. I just wanted to write something from a former skeptic who now believes fully in what they do. So is the transformative nature of art.

A couple more peculiarities:
They were born on the same day at the same time.
They only sign their work.
Jean Claude only became an artist out of love for Christo. Had he become a dentist, she would have become a dentist.
They only discuss their work and cannot comment on any other artist.
They allow others to help build these creations. You can sign up at their website.

Here’s a link to the Harvard Business School x ICA event I attended , which was the catalyst for my change in opinion.

Misled Youth


Jan 7th – Jan 25th 2012

Opening Reception Jan 7, 2012 (6pm-9:30pm) Music by AKA LUV, Gvcci Hcci, Youthquake

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Holiday Bodega Product

New Bodega product is up for sale online. I did 3 of the stickers and the updated gucci flag tee. Hope you like.

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Holiday Market

Dec 17 – Jan 4th

Artist Reception Dec 21st (7-9pm)  Sounds by DJ Frank White

Paintings, Prints, Photos, and Presents by AntiDesigns, Evoker, Fish McGill, Iris Grimm, James Mustin, James Weinberg, Josh Durant, Josh Falk, Lee Beard, MRNVR, Pat Falco, Percy Fortini-Wright & Ryan Lombardi


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Odd Future

Left Brain and Domo Genesis stopped by the shop earlier in the day and came out rocking some nice tees at their show in Boston.

The Return of The Living Dead (1985)

If you play this flick while listening to Misfits or Slayer and you have yourself a seamlessly fitting movie+music mashup. Seriously, I tested this.

Superbowl Shuffle vs. Ask Kobe How My Ass Taste Freestyle (Shaq)

Which display of musical inclination set the bar higher for athlete driven musicianship?

Space 242 Presents: Revenge Of Freeky Fright Nights

SPACE 242, Boston’s LowBrow Destination Proudly Presents

Annual Halloween Horror Ho-Down

FOUR DAYS ONLY! October 28-31
Opening Reception Friday, October 28 7-9pm
Costume Ball/Contest Saturday, October 29, 7-9pm
Gallery Hours: 1-7 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

SPACE 242 at Fourth Wall Project
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Featuring Spooky and Halloween-Inspired Artwork By:
Alyssa Adams, R. L. Allison, Allison Bamcat, Joshua Baptista, Jessica Beebe, Andy Bell, Rocco Bittelari, Eric Bornstein, Amanda Boucher, Eliza Brown, Kimberly Buhler, Alex Carlson, Roxanne Chichowlas, Madeline Copp, Ellen Crenshaw, Mary Curtin, Kat Cuseo, Nicole Duennebier, Jyll Ethier-Mullen, Logan Faerber, Pat Falco, Anthony Feliciano, Michael Georgeson, Danielle Gosselin, Molly Halligan, Brian Hart, Scott Holloway, Alethea Jones, Joe Keinberger, Patt Kelley, Ron LeBrasseur, Jennifer Lewis, Aerica Lovett, Keith MacLelland, Natalie Magri, Steven Mardo, Kelsey Marr, Joey Mars, Fish McGill, Indigo Moorhead, Karen Moss, Greg Mutaffis, Scott Murry, Christian Noise, Jane O’Hara, Shannon Orcutt, Dave Ortega, PenCapChew, Rhonda Ratray, Mister Reusch, Dana Ricciardi, Heather Rose Anair, Caitlyn Ryan, Jennifer Schmenke, Lisa Scollan, Bob Stearns, Stones, Nick Sullivan, Tom Torrey, Kristen Uroda, John W., Maegan Wackell, Tami Wicinas, Katrina Wilbur, Bethy Williams, Brenda Wilson, Keith Zoo

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Yuki Matsuda

Classic made in U.S.A. footwear and luggage are exceptional as traditional artifacts of the rugged and refined American past. -Yuketen Philosophy

Inventory Magazine managed to catch up with Yuki Matsuda, founder of the Maine based luggage and footwear company Yuketen.  The interview focuses on the many dimensions presented in the this year’s Fall/Winter offering which you can find in-store as well as in our webshop.

Was there any source of inspiration behind the FW11 collection that differed from previous seasons?
For FW11 I wanted to maintain the overall Yuketen aesthetic of classic American outdoor sporting lifestyle in addition to classic town and country American lifestyles.  Of course there are some new style additions for FW11 but overall the feeling is the same as with past seasons.

Does working in Maine feel it has influenced the direction of your brand? We know the region holds a special place in your heart.
I love Maine and I always enjoy spending time there.  Maine living is like being transported back in time 40 – 50 years because there is an overcoming feeling of freedom which cannot be experienced in a metropolitan area. Maine is removed from the influences of modern city life and there are less people so I feel great freedom when I am in Maine. I love all countryside areas throughout the World. I think I am more at peace when surrounded by nature.

More of this interview here.

Milton Glaser on Celluloid

Milton Glaser is American graphic design. The breadth and depth of his work stretches far and wide (co-founder of New York magazine and creator of the “I Love NY” campaign) but a couple things remain certain, the man’s ability to craft messages creatively in a manner that remains simple and to the point.  A documentary released last year ‘Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight’ shadows him through daily activity with commentary that reveals his seemingly infinite intellect and originality.  Check out the documentary trailer above and buy/rent it through iTunes here. Also down bottom is Glaser’s TED speech, circa 1998, where he explains the use of design to make ideas new.

And Still…Deadstock Kings

Operating in Los Angeles since 2009, shop ‘And Still‘ has been consistent in fulfilling the role of purveyor when it comes to deadstock vintage.  From jacketing to snapbacks, their inventory offers a variety of brands that cover all bases of vintage sports team apparel. Co-owner of ‘And Still” and native New Englander, Kirk Tilton, was recently interviewed by SneakerFreaker as a part of the mag’s comprehensive feature on THE team apparel brand Starter.  With the supply of deadstock vintage always on the decline, you can confide in ‘And Still’ to continuously offer up some gems.  Big ups ole homey.