Taki 183 x “The History of American Graffiti”

Taki 183, graffiti patriarch and foreword author in “The History of American Graffiti,” will be exclusively signing copies of the book this week in NYC.  Co-authors, Roger Gastman and friend of ours Caleb Neelon, will also be present at “The Hole” for the event.  For our previous coverage related to “The History of American Graffiti” hit the links below:

“The History of American Graffiti”: From Subway to Gallery- PBS Interview


Caleb Neelon Interview

David Choe-Dirty Hands

From 2000-2007, David Choe managed to have the course of his life filmed by friend and director Harry Kim in order to offer us this documentary, “Dirty Hands.”  The film sheds light on the course that led to the uprise of a maniac artist whose aggressive style was eventually adopted by art enthusiasts.  From being locked up in Los Angeles, where he grew up, to later overseas in Japan for accidentally beating up an undercover cop, each experience from his travels lent themselves to many forms of inspiration for his works.  The pictures used in this post are all screenshots from the film, the double-disc dropped last week and is now available to watch for free at Upper Playground.

Required Summer Listening

Diplo Moombahton Mix
MDWWR #67 Diplo’s Moombahton 2k11 Mix by diplomaddecent

DJ shaun d (its about to go down) (maddecent)
ludachris -the potion (gta mix)
dillon francis – masta blasta
N2deep “last night a dj saved my life”
dj shadow – organ donor extended overhaul
Diplo & skrillex – amplifire
cassius slay – based
Heartbreak & ToddlaT – that jeffery
Dillon Francis & Diplo – Que que (torro torro mix)
Dillon Francis & Diplo – Que que (alvaro mix)
south rakkas crew get mad again ()
missy elliot – get your freak on (alvaro and punish bootleg)
MIA – pull up the people
MIA – galang
Adele – rolling in the deep (jammie xx / heatwave mix)
Heartbreak and Munchi – Face off
Bangles – walk like an egyptian
Beastie Boys vs Major LAzer -”dont play no games”
Breeders – cannonball
Flippa mafia -majorlazer dub
metele bellaco – (munchi mix)
La Factor – papi chulo
Shalimaresde Ahora (?)
Jwls – bashin
Gwen stefani – hollaback girl
Boyfriend – Vodka House
Diplo – Horsey
cecile ft General Degree – nananana
YYY – heads will roll (Amac edit)
Alex clair – up all night (nadastrom mix)
Localocalo- Miguelito Crack
Time Takers – she blows (dillon francis mix)
Dj Ayres – Hip hop/ warzone
Black keys – tighten up

Dillon Francis & Diplo- Que Que Feat. Maluca on iTunes: http://bit.ly/westsideEP

Moombahton is a recent invention by the homey Dave Nada. Sounds like chopped and screwed dutch house and reggaeton with a heavy dose of dubstep elements(builds, drops, layered vocal sample)

Great interview with Dave Nada at the Fader.

Mos Dub – Mr. Universe “Official Video” from JB Sapienza on Vimeo.

Ghost Funk + Mos Dub by Max Tannone

Great blend mixtapes by Max Tannone. Definitely worth a listen.

Ghostface over afro-funk = Ghost Funk download here.

Mos Def over Dub Reggae = Mos Dub download here.

Something Beatles Covers Mix By DJ Ian Head

Lovers Melt 2 by Flying Lotus

Stairs That Speak -ESPO

Flights of Genius by Stephen Powers from Jun Lee on Vimeo.

“Flights of Genius” by Stephen “ESPO” Powers will be running on screen tomorrow at Josh Liner Gallery in NYC.  The project is being put together by Ogilvy & Mathers as an ode to their founder David Ogilvy.  Powers took over the agency’s headquarters, using his nostalgic style to don the walls of each stairwell landing with the many well-known sayings of Mr. Ogilvy. Above you can find Powers speaking over images of his past works, everyday inspiration, and a sneak peek of this very project.

Dime x Bodega x King of The Rock

Our good friends at Dime Magazine and Redbull put together another national street ball competition – King of the Rock – with finals at Alcatraz.   Boston’s tournament is coming up August 14th.

Pat from Dime asked us to do a tee for the tournament. What do you think?

The Devil Wears A Pink Suit by SABER

Excellent essay on street culture and how it interacts with commerce by SABER It is a response to the article “Radical Graffiti Chic,” a pointed attack on LA MOCA’s Art In The Streets Exhibit claiming

The inner city is not so protected. Art in the Streets will earn MOCA accolades from the already standard-free art world, but it will only increase the struggles of Los Angeles’s poor communities to enjoy a modicum of the security and order that the wealthy take for granted.   – Radical Graffit Chic

THE DEVIL WEARS A PINK SUIT by SABER (A Response to “Radical Graffiti Chic”)

After looking at the longest list of credentials of one person I’ve ever seen—Yale, University Of Cambridge, Stanford Law, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor of City Journal, recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement, etc, etc—I came to the conclusion that approaching Heather Mac Donald’s fortified intellect would be the equivalent of challenging the IBM Chess Terminator: cold, calculating, and absent a pulse. I find it hard to believe that someone of such high stature would spend so much energy on something that seems trivial in comparison to her passion for deportation and torture. Yet she seems really upset at the idea of a museum honoring over forty years of development in Graffiti Art.

In her lengthy article “Radical Graffiti Chic,” she refers to artists as “vandal-anarchist wannabes” and attempts to highlight their hypocrisy. She names me personally in the article, stating that I am quick to sell out to any corporate sponsor: “Saber, who declares in an interview with the graffiti journal Arrested Motion that ‘there is no room for empathy when there is a motive for profit,’ has sold his designs to Levi’s, Hyundai, and Harley-Davidson.”

In trying to paint me as a hypocrite for capitalizing on my intellectual property, Heather does not take into account that I support my family through my art. I have painted everything from sets to faux finishing to gold leafing to put food on the table or to pay for health care bills, since insurance companies have refused to cover me due to a pre-existing condition (epilepsy). Heather, who is paid to write articles, should understand the process of making money for one’s creative output, and that this is not what I was referring to in the Arrested Motion quote. I was referring to health insurance companies taking away accessible facilities from sick people in order to save a buck at the expense of the patient’s life. To compare my art to the health insurance companies is ludicrous…. full essay  here.

Blu In South America Documentary

Italian street artist Blu has been very active as of late.  His large scale paintings can be found in many countries and even virally he has impressed many with his wall-painted animations.  Recently his travels through South America were documented, following him through the countries: Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Argentina.  The hour and a half long film “Megunica” gives you an inside look at the artist himself, those he surrounds himself with, and how he conducts his work among many other things.  To check out this documentary go to WiredTV and for more works by Blu visit his website here.

Soulwax – Introversey

Radio Soulwax was one of my favorite mixtapes series. Created by brothers David and Stephan Dewaele currently known as 2ManyDJs.  In the early 2000′s you could only grab copies of the series from Other Music for $18. Soulwax quickly became a sought after remix duo working with everybody in the underground club scene.   The most recent project from these two Belgian natives uses visuals created from  a collection of animated record covers all firing in sync with the continuously looping mix work.   The loop is currently six hours long, but starting on July 4th one hour of new material per week will be added until it lasts a day’s length. Check out “INTROVERSY,” a trailer of sorts that is now on loop over at www.radiosoulwax.com.

Wu-Wear Promo circa ’94

This video was promotional material for Wu-Wear back in ’94, swarm of killer bees turned entrepreneurs.  For all of you who didn’t know, street-wear brand Rocksmith has resurrected the Wu-Wear Empire, collaborating with the group on a present day line that you can find in-store here at Bodega.  Catch a couple pieces from the collection.


UP THERE from Jon on Vimeo.

This documentary captures the life of artists whose work consists of hand painting large scale advertisements in New York City – former Employee of the Month – Ether worked for Colossal Media a couple years back. They use the grid system to quickly bang out hand painted sides of buildings. Unfortunately for them the craft is slowly losing traction due to companies finding more efficient methods such as printing and hanging vinyl substitutes.  Props to the folks behind this, shedding light on a dimension of life that is all too often overlooked by the public. Learn more about this project at uptherefilm.com.

Concept: Mother NY; Production Co: Mekanism; Director/DP/Editor: Malcolm Murray; Music by The Album Leaf; Painters: Colossal Media/Sky High Murals/Bob Middleton; Presented by Stella Artois.