If you’re online and into Graffiti you have most likely heard of Stompdown. They’re the graff writers, turned clothing designers, turned graff shop, turned sponsor, turned vlog company?? These guys have a business mentality and aren’t afraid to push the envelope.
They made a name for themselves globally and continue to push the Ephin/Stompdown empire further with their recent video blog series Get Off The Couch. Hosted by CRAVER SDK you get good sense of friends hanging out talking shit which allows him to settle into a host role. The first episode was a little awkward as any endeavour like public graffiti journalism should be, but the second episode featuring graffiti writer KEEP6 SDK already has the series looking more polished, comfortable, and entertaining. I look forward to watching the series progress and wish the dude’s good luck.
I’ve recently heard a bit about a new DVD set to drop soon (but on the hush hush) called In & Out. It’s based out of Montreal and it’s apparently finna be hot! (review via Mook-Life)
I’ve included a link to the trailer which got me hyped. For those who loved Exit Through The Gift Shop, this is nothing like that. However if you want to take a peek into the realm of graffiti artists/vandals, people who paint trains in the day, evening, illegally, and what’s involved in that process (in Montreal, because every City has different nuanced methods of execution), then this DVD might interest you. This is top level graffiti documentation, and of course is Canadian-made which you should know you can trust!
Reading the review, I trust Mook-Life’s assessment. Great videography, great editing, great painting, police chases, snow storms, station bombing. Check out the trailer, it’s real guerrilla journalism — not the shit that Fox is showing you!
The ironic contrast of LEGO being built into life-size nude women was not lost on me. For every kid playing with LEGO there’s an 11 year old dying to see his first boobs and there is a 50 year old reminiscing about his past lovers. The innocence of LEGO makes it a perfect building block (excuse the pun) for creating interesting art for adults.
I can’t tell whether this is Photoshop work or whether the photos were created. Regardless it’s effective advertising and impressive LEGO-work if physical. I leave you with the five shots, which have shown up on a myriad of blogs.
I like seeing artists rethink the norm… I like the idea of questioning the norm which is a big reason I got into graffiti in the first place. This video takes audio from a video (a quirky and creative bedtime story from Where The Wild Things Are), and repurposes it as a weird quasi-animated clip. Really creative and has a good feeling to it.
Montreal artist Isabelle Hayeur setup a video installation in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside which simulated a building catching fire, on a 15 minute loop. A cool concept in my hometown so it’s gotta get blogged y’all!
2010 has been a short year for OPEKLIFE but it has been no shorter than any for the people behind OPEKLIFE.
While meager in these first days, the OPEKLIFE team has been working hard behind the scenes to come up with exciting plans for 2011. Expect to see us represented at Graffiti shows, making videos, photos… Showing up on all corners of the map!
With that I’d like to wish all of our early supporters a Happy New Year and hope that 2011 is as great or better to you than 2010. You are part of a good movement and we salute you! Here’s a shot of recent OPEKLIFE work…