Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Inside Hasbro: Model Shop Magic

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ray Caesar Show at CHG Circa

Dark artist extraordinaire, Ray Casear's new show has just opened in Culver City..


Incredible Paper Marbling Video

Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.

Seyit UYGUR { Ebru Artist } from Oguz Uygur.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Black Dallas X Usugrow Figure

Check out the "Black Dallas Exclusive Rebel Ink from Usugrow and Secret Base. Cast in what appears to be opaque gray/black, the new edition features silver spray and what look like brand new belly and back graphics. The back image is rather stunning. For overseas customers, this drops on 3.21 via Secret Base. For reference, Black Dallas has listed the price as 9450 yen or about $99"


D*face in Puerto Rico

D*Face works from his recent trip to Puerto Rico....

Sign Painters: A Documentary


Check out this trailer for Sign Painters, a documentary by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon.
There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

In 2010 Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, with Cinematographer Travis Auclair, began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.

I can't wait to see it!

Friday, April 12, 2013

5.80 Metres Video

This has to rate as one of the best videos I have seen in ages! Completely random and brilliantly animated. It has giraffes in it but thats all I'm saying...

5m80 by lesateliersOrange

Keng Kye Alive Without Breath Resin Art Series

These works look remarkable like Japanese artist, Riusuke Fukahori (that i posted about as my fave artist of 2012). However the main difference between his and Singapore artist Keng Lye is that Keng has managed to take it to a third level by making some of his resin based paintings 'portrude' from the water.."Lye slowly fills bowls, buckets, and boxes with alternating layers of acrylic paint and resin, creating aquatic animal life that looks so real it could almost pass for a photograph."


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Deer Handlebars

 To complete your bike hipster look, you will definitely need a pair of these handlebars to floss...


KATSU Timeless Skull Print

KATSU is one New Yok's most prolific vandals and his one-line skull can be found all over the city. "“The single stroke skull came out of my desire to tag faster. As a young tagger I became fascinated with the practicality of tagging different designs and shapes. I wanted to engineer a design that was attractive both from an artistic stand point but also from the idea of efficiency.”

He now has a print out HERE and comes in a variety of colorways. Nab one before they all go..

Cheers to Ektopia for the heads up.

Alex Fakso in Buenos Aires

Long time friend, Alex Fakso is the focus in a new short, filmed by DSCREET about his trip down to Buenos Aires earier this year.

Alex Fakso Buenos Aires VNA 2013 from The Baron on Vimeo.

Lister in London Filmed by Irie

This video, filmed and edited, by the man Haruka Irie is a unique snapshot into Lister’s fierce technique and don’t care attitude. It’s the 2nd video install in EndoftheLine's Vapour Trail Series...

Vapour Trail Series - Anthony Lister from HARUKA IRIE on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Spice and Wolf Anime Review

Spice and Wolf: a very spicy anime

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Spice and Wolf started out as a series of light novels (there are 17 in all) written by Isuna Hasekura and illustrated by Ju Ayakura from 2006-2011. In 2007 the books were adapted into a manga illustrated by Keito Koume and in 2008 it was finally turned into an anime that ran for 2 series (26 episodes long) and was directed by Takeo Takahashi.  It is not your typical anime and all things considered, because economics and commerce heavily run through this series, you would think it would be one big yawn fest. But you would be mistaken because this anime is truly a gem.  

AMV Creator - Frezio

Spice and Wolf centers around Kraft Lawrence: who is a traveling merchant in his 20's and Holo: who is a 600 year old wolf deity that takes on the appearance of a 15 year old girl with wolf ears and a tail.  It is set in a fictional world that is reminiscent of Europe in the middle ages, at the time when the church is the dominating force stamping out the old pagan ways and religions.  

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After Holo decided to travel from her homeland in Yoitsu (way up in the north) down to the south, she made a promise with a young boy that she would become the goddess of the harvest for the town of Pasloe.  So that the town would always have a good harvest and in return the towns people would worship Holo.  Centuries later the towns people have all but forgotten about Holo and she feels that she has fulfilled her duty to Pasloe and it is time to return home.  The only problem is she has no idea how to get home. Luckily for Holo, Lawrence passes through Pasloe and she stows away in his cart.  After Lawrence gets over his annoyance and shock he agrees to take Holo back to her homeland, and so the story begins.   

AMV Creator - snegov1k

 I fell in love with the anime from the start and I can say that the majority of the people that have seen the anime and/or read the books and/or the manga love it as well. The story lines are good and the dynamic between Holo and Lawrence is great. You can tell that they have feelings for each other but they are both stubborn  fools so can't admit their feelings.  The first season of the anime covers books 1 & 2 and the second season covers 3 & 5.  Spice and Wolf is such a great anime but the one major downfall is: I doubt there will be a third season which I desperately want; but what I have found with anime if they don't make another season with a year or two of the last one, then more often then not there wont be any more.  I would also like to recommend reading the books and you can get the English versions (as well as the manga) through Yen press , the only annoying part is they have only translated up to 7(and are slowly working on the rest) so you will have a bit of a wait until you can read all 17. 

On a different note: In my search for good AMV's I have come across some really good ones and therefor have put a link to them because they are some of the best I have seen (and believe me I have seen a lot).  In fact I have stumbled onto a bunch of gems via BestAMVs0  and I may even post something on them, but until then please check these out. 

photos via Photobucket  info via Wikipedia 

Spade J by DAM Toys

Love the sculpt and accessories and poses that the Spade J figure offers. Sculpted by DAM Toys from Singapore, it's a definite must-have for 1/6th collectors...

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

The potential for graphic design and graffiti-esque sculpture etc is huge: "Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can! 3Doodler developed by American toy company Wobbleworks is the 3D printing pen that can draw in the air. You can draw anything within minutes by plugging it into a power socket. It is the world's first and only 3D Printing Pen."

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