Why: Really good character design and general illustration.
Why: Brilliant small(ish) brand, with excellent photography.
Why: For Hip-Hop related jokes
Why: Because they’re killing it on the Pop fashion, and their shoots look great.
Why: Stark, bold graphic paintings and imagery.
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Tagged art, big ghost, design, illustration, instagram, kim kardashian, lazy oafs, top 5, who to follow
Some of you may have heard of or seen the seminal Hip-Hop movie Wildstyle, now comes a new project from super talented Kenny Dope (one half of Masters At Work) & his label Kay-Dee, the first in a series of forthcoming publications; if this first edition is anything to go by then the series will be highly coveted by music and book aficionados alike.
With the correct background and respect for the genre, Kenny Dope has done an excellent job, the music and the surrounding book both bring ‘new’ elements to the audience, with the songs being re-EQ’d from the original tapes, instead of rehashed from what was currently available, and the times and music recounted by people who actually made the genre: Fab 5 Freddy and GrandWizzard Theodore among those interviewed.
Listen to some of the music on Kenny Dope’s Soundcloud here.
The book features the following elements:
• 13 songs total, spread out over seven “big hole” 45s (each with a different label color).
• Re-EQed audio with re-edited / extended audio versions of each song, modified from original source tapes.
• Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens of images – from “Wild Style” director Charlie Ahearn, among other sources – as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein and GrandWizzard Theodore.
• The 14th side (the B-side of the seventh 45) features unique etchings with different “Wild Style” graphics.
• Unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – all seven 7-inches fit into a book as self-contained pages.
Apart from being a great resource and well researched piece this is clearly going to be an item you will keep, display, enjoy for years to come – Just the cover is enough to get any Hip-Hopper excited!
This is a piece of Hip-Hop history, presented in the way that befits the culture.
Purchase it in the UK here, In the US you can buy it here.
Posted in art, design, graffiti, music, photography, products
Tagged fab 5 freddy, grandwizzard theodore, hip hop, hiphop, kay-dee, kenny dope, masters at work, wild style, wildstyle
Because we love to promote the underdogs, the young, the creative; we also love to promote those, who promote. Got that? Great.
Jung Katz are just like us, pushing forward resources and information useful for the fledgling designer, as well as showcasing the work of said designers and finally alongside this multimedia showcase are a series of interviews from a very wide range of practitioners, which really are a pleasure to read.
From across the globe and from across the gamut of media, Jung Katz looks set to be one to bookmark for regular reading. Here are a couple of pieces featured on their blog as a taster…
Get involved, follow on Twitter, Facebook and of course read the excellent blog http://jungkatz.com/.
Posted in animation, architecture, art, design, drawing, exhibition, fashion, fine art
Tagged art, blog, design, elif biraldi, jung katz, marton gosztonyi, sophie filomena
Sound System Culture is a book which documents Huddersfield’s rich history of reggae music, in particular the sound systems and Blues parties/Dancehalls of the 1970’s – 80’s. Featuring a selection of superb photography which gives a rare, insiders look at the people and indeed the beautifully hand-crafted equipment which powered the scene; this book is a real gem.
The book has been very well received, with reviews in major publications such as The Independent and in respected culture blogs such as It’s Nice That, and with good reason, the book has been produced with a real reverence and attention to detail, not surprising when Al Newman’s (designer/publisher) previous books include the revered ‘Clarks in Jamaica’.
Conceived by Mandeep Samra and written by Paul Huxtable (Axis sound system, and Valv-a-tron hand-made valve amplifiers), with wonderfully intimate photography, the book is equally enjoyable to the uninformed and audio-geek alike.
As well as the book the project has featured an exhibition and a documentary film, view the trailer for the forthcoming documentary ‘Sound System Culture’ follow their videos here.
Find out more over on the Sound System Culture blog here, follow more via Twitter or Facebook.
As an extra treat for you reggae fans, an interview with the legendary Winston Rodney aka ‘Burning Spear’ after his appearance at Cleopatra’s in Huddersfield in 1980.
Spear On the Wire
Posted in design, exhibition, literiture, moving image, music, nightlife, photography, products, video
Tagged axis sounds, clarks in jamaica, dancehall, huddersfield, jamaica, paul huxtable, reggae, sound system culture
Out Of Hours – A Huddersfield creative group have just confirmed their second exhibition. To be held in the historic Bates Mill, a still working textiles mill with a community of creative tenants.
‘Show Two’ runs from 24th to 27th October. Stick it in your diary now, their first event was busy, there will be workshops and events to compliment the showing of their artworks.
To keep in the loop you can follow their Blog, Twitter and Facebook
Posted in art, design, exhibition, fine art, illustration
Tagged aidan nolan, bates mill, exhibition, graphic design, huddersfield, huddersfield creative, out of hours, robert walker
Okay so here are our top 5 Instagram accounts this week…
Why: Amazing character designs
Why: Very funny short videos by the English/Brooklyn rapper
Why: Super cute Japanese signage and typography
Why: Dope illustrative graffiti
Why: Sexy girls and apparel
Posted in art, design, fine art, graffiti, humour, illustration, moving image, painting
Tagged big narstie, character art, Disney, instagram, japan, japanese design, jester jacobs, tank girl, van styles, who to follow
Coffeevolution will open a unique exhibition featuring local artists Oliver Lancaster Smith and Joel Haslam on June 13th, on view until the end of July. Please Come will feature a selection of new works by the pair, including pieces exploring new techniques and themes for both artists. Having lived and traveled Asia together, this show is a result of their friendship and experiences …just don’t expect any Asian themes.
The private view will also host Boy Oliver, providing a soundtrack of world music, there may also be some other surprises!
Oliver Lancaster Smith has been illustrating and creating art professionally for the last 8 years, his clients include O2 Telefonica, Universal Music, Design Innovation Academy India, Stussy and Schuh. He has exhibited extensively locally and also London, Bristol, Bergen, Frankfurt and at Art Basel Miami.
Joel Haslam is a loose collection of molecules that can usually be found orbiting Coffeevolution. He also likes obligatory statements about cats.
Saturday 14th June, 8pm onwards
8 Church St, Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire HD1 1DD
Posted in art, design, drawing, exhibition, fine art
Tagged art, coffeevolution, exhibition, fine art, huddersfield, joel haslam, oliver lancaster smith, pop art
Hey guys, i have lots of exciting posts on fashion in the pipe line, which will be with you all soon.
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Motion Graphics: Sholto Smith
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Tagged 666, asos, asos marketplace, fashion, halloween, mischief night, modern fairytale club, mon53, oliver lancaster smith, rock n roll, tshirt design