Our long time friend and associate Jack Flash (former EOW world champ, etc etc) was recently asked by TED to host a talk. You will probably be aware of the wide ranging, educational and entertaining talks hosted around the world by TED (find out more here).
Here Flash chose to base his talk on his lyrics and how the audience and himself relate, using the format of reading and then dissecting each lyric in turn. An intriguing idea that I have seen few similar examples of, but really like the format.
The main basis is seemingly how he has matured as an artist, how he learnt to overcome his fears and really begin to create much more personal lyrics without the facile, cliche content much of the genre is defined by…. and as he mentions within, this is not a slight on others’ content – but more a recognition of his true voice coming through finally, after years of honing his skills. It’s great to see and much respect to him…
Take some time and elevate your mind a little….
Posted in event, moving image, music, poetry, Uncategorized, video
Tagged dirtcheap, dirtcheapmag, EOW, hiphop, jackflash, ted, tedtalks, ukhh
There’s just five days and counting until the Guy Bourdin: Image Maker exhibition closes its doors after an extended run at Somerset House. If you’re in London and can make it past the fashion pack (and the photographers baying for their blood) hanging around the place over the next few days for LFW, the retrospective is definitely worth a visit.
Beginning his career in the mid-‘50s and honing his expertise under the guidance of Man Ray, Bourdin is renowned for a high-shine, high-fashion, highly-saturated aesthetic and notably, the distinctive narrative that runs throughout his work.
As well as these stylised final images, the exhibition offers a chance to see the work behind the images – from the Polaroid test shots, contact sheets and composition sketches, to the Super-8 shorts he made throughout the shoots, including one never-seen-before film.
The exhibition is at Somerset House until Sunday. Tickets and more information are here.
Posted in art, design, exhibition, fashion, moving image, photography
Tagged fashion, fashion photography, guy bourdin, lfw, london, man ray, photography, somerset house, vogue
Okay so originally this blog started as a free PDF magazine, and now we have all the issues available for you to download, for free.
DOWNLOAD HERE – its half a gig so be aware!
It’s 6 years since these were released, and they really show their age (terrible!) but there is some great content please enjoy and feel free to share!
The Dirt Cheap Team.
Posted in animation, architecture, art, design, drawing, exhibition, fashion, film, fine art, flickr finds, graffiti, humour, illustration, just for fun, logo, moving image, music, nightlife, painting, photography, poetry, product design, products, random, street art, Textiles, travel, typography
Tagged dirt cheap mag, dirt cheap magazine, dirtcheap mag, emag, pdf magazine, yorkshire, zine
Okay so you may have already seen this doing the rounds, if not you’re in for a treat. Visually stunning stop motion animation made using foam models by Mikey Please (and a small but dedicated crew).
It’s not hard to see how the short has already picked up a series of prestigious awards from around the globe, the attention to detail, scope and actualisation are all stunning. It is certainly one of the most breath-taking, jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring pieces I have seen in a long while. Below you can watch the acclaimed short, read on to view some of the behind the scenes videos which show the immense amount of work which goes on behind the scenes.
Posted in animation, art, moving image, music
Tagged animated, animation short, marilyn myller, mikey please, stop frame, stop motion, stopmotion, time lapse, timelapse
Mighty Mark ft. TT The Artist and Sushi Samson – “Ping Pong”
Fucking crazy video for a fucking crazy song. I like it. An eclectic mix of genres and insane imagery with pixel booties – what is not to like?!
The Mighty Ep is out now via Moveltraxx get it here.
Posted in animation, art, moving image, music
Tagged booty, dance, mighty mark, neon, ping pong, rave, Sushi Samson, TT The Artist, twerk
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
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
Our friends Mr Shiraz have dropped a new video from their upcoming new album. No stranger to inventive and mental videos (See here), this one is no exception, a decidedly lo-fi animation that features a giant monster and lazer beams shot from the bands instruments and crotches – what’s not to like?!
Directed by Paul Royston
Animation by John Feather
More Shiraz goodness here.
Posted in animation, moving image, music, video
Tagged animation, city, dirt cheap, dirtcheap, huddersfield, monster, mr shiraz, mrshiraz, punk, ska
Lovely little animation here…
Final year short animation done at Stockport College.
The idea for the short came about from reading stories told by the Native Americans about death and the afterlife.
By Tom Mathieson, more work here.
Posted in animation, art, design, drawing, moving image, video
Tagged afterlife, animation, death, native american, painting, potlatch, stockport college
Our boys have just started a new night ‘Ya Dun Know’ at The Zetlands Huddersfield. Check out their video shot and edited by Bishbash Media…
Check out their next event with THE MISTA MEN, The WhiteBoys (Nasty FM), Tony Phorse & Loft Mind on the facebook page here.
Bishbash media on YouTube.