Now we’ve seen some cool festivals along the way here at zootpatrol, but I haven’t been this excited about a festival in a while. Take a dead goose, hang it upside down from a wire over water, and you have to hang on the goose until decapitate his head from his body, sounds freakin’ awesome right. “The Day of the Goose”, takes place each September in the northern Spanish seaside village of Lekeitio, near the city of Bilbao. It marks the high point of the week-long San Antolin festival which celebrates the patron saint of this pretty fishing village.
It works like this. A dead goose is suspended from a rope which is stretched across the harbor and held at both ends. A young man is rowed up to the bird, launches himself at it and holds on for dear life. Both ends of the rope are then pulled tight and slackened, which repeatedly propels the goose-decapitator and the bird into the air and then dunks them in the water. To make the job harder, the goose is made slippery by covering it with grease. The idea is to twist or rip the goose’s head off as quickly as possible while not being flown off the goose.
This festival has been going on for over 350 years with only one slight difference from it’s conception. The goose used to be alive when it was suspended which I would expect it to make the task a little bit more difficult. I would love to see this try to fly in America, which it would never because we are a bunch of PETA babies. We can go geese hunting and shoot them in the face with shotguns, no one has a problem with that, but the world would come to an end if I gave a dead goose a headlock for 20 seconds.
In the video below you get to see how wild this event is. Beautiful weather, people diving in the water fully clothed, and then an idiot getting flung 40 feet in the air while holding onto a goose neck and looses his pants (the second guy that goes get’s the head off). BOOKING FLIGHT RIGHT NOW.
Ever since the graffiti art movement began there were meeting places for writers known as writer’s corners or writer’s benches, and the majority of these meeting places were in the subway system in New York City. The last active location was the 149th Street Grand Concourse subway station in The Bronx, on the 2 and 5 IRT lines. It was active from the 1970s until the decline of subway painting in the late 1980s.
Writers from all over the city congregated at a bench located at the back of the uptown platform and they came to meet, make plans, sign black books and settle disputes over whos art was the most prominent at the time. The main activity was watching art on the passing trains (known as benching) and the writers would admire and criticize the latest paintings that would roll by on the subway cars.
The 149th Street Grand Concourse subway station was an ideal location for a writer’s bench for several reasons. It was a station where the 2 and 5 lines converged. The 2 and 5 lines featured some of the most artistic works in the city because of the fact that many lay-ups and train yards for the 2s and 5s were located in both the Bronx and Brooklyn made creativity on these lines extremely competitive. This was prime real estate and artist made sure that they only bombed their best and latest works on these cars. Also an overpass connecting the uptown and downtown platforms was an ideal vantage point from which to view the passing trains. There is nothing like a front row seat to some of the best art in the city.
Since paintings rarely if ever run on trains today, this bench is no longer frequented by writers but old school New York writers occasionally visit the site for the sake of nostalgia. If you would like to read the full memorial plaque that was installed on the bench, check it out here.
The RZA, the leader and undisputed master mind of the Wu-Tang Clan and hip-hop culture’s most dynamic genius, embarks on a mission to show the lessons he’s learned on the journey that’s taken him from the Staten Island projects to international superstar, in his new book, The Tao of Wu. Along the way, RZA has been a dedicated student to the knowledge that he has encountered on the streets, in religion, in martial arts, in chess, and in popular culture. Part chronicle of an extraordinary life and part spiritual and philosophical discourse, The Tao of Wu is a nonfiction spiritual journey for the hip-hop generation that is sure to enlighten, entertain, and inspire.
The sea of Wu-Tang fans are fully aware to the way of life and their obsession with the groups puzzlelike lyrics and elaborate mythology has propelled the group through fifteen years of dazzling, multiplatform success. In his 2005 bestseller The Wu-Tang Manual, the RZA provided the barest glimpse of how that mythology worked. In The Tao of Wu, he takes us deep inside the complex sense of wisdom and spirituality that has been at the core of his commercial and creative success.
The book is built around major moments in the RZA’s life when he was faced with a dramatic turning point, either bad (when he was facing murder charges) or good (a record deal that could pull his family out of poverty), and the lessons he took from each experience. His points of view are always enlightening and you cant help but to listen and pay attention when the RZA is spitting some wisdom. This book is a spiritual memoir as the world has never seen before, and will never see again.
The book has an official release scheduled for October 15th, 2009.
As if you alcoholics needed another reason to drink Tequila. Proximo Spirits, Inc. and 1800 Tequila have announced the release of the second collection of limited edition Essential Artists bottles designed by 11 up and coming artists from all over the US, and one “celebrity artist” (Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One). Out of the 15,000 designs submitted online, only 11 were chosen by 1800 Tequila. The 12th special-edition bottle is by Studio Number One who is a super group of up and coming designers led by Shepard Fairey (The guy who gained national attention for his Obama “Hope” design). Artist StevOramA’s design was the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner and his design has been given a starring role in the series. Other artists who had a winning design chosen include, Ian McGillivray, Nickelyn Reames, danyol, Leyland “Lee” DeVito, Danielle Salinas, Chad Shore, Mark Sweeney, Branden Tintiangco, Chuck Trunks, and Michelle Villasenor. Bottles of this sweet nectar from the Gods retails for a mere $24.99. To find a bottle near you, you can enter your zip code in the “Liqour Location” at 1800Tequila.com
Before I Die, I Want To… is a polaroid project by artist Nicole Kenney and KS Rives. They realized that there are literally millions of different answers to one simple question, what do you want to do before you die? Why is it that some people are more aware than others? Why are some people driven to take action in their lives, while others chose to sit idly by and wait for the end to near. What values do we as a nation hold near, and how do other countries and cultures respond to the same question? One part cultural study, another part an encouragement to reflect on priorities and take action on desires, the Before I Die I Want To… project will create a new dialogue in the realm of sociological art. The project aims to urge people towards thinking about and fulfilling their life goals by asking them to make a promise to themselves and to the photographer.
Creators, Nicole Kenney (Brooklyn, NY) and ks rives (Chicago, IL) keep their Polaroid cameras close at hand, taking portraits wherever they go to add to the collection. They snap the photo while the subject is saying what they want to do before they die, getting them in the act of stating their desire. Nicole and ks then request that the subject writes his or her statement on the Polaroid starting with the words “Before I die I want to….” As the subjects are signing the release form, the artists ask them to include their email.
In a number of years (five, ten, twenty, etc.), Nicole and ks will contact the participants via email to see if they have accomplished their goal, if they are on their way, or why they haven’t made steps in that direction. At this future time, Nicole and ks will ask them to write a short story next to their photo on the website about fulfilling their expressed want. Seeing online that other people are fulfilling their desires will motivate participants to complete their task and write a story of their own. This is a great project and I truly applaud these 2 great artists and caring people for their efforts. To take such a huge chunk of your life, and dedicate it to the cause of making sure others fulfill their goals is something that is inspiring as well as interesting. It would be interesting to see the site in 20 years, and learn what some of these people have done after being challenged with such an important question.
A while back we had a story on dollar bill art by Mark Wagner. During writing about his amazing art we stumbled across some clever dollar bills that were defaced by hilarious renditions of certain characters such as Spider-Man and Leather Face. Well we have compiled a few more for your enjoyment, be on the look out for part 4.
Remember how your mother always told you to not play with your food? Well I guess some people never really listened, and luckily for us they dreamt up some amazing sandwich art for our viewing pleasure. These sandwiches are so great because they cover a lot of different topics, from games, to our favorite cartoon characters, to some every day items that we might never look at the same again. The thing I like the most about these designs is that the artists took something so common and everyday, and turned it into amazing art. To have the vision to turn something so simple into something so interesting is what really makes specific artists stand out , and these guys are leading the way with fresh new ideas. I’ve never been so hungry that I would want to eat a shoe, but after checking out one of these sandwiches, I might consider it the next time I’m on a long camping trip with limited food. Check out the sandwich art!
Composer and sound designer Diego Stocco has partnered with a tree in his backyard to create a delightfully fun musical jam. Stocco strapped mics to his fingers and literally played the tree: with a bow, with his knuckles, with great thwaps and wacks. He isolates each tone, beat and scratch and builds them into a unique crescendo of sounds. What’s particularly striking is the way Stocco mics the work. At one point, he uses a stethoscope to capture a tree-tone, sealing the instrument to the mic with tubing to better isolate the sound. We hear the blurbs and thwats of the tree, clear and musically. So go ahead, get green and boogie down with the branches.
Diego doesn’t only use trees as musical objects. He is always coming up with new and inventive ways to portray sound. He has used a burning piano, sand, and other household equipment to put together beautiful musical works. You can find out more on his philosphy and music at his website here.
e-Wolf has just released images and details of its next model, the e2. The German firm’s e2 followup will feature a shape clearly inspired by any number of supercars from Italy, particularly the Lamborghini Reventón and Ferrari Enzo. If your going to copy other designs you might as well go balls out. Powering the theoretical electric supercar will be one 134-horsepower electric motor per wheel for a total of 536 squeaky-clean horses and an impressive 738 lb-ft of torque (1,000 Nm). The run to 60 mph is expected to be dispatched in well under four seconds, though the top speed may be capped at 155 mph. Energy storage will be by way of a lithium ion battery pack composed of 84 flat cells from CERIO. Although no details have been released on the pack’s stated capacity, e-Wolf suggests that range could be as high as 187 miles (300 kilometers) per charge after a recharge of just 30 minutes – of course it would take a powerful specialized charger to achieve that result. Production is currently planned for 2011. Damn powerwheels have come a long way since I was a kid.