Mark Jenkins is an American artist best known for his street installations using packing tape. He has shown his work all over the world and even conducts workshops on how to use packing tape to sculpt. He is leading a frontier of street artist who find fun in the rush of illegally planting their art through the landscapes of cities to generate an original and new dimension to street art.
If you would like to see more of Jenkins art you can go to his site here .
I don’t do too much ranting and raving, and I certainly don’t really have any pet peeves. I truly believe that every single person is entitled to make their own decisions, and be themselves. No one should be scared to dress a certain way, listen to any style of music, or express their opinions. But recently, a trend has been on the rise, and it makes my skin crawl. Generation Y is taking this concept or thought of “being yourself” to the next level and they have spawned a new trend, where cool young things that we all loved as kids are finding their way to the front of the fashion line. From McDonalds to KFC to Lego’s, Brand Whores are taking logos, products, and memories from our childhood and trying to make them the next huge fashion crazy. It really hurts to see some of my favorite toys, cartoons, or products I loved as a kid, as the center piece in some emo hipsters wardrobe. I’m pretty sure that the brands don’t mind though. Any opportunity to have their logos splashed about – irony, or no irony – is a chance to market.
If you grew up a fan of Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Live or Nirvana, you’ve probably been asking yourself what has happened to rock music. After the surge of great rock that emerged from the 90′s we have been forced into a new millenia of boy band whining rock or this country/rock mainstream crap that is NickleBack. Bands like the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Velvet Revolver are quickly becoming the dying breath of american grunge rock. Them Crooked Vultures might be the rebirth. The band consistenting of Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Hommes and legendary Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones has been strictly spectulation over the last month or two. But another somewhat confirmed rumor has sufarced as of late last week that they will be playing a show at Chicago Metro.There are no songs or secret tracks anywhere. Don’t try to search them, the website only consists of black screen with a shadowing figure, and the words “Deserve The Future”. The S T and F in those words link to obscure facebook, twitter and myspace pages that have nothing on them and only a few thousand fans. With all the talent and experience of this band it will definitely be worth a listen, I guess we will find out the real deal August 9th.
I recently came across this artist, iri5, who works mostly in non traditional mediums. She is an imaginative painter and sculptor who has created some of the coolest art I have seen in a while. Her works are often noted for their unique and innovative style that focuses on recycling found materials, such as old cassettes and used books as well as old movie reels. The fact that her style is so broad is what makes her work so interesting. She has been featured in galleries in London and Bristol, UK. iri5′s art has also been featured on major websites and in newspapers and magazines all over the world. The coolest thing I noticed about iri5, is although she is a commercial success, she still is very much in touch with her fans, and even gives out her personal email address. If you want something custom, check out her site, but be prepared to drop some decent coin on it.
You may or may not have heard of this site and readily available iphone app. It’s truly an invention of generation Y or straight movie nerdalerts, either way its good. It addresses something we all have struggled with at one time or another through out our lives. And that is not wanting to get up and take a piss in the middle of a movie, especially one we paid to see at a theater with no pause button.
The premise of RunPee.com is to let you know when the best time of a movie is to get up take a pee. It offers a few classic movies but only focuses on those in theaters because in those cases taking a pee equals losing time, money and entertainment. RunPee let’s you know the exact time and scenes within a movie that are best to miss and also offers a summary of what you would miss in the average 4 minute time span it would take to do a leak.
Blackberry has no application for RunPee yet and won’t work in your blackberry browser because of the flash content, this is truly piss poor blackberry. If you don’t have an iphone you can print the run pee times right from the site, RunPee.com If you are an avid movie goer and have an over active bladder this and ditropan may be a great option for you!
For the second year in a row, the organizers of All Points West put together a stacked line up and they are well on their way to making APW one of the top summer festivals around. Compared to 2008, the inaugural year, the weekend of music and art was improved by leaps and bounds. I can’t remember waiting more than a few minutes for a beer (I dont know if thats a good thing, or a bad thing) and the port-a-johns were tripled, which made everyone a little happier. They even upped the beer limit from 5 to 7. YES! The Friday show was filled with so many good bands, we almost didnt know where to start. We got a late jump on the day because of the weather, but with a little help from Mr. Goldschlager, we were ready to brave the storms. We caught the end of Fleet Foxes, who were great, and a nice way to ease into the day. It was just getting sunny, so we decided to explore the beer garden before checking out Ra Ra Riot. With a few beers in us, we made our way to Riot, and let me tell you, if you get the chance to see them live, DO IT! “The lead singers voice is so good it sounds fake”, direct quote from my partner in crime, Lanie. She wasnt lying though, I was seriously amazed. Next we saw Vampire Weekend, who I personally am not too crazy about, but we checked them out anyway (from the beer garden fence). They sounded good. Not great, but good. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were on around 7:30pm, and their set was great. They even had these 2 giant eye balls as props, which made their way into the crowd. That got everyone going and gave me flashbacks of last years GirlTalk set.
Up to this point, the day had gone amazing. It started off humid, sticky, and hot, then it rained, and then it rained some more. The entire crowd was so excited about the music and the party, that no one even cared that they were dirty and wet. It was nice to see that many people come together and get along, even if it was only for one day. I didnt see one confrontation, one argument, or one fight. With everyones spirits high, it was time for the main event. HOVE! The Friday show had been advertised with the Beastie Boys headlining the show, but with the recent news of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s throat cancer, Jay Z stepped in to save the day. Words can not described how well Mr. Carter performed that night. He opened with No Sleep Till Brooklyn, which got the audience to level 10, and he didnt look back. Hit after hit after hit, with a live band that only upped the energy. Check out some of the pics, and if your really interested in how well the bands performed, check them out on youtube.
A few jams you should add to your collection if you don’t have them already. Nothing brand new but all good music that you might not have.
The Rakes – Strasbourg
Binary Star – Master’s of the Universe
Black Kids – Hurricane Jane (The Twelves Remix)
The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun
-Disregard this toolbag in the video, only version of the song I could find.
Eminem’s official response to Mariah Carey’s song taking a shot at him, “Obsessed”. ”The Warning” fires back like the Em of old when he first came on, just ruthless. Of course you knew this would shit on anything she put together. I almost feel bad for Nick Cannon at this point, he gets slammed in this and we all know he has zero chance at taking on Eminem lyrically. The only thing he could do at this point is try to fight him, it’s his only hope.
Credit to agent jeff meola for turning me onto to this immediately when it dropped.
So I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Bing.com, Microsofts new attempt to grab a piece of the internet search market from giant Google which currently holds about 70% of the market. And yesterday Microsoft and Yahoo announced a 10 year partnership that would allow them to take a run at Google. Microsoft launched a pricey TV ad campaign marketing the new search engine as more of a “decision engine” than a normal search engine. I have heard through the internet marketing world that bing is perceived as having more localized search results than Google, but nothing that is more relevant. Frankly, I don’t see anything that really set’s one apart from the other at first glance, but check it out for yourself at http://www.google-vs-bing.com/. Type in your search and get results from both search engines.
Last night I got invited to the Ron Arad: No Discipline art opening at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, and let me tell you, it was amazing. This was the first time Arad was showing his work in America, and him and the museum both did it big for this event. Among the most influential designers of our time, Ron Arad stands out for his daredevil curiosity about technology and materials and for the versatile nature of his work. Trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and at London’s Architectural Association, Arad has produced an outstanding array of innovative objects over the past twenty-five years, from almost unlimited series of objects to carbon fiber armchairs and polyurethane bottle racks. He has also designed memorable spaces, some plastic and tactile, others ethereal and digital. This exhibition focused mainly on his design of innovative chairs, but there were some other great pieces that I truly enjoyed. I took a ton of pictures, but ill only attach a few of my favorites.