Many of our readers and us were anticipating the release of “Sucker Punch” this past weekend. However, I don’t think anyone knew for sure whether it would actually be good or not. Personally, the trailer was not too enticing but I was relying on past success of director Zach Snyder movies “300″ and “Watchmen” Because of the Zoot Miami vacation none of us had time actually see it or talk to anyone who did. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone usually pins movies pretty well so I checked out his review this morning. Pretty much just confirming our doubts. Anyone has else who has seen it feel free to comment.
A graffiti writer in Brooklyn offers up some advice to fellow vandals and New Yorkers in general from a Williamsburg rooftop. I see this every morning while Im waiting for the M train at the Marcy stop in Williamsburg, and each and everytime, it reminds me to keep on pushing. Graffiti is a really funny thing. People either complain about it, or embrace it and when it is a inspiring quote or touching picture, it can mean so much more.
Sorry things have been a little slow last week, got a new job so trying to work out the schedule to get my posts in. Things will be back in full swing tomorrow, as this is the last day of the miami vacation for the zoot staff.
KATSU is creating havoc around New York City. The graffiti artist is back at it with his personal spin on Nike and MoMA ads, featuring the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Murry, Jay-Z, a young Morrissey, and Kurt Cobain. The other day I was walking down East Houston and saw Lil Wayne with the MoMa tag line above it. I obviously stopped dead in my tracks, pulled out my phone, and checked to see if there was a Lil Weezy exhibit at the MoMa. At least he fooled me. Catch them if you can, they really are awesome.
This is Ron English‘s festive own contribution to the South Park tribute art show that he’s curating at Opera Gallery in NYC for next week. Being all up on the Jesus bandwaggon is really in right now, so English went with a biblical Last Supper theme sprawled over a very productive-looking Towelie. The characters are nightmarish and humanoid, just like we like our women. Kidding. Not really. This new chapter in his South Park art is a little less intense than when he killed Kenny. Damn Ron, give the guy a break. Fire. Really?
Not all NYC subway interactions end in the throwing of fists and spaghetti, or having some guy named Bloody Loco scream in your face. Luke Rudkowski filmed this video of real NYC metro riders answering general existential questions and expressing their mistrust of the government. This is truly interesting especially if you live in NYC and you can relate to how the people who ride the subway interact with eachother, or dont.
The impromptu intimacy is touching, but that’s some tricky editing there. Of course, the Amelie soundtrack would make riding the subway with tired and easily-irritable New Yorkers feel like a magical scenario brimming with potential for deep/”deep” conversations with strangers. Not always the case. Take a chance? At 12 minutes its a little long, but the song is enough to rock you to sleep, and the intimacy really is amazing.
A sculpture of Muhammad Ali is on display this month at LA’s Nokia Plaza. Artist Michael Kalish built it using 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe to construct a 22-foot-high installation that took three years to complete.
The New York City subway is a strange place. Your in this iron box with complete strangers, and most of the time people just read, listen to music, beg for change, or break dance. Other times, you get mixed up in some shit. Some guy calling himself “Bloody Loco” decided for some reason that the guy across from him just didnt recognize his name, and wanted to make it clear, that he was not to be intimidated. He did hurl a lot of threats and mean looks at the other passenger, who sat there unfazed. I cant really figure out what is the funniest part about this video. Some random guy screaming his nick name in a strangers face, said stranger continuing to read like nothing is going on, or the other passengers who are so scared, they look like statues. Ohh, yeah, actually, my favorite part is when Bloody Loco says ASAP a bunch of times in a row with such passion that he almost makes me want to start yelling BLOOODY LOCOOOO!!!!
Mozilla’s Firefox has become the clear leader in browser application for the young savvy web user. Google Chrome is making strides to catch up but still isn’t quite there yet. Mozilla released Firefox 4 today. Here’s the rundown of what to expect in Lehman terms.
-3-6x faster speed and hardware acceleration
-Syncing which allows syncing of your browsing preferences, bookmarks etc among multiple devices including smartphones
-User Interface changes such as a more minimalist look, tab clustering and tabs moving to top of browser
-Updates to web standards which pretty much means supporting all the new stuff in HTML, CSS and WebGL. In short the newest things to better browsing are included.
-Firefox 4 now supports WebGL, which means faster 3D graphics and animations.
For more info on the web standards check out Mozillas Web O Wonder page demo
Besides perhaps the Nevermind baby, the baby sporting a giant Afro and chilling in a diaper pictured on Notorious B.I.G.’s classic debut Ready to Die is the most iconic infant in album-cover history no questions asked. As the music world commemorated the 14th anniversary of Biggie’s death on March 9th,(..Cuz the GREATEST rapper of all time died on March 9th!) many fans began inquiring about the Ready to Die kid. Diddy simply told Rap Radar, “That was a baby we just found… We did a little casting for somebody that looked like Big,” and the Bad Boy offices had long lost any concrete form of documentation. That sounds pretty believable since Bad Boy wasn’t the multi million dollar empire it is today, and was just trying to get off the ground when Ready to Die dropped. The Daily News has uncovered the 18-year-old who claims to be the mini-B.I.G.: Bronx native Keithroy Yearwood.
That Yearwood was a paid model would come as a surprise to two people involved in the shoot: Designer Cey Adams and the cover’s photographer Butch Belair, both thought that the Ready to Die baby was the child of someone who worked at Bad Boy. Yearwood says he was paid $150 dollars for the shoot, but could have never guessed that by being on this cover, he will forever be linked to Biggie Smalls, the greatest rapper of all time, as well as having arguably the most famous baby photo ever.