Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Insider Art" at the ICA London

Sponge Bob's Diddle Shop, 2007, Recycling, HMP Haverigg. Photo: Marcus J Leith

From the 12th July to the 9th September, the ICA in London is holding this exhibition, "Insider Art", which is contributed to by thousands of prisoners and youth detention inmates. The exhibition is part of the Koestler Awards Scheme which promotes creativity throughout the criminal justice system in the UK.

Original Post on: http://artnews.info/news

She-One & O.Two Interview

Had the distinct pleasure of meeting and interviewing (for UKAdapta) the Rockgroup crew comprising of Graff artists She-One and O.Two last week at Cargo over two seperate nights. The interview was hilarious to do as we were all in good spirits and they had some briliiant answers to give us. I look forward to sharing it with you guys on the UKAdapta site next month sometime.

She-One was live painting for an event called Planet Patrol Sessions, sponsored by Boombox records.

O.Two was live painting for a charity auction event called "Evolving Styles".

Images by Steff Plaetz and She-One.

Ani-Com 2007 HKG

It was such a shame that ESPV couldn't make it down to the event this year....Loads of one-off custom toy goodness on exhibit, as well as all the cosplay-heads showing off their look. It's usually a great day out and theres always plenty to buy. How was it this year? Anybody go?

Images Courtesy of Toysrevil.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Reality Of Fast Food

Interesting comparison of food shown in the menu and the orignal food served to the customer. On the left is the Menu photograph of the food and on the right is the actual food served to the customer.

Steampunk Coffee Machine

Perfect for that Monday morning coffee vibe: Designed by Swiss designer Carlo Borer, the cover of Etienne Louis machine is a steel sphere while the spikes and the supports are crafted from polished aluminum. The removable water tank is concealed under the detachable upper half of the sphere. Pricing for this strange looking coffee machine is unknown but they must be charging some good amount for this brilliant steampunk design.

Link from the Appliancist.

RIBA 2007

Six buildings have been shortlisted for the 2007 Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize for architecture and the winner will receive a cheque for £20,000. All the buildings are unique on their own and show different approaches to contemporary design. The winner will be selected by a five-person Riba Stirling Prize jury and will be announced on 6 October.

Casa De Musica Concert Hall in Porto.

The America's Cup Building and park in the Spanish port of Valencia.

The Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar.

Dresden railway station.

The Savill Building visitor centre in Windsor Great Park

The Young Vic Theatre in London

Link from BBC.

Runaway Brain

For me, the only time that I can remember Mickey Mouse being violent or scary was in the 1995 movie entitled, "Runaway Brain":
In an attempt to convince Minnie that he hasn't forgotten to buy her an anniversary present, Mickey Mouse ends up promising to take her to Hawaii. Funds being short, he applies for a job as lab assistant to the sinister Dr. Frankenollie, who happens to be searching for a donor to provide his monstrous creation with a brain....the rest of the movie involves monstrous mice running amok!

I wish Disney would have licensed out more of this kind of alternative character plot. Seeing a Count Donald Duckula or a Goofy Zombie would be amazing!

The toys come very highly-prized on my wishlist. Both the original Disney release and the Span of Sunset version really capture the grotesque-ness of Mickey.....

Sunday, July 29, 2007

RANT by Dkoda : New Comic Strip


Brighton Graffiti

Awe-inspiring walls on Kensington St, Brighton. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing them in person, except from what I've seen on Flickr. There are some seriously amazing pieces there and it apparently is refreshed on a regular basis. I particularly liked the Tron concept; the lines/colors were so clean and well painted. Absolutely gorgeous!
The other great thing is that as more artists paint new pieces, the background becomes more and more cluttered giving a great chaotic and busy effect!

A huge shout-out to Aroe, Odisy, Rat, Sion, Nylon and Aagh!

All images found on FLICKR

Hip-Hop Landmark in New York

The State of New York has officially announced its recognition of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx as the birthplace of hip-hop and as an eligible historic landmark. 1520 Sedgwick Avenue is home to a community room where the father of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc, played in during the 1970s. The site, however, has been closed for renovations since last year, prompting hip-hop and community organizers to make a bid to have the location honored as a landmark. According to the New York State Office, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue “meets the eligibility criteria being that it is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad pattern of our history.”

A flier promoting a performance by D.J. Kool Herc in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on Aug. 11, 1973.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hello Kitty Bling

The 62,000 Swarovski crystals studded Hello Kitty Maneki Neko Doll is currently sold at 8 million yen, equaling to US$66,115, in Hello Kitty Selection event of Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo. Maneki Neko is a good money fortune symbol in Japan. Will the Hello Kitty craze ever let off?

Thanks to Fisherwy for the info!


For those of you who haven't seen this French street artist before; here you go! Mecha-goodness from the amazingly talented Duster132. The detail that goes into his paste-ups/pieces is a wonderful sight to behold.

You can see more on his Myspace page.

Friday, July 27, 2007

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