Monthly Archives: July 2013

YOU’VE GOTTA WATCH THIS | EVERYBODY STREET – A FILM BY CHERYL DUNN

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In her documentary, Everybody Street, New York filmmaker and photographer, Cheryl Dunn explores the lives and work of her idols, the legendary photographers who’ve captured the spirit of New York City in their iconic photographs. The funding for the doc was crowd-sourced through Kickstarter which has become quite a remarkable way of getting amazing projects like this done.

Here’s how the filmmaker describes the documentary: “The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists”.

The stellar cast of this incredible documentary are the photographic legends Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, Boogie, Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

Check out these amazing images and the trailer of a documentary that’s a must see. For more info visit http://everybodystreet.com/

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MINGO LAMBERTI TAKES TO THE SEA

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In the latest range, Tales of the Sea, South African design company Mingo Lamberti has created a fantastic collection of limited edition T-shirts.

Founded by Brad Hodgkiss and named after his grandfather, Mingo Lamberti has built a reputation for producing fantastically designed T-shirts by collaborating with some very talented designers and illustrators.

This series is no different and features the talents of Adam Hill, Jordon Metcalf, Daniel Ting Chong, Matt Goodall, Simon Berndt, Gert Schoeman and Brad Hodgkiss himself.

Have a look at this amazing series and make sure you visit their insanely cool website:  mingolamberti.com

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Sneaker Appreciation 101 | The Adidas Superstar

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The Adidas Superstar is as iconic in early Hip Hop culture as Caselle glasses, boom boxes and gold chains. While we may not see boomboxes on the streets anymore, the shell toe sneaker is very much alive and kickin’ it.

This 44 year old street icon, with it’s recognizable shell toe and full leather upper, was created by adidas in 1969 as the first low top basketball sneaker. Basketball players loved it. Just a few years after being introduced, a staggering 75% of all NBA stars were wearing them. And the biggest of those stars was the Lakers’, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. The shoe that was owning the basketball court was soon going to be a dominant feature on the street.

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walked through concert doors
and roamed all over coliseum floors …

Breakdancers, whose feats of athleticism were as impressive as their basketball counterparts, started wering Superstars because of the shoe’s durability. Enter Run DMC, the Hip Hop crew from Queens, NYC, who rocked the Superstar on stage. As they captivated audiences with their performances across America, sales of the sneaker soared. The trio penned a deal with adidas and became the first Hip Hop performers to be endorsed by a clothing manufacturer.

In 2005 the shoe celebrated it’s 35th anniversary and has continued to be a staple of street culture across the globe. Much like the Air Force One by Nike the Superstar now comes in a variety of colours and textures. They’re sturdy, comfortable and super stylish and if you’d never owned a pair, perhaps you should consider getting some. Find them at any good sneaker store or online at adidas.com

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Art in the Streets | The work of ETAM CRU

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Individually, Polish street artists Bezt and Sainer produce quirky and visually arresting pieces of art, but their collaborative work as the street crew, ETAM CRU is absolutely unbelievable. The duo have been prolific in creating magnificent large-scale works all across Europe. Check out Bezt and Sainer’s work on their website: etamcru.com and have a look at the videos of the two at work.

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An artful R!OT in Southern Africa

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Bulowayo-born, Joburg-based Sindiso Nyoni aka RiOT is a super talented, multi-disciplanary illustrator and graphic designer. His work, which he refers to as Guerill[art] combines a multitude of traditional and digital illustraton techniques to create engaging visual social commentary.

Sindiso tackles issues like xenephobia, police brutality and African dictatorships through his work. He’s been featured in many publications and international exhibitions including the 2010 International Biennial Poster Exhibition in Mexico titled, Voices of Freedom.  R!Ot’s also done quite a bit of commercial work for the likes of Adidas, Nike and Feiyue and toymaker ToiToy.

Check out his work at studioriot.com

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HaveYouHeard | Shout Out Louds

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When my buddy, Oskar Petty and I worked as an advertising team, we hardly ever played music in the office. That’s because despite being on the same wavelength when it came to our work, we almost never agreed on music. He hated my Hippity hop (despite loving the Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill) and I couldn’t deal with anything remotely metal. There were some exceptions. Most notably, The Cure. I remember many a drunken night at the agency bar, shouting along to the sound system when Just Like Heaven played.

The album, Optica, the latest  by Swedish band, Shout Out Louds most definitely has The Cure-like overtones, with the lead singer channeling Robert Smith. You can especially hear it when you listen to the tracks, Sugar and Illusion. They’re a fantastic band and their music is off the chain. Oskar that’s a Hip Hop reference.

Check out a couple of my favorite videos and their full live performance on KEXP.

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