That’s the husband and wife artist crew Kami and Sasu. Sasu, the wife, paints the massive flowers. Kami the dude’s art is more tube oriented. The are also from Japan if that makes you freak out any harder or softer.
Have you heard about 72 U? You haven’t? Well, it’s a school inside the 72 and Sunny agency, you work on real clients to build a nasty portfolio. If you are sitting around reading blogs all day I highly suggest you get into a program like this. This is the first year of 72 U so I expect great things from these kids.
I drive by this house almost every day and say “I love this house”
Last night at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood was the Premier of Outside In, basically the “making of” of the MOCA Street Art show. Buff Monster invited me to be his +1, I was just planning on listening to Matchbox 20 and eating Swiss Miss with a spoon, so I figured why not.
As soon as we entered I was accosted by a ferocious Nick Schonberger who was completely dressed head to toe in recently acquired free clothes.
Got invited to Risk’s house in Thousand Oaks. I never knew how much I knew about Risky’s career until seeing most of his creations in person. MOCA’s MVP basically invented Los Angeles graffiti and has inspired letter styles of just about every writer that has encountered his work.
Attached to his modest home is an enclosed structure that is just for creating.
Common workplace hazards include paint on your Rolex.
… and covering your Chrome Hearts bracelets with a nice rainbow effect.
The back of the house has some tastefully done murals.
This is the original to the recently available prints.
Before the internet, and before you were born there was a graffiti magazine called “Can Control“. These were very hard to get, they also died early due to advertisers being afraid to be a part of a magazine about crime. Risk was on the cover.
Before streetwear was a phrase, and Ecko existed there was a company called 3rd Rail. Risk was a part owner as well as full time designer. This giant painting is a collabo he did with Cartoon roughly 20 years ago. The devil portrait up top is actually Risk Rock himself.
Soul Clap is Boston’s premier DJ group. (eat a dick Bladerunners). We first met probably 5 years ago was I was being thrown out of Boston’s premier clubs that they were playing at. Here they are playing the roof of The Standard Hotel in downtown LA. Eli and Charlie don’t care about anything except playing music and being the most vicious Jewish team since Munich.
I wasn’t even planning on going, I was staring at the giant Tin Tin display at Meltdown Comics wondering why the fuck Tin Tin deserved such a massive percentage of floorspace when Eli hit me up via Twitter. I’m still pissed about that Tin Tin bullshit. It’s not funny, it’s like a boring novel with drawings, I read like 3 Tin Tin books looking for a swear or a tit or something. Eli Loves And Still.
Risk has been working non stop lately. In unrelated news THIS is my new favorite blog.
Everyone I know has already seen Prince. I had to work every time I wanted to go, so you can give me a latepass. For $25 you can get almost front row seating. I’m not even a fan of Prince but you have to respect his talents. Real music by real musicians.
This was Prince’s ridiculous piano that was basically a beat machine programmed to play every one of his hits. Each key was the audio track to every one of his well known songs. I imagine Prince getting on this at his house and wildn’ out.
So each night Prince has special guests come onstage. Stevie Wonder was there the night before. I got to see Sheila E, and Halle Berry, but the real treat was seeing Craig Robinson do the running man and the cabbage patch on stage for about 15 minutes.
I meant Craig Robinson and Susan Sarandon grinding at the point of the TAFKAP symbol.
I’m going to tell you a story you won’t believe. It starts with a family friend that has helped me out so many times in life, and ends in the assassination of a communist dictator. Brendan Carroll and I met in 1995 when he sold me a butterfly knife in the back of the bus on out way to North Middlesex High School. Only to steal the knife back from me and threaten me with it at the basketball courts later that day, oh kids. Brendan and I have remained friends through thick and thin and usually traded lies while landscaping his parents house in Pepperell Massachusetts. His father Michael Carroll is a photographer. One cold fall day in Pepperell, I was raking leaves when Mr. Carroll came out with some water and a story.
In the 80′s Romaina had a crazy dictator. Nicolae Ceaușescu. He did all kinds of horrible things. One of the worst things he did was make it a law that woman between the ages of 18-40 had to be pregnant. His goal was to triple the size of his army. If you were not pregnant you could be fired from your job or imprisoned. Now the country has no money, and what money it did have when into Ceaușescu‘s pocket or ridiculous schemes. Like building the largest palace ever. Anyway, to stimulate a baby’s immune system upon being born they baby would be injected with adult blood. Blood that was bought from Uganda, that was HIV positive. The babies were infected with AIDS as soon as they were born.
Ceaușescu and his wife were hanged in ’89. What does this have to do with the Carroll family? Well in ’89 Michael Carroll went to Romania to photograph the endless fighting and riots. He didn’t know at the time but Mr. Carroll had the only images of catastrophic suffering these people were enduring. Why haven’t you heard about this? Because Romania is the most hated country in the world. Nobody cares about it. It has the highest population of Gypsies which are the most oppressed minority in the world. (Above: A Gypsy family in their home by Michael Carroll).
So this was like over 20 years ago. Since his photos where first printed in the Boston Globe, Mr. Carroll has become Romania’s guardian angle. I am not even telling a fraction of the entire story, thankfully a movie is being made to do so. That’s why the Carroll’s are here in L.A., for the Newport Film Festival. Hand Held tells the story I attempted to, of my friend the photographer who is single handedly saving every child in Romania. Don Hahn (center) is the man making the movie, he has made other movies, for Disney, The Lion King is one you may have heard of.
Michael and Don have been touring the country promoting the movie. It’s very sad, shocking, emotional and most of all you find yourself wondering “why haven’t I heard about this? It seems the world can’t seem to remember anything about Romania. After you see this movie it will be hard for you to forget.