Friday, April 30, 2010
From Audrey Kawasaki's website:
The themes in Audrey Kawasaki's work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey's precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing an unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter.
The figures she paints are seductive and contain an air of melancholy. They exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time present a sense of accessibility that draws the observer to them. These mysterious young women captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Life is not what it used to be for these iconic characters in Dismayland. No loner living of the fat of a wealthy and powerful nation Minnie and the gang are struggling to survive in a third world nightmare. These painting by Jeff Gillette have to have Walt Disney's frozen head spinning.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Via Topless Robot
This past Saturday, there was a car wash event in L.A. It was a car wash staffed by attractive girls in Star Wars costumes, mostly Slave Leia. So basically, for a price, a gaggle of Slave Leias washed your car. The proceeds benefited the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Now now we would probably call The Bongos an Indie Rock or Indie Pop band but in the 80's at the height of New Wave the band did not fit in. It's because of this "do your own thing" attitude that the bands songs do not sound dated like much of the music from that era. The bands signature sound was a jangly guitar and deceptively simple lyrics. The 27 track reissue of Drums Along The Hudson is well worth your time and money.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
A ten year retrospective on skateboarding in Miami, "The MIA Program" looks at the city's stirring subculture through the lenses of photographers Ian O'Connor and Frankie Galland, as well as with skate-inspired paintings by artist Taylor Kienholz.
The MIA Program returns for a month-long showcase at local hangout Kill Your Idol after debuting to a packed house in a 24-hour-long exhibition of the same name at the beginning of 2010. The exhibit aptly portrays its host city with images spanning all neighborhoods—from the gutters in seedy Liberty City to half pipes inside the clubs of South Beach, The MIA Program is as much about the culture and backdrop surrounding the Miami skate scene as it is about the medium or the sport itself.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
This is a really inspiring story about a man named William Kamkwamba who built some windmills out of scrap metal. In doing so he was able to provide energy for his family and several others and change their lives for the better.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I got this message from the Beastie Boys mailing list yesterday:
wanted to send this out to you guys in case you were into it, or wanted to give it to anyone who you think might be.
a few friends and i are meditating at the same time twice a day. 9:30am and 6:30pm eastern standard time, for about an hour and half.
we are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world.
we are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then sending it back at the cancer as lightening bolts that will break apart the DNA and RNA of the cells. if you have the time, please join us in whipping up this lightening storm. mind over matter…...
if you prefer to sit then sit, but if you are not used to meditating, or sitting quietly doesn’t sound like fun, put on some music and dance while you do the visualization, and if you want to do it at some other time, or picture curing some other illness that’s fine too. yoko will be joining the meditation by visualizing all of us dancing with joy to celebrate the world without cancer. all variations are welcome. this is really just being done with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness.
i’ll also be saying prayers for the earthquake victims in tibet, so join in on that if you can too.
please feel free to pass this onto anyone who you think may find it interesting.
with all my love,
To celebrate their 75th anniversary 20th Century Fox is releasing some limited edition posters that incorporate some of their most popular pictures with their iconic logo. Some of the movies featured are Cash, Ice Age, Patton, Alien and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sad news today that rapper Guru has passed away after battling cancer at the way too young age of 43. Guru was one half of Gang Starr along with DJ Premier. Their mix of jazz samples, dope beats and wordy lyrics is what hip hop should be about.