Several readers have pointed out that the Electric logo (on the above left) looks very similar to a graphic seen in some 1940s Ku Klux Klan literature (above right). And if you look closely at the image on the right, you’ll notice that they do have a valid point. The logo on the cover of White Community is absolutely identical to Electric’s double lightning bolt in a circle logo. We’re guessing no one will say this was purposeful or a logo lift at all, but it seems an odd coincidence, doesn’t it? Then again, Electric’s been doing lightning bolts in circles for years.
For the complete story on the man in the photo (Klan Buster Stetson Kennedy), click here.
Yes, it’s already the third Thursday of the month and that means Dave Lee and the Signal Snowboards crew have a new edit about building a wacky snowboard. This time they enlist the talents of Mix Master Mike “nobody can do it like. . . ” and our favorite OC artist MadSteez. As they say in first grade, “watch and learn. . . ”
[Link: Signal Snowboards]
Handplant skateboard shop in Laguna Beach, California is presenting a collection of “strictly skate derived” art from Jon Steele titled Teenagers From Mars on April 5, 2014.
Jon Steele is a renaissance man, writer, artist, photographer, skater, surfer, wanderer; his past and present work has taken him all over the world including China, Guatemala, New York, the Galapagos as well as many other spots and working with great and amazing athletes and talent. Its been non stop traveling, producing art and shooting photos and video closely with the Sector9 surf and skate team, XGames/ESPN site, surfing, skate and SUP magazines and websites as well as many more companies. . .”I like the fact that skateboarding was an outlaw activity growing up as a kid and I’m blessed to have gone through that period in time of skating,” says Steele. “I think ‘Teenagers from Mars’ is a show that shows the fun and outlaw side of skateboarding and being different growing up then others. I would have never thought that a piece of wood with some wheels on it would have taken me all over the world.”
Teenagers From Mars show opens April 5, 2014 at 7 PM. Handplant is located at 1025 South Coast Highway, in Laguna Beach, California.
Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow presents Russ Pope + Neil Blender = Baggage Claim Opening Reception, Saturday , April 5th, 2014 : 6-9PM.
AR4T is located at 1175 South Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, California.
In this week’s March Logo Madness you finally get the chance to vote for Boardistan and our down arrow B logo made famous on coffee mugs around the world. Help us get out of our round one match up against AWSM. Click the link and vote for us, as well as the rest of your favorite lifestyle brands.
[Link: March Logo Madness]
We don’t know the guy. Never met him, but we’ve always been huge fans of Mark Paul Deren’s art. And we’re always wondering how and why he was able to do all that’s he’s done over the past decade. Now, thanks to an interview with The Hundreds, we have a little look into who Madsteez is and what moves him to create his amazing, comic, insightful, loud, stunning pieces.
If you call getting a D in Art 101 at Cal State Long Beach going to art school then I was definitely classically trained. Before that, I took high school art class but it was only to get an easy A. It actually wasn’t until I started making art for absolutely no purpose at all. From there everything just naturally happened. I got to choose what I wanted to paint and how I wanted to do it. The more I’ve personally grow as an artist, the more I’ve tried to strip my process and simplify my pieces.
Click the link for the rest of the interview.
[Link: The Hundreds]
Ah, Brooklyn. Home of hip people making cool things with their very own hands (and lasers, apparently). A company called Magnetic Kitchen has begun using their laser to cut designs into skateboard decks and now, through the magic of crowd sourcing they’re trying to raise money (a.k.a. sell more decks) to help them make more.
While we’re not into many of the designs they’re producing right now, the upside is that they could cut anything you want into the decks. Then after a couple board slides it will all be ruined. Maybe these would work better as wall hangers. If you’d like to help, click the link and promise them some money.
[Links: Kickstarter via Designboom]
Sometimes there’s no way to get people to contribute funds to a project without giving them something in return. That’s just what UNIV and Juxtapoz are doing with this special art board action. Buy a board and the money will go to Waves For Water in the Philippines and you’ll get a surfboard with art from some of the most famous artists in action sports including Geoff McFetridge, C.R. Stecyk III, Travis Millard, and many more. For all the details, click the link.
If you go to one skate art opening this year, it should probably be the opening for Russ Pope & Neil Blender’s Baggage Claim at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow in Laguna Beach, California on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
“Baggage Claim” explores social concepts in the two artists’ complementary character-based themes and color palettes – which Pope says will come across as “darker” to those familiar with his work. Works will range from 30″ x 60″ to a handful of smaller pieces. Pope and Blender conceived “Baggage Claim” together. Pope explains: “It’s claiming your baggage, claiming all your life’s baggage. Usually the content of the things I’m working on are social commentary, things that happen in my life, like daily diaries, or what’s happening in my environment that I’m reporting on. Making art and sharing it with people it is exposing yourself and putting yourself in a vulnerable position – politics, thoughts, even colors. Laying baggage out for all to see.”
Aside from being the father of the Lien air, Neil Blender is also credited with creating the entire skateboarder-as-artist aesthetic. Baggage Claim runs April 5 – 27, 2014. The opening reception is Saturday, April 5, 2013 at 6 PM. Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is located at 1175 South Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, California. For more on the show and the artists, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The crew from Brixton made their annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for SXSW and brought back a blog load of photos to prove it. If you’d like to see what they (Jason Lee, Jason Augustine, Adam Warren, Bob Hoste & David Stoddard) saw, click the following links for pretty close to all of it (in four parts). Part I, Part II, Part III, Party IV.