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Secret War Art Baltle at Art Basel US VS EUROPE

Friday, February 24, 2012

Secret Wars by Octopustudio from OCTOPUSTUDIO on Vimeo.

Buff Monster, Kano, and Tristan Eaton, representing USA, against Chaz, Mr. K, and Wayne Horse, representing Europe.  For ninety minutes, the artists merged freestyle with no plan or materials, limited to only black markers on white board.


Melbourne Artist: Meggs

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Dope piece by Meggs. Killer artist from Melbourne! He will be tearing up a piece for us at the Weapons of Mass Change Exhibit as well.

kaNO Darth Vader Helmet

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dope Darth Vader Helmet kaNO tore up for the Vader Project.  Cant wait to see what he comes of for our soon to be revealed show Weapons of Mass Change.

Never2501 In IIha Grande, Brazil as seen on Juztapoz

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Never2501 In IIha Grande, Brazil


Wonderful use of lines in this mural by street artist, Never2501 depicting a spearing of what resembles a dinosaur.



El Mac in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

El Mac Artist Statement, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam from Viet Nam The World Tour on Vimeo.

Here's a new video put together by the good folks at VNTWT in Saigon, VietNam. It's based on footage and interviews from when I painted there in 2010. I don't think I was as eloquent as I could have been, but other than that I think it's a great video and hopefully gives a little bit of an insight into how/why I paint what I do. I really found a lot of inspiration in VietNam and look forward to going back to paint there some more, and hopefully visit some other parts of SE Asia as well. 

How & Nosm, German Graffiti Wonder Twins, Paint the L.A. Weekly Building

Monday, February 20, 2012

Shannon Cottrell
For more photos check out our slideshow, How + Nosm Paint the L.A. Weekly Building

The L.A. Weekly celebrated Valentine's Day 2012 like no one else could, with a new red, black and white façade painted by artists Raoul and Davide Perre, known as How & Nosm.

In October, during our interview with How & Nosm about their show at Known Gallery, we half-jokingly asked if they'd want to paint the L.A. Weekly building, but we never imagined they'd say yes and actually set a date. The concept is, loosely, "messages in a bottle," representing perhaps those the newspaper delivers every week, yet conveyed via familiar surrealist How & Nosm imagery: fish, hands, faces, hearts and brains, plus secret visuals we may never decipher.

Shannon Cottrell
​The final work is a series of colorful bottles, some of which incorporate the windows of the building. This way, the L.A. Weekly staff becomes part of the art just by sitting at their desks.

The bottles are floating in a background that morphs from pink and red diamond shapes on the left side of the piece to organic gray waves meant to signify the L.A. River on the right.

To get a full view of the building, brave the traffic exiting the 405 by stepping across the street, and you'll see that the bottles become one huge, building-sized bottle, spilling a nefarious red liquid onto the street. (We would like to think it represents our blood, sweat and tears, but that would be up for interpretation.)

Shannon Cottrell
​ Originally, when photos and measurements of the building were sent to them, the brothers realized they would be painting over their colleague Ben Eine's 2011 "graffiti crossword" piece, which previously occupied the facade. In the world of graffiti and street art, "going over" someone is not OK. But after a discussion among the three artists at Art Basel in Miami, L.A. Weekly received Eine's official sanction via email: "With regard to the outside of L.A. Weekly I couldn't think of two people I would like to repaint the outside of your building more than Nosm and How, I know they will do an amazing job."

Shannon Cottrell
​ The mural, How & Nosm's eighth mural in L.A., took almost a week to complete, a process that included a day of rain, a broken window and some wayward eggs thrown by a motel resident (yes, boom lifts are loud at 8 in the morning).

This is their third wall for 2012 -- on their way to a self-imposed goal of painting 100 murals a year -- and they will finish another here before they leave for New York at the end of the month. They've also just come off the successful "BoneYard Project" at the Pima Art and Space Museum in Tuscon, featuring their painted World War II-era 737, and their already packed schedule includes a summer trip to Milan and a huge project in Prague in the fall.

Shannon Cottrell
​ 33third Los Angeles, the paint store/gallery, and Montana Paint, the paint manufacturer, generously contributed the paint and filmed the process from start to finish. See the trailer for the film below and stay tuned for the finished version in March.

PixArt: February 2012 Feature – Monster Sickling

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We couldn’t be more thrilled to feature this great piece from Oakland artist Yosiell Lorenzo. You might know Lorenzo from his wonderfully creepy line of Sicklings. If you haven’t seen or heard of these little guys make sure to check out his site and see them for yourself. A new batch will be for sale this week so don’t wait. Read on for more about the artists in his own words. Our thanks to Yosiell for his time and talent!

Name: Yosiell Lorenzo

Website/Blog/Portfolio:      Twitter:

currently live in… Oakland, CA

consider my hometown to be… New Haven, CT

My Favorite Pixar Movie isMonsters, Inc. Growing up, all kids think we have monsters in our closets at one point or another. I was definitely one of those kids who made sure my closet was closed before going to bed, haha.

My Favorite Pixar character is… Mike Wazowski

Tell us about your piece: I like to combine digital illustration with “real life” backgrounds and textures. I’ll create an artificial scene but throw in an aspect or two of reality so people kind of question what they’re seeing. And then I’ll age the whole piece. I really get into the process. As for what’s happening in this scene…Well, Mike Wazowski just happened to walk out of the wrong closet door that night and is now jarred up. (I guess you could say he’s in a pickle?) The Sicklings are currently deciding what to do with him. More than likely, they’ll party and celebrate with their favorite beverage: dew tea. Sadly, we may never know Mike’s fate…

Who/What inspires you? Right now, there’s a certain individual in my life who really inspires me. But in general, everyday life, people I meet and certain parts of movies or songs are all capable of triggering ideas for new work. Also: anything old, dark or turn of the century usually grabs my attention.

Recommend something, anything to our readers: People should really check out, which is an awesome curated blog about pop culture and design. He coined the term “popjects” to describe the accessible art objects he writes about, and he has amazing hair. Another site I recommend is, which is where I host my shop. It’s got an awesome community/social vibe with good-looking storefronts, and most of all it’s free…what’s not to like?!

Shameless self-promotion: My new series of resin Sicklings will be released Friday February 17th in my shop. It’s the third batch, and the first two are sold out. Stop by and check out for originals, prints and anything Sickling-related!

Introducing Roa Street Art from marcos333's blog

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15, 2011 from marcos333's blog

Roa is probably one of the most notorious street artists nowadays. Illustrating buildings, walls and everything paintable with his animals in many cities around the globe. I was not a huge fan of spray paintings, I always found that this technique was mostly related to the hip hop culture, but Roa artworks shows how intense, curious and beautiful can be images done just with a spray can. However, it's not his technique that surprise me the most, but the way he inserts his images on the places and how they get a totally new meaning. It seems that Roa don't have a official website, but he has a Flickr where you can find more of his works, have fun.

PORTRAIT Enter the world of ROA from MOUARF- du PhotoGraff Collectif on Vimeo.

Lil'G Mini Boombox by Jasin Dollin on Pre-Order at Ideacious

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lil'G Mini Boombox by Jasin Dollin on Pre-Order at Ideacious