Fair Warning: For Adult Intellectuals Only

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The Complete Zap Comix is a five-volume hardcover box set containing 920 pages of underground comic history. Featuring the work of R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson.

Openings & Parties: The 2014 VICE Photo Show

Gone are the days of cramming into a sweat-filled box to catch a glimpse of some pictures on the wall, maybe. This is the new VICE; where space is now plentiful, yet the people are the same. Catch this great exhibition at Pioneer Works in Red Hook through August 10th.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

Bombs not Drugs

Keiichi Tanaami responds to his work being described as “psychedelic” in this short for his “Motorpsycho” collaboration with RETROSUPERFUTURE.

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Dark Warmth

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Swedish fashion brand Indigofera just released two special edition blankets they made with artist Richard Colman. We spoke with Richard about one of them.
 
Does it feel weird to write your name on a coffin?

Not really, I’ve been doing it for years. It’s an inevitable outcome.
 
What kind of person do you think will wrap themselves up in this blanket?

Probably no one. I threw that design in as a joke but they [Indegofera] liked it so they made it. I think it’s more ridiculous to have my name on a product someone is expected to pay money for than on a coffin. I don’t know, it’s pretty funny I guess.
 
On a dark note, will you be saving one to wrap yourself up in on that final day?

I don’t think so. I don’t think I want to be buried.
 
Burn baby burn. I’m going to have a tree planted over me. How about coffin painting? Are you open to commissions?

I don’t know. Maybe if it were the straight up pine box kind I would, but I doubt any weirdo that would want their coffin painted would opt for one as basic as that.
 
Glad to know it’s a possibility.
 
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Cool Bowl

Jay Howell, Chris Yormick, Rich Jacobs, Zio Ziegler, and Nathaniel Russell painted the Van Doren Invitational Bowl for the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Photos by Brandon Means & Michael C. Hsiung

Moonbeam City

Comedy Central’s upcoming animated series is like a Patrick Nagel illustration come to life.

Art Tonight (and this Weekend) in NYC

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Starting tonight (7/30) with Nick Sethi’s show on Canal Street and finishing out in Brooklyn on Friday for Kinfolk 94′s inaugural summer group show (REVOK, above), there’s enough going on to give you FOMO satisfaction before taking peace in Summer reclusion on Saturday.

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Glide, Glider, Glide… Up Up to Sky

This Friday, August 1st, 60 artist interpretations of the Benny Gold logo will go in display in the brand’s Guest Artist Glider Plane show. Featuring works by a bunch of familiar names, the show will be on display for one-night only from 6-9pm at the San Francisco store.

Dunkin’ on Art Fools

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Air Wei Wei by Dustin Canalan for Upper Playground

Installation View: Dave Schubert – Scattered Scraps of Memory

By painting with light in the darkroom, Dave Schubert turns honest moments in public—captured by a quick eye and shutter finger—into dark, private pictures full of mystery. On view at MUDDGUTTS through August 8th.

Taking Art Out of Its Original Context

or The many meanings of Michelangelo’s Statue of David

Flash Us: Karl Willmann

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For our series, “FlashUs,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Karl Willmann sent us the above. Karl tattoos out of Melbourne Tattoo Company in Australia, and you can follow him here.
 
Years tattooing: 3

Tattooing out of: Melbourne Tattoo Company, Melbourne, Australia

First tattoo I ever did: “A little skull on a friend in the shop I apprenticed at. Not the greatest but a skull is always fun.”
 
Zio / @zioxla
 

You’re The Topping

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Kenny Scharf’s Introducing… The Hot Dog Beach Towel

In the Studio of Tomokazu Matsuyama

 
Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
 
How long have you been in this studio?

Just over a year now.
 
Why did you pick the location?

Because I’ve been in Greenpoint for 12 years, and I love it and can’t get out of here.
 
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?

It’s a few times the scale of my last studio. The building is organized and run a lot better. All in all, just a better circumstance.
 
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?

It’s large and has 15 ft tall ceilings, but more so, I love the view. It’s right against the East river and at the very tip of Greenpoint. My eyes are filled with views of Manhattan and Queens.
 
How often are you in here?

Always. I have a house near the studio, but I’m hardly ever there.
 
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?

We can basically do everything. I have a full staffed studio, so all of my operations are pretty much run here with the exception of the sculptures, as I need an engineer and professional fabricator to help my production.
 
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?

Yeah. This summer I had nearly 10 people on staff including interns, so I have no clue what’s in it. I don’t bother to try to use it, as it was always full.
 
What kind of sound system do you have?

A Bose speaker that connects directly to my Mac, and a Bluetooth Sony speaker for the painting side of the space.
 
Have you ever slept here?

Countless times. However, I try not to now as I have a house very close by, and I’m married, so the wife needs me back home.
 
 
On August 15th, Matsu will debut his largest sculpture to date, Sky Is The Limit, at Harbour City Hong Kong. You can follow him on instagram at @tomokazumatsuyama
 

Creating Technophemera: An Interview with Leon Reid IV

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This fall, artists Leon Reid IV and Ryan Seslow are planning a technology inspired installation called “Technophemera” on the campus of LIU Post in Long Island. Here, we speak with Leon about the upcoming project and future of technology in our consumer-based society.
 
What is Technophemera, and where did the idea for this collaboration come from?

Good Question! Technophemera is a time capsule that preserves our technology. The concept came from a 2 year conversation with my partner Ryan Seslow; he was already casting hardware in concrete and reached out to me for a collaboration. I was amazed by the level of detail captured in the casts -especially with concrete- so I brought my installation background to the table. I decided that these objects needed a strong conceptual reason for being reproduced and felt that the time capsule model best fit Ryan’s casts.
 
Is there a commentary on landfills here, or is that a stretch?

Well, it’s really the speed at which technology advances -and becomes useless. That’s the point we’re trying to make here. Rather, that’s what we’re trying to reflect here. I wouldn’t say we’re making commentary but reflecting a truth.
 
How did you select the digital devices that will be included in the installation? Is there a specific time period you’re pulling from?

We were thinking of casting strictly 20th century items -like Apple III, floppy discs etc.-  but I think we’re gonna do the whole shebang up to cell phones and tablets -as they too will evolve and change in appearance as time goes on.
 
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Was there a reason why you chose poured concrete over other castable materials?

Another good one! Concrete is a cheap and durable material and the whole process can be done at my Greenpoint studio. Casting in bronze, and so on, would cost a fortune and we just wanted to keep the project within a reasonable scope.
 
What will be the final size of Technophemera, and how deep will it be buried?

Well, we’d like to bury Technophemera below the ‘frost line’ -this is the topmost part in the soil where moisture in the ground freezes. We need to bury it below that because continuous melting and freezing of water over time will probably harm the casts and potentially push them out of the ground. I’d estimate between 5-6 feet deep and hopefully 10ft x 10ft length and width. It depends on what we’re allowed to do on the campus of LIU Post [where it is planned for installation].
 
Once filled with earth, will there be any markers left behind to signify the artifacts beneath?

You know, we hadn’t thought about that, but maybe it’s a good idea! Yeah I mean how would people know? But at the same time I like the idea of making future archaeologists very happy by allowing them to discover Technophemera without help.
 
Since you’re immortalizing the past technology, where do you see it heading in the future?

I see technology advancing more toward software than hardware. A new app is born every day but hardware has to go through a slower process -manufacturing and that kind of thing. Devices are becoming smaller and closer to our bodies. In the future, maybe the human body will be the hardware, and our apps will be created simply by thinking? Don’t quote me on that though!!
 
 
As of 7/24, there are 7 days left to help make Technophemera a reality, and there are lots of great rewards if you do choose support the project.

$2 million

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The price being asked by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman for the first drawing ever made of a hero in half shell.

Purposeful Creativity

Krooked skateboards visits the studio of Geoff McFetridge, who created the artwork for their most recent Guest Artist deck

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Morning Dose of Skinner’s Hell Dream

Directed and Animated by James Dirschberger | Artwork & Music by Skinner

No Responsibility Necessary

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These paper plants by Art We Heart bring the tropics indoors, indefinitely.

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