Hugo Kaagman has been active on the streets since 1978
This self-published book by CLOWN TITS Crew features 86 pages of style inspiration.
A FAILING ATTEMPT TO CREATE THE BEST PLUTO EVER! by Fabio Tonetto
For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Shon Lindauer sent us the above. Shon tattoos out of High Seas Tattoo Parlor in Hollywood, California, and you can follow him here.
—Zio / @zioxla
eBoy and the perfection of pixels
Hi-Art is a new iPhone app that features original digital stickers (to be used in place of emojis) created by a whole slew of artists, musicians, and celebrities.
Art Basel, Swiss Basel, Basel Basel. Whatever you’d like to call it, the OG Basel fair is a breath of fresh air from its Miami spawn. Seriously, Swiss air is so clean that I didn’t even smoke a cigarette in the country because I wanted a lung cleanse. Anyway, here’s an abbreviated look through some pretty great artwork at the fair. I say abbreviated because my camera battery died and I couldn’t be bothered going all the way back to Zurich for my charger. Enjoy.
Six Different Artists Made These Paintings by Jerry Saltz
Why does so much new abstraction look the same? Because buyers like it that way.
25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.
Olaf Breuning is a Swiss-born artist living in New York.
He can be followed on instagram at @obreuning
INSA and MADSTEEZ get large and animated in Taiwan.
Jeff Koons Is Back! by Ingrid Sischy
Getting a massive retrospective this month at the Whitney, preparing to install his balloon sculptures at the Louvre, lecturing at the Frick—has Jeff Koons, taboo-busting rebel, become a pillar of the art establishment? With a look back at the simultaneous implosion of Koons’s career and personal life in the 1990s, Ingrid Sischy examines the creative risks that power his record-breaking prices and pop-culture supremacy.
For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Enrico Grosso aka Henry Big sent us the above. Henry tattoos out of Jolie Rouge in London, and you can follow him here.
This little book of Keichi Tanaami’s vibrant surrealist drawings is a nice thing to have lying around, available to flip through when you want to get ‘weird’. Co-Published by Nieves and CaRTe bLaNChe.
How long have you been in this studio?
Only about a month. It always takes much longer than imagine to set up a work space, but it’s good. I’ve been making work in here for a little while now.
Why did you pick the location?
My buddies Sucklord and Lamour Supreme had a space nearby and they were going to move into this building, so I started checking out the units in here. All these studio spaces are brand new; when I first came in here, these walls weren’t even up.
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?
I’ve been working in Brooklyn, and it was great, but I just needed more space. My painting studio in LA was bigger, but this spot is way better. I like my studio space to be inconvenient for visitors and very low-key, so now being in the middle of everything is something new for me.
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?
Having two big windows right on Bowery is awesome.
How often are you in here?
A Lot! I’m usually here for a few long full days in a row, then I’ll head back to my office in Brooklyn to handle all the other non-art-making things I gotta do. Then I’m back here for another few days in a row.
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?
I really want to get the space to a point where I can make much bigger paintings than I’ve been able to do recently. But I’m very busy getting the second series of The Melty Misfits together. All those paintings are small. I’m also set up to do a bunch of resin casting. And besides all that, I have a nice gallery/showroom space in the front, which is perfect for client meetings and product releases.
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?
I got a small fridge. It’s got a few things in it, but it’s mostly full of Perrier.
What kind of sound system do you have?
I just a tiny boombox. It’s so important for me to have heavy metal blasting when I’m working, but I’ve never had a great sound system. I also listen to the Adam Carolla podcast for hours and hours when I’m doing really tedious work, and this thing works for that too!
Have you ever slept here?
My lovely girlfriend lives a 3-minute-walk away, so there’s no need to sleep here!
Buff Monster will be opening up his studio (THE MELTY MANOR: 144 Bowery, 3rd Floor) from noon to 4pm this Saturday, June 21st for a print release. He can be followed @buffmonster on twitter and instagram, and /buffmonster on facebook.
Nicolas Cage performs John Cage’s 4’33”
By Adam Lucas