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Forever a rule breaker, Banksy made a video about his Residency in New York City as his acceptance speech for The Webby’s Person of the Year, .

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The ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, the Video

Chris Johanson, Alicia McCarthy, and Ruby Neri give some background on this awesome show at The Grey Art Gallery in NYC. Aligning with their involvement in supporting the ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, RVCA has released two limited edition t-shirts (here and here) to commemorate the show, with proceeds benefitting charities chosen by the artists.

See our photos from the exhibition here

Snot Hatch

A collaborative zine between GIANT and JOKER that was published by The Skullz Press back in 2001.

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Thug: A Life of Caravaggio in Sixty-Nine Paragraphs by Stephen Akey

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They tortured him of course.

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More precisely, they carved up his face – “sfregio,” it was called, a ritual disfigurement intended to inflict permanent and visible dishonor on one who had disrespected the wrong people. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was no stranger to this code of vendetta. In his earlier Roman years, he had run with whores who were known to take the occasional blade to the face of a rival. Now in Naples, towards the end of his strange and violent life, it was his turn to be branded.

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Installation View: Jayson Musson – Exhibit of Abstract Art

Without a doubt one of our favorite shows on view in New York right now, Jayson Musson’s Exhibit of Abstract Art takes its inspiration from the Modern Art set-pieces created by American comic illustrator Ernie Bushmiller for the comic strip Nancy. On view at Salon 94 Bowery through June 21, 2014.

Flash Us: Louie Rivers

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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, Louie Rivers sent us the above. Louie tattoos out of Glorybound Tattoos in Exmouth, UK, and you can follow him here.

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From Flesh to Steel, Forever

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In 2013, Barcelona-based artist duo Llobet & Pons created a series of work that involved engraving the tattoos of specific celebrities (Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, Melanie Griffith, and Mike Tyson) onto the steel surfaces of various cooking pots. The works were then placed on view at Fundació Tàpies in Barcelona for permanent contemplation.

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In the Studio of Hiro Kurata

 
How long have you been in this studio?

Since October last year (2013).
 
Why did you pick the location?

It’s sort of close from my apartment and the rent is quite cheap compared to other studios in the city. Red Hook still has the atmosphere of everything not being so gentrified, so I’m in love with this neighborhood. The down part is the convenience of transportation isn’t too good. It’s a problem when it rains or snows because I bike here.
 
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?

I’m still figuring that out. I like the fact that I’ve separated my studio and my apartment since I’ve always worked from my apartment. It was really convenient to live and work in the same spot because of many reasons, but I guess it was time for me to separate the two. The winter we had here in Brooklyn this year was pretty horrible and this studio here gets really cold because it’s an old concrete building. I was wearing layers of clothes while I was here, thinking how nice it was working from home. The spring is becoming much easier to work and I’m staring to like this place more.
 
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?

The lighting from the window is perfect. During the day, I usually don’t turn on the lights and work with natural light, which feels good.
 
How often are you in here?

3-4 days a week. I have a few part time jobs with some weird schedules so whenever I have time, I escape here.
 
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?

Mainly a painting studio. Since I have three clean walls, I can work on three different paintings at once. The best part of having a studio is I can do messy things and not care about it.
 
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?

I don’t have one, so I keep few bottles of water and bring my own tea from home.
 
What kind of sound system do you have?

Headphones, or raw sound from computer speakers.
 
Have you ever slept here?

I’ve taken a nap here, but never a serious one… yet.
 
 
Hiro has a new book which will be released next month from Anteism, and in conjunction with the book release, he will be in Victoria, Canada to exhibit in their truck gallery and paint the exterior of the truck. For more information on Hiro’s artwork, visit his website www.shiloku.com/

The Rise and Fall of a Courtroom Sketch Artist in Texas

Morning Dose of Headspace

A new animation by Jake Fried made with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee. Speaking with Jake earlier today, he told us he spends between 4 and 5 months on each film. That’s roughly .8 seconds per day of animation.

The First Rule of Creativity is Not To Talk About Creativity

But creative people don’t always follow rules…

Inspiring Creativity, a short film created by the international cultural diplomacy organization, Liberatum.

Featuring Diana Picasso, Hans Zimmer, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Academy Award nominee James Franco, Joan Smalls, Johan Lindeberg, Jonas Mekas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nico Muhly, Karen Elson, Karim Rashid, Klaus Biesenbach, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Lola Montes Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, Mark Romanek, Tracey Emin, Moby, Paul Schrader, and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Bobby Puleo – Clues About The Rest Of The World

A short film by Tobin Yelland

The Art of Michael Gaughan

While not new to the website, Michael Gaughan has recently opened up a webshop featuring affordable prints of his humorous, highly-skilled watercolors. Head over here for a laugh and a purchase.

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Larry Clark’s New Kids by Pamela Pianezza

Twenty years after Larry Clark reinvented street cinema with Kids, he’s doing it all over again with a crew of young Parisians. 
They tell us about the perils of working with genius

Bidding for the Position of Dr. Dre’s Personal Art Advisor

In an ideal world, the extremely wealthy would let me buy art for them. Equipped with no vested interests, no time for back rubbing and preening, only just an eye for nice pictures, it’d be a fantastic fit. With this in mind, I’ve selected 11 works of art from tonight’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s for Dr. Dre, hip-hop’s first billionaire. Lord knows he’ll need some decoration for that house he just bought.

Matt Groening, Mike Kelley, and Gary Panter Talk About Each Other

Invading pop culture and the origin of Bart Simpson’s hairline.

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Mark Ryden Presents… The Gay Nineties Olde Tyme Music

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A signed and numbered limited edition vinyl record featuring original covers of the song “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) by artists such as Tyler The Creator, Weird Al Yankovic, Katy Perry, Mark Mothersbaugh, Nick Cave, and Everlast.

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DUNKS

We picked up a rare copy of Eric Elms’ 2011 zine featuring “a collection of images cut from old NBA posters highlighting the fans staring in unison at the slam dunks” when we visited his studio last week.

H.R. Giger, Rest In Peace

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Sad news today as we’ve learned of the passing of the Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger. Only 74 years of age, Giger, who was probably best known to the general public as the designer of the creature in the film “Alien,” died from complications in relation to injuries suffered in a recent fall.

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