Flash Us: Mina Aoki

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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, Mina Aoki sent us the above. Mina tattoos out Fun City Tattoo in New York, and you can follow her here.

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Openings & Parties: Jaimie Warren – That’s What Friends Are For

A master of characters, Jaimie Warren thrilled visitors at The Hole on Friday night.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

Morning Dose of Aerosol Can

Mike Giant’s penmanship gets the spotlight in this new Major Lazer video featuring Pharrell. Nice one!

Lunchtime Laughter

George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him

In The Studio of Sam Friedman

Sam Friedman is an artist whose work we’ve always been appreciative of. In anticipation of his show at Kinfolk’s new space tonight (4/18), we dipped inside his studio to get a look at where he creates and talked a little bit of art with him.

 
So… when did you move into this studio?

I moved into my studio in June 2012.
 
Let’s say you meet a person and tell them you’re an artist. They ask you “what kind of art do you make?” You say…?

I make paintings.
 
When did you first consider yourself an artist? Do you remember making things as a kid?

I was always drawing and making things as a kid, and have considered myself an artist for as long I was old enough to have an identity.
 
Your dad helps you make canvases, right?

Yeah, he has been making a lot of my panels for over a decade now.
 
All of these paintings are very tropical, which is a really cool thing these days. How long have you been making paintings incorporating this trendy theme? How’d you decide on it?

Hahahaha. I try not to make them tropical, but I do paint beaches. All of mine are based off the northeast, so your not going to find a palm tree or anything. I started painting beaches in August of 2008 after watching a storm roll in to the Rockaways at sunset on my wife’s birthday. In the moment, the scene reminded me of the abstract paintings I was doing at the time, so I just took the same language and made a landscape painting the next week.

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Nu Liife

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Our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

Art Tonight (and This Weekend) in New York

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From a giant group show this evening featuring Downtown’s finest to Jaimie Warren’s performance at The Hole on Friday night, there are a bunch of great excuses to leave your couch this weekend.

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Art on the Feet

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Converse recently gave Buff Monster, Andrew Schoultz, Jersey Joe, and Bwana Spoons a classic blank canvas to work with, the iconic Chuck Taylor. The results of their creativity are now on street level display in the latest custom Converse Graphic Editions series. Full of familiar elements from each of the artist’s work, the shoes retail at $80 and can be customized for your own personal collaboration.

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Openings & Parties: The $16 Burger Show

A goodbye art show for Clayton Patterson with Elsa Rensaa at Galerie ABP. On view through May 14th.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

A side by side comparison of Macaulay Culkin Eating a Slice of Pizza & Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger

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The Gayest Stamps Ever

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The Finnish postal service is honoring Tom of Finland with a series of postage stamps featuring the late artist’s “emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings”.

Art, Technology, & Motorcycle

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“Ducati” is Cory Arcangel’s new edition  for the ICA. The print was made on an old plotter machine using a software program devised to command motors to make a drawing of the racing bike. Even though it’s made by a robot, the print feels like it was hand drawn, with the only human touch actually being the color on the print, which is individually finished by Arcangel.

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Ai Weiwei: According to What?

This introduction to the work of Ai Weiwei was published in conjunction with his wonderful US retrospective, which luckily enough opens at the Brooklyn Museum this Friday, April 18th.

Printables

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Ryan McGinley: Naked and Famous by Alice Gregory

In the beginning, Ryan McGinley was an outsider. He used his band of beautiful friends to create photographs—rarely not naked but never quite sexy—that he now calls “evidence of fun.” But in the past decade, McGinley’s vision has evolved and expanded into a tidal wave of influence, affecting the look of art, advertising, music videos, film, even Instagram—and making him arguably the most important photographer in America. So why are so many of us just learning his name?

Morning Dose of Skin Illustrations

A Supercut of Tattoos in Film

Pettibon’s Surfers

Details from Are Your Motives Pure? at Venus Over Manhattan

Breaking Down the Quiet Ponds, Wilderness Cabins, and Happy Little Clouds

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FiveThirtyEight does A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

Flash Us: Pemex

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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, Pemex sent us the above. Pemex tattoos out of Castro Tattoo in San Francisco, and you can follow him here.

 

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Heads or Tails

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In such a disposable economy, it’s always a treasure to come across old money. Here, Chris Ware imagines the journey of one penny, minted in 1929.

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