LEON REID IV: Recent History

A design series reflecting recent historical events.

Dude Seems Like A Likable Character

Tate Shots: Maurice Sendak

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Nips: 99 Bananas

A night of drinking 99 Bananas is a great way to appreciate Jeff Koons. It’s pop. Start off easy, mixing it with RC Cola and laughing about the giant puppy he built out of flowers in Rockefeller Center and then, after you’ve moved on to 99 Bananas on the rocks, you can get a little more weird and discuss his life-size porcelain of Michael Jackson and Bubbles. Late night, when it’s 99 Bananas right out of the bottle, take some time alone for close examination of the photo-realistic paintings he made of his Italian porn star ex-wife. Before long you’ll be curled up with an inflatable lobster, snoring away and dreaming 99 Bananas dreams filled with giant reflective hearts.

99 Bananas tastes like melted yellow Popsicles mixed with turpentine. It’ll make you smile.

—Arlo Crawford

Graffiti & Street Art

Few see as much art in the street as NY-based photographer Luna Park. Knowing this, we asked her to pick some of her favorites (with a couple of ours included) of 2011.

Hit up her flickr stream and check out the Street Spot for even more


A short film by Paul Stone about Lyle Owerko, and The Boombox Project.

Tracking Your Monthly Coffee Consumption

“In Caffeine We Trust,” a well-designed interactive coffee poster by C5.

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Mid 70’s Baseball Dudes

Illustrations by Paul Windle. Cool zine too.

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The Entire Contents of the Art Studio of the Co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Is Up For Auction

The auction of Kevin Eastman’s studio content started at $1.50 (the cover price of the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic).

Bid here and see a video exploration after the jump

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The Most Viewed Slideshow of the Year: Art In The Streets

Because it was good.

David Ellis – “Baker’s”

Theory had some foresight back in 2008 by commissioning David Ellis to do an 8-day live painting install which resulted in the video (a still, above) that you can watch here

A Compendium of Sailor Tattoos and Their Respective Meanings

Great, informative work from The Scuttlefish and Christina Sun at Bowsprite.

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Interviewing Walton Ford

Whitewall magazine’s Winter issue features Walton Ford in one of the more interesting artist interviews I’ve ever read. Unfortunately, it’s only excerpted on their site. Meaning that you’ll have to buy the magazine to read it all, but let this snippet below entice you to find a distributor:

WW: Is the human in your work?

WF: It’s always there. There are cultural references in every single painting. Almost all the monkeys I’ve painted were peoples’ pets. I’ll have read a story about, say, a famous person — like Sir William Hamilton, the British ambassador to Naples in the 18th century. He had a pet monkey named Jack who died and was mourned like a human being. Jack’s role in Hamilton’s life was that of a sort of out-of-control court jester. He would grab male visitors by the testicles and then smell his hand. Here’s this man [Hamilton] who has to function as a courtier, with impeccable manners and diplomacy — but here’s his monkey, acting out in the wildest possible way. He loved Jack as much as he loved any person in his life. I’m not painting a monkey in nature — he likes to eat bananas or something. I painted Jack on his deathbed, this figure of 18th-century decadence, like he’s a dandy dying of syphilis. There’s a Greek sculpture of a naked boy on the table next to him, there’s a snuffed candle — a symbol of a life cut short — all this romantic imagery around him . . . and then Vesuvius is erupting in the background. I paint him as he was created by William Hamilton. It has nothing to do with the monkey. There isn’t a single painting that isn’t painted from a point of view similar to that, you see. And that’s where it drives me crazy when people think that I’m going to be some sort of person who loves animals, is [into] PETA or something. No, I’m only interested in people! King Kong isn’t a story until the chick shows up.

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