Postage Stamps for the 3D Printing Revolution

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Andy Rementer has designed a set of 3 stamps highlighting the future possibilities of technology for the philatelic-friendly Republic of San Marino in Italy, a region where an estimated 10% of its revenue “is generated by the sale of its postage stamps to international collectors.

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ArtFits (Vol. 6)

A look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

Location: The Armory Show (03/04/2015)

Something Cosmic

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A new edition by DABS MYLA in sparkling silver and two spray painted colorways.

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Mark Mothersbaugh and Devo’s Subversive Move to Hollywood

A Look Through the 2015 Armory Show

The next best thing to being there in person.

ArtFits (vol. 5)

A look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

Location: SPRING/BREAK Art Show (03/03/2015)

Inside the Powell Factory

“George Powell,” a documentary short by Stacy Peralta.

Monica’s Shadow

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Apparently renowned portraitist Nelson Shanks snuck in a Lewinsky reference on his painting of Bill Clinton that now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. The shadow, which falls to the left of Clinton was achieved by setting up a mannequin in a blue dress that the artist likened to Lewinsky. Shanks says “The Clintons hate the portrait.”

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Art This Week In New York

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Lots of action this week as The Armory Show opens its doors on Piers 92 & 94.

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“I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd.”

Dr. Seuss’s The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family

The Sucklord

A Short Documentary by Joey Garfield

A Week in the Life of Andrew Jeffrey Wright

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Prepare to be entertained.

The World is His Canvas

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Banksy goes to Gaza.

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OSGEMEOS (The Twins)

A short film by Ben Mor about Brazil’s street surrealists.

“one team of artists for so many duties”

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Shout-out to Dabs and Myla for their new 2015 MTV Movie Awards logo and the forthcoming April 12th set installation for the annual awards show. We can’t wait to see it.

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Dre Day in the USA

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You’ve definitely seen the stickers and maybe been to the parties, but do you know about the history of Dre Day? On the occasion of the 13th annual Dre Day, we talk with Mike Davis of Burlesque of North America about turning Dr. Dre’s birthday into a national celebration.
 
What is Dre Day? When is Dre Day? and How did it begin?

Dre Day is an annual celebration of one of the most prolific and influential hip hop artists of all time: Dr. Dre. Like a lot of our best ideas, the idea for the party started with just some shit-talking and goofing off around the studio. Around late 2002, the crew from Life Sucks Die magazine was transitioning out of working on the magazine and into building a design studio known as Burlesque of North America. LSD alum Andrew Broder was in the office talking with Wes Winship and George Thompson about his upcoming single “What a Day Day” by his band Fog. I was living in St. Louis at the time. The three guys were just randomly blurting out other “Day’s” and Andrew said something about “What a Dre Day.” He left the office to go about the rest of his day. A light bulb went off in Wes’s head and he ran downstairs, stopped Andrew in the lobby and started brainstorming ideas for Dre Day. What and when would it be? How would we celebrate this icon of rap music and how could we turn his birthday into a national holiday?

The first party was February 18th (Dr. Dre’s birthday), 2003 at 7th Street Entry in downtown Minneapolis. Local DJs spun Dre-related classics from World Class Wrecking Cru to The Chronic to “Straight Outta Compton” to Get Rich Or Die Tryin. Twin cities punk icons Dillinger Four performed, we played the $20 Sack Pyramid live on stage, there was cake, fake Dre memorabilia, and the first ever Dr. Dre sticker pack featuring lyrics from The Chronic and faces of Dre / Snoop / Steven Tyler / etc all served up in a dimebag.
 
Life Sucks Die was a great mag. So how did the sticker packs come together? Was there a committee approach to selecting the best lyrics from ‘Chronic’? Also, can you talk about the experimental format years in 2004 & 2005?

The LSD crew had been doing packs of screenprinted stickers for years. The most recent packs leading up to the advent of Dre Day featured phrases like “I like the Whopper. Fuck the Big Mac,” “Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?” and “Honk if you eat dead babies,” so the jump to doing something text-based with rap lyrics was pretty logical. For the first year, the idea was to make the pack look like a dimebag and feature lyrics just from “The Chronic.” In 2004, we wanted to try something different, so we changed the shape to square and used lyrics just from “The Chronic 2001.” Same thing in 2005 – just try something different with larger sized stickers. In 2006 and beyond, we went back to the dimebag sized stickers – a tried and true format. We’re almost 300 different stickers deep into it, so Dre better drop “The Detox” or we’ll run out of lyrics to use!

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California Nights

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The RVCA Helm Crew with a chest patch by Barry McGee

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HOLLYWEED, USA

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On January 1, 1976, an art student at Cal State Northridge named Danny Finegood used some curtains to change the HOLLYWOOD sign to read “HOLLYWEED” for a school project involving scale. He earned an ‘A’ in his art class for the stunt. Later that month, the rebellious feat inspired a folk song.

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Life Inside Jabba the Hutt

Puppeteer Toby Philpott and his work on Jabba the Hutt during Return of the Jedi.

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