Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Diplo and Friends "Halloween Special"

Trick or treat. Actually, let's pass on tricks. Diplo supplies the treat this time around with his "Halloween Special" mix with System D-128. Hashtag this one #EarCandy. 


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Damien Hiirst's "Verity" Statue

Damien Hirst's latest and somewhat controversial piece - "Verity" a 65 foot statue of a pregnant woman was finally installed at seaside town of Ilfracombe in the UK. The statue is on a 20 year loan to the town and is sure to bring lots of attention. Hirst describes "Verity" as “modern allegory of truth and justice”. Peep more images beyond the fold.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Cobern 2

The Cobern 2 hits retailers this holiday season with a trio of colorways: (Reptile) Black, (Military) Black and (Oiled) Blues editions wrap up the inline footwear releases of 2012. This three pack is available now at select OTW accounts. Check out each one after the jump!
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Float On

See that above? That's KAWS's float for the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Respected for his street art and vinyl creations, KAWS brings his trademark Companion character to life in the form of a 40-foot balloon. Keep an eye out for it on turkey day.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Matchbook Drawings by Jason D’Aquino

Artist Jason D’Aquino does these incredible miniature drawings on vintage matchboxes featuring all kinds of pop culture references. Each piece is meticulously drawn with graphite paying attention to each and every line.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vans OTW x Chris Kong Alomar

Vans OTW Advocate Chris Kong teams up with our design crew this holiday season for his custom take on the Alomar. Renowned for his vinyl creations under his Garageworks Industries and Made by Monsters labels, Kong presents his first footwear collaboration in a colorway influenced by ‘80s skate and BMX culture. The bold red and blue color palette is inspired by board and bike graphics of the era; lightning bolt embroidery is a tie back to old school biking decals and faded checkerboard midsole detail pays homage to the first checkered silhouettes from Vans. Kong instills action sports functionality into his model’s construction as well, utilizing premium pig suede and ballistic nylon throughout the uppers for upgraded durability, 3M reflective tongue and heel tabs for night riding and lace covers for added protection while cycling. The limited edition Vans OTW x Chris Kong Alomar ships this November to select OTW stockists. Get a closer look at this collab after the jump!
Vans OTW Alomar in (Chris Kong) Red
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Art of Jeremy Geddes

Melburne based artist Jeremy Geddes paints these meticulously stylized works of urban landscapes and human figurines in mid movement floating or flying. Each piece is open to interpretation but without a doubt all are emotionally charged and beautiful. Check out his latest works beyond the fold.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Cypress

The Vans OTW Cypress returns this season with a pair of premium editions; reptile and mountain inspired styles make up the Holiday 2012 offerings of our athletic low top. Each color-up is now available at select retailers, check each one out after the jump!
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RZA f/ The Black Keys -- "Baddest Man Alive"

The Black Keys chorus chants and guitar rifts go head-to-head with RZA's bars for the first single off of The Man with the Iron Fists' soundtrack, "The Baddest Man Alive". The track's visuals rep "bad" well, with RZA and Black Keys members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney opening cans of whoop ass throughout the three minute clip.

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Andre Muniz Gonzaga's Painted Rocks

Brazilian street artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga whose artistic expression is painting faces on surfaces be it a strange wall or giant rocks. Each of his pieces adds life and shows the clever way to animate otherwise boring spaces. Peep more of his latest works beyond the fold.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Iconic Cover Art for Joy Division’s "Unknown Pleasures" explained


"Visualized" crew put together quite an informative little short film in which they explore the process of creating and cultural impact of the iconic cover art for Joy Divison's "Unknown Pleasures" album with it's designer and luminary art director Peter Saville from Factory Records.


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Monday, October 22, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Ludlow & Ludlow Decon

The Ludlow is the Vans OTW Collection's modern take on the wino silhouette. Upgraded materials and premium detailing make this design the perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication. The Ludlow ships this month to select OTW retailers in wool twill and military models. The Ludlow Decon, the deconstructed rendering of the Ludlow, ships alongside the duo in an all-suede mineral colorway. Get a closer look at the Holiday 2012 offerings of the Ludlow and Ludlow Decon after the jump!
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Via SNAV: Judgement Day at the House of Vans

When Vans and Complex team up you know you are going to have a good time. The House of Vans is such a great location to have a event. There are not to many places that can fit 1500 people inside, have a skate bowl and a full stage set up for concerts.
Alchemist was warming the crowd up on the 1s & 2s playing all the hits he produced. The crowd was really excited to hear all the classic records being played by the same guy who produced them. After Alchemist performed he caught up with Rik Cordero to do a interview to talk about the night.
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Stovepipe

The Vans OTW Stovepipe returns for Holiday 2012 with a quartet of new colorways. Our slim, deconstructed mid-top debuts two simple canvas offerings in green and rock'n rose alongside a pair of premium editions: a rugged mountain silhouette sporting bungee suede construction secured with boot laces and the reptile rendition adorned in black full grain leather with embossed scale detailing. The holiday shipment of the Stovepipe hits select OTW dealers later this month. Check out each one after the jump!
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Where The Internet Lives - Google

For the first time ever Google allowed a photographer and journalist to enter their highly protected data centers. Basically when one does a "google search" this is where this data gets filtered and processed. Located in the United States, Belgium and Finland, the eight data centers actually form one of the most powerful server networks ever created, so this is where the internet lives. And to boot it looks rather cool.  More images after the fold.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lupe Fiasco Interview for the October 2012 Issue of DUB Magazine

Lupe Fiasco begins his DUB Magazine interview with a confession; "My biggest secret up until today was how deeply I'm into cars". Fiasco opens up his garage for the original automotive lifestyle publication for their latest issue, showcasing his Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes Benz, Chevy Camaro and Cheyenne CT. Read his six-page interview in the October 2012 edition of DUB, now available at newsstands everywhere.

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Atlas Genius - "Islands" (The xx Cover)

The xx's "Islands" was released in 2009 and is one of the group's biggest hits, finding success across the globe. Three years later, Australian group Atlas Genius decides to produce their own rendition in its purest form. Lead singer Keith Jeffrey deconstructs the three-piece band tune to just a man and his guitar in the clip above. Dig it? Download it for free at SoundCloud!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Woessner

The Vans OTW Woessner is back for another run this season. The material palette ranges from rugged to refined with military and mountain-inspired editions debuting alongside a premium wool stripe silhouette this month! Low top enthusiasts get amped, there's something for everyone this holiday season. Get a closer look at this trio of releases after the jump!
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"ISS Startrails" by Christoph Malin

You're going to watch this and think "Oh shit, Tron!" but this is really nature at play. No Light Cycle racing involved, but instead the Earth's light patterns doing their own thing and being beautiful in time lapse. Cinematographer Christoph Malin created this video using photos from NASA's International Space Station crew and stacking them.

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Ryan McGinley "Reach Out, I'm Right Here"

Check out this in depth recap from Ryan McGinley's photo show "Reach Out, I'm Right Here" at Tokyo's Tomio Koyama Gallery. The show is now over but it's never too late to see what was up. McGinley's work once again takes a new turn while keeping it with his recurring themes of using all natural models, wild life and nature. Peep more images beyond the fold. 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Knoll x Vans OTW Collection Capsule for Holiday 2012

With over 110 years of combined design experience, Knoll and Vans combine creative energies this holiday season for the Knoll x Vans OTW Collection capsule. Both iconic brands in their respective industries, Knoll has been a leader in textile production since 1947 while Vans has created some of the most respected footwear styles in action sports and fashion since 1966. Because of their commitment to modern design, we chose to work with Knoll and incorporate their timeless fabrics into the uppers of the Vans OTW Alcon, Ludlow and Piercy - all modern interpretations of our Classics. The Knoll x Vans OTW Collection capsule is available this month at select retailers. Get a closer look at each silhouette after the jump!
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Panoramic Drawings by Rorik Smith

UK Artist Rorik Smith does these incredible distorted prospective panoramic drawings using only pencils and graphite. The works are quite interesting so peep more of them beyond the fold.
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Via SNAV: New Kids on the Block

There is always new talent on the rise. We had some cool kids come by the Compound to work on some new music. Let me introduce you to Chill Moody, Dilemma ands Millyz. Chill is from Philadelphia, Millyz is from Boston and Dilemma is from New Jersey.
The night started with Dilemma working on the beat. He just pulled the laptop out and started going in on the track. While Dilemma was working Chill, Moody was working on some rhymes. The beats were banging out of the speakers and Chill was ready to bang with a bat. After a while he got his lyrics together, jumped in the booth and laid down his verse.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Piercy

The Piercy is a refined revision of the Vans OTW Bedford and for holiday 2012, our slimmed-down mid-top hits retailers with four new colorways. The military Piercy is inspired by combat footwear sporting a dual composition of full grain leather and washed canvas uppers on top of a camo print footbed while the mountain design takes cues from the outdoors with a sturdy suede construction complemented by hiking laces and a durable nylon tongue. Also available in blue knit canvas and red suede editions, the holiday shipment of the Piercy arrives this month at select OTW stockists.
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Crack & Shine Season 2 Trailer

"Crack & Shine" returns for another season! Keep your eyes on OffTheWall.TV for the official premiere. Enjoy this season two teaser for a taste of what's to come. 

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"Django Unchained" Trailer


Check out the latest trailer for Quentin Tarantino's new film "Django Unchained" this time around it's a western. One might even speculate that the title comes from Takashi Mike's 2007 film "Sukiyaki Western Django"  in which Tarantino co-stars. The trailer is full of the usual spaghetti western moments, great soundtrack, awesome one liners and stylish cuts, enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Vans OTW Collection Holiday 2012: Breton Boot & Breton Low

The Breton is the Vans OTW Collection’s approach to the all-weather boot. Constructed on a Vibram outsole and dressed in high-end materials, the Breton Boot and Breton Low present Military colorways for the Holiday 2012 season. Inspired by the footwear of the armed forces, the Breton Boot is styled with in bungee nubuck while the Breton Low is adorned in premium black pig suede; both are finished off with washed canvas paneling, waxed laces and camo textile linings. The Holiday 2012 editions of the Breton Boot and Breton Low ship this month to select Vans OTW Collection retailers. More images after the jump!
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Horse Sculpture Made Out of Keyboard Keys


Artist Babis created this impressive full size sculpture of a horse named ‘Hedonism(y) Trojaner’ out of resin and recycled computer keys. The name of the sculpture is a play on the well known tale from the greek mythology, where it granted the Greeks access to the city of Troja. The sculpture carries a message of human interaction with the world via the internet and it's trappings. Going deep here.. More images beyond the fold just hit the arrow key down and right click.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Fire Curtains" by Tom Lacoste

An age old cautionary idiom states "play with fire, you're going to get burned", something like that. Whoever coined that phrase should see Tom Lacoste's work. Lacoste flirts with flames and gets some great shots, burn free. Check out more of his "Fire Curtains" set after the jump!
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Photo Recap: Parra "Kind Regrets"


Fresh off of his first ever exhibition in a U.S. museum at SFMOMA, Parra returns to the gallery circuit with the latest collection of works titled "Kind Regrets" which opened last weekend at HVW8 gallery in LA. Parra best known for his distinct style and use of color turns in a whole range of art from large scale paintings to selection of drawings and sculpture. He even went as far as doing a large mural specifically for the gallery. " Kind Regrets" is open until November 11th. Peep more images from the opening night beyond the flip.
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