Sexy Cartoons: “Sex Is No Accident”
BY Abby Wilcox 23 Aug 2012 @ 5:00 pm | Categorized: Fun Fun Fun!, Live_Sex>
Sex is no accident. Ain’t that the truth? Sex is so premeditated sometimes, you know from first glance across the bar what the future of your night holds. Well, when we stumbled across these HILARIOUS videos for MTV Switzerland by art director Alphons Conzen, we couldn’t help but post them (because you know, we can all relate). The Hannah-Barbera-esque throwback quality of the videos, combined with the satirical manner in which the characters meet their sexual fate, couldn’t be a better way to spread the message “Sex is no accident, always use a condom.” Seriously, you’ll get a kick out of them. Enjoy!
Wanderlust: Koji Nakaya’s Aerial Tokyo
BY Abby Wilcox 16 Aug 2012 @ 8:17 pm | Categorized: Live_Travel>, Wanderlust
Have you ever been to Tokyo? It literally is stimulation overload for the senses from all directions, and though some districts are more vibrant than others, the city pops with energy. And it really is expansive, I can tell you from personal experience, with clusters of sky rise buildings everywhere offering dramatic 360 degree cityscape perspectives. Photographer Koji Nakaya has managed to shrink the sweeping terrain of Tokyo with his surreal aerial images using a tilt/shift treatment – making the landscape feel miniature – though it happens to be the world’s biggest city. On you’re next trip to Asia, spend some time in Japan’s pulsing mecca, you’ll discover a wide range of foods (including amazing Italian cuisine) and shopping that’s to die for. Would I go back? In a heartbeat…
Outside Lands 2012: Crazy Festival Fun & Fashion
BY Abby Wilcox 13 Aug 2012 @ 3:57 pm | Categorized: Events & Openings, Live_Art>, Music, Photography
Living in San Francisco has many perks. One of the most anticipated event of the year for Bay Area locals has to be Outside Lands, a large scale music festival and party set in the lush – and usually foggy – Golden Gate Park. Though spots of sunlight are always welcomed moments, most people know to show up with a few layers to keep cozy, but quickly warm up to the wild dance parties, screaming fans, and some of the best live music around. This year, Outside Lands gave festival-goers an extra day, extending it to three days instead of two, and most people kept the party train going.
Lookbook Lust: Reed + Rader For Verrier
BY Abby Wilcox 09 Aug 2012 @ 9:28 am | Categorized: Live_Fashion>, Lookbook Lust
It’s hard to stop staring at this take-your-breath-away artistic collaboration between Reed + Rader and NYC fashion line Verrier, a series of delicate lookbook animations merging organic hand-drawn illustrations with modern photographs of a waify manga-esque model who happens to look amazing in pastel-colored wigs. Not to mention, Ashley Verrier’s latest collection brings back the nudes, a bit refreshing amidst the overload of intense, bold and bright patterns seen on the runways these days.
Studio Visit: Max RIPO Rippon
BY Abby Wilcox 08 Aug 2012 @ 2:41 pm | Categorized: Interview Series, Live_Art>, Studio Visit
“Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines” fits the character of Barcelona-based street artist Max “RIPO” Rippon. It’s the title of his upcoming show at White Walls gallery, and though we hope the artist doesn’t encounter the infamous fines that accompany the street art lifestyle, there will be plenty of signs and cheap wine. His tongue-and-cheek take on typography and text-based art clearly translated well to his large-scale pieces, pictured below, which he crafted mostly from found wood, metal, glass, stone and plastic. He plays with negative space with white enamel, allowing the natural materials to play an active role in composing the letters and texts. We were lucky enough to get a studio visit with the talented artist, who definitely emits a lil’ NYC, but is as laid back as any barcelonian.
Interview Series: SHOK-1
BY Abby Wilcox 28 Jul 2012 @ 1:52 pm | Categorized: Interview Series, Live_Art>, Street Art
If you’ve been following the work of British street artist SHOK-1 lately, you probably recognize his futuristic, skeleton-inspired street art. He paints perfectly transparent “X-ray” bones with such a precise hand he’s carved a unique niche in the ever-evolving street art community; and he’s been at it a while, long enough to compile an extensive retrospective. These days, he’s going X-ray mad, so don’t be surprised if you run into one of his sexy, colorful X-ray paintings on the streets. I’m thinking we definitely need one in California! In the meantime, I had a moment to chat with the artist. Have a look at interview below:
Art Crush: Jeremy Fish’s “Where Hearts Get Left”
BY Abby Wilcox 24 Jul 2012 @ 11:43 am | Categorized: Art Crush, Events & Openings, Live_Art>
Jeremy Fish has spent the last year getting back to his roots. After a hugely successful show at New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery in 2011, he returned to the West Coast to create a San Francisco-centric body of work, and it was a smash. The line for his most recent show at FIFTY24SF Gallery in the lower Haight – “Where Hearts Get Left” – pushed up the block and almost around the corner, as Jeremy signed books and posters with his signature bunny. Cameras popped off on SF’s notoriously bearded artist, but Jeremy seemed unruffled and happy to interact with his loyal fans. Nothing like coming home! Have a look photos from the opening below! The show runs through Sept 14, 2012.
Studio Visit: House of Meggs
BY Abby Wilcox 12 Jul 2012 @ 11:16 am | Categorized: Live_Art>, Street Art, Studio Visit
Melbourne-based artist Meggs, also known as House of Meggs, has graced the lovely city of San Francisco with his presence while preparing for “Truth in Myths,” his upcoming show at White Walls Gallery on Saturday, July 14. He certainly has had a run of it, spending the 4th of July in Dolores Park with his artist friends – master-minding genius plans for hitting on girls – before heading back to the studio to put in more rigorous hours of painting. That said, everyone will flock to the talented Meggs at his show, whose favorite past times include painting the streets of the world, skating and making art while listening to punk rock and metal. Not to mention, his accent is super sexy. Stop by the opening at White Walls on Saturday, and in the meantime, have a listen to Live Fast Mag’s first of a series of artist podcasts, as we interview Meggs on the roof of his studio in San Francisco.
Freedom Summer: An Exclusive Editorial By Natalie Neal
BY Abby Wilcox 02 Jul 2012 @ 2:43 pm | Categorized: Live_Art>, Photography
What says summertime bliss more than sneaking out, burning bras and skinny dipping? We connected with L.A.-based photographer/director Natalie Neal for an exclusive editorial, and her story Freedom Summer (yes, a little play on words) couldn’t be more perfect. Girls just wanna have fun, right?
Cheap Monday And Slash Present: Backyard Sessions
BY Abby Wilcox 26 Jun 2012 @ 7:58 am | Categorized: Exclusive, Live_Fashion>
Cheap Monday has been a mainstay jean at Slash Denim in Berkeley for a while now, so the two decided to collaborate on a rad party at Vitus in Oakland that went down this past weekend. The day was spent at Slash – hanging with Julie – Slash’s longtime (kind of punk rock) manager, with a few cold beers and some good laughs. She’s an EXPERT in denim, all sizes, shapes and colors, and she can fit you in the perfect pair of jeans. And when I say perfect, I mean PERFECT. I’m kind of in love with Slash’s selection of Cheap Monday jeans, which you can’t find just any where; it’s totally worth a trip to Berkeley for a denim spree and a few cocktails.
Art Crush: Aerial Nudes
BY Abby Wilcox 12 Jun 2012 @ 5:52 pm | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
John Crawford has found his muse in model Carina, from his birds-eye lens in the sky. The Auckland-based photographer has always been interested in aerial capture, and his new series “Aerial Nudes” shows his deep understanding of design, but with a unique twist. Photographed from a helicopter directly above the subject, we see the earth’s big picture juxtaposed against Carina’s small nude body. The series feels like an ode to humans being a very small part of an infinitely larger context.
Art Crush: The Paint Evolution
BY Abby Wilcox 07 Jun 2012 @ 12:39 pm | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
For all of the painters out there, here’s a playful take on the average paint brush. Who knew this everyday tool could turn into something so sexy and fine-tuned? We’re crushing hard on these brushes – a series titled “The Paint Evolution” – created by Valencia-based designers CuldeSac for the paint company Valentine.
Lookbook Lust: Ana Ljubinković SS12
BY Abby Wilcox 04 Jun 2012 @ 3:41 pm | Categorized: Live_Fashion>, Lookbook Lust
With the floral patterns, reindeer heels and sassy cut-outs, it almost feels as if the models have just walked off the set of Legend, circa 1985 (when Tom Cruise was actually hot.) It’s Serbian fashion designer Ana Ljubinković‘s SS 2012 collection lookbook, and it’s got some bang! Enter the world of fashion nymphs…
Art Crush: Jenny Chen’s Satirical Comics In GIF
BY Abby Wilcox 04 Jun 2012 @ 2:31 pm | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
Portland-based illustrator / art director Mengyu Chen (a.k.a. Jenny) delights with these whimsical paper pop-up animated gifs. The illustrations are part of an ongoing comic book project called “The Encephalic Cinema.” Just in case you were wondering, “encephalic” means of or related to the brain. Mixed in with the gifs, we’ve also included a few of her satirical brain-teasing (slightly dark) comics for some Monday afternoon humor.
Art Crush: Greg “Craola” Simkins
BY Abby Wilcox 25 May 2012 @ 12:06 pm | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
I kind of wonder sometimes if Craola (a.k.a. artist Greg Simpkins) used Crayola’s as a kid. I also wonder if he liked drawing little monsters? Somehow it seems that his life as an artist culminated from a youthful imagination – the fantastical creatures in awkward contortions, the throwback to iconic American pop culture cartoons, the use if http://imscared.com as his website URL – to name a few. Was he a scared child? Maybe that’s a question for the man himself, but in the meantime, here’s a collection of some of his paintings, drawings and graffiti on the street, followed by a really cool time-lapse video of Craola at work.
Interview Series: Paul Phung
BY Abby Wilcox 22 May 2012 @ 6:36 pm | Categorized: Interview Series, Live_Art>, Photography
There’s a mastery to black & white photography – if not captured with expert poise, the images can look tired and washed out. It’s not the case with London-based Paul Phung‘s slightly eerie, loosely erotic, contemplative black & white photographs of women.