PARRA x CONVERSE (Paint the Town) RED
Sep 2010 06

The already legendary dutchman Parra has teamed up with the ever timeless Converse with these new Chuck Taylor All Stars. I personally think these are ultra-badass, but i’ll get on to that later. These are created by/for Converse for (PRODUCT)RED with the goal of  ’using art to change the world’ – love that!

Parra was asked to use his unique style to create a special shoe to raise money toward The Global Fund to help fight AIDS in Africa and after sold 10% of the net wholesale price will go to that fund. The name (Paint The Town) RED is both a nod to Parra’s roots in graffiti and street art, as well as the goal of creating awareness and inviting others to join (RED) in the fight against AIDS in Africa.

Parra chose to create a khaki shoe featuring a playful take on perp. In true Parra spirit, the pattern is a departure from the standard repeat print and features a more ironic version with cherries complete with legs and stiletto heels.

I wanted to incorporate the color red, and cherries came up. I wanted to go for a kind of preppy look, but I didn’t want it to be so serious, so I incorporated the cherry character!

Parra.

Being one of the most stand-out and iconic kicks worn throughout the decades by bombers (streetartists) and other kind of beatniks the Chuck Taylors provided a perfect muse for the project. Each shoe is totally unique and is held together by these iced outsole with a paint brush stroke – which is exactly why I need one!

The Parra Chuck Taylor silhouette launches in Foot Patrol and Dover Street Market (London) this week at the RRP of £89.99.

I want a pair. Ahem! “I’m a size EU43!!!”

Aug 2010 31

I was looking through Flickr toda and found some of these from QBRK’s photostream. Based in Hamburg Germany, I think that this guy is immense. I love his work and I think there are to be some really awesome things coming up from this guy in future.

I’m getting well excited about the future for lowbrow. My collection is looking kinda sweet, and I think the right piece from this guy’s is gonna look proud amongst it.
Feb 2010 04

Right here is a nice look at Eric Haze’s installation for the Stussy Shinjuku Chapter store in Tokyo. Essentially Haze is giving the store a brand new flavour with the touch of his brush as opposed to any cans this time and is done all in order for more propaganda support of the Haze x Stussy Spring capsule collection collab for this year.

Haze will also be exhibiting his freshness in on 26th February in LA displaying all the original framed artwork used in developing the collection, as well as some installations and product displays, which will also include the upcoming Haze x Stussy x Pro Keds model sneaker.” You can find that at the Known Gallery… we’ll hit you up when we get more on that!

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Jan 2010 09
I gotta admire this guy. Griffiti Artist Saber has had a tough time but clearly still passionate about life and his surroundings. The video below (from Jet Set Graffiti) interviews Saber about his winning of a politcal flag this in the US (I cant really get the details).

Anyway, At face value I looked at this piece (on a picture) and didn’t think much of it, it doesn’t stand out as the prettiest work neither anything thats never been done before but as I got digging I discovered a few delightful its bits from it. The Controversy – Its easy to forget how much the right wingers in the US worship their flag and this work cause a massive stir there, geez it was on Fox News. His Passion - One thing I think that can easily go a miss without listening to his interview is how attached he is to the flag, essentially his version speaks about HIM personally. What comes out most clearly is his Love for what he’s doing. Look a him come alive when he works on the prints…

Retrospectively, having looked at the prints again after watching the video I started to fall in love with them, how do you feel?
Also, thought you might wanna know that you can buy the prints here on Jet Set Graffiti! (Good luck as I’d expect that the’re sold by now!)
Jan 2010 03
I’ve been walking around London for years upon years spotting these little Space Invader mosaics on street corners and sides of buildings. I have a mini collection of them in an iPhoto set but I always knew I couldn’t ‘catch em all.’ Most of them I forget where they were next time I brought my camera out to hunt for them. I googled them and ver found anything and then low and behold I discover this on Babelgum.
You’ll see below the video was shot with The Space Invader himself in London during the start of LAzaride’s Grifters exhibition in November and he explicitly demonstrates his work in motion for his ‘LDN 116′ piece from his rational for choosing a location, how he applies it to the wall and naming & tracking his work through GPS on his iPhone.
The video can be seen here on Babelgum and see more of his work in Space Invaders and here on Art of the State.

The LAzaride Grifters Exhibition is open up until 16th January 2010 and admission is Free! [..]

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