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Skateboarding Nostalgia

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I found a cool little skate spot right outside of my door. It's a super smooth bank with a manual pad built into the middle. 

It was pretty awesome of the city to build this little spot because it doubles (or perhaps the primary reason for it existing) as a stop for missed basketball shots. 

I love skating it like a Z-Boy, just riding around, getting my hands on it and maybe the occasional manual over the box.  

All of this skateboarding has gotten me nostalgic. Below I'll share two skate videos that had a huge impact on me, and my skate history. 

Peep This was the first skate video I ever bought. Back then Jeff, Mike, and I would watch it almost every day before we went to skate. I bought it at Bill's Surf and Skate, which was a great skate shop. I'm glad it was there, this video of late 90's NYC is raw. 

Dog Town and Z-Boys is a stellar documentary by Stacy Peralta about the early days of skateboarding, a time when the sport went from a goofy hobby to something with real style and innovation. 

I think skateboarding has a lot to do with why I am the way I am. Where the DIY ethos comes from. I am grateful to have found skateboarding. Even if I was never that good, I still love it. 

-KB

AMAZING!!!

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This new collaboration between Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant and Portuguese street artist VHILS is absolute FIRE!!!! These are two artists that I didn't imagine would collaborate in such a seamless manner, but the results are absolutely beautiful. 

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If you aren't familiar with VHILS, he is an artist who actually uses chisels, jackhammers and sometimes even explosives to actually carve his image into walls around the world. I had the chance to see one of his piece up close when I was in Aveiro, Portugal and was just totally blown away (pun intended). 

-KB

The Kendrick Lamar Takeover

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As far as I can see there are two reasons why Kendrick wouldn't be on your radar right now.

  1. You don't have access to the internet (How are you reading this blog post again?)
  2. You just don't like hip hop / rap music.

If neither of those thing apply to you then by now you've heard "Humble" and "The Heart Part 4". You've probably even seen the video for "Humble". If you haven't here it is:

There are some amazing shots in this video, some really cool editing and videography techniques, but who is Kendrick talking about? His lyrics seem to be going after someone, or everyone, but certainly no one. 

Listen to the song "The Heart Part 4" and listen to the aggression in his words. 

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There is a lot of speculation that Kendrick is talking about Big Sean, though his feud with Drake is well documented as well. Who do you think he is talking about? 

More importantly, the final line of the song says "Ya'll 'til April the 7th to get your shit together". Well today is April 7th. Does that mean we get new music from Kendrick Lamar today? 

After taking over the rap world this week I can only hope the answer is yes. 

Nicola Lopez Installations

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Imagine walking through the gallery district in your favorite city. You've probably walked about a mile or two looking at art that fits perfectly into a white walled space, framed by the 90 degree angles of squares and rectangles. 
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Then you open the door to a gallery you've never visited and you see Nicola Lopez's installations climbing the walls and spilling from the ceilings onto the floor... 

Back in 2005 I walked into this very scene and my perspective of art was forever changed. 

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Nicola Lopez uses printmaking and mylar to create elements that can be collaged into grand, complex and chaotic installations. By using the repeated imagery made possible by printmaking she is able to build these massive installations like a puzzle with no edges.  

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I know these pieces are all pretty old, and I'll post a newer one soon, but to this day these types of pieces really inspire me. I'm hoping that if I can finally get settled somewhere that I can re-examine these types of ideas with printmaking. 

What kind of imagery would you like to see me use? 

-KB

Nicola Lopez Drawings.

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When I was in college I was wandering around Chelsea, New York and stumbled into a gallery showing Nicola Lopez. She immediately became one of my favorite artists, and a huge influence on the work I created in college. 

Over the next few days I plan to share a bunch of her work. Today we will focus on drawings. 

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What I love about these drawings is the depth of space, movement and composition. It seems as thought the viewer is traveling through space in a dense industrial landscape, navigating to an unknown destination whilst floating through mid air. 

I would love to see the conclusion of this journey, but perhaps the journey is the destination? 

Cliche's aside, here are several more awesome drawings from Nicola Lopez. 

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I hope you enjoyed this post. 

Leave which drawing was your favorite in the comments below. 
-KB