Archive for January, 2008
Making its public debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show on January 19th is a true masterpiece of modern moviecar making: Speed Racer's Mach 5 from the upcoming Wachowski Brother's big screen remake (read: ruination) of the seminal '60s toon. While the "film" promises to be an abomination of epic proportions on a par with the live action version of "The Flintstones" (see trailer below) the car's gorgeous rendering more than makes up for the film's blemishing of the legendary anime series. Our tip: buy the cartoon on DVD and skip the movie...
In May 2007, computer programmer & photographer JONATHAN HARRIS spent nine days accompanying the Inupiat Ã¢â‚¬Å“EskimosÃ¢â‚¬Â in Barrow Alaska on their thousand-year-old traditional whale hunt. Currently limited by international law to 22 whales a year, the hunt provides the communityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual food supply in a mere weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time. Documenting his entire experience with a sequence of 3,214 photographs beginning on his taxi ride to Newark airport and ending with the butchering of the second caught whale, seven days later, the photographs were taken at five-minute intervals, even while Harris slept (using a chronometer), in an effort to establish a constant Ã¢â‚¬Å“photographic heartbeatÃ¢â‚¬Â throughout the duration of the hunt. The resulting and thoroughly engrossing series of beautiful images was then strung into a continuous slideshow feed on the artistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website in an effort to establish a Ã¢â‚¬Å“new interface for human storytellingÃ¢â‚¬Â and to portray the stark reality of the ancient, sacred, and intensely controversial ritual and the lives of the native people who practice it. Click HERE for a closer look...
Supertouch ally COLETTE quietly debuted one of the most interesting shows of the new year when SARAH opened the doors to the legendary Parisian style house's PLANET OF THE APES retrospective photo exhibit this week. Taken by renowned Magnum photographer DENNIS STOCK in 1967 during the movie's production, the lensman captured the film's actors in casual moments on set and on the surrounding streets of Hollywood in all its late sixties glory. To commemorate the exhibit (as well as the movie's 40th anniversary and Magnum's 60th), the photo agency has created a beautiful 12 print portfolio of images from the show, available in a strictly limited edition of 12 sets. Faithful collectors had best act fast before Nigo buys them all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Though these may not be the most graphically compelling images from the late master's oeuvre, ANDY WARHOL's rare diamond dust screenprints currently being exhibited at WOODWARD GALLERY on Manhattan's LES represent a very unusual and often overlooked moment in his prodigious late-period output. Created in 1979 seemingly as a reaction to the intense figurative content of his nearly endless portrait series begun in the 1960s, Warhol's "Diamond Dust & Shadows" series takes the artist back to the abstract method he so roundly rejected at the beginning of his career when he sidestepped the burgeoning AbEx movement to nearly single-handedly define the Pop genre. To create the works, Warhol photographed carefully composed shadows in his studio and then silk-screened the resulting abstract compositions onto paper using prodigious amounts of vibrant color and ground diamond dust to create a repetitive series completely outside the parameters of his previous works. Presented for the first time in its entirety, the series is a fascinating, if not dated, look at what might be the first vestige of art as bling. Take that, Read More
It was brawn against scrawn when Supertouch bloggers EVERLAST and TIM BISKUP teamed up to take in the bloody spectacle that was UFC 79: NEMESIS on January 29th. In a lineup of emotionally-charged matches, Georges St-Pierre and Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell were the victors of the evening after stomping out Matt Hughes and Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva, respectively. With a penchant for blood, whiskey, and money, Vegas was the perfect place for our favorite odd couple who were ringside for all the action. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In a world of male-dominated artist/product collabs, it's nice to finally see one just for the girls: Dropping worldwide next month, French painter FAFI's full line of MAC cosmetics featuring her imagery in a range of colors specifically chosen by the artist to reflect her signature pastel palette, promises to be the weapon of choice for glam-loving hipsters with a jones for color. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Cult hero and bonified psychedelic pioneer ROKY ERICKSON may not be a household name, but with his way-out band the 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS, in 1966 the Texan guitar slinger began paving the way for the American psychedelic experience, translating the San Francisco-based folk scene into a new form of rock and influencing a wave of bands to follow. The subject of constant police scrutiny due to the group's heavy indulgence in controlled substances like LSD, Erickson was busted for possession in 1969 and was sent to a mental hospital for the criminally insane in lieu of a formal prison sentence. While there he was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and was subjected to a heavy series of electroshock and other controversial therapies. Needless to say, after being released in 1973, old Roky was never the same and in the early '80s even went as far as legally declaring that he was, in fact, an alien and therefore not subject to the laws of man. Despite his continual legal and health battles in recent years, Erickson's musical Syd Barret-esque genius continues to be appreciated by a devoted legion of fans, and the newly released documentary "You're Gonna Miss Me" (Palm Pictures DVD) provides a fascinating look (a la "Crumb" or "The Devil and Daniel Johnston") into one of the most twisted careers in all of modern popular music. HAVE A LOOK:
THE ELEVATORS CIRCA 1966
New Supertouch blogger and Osaka overlord, THREE TIDES TATTOO impresario MASA threw it down in style this holiday when he and sidekick USUN brought the hotness that is the SLY GIRLS out for a night of scandalous behavior. Needless to say, this was the safest photo we could post...
What does a nonstop New Yorker do when trapped in a small Arizona town for the holidays? Head on over to the nearest Native American burial ground for a photo shoot, of course. The intrusion nearly cost STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) his ass as disgruntled locals opened fire on the Read More
Seven-year-old Indian rollerskating and contortion prodigy ANIKET CHINDAK can skate under (that's right, UNDER) 57 parked cars in under 45 seconds. He's planning to set a new record this month by rolling under 100 more in under 60 seconds...