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Since its foundation as Droors Clothing by Ken Block and Damon Way, DC Shoes has been one of the pinnacle growth stories in action sports. The brand has grown immensely since its inception, in part due to its unwavering dedication to supporting the activities it loves the most. This chiefly involves skateboarding, and the brand has continually maintained a decorated roster of the most prolific professional skaters in addition to other action sport athletes. Behind the scenes, DC also maintains a committed team of professional designers to push the envelope, and from ‘Unilite’ to ‘Super Suede’ technology, their efforts have been successful. We got the opportunity to view DC’s headquarters in Huntington Beach, speaking with Ben Kelly, the skate category director, as well as Wes Kremer, Nyjah Huston, and Mike Mo Capaldi about their professional models. Enjoy the latest installment of Hypebeast Spaces above, and a gold star will be awarded to whoever correctly places the background song.
Re-Vision by Form & Co. is an exercise in style and synthesis of different cultural icons. It is a series of portraits of the most representative of the world of comics, movies, television, sports and music. Re-Vision is a collection presented in the form of postcards.
Daft Punk‘s highly anticipated ‘Random Access Memories’ is currently available for streaming now via iTunes.
I freakin’ love this mech samurai warrior by Darren Bartley aka fightPUNCH from the United Kingdom. Check out more of his amazing work here.
This original sculpture is a statement piece that gives an industrial touch to the interior design or adds an unusual twist to the garden. It is available in natural concrete gray colour. Boom! is made out of concrete and contains a steel frame. Size: h20 w40 p8 Weight: 8 kg. Price: 250 euro (315$) + delivery
Over the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, thousands of skaters, rock fans and spectators flocked to the small town of Varazze on the Ligurian coast for a taste of the Californian lifestyle, as the Vans Off The Wall Spring Classic celebrated its 5th year anniversary.
Already infamous for some of the best miniramp skating that Europe has to offer, great music and good times, not to mention the stunning beachside setting, this years Off The Wall Spring Classic promised to be epic.
With the cities of Milan, Genoa and Nice all nearby, skaters, press and visitors flew in from all over the Europe to be greeted by the Fiat Freestyle Team cars, who brought them right to the beach in time for a warm up on the ramp before the accolade of ‘Best Miniramp Trick’ was dealt out. With some great riding going down already, it was a hotly contested event. One of the first arrivals, Denmark’s Dannie Carlsen took to the ramp quickly, and it paid off as his half cab blunt 360 kickflip out saw him walk away with a 250EUR cheque. As newly crowned Dutch Champ, Daan Vanderlinden’s frontside nosegrind down the spine feature was another winner, as was Chris Gregson’s frontside flip disaster backside revert and a frontside noseblunt backside revert from Mason Merlino saw all four win cash prizes.
1st Place – Dannie Carlson
2nd Place – Aurelian Giraud
3rd Place Ivan Federico
4th Place – Mason Merlino
5th Place – Chris Gregson
6th Place Vanderlinden
7th Place – Trevor Johnson
8th Place Ross McGouran
9th Place – Danny Leon
10th Place Josh Young
11th Place – Ewen Bower
12th Place – Juan Antonio Centenro
01 – King Louie x Divine Fits Val Get Worse
02 – A$AP Rocky x Purity Ring Pesobedear
03 – Azealia Banks x YACHT 212-PARADISE
04 – Future x Van She x Robotaki Turn On The Happiness
05 – Trinidad James x Madeon All Gold Shuriken
06 – Ca$h Out x Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Cashin’ Goods
07 – Juicy J x Black Moth Super Rainbow Gangz A Make Her Dance
08 – B.o.B x T.I. x Juicy J x Crystal Castles Still In These Eyes
09 – Katie Got Bandz x Santigold x The 2 Bears Disparate Bandz
10 – Chance The Rapper x Girl Unit Double Talm
11 – Big KRIT x Juvenile x Passion Pit I’ll Be Country
12 – BBU x Annie Hart x Clams Casino Won’t Fuck Us Over 2.0
13 – Future x T.I. x Clicks & Whistles Magic Adventure
14 – Usher x Rick Ross x Santigold See Youth
15 – Jay-Z x Kanye West x TNGHT Goooo In Paris
16 – Waka Flocka Flame x Twin Shadow Five Seconds Don’t Care
17 – Action Bronson x Tame Impala Get Off The Zeppelin
18 – Mobb Deep x Mele Shook Bolts Pt. II
19 – 2 Chainz x STRFKR While I’m Different
20 – Danny Brown x Dirty Projectors Grown Up Has No Trigger
21 – Aesop Rock x Ohama x J.Rocc Zero Drum Thirty
22 – Drake x Lil Wayne x Kavinsky Mottovision
23 – Justin Timberlake x Jay-Z x Daft Punk Lucky Suit
24 – Purity Ring x Frank Ocean Pyramidspeak
25 – Robyn x Frank Ocean Dancing On My Pyramids
Debut print by South West writer Midas DWS/AG, the creator of Notguilty magazine.
A3 Giclee print on 320GSM smooth fine art paper
Signed, Edition of 40.
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They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Accordingly, making the first comfortable marks with a good pen is an irreplaceable feeling to many – the initial steps toward creating something beautiful. Alexandre Chappel might know this better than anyone, as he guides viewers through the process of making his own pen in the above video. Here we find an assortment of brass, steel, and aluminum parts forged together to create the perfect writing instrument. Something about this video makes your average supplies store pen pale in comparison, and is sure to stir the creative juices within all of us.
Artist of the moment JR is a very busy man. Whether it’s working with José Parlá in Cuba, exhibiting in Japan, or taking his Inside Out project around the world, JR is a man who is constantly on the run. So when Artsy was given the chance to catch the elusive artist in his New York City studios, it was a no-brainer. Likened to Andy Warhol’s Factory, JR’s expansive studio spans multiple floors and houses, among other things, an ever-growing library, a treehouse, a “tree,” a collection vintage candy machines, and artwork at every turn. The studio also serves as a guesthouse for a revolving cast of friends and artists, each one leaving their indelible mark on space. Check out the pics for yourself and read the full piece over at Artsy.
Following an eight-year journey that has seen him cross the globe, Nils Müller is set to release Vandals – his second book of graffiti-highlighting photography and a follow-up to 2009′s Blütezeit. Bearing 192 full-color pages, the publication showcases the levels of elaborate planning that go into the creation of the illegal street art and sees the carrying-out of the act as artists – in one particular example – scale barbwire fences and evade both motion detectors and security cameras to tag a string of train cars. Divided into a total of 10 chapters, the piece devotes entire sections to the likes of Paris, Milan, Seoul, Bucharest, Caracas and New York while the remaining four chapters compile imagery from a variety of locales around the world. Look for the former graffiti artist and self-taught photographer’s Vandals to be available this May while a limited edition, signed copy of the book can be acquired by sending an inquiry to email@example.com.
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death.
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke
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So Me, né Bertrand de Lanergon, is the visual-arts half of Ed Banger Records, the electro label launched by Pedro Winter (aka Busy P.). Ed Banger is currently celebrating its first 10 years as a hit-making French music machine with a new book,Travail Famille Party, a play on France’s old Vichy slogan, “Travail, Famille, Patrie” (work, family, patriotism). Travail Famille Party is de Langeron’s intimate, non-digital look at a decade on the road, festivals, doing graphics and music videos, and having fun with the Ed Banger crew—Breakbot, Justice, SebastiAn, Mr. Oizo, Cassius, Krazy Baldhead, Mickey Moonlight, and DJ Mehdi, to name a few. The book, available in the US through Club 75, was launched in Paris with a show of de Langeron’s photos at the 12Mail/Red Bull Space Gallery. Interview talked to de Langeron to find out how his musical decade with Ed Banger flew by in graphics, video, and pictures.
REBECCA VOIGHT: Travail Famille Party covers 10 years of Ed Banger, like a family photo album. You’ve taken over 300 photos of your crew on the road and your inspirations. Describe some of your favorites [see slideshow, above].
BERTRAND DE LANGERON: I like this tree line in Paris’s Jardin du Palais Royal. I did nothing but press the button, even though one might think the picture has been Photoshopped. The real life Photoshop boys are the gardeners who are so precise in the way they prune the trees. The second picture is my partner in crime Busy P’s 2012 birthday in Palm Springs. The day was so hot it was almost vital to have a pool to cool off in. Those who stayed at Coachella that day really suffered from the heat. As you can see, we had a pretty good time ourselves. [Third,] a pool again, this one is at one of my favorite houses, called la Galaxie, which is owned by friends overlooking Cannes in the south of France. Then there’s Amandine and Pedro having fun vibing to the Strokes. This sums up another good time, and the guy’s tee is pretty priceless.
VOIGHT: What were you doing before Ed Banger, and how did you and Pedro Winter meet and start working together?
DE LANGERON: I had been studying graphic design and had just graduated in 2001. I met Pedro at a party where a friend was DJing. I had brought my first professional work, the cover for a recently published book, to show my friend DJ Pone from Birdy Nam Nam, who I’ve known since I was 12. Pedro saw that, liked it and asked to meet the next day at his office on rue Ramey because he was looking for someone to design his website. He had in mind a 100% hand-drawn site. Usually the late-night promises end up nowhere, but the next day we met, and from then on we have never stopped working together. My work developed through the drawings Pedro selected for our earliest collaborations. I would think: “Oh, he likes this better, so I ought to go in this direction.”
VOIGHT: What kinds of cameras do you use?
DE LANGERON: I use various small ones, from Contax to Ricoh to Fuji and others. Disposable works, too. The idea is to use only the smallest ones so I can have them with me 24/7 without looking like a paparazzo, or having to carry heavy stuff. In any case, I can’t be bothered carrying a heavy camera. If I had to choose, I’d rather photograph with my iPhone.
VOIGHT: The video for Major Lazer’s “Get Free” is almost like a book in itself. Describe the making of it.
DE LANGERON: I spent six days in Jamaica, with my DP, his assistant and a producer. We would wake up at six to get the morning light and go to bed at three after going to these crazy parties. A guy there knew everyone and took us under his wing, so we basically were able to go and shoot everywhere, and we did it almost non-stop. Now when you think of how insane some places were, the weather, and most of all, the fact we were shooting 16-mm film, which requires a lot of logistics, you can imagine how intense the shooting was. But it’s hands-down one of the most interesting experiences of my life. Jamaica is crazy—and I also mean visually.
VOIGHT: How did you develop the story and find the dancing kid for SebastiAn’s “Embody“?
DE LANGERON: This song has no proper singer; it’s SebastiAn’s voice, distorted and pitched. I wanted to impersonate the artist that could be the voice, but I started to think of that idea as cliché and overplayed, so I turned it into a dancer. There was still something strange about that voice, so I imagined this kid embodying the music everywhere someone would be listening to it. The kid is the song. Young label A&Rs take care of him, teach him how to dance, and midway through the video change his style, perhaps to improve the packaging of the song, to apply to a wider audience. All the kids I auditioned—this was a low-budget video, so casting was an issue—were technical and hip-hop dancers, but I was looking for a more retro kind of dancer, some sort of young MJ. Then I met Shamary, and that was it. I was very lucky to have him on board. I wasn’t actually allowed to shoot him in a bathtub with a half-naked woman, but he was always game. He was such a smart and fun kid. His dad was here the whole time, and he’s a stand-up comedian I think. Here’s a picture of them together on set. He was very charming and funny as well. I have good memories of this shoot, mostly because of this kid.
VOIGHT: Would you like directing a film?
DE LANGERON: Yes, I would love to, but with only with a good story, and the great ones are like pure gold. But I’ve never felt the need to rush anything anyway. Good things have always come to me naturally when the time was right, so hopefully I will direct a good story one day.
VOIGHT: How would you describe your art direction?
DE LANGERON: To me, directing a music video, or drawing a T-shirt, or putting pictures in a book, are pretty much the same thing. It’s art direction, it’s about knowing what you like and what you don’t and keeping a straight visual direction to achieve something. I do graphic design through illustration, not really using existing fonts or computer tricks. It’s a pre-computer era type of graphic design, like in the ’70s. Back then, illustration and drawings were really a key part of mainstream visual communication, or at least much more so than now. I can’t say if this shows in my photos or videos, but most directors and designers I like had their peak in the 1970s.
VOIGHT: Why does this book include so many pictures taken in the US?
DE LANGERON: Well, I think the US is very photogenic, particularly back in the day. Part of it has to do with the fact that my whole childhood was rocked by US pop culture, cinema and TV. When I walk the streets in New York City, I still feel like I’m in a movie. The American TV series Starsky and Hutch was shot on a small budget in the streets of LA, because that’s where they were. I like the fact that there weren’t any sets on low-budget series like that, so you can see what average cars and houses look like.
VOIGHT: How much of your videos and artwork is based on collaboration? Or do the artists just say, “Make something beautiful for my song”?
DE LANGERON: As far as collaboration with artists goes, it’s never the same! Ideas come when you don’t expect them. When artists don’t have their own idea, it will either be cool because they trust me as a collaborator to translate their music into images, or it can be someone who doesn’t like much, is rarely satisfied and isn’t able to articulate how to improve things.
VOIGHT: What’s next?
DE LANGERON: More music videos, perhaps, and more graphics for sure. My clothing line, Club 75, will be out soon. But to be honest, I never know what I will do next. I’ve always been going with the flow, and trying not to do the same things twice. The other day, a friend of mine was looking at the book and said, “Here’s another string to your bow, but it’s actually a harp by now.” I think the fun is in diversity, and so I like to take my experience from one field and put it into something I’ve never done before.
Report from Paris photo exhibition at 12 Mail & book launching at Colette
Limited edition of “Travail, Famille, Party”
Next book signing sessions are listed bellow :
May 3 : London, Rough Trade East (+ exhibition from April 29 until May 12)
May 8 : Lyon, Datta bookstore
May 10 : Brussels, Alice Gallery
& more to come…