South American Cholo, a short documentary directed by American journalist Phuong-Cac Nguyen, chronicles the influence of East Los Angeles lowrider and gang cultures in Brazil. Featured are major personalities and icons from the lowrider movement including renowned L.A.-based photographer Estevan Oriol, Brazilian ambassador of lowrider culture and local icon Antonio Carlos Batista “Alemão” Filho, tattoo artist Luiz “Gordo” Teixeira (Sao Paulo) and Duel (Los Angeles), Mariana de Paula Martins and her husband Leandro Vinicius Pimenta Cabellos, who use customized bikes through their Lado Norte club to bring hope to children living in Sao Paulo’s favelas (slums).
Next week, Unhinged Jaw will present a Special Los Angeles film premiere and photography exhibit for South American Cholo on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles. The movie will screen multiple times during the reception, and the photographs — shot around the movie’s filming by Sao Paulo’s Adalberto Rossette and Cia de Foto — will be exhibited in the hotel’s lobby and on display until August 22. Also, attendees will get an opportunity to get up close with customized rides from local lowrider car and bicycle clubs.
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Time: 7-9 p.m. (film will screen multiple times during event) Where: The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 Cost: Free and open to the public Information:https://www.facebook.com/SouthAmericanCholo
This year’s highly anticipated show, Street Art Um Panorama Urbano 2014 presented by Caixa Cultural includes an impressive roster of artists including Banksy, Herbert Baglione, HowNosm, Jef Aerosol, Nunca, Vhils, Pixel Pancho, MaisMenos, Rero and Stenlex . The show takes place in Rio de Janeiro from August 2nd to October 5th!
If you can still live in SF these days you probably have too much money or maybe not enough. You also probably prefer your New Era’s in snapback or fitted. Whatever the case, we have you covered. Check out our new $F DOLLAR and UP SCRIPT New Era Caps now available at Upper Playground:
Has East Coast West Coast beef ever been cuter than this? Two classic Dustin Canalin designs available for the first time in the Home Decor division. Check them out and click into the photos to grab them while they last:
RexRomae is presenting a joint exhibition of two artists, Askew One and Fintan Magee titled, “Oceanic”. Featuring new works by the two critically acclaimed urban artists recognized by their distinctive aesthetic and styles. The show focuses on their articulation of varying characteristics of the Pacific region.
Exhibition dates: 24 – 30 July, 2014
Location: 17-19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2
Here’s a preview of “Oceanic” opening this week in London. Be sure to check out the show only available for one week:
Artist and illustrator Pat Perry’s sketchbook caught our attention this morning and we take the time to examine his loose and imaginative interpretations of reality.
We also examine his murals rendered in the similar style of loops and figures that aptly describe our wandering and chaotic mind. His work reminds us of day dreams and imaginative loop holes that explore our mind’s eye.
For more info about Pat Perry and his Sketchbook visit his website here.
Upper Playground and Sam Flores is proud to release this week the TIGER KIDS limited edition laser etch print on solid wood. These rare laser etched wood panels with classic Twelve Grain art work by Sam Flores have been beautifully produced ready to be hung as is. The solid birch wood frames are 8×10 inches by 1-5/8 inches deep and have been hand stained and varnished with care. Only 30 of these wood panels were produced, individually signed and numbered by the Artist. They will be available starting July 23rd in store and online at www.upperplayground.com.
London-based street artist, SHOK-1 known for his ‘X-ray‘ murals, has completed ‘The Consumer‘ in Hamburg, Germany. Shaped like the iconic game character Pac-Man, the artist’s clever take on our own modern day vices and excellent execution stopped us in our tracks for a minute.
As Upper Playground celebrates its 15th anniversary, our radical neighbors DLX Skate Shop celebrates 20 years here in San Francisco. These two stores deserve a pat on the back for continuing to serve radness to its loyal customers, fans, and neighbors all these years. To help celebrate our anniversaries, both brands combined forces to create the Upper Playground x DLX “Walrus Cruiser” skateboard. Designed with love by a long time friend of both shops, artist Jeremy Fish. What could be more fun than shredding a little walrus around town while celebrating two legendary local retail establishments?
Please join us for a Pizza Party to celebrate our collaboration sponsored by Upper Playground, DLX Skate Shop and Golden Boy Pizza:
When: Thursday July 31st, 6-8PM
Where: DLX Skate Shop on 1831 Market Street
If you haven’t yet picked up one of the Walrus Cruisers, there’s still a few left online or in store at our SF Shop on Fillmore. Visit upperplayground.com or click right into the Walrus Cruiser image below for more info:
What is the power behind HipHop as an art form to educate listeners about science? That is exactly what GZA of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan asked himself in relation to SCIENCE GENIUS, a program that tries to instill the passions and awareness of science and lyrical inspirations to underprivileged youth.
“Wu is the word, Tang is the tongue of the sword, so basically it’s about being lyrically sharp. I’ll say I’m a crazy one because HipHop is my vehicle to scientific and universal enlightenment. Growing up in the 70s and 80s in Stanton Island in Brooklyn, I was not readily exposed to the hard sciences. You see science existed in tertiary forms during my youth. And it wasn’t until my music career matured, that I began to pursue or I was exposed to science as an intellectual pursuit. But yet still as a child I often wondered about the static from the coffee or the aluminum on the TV antenna… ”-GZA at TED x TEEN 2014 :