Los Angeles based artist, Christopher Schulz, works in multiple mediums to create 2D and 3D sculptures and wall pieces. His popular shark gun sculptures caught our attention this week. Check out these sleek metal soldiers:
Chen Yingjie, aka Hua Tunan finished a large cheetah mural titled, “Splatter Ink Cheetah”. With its rich colors and details combining various techniques, Tunan is becoming a well recognized Chinese street artist that borrows from both the East and the West to redefine his own style.
Upper Playground artist David Choe who mysteriously, “paused” his popular DVDASA health podcast, has now resurfaced as part of a new performance art/punk band called ‘MANGCHI’. Manchi which means ‘hammer’ in Korean is now slowly taking shape before us as visual clues about mangchi and strange videos are found to be leaking into the interweb:
PRESS RELEASE: “A fart from a child born without a butthole” , is what MANGCHI sounds like said 1 of the 2 people who were let into a room to hear this new sound. The second person, John Cusack , actor/comedian/artist from such films as “SAY ANYTHING” and “ROADSIDE PROPHETS” described the music as “If korn, depeche mode and the beastie boys were forced in a bus together to tour north korea, and all their lead singers quit in the middle of the tour, and the band picked up the korean versions of Debbie Gibson, Stacey-Q, and buddy Holly to replace the singers who just happened to be hitchhiking on The north korean countryside road, and then they all got in a tour bus accident and all got whiplash and broken bones, but Kim JONG UN made them play a show anyways with broken necks right on the side of road using the broken car parts as instruments over the non-existent ambulance sirens, that’s the closest I can get to describing the MANGCHI sound…. So basically listening to GOD’s voice as he’s hitting puberty… so basically Art.”
The Mangchi band consists of many moving parts and many easily replaceable members. Some people don’t even consider mangchi a band and more of a gang. Since joining mangchi certain family members wont even talk to them anymore. Current and founding members are
MONEY MARK aka $ aka MARK
IGLOO HONG aka david chow aka david chioughx aka dave choe
STEEBEE WEEBEE aka the funnier oil brother aka Quangou
Similar to 90’s super group NKOTB aka new kids on the block , everyone in MANGCHI sings and play all the instruments and switch off on different songs, wether they know how to sing or play is irrelevant. Zero point zero emphasis is put on technique and 113% percent of emphasis is put on heart and soul.
It is not a strange occurrence to see members of the band crying while eating or while recording their own songs, because they are so moved by their own words.
This is the story and sound of MANGCHI, this is how it all begins. A tale of sordid plastic sex off the dirty streets of Hollywood blvd. Failed comedian auctioneer ,STEEBEE WEEBEE and Failed cult Leader and motivational speaker , met one day at a sex shop on Hollywood blvd. while waiting in line to buy essential sensual oils they desperately needed for sex toys they had both shoplifted previous.
They got to talking, while waiting for the gentleman in front of them making a huge purchase of cockrings. Both had a burning desire to spread the message of love and joy, one through the platform of comedy and the other through religion, and both had lost. They had the right message but found the wrong vessel to be delivered ,with a renewed interest in spreading love to the world they dropped their oils right there and with a newfound spring in their step , they followed the cockring purchaser , and all 3 started to walk out onto Hollywood blvd. at the same time as like an episode of 3 stooges all three got stuck walking out at the same time as a rainbow of cockrings scattered all over the famous stars on the blvd. they looked up to see none other than ,jedi MASTER MONEY MARK, the 2 young men fell to their knees as they started to kiss the feet of their master. It was fate it was serendipity. The two young men had grown up inspired and heavily influenced by the money mark sound from beastie boys “check your head “era . Money mark had written more hit songs that they loved and cherished more than anyone, completely ignoring the fact that, why would one person need so many cock rings. They discovered that, Money mark had toured with the beastie boys for over 2 decades, with the passing of MCA rip, the beastie boys had disbanded and now money mark had gone into a deep depression but was now ready to create a new sound ,a new hope with a message of love that would explode and deafen the world with the joyous sounds of wonder and delight.
Now that the boys all met and put their hands together in a triple high five and a promise to each other to try harder and work harder, mangchi has officially been a band for two weeks, now (one week of working out one week to make the album -not joking) years and years of repressed feelings and emotions coupled with a shared vast musical eclectic influence amongst the three men, the music just came pouring out as if they were possessed. The first album was done in 5 days the remix album took 1 on the 7th day they rested and now they are hard at work on the second and third album, even before the first one has even been released.
Once again like the three stooges, they eat, shit, read , fuck, fight, sleep and do everything together from the hidden MANGCHI compound in NORTH KOREA TOWN.
Currently they are testing the music out at keroke bars, bringing their own instrumental tracks in on laser disc and at jews for jesus bar mitzvahs and senior citizen Quinceañera’s . if you don’t want to wait for your grandmothers 15 year old party, you can see MANgCHI perform every night with the house band at the Mexican bar on 8th and western in SOUTH KOREA TOWN. they also recently pooled their resources together to purchase an AV/BIZDEV/roadie/publicist/web designer who is working tirelessly night and day to try to capture the mangchi sound on his cellphone to upload it to a website MANGCHI.COM
Why are they called mangchi?
Because it means hammer and because it’s fucking time.
A closer look at painter, Dan Quintana’s works in progress through his sketchbooks. Every finished work has a beginning and often times it begins from a simple sketch, or rather from an intricate and eloquent exercise in the case of Dan Quintana. We take a look at his recently published photos of his sketch works via his Instagram: @quintanarte
Upper Playground artist, Herbert Baglione, recently visited the island of Djerba, Tunisia to participate in DJERBAHOOD, leaving his imprint on the island in continuation of his on going global project, ’1000 shadows’. Invited by Mehdi Ben Cheikh from Itinerrance Gallery, Herbert Baglione was one of 150 unique artists from around the world to land on this special island to work on their individual murals.
“During the months of July and August, a selection of artists from around the world will pass on one week each other to leave his mark in this village. An extreme diversity of artist from over thirty countries: Brazil, Japan, China, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Australia, UK, among many others. The artists were invited to paint the work of their choice in accordance with the context to avoid denaturing the village, but giving an extra aesthetic value. Each artist has the opportunity to make several walls during his stay. This itinerary of painted walls will be a real open-air museum with no equal in the world.”
The invited artists include major figures like Roa, C215, Faith47, Know Hope, Herbert Baglione and eL Seed. Also: Liliwenn, BomK, Shoof, Mosko, Pantonio, Dabro, Curiot, Tinho, Saner, Add Fuel, Paulo Arraiano, Mario Belém, Rodolphe Cintorino, Stew, Nina, Evoca1, Malakkai, Dome, TwoOne, Amose, Calma, Jaz, Pum Pum, Dan23, M-City, BToy, Zepha, Orticanoodles and many more.
Watch the video for more info about DjerbaHood:
Our full coverage of Urban Nation‘s Project M/5 continues as we share with you documentation of all the works that just went up last week. Photographer, Henrik Haven sends us the latest photos with detailed coverage of all artists and their work.
This year’s PM/5 features a massive mural (and walls) by Eine and window installations by artists: Sickboy, Nick Walker, Xenz, Will Barras , Mark Lyken, Pam Glew, Steff Plaetz, O TWO, SheOne and Ben Frost. Curated by Roland Henry and VNA Magazine. Many of the same artists completed additional walls at Urban Nation’s Headquarters as well.
In conjunction to PM/5, Urban Nation also organized new outdoor walls by Above, David Walker, Klone Yourself and Don John plus indoor walls/pieces by Anders Gjennestad aka Strøk, James Bullough, 45rpm, Yohnagao, Eli Troinin and Bosoletti.
Jeremy Fish x Upper Playground releases new Superfishal designs this week focused on “survivor relics of the true era of Vanning”.
“Much like the sad trending of fixed gear bikes, and more recently vintage chopper motorbikes, the iconic 70′s van is unfortunately somehow having a retro resurgence. We at Superfishal have been up on the vintage van game for the last 15 years, and have always loved a good shaggin wagon, stabbing cabin, or rolling room. The vintage van t-shirt capsule is a direct reflection of our everlasting love for a little home on wheels. Don’t get it twisted, these drawings were inspired by real survivor relics of the true era of Vanning. Be sure to score these now before naked tattooed unicycling becomes the thing to match your old timey haircut and weak facial hair.”-JF
Check out the new designs and pick up the gear here.
Here are some “Behind the scenes”-documentation of Urban Nation’s Project M/5 which took place last week in Berlin. Photographer, Henrik Haven was there to document the whole event and sends us the latest photos with detailed coverage of all artists and their work.
This year’s PM/5 is curated by Roland Henry and VNA Magazine and features a massive mural (and walls) by Eine and window installations by artists: Sickboy, Nick Walker, Xenz, Will Barras , Mark Lyken, Pam Glew, Steff Plaetz, O TWO, SheOne and Ben Frost. Some of these artists were busy at work completing additional walls out side and inside the Urban Nation’s Headquarters as well.
In addition, Urban Nation organized new outdoor walls by Above, David Walker, Klone Yourself and Don John plus indoor walls/pieces by Anders Gjennestad aka Strøk, James Bullough, 45rpm, Yohnagao, Eli Troinin and Bosoletti.
It’s really an enormous group of talented artists and we are excited to share what’s been done:
If you’re in Rio de Janeiro between now and October 5th, be sure to seek out this year’s Street Art Um Panorama Urbano presented by Caixa Cultural. The show which opened August 2nd has an impressive roster of artists including Banksy, Herbert Baglione, HowNosm, Jef Aerosol, Nunca, Vhils, Pixel Pancho, MaisMenos, Rero and Stenlex. Herbert Baglione completed an indoor and an outdoor installation and he sends us the latest photos for a closer look: