NEON INFUSED ART BY JAMES WHITE

by Ariadna Zierold

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James White was born in 1977 and calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada his home. His parents were never able to keep typewriter paper in the house as James would steal it for drawings as early as the age of 4. Upon graduation of highschool he attended a Graphic Design course in his hometown where he was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator, tools he still uses today. James never stopped creating and working on his own projects that took up his evenings and weekends which resulted in the creation of the Signalnoise Studio.

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Today, James is focusing on various neon-infused art projects, creating some pieces to compliment his childhood in the 1980s. He also spends a lot of time on the road speaking at various design conventions and events around the world.

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RETRO FUTURISTIC LANDSCAPES BY VICTOR MOATTI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based artist Victor Moattis work focuses on simple shapes, complex assembly and dreamy colors. Through his many pieces, a certain palette of color emerges and characterizes his work. The bluish and violet hues are a constant along with playful shadows and cosmic landscapes.

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A very 80s and retro futuristic aesthetic is visually a result from his work and the techniques used and the elements present place it out of time and out of any terrestrial place known to man for that matter.

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“Downhill Collection” Handmade Sunglasses

Somewhere along the way, snow season lost a little bit of it’s ‘radical.’ The neon-colored nylon ski suits faded away, steroid-fueled contests on black diamond runs are no longer the basis for getting dates, and the lead singer of Poison looks for women on reality shows. So, Upper Playground is injecting a little bit of ‘awesome’ back into the end of snow season and beginning of spring with the release of the Downhill Collection Sunglasses and T-Shirt.

The Downhill Collection Sunglasses are vintage ski-culture inspired in style with semi-reflective sky-blue lenses.  The sunglasses are handmade in Argentina using mirrored polycarbonate lenses and come in four color-ways of optical quality frames.  Each pair of sunglasses comes with a patterned polyester bag and clean cloth in an embossed card-stock box. The blue, red and white color-ways are limited to an edition of 10 and the black color way is limited to an edition of 20. The coinciding t-shirt comes printed on Upper Playground’s custom fitted cotton t-shirt in royal blue.

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