BLUE SERIES BY JULES JULIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Amsterdam based artist Jules Julien‘s universe crosses many opposite sides; colorful and dark, graphic and sensitive, realistic and surreal. His clean and simple aesthetic makes his work immediately recognizable. He puts in scene a world where the symbol blends with the anecdote and where the strange is concealed behind the images in his meticulous paintings.

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AN UNKNOWN WORLD BY KEVIN LUCBERT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kevin Lucbert is a French artist born in 1985 in Paris. Awarded a diploma in 2008 of the National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, he lives and works today between Berlin and Paris.

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Lucbert draws a mysterious display of inviting doorways, falling bricks and floating houses. Using simply biro, he demonstrates an artfully doodled introduction of an unknown world outside our familiarities. Pairing intricate twirls adjacent to negative space, scribbled etchings and precise lines convey a feeling of the unexpected in amongst a world of system and order.

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BALLPOINT PEN ILLUSTRATIONS BY NURIA RIAZA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spanish illustrator and self proclaimed collector of memories Nuria Riaza creates enchanting biro etched beauties with her inky weapon of choice. Nuria plays with a curious and occasionally dark subject matter, creating wonderfully detailed and mysterious sketches. She loves to draw with her blue pen, scribbling tattoos and unfolding her bittersweet creativity on the paper.

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EMOTIONAL INTIMACY BY THAYER NICHOLAS GRANSTROM BRAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Thayer Nicholas Granstrom Bray is a drawer, printmaker, bookbinder, and sculptor based in Kansas City. He earned a BFA in printmaking and minor in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Thayer’s work is heavily influenced by, and takes freely and openly form, the history of art, prints, comics, movies, and cartoons.

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His 2-D and 3-D work, all figurative, and all ink on paper, investigates ideas of physical closeness, emotional intimacy, body dysmorphia, narcissism, frailty, snuggles, and the social and interpersonal negotiations which occur within heterosexual relationships. He is currently the shop assistant at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Kansas City, MO, and head binder at Red Shorts Bindery.

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NEW UP BEANIES

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The seasons have changed, the weather patterns have shifted and your ears are starting to get numb more often. Don’t let yourself become a victim to the lower temperatures. Cover your cranium and warm up with some of the newest additions to our beanie collection with the Bipolar Cuff Beanie in Forest & Khaki, Bipolar Cuff Beanie in Grey & Olive and the ITS FUCKING COLD Pom Beanie. Cruise over to the store or online at upperplayground.com and grab yours today!

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Good Wear: Band of Outsiders dark blue chambray shirt

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Just a bit of news from the fashion police: you spend a tad more, but you can wear this twice a week and improve your look undoubtedly. Band of Outsiders, good cuts, good look, chambray perfection, this is a good choice. Buy it at South Willard.

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First Friday: Miles Davis “Blue Christmas: ‘Little Melonae’”

We are a little confused at the moment about where this fits in the Miles Davis canon, and if it actually on this album, and what the Blue Christmas album really was, but who cares, this “Little Melonae” recording is brilliant.

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The Best American Beer Festival

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Esquire Magazine breaks it down to 9 different beer festivals, one being the West Coast Brew Fest in Sacramento, CA, American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, Harrisburg Brewers Fest in Harrisburg, Penn, and Empire Brewfest in Syracuse, New York amongst others. Um, what about the infamous Beer fest where Pabst got their Blue Ribbon?

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Everyone loves a good yarn bomb

This is what is going down in Philadelphia these days, a good yarn bomb on the Blue Line. The artist’s name is Ishknits, and we like what she is doing. It is something that we can show our grandma and tell her this is the new vandalism and she would say, “Oh that is sweet, dear.” Via Wooster Collective.

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