Upper Playground is pleased to announce the release of five new logo designs by artist and designer, Benjie Escobar. Benjie brings his eclectic background to the UP design table, creating original logos for Upper Playground and showcasing his style. All new designs are available in store and online at upperplayground.com.
About the Artist: Benjie Escobar is an LA-based, multi-media artist and designer. His work and his aesthetic sensibilities come from a variety of influences that range from his childhood in Pomona, anime, lowrider bike culture, graffiti, raves, streetwear, DJ culture, Japan, typography, design & illustration and perhaps most importantly, hamburgers or was it pizza?
In addition to his creative work, Benjie is also a curator of art exhibitions, inventor of new zine genres, art-director of gourmet burger festivals and brand builder of countless companies and gives priceless off-the-cuff marketing tips to anyone who cares to listen, or just happens to be within earshot.
New CA Records Pillow is being introduced to our popular CA Records Collection this week. Available in Black and Royal Blue, The CA Records Collection currently offers T-Shirts for Men and Women, alongside Crewnecks, Hoodies and Tank Tops. Follow us at @upperplayground IG and visit our online shop upperplayground.com
In early November, PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project teamed up with 8 high-profile international street artists who came San Diego to celebrate the oceans and highlight the plight of our seas. The featured artists who came from around the world were Daleast (China), Phlegm (UK), Tatiana Suarez (Miami, USA), Persue (San Diego, USA), Zio Ziegler (San Francisco, USA), Exist 1981 (San Diego, USA), Fintan Magee (Australia) and Nosego (Philadelphia, USA). Checkout the results of this beautiful and ambitious project working to beautify cities and raise awareness on key issues such as overfishing, shark finning as well as highlighting the importance of sustainable seafood choices.
About SEA WALLS: MURALS FOR OCEANS:
Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a groundbreaking street art project created by PangeaSeed (PangeaSeed.org) members and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe via art and activism.
By collaborating with internationally renowned artists, we create large-scale public murals and organize community-based educational efforts that focus attention on major environmental issues the oceans are currently facing and promote the importance of long-term sustainability of natural resources.
The new Bumble Beer design which cleverly plays on the images of a Bumble Bee, Bear and Beer is designed by artist and illustrator, Jeremy Fish. The designs are now available as a T-shirt and on Hoodies at Upper Playground this week.
The hoodies are a Classic Fit made of 10oz 80/20 Cotton/Poly Blend and comes in Maroon for Men and Red for Women. Click on images below for a better look:
Upper Playground releases a new design this week: The ‘Bay Area Champs’ design will be available in store and online at upperplayground.com as a hoodie and t-shirt in two color ways. Click on the photos for more information.
Bay Area Champs T-shirt in Black or Athletic Gray:
Bay Area Champs Zip Hoodie in Black or Athletic Gray:
Our homage to JOY DIVISION’s UNKNOWN PLEASURES and to the friendly Earth plates underneath the state of California resulted in our Tectonics T-shirt release well over half a decade ago. The popular design is still in demand today and we’ve just released a collectible pillow version of this unique piece:
Checkout the Tectonics T-shirt and the new Pillow and click directly into the photos to get shopping:
Upper Playground favorite Jeremy Fish releases his Earthquake Hoodie this week with his signature style and storytelling capacity. Jeremy Fish explains the inspiration behind this art like this:
“According to the California natives, the reason we have earthquakes is because the land is built on the backs of giant turtles. Earthquakes happen when the turtles argue, and their shells grind on each other. Turtle tectonics!” -JF
Classic Fit, 10oz 80/20 Cotton/ Poly Blend Hoodie. Available now in stores and online at www.upperplayground.com
We don’t ride bikes as of now, because of the fear of death or serious injury in SF, but if we did move ourselves to Sausalito, California and needed a cruiser, we would go with this simple gem from Emer Bicycles with logo work by Seb Lester. The logo, as explained by Lester, “I was contacted earlier this year about designing the graphics for a new BMX frame, designed by Emer Bicycles. BMX was a big part of my life for the best part of ten years, and I still follow the scene, so I was really pleased to help out. Emer said they wanted a logo that conveyed speed and dynamic energy, as that’s what the bike is all about. It’s a very light and fast cruiser with 24″ wheels and modern BMX geometry. It seemed like a strong idea to make the letters out of the swooping flight path of a Swift with the inline treatment accentuating movement as well. The lettering style developed is a very modern, cursive, flourished script. Emer wanted the logo to look strong and robust, like the frame, so it’s got a solidly constructed feel to it without looking clunky.” (via)