New Books Added to Our Collection

What do you get for the art lover on your holiday shopping list when your shopping cart is already full of rad shirts, hoodies, and prints? Why, how about a book? Not a book with too many words but one of stellar collections from our favorite artists. Art pieces in the form of a sticker pack are also available via Ron English’s Vandalism Starter Kit. Check out the rest:

The Outside: the Artwork of Greg Craola Simkins

Blade: King of Graffiti by Chris Pope

Mirror, Black Mirror by Camile Rose Garcia

Status Factory: The Art of Ron English

ALWAIS WATCHING: Greg CRAOLA Simkins Closing Reception and Special Print Release

The closing reception for Greg ‘CRAOLA‘ Simkins’ solo exhibition “Where Am I” at MKGallery (Los Angeles), will include a special print release of the artist’s “ALWAIS WATCHING” painting. CRAOLA will be hand drawing a ‘Remarque’ sketch on each “ALWAIS WATCHING” giclee print purchased on Saturday, June 20th from 3 – 5 pm.


“Playground Legends” a holiday print show at Fifty24sf Gallery Dec 14th!


Upper Playground and Fifty24sf Gallery is pleased to announce a Holiday Print Show: “Playground Legends” opening Sat. Dec 14th, 6pm. The show includes limited edition prints from Brian Flynn, Craola, Dora Drimalas, Estevan Oriol, Herbert Baglione, Jayde Fish, Jeremy Fish, Mars-1, Miss Van, Morning Breath, Munk One, Nate Van Dyke, Pez, Sam Flores, Saner and Smithe. Join us on Opening Night!

Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins First Stop Motion Animation Movie ‘I’m Scared’

Los Angeles based artist and old friend of Upper Playground, Craola is focused on an exciting project of his own.  He is on a mission to make his first stop motion animation movie, ‘I’m Scared’.

Craola explains: “I’m Scared” is the age old story of the conflict between the imaginations of little boys and the monsters they battle on a nightly basis. It is also the story of the dynamics of brothers and how each looks at the world through completely different eyeballs. Just because you grew up, doesn’t mean the monsters went away.”

Currently fundraising on kickstarter, Craola is offering a rare opportunity to his fans by giving away Gicleé prints and Studies from his studio in exchange for sponsorship.  It’s  a great opportunity to get involved and support the artist channeling his immense talent into a new medium.

Watch his video below and his kickstarter page I’M SCARED for more information.

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Some of the beautiful prints and studies offered on his kickstarter site:

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imscared the movie from dope vinyl on Vimeo.


Craola for Pearl Jam

We know this is a tad bit of old news, but we really love what our good friend, Greg “Craola” Simkins did for Pearl Jam earlier this year. A 9 Color Screen Printed Poster created for the Pearl Jam / Mudhoney show in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on September 17, 2011… available here if Grandma wrote you a nice check for the holidays this year.