Watch on HBO – VICE episode 13: American Scrap & Children of the Drones with correspondents, David Choe and Suroosh Alvi

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Watch David Choe scour through Detroit and Cleveland with folks Scrapping to survive.  People are literally ripping apart old schools, homes, hospitals and factories for raw materials to sell to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal being one of the biggest US exports to China, has an interesting life cycle that often starts from places like Detroit and Cleveland.  David Choe as correspondent for VICE explores the situation on the ground and looks into the life cycle of scrap metal “from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy”.

VICE episode 13 will air Friday, March 28th, 8PM EST/ 11PM PST on HBO and available HBO On Demand starting March 29th, 2014.

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Munko Plush Toy by David Choe exclusively at Upper Playground

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“Munko Has no arms or legs, but don’t take pity and cry for her. He is here, she is there, he is everywhere all at once. She is him and he is her, she is chubby little baby and 2 billion year old wise wizard. He can Transform and shapeshift into your wildest wet dream or your worst nightmare.  SHe is selfish and cares nothing about you. fuck your stupid problems, fuck your feelings, but also loves you and cares about you and puts more importance on you, more than anyone In your life, I love you I love you I love you. The black hole in her head eats all the pain and darkness in the world. he believes all her strength knowledge and luck comes from his only tooth, but in reality it’s the sole survivor of her over active sweet tooth. Munko is Simple in form and mind and shape, yet so complex living on many levels and realities, not so simple that he can’t feel multiple emotions and contradicting feelings and opinions all at once. SHe is telepathic and can read your deepest darkest thoughts, you cannot hide or lie to munko, when you are with munko you just be, and you will finally be at peace with your fucking self. “ —David Choe

10″ long plush toy by David Choe available exclusively  in Upper Playground stores and online at MUNKO Plush

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Upper Playground releases Munko Whale Plush Toy by David Choe

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Los Angeles based, Korean-American artist, David Choe, aka painter, troublemaker, illustrator, muralist, traveler, performer and host of the DVDASA show, releases his well recognized Munko whale as a plush toy this week.

The Munko whale first appeared in the Los Angeles graffiti scene as a David Choe signature, randomly popping up on pavements, concrete walls, over passes and freeways with quotes and food for thought.

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David Choe’s Munkos have evolved and taken on many personas over the years, ranging from skinny long legs, lady friends, polkadotted variations and on and on:

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Upper Playground, in association with Good Smile Company is happy to produce and release The MUNKO PLUSH TOY for all Choe fans. Click on the photo below and pick up a Munko before they are sold out!

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DVDASA Live show in Hawaii Thursday, Dec. 19th at Join the Republik in Oahu

Hawaii, get ready for the #1 Health Podcast: DVDASA LIVE making a surprise landing in Oahu. Show will be at Join the Republik this Thursday, December 19th at 9PM.  David Choe and Asa Akira will record a live podcast for all in attendance.  No tickets are required, show is free if you’re old enough to drink and carry id.  DVDASA’s usual suspects: Critter Fleming, Bobby Trivia Lee, Yaccuzi Boy will also be present.

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Alice+Olivia x David Choe Collaboration revealed this week in NYC

NYC Fashion blogs are on fire as Upper Playground’s long time contributor and artist, David Choe reveals his collaboration with Alice + Olivia this week in NYC.

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They launched their collaborative designs with a festive disco party including several one-of-a-kind dresses, freshly painted by Choe.

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Glow in the dark paint, and models galore:

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Beaded ball gowns, shirt dress and skirts will be available in Spring of 2014 at Alice+Olivia by Stacey Bendet boutiques and stores.

99centbrains founder Franky Aguilar opens his first solo show at Fifty24SF Gallery San Francisco

The founder and creative genius behind 99centbrains, Franky Aguilar, opened his first solo show this week at Fifty24SF Gallery in Lower Haight, San Francisco. 99centbrains, better known in the mobile world as a popular and  innovative leader in developing sticker apps has produced many of them with our favorite artists such as David Choe (Choebot), Alex Pardee (WayCooler), Sam Flores (JungleFever) and also StickUP App for Upper Playground.   99centbrains is also responsible for producing the world famous Snoopify app in collaboration with Snoop Dogg and art by Munk One, Major Lazer’s Lazergram to name a few and continues to lead in its category with apps like Cat Wang, CyberFM and Emoji World.  Taking a short break away from app development,  Aguilar has produced a show reflecting upon digital aesthetics and its short run history.  Sharing his point of view of mashup mixup digital-mania at his first show, CLICK HERE, we are excited to see how this young artist and entrepreneur will expand his career and ambitions.

Check out some of his works on display at Fifty24SF Gallery:

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Final week to see ‘Snowman Monkey BBQ’ solo exhibition by David Choe at Museo Universitario del Chopo

This is the Final week to go see David Choe’s solo exhibition at Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, Mexico.  Titled, ‘Snowman Monkey BBQ’, David Choe displays a giant mural, latest watercolor works, paintings, sculptures and more. Show is closing Sunday October 27th!

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