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

Upper Playground Releases Premium Collection of James Jean T-Shirts

Artist James Jean is releasing 5 designs at Upper Playground for the James Jean Premium T-Shirt Collection. Take a look at the renowned artist’s original work below. The collection will drop Wednesday, June 3rd at








About The Artist
James Jean is an award winning visual artist, known for both his commercial work and fine art gallery work. He is recognized in the American comics industry as an award winning cover artist for various books published by DC Comics, as well as for his work for Prada, ESPN and Atlantic Records. He also contributed to many national and international publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, Linkin Park, Playboy among others. After countless awards and industry honors, James Jean is now retired from illustration and commercial projects to focus on painting.

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First Edition MANGCHI Vinyl Records and MANGCHI gear by David Choe, Aaron Horkey and James Jean

Mangchi Releases 1st Edition Vinyl Records with David Choe, James Jean and Aaron Horkey

First Edition MANGCHI Vinyl Records and MANGCHI gear by David Choe, Aaron Horkey and James Jean


David Choe and DVDASA fans be aware, Upper Playground carries the two 1st Edition Vinyl Records of MANGCHI starring Money Mark, SteeBee WeeBee, Igloo Hong, Heather Leather and CECI DeeCee along with MANGCHI gear for all necessary occasions. If you haven’t picked up anything yet check out our selection of goods for the true MANGCHI aficionados.

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About the Band:

“A fart from a child born without a butthole”, is what MANGCHI sounds like said 1 of the 2 people who were let into a room to hear this new sound. The second person, John Cusack , actor/comedian/artist from such films as “SAY ANYTHING” and “ROADSIDE PROPHETS” described the music as “If korn, depeche mode and the beastie boys were forced in a bus together to tour north korea, and all their lead singers quit in the middle of the tour, and the band picked up the korean versions of Debbie Gibson, Stacey-Q, and buddy Holly to replace the singers who just happened to be hitchhiking on The north korean countryside road, and then they all got in a tour bus accident and all got whiplash and broken bones, but Kim JONG UN made them play a show anyways with broken necks right on the side of road using the broken car parts as instruments over the non-existent ambulance sirens, that’s the closest I can get to describing the MANGCHI sound…. So basically listening to GOD’s voice as he’s hitting puberty… so basically Art.”