Thanks to video network Great Big Story, we can witness the bright and wonderful sub-culture in Japan that sees regular cargo trucks pimped the fuck out into an awesome display of neon lights and colors, which the locals call “Dekotora” (an abbreviation for “decoration truck”).Commonly displaying neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints and stainless or golden exterior parts, on both on the exterior and the interior. Dekotora may be created by workers out of their work trucks for fun, or they may be designed by hobbyists for special events.
While the trucks are a spectacle in their own right, the purpose of Dekotora isn’t just to flex your pimped out ride, or for any monetary gain, but rather a practice rooted in spirituality–an art of precise decorating that takes years to complete.
Ryan Lauderdale is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born in Cushing, Oklahoma, and graduated from Hunter College in 2012 with an MFA in Combined Media. His work slips between associations of Modernist furniture and architecture into other realms where similar codes have been borrowed and particularized such as the aspirational marketing of exercise equipment, transcendental meditation, and the faux-fancy gaudiness common to cheap casinos and strip clubs. His combination of design nostalgia with minimal art just works. It amounts to a precisely observed American Mannerism that is simultaneously earnest and cheeky.
“What we think of as a tidy and linear historical timeline becomes wholly strange and interconnected when looking at specific visual historical threads such as car design or mall architecture. We see how hopes and dreams were passed from one source only to be modulated to different aims by another. The Internet, with all of its archiving potential, further establishes this rhizomatic worldview as reality. Nodes of information collide, mix and hybridize. It is here that the potential for new cultural material can grow.”
New York-based artist Alexandra Pacula paints large-scale works that explore the dynamic energy of cities at night. With virtuosic brushwork, vibrant color, and fluid gesture, Pacula captures the motion and chaos as well as the sublime beauty of urban space.
Her streets are filled with light that travels almost of its own accord within the compositions, and she has developed a nontraditional style of painting that combines impressionism, expressionism, and photorealism. The resulting paintings ensnare the eye and transport the viewer to another dimension, reminiscent of the fleeting yet mesmerizing moments that take place only in the big city.
Japanese design firm has basically just made the only lamp to get with the Bang! Light, where you get a fake gun to shoot at the light to turn it off. You literally get to kill the lights, and the shade tips over. Fucking brilliant.
After releasing what many believed to be the album of 2010 and the album of his career, Kanye West is going to back up My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with an album for Summer 2011. We knew Kanye and Jay-Z were releasing the collab album Watch the Throne for March 2011, but to think that Kanye spent Sunday watching the Bears game from the studio means this is no joke. He is going for it again. And it is going to be good, again.
And, Kanye has his single, “All of the Lights,” being released next week. Here is to the jerk-off not taking work off (had to do it, couldn’t resist).