David Choe collaborates with Children in South Central, Los Angeles

David Choe recently hosted an art workshop with the children of South Central, Los Angeles with aims to complete a 40 foot wall surrounding their playground at A Place Called Home (APCH). The two day effort resulted in a collaborative mural inspired by the children who channeled themselves through animals and characters of their own invention. Take a look at all the fun and effort that went into the process and watch the resulting mural come together in the following videos:


About A.P.C.H.
A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. For more information please visit: http://www.apch.org

Roger Ballen shoots Die Antwoord’s “I FINK U FREEKY”

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Leading contemporary photographer, Roger Ballen, just shot the video for fellow South Africans, Die Antwoord, and their newest single, “I Fink U Freeky.” Stay tuned for our parents at Upper Playground’s announcement with some news regarding Die Antwoord. But in the meantime, Ballen is a near genius in our book… creepy, interesting, unique.

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Jeremy Fish iPad 2 Giveaway

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Jeremy Fish and Upper Playground have teamed up to create a new app to bring Fish’s groundbreaking “Listen and Learn” exhibition to your iPad and iPhone. In conjunction with the app’s launch, Jeremy Fish has illustrated (and we mean hand drew, with his actual hands) the back of a brand new iPad 2 being given away on Upper Playgrond’s Facebook page.

This past summer at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC, Jeremy Fish created an interactive exhibition featuring 30 paintings based on stories told my some of Fish’s closest friends and inspirational talents. Each painting was accompanied with headphones to allow visitors to listen to the audio recordings while viewing Jeremy’s visual interpretation of the story on the wall. Fish gathered Snoop Dogg, Aesop Rock, Mike Giant, Lance Mountain, El-P, Ron English, Ricky Powell, and many others to get some of their most inspiring stories on record.

As not all of Fish’s closest fans made it out to the exhibition, we have collaborated on the “Listen and Learn” app, bringing the interactive experience to your iPad and iPhone and bring new life to Fish’s “story paintings” and most experimental gallery show to date. The app comes bundled with 30 images of Fish’s paintings and 1.5 hours of audio stories that accompanied and inspired each piece. The “Listen and Learn” app also comes with a handful of videos and gallery of images from Fish’s exhibition.

To kick off the launch of the “Listen and Learn” app, Fish has illustrated (in black Sharpie) on the back of a brand new iPad 2, being given away now on Upper Playground’s Facebook page. To enter the contest, simply include your email address in the contest link on the lower left side of the Upper Playground Facebook page. One winner at random will get a Fish customized iPad 2. The contest runs through December 31, 2011.

For those of you on a Mobile Device, use this link.

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Dr. Lakra and Herbert Baglione get down in Oaxaca

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We are extremely excited about the collaboration of two of our favorite contemporary artists, Mexico’s Dr. Lakra and Brazil’s Herbert Baglione The two, just in time of the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico, painted this beautiful mural on the streets of Etla. This is just Day 1, and we can’t wait to show you the full mural in the coming days…

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Cheer the Beard New Era from Jeremy Fish for Upper Playground

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Even though the Giants season is lost and Brian Wilson has been injured for quite awhile now, this Jeremy Fish “Cheer the Beard” hat is pretty slick. You get your own J Fish beard with your New Era.

The New Era is made of corduroy exterior with an embroidered felt face detail and features a velcro attachable felt beard which fastens to the inside rim of the cap. The “Cheer the Beard” New Era is available exclusively at Upper Playground’s online store and at all Upper Playground locations.

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Wendell McShine Video from FIFTY24MX Gallery

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Upper Playground Mexico City and Arte Happy People created this video interview with Trinidad born, Mexico City based artist, Wendell McShine. We recently saw McShine’s work at Anno Domini in San Jose, California, and the artist also showed at FIFTY24MX Gallery in 2010.

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Pez ‘The City’ T-shirt collection

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Upper Playground is releasing a collection of three t-shirts from San Francisco based graffiti artist, PEZ, entitled “The City”.

As a graffiti and sticker artist, PEZ has made a literally indelible mark on the city of San Francisco. His stickers are more prevalent than the incessant dreariness of San Francisco’s weather and his graffiti work continues to pop up around every turn. This t-shirt collection is influenced by the mark that the San Francisco Bay Area has left on PEZ, though. Regarding the tees he states, “I wanted to make designs that showed my love for the Bay Area.”

The PEZY PlaygroundAll City and SF PEZ t-shirts are available at the Upper Playground online store and at all Upper Playground retail locations.

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