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

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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Snoop Dogg x Dustin Canalin Collection and VIP Trip Giveaway

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There are three powers at play here, Upper Playground, Dustin Canalin, and Mr Snoop Dogg. There are three t-shirts that have been made with Snoop, designed by Dustin Canalin (of UNDRCRWN) and released by Upper Playground. A micro collection if you will.

In conjunction with the release of the tees, Snoop Dogg wants to celebrate with his Twitter followers who recently pushed Snoop over the “two million followers” number. Upper Playground and Snoop are honoring the occasion with a special giveaway where a special someone can win will  the whole t-shirt collection and a VIP trip with a +1 to see Snoop Dogg play live and meet the Doggfather after the show.

To win, follow Snoop’s Twitter page and also be a fan of Upper Playground’s Facebook page – then post your twitter handle on our Facebook wall and make a post on Twitter that includes “#SNOOPUP” – the winner will be announced on Snoop’s Twitter page and Upper Playground’s Facebook page on October 8th, 2010.

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David Choe ‘Munko’ Vinyl Figures provided by Upper Playground

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From our parents at Upper Playground… “Upper Playground has teamed up with Japan’s Good Smile Company to become the official distributor for David Choe’s “Munko” Vinyl Figures. The toys were initially seen as simple sketches on David’s blog, and now following the premiere of the physical Munko toys at San Diego Comic Con in Giant Robot’s booth, Upper Playground is the exclusive wholesaler and distributor for the line of figures.

We have continually been impressed not only by Good Smile Company’s detail and intricacy in their vinyl figures, but also by the innovativeness of their other ventures, and are very excited to begin this partnership between our two companies. The “Munko” line of figures comes in three unique sculpts: Munko, Munkosaur, and Munkette. Munko, is offered in 3 colors and 2 extremely realistic textures. Munkosaur comes in 3 color ways with one in a concrete texture. And Munkette comes in 3 unique color ways.

The figures are available in a set of all 12 toys and individually by blind-box. Both sale versions are available to the public at the Upper Playground web store, and the set is available to distributors exclusively by contacting our wholesale department at: wholesale@upperplayground.com.”

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MQ gets a flask made by Upper Playground

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We want this. We don’t normally want flasks, but we want this one.

Upper Playground is releasing a hand etched 64oz stainless steel flask. Limited to a quantity of 20, the legendary artist-vandal, MQ, took time out of canvassing walls around the world to design and hand-etch all 20 flasks with his signature lettering. The flasks are useful for having a place to put two fifths of booze, making margaritas for the whole tailgate, and filling with enough water to flood a Fijian island. The flask is only available online at the Upper Playground web store.

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