Upper Playground releases The Burger Walrus by Josh Ellingson

Upper Playground is proud to announce the release of a new design by Artist, Josh Ellingson, now available online at www.upperplayground.com.
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Josh Ellingson creates unique designs and illustrations for brands, publications, and galleries worldwide. His artwork is often described as graphic and bold, drawing inspiration from world of pop-art, technology, and the absurd. He releases this week, The Burger Walrus design along with a few questions we threw his way:

1) Is there a story, special message, or feeling your are trying to convey with your tee design?

I was trying to find the hidden pathway between terror and hunger. Can something be both majestic and absurd simultaneously? Also, I like hamburgers and walruses.

2) What was your all time favorite tee shirt you ever owned?

I’ve had a lot of great tshirts. I think my favorite was from San Francisco Polka/Punk icons “Polkacide”. It was a skull and cross-sausages. I wore it ragged and then bought another one. It’s totally destroyed now too.

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3) What do the words Upper Playground mean to you?

When I first heard about “Upper Playground”, I thought it must be a skate park or a record store. There were just these giant photocopies pasted up around town with a walrus on it. It was mysterious. Then, when the store opened on Fillmore I was like, “Oh, these are some nice sweatshirts!”. So, the art comes and goes, but I was really struck by the quality of the clothing. So, when I think about Upper Playground my first thought is that it’s going to be warm and it’s going to be mysterious.

Upper Playground, as I’ve come to understand it, is now a well curated gallery cleverly disguised as a clothing store. Instead of canvases, the spotlight is on hoodies and tshirts. They’re taking the art world to the cleaners, literally.

New OS GEMEOS Bros Mural to be unveiled September 7th at Vancouver Biennial

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The world famous Os Gemeos brothers are currently working on a 75 foot tall wall of six gigantic silos as part of their ongoing “Giants” series at this year’s Vancouver Biennial.

“We did not want a conventional two-dimensional wall that we had done before – we wanted something different, special and unique… The connection between water and land on Granville Island, on the False Creek margins, also had a lot to do with the choice of location – for us, the water acts as a vein, symbolizing life, and it is very present in our work.”

The 70-foot tall silos with the total surface area of  23,500 square feet, will all be painted by Sept 7th, with an official public unveiling and celebration on the Island of Granville.

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Check out their recent interview:

OSGEMEOS In Conversation with Vancouver Biennale from Vancouver Biennale on Vimeo.

Photographs via Street Art News

Dan Quintana: Sketch Book

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A closer look at painter, Dan Quintana’s works in progress through his sketchbooks. Every finished work has a beginning and often times it begins from a simple sketch, or rather from an intricate and eloquent exercise in the case of Dan Quintana. We take a look at his recently published photos of his sketch works via his Instagram: @quintanarte

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WARNING: VINTAGE VANS ARE TRENDING!

Jeremy Fish x Upper Playground releases new Superfishal designs this week focused on “survivor relics of the true era of Vanning”.

“Much like the sad trending of fixed gear bikes, and more recently vintage chopper motorbikes, the iconic 70′s van is unfortunately somehow having a retro resurgence. We at Superfishal have been up on the vintage van game for the last 15 years, and have always loved a good shaggin wagon, stabbing cabin, or rolling room. The vintage van t-shirt capsule is a direct reflection of our everlasting love for a little home on wheels. Don’t get it twisted, these drawings were inspired by real survivor relics of the true era of Vanning. Be sure to score these now before naked tattooed unicycling becomes the thing to match your old timey haircut and weak facial hair.”-JF

Check out the new designs and pick up the gear here.

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Massive T-REX mural by ROA in Sweden

Massive mural by ROA, who recently painted a large-scale factory building in Bromölla, Sweden.  An upside down skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus was the subject of the wall and our contributing photographer Henrik Haven covered its work in progress:
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The mural was made possible by the Ifö Center (who organized the mural) and their Artist-in-Residence program that ROA participated in.

Info about Ifo Center and their Artist-in-Residence program
Ifo Center is a new culture center still in its development stage. The initiative was taken in 2011 by artist couple Teresa Holmberg and Jonathan Haner. The goal is to open up the factory area for both culture and tourism. The project encompasses over 4,200 square meters of the unoccupied floors of the factory. Here we are creating collective work areas for professional artists, exhibition spaces, as well as areas for workshops. Simultaneously, we have already begun holding workshops, guided tours and have just completed our first Artist-in-Residence program with ROA being the first international artist to leave his mark on the factory walls. Ifo Center is located in the center of Bromolla, situated in north-east Scandia. The village is known for its large ceramic industry, prehistoric fossil-finds and for the world’s largest ceramic fountain (Gunnar Nylund’s ‘Scanisaurus’). Ifo Center is financed via an EU grant and is owned by Bromolla County.

“WOLFBAT” A Solo-Exhibition of Prints and Small Works by Dennis McNett Opening Saturday August 16th

Upper Playground artist Dennis McNett who made his way to San Francisco this month will be opening a show at Fifty24SF Gallery in conjunction to his installation at Outside Lands this weekend.  His solo show titled, ‘WOLFBAT’ will feature prints and small original works hard to access on the west coast. Opening is Saturday, August 16th, 6PM.

Here’s a preview of the show along with his completed installation for Outside Lands.

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August 8th, 1988: Paying homage to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ with N.W.A. Style

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Time to get nostalgic about gansta rap for a minute: Straight Outta Compton, the debut studio album by American hip hop group N.W.A, was released 26 years ago today on August 8, 1988. Revisit the original Music Video below and check out our homage to the N.W.A. caps available in Snapback or Fitted.

Up New Era Snapback and Fitted available now at www.upperplayground.com:

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