“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.”
UK based sculptor, Kendra Haste, creates lifelike reproductions of creatures using galvanized wire and wire mesh. Haste finds wire to be the perfect medium in her attempt to suggest a sense of movement and life in the animals, exploring the contrasts in weight, lightness, solidity and transparency.
Upper Playground is pleased to announce the release of five new logo designs by artist and designer, Benjie Escobar. Benjie brings his eclectic background to the UP design table, creating original logos for Upper Playground and showcasing his style. All new designs are available in store and online at upperplayground.com.
About the Artist: Benjie Escobar is an LA-based, multi-media artist and designer. His work and his aesthetic sensibilities come from a variety of influences that range from his childhood in Pomona, anime, lowrider bike culture, graffiti, raves, streetwear, DJ culture, Japan, typography, design & illustration and perhaps most importantly, hamburgers or was it pizza?
In addition to his creative work, Benjie is also a curator of art exhibitions, inventor of new zine genres, art-director of gourmet burger festivals and brand builder of countless companies and gives priceless off-the-cuff marketing tips to anyone who cares to listen, or just happens to be within earshot.
“1994 was a golden year. It was the year I moved to San Francisco to skateboard and attend The SF Art Institute. It was also a golden year for Hip Hop. Nas’s “Illmatic”, Gang Starr’s “Hard To Earn”, Notorious B.I.G. “Ready To Die”, Beastie Boys “Ill Communication”, Method Man “Tical”, Jeru The Damaja’s “The Sun Rises In the East”, Scarface, Digable Planets, Saafir, Casual, and many other amazing albums. The illustrations for these tee shirts were inspired by celebrating the 20th anniversary of these amazing records, and the affect they had on me then, and now.” – Jeremy Fish
Renown Japanese artist and muralist, Usugrow, completes a new wall in the heart of the Medina at Rahba Kedima spice square of Marrakech, Morocco. Curated by Valerie Liais du Rocher of Studio IWA with support from Upper Playground, the mural covers the facade of the well known Cafe Des Epices featuring Usugrow’s signature hand style. Combining his knowledge of Kanji (Japanese), Arabic and English Calligraphy, Usugrow once again reinvents his free hand. Check out the photos by contributing photographer, Raphael Liais for Upper Playground:
New CA Records Pillow is being introduced to our popular CA Records Collection this week. Available in Black and Royal Blue, The CA Records Collection currently offers T-Shirts for Men and Women, alongside Crewnecks, Hoodies and Tank Tops. Follow us at @upperplayground IG and visit our online shop upperplayground.com
For a limited time, Upper Playground is giving away this classic 8″x10″ Sam Flores Print with any purchase online at upperplayground.com.
A long time contributor and supporter of Upper Playground, artist Sam Flores is the founder and creative director of his brand ‘Twelve Grain’. The “12″ represents his roots, namely his original crew in Albuquerque and “Grain” represents the role that nature has played in his work and life. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sam Flores spent his youth skating, drawing and honing his graffiti skills in the Southwest. Flores eventually landed in the Bay Area around the late 90′s and began to develop his style and place in the creative community. A self-taught painter, without any formal training, Flores draws aesthetic influence from a variety sources including the Japanese Edo Period, the Surrealists, Mexican pulp comics, American Graffiti movements and the Southwest.
These Free Prints will go fast so take advantage while quantities last!
A second batch of these beautifully handmade Leather Fish Pouches by Jeremy Fish and Al’s Attire will be released online on Monday Feb. 16th, at Noon (Pacific Standard Time). Made exclusively for Upper Playground, this project was in collaboration with artist, Jeremy Fish produced by The SF Heritage Preservation Society and Al’s Attire. Each Leather Fish Pouch is constructed with Premium Bavarian leather lasered with Jeremy Fish Pattern and hand sewn in small limited batches. A must have for true Jeremy Fish Fans!
In case you’ve ever had to choose between putting down your iPhone or your favorite food, we’ve got you covered with our new collection of Upper Playground Food iPhone Cases. Whatever you’re craving, choose from our selection of: Pizza, Burger, Potato Chips, Nachos, Marshmallows, Salami, Hot Cheese Puffs and much more. Now available in 15 varieties for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 at upperplayground.com. If you want to wear your food obsession, take a look at our Premium Food Tee’s to match your appetite.