I recently stumbled upon The Ridebook from Harley Davidson produced in collaboration with handful of guest curators: Relic, The Selvedge Yard, The Fader, Urbandaddy, Scot Toepfer, and a A Time To Get. The ridebook is made up of short films, music, photography, and short essays all of which speak to the profound impact this iconic brand has had on culture in America and abroad from 1900 up to present day.
Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described “avid internetter”, best known for her personal project Daily Drop Cap, she will be speaking at the Denver Art Museum on October 18th as part of the AIGA Colorado Speaker Series. Having found success in a variety of side projects outside of her daily grind, Jessica will touch on the genesis and process that fueled some of her most recent successes, she will also share some recent work and expound up her love of typography while discussing the differences between lettering and fonts.
Tuesday October 18, 2011 : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm : Denver Art Museum
Tickets Available Online Here
Recently stumbled across this little beauty. Wood bicycle crafted by Jan Gunneweg.
Skateboarding changed my life in ways that I’m just starting to realize now. It’s amazing to see the impact these little shred sticks continue to have on younger generations around the globe. Those wood planks provide an outlet and escape from the world as most people see it… challenging all who take it up to be fearless, creative and resourceful. The physical landscape you occupy and your connection to it is changed forever, a set of stairs, handrail, or ledge becomes more than just a means of passing, it becomes a challenge, a calling, a hunger. You become used to looking impossible in the face and confronting it head on. I cannot think of a better vehicle of self expression to introduce to the youth and people of a worn torn region filled with oppression. More interesting to me is what the future holds in store for all those whom come in contact with something as simple as a piece of wood, two trucks, and four wheels…. you can already see the world being changed in their eyes, they are looking at the landscape in front of them through a new lens with a perspective all their own.
“The oldest promising young artist in the Pacific Northwest.”
“Contemporary art should be relevant to our lives and experiences,” Krafft has said. “The time we live in produces curious and splendid souvenirs of the events we live through.”
Charles Krafft embodies the spirit of a 16 year old anarchist thriving inside of the shell of a 60 year old man from the pacific northwest. Working for over 30 years as an artist Krafft has dabbled in a variety of mediums, and has always taken the same youthful approach regardless of the materials at hand. He manages to tastefully juxtapose contrasting mediums and messages in a way that confuses, insults, and stretches the imagination of innocent onlookers. Part of my enjoyment upon stumbling across Krafft was the journey that ensued, leading me down a rabbit hole filled with poems, paintings, ceramic dishes, and secret societies… Charles has lived every minute of the past 30 years as an artist… and for me there is little else in life that is more inspiring.
Background Illustration by Scot Lefavor
Join us in Denver Saturday, September 4th for the Opening of ARTCRANK DENVER 2010. We are putting together a proper little bike poster party with the artwork of 60 Denver artists on display. The show will be hanging for a week following the opening and run in conjunction with BFF Denver!!
We’ve got a few interesting partnerships/collaborations in the works… and will drop more details around the event over the next month leading up to the show… you’ve got plenty of time to work on the perfect pair of cycle legs.
Growing up on a diet of graffiti, hip hop, punk rock and mind altering experiences, Mike Scarano has found nourishment in many of the vices that most people shy away from. A Boulder/Denver native, Mike has been raised in design shops around town while producing waves of sound though his drums for bands such as Pena. Hella Knives, the artists first solo show, offers a chance for the unassuming public to peek into the intricate and humorous mind of one of Denver most talented artists. Having had the opportunity to look through his black books off and on for the past few years, I can honestly say that I have been anxiously waiting for this day to come. Mike will be showing 14 new paintings and 1 giant illustration, 5′x9′ on canvas… he’ll also have a few of his ‘Pee Wee’ letterpressed posters from last years ARTCRANK on hand. DJ Latenight Weeknight will be seducing ear drums and filling the space with good vibes throughout the eve. Despite there being 2 opening receptions at KAZE Gallery for the show, I strongly suggest running through early on the first night as the wall will be riddled with red dots come July 9th.
‘Hella Knives’ New works by Mike Scarano
OPENING RECEPTION : JULY 2ND & 9TH
KAZE Gallery : 3245 Osage St. Denver CO : 7-10 PM
Johnny Cupcakes is taking it back to the basics… he is returning to the roots of his brand which was started when he used to sling wrinkled up, gas scented t-shirts out of his crusty suitcase while on tour with the hardcore band he was in. During the Johnny Cupcakes 2010 Suitcase Tour Johnny will be driving the CupcakeMobile all around the USA slangin’ t-shirts and hanging out with customers. Each stop on the tour is hosted by various businesses that JCC respects—art galleries, boutiques, bakeries, toy shops, and many others… The Shoppe considers itself extremely fortunate, and is honored to have been considered and chosen to host the Denver leg of the tour.
This is a rare opportunity to meet a young self made, driven, creative mind who has remained grounded & humbled amidst fairly notable success. Johnny has shaped his brand and future from the ground up, investing time and energy in what he loved instead of conforming with the norm and falling in love with what you do.
Below is video from the SF stop of the tour, a sampling of what’s in store for the Denver stop!
Johnny Cupcakes 2010 Suitcase Tour : April 27th : 8:00pm : The Shoppe : 3103 East Colfax, Denver
Above is a few snaps of the Create Denver Week Pop-Up store build-out in progress courtesy of Samuel Schimek with 15 Min. Sam concepted and conceived the idea of a pop-up store that is filled with artwork, clothing, jewelry, paper products, and other items that have all been designed and developed by Denver artists and creatives… I’ll be in the space this afternoon trying to help with the final push before the doors open for a week starting tomorrow. The Store opens April 10th and is open until April 17th running in conjunction with Create Denver week… business hours will be
11am – 7pm daily!
Create Denver Week Pop-Up Store : 1600 Glenarm Denver, CO : Open Daily between 04/10/10 – 04/17/10 : 11AM – 7PM
Check out Square, a swell new mobile card payment solution for independent and small businesses. I personally have no use for it, but could think of a million ways I could. Think about using this at an SXSW, an art show or even Craigslist purchases. I think it’s great to see people thinking about utility now and again when it comes to application development and tech services. This is the shit that gets me excited to be working in mobile and in design all together. Solve problems, don’t make new ones.
Die Antwoord… I don’t even know where to start. They’re from South Africa. original, is an understatement, and have “the answer.” Watch their videos and listen to their musics. It’s amazing.
Full length album $O$ set to drop February 2010. Grab that shit.
Meomi makes my insides tingle with joy every time I peek at their site. It’s sort of like a little adventure. Or, maybe it’s just that giant tree house with all the little critters poking their heads out and giggling. Love it either way.
No doubt they’ve been hard at work since I’ve last visited their site. They just recently released a new Octonauts book, “The Octonauts & the Great Ghost Reef,” which looks funtastic. They also seem to have an animated series in the oven. Nice!
Thanks for the heads up Amy!
This video has been around for a minute now, but I can’t get over how sexy and refreshing the video work is here. Nosaj Thing has been one of my most valued finds over the last year of music hunting and this footage of his show has reinforced its place in my heart.