Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Celebrate "Go Skateboarding Day" June 21st...
Here's a pic right after I did it... Peep the tiger earrings that she designed too...
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
SHE’S BARELY OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK, BUT PORN STAR SASHA GREY HAS ALREADY APPEARED IN MORE THAN 150 ADULT MOVIES. NOW SHE’S STARRING IN THE LATEST FROM STEVEN SODERBERGH. A CROSSOVER BID? NOT REALLY—SHE’S JUST DIVERSIFYING HER BRAND.
What she says she wants to do now is raise the bar for pornography. “I think it’s too easy to just show up and fuck,” she says. “I want to see people try a little harder. For me, these past few years have been about changing things as a performer and challenging the people I’m having sex with.” She also wants to promote the idea that a female porn star can be empowered, however oxymoronic that might sound. “Some people believe in God and the devil and some people do not believe in anything,” she says. “Some people like porn and sex, and other people believe in monogamy. What one person sees as degrading and disgusting and bad for women might make some women feel empowered and beautiful and strong.”
“Diversification is the most important thing for me right now,” she says. She sees herself not only as a porn star, but as a multiplatform artist—one who also has an industrial music project and a graphic novel and a photography book on the way. “A lot of people don’t want an intellectual porn star,” she says. “They don’t want a porn star to be a performance artist or a musician or a photographer. They just want the clichéd idea of porn star. I don’t think you should be in this business if you think that way. The adult industry is changing, and people are going to have to be progressive—and if they’re not, they’re going to fail.”
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Street Dreams hits select theaters on the west coast this Friday followed by its east coast release next Friday. Terry Kennedy sat down with the producers to speak about the experience. For an in depth story about what it took for Street Dreams to get made check out the feature on HighSnobiety with interviews from Rob Dyrdek, P-Rod, TK, Nino Scalia, Sal Masekela, and Jason Bergh.
Friday, June 12, 2009
ESPN has produced this comprehensive video feature that looks into the life and times of one of the skate world’s most talented personalities who has embodied not only the skate-side of things but also maintained a great career in the arts. Trading in a skateboard for a camera, Templeton has become a respected artist for both his photographic skills as well as his painting skills. Take a thorough ride into Ed Templeton’s life through the accompanying article over at ESPN.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This is a show that I just watched on the History Channel. The name of the program is "Illegal Drugs And How They Got That Way". Around 80 years ago it was common for people to use cocaine regurlarly, and legally. Slave masters would give cocaine to slaves and workers so that they wouldn't get tired as easy. Word started to spread to the north that "Drug crazed negroes" were attacking their white masters, and the drug (and all intoxicants) were declared illegal for all minorities.
Creating one of the most powerful brand meets artist partnerships of all-time, Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton’s relationship manifests itself in their “Superflat First Love” cartoon short. While much of Murakami’s work has often resided in the world of sculptures and the world of 2-D, the cartoon offers itself as an interesting medium. For those accustomed to Murakami’s Superflat approach, the results are every bit what we expected from the bold colors to the quirky music.
“Not only am I psyched to be a part of the great group of guys that makes up the Nike SB team, but I’m equally as excited to work with them creatively. I’m sure many people know that a lot of different Nike’s have been the inspiration for my shoe designs over the last 12 years, so I feel like a fucking kid in a candy store when it comes to this partnership between Nike and I.”Source
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
According to American astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, a white dwarf star in the constellation of Centaurus, next to the Southern Cross, has been found to have a 3000-kilometre-wide core of crystallised carbon, or diamond.
It weighs 2.27 thousand trillion trillion tonnes - that's 10 billion trillion trillion carats, or a 1 followed by 34 zeroes. The biggest earthly jewel is one of the British crown jewels, the 530-carat Star of Africa.
However, this cosmic jewel is hidden beneath a layer of hydrogen and helium gases, with the diamond core making up between 50 and 90 per cent of its mass. "It's the mother of all diamonds," said astronomer Travis Metcalfe, who led the team of researchers that studied the star.
"Some people refer to it as Lucy, in a tribute to the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Known officially as BPM 37093, the star confirms a theory, first raised in the early 1960s, that cool white dwarfs should have a diamond core.
A white dwarf is what small stars, those up to about the size of the sun, turn into when they run out of nuclear fuel and die.
The intense pressures at the heart of such dead stars compress the carbon into diamond.
But confirming this theory has only been possible recently.
Lucy "pulsates", which means its light fluctuates at regular intervals. "By measuring these pulsations, we were able to study the hidden interior of the white dwarf, just like seismograph measurements of earthquakes allow geologists to study the interior of the Earth," Dr Metcalfe said.
"We figured that the carbon interior of this white dwarf has solidified to form the galaxy's largest diamond."
This means that other white dwarfs must also have diamond cores. Our own sun will become a white dwarf when it dies in 5 billion years. Two billion years after that, its ember core will crystallise as well, leaving a giant diamond in the centre of our solar system.
Vince Ford, a research officer at Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra, said astronomers, including Australians, had observed the star for more than eight years.
The star is about 50 light years away (500 trillion kilometres) - a fair distance as far as stars go. This means it is about 400 times too faint to see with the naked eye.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Louis Vuitton and Creation
A symbol of elegance and the French art de vivre, Louis Vuitton has cultivated a close relationship with the world of art since its founding in 1854. Inventing the art of travel, Louis Vuitton and his successors kept pace with a rapidly changing age, and worked with the most accomplished engineers, decorators, painters, photographers and designers of the day. This fascination with ever-new forms of expression grew through the subsequent decades and continues today under the guidance of its artistic director, Marc Jacobs; shoes, watches, jewelry and ready-to-wear collections have joined alongside the malletier’s distinctive bags and travel accessories.
Louis Vuitton’s interest in the arts began in the 1980s when it started working with painters like César, Sol LeWitt and Olivier Debré. Demonstrating the influence of art on artisanship, these richly textured collaborations became a tradition and reached a new level when Marc Jacobs joined the House in 1997. Passionate about contemporary art, Jacobs invited some of the world’s most renowned artists to join forces with Louis Vuitton, increasing the points of exchange between art and fashion to an unprecedented degree. Among these renowned partnerships, the late Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince even intervened directly with the House’s Monogram, freely appropriating its forms and visual identity. Collaborations between Louis Vuitton and other artists have taken a variety of forms: shop window designs, site-specific art installations for stores, exhibitions at the Espace Louis Vuitton on the top floor of the Champs-Elysées Maison, and the acquisitions of new works for the House’s own collection. In the same spirit, Louis Vuitton has called upon an international pantheon of architects to design its stores, including Jun Aoki, Kumiko Inui and Peter Marino. Advertising campaigns have also created opportunities to work with talented photographers as Jean Larivière, Annie Leibovitz, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Why publish today a retrospective book on the major collaborations of Louis Vuitton?
At Louis Vuitton, the influence of art has been an obvious inspiration for new products, store architecture, artistic collaborations, and for the Maison’s advertising campaigns. Our will to build and grow our relationship with the contemporary art world has led us to work with numerous artists of our times such as photographers, architects and fashion designers. It was essential for Louis Vuitton to trace, through an enthralling anthology, its most significant artistic collaborations. In this book, the focus remains on artists that have impacted the history of Louis Vuitton.
What is Louis Vuitton’s role in the world of the contemporary creation?
Of all modern luxury brands, Louis Vuitton can claim to maintain the richest and most varied associations with the world of art – indeed, it is a tradition that dates back almost to the origins of the House. This desire to continuously create and reinvent, whilst maintaining and transmitting the history and identity of the brand, has been transformed into multiples collaborations, most of time quite unexpected. Constantly renewed under the influence of Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton’s commitment to the arts has recently been underscored by the establishment of the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, announced in October 2006 by Bernard Arnault, Chairman & CEO of LVMH/Moët Hennessy.Louis Vuitton. The future Fondation will be an exciting new space and concept intended to stimulate dialogue with a wide audience and offer artists and intellectuals a platform for discussion, inspiration and reflection. If the brand inspires artists, designers and architects, they, in return, inspire Louis Vuitton. This mutual inspiration is very challenging and productive, not only for the luxury world, but also for the contemporary art world.
How do you explain the success of Louis Vuitton’s collaborations?
Fashion, luxury, art and architecture unite to propose a new vision of the world and take us away from the ordinary. Contemporary art gives us an alternative point of view. Modern architecture, inseparable from the luxury world, plays a key role in setting Louis Vuitton’s name in present time. The fashion industry and its designers give a fresh energy and a unique creativity to the House’s ready-to-wear collections. A contemporary artist, whether he is an architect, a photographer or a fashion designer, often produces unexpected creations. It is a bold challenge for Louis Vuitton and I believe that only a handful of brands have been able to surpass the boundaries to this point between luxury and contemporary creation.
Haluk Akakçe, Azzedine Alaïa, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Jun Aoki, Ron Arad, Arman, Gae Aulenti, Shigeru Ban, Philippe Barthélémy & Sylvia Griño, Vanessa Beecroft, Manolo Blahnik, Eric Carlson, Gilles Carnoy, César, Jaime Chard, Kirill Celuskin, Sandro Chia, Claude Closky, Patrick Demarchelier, Olivier Debré, Vincent Dubourg, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Sylvie Fleury, Frank Gehry, Romeo Gigli, Jean-Paul Goude, Guzman, Zaha Hadid, Hans Hemmert, Anouska Hempel, Fritz Hansen, Kumiko Inui, Arata Isozaki, Marc Jacobs, Alexey Kallima, Rei Kawakubo, David LaChapelle, Xavier Lambours, Helmut Lang, Jean Larivière, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Ange Leccia, Annie Leibovitz, Sol LeWitt, Christian Liaigre, Michael Lin, Katherina Manolessou, Peter Marino, Raymond Meier, Miss.Tic, Isaac Mizrahi, Nicolas Moulin, Takashi Murakami, Malakeh Nayini, Jean-Jacques Ory, Martin Parr, Bruno Peinado, Fabrizio Plessi, Richard Prince, Andrée Putman, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Razzia, Ugo Rondinone, James Rosenquist, Alberto Sorbelli, Stephen Sprouse, Philippe Starck, Sybilla, Juergen Teller, Ruben Toledo, Nicole Tran Ba Vang, James Turrell, Inez van amsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Julie Verhoeven, Zhan Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Tim White-Sobieski, Robert Wilson, William Adjété Wilson.