Montreal-based visual artist / sign painter Dave Arnold (aka Mr. Sign) has just released a new, limited edition poster. Titled ‘Magic Man’, it’s a beautiful 5 colour, 16” x 25” silk screened poster on 100% cotton paper. To see Dave’s incredible hand-painted signs, click here. To buy a poster, click here.
Toronto’s Not Dead Yet fest is presenting ‘Get Shot: The Photography of Martin Sorrondeguy’, an exhibition that will be open until November 11th at Huntclub (709 College St., Toronto). For those who don’t know, Martin Sorrondeguy is a punk legend that sung in Los Crudos and Limp Wrist as well as the guy behind the DIY record label Lengua Armada Distros. The exhibition features photos of punk culture taken by Sorrondeguy between 1985 & 2012 in over ten countries in five continents. The book of the same name, posters and poster packs will be available for purchase at the exhibition- basically, this is not to be missed. Also, make sure to attend Not Dead Yet and stage dive on our behalf!. DIY IS ALIVE, WELL AND THRIVING!
This past Tuesday, NYC’s RATKING released their critically acclaimed WIKI93 EP on Hot Charity/XL Recordings. The experimental hip-hop act has also started a pretty rad fan club (called Murda Sleepaway Camp) that’s rewarding those who sign up with a MP3 of ‘Comic' and a 54 page virtual zine of theirs. Sign up for the fan club here and follow them on Tumblr here.
Eric Jensen is a Montreal-based visual artist. Typically working in mixed media on paper, Jensen creates highly stylized portraits that are feral in their energy. While his technique is raw (as exemplified by the inclusion of overlaid scrawls of concentric circles that are often rendered in pop colors), his work is equally restrained (as evidenced by his use of negative space, understanding of light source and the softness with which he builds up tonality). Superficially, the work appears to be quite scary and almost verges on the sinister but there’s an understated playfulness at hand that is achieved by his choice of exaggerating the proportions of select facial features. Jensen recently created a spontaneous series titled ‘Ink in a sink’ where he used both ink and water to create temporary works in sinks- it’s ego-less, creative and something we can really get behind. To see more of Eric Jensen’s work, click here.
We can’t tell you much about Marcus Dixon except that he’s a ruthless illustrator. Despite choosing an atypical piece of his to feature, Dixon tends to produce tonal works inspired by skate culture that are full of iconography associated with death. What’s most impressive though is the range of his technique- from the drip art above to the ‘lined’ skulls that he does to his really graphic works which appear to either be marker on paper or paint on paper. It’s good stuff so follow him on Tumblr and buy his zine.
The second issue of The Tourist- The xx: And We’ll Be, Us, is out TODAY! It’s FREE at Urban Outfitters locations in the US and in Canada. To celebrate Coexist, The xx's new album, Urban Outfitters is additionally giving away tickets to see The xx in six US cities on the band's current tour. Click here for contest details.
Click here to read an interview with The xx where they talk about The Tourist, being documented on the road and Coexist, their new album. The second, 40pp xx-themed issue of The Tourist drops this Saturday at Urban Outfitters locations in the US and Canada. It’s FREE so don’t sleep on rolling on picking up a copy.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be releasing And We’ll Be, Us, the second issue of The Tourist on Saturday, October 6th. Featuring 40 pages of exclusive photos of The xx by Jamie-James Medina (as well as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics by Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim), the issue features photos taken across 4 continents from May 2012 - August 2012 during the writing, recording and promotion of Coexist. Limited to 75,000 copies, the issue will be exclusively available for FREE at Urban Outfitters locations in both the US and Canada from Saturday, October 6th onwards. You can see a video teaser of the issue here and read an interview with Jamie-James Medina here about his travels with the band. So, hit Urban Outfitters on Saturday, grab a copy of the issue and pick up a Coexist LP while you’re at it. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
It’s a bold claim but Montreal’s Julien Ceccaldi has the potential to be the next Jeremy Scott. Creating illustration driven designs on garments that appear to reference everything from contorted anime heroines to almost female Spy vs. Spy meets Beetlejuice-esque bodybuilding characters to Cyril Sneer-like aardvarks, Ceccaldi is dropping some seriously gaudy designs that are both awesome and unforgettable. We’re unsure how his shirts and totes are produced (i.e if every one is hand painted or silkscreened or a combination of both) but they’re ultra unique and reasonably priced. And, the fact that certain garments come with wash instructions like ‘Removable banana for easy wash’ is fucking amazing. Check out his online store and keep an eye on this young buck ‘cause he’s going to blow up.
Kristina Møller is a Toronto-based visual artist that isn’t afraid to display her love of kids and cats. Opting to paint in a flattened, folk art style while utilizing a palette of whimsical colors, Møller creates almost Darger-esque works where coupled subjects are as cute as they are eery. It’s really great stuff and she sells original works at such insanely cheap prices that you’d be crazy to pass on them.