HEART OF GOLD EXHIBITION

“Heart of Gold” is a playful exploration of the concepts of money, consumerism and greed by Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong. Following on the form of their previous project Fear.Less, the artists have played with scale and medium to re-contextualise consumer-based iconography and lexicon as art. The pieces are stark, sleek and graphic, using limited colour palettes and diverse mediums such as glass, paper, wood and ceramic.

Make sure you check out the show at Salon 91 in Cape Town before it closes on 20 April 2013.

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ERIK OTTO: ARTIST PROFILE

Erik Otto likes to build things. He paints, draws and often creates interesting wooden sculptures out of found objects. This video profiles the artist and some of his recent project works and exhibitions including his recent show “Tomorrow is Never Promised”.

ROA AND SKATEISTAN

The Sk8room is the first online platform to promote skateboards from around the world that are works of art. To get the wheels rolling they recently collaborated with street artist Roa on 3 variations of limited edition skateboard. Twenty percent of all sales are donated to Skateistan who are a not for profit empowerment program that teaches children how to skateboard in places like Cambodia and Afghanistan.

INFECTING THE CITY

On Friday the 15th of March 2013 a group of about 200 skaters bombed Loop Street and all ended up at Thibault Sqaure! Pinki en Da Bruin were also there to entertain the skaters with some ‘jas’ music! Thanks to Africa Skate, 20sk8, Infecting The City, The sk8 Collective and Matthew Lesch! All filming and editing done by Matthew Lesch!

A DAY IN NYC WITH ZOO YORK’S DAVE WILLIS

The latest video from ZOO YORK brings us a look into the life of one of their sponsored riders Dave “BD” Willis. He starts his day with a session at the new Bronx skate park, heads downtown for some street skating and then a live hip hop performance as Santos Party Haus. Check out the video to learn more about how he got into skateboarding, hip hop as well as joining the Zoo York team.

RUSS RIDES FOR VANS

Vans welcomes Russ Milligan to its Canadian skate team! Russ Milligan has been an icon of the Canadian skate scene for the last 15 years. Vans are honoured to have him on the team who has been holding his own for a very long time. His humble attitude fits perfectly with the ethos of Vans and he now joins the team featuring Antoine Asselin and Riley Boland.

MUSIC MONDAYS

The legendary punk rock band Face to Face are releasing a new album on April 2013. Check out their first single “right as rain”.

POSESSED SKATE EXHIBITION

Check out this rad video feature on Transworld SKATEboarding’s photogaphy team that recently put up a photography exhibition in San Jose, California. Featuring their senior photographer Dave Chami as well as Joe Brook, Dave Chami, Rhino, Jon Humphries, Kyle Camarillo, Wes Tonascia, Chris Patton, Jai Tanju and Brendan Klein.

JUSTIN POULTER ARTIST INTERVIEW

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1. Who is Justin Poulter, what did you study and how did you get into doing what you do as career?

I was born in Cape Town, and grew up on the Indian and Atlantic side. Probably like most illustrators, I was encouraged by family and school to draw from an early age. I did art in school as well as after school classes on and off. When it came to finishing high school I made the decision to go study graphic design, opposed to my original plan to study art. Illustration was my primary interest so by the end of it, my portfolio was mainly illustration.

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2. Where there any key influences in your life that influenced you to lead a creative life. Did skateboarding influence you in any way?

Skateboarding was a big part of it. I obsessed about skate graphics as a kid, I think partly cause my mom could only afford to by me mini logo blanks… Certain graphics also always just stuck in my mind, like Sean Clivers boards for Hook-ups and Powell or some of the classic Jim Phillips graphics.

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3. Before leaving to the U.K you started One Horse Town and then got a job at I LOVE DUST? Why the move?

I decided I needed to learn more from more experienced people. I also wanted the big studio experience and the chance to work on some good international clients, not to mention the British experience.. all good things.

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4. Working for such a highly acclaimed international agency is incredible. What was the experience like working for them?

I learnt a lot at ILD and got to work with some very experienced talented people. Also living in another country was a good experience. The south of England, particularly Portsmouth was something quite different and unique. I got consumed in football and pub culture.

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5. Was there anything valuable that you learnt why working there?

It is a very fast paced studio. Super quick turn around on jobs meant that I had to learn how to take lots of shortcuts when necessary. Also, before at One Horse Town I was purely focused on my own style but at ilovedust I was expected to be completely adaptable. However, I think this helped develop my own style more.

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6. You were also lucky enough to travel to the States to work on a mural for Nike’s surf event. How was that?

It was my first time in the States so that was an experience in itself. Got to see a bit of LA and then quite a bit of the coast. I’ve done a few bits of mural painting before but this was the biggest I have ever been involved in, so it was a good learning experience. The illustration had to be approved by Nike before we did it so it was a challenge to get it looking exactly like what we had drawn up small scale. I also got to watch and meet a load of pro skaters I’ve followed since and early age at the Coastal Carnage.

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7. You now back in South Africa working for an equally and well respected agency AMICOLLECTIVE. Are you happy to be back in a warmer country?

Yes, I’ve always been a huge fan of Am I so im very honored to be a part of it here. Also of course the weather is much better! I spoke to some friends back in the UK yesterday and they just got hit by a blizzard.

8. Do you think illustrators that are based in South Africa are disadvantaged in getting great client work like agencies based in bigger international cities like London? Or do you think the internet is bridging that gap?

Not at all. The internet is bringing everyone together. However, I do think that meeting clients and agencies in person helps build relationships and more personal connections that could get you the work over the next guy.

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8. Any exciting news you’d like to share with regards to exhibitions or projects?

Right now I am pretty focused on work here at Am I. But, as always I will be taking on little projects that I am into in my spare time. Hopefully some so gig posters or skateboard graphics.

9. Where can we see more of your fantastic work?

http://www.behance.net/justinpoulter

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TRANSWORLD SALUTES TOMMY

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TransWorld SKATEboarding recently awarded Tommy Guerrero at this years Legend Awards. The award was announced at the 15th Annual TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards in February 2013. The Legend Award aims at honouring individuals in the skateboarding community that have made a significant impact in the skateboarding scene.

As a member of the legendary Bones Brigade during the peak of the 80’s skateboarding craze, Tommy became the face of “streetstyle” when at the time this concept was about to change the face of skateboarding. Tommy put his home town of San Francisco on the international skateboarding map with his creative use of its hills and urban landscape. The first offical “street pro” in skateboarding history, Tommy has influenced what modern street skateboarding is today.

Tommy Guerrero makes some great music that is worth checking out too!

POP UP ART INSTALLATION AT REVOLUTION

Simon Berndt has a small pop up installation at the new Revolution Store in Woodstock, Cape Town. Featuring some of his personal artworks as well as his incredible Zulu Zombies Skateboard range that has recently been launched. If you in the area go check out this talented artists work and check out some of the fresh products at the store!

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INNOVATOR OF THE MONTH

Thomas Campbell was born in 1969 and is a California based artist who explores various art disciplines ranging from painting to film making. His work has appeared on the Ugly Casanova album “Sharpen Your Teeth” as well being featured in Juxtapoz, Arrested Motion and Beautiful Decay among others.

Thomas grew up surfing and skating in California before he moved to New York in the 1980’s. This is where he got involved in various subcultures including, street art, punk rock, hip hop as well as Aaron Rose’s Alleged Gallery. Thomas Campbell along with Ed Templeton and other “skate” artists have become highly influential artists when The Beautiful Losers exhibition and movie was released in 2004. Thomas Campbell is currently exhibiting his latest art project at
Santa Cruz’s Museum Of Modern Art.

Krooked Skateboarding presents the Thomas Campbell Guest board from dlxsf on Vimeo.

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MUSIC MONDAY

Alkaline Trio have released a music video for “I, Pessimist” from their upcoming album, My Shame Is True. The song and video feature Tim Mcllrath from Rise Against who is currently in South Africa for Ramfest.

KILLIAN MARTIN REVISITED

We shared with you a video on Killian Martin earlier this week and this is yet another fantastic video on this freestyle skateboarder. The video merges art and skateboarding set in a unique location and shows the diversity and skills of this unique skateboarder. You have to check out this creative trick at 2:42.

DOGBOARDING

Its almost the weekend folks and here is a another funny video that is pretty dope. No animals were harmed in the making of this video and the concept of it is pretty whack.

MY DC LIFE

DC has a special lifestyle project which features interviews with some of their ambassadors for the brand. This video features Bristol band The Hit Ups who are mixture of funk, punk, indie and a bit of soul. You can check out the MYDCLIFE site over here.

VANS CUSTOM CULTURE

The Vans design team heads out to Laguna College of Art and Design to get them to design a unique collection of Vans Shoes. The students share their opinions on design, research and inspiration.

SALON 91 OPENING NIGHT PHOTOS

During February & March Salon91 celebrates design and typography with ‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators, including Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey and Dani Loureiro. Here are some pictures from the opening night.

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RVCA ARTIST KELSEY BROOKES

RVCA interviews Kelsey Brookes from San Diego. Kelsey Brookes creates mind blowing repeat patterns and discuss’s his transition from being involved in the biotech industry to becoming a full time artist.

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Check out this really beautifully filmed video of freestyle skateboarder Killian Martin interacting with Kay Walkowiak’s artwork. Killian performs some impressive tricks with the unusual obstacles in this gallery space.

MUSIC MONDAY

Today we bring you the legendary hip hop artist Omar Credle (born in May 13, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York), known by his stage name, O.C.

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KING OF THE ROAD

Thrasher’s “King Of The Road” features 4 teams who go through America to do the craziest and stupidest things imaginable hoping to win!

MARK APPLEYARD

In this Trick Mix clip, Mark Appleyard demonstrates his moves on nothing more than a butter bench and some flat ground. If you haven’t seen his new signature shoe that has just come out with Globe check out the video below. Mark Appleyard breaks down the design features behind his new pro shoe from Globe—The Mahalo. Featuring a low profile silhouette and minimal branding, The Mahalo packs much more of a technical punch that it would outwardly seem.

INSPIRED BY KOSTON

In the latest video from Nike, Ishod Wair shares with us how Eric Koston has influenced him in his skateboarding. Check out Eric Koston’s Nike shoe over here.