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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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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5 MINUTES WITH JUSTIN SOUTHEY

Justin Southey along with a bunch of other really talented illustrators and artists are in a new exhibition opening tonight at Salon 91. Check out the facebook page over here. We chatted to Justin about his work for this typographic exhibition and if you in Cape Town make sure you attend the opening tonight!

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1. You involved with a new exhibition coming up this week. Can you tell us about it?

Well, The show is called Back in 5 Mins, and is a show which highlights the use of typography and sign writing in Urban culture. It is a group show of typographers and illustrators and along with myself, it includes; Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, & Dani Loureiro.

I see my current work as reflecting the energy, colour and vibrance of the streets, I endeavored to create pieces which were both sophisticated, yet playful. I drew strongly from the local narrative, and allowed my pieces to act as voices of the city.

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2. Do you think people have an appreciation for type as an art piece?

Yes certainly. Typography, or at least artworks using typography have become increasingly popular as an art form in the last few years. I know it’s more of a popular culture thing but how many re tweets of Keep calm and… have you seen in the last year?

3. How did you get involved with this exhibition?

Monique from Salon91 contacted me as she she felt that my work would contrast really well with some of the other artists in the show

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‘Back in 5 Minutes’ – An Exhibition of Typography from Nicholas James on Vimeo.

4. The video for the exhibition is really beautiful and it looked liked everyone had fun at your studio. What have you learnt through the process of doing your artwork for the show?

Often my set ideas for a piece just don’t work, and I have to be able let go of my vision for something as it evolves into something different. Often this hybrid of ideas creates something even better, so in terms of something I have learnt, it would be to explore and play until it works and not to be too dogmatic regarding my original idea

5. Any exciting plans up ahead besides this exhibition? You got a totem at Design Indaba right?

Ya, I have a bunch of Totem like pieces up at the Design Indaba exhibition (curated by Li Edelkoort). I actually heard about the Design Indaba exhibition whilst creating work for the Salon91 show, I submitted work, was selected, and suddenly found myself creating works for 2 shows which had deadlines on the same day, so needless to say , It’s been a pretty manic past few weeks. I feel really privileged to be part of the show as only 52 people were selected out of over a thousand entries.

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6. Where can we see more of your work?

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MUSIC MONDAYS

Ramfest 2013 is almost here and bringing you some great local and international bands including the legendary punk rock band Rise Against. More info on the festival and dates in your city can be found here.

DUSTERS

Check out this sweet feel good video of the Dusters skate crew living it up in this little kidney in silicon valley.

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SNEEK PEEK

Mark Appleyard gives us a sneek peek on his new show called “The Mahalo”. Simple and clean with subtle colourways is what its all about.
Check out the shoe online over here.

INNOVATOR OF THE MONTH: ERROL STRACHAN

Errol Strachan is not only a living legend in the South African music scene but a living legend in South Africa’s skateboarding history. If you have never heard of Errol Strachan aka BONG you about to get educated.

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1. Could you give us a brief introduction on who you are, age and a summary of your life with regards to skateboarding and msic?.

Hello – I am Bong, 51 years, I old started skateboarding in 1975, at age 13. I started in the same skate era that the Lords of Dogtown Movie depicts. I skated for 25 years nonstop since, practically every day, and stopped skating at around age 38/39.

I grew up in an area that had no facilities and due to apartheid we were not really easily allowed into places that had ramps, and least of all pools, so I naturally became a Freestyle/Flatland trick skater. My friends and I had a skate club in Grassy Park called “Comets” Skate Club and we used to imitate the tricks we saw Tony Alva and the Boys do in the then popular “Skateboarder” magazine.

Skateboarding was pretty much a “fad” sport in South Africa, it came and went like a fashion style. So when its popularity declined, many of my friends stopped skating, but Myself and a handful continued to skate. That’s also when Thrasher magazine surfaced in the USA – this was the early 80’s. We knew there were other skaters around, but we never really made much contact with these people – It was not accepted really for colored kids to have white friends and was actually frowned upon, in the late 70’s / early 80’s.

Then I got into Reggae and Rastafarianism and my life changed radically- I was also introduced to Reggae music and due to the politically turbulent times I was in I found this a fitting culture to adopt. That’s also when I started growing my dreadlocks, around 1983. I also started playing music – I started The Sons of Selassie Reggae band with 2 other friends – and the band is still going strong to this day – 28 years later!

I spent some time in Johannesburg playing music – it was there that I met 2 small kids 8/9 years old called Greg Finch and Dallas Oberholzer. I was probably around 29 years old. They saw me demo skate at some shopping centres and used to hang out with me once or twice when they got a chance to come through.

I got back to Cape Town and as I arrived my friends told me that they were hosting the first ever South African National Skateboarding contest – and it included Freestyle. So I entered and won it. And I won the next one, and the next one as they happened annually, won a few of those until 1993 when I stopped skating contests. That’s also when I opened my skate shop.

From there I mostly focussed on family work and music.

2. You had a distinct skateboarding style back in the day. In a time of half pipes and big tricks what made you follow this kind of style?

We had no other facilities really than flat land. SO we all resorted to trick skating.

3. Who were your biggest influences as a skateboarder growing up?

Rodney Mullen, Per Welinder, any good pro and rated freestyle skaters mostly. I would also admire the rest but they were not really influences

4. How did you get into skateboarding?

I saw someone skating, and fell in love with what I saw… and said: “I am going to do that!”

5. Do you prefer the skate scene of the good old days to the current skate scene?

I am not sure. What I can say from what I see is this: The sport has evolved radically to become more extreme. I doubt there are any more technical skaters than what I saw when I skated in the 90’s just everything got bigger and more intense.

6. You play in the band The Rudimentals. Have you played in other bands?

Yes, Sons of Selassie, Roots Rockers, Blunt (the Blunt Skate Magazine was named by myself and it was named after my hip hop band I had at them time, although it took on its own personality, I named that MAG!), A few other reggae bands, Braindead and then Rudimentals. I had some gaps between bands, as I also stopped playing music for a while when I lost a good friend. I was bummed out about that.

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7. How was your experience running your shop “Bongs”

Fun but hard. We imported stuff and it killed us. The excon rate fluctuated so badly that in 2 years we had to double up on selling price and that’s when we called it a day – But we knew that we had a major rep as it was a real skate shop run by real skaters for skaters. Kids cried when we closed it. If I were well off and born with a silver spoon I would have kept that going, but simply could not afford to.

8. What are the future plans for Bong?

Play Music, Work, Breath, Live, Love, the same as yesterday and the day before and the day before….

BRIXTON NEW THREADS

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Brixton presents their rocking Spring 2013 collection look book in this classic video. The new range has a sick selection of threads featuring shirts, headwear, twill pants, chinos, shorts, wovens as well as a nice selection of Brixton signature hats for both men and women. Check out Brixton over here.

ADIDAS BLOCK PARTY

Adidas and AREA3 present “From Before They Were Great” exhibition and block party on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Come check out the skilled DJ’s featuring DJ Kenzhero, DK Dimplez, !D, Moe Joe, Phat jack and 2lani the Warrior. Its all happening at Area3, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg East.

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THE FIRST EVER

Adam Miller is the first skateboarder in history to do a backflip from one skateboard to another down 6 stairs!

JUSTUS KOTZE VIDEO 1

Justus Kotze got on a flight to Sydney, Australia on 25 December 2012 over Christmas. He went there for a family Holiday and his Brothers wedding. He took his board with him and hopped from park to park with a camera. He was mostly by himself, making the filming and photography difficult. But he managed to get a bunch of cool photos and video together… PART 1. (Part 2 comes on Friday!)

HOW & NOSM ART SHOW NYC

Last week, How and Nosm took their famous outdoor graffiti skills into The Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s brand new pop-up space in New York. This series of works are influenced by their multi-cultural heritage having been brought up in Spain. The exhibition is gigantic and is a visual treat for the eyes.

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VANS PARADE

Vans recently did a shoe parade and this video gives an inside look at how the Vans team put together and filmed this giant parade on a bridge in downtown LA. Check out the full length “Anthem” parade on the vans site over here.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Elijah Berle get interviewed on the Bones Brigade Trivia Show. He gets tested on Stacy Peralta’s second video, Future Primitive and hilarity ensues with the the presenters of the show.




METALLICA + VANS


Vans have recently announced their collaboration with Robert Trujillo, bassist for Metallica. Check out this video as Robert jams with some of the vans time and talks about his collaboraion shoe, skating and playing music.



NEW REVOLUTION STORE IN WOODSTOCK!!

It’s with a great sense of excitement that we proudly announce that our all-new Woodstock-based Revolution shop is open for trading.
As some of you might already know, Revolution have been part of the massive revamp and development of the landmark building that is the Woodstock Exchange and as of February 2013 we now have a fantastic new retail space open to the public.

With more of a boutique feel, the shop carries a selection of exclusive, one-off garments, collectable sneakers, fine headwear, and other must-have hardgoods and accessories from a host of international skate lifestyle brands.

Where: Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
For more information, contact (021) 801 4666

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SKATEBOARD ARCHITECTURE

American studio CODA just won this year’s annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program competition for their “Party Wall” sculpture. “Party Wall” will officially open in Long Island City at the end of June and will install a wall made from skateboard offcuts into the courtyard of the PS1 Contemporary Art Center. “Party Wall” is a linear structure also meant to incorporate events spaces, seating areas, stages, and projections areas, as well as pools of water that will function as “cooling stations.”

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TRULY INSPIRING VIDEO

This is TRULY an inspiring video of 10 year old skateboarder Tommy. What makes him different from every other skateboarder is that he is blind. This video shows the depth of the human spirit and his inner strength to overcome his disability and to enjoy the act of skateboarding. Truly moving.

LEWIS MARNELL VIDEO

Here is a beautiful Manolo mixtape in tribute to Almost and Nike pro Lewis Marnell. RIP. You will always be remembered and respected.

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The passing of a fellow skateboarder is always tragic. Not that it isn’t tragic when anyone dies, but more so when that person is an integral part of your family or community. Lewis Marnell was an incredible skateboarder, pro for Nike SB and Almost, and will be sorely missed by the global skate community. Thankfully his memory lives on through the incredible photographs and footage we still have of him. Our sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Check out Lewis Marnell in “Nothing but the Truth”:

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SIMON BERNDT ARTIST INTERVIEW

1. Your new range of boards for KFD are great. You seem to have an addiction with all things gory. How did the concept for the boards come about?

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I do sometimes enjoy a bit of gore. God Machine is one of my favourite artists and his work is gory in the extreme! I love detailed illustration for metal posters as well even though I’m not a big fan of the music genre. I think that kind of darkness also comes through in this work a bit as well.

The concept kind of came together with wanting to do something very African, quite dark and accult(y) but at the same time very iconic. We referenced those iconic skulls in American Indian headdresses, African masks, black magic, voodoo, tribal occultism, skulls and all sorts of other creepy stuff. All stuff I’m pretty interested in. It was fun to work with all of these things in a very African sphere.

It was also a great experience doing the image research for this project. My mother has loads of books on African art and sculpture, which were great to look through. Also looking at jewellery, face painting and headdresses from a bunch of African cultures and then bringing them all together in the illustrations.

2.Your older work seems to be less “African” inspired. Does this mean a new style and influence is beginning to creep into your style?

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Maybe. I definitely got very inspired by the research. I’ve always been deeply fascinated with North American culture and myth, mysticism and legends. Some how I’ve always been more drawn to American and European imagery but I’ve got a few things lined up for the year that are very African inspired. This project has definitely woken something up inside of me which I would like to explore further in the future.

3. How do you think the public will respond to the Zulu Zombies? Have you had a good reaction from it?

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Yeah so far people who have seen them seem to really dig them. Apparently the KFD skaters all loved them as well, which is great, as I guess they are sort of the target market. I think people will appreciate the craftsmanship and time that went into the work and I think its also something that will appeal to a pop culture audience while at the same time being very African, which is often a challenge. I also like how dark they are. I think kids will love them and mothers will hate them, which is great for me. At the same time I think they’re quite sophisticated and will appeal to a wide audience.

4. Have you got any interesting future projects such as these boards in the pipeline?

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I’m busy working on all the tattoo convention stuff at the moment, which is always fun, but what was great about these boards is that I gave myself enough time to really flex my creativity and skills, which I don’t often have the luxury of doing. Hopefully I’ll get some more opportunities to do that this year. I’ve been invited to exhibit in an international poster show in Collarado, which is very exciting, and I’d also really like to try and take a few months off some time later in the year to start building towards a solo exhibition for 2014. I’d definitely like to look into getting some boards made for that!

5. You also known for being the designer behind the Cape Town Tattoo Convention. How did you get the gig and how long have you been doing it for?

This is now my third year working on it. I do all of the poster design and curate the art exhibition with my girlfriends, Candice Jezek of Salon 91 Gallery. I’ve known Manuela for quite a while now, I think I offered to help out with design a few years back as they were doing everything in house and struggling to fit it all in amongst tattooing and all the other admin that go into the convention every year. We worked excellently together from the start and its just gone from strength to strength every year. Its always a great, very creative place to start the year, even though its pretty stressful with deadlines! Hopefully we can keep working together for a while yet!

6. Are you a fan of tattoos? Do you have any cool chops?

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Yeah I’ve always been a fan of body art since I was a kid. I think I always knew I’d have tattoos. It has grown into a bit of a minor addiction now. It’s a matter of finding what spaces you have that you can fill with this or that. I love it though, I think I’ll be getting tattoos for many years to come. I like to think that all of my tattoos are pretty great, there are none that I regret, that’s for sure. Some of my favourites are my Alfons Mucha art nouveau American Indian girl sleeve on my right arm that Manuela did last year. We worked very closely together on the design and it took about 11 sessions to finish. I was in the Alfons Mucha museum in Prague in 2012 and all of the tourists wanted to have photos with me; it was pretty great!

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My favourite is a painted buffalo skull by my good friend Raoul at Wildfire, which is definitely one of my favourites. The rate at which he’s grown as a tattoo artist is pretty amazing and for me he’s one of the best up and comers in the country with a very unique style. Its also a great experience for me to get tattooed by people you know and have a good relationship with. it adds a lot to the process and makes the personal interaction of getting tattooed that much more comfortable and open.

7. This years branding for the convention has a nice clean and classic feel to it..would like you tell us about the concept behind it?

We’re really sort of pushing the nautical theme this year. It runs through all of the posters and across the art exhibition briefs. Obviously its also very tattoo inspired. We always start with a discussion and then Manuela will supply me with a rough sketch that I then take and transform into the final design. It’s a great creative process. We both enjoy working with similar visuals and concepts.

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8. What was you most exciting project for you in 2012?

This KFD range was probably my favourite but I also really enjoyed working on the Great Apes tour stuff and I did an illustration for a book of 100 poems illustrated by 100 artists called chocolate chips and rocket ships. I think its still in production but there are some amazing artists and artworks in it so far. It was great to be invited. It was also a real honour being involved with the wavesacpe exhibition this year and showing work with the likes of Brett Murray, Roger Ballan, Guy Tillim and Wim Botha.

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Another project that I’ve been enjoying, as its very different to what I usually do, is the stuff I’m doing for Psych Night. Psych Night is a monthly Psychedelic rock event that I’m hosting with a few of my good friends. They’ve been very successful so far and we’ve got some very exciting plans for 2013.

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DVS SKATE VIDEO

Check out the new DVS video which features their travels to Detroit. The DVS team is Daewon Song, Torey Pudwill, Luis Tolentino, Paul Shier, Marty Murawski, Zach Wallin and Jon Nguyen.

LRG SKATE VIDEO

Check this really heartfelt and sincere video of Gustavo and Rodrigo TX. They first met way back in 2001 in Brazil when Gustavo asked to take a picture with his favourite skater. 12 years later they now teammates riding for LRG.

PAUL SENYOL + WESLEY VAN EEDEN PAINT RVCA STORE

RVCA artists Senyol and Wesley van Eeden were recently invited to paint a new store for RVCA in JBay. They spent a week in Surf City painting a giant body surfer and sea creatures in their classic trademark style. Senyol and Wesley van Eeden have worked together for many years on various exhibitions and projects.

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