Street Art Locator

20 04 2008

Street Art Locator

Using Google Map technology, artist Andy Clark has created ‘Street Art Locator‘, a tool enablng you the ability to not only upload street art from your area, but view art straight from the source anywhere around the world. The site has just gone live this week, so its a god chance to get your city in amongst things early on. http://streetartlocator.com/





Graffiti 2.0: Gone by Morning

17 04 2008

laser graffiti

Artists James Powderly and Evan Roth recently went on a daring graffiti mission. The goal? Tagging New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. They waited for rush hour to die down and tried to be as incognito as people milling around bridges can be in this post-Sept. 11 world. Then, the duo fixed their crosshairs firmly on the bridge’s underside, and started etching out dozens — maybe hundreds — of tags on one of its massive supports. They held still as a police boat floated under the bridge. Later, they allowed passersby to pick up the equipment and try it for themselves. Yet, the next morning, there was nary a sign that Powderly or Roth — nor their towering graffiti art — had ever been there

While most graffiti crews use spray paint to mark buildings and urban infrastructure, Roth and Powderly, the artists behind the Graffiti Research Lab, have perfected a unique form of temporary high-tech graffiti they call laser tagging that utilizes a laser pointer in lieu of paint, a projector in place of a spray. Instead of hitting dark subway tunnels and back alleys, they turn their attention to public places such as skyscrapers and monuments. A growing legion of fans turn out regularly to witness live demonstrations of their light shows (see video of their latest graffiti missions), but most log on en masse to watch videos of the events on such sites as YouTube and GraffitiResearchLab.com. A few hundred have even downloaded the needed computer code and instructions — something the “open-source” artists encourage people to do — to replicate Powderly and Roth’s art in cities around the world. As a result of their soaring online popularity, the two artists have been sought out by a number of prominent curators in the art world — most recently by those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York — who see in their digital etchings a convergence of street art, graffiti art and urban cinema. Read the rest of this entry »





Wii Fit Priced at $89.99 for May 19 U.S. Release

16 04 2008

Nintendo has crossed over from making electronic entertainment machines to actual fitness tools. The Wii console is now a fixture in various fitness centers in the U.S., such as at the Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridien, which offers guests Wii rentals with the option of a personal trainer.

Earlier this year at GDC 2008, Nintendo announced that its Wii Fit hardware and software package will launch in North America on May 19. The games maker confirmed on Tuesday that the bundle will retail at a suggested price of $89.99, which will include the Wii Balance Board and the Wii Fit software.

Nintendo said that its Wii Fit package boasts “a dynamic mix of more than 40 yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance activities, Wii Fit provides consumers with a fun, easy and affordable way to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.”

Wii Fit Priced at $89.99 for May 19 U.S. ReleaseNintendo Wii Fit
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Spied: Nissan GT-R Spec V confirmed

10 04 2008

Nissan GT-R Spec V confirmed

The spy shots previously seen of a higher-performance GT-R have been confirmed by inside sources as the Spec V model, which will both shed poundage and gain power compared to its baser sibling. Weight is expected to drop by over 300 pounds thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber, and as for how much power the twin-turbo 3.8L V6 will make in Spec V trim… some are saying 550 – 600 horsepower.

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These shots show the GT-R Spec V attacking a corner at the Nurburgring. A visible front splitter below the grille and carbon fiber rear wing are much clearer. [via AutoBlog]

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Gravity Defying Homes

9 04 2008

Gravity Defying Homes

PointClickHome has posted a gallery of the Gravity Defying Homes. Architecture that gives “living on the edge” a whole new meaning. The left pic is the Gangster House(Archangelsk, Russia), which is believed to be the world’s tallest wooden house, soaring thirteen floors to reach 144 feet. The homeowner or gangster, Nikolai Sutyagin, had all intentions of finishing the construction but his dream went on hold when he got locked up behind bars for his third jail sentence. The right pic is Floating Castle (Ukraine), which is supported by a single cantilever, this mysterious levitating farm house belongs in a sci-fi flick. [via Like Cool]

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GHOST AKA Cousin Frank at BLVD Gallery

5 04 2008

GHOST AKA Cousin Frank at BLVD Gallery

BLVD Gallery is proud to present new works from NYC Graffiti Legend GHOST AKA Cousin Frank, a pioneering influence for many graffiti artists around the world. Having started writing in the golden age of the 1970’s, Ghost has first hand knowledge of the many adventures and accomplishments of the NYC subway graffiti movement. The original style, vibrant color combinations, and strong sense of satire of his graffiti has managed to ease the transition naturally to his more gallery oriented pursuits.

Ghost has spent many years dedicated to the formation (or deformation) of the standard English alphabet creating limitless possibilities for him to subvert the language in his unique style. He has managed to create work that bears the unmistakable mark of an accomplished draughtsman without it being either overbearing or overwrought. The humor that permeates Ghosts’ work comes from the underground comics tradition from his youth, more Zapp! Comix than Marvel. Ghosts’ improvisational approach to graffiti, he never planned ahead what his work would be like, gives his current series of paintings a lightness and spontaneity that has the feeling of an inside joke between old friends.

Ghost has shown his work in galleries across the globe and has become a major part of the visual aesthetic of companies like respected streetwear brand Stussy. There is also a documentary in production chronicling the many contributions Ghost has made to the global graffiti movement. This show will be the second time that BLVD Gallery has been privileged to work with Ghost whose amazing mural in the “Claimin’ Space” exhibition was a highlight for many at the 2007 Bumbershoot arts festival.





Nike SportBand

3 04 2008

Nike SportBand

If you want to get a coach of Nike? Nike+ SportBand ($59; April 10) allows runners to see their distance, pace, time and calories burned when they run. Its watch face is detachable. After you run, remove the Nike+Link and plus it into a USB connection on your computer and upload the nikeplus.com to track your run. [via Nike]