Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bobbito and Pro Keds invite you to come party tomorrow!!

Bobbito Garcia has teamed up with Pro-Keds to release the Pro Keds Bobbito Royal Flash that drops tomorrow.

As part of the release, they’ll be doing a NY/NJ shop tour, hitting up the following stores to celebrate the release:

12pm @ Packers (NJ) 941 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ

2pm @ Rime (Brooklyn) 125 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY

4pm @ Goliath (Harlem) 175 East 105th Street, NY, NY

5:30pm @ Vault (Harlem) 2498 Frederick Douglass Blvd. NY, NY

7pm @ West (Manhattan) 147 West 72nd Street, NY, NY

Go and show your support tomorrow!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chari & Co. NYC X Steven Alan Collab

Check out this collab from Chari & Co. NYC (one of my favorite bike shops) and Steven Alan.
I think it's brilliant.
Available only at select Steven Alan locations, United Arrows’ flagship Tokyo location, and at Chari and Co.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mark Gonzales Round N’ Round - Reception...

Franklin Parrasch Gallery is pleased to present Round N’ Round – an exhibition, which includes the premier of a new film and sculpture, as well as drawings, poems and correspondences by Mark Gonzales.

Gonzales, who has been skateboarding professionally since he was a teenager is a prime mover in bringing the inherently improvisational, free-ranging attitude manifested in skateboarding’s engagement with the built and graphic environment to a wider audience. Gonzales’s work has been exhibited internationally, and his skating has been documented by Spike Jonze among other filmmakers.

Gonzales’s approach to both art and life embodies a philosophy of perpetual motion. Nothing stagnates; everything connects and continues. His pursuits in drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry, and filmmaking are integrally aligned with his entire way of being. To see Gonzales skate is nothing like watching other professional athletes as they perform. His processes and methods of decision- making are predicated less upon sheer athleticism than upon a personal vision of skating as a medium.

Gonzales charts his movements and interactions within existing space in the manner of an installation artist. Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s remarks in a 2008 New Yorker magazine interview with high wire artist Philippe Petit could aptly apply to Gonzales when speaking of “an ecstasy of truth” in Petit’s performance: “he’s discovering walking in the sky, in the clouds means a form of ecstasy – a quintessential metaphor of an ecstatic moment. There’s a truth in that we can somehow function beyond our limitations.”

Round N’ Round, which includes recent sculpture and video, as well as a selection from two decades of drawings, poems, and correspondence Gonzales sent to Jocko Weyland, author and curator of the Elk Gallery, defines and further contextualizes the artist’s philosophical pursuit of skating. These are brimming over with evidence of influences, cultural touchstones, and historical figures both obscure and well known that Gonzales’ incorporates into his work, creating a singular artistic universe that is profoundly allusive and interconnected. In this sense his visual and textual conversation with the wider world around him is shown to be correspondence on a grander scale, an all-encompassing call and response with everything and anything he encounters in those “ecstatic” moments as well in the detritus and scraps of daily life. As Weyland said in a New York Times article about Gonzales in 2003, “the artist Robert Rauschenberg famously declared that he wanted to exist in the gap between art and life. Mark Gonzales performs in that space every day.”

Gonzales has participated in exhibitions around the world including solo exhibitions at Museum Het Domein, Netherlands, and his now legendary Skate / Ballet performance at Stadtiches Museum Abteiberg, Germany, as well as a show of new work this past summer entitled South West curated by Emma Reeves at the Half Gallery, New York. For the past five years Gonzales’s work has toured the United States and Europe as part of the exhibition Beautiful Losers conceived and curated by Christian Strike and Aaron Rose. Mark Gonzales was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1969, and currently lives and works in New York City.

20 West 57th Street 7th floor, New York, NY 10019, t 212-246-5360, info@franklinparrasch.com

Mark Gonzales Round N’ Round

October 16 - November 28, 2009
Reception for the artist Friday, October 16, 2009, 6 pm - 8pm

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Viper app allows remote start of your car with iPhone

As the iPhone continues to introduce apps both silly and indispensable, it should come as no surprise that there's now an app for starting your car remotely. Introduced by car alarm company Viper, the SmartStart app comes in two flavors: a $299 package if you already have a compatible Viper alarm system or a $499 deal for a stand alone unit that comes with everything you need to start operating your car with Apple's Jesus phone. In addition to remote start, the SmartStart app can also lock and unlock your car, open the trunk and sound your panic alarm.

Previously we've seen the ZipCar app for the iPhone tout lock/unlocking capabilities, but this is the first time an app has enabled your iPhone to actually turn on a car. What's next? Well, we're going to start holding our breath for an app that's lets us drive our cars using the iPhone, just like James Bond did with his 7 Series in Tomorrow Never Dies. Big breath, big breath...

Follow the jump for a video of how the system works and what it can do.

Spike Jonze Retrospective at MoMA. Party Tonight!!!!

Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years
October 8, 2009–October 18, 2009

Continuing its Filmmaker in Focus series, MoMA’s Department of Film presents the first-ever retrospective of Spike Jonze (b. 1969, Rockville, Maryland), celebrating his work as a director, producer, cinematographer, writer, actor, choreographer, and sometime stuntman. Few filmmakers can claim to have earned the undying love and respect of skateboarders and rappers, a beloved children’s book author, and scholars of Lacan and Derrida. But Jonze’s reputation as one of the most imaginative, intelligent, and daring filmmakers working today was established early on with his legendary skateboard videos, music videos, and commercials, and has since been cemented by three features: Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

The mind games in Jonze’s films—the existential puzzlements and feats of narrative deconstruction—are bedazzling, to be sure, but so is the exuberant physicality of his work, from the graceful (the Dance of Despair and Disillusionment in Malkovich, the skateboarding films that recall the gravity-defying acrobatics of Douglas Fairbanks and Harold Lloyd, the Bj√∂rk, Pharcyde, and Fatboy Slim videos that pay homage to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals); to the anarchical (Jackass: The Movie, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s "Y Control" music video, the Gap “Pardon Our Dust” commercial); to the endearingly awkward (the stylings of the Torrance Community Dance Group and the silent pantomime of Maurice at the World’s Fair).

“Spike’s a meshuggener,” Maurice Sendak observes, “a really crazy kid who is willing to be independent and get his way ... kind of goofy, adventurous, whacked-out, but dramatically gifted.” On October 8, Jonze, who came up with the exhibition’s wry title himself, participates in an opening-night discussion with Maurice Sendak and exhibition curator Joshua Siegel.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

County of Kings

Check out the great review of the play i got to see on its opening night 2 weeks back... County of Kings...Tony award winning Def Poet, Lemon Andersen is a one man play who rhymes of his journey from the projects to the big time... This is one play that should not be missed (thanks so much glenna and liberato for showing love with those tickets!!!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Mosley Tribes on Entourage Season Finale

So i'm sure everyone has been noticing that E on entourage has been rockin' mosley tribes for the entire season...well last night on the finale all of the boys showed us some love by poppin into the oliver peoples store..

These shots are from the OLIVER PEOPLES boutique at Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood, Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) is peeping out the MOSLEY TRIBES section and decides on the Raynes. We love those boys and we are so happy that they love us too!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Harold Hunter Day III

The Harold Hunter Foundation, in partnership with Zoo York, New Era, CCS and DC Shoes, is proud to announce that the 3rd Annual Harold Hunter Day will take place Saturday, October 10th, in New York City.

Established in 2006 after Harold’s untimely passing, HH Day III will once again unite NYC’s skateboarding community for a positive day of shredding in honor of the one-and-only, Harold Hunter.

An iconic figure in New York’s downtown scene, Harold’s larger-than-life personality and generous nature touched the lives of countless people around the world. HH Day commemorates a life well lived by celebrating the things Harold loved most–skateboarding, music, friends, family, good times and of course, NYC.

On Saturday afternoon, October 10th, HH Day III will kick off at the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark on the corner of Pike and Monroe Streets in Chinatown. An all-ages skate jam will run from 1–5pm with pop-up best trick events throughout the day, a massive product toss and beats courtesy of DJ Smoke LES and DJ Ani.

Once the skate jam is a wrap, an after-party will go down from 9pm-Midnight at KCDC Skateshop located at 90 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Open to the 21+ crowd only, Harold’s party people will enjoy free beverages and live music, with mini-ramp sessions in full effect all night.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Harold Hunter Foundation relies on support from the skateboarding community to achieve its mission of providing “inner-city youth with valuable life experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth by encouraging and sponsoring their interest in skateboarding.”

With this goal in mind, an exclusive run of limited edition HH Day III T-shirts and New Era hats will be sold to commemorate the event with proceeds benefiting the HH Foundation. Both items feature a collage of classic Harold portraits shot and donated by long-time friend and acclaimed photographer/videographer, Giovanni Reda. The T-shirt ($20) and hat ($35) will be available for purchase separately, or together as a kit ($50).

“As Harold once said, ‘Growing up in New York I never thought it would be like this, but now being here in New York it is like this,’” says Mark Nardelli, HH Day co-organizer and CCS brand director. “Let’s keep things popp’n like Harold always did and have a good time skating with his extended NYC family.”

Harold Hunter Day III is made possible through generous support from the numerous people and companies that played an integral role in Harold’s life. This year a special thank you goes out to Zoo York, New Era, CCS, DC Shoes, Shut, Camp Woodward, KCDC, 5boro, UXA, Brooklyn Brewery, Acapulco Gold, DQM, The Professionals A/V and DJ Equipment, Hopps, Alien Workshop, Habitat, Official, Verte, Billy’s Nuts, Frank151, Instant Winner, Famous, Savage, Off Bowery, Autumn, Anything, Rival, Homage, Supreme, Dah Shop, POST, Rockstar Bearings and Red Bull.

For more information on Harold Hunter Day III and the Harold Hunter Foundation, please visit: www.haroldhunter.org

Media contact:
Greg Waters | Enright Communications | 646-786-1884 | greg@enrightcommunications.com

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