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Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 5.26.18 PM.pngFazooli ornaments are still available in limited quantities! Choose from the “hood ornaments” (sneakers, spraycans & lucky sevens) for $15, feathers & lucky sevens (in all black or black, white & red) for $10, or corkscrews in little glass bottles for only $5! Available now at Compilation (22 Wilson Street, Hamilton, ON – next door to Dr Disc), or directly though me by emailing abominableink@gmail.com. $1 from every item purchased through me will go towards feeding someone in need a Christmas dinner this year. Check out my Etsy shop (AbominableInkShop) for more great gift ideas! 

30_2005painting3Michael Sieben’s illustrations have always been a favourite of mine. He’s been a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher Magazine since 2004, peppering their pages with all forms of awesomeness and hilarity, and partnered with Stacy Lowery to found the super-fantastic Roger Skateboards brand in 2008. Aside from that, he’s one of the founding members behind Camp Fig Gallery, which lasted from 2002-2006 and is one of the founders of Okay Mountain Gallery in Austin, Texas since 2006.

His extensive collection of work has been showcased around the world, including major markets such as London, Japan, Mexico and Peru. As an illustrator and designer, he’s focused mainly on the wonderful world of skateboard subculture, and has worked for huge clients like Adidas, Bueno Skateboards, MySpace Secret Shows, Toy Machine, Upper Playground and Volcom Stone to name just a few.

Recently, Gingko Press and Upper Playground published a book of his artwork entitled There’s Nothing Wrong With You (Hopefully.) I’m dying to get my hands on this one – it’s available at Amazon, as well as on the Gingko Press website, and copies are flying off the shelves, so I better act fast.

To see more of Sieben’s wicked work, check out his website.

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Ahh London, where street art has graced the walls of the urban sprawl for decades, and celebrated as one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the stunning work of world famous wall artists – but with the recent Olympic invasion, the authorities are cracking down on unauthorized art, siding with the corporations who’ve dumped millions into their local economy, and attempting to keep copyright under control under any circumstance.

While there’s a lot of sponsored and commissioned work out there that revolves around Olympic subject matter, there are always a few renegades that like to be subversive, shake things up, and practice their freedom of expression. Unfortunately, there have already been a handful of arrests made infringing on that right, and many pieces have already been erased – including many that don’t have anything to do with the massive global sporting event. Famous graffiti artist Banksy has thrown up a few choice pieces, which are currently being threatened, against the wishes of art enthusiasts, and a widespread cleanup of the city is currently still underway.

My favorite offender of this year’s games is Mau Mau, the artist behind the fat McDonalds clown, hoisting a smoking Coca Cola torch. That kind of tongue-in-cheek humor against the capitalist empire is not only amusing, but also embodies the values of the punk generation that once thrived in London. It’s amazing to see the clash between the old traditions and the new in London. “This attack on one of contemporary London’s most renowned traditions reveals how deeply uncomfortable the cultural relationship between this city and the Olympics really is,” writes Jonathan Jones in The Guardian. “An event that is all about massive finance, colossal scale, hyper-organisation and culture delivered from above is being superimposed on a capital that happens to be best at improvisation, dirty realism, punk aesthetics and low art. It’s like Versailles versus the sans-culottes. And this time Versailles is determined to win.”

Rubbing out street art should never be a priority for any city authority – art should be allowed to grow and reflect the society in which it exists. Erasing a part of a city’s identity is not the answer – in fact, it’s just whitewashing an integral part of the community to benefit the capitalists.

If you want to read more about this topic, check out this article on Vice.com about Darren from the Graffiti Kings. He’s created art for big companies like Microsoft, Adidas, and Red Bull – but that didn’t stop the “brand police” from arresting him for creating Olympic-related street art.

What do you think? Is the street art in London worth washing away forever because the corporations want to dominate for a limited time? 

While morning television usually spells the antithesis of inspiration in my world, I was greeted this morning with an unremarkable fluff piece on hand-painted shoes. The artist they had on the show was less than interesting, and once I visited her Etsy site, I was doubly unimpressed, but it triggered a thought – how many other people are out there designing beautiful one-of-a-kind shoes? This led me to do a little “investimagating”, as I like to call it, into the world of custom shoe design. These are only a few of the multitudes of awesome designs and artwork (in no particular order), that’s currently out there (and it barely scratches the surface).

Fire & Ice flats by Lauren Glick!

 

Here’s a few sites that also carry impressive custom shoe designs, if this kind of thing tickles your fancy:

Studio Jellyfish Shoes

Cocopunkz

Figgie Shoes

Your Kicks

Punk Your Chucks

Mallory Musante Shoes

On Etsy

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to let me know if you come across any other good sources!

Hailing from Spokane, Washington, illustrator and photo-manipulator David Waters managed to land some pretty big clients while he was recently at the University of Idaho, studying graphic design. Huge companies like Adidas, Nike, and ESPN feature some of his work in their ads and he has had his work appear in a multitude of publications (on and offline), such as Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, Abduzeedo, and Digital Arts Magazine. And no wonder – this guy’s work is amazing!

What I love about Waters is that he doesn’t really stick to one formal artistic genre – he bounces around the grid creating a really rich and varied body of work. Inspired by his day-to-day experiences, and mentored by his colleagues and professors, he genuinely embraces creativity and makes a point of keeping his skills sharply-honed by constantly producing imaginative creations.

To see more, visit his website.


Born and raised in Toulouse, France (where they make the best sausages!), world-famous artist Fafi has come a long way. Her street art spans the world, from Hong Kong to New York, Mexico to Amsterdam, and everywhere in between. She’s designed collections for Adidas, Sony, LeSportSac, Coca-Cola, Colette and Mac Cosmetics. She’s been covered by the most prestigious international magazines such as Vogue, Elle, The Face, XLR8R, and Yen, just to name a few. 

Aside from that, her works are also documented in books that are sold internationally, mainly in museum libraries and specialty shops that sell art books. GIRLS ROCK was published in 2003 and LOVE AND FAFINESS in 2006. Although her life is changing now (in 2007 she was married to DJ Medhi and is now a mother, living in Paris), she continues to proliferate her world with strong female figures, imaginative creatures and nostalgic French influences.

After completing yet another collaboration with Adidas in October 2009, she is expected to be releasing a comic book this year.  I can’t wait!

Check out more of her art at Fafinette.


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