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Archive for February, 2009

AV CLUB JAPAN

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Sony Walkman just announce their new media player to Japan in the dopest possible way.

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Taeji Sawai, with a light controlled audio video sequencer.

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Atsuhiro Ito and the Optron, channeling the sounds of a flouro light through a pedal controlled effects generator.

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Taeji Sawai and Atsuhiro Ito combining the light controlled sequencer with the Optron

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Fuyuki Yamakawa and a bone conduction microphone, special.

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Fuyuki Yamakawa and Atsuhiro Ito jamming.

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DJ Tucker, multi talented musician and master of the loopstation, check him out as he messing around in the kitchen, the sound of bacon is the sound of awesomeness.

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Tinman precussionist Tomo Yamaguchi

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Tomo Yamaguchi and Tucker jamming.

Check the other youtube links for a load more collabs and videos of these guys at work. Really mad.

SWIFTY ~ NO VACANCY ~ NEXT THURSDAY

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

After several years of experimentation where he devoted serious energy into exploring the iconography of his own youth, Swift has developed a truly unique slant on British Pop art and what POP means to him.

Through his ID as Swifty Typografix, he has long maintained a global following for his innovative escapades in design. He is an Apple Mac pioneer and an unrepentant acolyte of the post hip hop sampling generation.

However, his own works have seen him tackle a more personal trajectory. He likes to get hands on and messy. He effortlessly switches from hi-tech to lo-fi and is a true believer in practical skills.

His small, exclusive runs of silkscreen prints, etchings and aquatints have already attracted fans and buyers both locally and through the Art Car Boot Sale in Brick Lane where he shared a stall with Scrawl Collective, alongside Sir Peter Blake.

His latest work maintains his Northern, down to earth outlook but is inevitably phunky and humourous. It highlights the artist’s love of the process, and his fascination with different techniques but it’s his  exploration of the so called mundane, through his growing collection of  nostalgia, that engages the viewer to reveal hidden layers of meaning.

As this is first time he will be exhibiting his work outside the UK, Swifty has done original art specially for this show as well as doing a ‘live’ art piece at the gallery’s opening night. Futhermore, there will limited editions of his iconic prints and other exlusives available at the opening night of the show, so don’t miss it!

PREVIEW ~ SWIFTY ~ VIDEO ~ NO VACANCY

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Swifty, the British master of camouflage and typography will arriving in Melbourne next week to launch his debut solo exhibition on our burning shores. Here’s a sneak preview of the show which will be launching at No Vacancy on the 5th of March.

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Extensive interview will be posted next week so keep watching this space.

Blast them then blast them…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Trouble with the neighbors? You need the all new ‘Blast them then Blast them’ AT-AT by the Empire. The images really speak for themselves.

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Images supplied by Icallum.

HALFSLEEVE ~ SYDNEY

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

frontsignbannerNice has a new stockist in Sydney. Halfsleeve, located at the bottom of Goulburn Street in Surry hills is the new haven for the street wear crew of Sydney now that the golden age of Another Inch has passed. Stocking brands such as Foreign Family and MHI along side Nice.untitled_panorama11
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EVENT ~ FEELING LUCK ~ BEN BROWN

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Australia artist and illustrator Ben Brown has been running the Sydney poster art game for so long that the details are irrelevant. The bottom line is he is the man, the undisputed ruler of a domain infested by zombies, pop art and metal.

“Feeling Lucky”, Ben’s latest solo show will be on display in Melbourne at Marker Gallery on the 6th of march will be a series of prints and drawings, metal, pop culture and the undead, no doubt a welcome feature.

We’ll bring you a first glimpse of the art closer to the date.

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Marker Gallery, 159 Johnson St Collingwood.

And because we love you, here is a preview of an upcoming Nice Produce T , “The Bodhisattva of revealing the true nature of things through boundless cynicism” by none other than Ben Brown. Looking at mid March release at this stage.

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Back in the Apple

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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I’m back in NYC for a little while working. It’s been hard for me to get out during the week, but on the weekends I get to explore. What’s better than exploring? Exploring with Sutu (NiceProduce.com designer, and the guy behind Nawlz.com). Dope.

I’ve been too busy to keep up with what’s going on, but Sutu had the hookups. The photo above is Sutu shooting the Graffiti Hall of Fame (currently up on 106th and Park Ave). I’ll show you some more details once I get the join up together. We were planning to head out to 5 Points but by the time we finished all our beer, the sun was going down, so we decided to hit up Harlem instead.

So we hit Harlem for some soul food (currently the best meal I’ve had in the city, though probably not the healthiest). Harlem was at time warp. Current fashion craze is 80′s hip-hop, Spike Lee flick, DeLaSoul and Run DMC hits. It truely has got it going on. I will go back with my camera and show you all what it’s all about.

The other 2 shot above are from a spot in China Town. Totally bombed. It’s great to be back in a city with dirty walls. Stockholm (where I live) is clean as a whistle and has a zero tolerance for graffiti. There is a law (if you can call it that) that says if there is graffiti on your walls or on the train, then it must be removed within 24 hours. While NYC is a lot cleaner than the last time I was here, there’s definitely character and the charm of it’s graffiti history on every block.

I’ll be serving more updates as time goes on. This week I’m hitting up Krink’s studio for a chat and shoot for an upcoming interview. Sneak peaks only found on Grassroots, bitches.

Peace.

SECTION8 BLOCK PARTY

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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NEW PRINT ~ FINALE ~ REKA ONE

Friday, February 20th, 2009

New Giclee print by Reka is up on nice RIGHT HERE. only $120 too.finale

DJ MAKO

Friday, February 20th, 2009

I´ve been working on the 400ml mag, so I haven´t had much time to take care of other things…but I´ve been missing here so much…so I´ll give you a little preview of what I´ve been doing lately.

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I recently went to meet my good old friend who turned into one of the best hip hop Djs that we have here in Brazil right now, producing with the best Mcs around and kicking ass on the beats.

So I went to check his performance at the  club Studio SP, that has arts all over the place, very cool stencil, stickers and graffiti artists decorated it and turned into a gallery night club, that always have awesome performances, like Dj Mako himself, and others.

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Check out his Myspace!

Koan

Cognitive Dissident.

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