Monday, June 25, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
REVS is one of my favorite contemporary artists. He's made too many contributions to graffiti and street art to list. This video is pretty cool. Enjoy.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tim from 33hz just posted an article he wrote about films with swagger. Check it out:
Hey everyone, just wrote a guest column about films with swagger
(Respect to Teki Latex and The Genevan Heathen) on this website Stag And Dove...
It was heavily edited as these things are but since I love myself and I want you to love me, I have included my original unedited text below:
Film to Hone Your Swagger
1.Outlaw swagger: Vanishing Point (1971)
A metaphor for the post-woodstock nation, the film follows Kowalski, a man who has lost everything and now only lives for buzz. On a bet and on copius amounts of amphetamines, Kowalski has to drive from Denver to San Francisco in twelve hours. Aided by an AM soul DJ, Kowalski evades the police. Utilizing the ultimate symbols of American Freedom; the car, the open road and the possibilities of the west, Kowalski is an existentialist working class hero. Nothing is more seductive than a man who lives in complete freedom living only in the moment. This is the Buddhist nature of swagger.
2. Real New York Swagger: The Taking Of The Pelham 123 (1974)
Walter Matthau is the star of this "Die Hard" prototype. As transit police Lieutenant Zachary Garber, Matthau (along with pre-Seinfeld Jerry Stiller as his partner) tries to foil a hijacking of a NYC subway train with a constant banter of classic new york cynicism. After talking to Robert Shaw''s Mr.Blue (This is where Tarantino stole the whole color name thing for Resovoir Dogs) on the radio, Matthau declares ""The guy who's talking's got a heavy English accent - He could be a fruitcake.""
3. Heathen Swagger: Teen Wolf (1985)
The real star of this movie is not Michael J. Fox but the great Jerry Levine as Rupert ""Stiles"" Stillinski. Not the first "crazy friend" in cinematic history but arguably the epitome of the "never-say-die" attitude later seen in the great films of Corey Feldman. Stiles surfs on tops of cars, is the MC of every party and immediately cashes in on his friend's rare, genetic disease by selling t-shirts. Stiles is the man I aspire to be.
4. Geek Swagger: Better Off Dead (1985)
Some would say Revenge of the Nerds but not I. Another classic from the Summer of ''85, Better Off Dead features the best ensemble of archetypal teen comedy characters. The clueless mom, the drug addled best fiend/friend, the befuddled dad and best of all, Scooter Stevens as Badger Meyer, the savant younger brother. The opposite of his brother, Scooter easily achieves everything he puts his mind to. Through the pamphlets he orders from the back of magazines, Badger designs a working rocket, laser guns and manages to attract legions of trashy women. I admire his dedication to sex and science fiction. I think of him often as I read the 48 Laws Of Power on the D train.
5. Pure Swagger: Casablanca (1942)
There is so much swagger to be found in this movie, In particular I love Claude Rains as French Police Head of Casablanca, Renault. But I feel that the Swagger award has to go to Humprey Bogart’s Rick. Check out this exchange with Nazis dining in his restaurant.
Strasser: Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?
Rick: It's not particularly my beloved Paris.
Heinz: Can you imagine us in London?
Rick: When you get there, ask me.
Renault: Hmmh! Diplomatist!
Strasser: How about New York?
Rick: Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade.
-tim from 33hz
p.s. check out the new Heathen single SWAGGER, I love it!
Tim is 1/2 of 33Hz releasing their new single this summer,
Paris Texas featuring Teki Latex and Devin Tha Dude with remixes by
In Flagranti, Max Pask, Curtis Vodka and Architecture In Helsinki.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Recently I've been thinking a lot about ways to bring art and music together. Free News Projects, part of Space 1026 in Philly, does just that. They describe themselves as, "an independent publisher working in the creative realms of art and music. Through intense and close collaboration with each of artist we work with, we strive to build a new paradigm of creativity, freedom and originality in the publishing world." Cool. (Shout Out to Alex for the info and link)
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
New Alex Lukas website layout. Go buy paintings from Alex, Caleb, Becky and Justin's show in Denver here.