Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Before, Condo wasnt a household name until Kanye West decided to use him for his album cover art, expecially the most popular one that was banned from Target and a few other stores who carried Kanye's new album. Well, Condo talks to New york Magazine about the album covers designed by him.
Head with sword
Head with sword
“I really like that idea of a Shakespearian thing,” West told Condo about this painting of a severed head wearing a crown. The piece’s two contrasting styles — “cubism and classicism forged together in a single painting” — dovetail, Condo says, with West’s music, with its “layers of different styles happening simultaneously.” What did Kanye see in the picture that made him like it? “His tragedy was a kind of exile that Kanye imposed upon himself,” Condo says. “He was free from exile by having the cathartic moment in the image. He’s alive in the painting, you know what I mean? In a strange way it’s like, he opened his eyes.”
Condo remembers that West came to his studio between eight and ten times over the course of the summer. The ballerina — a concept that later worked its way into West’s “Runaway” film and performance at the VMAs — came from one of those visits. “We were hanging around one night, and we were listening to that tune ‘Runaway,’” Condo recalls, when his wife, Anna, showed West a a shot of French dancer Sylvie Guillem moving in slow motion. “And somehow Kanye grabbed onto that idea of the ballerina,” Condo explains. “He just said, ‘Hey man, I’d like to have a great ballerina painting.’ I thought of a ballerina toasting. You know, ‘let’s toast to the scumbags.’”
Naked sphinx straddling Kanye
“That’s a good painting,” Condo says matter-of-factly. “She’s a kind of fragment, between a sphinx, a phoenix, a haunting ghost, a harpy. And then Kanye is also in some sort of strange 1970s burned-out back room of a Chicago blues club having a beer — so far away from the real Kanye West that it’s just a scream.” In painting Kanye in such an outrageous situation, Condo says, “I was challenging him with the imagery as well. He said, ‘I’m shocked, but I like it, and I gotta go with my gut feeling.’” This cover’s already been banned by Wal-Mart and Apple’s iTunes Music Store, much to Condo’s disgust. “The superimposition of people’s perceptions on a cartoon is shocking,” Condo scoffs. “What’s happening in their minds should be banned. Not the painting.”
If you havent heard already, the hundreds will be collaborating with Garfield. Yes, Garfield the cat. From the success of their last collaboration with Disney, I feel this collab will be pretty popular as well. TH will have an art show on Dec. 9th to showcase the original inspired artwork.
The Hundreds x Garfield Art Show
Santa Monica, CA
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sneaker boutiques all over the world will be looking out for the sneaker heads that are on the hunt for unbelievable sales this Friday. That said, Miami’s Shoe Gallery will be hosting a big Black Friday Sale in which everything black will be 40% off. The item purchased must be predominately black, and the discount does not apply to items already on sale.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I havent posted sb's on here in awhile but look what will hit your local skateshop in December. Elephant print and Nike sbs make a great combination for a great shoe. Reminds me of my black and pink box days. Expect this to be a cop for me and a cop for everybody else. If you cant wait and you can read Chinese, they are availabe now at Kasina.
P.S: I know who see that fat tongue. : )
After the release of his album yesterday, Marc Ecko just released the Cover & Interview for December/January issue of Complex magazine. The interview really gives you an insight into Kanye's life and times following the Taylor Swift-incident and the recording process. Read it Here.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The new Rihanna cd has recently dropped.
I made sure to cop, and I must say.. it is a pretty Dope album. The songs are really nice. Must say it's been her best work yet. I advise other to not only download her songs on your Mp3, but actually purchase the album. It's truly worth it.
I few snapbacks just came in last weekend and this is just a taste of what I will have later on. I have several different styles and teams so shoot me a request if I dont have it. $40 each and $35 each if you buy two or more. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.