POW! WOW! Japan (street art festival) 2015 recap

Art collective POW! WOW! has just wrapped up half of its tour of Asia with artists like Case, Fafi, Ben Horton, Kevin Ancell, Omen, Sasu and many more showing their work to the masses.

With dozens of murals painted along the walls of the Tennozu area, crowds poured through to admire the work, marking the event as a resounding success and cementing the showing in an Asian market. Stay tuned for more work as it becomes available.

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POW! WOW! Hawai’i 2015 begins with a Holoholo Tour hosted by John “Prime” Hina

In celebration of the ongoing POW! WOW! Hawaii, festival organizers have released a video highlighting an annual ritual. Hoping to encourage cultural exchange, participating artists are led on a tour around the island of Hawaii every year, visiting a variety of significant historical and cultural locations.

This year features a “holoholo” told by Hawaii native John “Prime” Hina. Similar to artist’s aspirations to inspire with their creations, Hina hopes his storytelling will spark attendees’ interests in their own heritage. Besides its obvious geographic isolation, Hawaii stands as an anomaly among the rest of the United States, having been able to keep more of its rich, vibrant, yet complicated native culture intact relative to anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy Hina’s compelling words in the Michael Inouye video above.

POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014 Video

After taking Taipei by storm, the POW! WOW! team takes a look back at its first-ever venture into Taiwan. Directed by Vincent Ricafort, this lengthy recap of POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014 does well to highlight its quest to paint massive murals in the Taiwanese capital, even dealing with typhoons as the festival brought together street art heavyweights like Aaron De La Cruz, Apex, Dabs1, INSA, James Jean, Brendan Monroe, and Madsteez, as well as regional talents Reach, Mr.OGAY, Seazk, Saym, Zishi, Xue, and Vita Yang.

Enjoy the piece above and head on over to POW! WOW!’s blog for a slide show of some imagery from the event.

Street Art: POW WOW! Taiwan- Summer Episode Video

Back in September, Hypebeast published a write-up about CANLOVE, the artistic duo comprised of DJ Neff and Paul Ramirez dedicated to transforming empty spray cans into the very thing they’re used to produce: art.

Over the summer, POW! WOW! Taiwan and Fubon Art Foundation enlisted their help to create colorful installations out of 900 discarded canisters, all painstakingly collected by volunteers post-festival. In October, a quick 30 second trailer to a short called the Summer Episode was released, which offered a glimpse of Neff and Ramirez at work, plus a few shots of some murals. The full clip is now up online, and not only does it feature CANLOVE cutting and spraying away for the project, but we also get brief commentary from artists Will Barras and Reach about their thoughts and experiences painting large walls.

Guangzhou (China) House of Vans 2014 Recap

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The last stop of the House of Vans Asia tour concluded in the city of Guangzhou, providing a three-day program of diverse cultural offerings to the local community, as well as tourists alike. Although Guangzhou may not be the first place to spring to mind when one thinks of creative locales in China, the illustrious city has long been leading the line in economic and cultural developments, yearning only for a platform to showcase the creativity it has to offer. House of Vans provided this platform, where multiple workshops grounded in art and expression brought together the like-minded community and even mothers who took their infants to experience the occasion.

Kicking off the first day were renowned photographers Tobin Yelland and Lele Saveri, teaching students the art of self-publishing through DIY zine classes. Shanghai art duo Idle Beats carried on the momentum by educating design and illustration students on the entire process of making a screen print, from design to creation, and finally printing a custom tote bag. Taking a different approach than to the previous House of Vans events to represent the more edgy side of expression, tattoo artists from Sunrat Tattoo in Korea and famed Chengdu-based artist Keke offered up free tattoos of which were well-received, causing local kids to line up in front of the venue from the early morning hours in a bid for some free ink.

A House of Vans event would not be complete without a slew of talented local and international music acts. Thus, the evening portion of the festivities saw Hong Kong-based punk rock drummer Kevin Boy open the stage to pave the way for Beijing indie/synth band The Big Wave. The first night was then capped off with Montreal indie dance band We Are Wolves, which ended everything off in climactic fashion and made sure the crowd stayed dancing into the early hours of the morning. Saturday night showcased a more hip-hop-laden roster as local crew Chee Productions successfully whipped the packed house into a frenzy by bringing out a surprise performance by Beijing’s MC J Fever. However, the next act that followed was arguably the highlight of the evening, where special guest Pusha T performed a full set of his most popular songs and verses, from the likes of ‘Grindin” to G.O.O.D Music tune ‘Mercy.’ The musical performances did not stop there though and DJ duo Two Fresh brought things to a close with an explosive performance. Sunday night also saw a rap-infused event and an MC battle by the Iron Mic brought together a plethora of young aspiring artists to battle it out in front of friends and family.

Notwithstanding what Vans is predominantly known for, the three-day event also provided a program of skateboarding activities open to all. Independent skate/surf photographer Leong Zhang took out a crew of young photographers to give them insights into the intricacies required for shooting skating activities. Using the Vans China/Hong Kong skate team as the subjects for the class, the participants took note of the details and angles that transform a great photo into a legendary photo. Two days of skate contests for amateurs and pros were also offered as Chongqing artist Panda and local graffiti crew Dickid created a monster 6-meter tall, Sk8-Hi-inspired set filled with a mammoth quarter-pipe as well as street obstacles painted by American artist Rich Jacobs. The much-anticipated jam-format contests brought out the pro’s representing five local skate brands: Vagabond, 8FIVE2, HKit, Symbolic and Hero, who all battled it out to take home the winnings. After impressive displays of tricks and creativity from all those involved, it was the 8FIVE2 team from Hong Kong that took the title for best street run and Shenzhen-based team Vagabond winning the best quarter-pipe jam.

Enjoy the recap above and head over to House of Vans Asia for more information regarding the events, while you can also check out recaps of the previous stops in the tour here.

 

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POW! WOW! takes to Taiwan for its latest stop

 

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Taking his art endeavors from Hong Kong to Honolulu and now TaipeiJasper Wong and the POW! WOW! team took the city by storm this year at the festival’s Taiwan debut. Bringing together international and local artists from across the board, street art heavyweights such as Aaron De La Cruz, Apex, Dabs, INSA, James Jean, Brendan Monroe and Madsteez painted alongside regional talents like Reach, Mr.OGAY, Serazk, Saym, Zishi, Xue and Vita Yang. Live painting sessions aside, Brooklyn artist Skewville showcased humorous work  under his “Brooklyn Beef” series, alongside compelling works at Evah Fan and Brendan Monroe’s “Black and Night” exhibition.
Shot by Brandon Shigeta, check out images of the murals above and stay updated with POW! WOW! Taipei via its Facebook page.
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Saturdays NYC x OJAS Speakers

 

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Saturdays NYC has once again partnered up with graffiti artist Devon Turnbull of OJAS for a set of limited edition speakers to commemorate the one-year anniversary of its Kobe, Japan location. We have already seen the two collaborate on footwear but it seems fitting given Turnbull’s background and degree in audio engineering. Constructed with a wooden casing, the speakers have a quirky but simplistic aesthetic that would be an elegant feature in any room.

The OJAS speakers are available here for $12,000 USD.

 

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Artist Profile: Street artists the Yok, Sheryo and Alex Le Hours collaborate on the Converse Sneakers Clash Wall project

 

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Late last week the Yok, Sheryo and Alex Le Hours converted a grey, non-descript wall in Fremantle  into a canvas for various different quirky characters and imagery inspired by entries from punters worldwide for the Converse Sneakers Clash Wall project.

Submissions were made via social media with the #sneakersclashfreo hashtag and from that the artists interpreted them into vivid designs that disrupted the blank space in the Perth suburb. The mural was in response to the Chuck Taylor All-Star ’70 pack, which is a reissue range of the classic Chuck in the original fabrication and colorways from, yup – you guessed it, 1970.

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Artist Profile: “City As Canvas”- Graffiti art from the Martin Wong collection

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During the 1970s and ‘80s, artist Martin Wong resided in the Lower East Side of New York and was a strong supporter of many pioneers of the New York City graffiti. Wong’s advocacy for the subculture resulted in an expansive collection of some of the most famed and influential artists of the time such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Rammellzee, Zephyr, Daze, Lady Pink, Lee, Futura and Sharp. In the interest of keeping the collection intact, Wong graciously donated his entire collection to the Museum of the City of New York in 1994.

And luckly for all of us, beginning on Tuesday, February 4th, the museum will be publicly displaying the work for the first time. The exhibition will include over 300 mixed media paintings and 55 black books.

City as Canvas opens February 4th and runs through July 27th, 2014

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029

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