Friday, February 29, 2008

Reminiscing SK8 One RIP Part 2

See Part 1 of Reminiscing SK8 One RIP

SK8 has passed 15 years ago but his legend is strong as ever. Most of these memorial paintings were done shortly after his passing. These graffiti paintings are by Mear, Anger, Simple, Tren and Rate. I am sorry, but I am not sure who painted the first piece.
Update: Steve Grody, author of Graffiti L.A.assisted with identifying some of these pictures. The letters in the first piece were done by Anger. Also, the train piece (#4) has characters done by Xpres and Mear. Mear also painted the train. Simple painted the piece to the left of the train.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Maxim apologizes to Black Crowes

The Black Crowes
I hate the latest issue of Maxim Magazine, I give it a full one star. Oh wait, I have not read the latest issue of the magazine. Am I still qualified to write a review on it? Maxim thinks so.

In the March 2008 issue of Maxim, The Black Crowe's soon to be released album titled Warpaint was given two-and-a-half stars out of five. This is the band's first album in seven years and is scheduled to be released on March 4th.

"The band said such a verdict - two-and-a-half stars out of five - was impossible since advance copies of the CD, out next Tuesday, weren't made available."

"Maxim editorial director James Kaminsky responded Tuesday with this statement: 'It is Maxim's editorial policy to assign star ratings only to those albums that have been heard in their entirety. Unfortunately, that policy was not followed in the March 2008 issue of our magazine and we apologize to our readers.' "

Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution (The Black Crowes - Warpaint)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Reminiscing SK8 One RIP

March 1, 2008 Update: New graffiti photos in part 2

I recently stumbled upon SK8's Rest in Peace MySpace page. It brought back memories of SK8. I never had the pleasure of speaking with him, but I did see him in person a few times.

I was at the Beverly Center on the 8th floor the first time I saw SK8. I must have been 12 or 13 years old most likely in 1990 or 1991. I don't want to sound like a total wimp but his mere presence made me shake. I was so in shock that I did not want to make any sudden moves to be sure that he would not focus his attention towards me.

I did see him another time in front of the Beverly Center again. He was mad at some guy. SK8 slapped the guy which caused him to fly what looked like 5 to 6 feet. SK8 was a person no one would want to have beef with. When I was at an early Downset concert, SK8 got into an altercation with a guy and the guy came away with a bloody face.

I still remember when I heard about the tragic incident. I was at the Hip Hop shop on Melrose and someone delivered the terrible news. He was painting some trains at the Budweiser train yard. A group that he went with was leaving the yard. He decided to go back and finish painting one of the trains and he was stuck by a train.

I was saddened to hear about his passing. He was an inspiration to me and a person that I very much feared and admired. I used to see his SK8 CBS, LOD tags all over Los Angeles.

Enjoy the picture below that I dug out of my archives of the memorial that was done at the old 01 Gallery location wall at Melrose Blvd in Los Angeles. I believe that this was Mear's amazing work. It has been 15 years since his passing and the graffiti community around the world still remembers his tremendous impact.

SK8, Rest in Peace. Your memory will never be forgotten.

SK8 One Memorial Graffiti Wall

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pink is the new it color

All the hipsters knew pink was the "it" color. Now large corporations are using hot pink. I was blown away when I saw a WAMU ad using pink. For those living under a rock, WAMU is Washington Mutual, a major bank in the United States.

First I saw The Crazy Robertson use pink in their clothes. I think they almost started the pink craze.

This is The Crazy Robertson original design.
The Crazy Robertson Original Design
This is the latest Skating Shadows design.
The Crazy Robertson Skating Shadows
Notice the heavy use of pink.

Those rebels even changed the color of their website to pink for 2 weeks leading up to Valentine's Day.

The Crazy Robertson goes Pink

I later saw a similar pink used by Murakami. Here is the infamous billboard graffiti masterpiece by Auger and Revok on Melrose. Picture is courtesy of the LA Weekly's Murakami Revoked.

Murakami Billboard

Finally, here is the Washington Mutual Yahoo! ad that I was talking about.
WAMU ad in pink

Last but not least, I use pink to highlight the Titles of the GraffHead blog.

Colin Munroe or Kanye West?

I Want Those Flashing Lights
Colin Munroe has the song, I Want Those Flashing Lights and Kanye West's song is Flashing Lights. The song is almost the same only the vocals differ.

Who was first, Munroe or West? I am not sure, but I prefer Munroe's over West's song.

You be the judge.

If you really love Colin Munroe's version, there is a vocals only version and an instrumental version.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Talking Dog Bud Commercial

Over the years, budweiser had many memorable commercials. This commercial is by far the most entertaining I have seen in years. I chuckle every time I see it.

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