WAT-AAH!, one of the fastest-growing bottled water brands geared to kids and teens, encourages everyone to drink more water through street art. Taking Back the Streets, was an initiative launched in Feburary in New York City at The New Museum with special guest Michelle Obama. Since then, “Taking Back The Streets” has traveled to Washington, D.C., Chicago, and will now be returning to New York City in October. To date, there are 34 preeminent artists involved such as: Pose, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Haze, Swoon, Hebru Brantley, and Icy & Sot among others. In addition to creating an original piece for the campaign, the artists have translated their work onto a label. These bottles have become a BIG HIT for the campaign. So much so, WAT-AAH! be releasing a select number of bottles to market later this fall called “WAT-AAH! Streets.” Read More
St. Louis, MO-based graphic designer and illustrator Parker Gibson, he of “The Waiting Place,” is back with these awesome, graphic, limited edition skateboard decks that were created emulating kick-ass album covers for Boxing Clever Records. All six of the 7-inch splits are represented and packaged along with the vinyl pressing. This unique offering is a tribute to fans of the music, the artists on the records, and the designers of the packaging.
As a true limited edition offering, only 20 of the commemorative decks are available for each of the six releases. What you buy will increase in value over time. They can be purchased for only $60 (plus shipping & handling) at the label’s online store. Check out the art below! Read More
Up-and-coming New Jersey hip-hop artist Chris Jone$ is back with his new single, “Script,” because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! You can also listen in full to Chris’ must hear EP right here. Read More
The tree of 40 fruit is an artwork, a research project, and a form of conservation by contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken. Aken has spent years taking different forms of stone fruit and grafting them into a single over-arching species of tree. For much of the year, the trees look like just any other tree. Then, in spring, the trees bloom to reveal a gorgeous, diverse, striking bloom of flowers. Over the course of several months, Van Aken’s trees produce an incredible harvest of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and almonds. Many of these fruits look like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The specific kinds of fruits that we are likely to see in markets are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fruit species. I remember when reading The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan that at one time, New York was home to many varieties of apples. A lot of these species of apples were used to make different kinds of ciders, but with prohibition looming commercial apple growers had to position their fruit as a dessert of sorts, rather than as a cider-maker. Since people don’t like to eat small, oddly-colored, or misshapen apples, we began to see similar kinds in farmer’s markets based on color, size, and taste.
As an artwork, The Tree of 40 Fruit transforms the everyday into the extraordinary. As a research project it performs one of the first comprehensive timelines of when fruit blossoms in relationship to each other, which is very important when you factor in pollination. As a form of conservation, by placing these trees in places across America, Sam Van Aken is creating his own species of stone fruit trees. Check out his amazing (only 5 minute) TED Talk on how he created the species, and below take a look at Epicurious’ Q/A with him. We didn’t conduct the interview, we’re just passing along the news! Read More