Sunday, June 14, 2009

Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7

About the book:
Fleet Street Scandal announces the release of their latest book: Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7. Artist Kevin Dart invites you to discover his favorite movies featuring swinging 60’s spy girl, Yuki 7. Seductive, intelligent, and charming, Yuki romps through film after film, vanquishing villains while looking fabulous. Since these madcap movies exist only in his imagination, Kevin has brought Yuki’s world to life through a collection of original artwork, stories, and an animated trailer.

For their second book, Fleet Street brought together an all-star cast of artist friends to tell Yuki’s story. 14 artists render Yuki and her world in their own styles and mediums, filmmaker Stephane Coedel assembled Kevin’s film stills into an action packed trailer, and author Ada Cole imagines what the world said about Yuki 7 during her heyday. In true behind-the-scenes style, the book showcases international movie posters, props, production stills, magazine snippets and interviews, making-of stories, and film synopses.

With evocative names like A Kiss from Tokyo, Danger is a Female, Roman Rendezvous and To Catch a Temptress, these films will soon be among your favorites, too.

The book has a first edition run of 2,000 copies. 100 will be available as a Collector’s Edition with a slipcase, mini prints, and more. 72 pages, oversized soft cover. Also available is a Yuki 7 t-shirt featuring the French movie poster for A Kiss From Tokyo.

The Trailer…

The Yuki 7 T-shirt

And now a peek into what you can find inside the book…

“Everyone should be SUPER cute” - also “Skewed & Actiony”

The evolution of a poster…

And a who’s who…

Pre-orders of Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 available now… and the launch and art opening will be at Gallery Nucleus July 3rd!!!

I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally need to get my grubby hands on this book.

Stages of Decay

Stages of Decay by Julia Solis -- Beautiful photographs of abandoned theatres, ballrooms, movie palaces, and other such monuments to life and pleasure, now ravaged by time. These photos are kinda creepy. Looking at them this late at night sends a chill up my spine.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Field Guide to Common North American Phobias

A Field Guide to Common North American Phobias by Julia Icenogle takes a comedic look at common phobias. These illustrations are nicely done. I'm going to have to get a copy of my own.

I personally suffered from the one below for most of my early childhood...

BELONEPHOBIA: Fear of needles

I know I wasn't the only child that suffered from this one. I know adults that are still afraid of needles. Of all people gangsta ass Snoop Dogg is one of them!!! I was so afraid of needles as a kid the doctor, nurses and my Mom had to hold me down in order to give me a shot. LOL

Interrobang Seatbelt Wallet

This wallet is pretty interesting. Made by a company called Interrobang, this wallet is made entirely of recycled seat belts. The wallet doesn't cost that much either. For 32 ducats and the price of shipping you can have your very own vegan alternative wallet LOL. So if you'd like to get your grubby hands on this wallet just click here.

I did a bit of research on the company and their products and it seems they make a whole assortment of goodies out of recycled seat belts. Mostly Laptop Armor & Purses but they all come in different styles and sizes. You can check out their whole line by clicking here.

"Art"chitecture part 1

Growing up as an artist you find a love for everything that has to do with design and creativity. With that being said I've always had a love for "Art"chitecture. When someone finds it within themselves to go beyond the norm of building an average everyday home and pushes the boundaries of one's living space... it's magic to my eyes. So when I stumbled across these homes on I damn near had an orgasm in my eyeballs.

Each house I chose represents me in some shape or fashion. From my introverted personality all the way to my Indiana Jones mind set. And the funny thing about that Indiana Jones metaphor is that the hole only gets deeper the more you get to know me. Which is probably why I don't have many "friends". LOL

Just click on any one of the images below to see the entire collection of photo's for that home.

Binimelis House / Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos

Scandinave Les Bains Vieux / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

This house feels oddly familiar. It has a lair type feel to it doesn't it? Why do I get the feeling Batman lives in that house??? LOL

Hind House / John Pardey Architects

House 205 / H Arquitectes

House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa

Outpost / OSKA Architects

House of Diffusion / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

There are sooooo many homes I want to put up right now but it's 5:15AM in the morning and quite frankly I want to blog something else at the moment. So I'll continue this another time.

Nobrow - Gods and Monsters

There's something about simple illustrations with a complex feel and crazy underlying message that brings me back to childhood. So when I saw this book I had to share. It has a Cartoon Network Adult Swim feel to it. You can get your copy of Gods and Monsters here.

Hakuchi Manga Illustrations

A mix a Japanese traditions and modern style, Shohei Otomo (Hakuchi) manga illustrations are pretty amazing. Seeing these illustrations makes me want to go out to my garage and paint.

Reflection Eternal - Back Again

Reflection Eternal is hands down one of the best albums in Hip Hop's history. Ask a true Hip Hop enthusiast to name the greatest albums of all time and I guarantee Reflection Eternal is in their top ten. This album changed my entire view on the world and Hip Hop as a whole during my teenage years. After listening to this album, coupled with Mos Def's Black on Both Sides and Black Star's Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star... I couldn't turn back to listening to "gangsta rap" as I once did. I still listened but not in the influential way I once did. And to top it all off, those 3 albums are the reason I'm an MC today. And to this day I strive to write lyrics/verses/songs that will help influence someone's life for the better as they did for me.

So it brings me great pleasure to announce that Reflection Eternal is coming out with a new album. Their first album dropped in 1999 for heaven's sake. It's been 10 years. This album is long over due. They're just as bad as Pharoahe Monch and his 10 year album hiatus. But that's a rant for a different post on some other day.

This is Back Again, the single off their new album. I don't care much for the music video. Only because it doesn't have much to do with the song. I think they could have created a better concept for a music video. But I guess using the barber shop as a metaphor for having to "come back" or that they're "back again" is pretty clever. Atleast I think that's what they're getting at. With Talib being so deep most of the time, you have to just read between the lines. I don't know. You decide for yourself.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Ok so Mos Def's album (The Ecstatic) did drop today. Unfortunately for me I slept the day away and wasn't able to run to the store and grab it. I'm madly plagued with INSOMNIA!!! But it seems like my best work is done at the hour of the crack head LOL. So I don't fight it. Hopefully I'll be able to hop on my bike and grab it tomorrow. I'm still learning my way around Sacramento so I may get lost on my quest to find this album. The good news, for those of us who were too lazy to run to the store and get the album, is that you can listen to the entire album on Mos Def's Myspace page. You don't even have to be a member in order to listen. Or if you're a member of you can listen to it here and add it to your favorites playlist.

Here's Casa Bey off the new album

Konichiwa Bitches!!!!

Mos Def in the streets of Japan doing what he does best. Here's a few a cappella's from his up and coming album The Ecstatic, supposedly dropping June 9th 2009. Which happens to be today!!! Keep your fingers crossed. Now I've heard/read different dates for the drop of this HIGHLY ANTICIPATED album. So I really don't know what to expect today. I guess I'll just drop by a few music stores and pray they'll have it. Or I'll just lay in the cut and acquire it by pirate means. LOL. Either way I have to have my grubby paws on this album. =)

Casa Bey



Tuesday, June 2, 2009

if you ain't uponthingz.

if you ain't dragged your ass to Best Buy to cop J$P -- you're wasting your life away.

support The Yancey's, that real hip-hop and the legacy of the greatest beat maker to ever do it.

Ouija Board Art

I'm not very fond of Ouija Boards. For the simple fact of what they represent and the soul purpose of them being created. Haha get it? "Soul purpose!" Anyway, as a child my mother told me a story of my cousin not taking the game seriously and fooling around with one. After weird things started happening she took the Ouija Board and burned it. Now I've heard a few theory's on why you shouldn't burn a Ouija Board. The theory that stands out most in my mind is the fact it'll bring you bad luck. Now maybe it's a coincidence, but if you knew my cousin and the life she's had to live since burning that thing... You'd have to agree with whomever came up with that conclusion.

Now as an artist I had to tip my hat to the creator (Kid Acne) of these Ouija Boards. I love creating art on wood. There's something about the wood grain background that brings whatever you create on it to life.