Many lament the loss of the great Dallas landmark that was the Good Latimer Tunnel. Some exceptional art that was truly representative of the region met its demise to make way for progress, this time in the form of the DART Rail. These shots of the mural-to-be are from Saturday July 25, 2009. Look forward to this weekend, when it looks like the finished product will be ready for the public.
Eric Wareheim, of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame has created a stunnig video for MGMT’s song “The Youth.” If you like these comedians like I do, this video is a must. Also, worthwhile for anyone with even a passing interest in breakdancing.
Dallas and New York based artist Tony Bones has made about as many enemies as he had fans with his years of prominent graffiti. Many have entered the debate as to whether his work actually qualifies as art. Tony’s luck has caught up with him in his home town, though and now he is forced to face the ugly consequences of his illegal activities. Fortunately for the artist, enough of an audience exists that a transition to galleries has become his main focus. The N. Period had the chance to sit down with Tony Bones recently at The Public Trust in Deep Ellum, where he has an upcoming solo show.
N.: What was yr first experience with graphic art/design?
Tony Bones: I got started really I guess doing doodles. On school papers, on my school tests, like in the margins and stuff. Then it moved on to my desk, and then I started writing in the bathrooms at school — it just went everywhere from there. All city, all over the place. It was an evolution, then it consumed me, the whole graffiti thing.
N.: I know that you are from East Dallas, which is one of the most culturally diverse parts of the city. When you were growing up, did you know how great of a neighborhood that you were in?
TB: I didn’t really have anything to put it against, but I definitely had an appreciation for it. East Dallas has more of a neighborhood feel, kinda like an old flavor, more of a sense of community, I’ve always had a lot of love for the East side.
N.: Who were your influences once you got into graffiti?
Sneakerheads in the know will remember all the fuss caused by the Pigeon Dunks a few years back, whose worldwide run of 150 pairs nearly caused a riot in NYC when they were released on February 22, 2005. This naturally led to a number of fakes as people everywhere paid up to $3,000 for the chance to sport that sick grey and orange (pink?) colorway. Well now that same fresh aura, designed by original Pigeon craftsman Jeff Staple, has been transplanted onto the New Balance 575 and the results are admittedly head-turning. This release will be slightly easier to get your hands on (144 pairs per region, 800 global distribution). Sneaker Freaker exclusive. Check here for an interview with Jeff Staple about the Pigeon NB 575. More photos after the jump. [via Sneaker Freaker.]
Dallas and New York City-based artist Tony Bones will have a solo show beginning August 9, 2008 at Dallas’ The Public Trust gallery. Artists’ reception will begin that evening at 7 PM and the show will be running until September 6. Full details after the jump. Stay tuned to The N. Period for more juicy Tony Bones coverage in the coming days.
Announced last week, these fresh monsters are a collabo between Nike and the Roots, famed drummer ?uestlove. This KOTW selection is ?uest’s take on the iconinc Air Force 1 shoe. In a nightmare move for driving search engine traffic, the shoe will be called the the (h)Air ?uesto 1, according to his blog. Apparently they will be released in two colorways – the red seen here and another that has more gold detailing – on August 1. Details on the blog includes a mention of sealed shoes?!? For more details on that development (hopefully), as well as details aboout launch parties, DJ’ed by the man himself, stay tuned to ?uestlove’s blog. Cool kicks from one of the smoothest dudes in showbusiness. More images after the jump. [via Highsnobiety.]
My boy Dave O hipped me to Johnny Cupcakes a while back, amused (as was I) with the bakery-themed store on Boston’s famed Newbury Street. O yeah, and they also design some pretty fresh shtuff. Well Johnny Cupcakes is officially moving to the West Coast soon, opening a new store on Melrose Ave. in LA on August 2 (big party, we hear). Here Johnny gives us an update on the construction of the Los Angeles shoppe. Really like the cool vintage feel going on here. Check it out and let me know what you think.