It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to share the film: “APEXER PAINTS the SIENNA,” the photos, and the van with you! We’ll be displaying the Sienna at the San Francisco DMV from 6pm – 8pm, on Friday, August 29th (see flyer). Come by and share a road brew, bring your boards, snag some photos, and catch the film (will be playing in the van). There is also a special camper conversion by the A2BSF & Mixed Nuts dudes. – We Are Haus
Shepard Fairey dropped by NYC’s Soho House last week for a luncheon to introduce his new label design for a limited-edition bottle of Hennessy. Fortunately for street art and cognac fans, the term “limited” is being used liberally, as it’s an edition of 315,000. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing a bottle or two while they’re available; previous Hennessy art collaborations with KAWS, Futura (check out our story on that one) and Os Gemeos sold briskly. You can find Fairey’s design, which he says was inspired by Hennessy’s legacy as a brand. Coming from a guy who went from designing stickers and t-shirts featuring a likeness of Andre The Giant to creating the iconic “Hope” campaign poster of Barack Obama, that’s a big compliment. Check out photos of the bottle below. It’s available at many liquor stores andvia ReserveBar.com. – FR
After taking over the streets of the Big Apple with last October’s “Better Out Than In,” Banksy’s month-long “street residency” is set to be the subject of a new documentary from HBO. EntitledBanksy Does New York, the film — which roughly coincides with the one-year anniversary of the project — sees direction from New York-based filmmaker Chris Moukarbel and relies heavily on crowd-sourced footage for a unique look at the phenomenon from the perspective of local New Yorkers. Look for Banksy Does New York to air on HBO November 17 and, in the meantime, check out Banksy’s own video below and the @banksyny Instagram account for a look back at “Better Out Than In.”- Hypebeast
Netherlands-based visual artist and designer Baschz Leef has created a fun-loving iterating to the chunky graffiti marker for kids. Made completely out of chalk, the MFM — My First Marker — tagger safely introduces the art of illicit scribbling to little chidren. All markers are handmade and signed by Baschz, and packaged in a blackboard tube with stickers — all the necessities needed for one to hit the streets with their pseudonym. Priced at €15 EUR (approximately $20 USD), the marker is now available from Baschz’s online store. – Hypebeast
Edward lee compares cooking to graffiti while telling a story of being a watch out and catching his first tag on a subway car in the Brooklyn.
Everybody talks about food being the new rock, but Edward Lee shares an even more meaningful artistic/culinary connection in a forthcoming episode of Mind Of A Chef. In this video excerpt from Season 3’s kickoff, “Origin,” which debuts on PBS September 6, the Brooklyn-raised chef, whose home and restaurants are in Louisville, discusses his discovery of graffiti at age 13. Thinking back on it now, he finds the act of tagging is similar to creating a signature dish, sending it out again and again with subtle changes each time. Watch the video, then scroll down for some stills from the episode, created by the art department at Zero Point Zero, the production company behind Mind Of A Chef and Food Republic’s parent company: – FR
“Watcha See Is Watcha Get” is an exibit introducing the wooden sculptures of artist Abel Gonzalez. Better known for his illustration work and murals, Abel still finds a way to keep his raw style when translated and formed into his sculptures. – Pluckyshotme