When I first arrived in Chicago at the back end of 2008 i had absolutely no clue who Hebru Brantley was. I remember cruising along Milwaukee Avenue and seeing huge graffiti style murals of futuristic looking children wearing goggles, and wondering to myself “who the hell makes these?”. One day a friend of mine put me on to an art show and boom the connection was made, i now knew his name but the research had just began. A few years later and the man, the myth continues to be an internationally acclaimed artist with backing from some very prestigious people/companies: Jay Z, Nike, Lollapalooza and Life+Times to name a few. The South side native most recently was involved with a Nike sponsored pop up shop featuring his clothing line in conjunction with Lollapalooza weekend. One of the coolest things about Hebru is that he’s so in tune with the streets of Chicago and what’s going on in his city, i still have no idea how many of his pieces are sprinkled around the city; but it’s still amazing every time i stumble upon one. If you’ve never heard of Hebru Brantley click the link below and check out his website and stay tuned for his next event.
Location: 1830 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30AM-8PM, Sat-Sun: 7AM-8PM
When people living in Minneapolis think of where to get a good cup of coffee in a comfortable setting, most would probably name one of the numerous shops in Uptown or the Northeast neighborhoods. Nestled in the Stevens Square neighborhood sits one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Boiler Room. Situated on 3rd Avenue near 19th street, the Boiler Room is slowly establishing itself as the areas “go to” coffee shop. Providing 3 house blends along with a plethora of other drinks including mochas, espressos and a variety of teas; I’ve found the Boiler Room to be much better than your average Starbucks or Caribou. They also serve up some awesome waffles, rice crispy treats, brownies, cookies and amazing muffins; the chocolate chip banana nut being a favorite. Free Wi-Fi (of course) and a homey atmosphere like your best friend’s basement will have you wondering where the last 4 hours went. If you’re ever near 3rd ave or the Stevens Square neighborhood make sure to stop in for a cup of Joe, you wont be disappointed.
University of Chicago student, Sasha Trubetskoy recently unveiled one of the coolest “transit iterations” in recent memory. A few weeks designing and researching led to what he sees as a solid re-imagining of the Roman Empire’s network of roads and cities in the 2nd century. Click the link below for a closer look at the map, if you donate a few bucks Sasha will send you a hi-res PDF for prints.
Artist Clemens Habicht recently up’d the ante on his immensely popular 1,000 Colors Puzzle, by releasing his new 5,000 Colors Puzzle. At 6. x 2.5 feet, each piece of the puzzle is a different color and it is said that they are incredibly difficult to complete. These retail for $149 and are currently sold out, but Colossal plans to re-stock them in late August. Click the link below for more information.
While reminiscing about my days living in Chicago, one of the memories that always stands out most was my oft-sightings of Left Hand Wave artwork throughout the city. Walks along Milwaukee avenue or Division would yield multiple sightings of the secretive crews street art, most commonly being a kid in some sort of suit (/bunny/banana is classic) waving with his left hand (hence the name). Some would be torn down, others would remain for months or until they succumbed to the elements. Since then they’ve began making prints, clothing, stickers and a host of other items that can all be purchased via their web-store. Take a look at some of what they offer above and click the link below for a better look.
Left Handed Wave
Adam DeGross is our favorite concert photographer in Minnesota and in our humble opinion, he’s also one of the best. He recently covered Soundset and has been releasing photos steadily via Twitter and Instagram. Above you’ll find shots of Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Mod Sun, Playboi Carti and more; keep an eye on his Instagram as he continues to release photos.
A lot of people would argue that sushi is not only food, but an art form. Milan based artist and chef, Yujia Hu, has been putting his own spin on the Japanese cuisine dubbed “Shoe-Shi.” As the name implies he delicately arranges and constructs his pieces in the shapes on shoes, some of which being iconic models from brands like Nike and Adidas. These are all 100% edible, but it’s really more about the art for Hu. Check out a few of his creations above and peep his Facebook for more.
Location: 2928 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-11AM, Sun: 11AM-6PM
Last weekend, we got the chance to stop by Legacy Glassworks in Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake neighborhood and lets just say we enjoyed what we saw. Their space sits right off the corners of Lake and Lyndale, a growing intersection which has seen somewhat of a transformation over the last few years. Upon entering the store the first thing we noticed was the vast amount of artwork displayed all over the room, not too much clutter, just a TON of local glass work and artwork. Artisanal wares from necklaces to paintings, to glass pipes to beads, this place has it all at decent prices. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable, one thing that set this place a notch above others in my book. Word around town is that they even offer glassblowing classes from time to time. Whether your stopping in for something economical or looking to make an investment in a piece of artwork, they’ve got you covered; check out some of the pics above and click the link below for their official website.
Drawings by: Chuck U
Chuck U is a Minneapolis artist who is becoming more and more popular, and it is quite obvious why. Whether it is monkeys, astronauts, robots or many other random animals, Chuck’s work is rather intricate and intriguing to say the least. His unique style of drawing has been used for various album covers and flyers around MPLS. You may have also seen some of his work over at the Indeed Brewery; they also use his art work on their cans. I decided to pick just a few of my favorite prints he has available, feel free to visit his website for plenty more.
Viceland recently released the second episode of their Noisey series, this installment took a closer look at Atlanta’s ever-rising hip hop scene. Once one of the city’s best kept secrets, photographer Cam Kirk has seen great success over the last few years photographing/documenting some of Atlanta’s most prominent artists. Vice coupled the release of their Atlanta episode with a chat with Cam, check out the video above and keep an eye out for more.