Today in movie history, revered editor and sound engineer Walter Murch was born in New York City in 1943. Murch first gained momentum in the film industry working with Oscar-winner Francis Ford Coppola on his film The Rain People (1969) before going on to work with George Lucas on THX1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973). He then furthered his professional relationship with Coppola working on films like The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Conversation (1974), the latter which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. His first major contribution to film came on Coppola’s iconic Vietnam drama, Apocalypse Now (1979), for which he won his first Oscar. Murch used a multi-track recording system to create new sounds that invoked both physical tension and psychological drama against the back-drop of Coppola’s war epic. Murch went on to serve as both sound and picture editor for numerous films, winning double Oscars for The English Patient in 1996 for Best Editor and Best Sound Editor. His work with Coppola continued throughout his career, working on films like The Godfather Part III (1990) and Tetro (2009); he also received a double Oscar-nomination in 1990 for The Godfather Part III and Ghost with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. Continue reading →
Butcher Billy, a daytime Art Director, illustrator, and life-long artist brings us his take on Bansky’s famous political street art. Using characters from our childhoods, current pop trends, and perfect spots of color, Butcher Billy brings me back to my Sunday mornings in the 90s while I sat on the couch and ate my Fruity Pebbles.
Minneapolis has a good group of graffiti artists emerging. The guys at 4DK, especially Wundr, are taking over the streets. Whether it’s Uptown, Loring, Dinkytown, or even random sewers and trails; neighborhoods are being hit hard. I’m not sure when everything began, but over the last year, we definitely have noticed their presence. With Wundr’s cartoony-illustrations and unique placements of his signature Wundr birds; he has gained a lot of attention throughout the city. These are just a few pics that I thought captured his work. Just look at the colors and shading, the dude is legitimate.
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Rogue Citizen recently hit the streets of Uptown for a new mural off Lyndale. By the look of the video above, it took a few days to complete this dope piece, it’s definitely a welcome sight on that specific wall. Near the intersection of 22nd & Lyndale, you simply can’t miss it, check out the cool time-lapse video above.
Now that the World Cup has drawn to an end, graffiti has begun to emerge throughout Rio. The majority of the images feature starving children saddened by the results of the inexplicable spending by Brazil. With very meaningful pieces exposing Brazil’s government, it is no lie what has been happening down south.
This last Saturday, June 21st, marked the annual celebration for Go Skateboarding Day. Around the world this day is now recognized as a holiday for skating, and one of our favorites from the year happens to be in Bogota Columbia. While the video is mostly all amateurs, it is amazing to see the love for the sport and how much it has grown worldwide. Make sure to look for upcoming Columbian skaters, as it appears to be a way of life in Bogota. The video picks up a bit after the intro 5 stair as our camera guy finds some of the better skaters.
American photojournalist, Christopher Morris, has released many of his photo’s for public viewing pleasures. Most know Christopher for his work with president George W. Bush and the release of, My America, for Time Magazine. This work is often regarded as some of his most famous pieces. In our opinion, the NYC Subway series, which highlights graffiti throughout the underground transits in the late 70s to early 80s, is a personal favorite, It is just incredible how each photo speaks loudly.
October 1st, British artist Banksy took to the streets of New York City launching a month long residency entitled “Better Out Than In”. Yesterday the people of Paris were greeted with the above stencil, today they saw the second; is this the beginning of round 2? Banksy has taken to the web in similar fashion to “Better Out Than In” with a website titled “Back To The Roots”. As for now there’s no official info regarding a second residency but everything is lining up right, guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.
Banksy continues his “Better Out Than In” campaign with an interesting piece located in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. The piece shows a “caught in the act” looking robot spray painting a barcode while a pigeon flies from the scene. Initially one might be confused by the image, but upon further inspection you’ll come to find a few discreet clues. The numbers under the barcode read “132741”, when plugged into google; the number set is the exact set indicating the number code for navy blue. No confirmation on whether there is any correlation, but the NYPD wears a strikingly similar shade of blue and many have interpreted the pigeon as another warning that the police are present (Training Day). Reading in too much? Maybe, either way another dope piece from the British street artist; stay tuned for the conclusion to “Better Out Than In” this week.
Pavel (P183), the Russian mystery kid, whom sadly passed away earlier this year, had potential to be one of the greatest street artists to date. P183, was born in Russia, where he did most of his work within the city of Moscow. He sought hard to tell truth to the public and expose them to lies, enabling people to tell the good from bad. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot to date about P183, who’s life was cut short before he could grasp his own style, and just as his work was gaining popularity. What we do know, is the kid was influenced by Banksy, and started his very own movement in Russia. Hopefully his work will continue to live on, just as he had hoped for. RIP Pavel- “If I die tomorrow, I can at least feel that I have left something real behind.”