Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey launch skateboard protest art for Trump’s 100th day

April 27, 2017 by  
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Artist-activists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey have teamed up to launch a new series of artwork today in response to the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. The pieces are printed on an intriguing medium: limited-edition skateboards. The collection is debuting at The Skateroom , a social entrepreneurship initiative that uses funds from its custom, fine-art skateboard decks to support at-risk youth. This is the second time The Skateroom has worked with Ai Weiwei , a contemporary artist and political activist whose work has drawn the ire of Chinese government on more than one occasion. His Study of Perspective collection showcases a series of photos shot between 1995 and 2003, with the artist flipping the finger at iconic landmarks and symbols of authority across the globe. Though it’s not a new series, the spirit of ideological opposition is one that remains especially relevant in today’s political climate – and the piece The Skateroom has chosen to highlight takes aim directly at the White House. LA-based street artist Shepard Fairey , perhaps best known for his iconic and controversial Obama “HOPE” posters , has also adapted one of his existing political works for The Skateroom. No Future is a simple, black and white stenciled image that denounces hate speech and propaganda – two subjects that have become disturbingly urgent in this new era of fake news and “alternative facts.” Related: Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards The collaboration with both artists makes perfect sense – Weiwei and Fairey have both attempted throughout their careers to use art as a force for positive social change, so The Skateroom’s mission is a clear match. These politically-charged works will debut at Art Market San Francisco from April 27th-29th, and will be available to purchase at The Skateroom online store. The Ai Weiwei print is available in a limited edition run of 666 hand screen-printed 7-ply Canadian maple skateboards, the first 66 of which will be signed by the artist and priced at $3,000 each. The Shepard Fairy edition will be slightly more limited, with only 450 skateboards available, priced at $450 a piece. + The Skateroom Images courtesy of The Skateroom

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Polish artist Olek crochets billboard-sized tribute to Hillary Clinton

November 8, 2016 by  
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Fiber artist Olek has created a larger-than-life tribute to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New York City. The piece is an unbelievable 16-by-46-foot crochet blanket, nailed to a billboard overlooking New Jersey’s Route 139 highway. Featuring the hashtag #ImWithHer, an image of Hillary’s face, and a shocking pink background, the blanket reportedly took a team of 38 helpers over four weeks to create. The entire piece consists of 794,880 individual stitches.

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Artist George Sabra wants us to “tie the knot” on petroleum

January 29, 2016 by  
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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

September 24, 2014 by  
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Ai Weiwei’s “Forever” Bicycle Installation Moves to Venice for the 14th Biennale of Architecture

June 16, 2014 by  
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Banksy’s Upcycled Sphinx Brazenly Stolen from Queens

October 28, 2013 by  
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Is robbery the highest form of flattery? UK street artist Banksy recently completed an upcycled Sphinx sculpture made out of old cinderblocks only to have the piece stolen shortly after by the hired hands of an opportunistic art gallery. According to reports, the statue was dismantled piece by piece and loaded it onto a vehicle right in front of a crowd of Bansky admirers. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arab Spring , Banksy , banksy nyc , banksy sphinx , better out than in , cinderblock sculpture , graffiti art , Middle East , mobile installations , new york city , political art , public art , queens , sphinx        

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October 28, 2013 by  
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Is robbery the highest form of flattery? UK street artist Banksy recently completed an upcycled Sphinx sculpture made out of old cinderblocks only to have the piece stolen shortly after by the hired hands of an opportunistic art gallery. According to reports, the statue was dismantled piece by piece and loaded it onto a vehicle right in front of a crowd of Bansky admirers. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arab Spring , Banksy , banksy nyc , banksy sphinx , better out than in , cinderblock sculpture , graffiti art , Middle East , mobile installations , new york city , political art , public art , queens , sphinx        

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DIY: How to Brew Kombucha at Home

October 28, 2013 by  
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The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to put any of that in her mouth, and she reassured me that it wasn’t just delicious, it was loaded with health benefits. It took months before I was prepared to try it, but it turns out that it really is quite fabulous, and it’s also easy to make at home—you need just a few simple ingredients, and enough patience to let things ferment for a couple of weeks. Read the rest of DIY: How to Brew Kombucha at Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antioxidant , fermented , fermented tea , kombucha mother , kombucha SCOBY , kombucha starter , Kombucha tea , mother culture , mushroom tea , SCOBY , SCOBYs , tea        

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October 28, 2013 by  
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The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to put any of that in her mouth, and she reassured me that it wasn’t just delicious, it was loaded with health benefits. It took months before I was prepared to try it, but it turns out that it really is quite fabulous, and it’s also easy to make at home—you need just a few simple ingredients, and enough patience to let things ferment for a couple of weeks. Read the rest of DIY: How to Brew Kombucha at Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antioxidant , fermented , fermented tea , kombucha mother , kombucha SCOBY , kombucha starter , Kombucha tea , mother culture , mushroom tea , SCOBY , SCOBYs , tea        

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Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel

October 28, 2013 by  
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The ambitious idea to link Europe and Asia via a sea tunnel was first conceived in 1860 by a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, but Abdoul Medjid lacked the technology and funds to turn the idea into reality. In 2004, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, who was then mayor of Istanbul, revived the plan along with other excessive ideas such as a third airport, a parallel canal and a third bridge. These ambitious projects, which locals blame for the destruction of green spaces and the loss of homes, helped to fuel mass anti-government protests across the country earlier this year. Read the rest of Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Abdoul Medjid , anti-government riots in Istanbul , Bosphorus Strait , Erdogan angers locals , First Intercontinental Sea Tunnel , major archaeological discoveries , Ottoman Empire , Sea Tunnel Links Europe and Asia , Sea Tunnel will relieve Istanbul’s congestion        

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