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January 30, 2007;/h3>

{     B&W BANGERS 3 by MWM Graphics     }    

B3.jpg B&W BANGERS 3 is a 72 page book of black and white paintings and illustrations by Matt at MWM Graphics. I can't find his last name anywhere, but I assume it begins with an 'M'. The book is a lo-fi zine made up of the Matt's complex black and white drawings. At first it seems kind of regular and doodle-ish, but then you begin to notice it's subtleties and great nooks and crannies. Pretty rad. Printed in a limited run of 500 by Knuckle Sandwich Press, it's an 8" X 8" signed/numbered book/zine, 72 pages deep for $15 solid. Check it out...

Singles

January 29, 2007;/h3>

{     Martin Wolf Wagner     }    

132_1.jpg Born in Germany, Martin Wolf Wagner works out in the nothing taking airy and capacious photos of near nothing. His photos are huge in scope, soothing in their quietness, and very, very solitary. Like a long walk home from a place you've never been, Wagner's work leaves you without much to say, much to work with, but plenty of attraction. Named by Getty Images as one to watch in 2007, check out his work at MartinWolfWagner.com.

Reviews

January 27, 2007;/h3>

{     Rockwell     }    

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Holland is known for its cheese, tulips, and coffee shops but if you dig a little deeper you can find some of the hottest streetwear labels in the world. Having been on the scene for a while now Rockwell has boomed in the Netherlands and has become an underground favorite for the fashion connoisseurs.


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January 24, 2007;/h3>

{     The String Repulic Part II     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2007/01/String%202-thumb.jpgAs much as I hated to keep you in the dark about the latest String Republic endeavor I am sure you will agree that it was well worth the wait! Already well known for their crazy espadrilles, the almighty String has decided to gird you loins with some of the best artwork out there….YOURS! Along with designed underwear from some of the best designers and artists in the business, TSR will be offering you the chance to create a pair of knickers that are so unique you will be literally the only one wearing them.

Twelves

January 23, 2007;/h3>

{     Top 12 Most Anticipated Albums of 2007     }    

1) Panda Bear "Person Pitch"
2) Wolf Parade*
3) !!! "Myth Takes"
4) Deerhunter "Cryptograms"
5) The Go! Team*
6) Modest Mouse "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank"
7) Deerhoof "Friend Opportunity"
8) MF Doom & GhostFace "Swift & Changeable"
9) The Shins "Wincing the Night Away"
10) Feist*
11) Chromeo*
12) The Arcade Fire "Neon Bible"

* title not yet known

Reviews

January 22, 2007;/h3>

{     WINTER FACTION     }    

winterfaction.jpg Winter Faction popped off this past weekend at the always hospitable Lineage Gallery in Philadelphia. Although the weather was playing along with the winter theme, the frigid temperature did put a small dent in the turnout. Regardless, this show was not to be missed. This show displayed works by some of the radest pop-surrealism, lowbrow-esque artists around, including Joe Sorren, Greg Simkins, Sam Flores, Mars-1, Damon Soule, Blaine Fontana, Eric White, Robert Hardgrave, Oliver Vernon, as well as a few young bucks making there own watermark. There were some repeat offenders but the majority of the goods were fresh for the pickin'. If you are in, or going to be in Philly anytime soon I suggest you stop in at The Lineage Gallery as they are always up to something. To take the full tour and check availability on remaining Winter Faction works stop in at the Lineage Gallery website. » The Lineage Gallery

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January 19, 2007;/h3>

{     Blek Le Rat -Stencil Pioneer dvd- UPDATE     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2007/01/BlekLeRat-thumb.jpgApologies for temporarily pushing down the great 'I Want your Skull', but there is an interesting update about our friend Blek Le Rat.

King Adz, the realized of the dvd, contacted me letting me know that he is already working on a book about Blek, due to be published next year. This is pretty much great news since the literature on this artist until now was pretty much zero and only now, after his first solo show last year in London, he seems to be getting the due exposure. He also directed me to the website of the production company 100 Proof, which produced the DVD and where you can read Truth, an online a PDF zine all about Urban Culture. Truth deserves a post for itself you will get to read later, but you can get a head start and start browsing right now: it's definitely worth your time. And now back to the original article.

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You likely have never heard of him before: the dude is not exactly new on the scene but he has been long overshaded by younger artists. If you add that one of this websites is a .TK kinda deal and the other is also hosted for free on some ad rid space, you are allowed to wonder if Blek Le Rat really wants to be famous. Since in 1992 he was harshly punished for vandalism, maybe you get why remaing in the shade works for him. But that won't really be easy from now on...

Blek Le Rat is by many considered the father of urban stenciling and the first real artist in this field. He started his activity as an underground stencil artist in 1981, in Paris, and he definitely has produced some of the best stencils ever: caustic and meaningful, he often toyed with politics and made great fun of the big spheres of power.

If this was not enough, after being caught in 1992, in order to avoid himseld further heavy fines, he invented a way to damage less the public areas he was going to use as canvas. Guess what? Paste-ups were born! Is he a giant, a genious or what?

Singles

January 15, 2007;/h3>

{     I Want Your Skull Zine - Issue One     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2007/01/5-thumb.jpg I want. I want. I want. I want. I want the first issue of the new zine from I Want Your Skull, and I want it bad. Real bad. It's $17 in the US and Canada and $25 overseas, with a glow-in-the-dark front/back cover by Brian Morris and Drew Millward, 52 pages thick concerning illustrations of skulls, skulls, skulls. Oh, and interviews too. Work and/or interviews from the likes of Punchgut, Luke Drozd, Kirk Diedrich, Jason Kochis, Alan Kerr, Mike Fisher, Johnny Di Donna, Brian Ewing, Allan Lorde, Jason Caffee, Sarah Wooten and a whole bunch more. The zine also comes with four hand-printed, 4" x 6" Gocco prints with artwork by Michael Canich, David V. D'Andrea and Sarah Wooten. The whole thing is limited to 250 copies, is hand-numbered, and hand-printed with a metallic gold outer envelope with artwork by Adam Swinbourne. Lastly, it comes with a bonus Undead vinyl sticker by David Witt if you're one of the first 100 mailorder customers. Damn! Get it at the I Want Your Skull Shop now!

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{     Perfume     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2007/01/perfume1-thumb.jpgOver the last year I have been trying desperately to get back into reading, but with finishing up my bachelors and now trying to keep my head above water in law school, the books have been few and far in-between. However, my mom insisted I pick up her copy of Perfume, knowing my love for horror movies and thrillers, as a way to get back into recreational reading, and I am so glad she did. Peter Susskind has such a way with words that you feel as though you are walking the foul streets of 18th century Paris following Jean Baptiste through his day-to-day survival.

Twelves

January 10, 2007;/h3>

{     12 penis phrases I found when I searched for "names for penis" on google.     }    

A Baker's dozen.

1. "Bad Beef"
2. "Butter's Bat"
3. "Pud"
4. "Tim Allen's Name for it on Home Improvement (was) 'Big Jim and the Twins"
5. "Organic Dildo"
6. "Young Sir"
7. "Doughnut Holder"
8. "Bludgin' Koalar Basher"
9. "Méné, only in Quebec and to Indicate the Rod of a Child"
10. "Le Chauve à Col Roulé" [The Bald Man with a Turtle Neck]
11. "Melkbot"
12. "Manimal"
13. "Rævguitar (Ass-Fox)"

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January 8, 2007;/h3>

{     Gangsta Rap Coloring Book     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2007/01/gangstaRap-thumb.jpgYeah, yeah, yeah, you have seen this before and this is not really new and this and that. Ok, you are right, this book was published some time ago, but we are not all on top of the coolness food chain as you are, you know? So start feeling priviledged and shut up while we, the uninformed, uncool loosers, admire you for being so on top of the game and absorb the wonder of this colouring book, likely the only real match in this book category of the 60s classic The Executive Colouring Book.

The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book collects line portraits of Big L, Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Ice-T, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and lots of others, old-schoolers and not, whose names I have never heard before (sorry, hip hop is not my thing: E-40? What's that? A new virus? WC? Yes, I know what that is, I am just not sure why it has a face. Wait: now I get it... The Gingerbread Man? You seriously tellin' me a rapper chose that as a name?).

But the good thing about it is it does not matter how much you like hip hop, if you do at all or how deep is your worship for some of these mythical figures. Because the pleasure of turning the perfectly ugly face of overexposed and likely overrated Snoop Dog into a Pippy Longstockling drag impersonator (red upward braids and fracles included) is uncomparably sweet.

Yo. You will never look at the man in the same way again. And I believe it's a good thing.

» Buy it!

Singles

January 4, 2007;/h3>

{     Sam Gibbons "Cakehead" at Claire Oliver Gallery     }    

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Sam Gibbon's first solo show in New York at Claire Oliver Gallery carries the flame lit at his Hunter MFA thesis show last year. The focus here is on his signature, wall-mounted, woodcut, cartoon rorschachs. The group is reservedly singular, maintaining a high level of attention to craft without sacrificing inventiveness. This makes the show as marketable as it is bonkers. The epidemic of red dots on the price list corroborates.

Kudo's to Gibbons for a successful and nearly sold out (as of this posting) debut.

» Cakehead


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