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ESPV Blog
We cover a range of creative topics from Art, Graffiti, Streetart, Graphic Design, Robotics, Technology, Anime and Videogame Reviews and much much more! Some of the weirdest and most wonderful articles from the blogosphere!
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Pete Fowler Bubblegum Psychedelic Show
2008-02-06 23:43:00
Mega tired but happy! I interviewed toy designer/illustrator Pete Fowler this morning for UKAdapta and found him to be an incredibly sincere and wise man. I really enjoyed talking to him and left his studio with a big smile, a head swimming with ideas and a TWRG, signed by the man himself! We will be at his show "Bubblegum Psychedelic " filming it tomorrow too. Here is what Pete has to say about the upcoming show: ?This is the first collection of paintings I?ve exhibited for some years. A culmination of ideas evolved and developed over time drawing influences from old and new psychedelic music, mutations, record shopping and my own alternate reality project Monsterism Island. The show includes paintings, large and small using a candy coloured palette quite unlike work I have previously produced with paint. This palette is much used in my digital illustration work.Also on display will be previously unseen works on paper, in pencil and ink inspired by work from my sketch book and doodl...
More About: Toys , Artist , Show
Zan Zan The Concept Designer
2008-02-06 23:22:00
Zan Zan is a concept artist for Massive Black: Shanghai currently working on Massive Black's internally developed next-generation Project:Konig.Massive Black has successfully completed 150 AAA projects with clients including Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, id, Bethesda, EA, THQ, Flagship Studios, Blizzard, NCsoft, Warner Bros. and others. Key upcoming and released titles: Killzone 2, Hellgate London, Golden Axe Riders, Michael Bay's Transformers,Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, LOTR, Golden Compass, Sonic, GUN, Tabula Rasa and Red Faction. Now that's an impressive company to work for!
More About: Design , Computers , Artist , Designer , Concept
Marka 27 MG2 Preview
2008-02-06 22:55:00
Marka27 left us all digging around for credit cards, cash and spare change last year when he announced his release of the Minigods line of toy and speaker in one. Limited to only 200 pieces, this bold statement of a toy towers over the older version by a whole 2". It doesnt sound like alot, but when we are talking about a full height of 17", then that's pretty darn impressive. The new MExico version is adorned with many beautiful features and the colorway really rocks. At 60GBP, I think this is a bargain as well as the bonus of an external AC Adapter, whereas the first Minigod only ran on batteries. A thing of beauty!Info & Images [VIA]
More About: Design , Toys , Preview , Artist , Marka
Big Things On the Horizon
2008-02-05 23:00:00
Sorry again for the lack of updates on my part, but I have been mad busy on a bunch of projects, but be prepared to see some tasty new posts coming here very very soon. Finishing off a transcription of an interview with the rapper, Aesop Rock.I have Word To Mother painting the cafe right now and is due to finish tonight. Pics up soon. Interviewing Pete Fowler tomorrow morning for the upcoming UKAdapta DVD Documentary.Designing some possible toy designs for Crazy Label. (Top Secret!)Preparing an interview with VJ & director Mox, the man behind Ninja Tune's visuals.The list goes on, but these are probably the most interesting things.....
More About: Things , Horizon
ESP X Shinigami Death Metal Guitar
2008-02-02 20:45:00
Once upon a time, a world renowned visuals crew known as ESP sold their name to a little known guitar company caled ESP. Since then, they have admired each other's work in the custom merchandise field. Today is the day that I will big up their most recent custom; the ESP Shinigami guitar. (Shinigami in Japanese, means Demon) This scary hellspawn retails for above $20,000!! Face-melting riffs a plenty with this psycho looking guitar; a Death -Metal wet dream.[VIA]
More About: Guitar , Death Metal , Custom
Super Cool Fishtank
2008-02-02 20:37:00
This multi-pod aquarium is known as the Silverfish and is designed by Octopus Studios. I's touted as being an arcology, which is a huge habitat designed to deal with high population densities of aquatic life. The tank holds 60 gallons and is completely self contained, coming with everything necessary to keep tropical freshwater fish looking stylish, healthy and happy. Each one is custom made and will cost you $3400 and the only downer, in my opinion, is that it must be a real bitch to clean! [VIA]
More About: Design , Architecture , Cool , Super , Custom
MF Doom Money Grip Custom
2008-02-01 20:47:00
NVC Crew kill it once again with their sick rendition of rapper MF Doom using a Money Grip Toy. It was made for the Get A Grip Show and features custom made hands, a mic and a sample machine! This is the original Money Grip shape toy, this one designed by Kano for those who aren't familiar with the platform toy.[VIA]
More About: Toys , Artist
Daim Sprays Virtual Graffiti
2008-01-30 21:10:00
"Walls, trains or house fronts - graffiti need to be sprayed on solid, "real" backgrounds. Doesn't it? An answer to this is provided by the "Tagged in Motion" project, which builds a bridge between real graffiti art and its virtual depiction. The centre of attention is the graffiti artist DAIM, who co-created the nextwall. Equipped with the appropriate technology, DAIM sprays graffiti into empty space. In a large hall, three cameras using Motion Capturing record DAIM's position and the movements he executes with a virtual spray can. The assimilated data is shown to him in real time in a pair of video glasses - as free-floating 3D graffiti in space. In this way he can decide how and where to apply his strokes, and via a Bluetooth controller can also determine the colours, strength of brushstrokes and textures of his work."Although this is just in its infancy, further development of this should see some seriously innovative ways of getting-up virtually.Stolen from Wooster Collective.
More About: Video , Graffiti , Virtual , Visuals
Freak Show at the Cheese Factory Squat
2008-01-29 22:23:00
Last Thursday, I went down to the famous Cheese Factory in Hackney, to witness their Freak Show event with my mrs. Luckily for us, we met the heavily-tattooed Roc, the main attraction of the night, in Barcelona last year so we were given front row seats. The Cheese Factory is a collection of squatted flats which have had extensions built onto them to create a subterranenan maze of shacks and rooms that join onto a small factory space. It's this space which is used to hold events like fashion shows and art exhibitions in a typically "bohemian" style. The venue even had a permanent bar, a coffee shop feel and a stage area. It was such good fun to have a good drink and smoke and watch some seriously weird acts. It's times like this where I do really love living in London...Myriam the Bearded Lady took care of being the Master of CeremonyRoc and his lovely volunteer prepare to swallow some fireRoc prepares to lift two full paint cans which weighed approx. 15 pounds each!This is him in...
More About: Architecture
Naruto Shippuden
2008-01-29 09:53:00
*NOTE* IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE NARUTO SERIES 1-9 YOU MAY WANT TO READ THAT FIRST TO GET MORE BACKGROUND INFO. Naruto Shippuden is based on part 2 of the manga series. Shippuden is a continuation of the Naruto saga and the storyline starts 2 1/2 years after series 9. Naruto has returned to the village after having left to train with Jiraiya. On his return he realizes that unlike his friends who have progressed to higher ranks. He is still a genin and Naruto finds this a little hard to take. Shippuden has been segmented into 2 major arcs; in the first team Kakashi and team Guy have to save the sand village's Hokage (Gaara). We get to see how everyone has progressed and their new powers. After the two teams return to the leaf village, team Kakashi get a lead on how to find Orochimaru's hide out (arc 2). But they have to replace Kakashi (as he is still recovering) and Sasuka. So there are 2 new members added to team Kakashi the new captain to stand in for Kakashi while he re...
More About: Animation , Anime , Review , Naruto Shippuden
TOX- The most prolific graffiti bomber in London
2008-01-28 23:05:00
Great Discovery Channel video (2004) from the Look-Rare Blog regarding London 's most hardcore bomber- TOX. If you live in London and take the Tube, it's impossible not to see one of his tags somewhere along your journey. He may not have much aesthetic style, but props has to be given to him for getting up everywhere. Each year, he changes his tag slightly from TOX 06 in 2006 to TOX 07 in 2007 and so on. Hundreds of thousands of GBP of damages has been claimed against him, yet he still continues to this day.
More About: People , Graffiti , Bomber
Kozik 36" Real Evil
2008-01-28 22:44:00
Continuing on the large-scale toy tip, legend Frank Kozik is just about to release a 36" Real XHead Real Evil figure that should scare the pants off most fans. The actual toy will be made of fibreglass and is rumored to be retailing at $500 USD. The colorway should be similar to the "Nightstalker" custom Frank did last year. (See below)Beautiful and evil!This is an image of the toy's Philipino sculptor Rommel just for some scale.[VIA]
DC Custom Kicks
2008-01-28 22:24:00
Aaron ThomasMore customised shoe goodness by DC Shoes X Subtext entitled "Kicks " which opened at Subtext in San Diego. We've posted some here (after the jump) and you can see more in his flickr album. You can see more at WTFunk's Flickr Album.Josh Taylor Angry Woebots [VIA]
More About: Artist , Show , Custom
Conor Harrington Show
2008-01-27 23:58:00
Went to the Lazarides Gallery to see Conor Harrington last Thursday do his first solo show of 2008. This guy is getting beter and better each year as he takes his blend of realism & classical paint-style and mixes it all up with very modern lines and graffiti-esque backgrounds. I reckon that Conor is one of the best young artists living in the UK at the moment and look out for another UKAdapta feature on him in the next couple months.
More About: Graffiti , Artist , Show , Contemporary Art
DJ Krush Interview
2008-01-27 23:30:00
UKAdapta had the serious honour of meeting and interviewing the legendary DJ Krush, the day before his big show at KoKo, London. I first went to see his gig in 1998 and was blown away at the then relatively new technique of live-sampling and beat juggling. I have been a huge fan ever since and could really feel how Irieman was nervous as he had to do the interview. However, Krush, being the gentleman that he is made us feel comfortable in the presence of a real hero and the interview finished without a hitch. I will inform you all once we have the interview done for the Feb update of our website. The following day, we went to see his show at the beautiful venue that is KoKo in Camden, London. The show was incredible and we had a great birdseye view over the crowd and it was the perfect perch to soak up the atmosphere in the auditorium. With other headline acts on the flyer like Herbaliser and DJ Vadim, I really felt a pang of nostalgia and at the same time a feeling of progression a...
More About: Music , Show , Interview
Barry McGee Show
2008-01-25 13:57:00
At the Baltic Centre from 21 January - 27 April 2008 is a show created by the legendary (and personal fave) Barry McGee. "They Don?t Make This Anymore" is his first solo show in the UK and deals with the ideas of property, surveillance and control, his uncontained practice incorporates damaged surfaces, flash movies and hundreds of ?tape? paintings to question the privatisation of public space. It is also interesting that he decided to exhibit in Gateshead (Newcastle) instead of the usual London-based shows. Wish I could see it in person......sigh.[VIA]All images copyright of SHAM69
More About: Graffiti , Artist , Show , Contemporary Art
Giant 18" Skuttle
2008-01-25 13:44:00
I am a huge Touma fan and have a good collection of Knuckle Bears and Fang Wolves as well as having a penchant for turtles. (Jeremyfish's skull turtle camper is still the best) But now there is a serious contender. Touma has teamed up with Play Imaginative to create an 18" version of his Skuttle design. Holy shit I want! However, like Toys revil mentioned, this particular colorway is not very inspiring and luckily this is just a prototype. Let's hope they dont mess up all that beautiful plastic with these minty colors. YUK!
More About: Design , Artist , Giant
Abandoned Britain
2008-01-25 13:26:00
Abandoned Britain is a great website for those who are interested in abandonment and lost architecture in the UK. The pictures on the site are really beautiful and inspired me to want to break in and either paint the walls or take some photos myself. Well worth visiting...Royal Sea Bathing Hospital built in 1791Radar Domes RAF Stenigot built in 1942Graylingwell Mental Hospital bulit in 1897Brunswick Wharf Power Station bulit in 1950See hundreds more images HERE. Thanks to Tai for the heads-up!
More About: Architecture , Anonymous , Abandoned
Toyota Yaris ad
2008-01-24 14:41:00
60 seconds cheeky commercial for the Toyota Yaris titled "chase". Very nice 3D graphics!Check out their website : http://tokyoplastic.com{VIA}
More About: Cars
Eric Staller
2008-01-23 22:53:00
Eric Staller is a sculptor and photographer who is more known for permanent artwork in public places, but also for his experimentation with light. He was pulling off these kinds of amazing light photographs back in the 1970's and can probably be credited as being a pioneer and if not, the first person to play around with light in the urban environment. Hats off to one of the geniuses of photography[VIA]
More About: People , Photography , Artist
Japanese Theatre Artform
2008-01-23 20:22:00
Olympics done Matrix-style. Kasou Taishou is a semi-annual show on NTV (Japan ) in which various amateur groups (or solo artists) perform short skits, which are rated by a panel of judges. Especially in recent years, many of the skits have revolved around clever methods of "faking" cinematic special effects on a live stage. Amazing Lo-Fi effects that really come across well. Please please check these out!The reason she got mad at me.Ping Pong skit Matrix-style.
More About: Video , Funny , Cool , Japanese
Funny Ads
2008-01-22 18:30:00
Made me chuckle![VIA]
More About: Funny , People
Steampunk Monitor
2008-01-22 17:38:00
I posted last year about a wicked Steampunk Keyboard and now the great artist/designer has gone and made an accompanying flat-screen monitor to complete the whole look! Amazing craftsmanship!To see more detailed pics of the making of the monitor, jump HERE.
More About: Design , Cool , Monitor
Duisburg Nord Landscape Park
2008-01-22 17:17:00
An old steelwork in Germany has been transformed into a landscape park which is unlike any other in Europe. It respects the complex's important historical value and treats it as an archaeological window into the coal and the steel industries. The binary pairs of park: waste and process: product and art: nature are inverted. Each privileged term is upset: waste becomes park, product becomes process, nature becomes art. The enormous structures are now landmarks in their own right. One of the initial ideas was to turn them into integral elements of the park, places to be used and enjoyed by the residents.Three types of recycling underly the park design. First, buildings are re-cycled. Blast furnaces, a gasometer, cooling tanks, railroad tracks and slag heaps, among other things, occupied the land upon which the park was added. Instead of tearing down the blast furnaces walkways move through them; the gasometer, now clean, is home to a scuba diving class; the cooling tanks now exist as...
More About: Design , Architecture , Landscape , Park , Nord
The Tale Of How
2008-01-20 17:36:00
This 5 min. animation is absolutely stunning. Created by The Black Heart Gang, it was created over nine months of part time work. The Tale of How is the second part of a trilogy of works called the Dodo Trilogy. In the The Tale of How we meet a giant octopus with a tree growing in his head! His lonely past time is to devour the innocent dodo?s who live on his head. We then see the dodo?s unite and with the help of a little white mouse, we see them escape the clutches of the terrible be-tentacled tyrant and sail off into the sunset on their mother, the tree. The animation was also released with 13 gorgeous prints to accompany it! What I love about this project is how rich and detailed each layer of the animation is and when combined, it really is hard to listen to the story because your brain is going into visual overdrive."The Tale Of How""The Making Of......" [VIA]
More About: Animation , Computers , Cool , Visuals
Sexy Ads
2008-01-20 17:30:00
An ad for Playboy in the Netherlands Orange Juice Ad in Brazil"For those who are turned on by cars"Max Magazine
More About: Funny , Photography , Sexy
Noxizmad
2008-01-20 17:02:00
Ever wondered how you can go from original concept sketch to finalised, hyper-detailed masterpiece? Massive Black are offering you the opportunity to download tutorials from masters like Nox. In this particular project, the whole thing took 30 hours and was greatly altered from his original concept. Beautiful nonetheless.Nox has worked for clients like id software, 3d Realms, Flagship Studios, Sony and Blizzard Entertainment. He is a true master of his craft and is a leader in the concept design field today. You can view other masters of their craft on massive Black's Website.
More About: People , Photoshop , Artist , Cool , Visuals
Naruto seasons 1-9
2008-01-20 14:12:00
Naruto originally started out as a manga written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999. Then in 2002 the anime series aired on Japanese TV and is still being aired today and Hayato Date is the director. The series stays pretty true to the manga; though there are 85 filler episodes that are not in the manga. This is because the anime covers one or two of the manga chapters. So to prevent any over lapping the producer decided to make filler episodes. This allows the anime to expand on parts that the manga may have skimped as well as allowing other minor characters more of a spot light. The anime starts out 12 years before the anime takes place. Where a nine tailed demon fox attacks the Leaf village. Many people were killed by the fox and the 4th Hokage (one of the village leaders) sacrificed his life to seal the daemon in a baby (Naruto Uzumaki). The 3rd Hokage made a decree that forbade anyone to talk about what happened. Naruto grows up as an outcast in the village ...
More About: Animation , Seasons , Anime , Review , Naruto
Pandora is Dead
2008-01-19 11:55:00
I am a sad sad man today. Saturday morning is the perfect time to put the amazing Pandora radio station on and get on with something creative. However, for all Pandora's users outside of the USA, we have been officially switched off. Due to licensing restrictions, we can no longer listen to Pandora outside of the US. Gutted! Surely, there must be a huge demand for a Pandora UK branch. Anyone interested?
More About: Random , Sound , Dead
Justice D.A.N.C.E.
2008-01-18 11:51:00
A very simple and lo-budget video that inspires me to design some t-shirts. Not a bad song either.
More About: Video , Design , Justice , Cool
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