Hint: It has to do with Obama.
To celebrate our vintage Chanel collection dropping on live NGTV, we’re taking a look back at our 2nd favorite vintage treasure: the best original episodes of MTV Cribs.
Let me be very clear that I live in a world where Kim Gordon needs no introduction, but for the 1% of you who were either born after 2005 or spent the entirety of the last 20 years camping in the bush in Western Australia, here is some background. (For the rest of you currently staring at your “I love Kim G” hand-collaged bedroom walls, my apologies). Born in Rochester, NY and bred in Los Angeles, CA, Gordon studied visual art at Otis before moving to New York City and becoming immersed in the underground/post-punk/noise music scene. It was there that she met Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo, and together they formed legendary no-wave band Sonic Youth in 1981. As guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for Sonic Youth, Gordon spent a few decades serving as the #1 girl crush of all the coolest girls in the world, someone how finding time in her busy shredding schedule to produce Hole’s first album Pretty On The Inside, co-direct The Breeders “Cannonball” video with pal Spike Jonze, and launch a (now defunct) cult clothing line called X-Girl (a favorite of the likes of Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola), all the while continuing to create art in myriad forms.
Her latest endeavor is sort of the ideal marriage of music and art, an experimental noise band heavy on improvisation and deliberate visuals called Body/Head. At age 61, Kim Gordon is still a style icon and girl crush to the masses, and she is still creating her own world and playing by her own rules. She will always be a #GIRLBOSS in our books.
One look at Jeanette Hayes’ Twitter, and you’ll see that she’s equal parts art historian, digital diva and pop culture critic. The NYC-based artist manages to mix hilarious and highbrow in videos for Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang, and she’s currently participating in the first-ever Emoji Art Show (which is still open until December 21!). Jeanette was awesome enough to chat with us about her New York life, Paris Hilton’s Instagram and, of course, the internetz. Basically, you’re gonna want to read this.
We really like coloring books—particularly of the hip hop-themed variety. Sometimes, we like to take hip hop coloring books and ask our artist friends to do whatever they want with them. So, we did that, and this is what happened. Shop Ghost EIC Ana Ifould and painter/illustrator Minna Gilligan decked out some illustrations of The Notorious B.I.G. and Missy Elliott with some heavy-handed coloring and collage work, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Consider this our new wall art.
Apparently it is possible to be downright adorable and totally badass at the exact same time—just look at our latest NYC Shoe Cult disciple Olivia Bee. At 19, the Portland-born photographer has already shot campaigns for Hermes, Nike, and Converse, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Vice, and Numero, just to name a few. Olivia has been snapping photographs since she was 11, so we asked her to pick out her five favorite shots so far and share them with us right here on the blog!
(Shoe Cult photos by Cara Stricker)
If you peeped our 15-second Shoe Cult teaser, you got just a tiny peek into the mind of web designer/illustrator/motion graphics artist/jack-of-all-internet-trades Tara Sinn. The NYC-based artist (known for her trippy, super-saturated artwork) chatted with us about her obsession with the internet, her favorite GIF of the moment, and all the awesome projects she’s working on next.
There’s something so effortlessly awesome about our latest Shoe Cult Ambassador Alice Lancaster. She’s equal parts funny as she is talented, and you may have seen her art plastered on (some highly debated) American Apparel T-shirts as of late. She took us on a tour of her studio space in Bushwick, Brooklyn so we could get an up close and personal look at her NYC life—and her amazing cat.
Nothing makes us more giddy than the arrival of a new fashion mag—especially when it’s created by two awesome ladies with a killer aesthetic. When Aussie Imogene Barron and Kiwi Lucy Rose relocated to L.A., they launched Junk to “showcase the diverse talent that this inspiring city produces.” Long story short: they did a dang good job. One flip through the mag, and you’re flooded with anything-but-ordinary photo spreads and on-point musings from contributors like Ed Templeton, Gusmano Cesaretti, and Nabil Elderkin, just to name a few. The best part? As of today, you can officially swipe up the magazine for yourself. Get a peek of what’s inside below!
André Saraiva— aka Monsieur A—is a French street artist best known these days for throwing the wildest parties at his nightclub Le Baron. When he’s not turning away supermodels, Saraiva wanders the world showing (and spray painting) his art. Currently on view at MOCA through October 7th, “André Saraiva: Dream Concerts” is a series of romantic, lyrical paintings and prints that use the language of concert posters to plant an impossible dream in the mind of the viewer. Saraiva’s *Dream Concerts* series is also on view at Gallery Steinsland Berliner in Stockholm, and later this year the show will travel to Maison Kitsuné in Tokyo. I spoke with André about the importance of imagination, urbanism and having fun.
Talking to artist Michelle Kim makes you smarter. Her paintings and installations reference everything from existential philosophy to poetry, religion and occult studies. If she creates something she hates, she might set it on fire or throw it in the street, only to retrieve it and decide that maybe she likes it after all…