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Dont Fret New Street Art

Dont Fret, one of Chicago’s most recognizable street artists, today unveiled a new, large-scale art installation on the Chicago Riverwalk. Titled The People in Your Neighborhood, the installation is located at the Riverwalk’s most western point, known as The Confluence between E Lake St and N Franklin St, and features 55 portraits of Chicagoans, all portrayed in Dont Fret’s inimitable sardonic style. The unveiling is accompanied by the release of his new book, Dont Fret: Life Thus Far, now available for purchase.

Offering a microcosmic reflection of Chicago’s scrappy and hard-working residents, the portrait subjects of The People in Your Neighborhood range from the well-known to the obscure. Designer and restaurateur Kevin Heisner stands alongside Claudio, Chicago’s beloved tamale vendor, who in turn rubs elbows with Maria, longtime owner of Maria’s Bridgeport and Howard Brown Health doctor Abby Baus. Each is depicted with both comedic and piercing insight, caricatures that are reminiscent of the archetypical Chicagoans who have lived in the city for generations. The portraits and subject bios can also be seen on Dont Fret’s Instagram page.

“There are certain character traits that I think define a true Chicagoan. Tough, full-browed with a sense of ingenuity and midwestern humbleness, but always toiling, working, moving forward with an almost absurd laugh and grin about this crazy, wonderful city,” said Dont Fret. “I was asked to paint 55 portraits of Chicagoans who I think contribute to the hard work that defines our city, although it can only scratch the surface of the millions of stories moving through our streets. These are the people in your neighborhood.”

“Dont Fret’s proposal for celebrating everyday Chicagoans who make our City go – from the beloved Tamale Man to artists to bridge engineers – was really appealing to enliven a long stretch of the Riverwalk that otherwise fades into the background,” said Lydia Ross, Director of Public Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The artist’s distinctive style isn’t intended to capture an accurate portrait, but rather the heartfelt spirit of the great people that surround us, some of whom we know, some we recognize, others we may be more attuned to looking out for…it was conceived pre-COVID but felt even more resonant to celebrate people in the midst of social distancing.”

Dont Fret’s unpolished aesthetics paired with pithy one-liners are recognizable features of Chicago’s built environment, in addition to being painted and wheat-pasted on buildings around the world, from New York to Berlin, Miami, São Paulo, London and Helsinki. Don’t Fret: Life Thus Far, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, showcases a decade of his street and gallery work and features memories and anecdotes from fellow artists and friends including Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, artist Cody Hudson and rapper Vic Mensa.

In the 256-page monograph, the figures and texts of consummate wise guy Dont Fret skewer the obvious and reflect the normalized-until-numbed issues of the city back at the passerby experiencing them firsthand. While his work populates city streets worldwide, he remains a true Wicker Park native, digging into the character(s) of Chicago—the stew of down-and-out and up-and-up, the meatpackers, the artists, the street-wise, and the stupid. Featuring 216 color images, this monograph also includes a foreword by writer and Brooklyn Street Art co-founder Steven P. Harrington.

In addition to The People in Your Neighborhood, the Chicago Riverwalk also recently unveiled a mural by Chicago-based artist Kate Lynn Lewis,The Radiance of Being, which celebrates 100 years of Art Deco. Lewis is also one of the 55 Chicagoans portrayed in Dont Fret’s installation.The Chicago Riverwalk has been going through a phased reopening which included the Community Marketplace opening July 17. Vendors are open by reservation for contact tracing purposes, walk-ups are welcome and will be asked for contact information. Vendor details are available at www.chicagoriverwalk.us.

About Dont Fret

Dont Fret is an artist born, raised, and currently working in Chicago. In addition to his wheat pasting, his practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and installation-based work both on the street and in the gallery. He has produced large-scale public murals in a number of American cities, including Chicago, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Grand Rapids, and Denver, as well as internationally in such cities as São Paulo, London, and Helsinki. His work has been in a number of galleries nationally and internationally, with shows in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and London. Dont Fret’s work was also featured prominently in the Netflix original series Easy.

Graffiti illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

The Fabric of America: Artists in Protest

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Museum of Graffiti will open a new exhibition titled The Fabric of America: Artists in Protest. Over 30 South Florida graffiti artists and illustrators were invited to create protest themed art on denim jackets in the tradition of the protest signs seen at marches.

“Providing a platform for artists to contribute to the national discussion is important to the Museum and a way for local artists to join the conversation,” states the Museum’s curator Alan Ket, he adds, “These artists work in the streets but we have invited them indoors to engage in a dialogue of resistance with our audience.”

“These wearable artworks articulate what you believe in at all times, without you having to say a word” said Allison Freidin, co-founder of the Museum of Graffiti.

Included in the show will be an audio/visual installation that counts down to 0 from 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck and video works by Chintz and Alan Ket.

Internationally recognized artists Futura 2000, Tristan Eaton, and Cey Adams will contribute new posters and prints that are in line with their staunch dissatisfaction with what has become our country’s status quo.

The new exhibit ties in with the recently created large-scale mural titled AMERICAN HISTORY on the walls of two adjacent buildings at NW 25th Street and 3rd Avenue. Focusing on the Black experience in US history starting in the early 1800s through current day, the giant mural, curated by the Museum of Graffiti, tackles the subjects of police brutality, racial injustice, and resistance.

The local artists taking part in the exhibit include: Chillski, Crome, Tackz, Disem, Ahol Sniffs Glue, Cash4, Rasterms, Klass, Cyst, Grab, Tragek, Delvs, Quake, Ticoe, View2, Chnk, Jel Martinez, Etone, Rage, Krave, June, Keds, Junk, Meta4, Drums Brown, Santiago Rubino, Cale K2S, Ruth, Faves, Blackbrain, Emerald, and Tierra Armstrong.

The exhibition also presents the photographic works of Pablo Allison, a human rights worker and documentarian who since 2017, has been following the migrant trail from Central America to the USA. Each photograph depicts powerful instances of protest graffiti that Allison captured on the trains used by migrants to escape inhumane conditions.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Empowered Youth, a Miami based not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of inner-city, at-risk youth. Their programs teach career skills that help to eradicate poverty and violence. They serve young men between the ages of 12-21, most of whom have been referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Museum of Graffiti is open to the public with safety-first procedures, including an admission system that only allows for 6 people to enter the premises every 15 minutes. Guests must purchase tickets in advance online or from their mobile devices as they approach the Museum in order to avoid on-site transactions.

TICKETS & HOURS

General Admission tickets are $16, Children 13 and under are free. Tickets are available online and include access to all museum exhibitions. 

The Museum of Graffiti is open from 11 AM – 5 PM on Wednesdays through Mondays and it is closed on Tuesdays. Please check www.museumofgraffiti.com for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.

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Walking illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Limited Edition Walking Tours

In honor of the upcoming Mandela Day (July 18th), Walks has secured exclusive access to the Drakenstein Prison for a limited edition virtual tour, apart of their popular Spotlight Series, and it’s led by someone who was personally connected to Nelson Mandela and fought for his release, Moira Edmunds. 

Another special edition tour will be led by long-time street art guide, Ruddy Harootian, taking guests who tune in through NYC, featuring BLM / Black Trans Lives Matter artwork, black and latino artists and recognizable graffiti artists names as well. 

Walks is using their platform to be an educational tool, and celebrate the important influence black and marginalized individuals have on our society. I wanted to put these tours on your radar to see if they’re a fit for an upcoming story or you’re interested in pursuing. 

The first online Street Art Tour in NYC starts virtually this Saturday and the Nelson Mandela tour will kick off July 25th (due to some timing and a cold front recently; although in South Africa they tend to celebrate him month-long). More details on each tour are compiled below. 

The Black Lives Matter movement’s efforts to honor black voices is reverberating across the globe, and Walks is proud to utilize its virtual tours platform, Tours from Home, to contribute to the conversation. These tours are an educational outlet for impassioned supporters around the world, celebrating the important influence black and marginalized individuals have on our society. 

LIMITED EDITION TOURS 

Nelson Mandela: From Prison to President live from Drakenstein Prison in Cape Town, South Africa

Surrounding Mandela Day this July, join Nelson Mandela: From Prison to President Live from Drakenstein Prison in Cape Town, South Africa starts Saturday, July 25th, Sunday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 9th at 11 am ET / 8 am PT:  You will “walk” with individuals who were both in close proximity and served as Mandela’s allies. Your guides will include Manfred Jacobs, a warden at Victor Verster prison, where Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long incarceration and Moira Edmunds, who fought tirelessly for Mandela’s release, and is involved with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 

Each year on July 18th, the international community recognizes, commemorates, and celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba. He forged the course of black Africans, leading by extreme example. Within the country of South Africa the entirety of July is dedicated to his life and his actions to end apartheid. In 2020, we celebrate 30 years since Nelson Mandela’s freedom and we invite you to join in the celebration.

Street Art from New York City: The Power of Urban Graffiti 

Features predominantly African American and Latino artists starts this Saturday, July 18th, Saturday, July 25th and August 1st at 5 pm ET / 2 pm PT, lead by incredible storyteller Ruddy Harootian: July 18th: This entire tour will focus on the Black Lives Matter/Black Trans Lives Matter related works that have recently appeared on the outside of FIT. Artists include: Miyah Bri, Lisette Nerveli, Sarah Haskell, Mia Rivera, Grace Springer, and more. 

July 25th: Artists featured live will feature well-known artists Tristan Eaton and D*Face (Dean Stockton). Some photography and focused on BLM will include Raddington Falls, Fumero, Irena Kenny, Konstance Patton, and more. 

Aug 1st: Artists featured live will be infamous Shepard Fairey, Beau Stanton, and B.D. White. Artists featured via photography and focused on BLM include Shaina Eve Cintron, Calicho Arevalo, Lady Jday and more.

Key Features of Walks’ Tours From Home: 

  • Open Q&A time at the end of each tour
  • Guides are screen sharing, using visual aids for their presentations, and on some tours, taking guests on live walks around important attractions
  • Focus on storytelling and little-known facts 
  • Each virtual tour costs between $10 and $15, and all guests receive a $25 travel voucher for a future live Walks tour (valid for two years), enable guests to explore in person when travel resumes 
  • When guests love their guide, digitally provide tips directly on the platform

“The pandemic presented an opportunity to bring our tours into your home, and even go outside our typical offerings to highlight amazing storytellers and touch on provocative subjects. The BLM movement is a poignant time to elevate stories of inspiring activists and revolutionaries such as Nelson Mandela, and modern-day thought leaders and artists like those featured in our street art tour around Manhattan,” said Stephen Oddo, CEO of Walks.  

Walks offers over 150 unique tours and cultural experiences in 15 iconic cities across Europe and the United States. From its head offices in Dublin, Ireland and Austin, Texas, USA, Walks operates some of the most exclusive tours around the globe, partnering with prestigious attractions to offer special access to the world’s leading landmarks, museums and galleries. A complete end-to-end tour operator, Walks curates unique experiences for small groups, while delivering hands-on customer support. Walks is proud to operate a portfolio of websites including takewalks.com and walksofitaly.com.

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New Era, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Faust New York, NYC

New Era Delivers

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

In NYC, New Era FW19 featured exclusive product gifting and art installation by renowned graffiti artist Faust. The appointment-only experience exhibited sporty accessories which many fans and fashionistas would flock to. Bringing the essence of street style with the use of video projected urban landscapes, layered with pulsating chromatic lights brought the collection to life.

New Era athlesiure capsule offers core assortment for men and women. Fluid activewear and sustainable outerwear with minimal branding. True to theme, Faust is the ingredient of NYC with authenticity and relevance. Celebrated for his classic calligraphic graffiti writing style which demands your attention. The Faust installation is reminiscent of NYC’s 1980 concrete jungle. An interactive display ideal for social media integration. 

Adding to the heritage of New Era, they offered an exclusive Faust customization bar with original branded patches – attendees had the option to initial and chose from several ‘Faust’ logo embroidered styles onto classic fitted caps. Complete the look with performance fit ‘New Era’ t-shirts branded with true Faust style. New Era FW19 collection available soon at neweracap.com

Rnw garments, 360 magazine,Raphael Na’te Walton

RNW Garments

RNW Garments is a Los Angeles based independent street wear label founded in 2011. The brand philosophy “Since Birth” is born out of their tagline NO GUTS, NO GLORY. Hailing from South Central LA, designer Raphael Na’te Walton has organically grown RNW Garments to be a brand for people of all walks of life no matter their ancestry or background.

For all the old and young souls still chasing their glory, to those who have achieved the greatest achievements, but strive for more; RNW Garments embody the hustler spirit and serves as a symbol of that fire within all of us to chase our own glory.

RNW currently offers traditional street wear pieces such as tees, hoodies, jackets and headwear but will soon transition into cut and sew production which will allow founder Raphael Na’te Walton for the opportunity to bring the brand to new heights.

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@rnwgarments

EXCLUSIVE OLIW87 PRINT LAUNCHING

Launching May 15th, Oliw87 has created this piece exclusively for 4510/SIX. The artwork is acrylic and spray paint on canvas. The motif; Chanel or Die is the artists comment on the material world we live in – a criticism against our society’s obsession with brands and status.
This however is of course open for personal interpretation; many see it as a tribute to fashion – that you either “Chanel” or you die 😉

Sunglasses, Sneakers & The Perfect Summer Scent

Summer is sizzling. However, regardless of the seasons change the necessities that will make you sparkle are sneakers, sunglasses and a signature scent. Let’s face it fashion changes on the drop of a dime, but style is forever. Make the investments that count and stand the test of time. A new wiggle in your stride, wink at the sun with confidence, and a waft that will make people engage you is all you need to combat the heat.

Ray-Ban Tortoise
Exude the sexy and power of Denzel Washington in his portrayal of Malcom X. Well that is at least what I channel when I think of this classic sunglass silhouette. Strong, virile and timeless attributes make this accessory a staple in your eyewear wardrobe.

Navier Eyewear
Navier Eyewear is not for the faint at heart. Southern inspiration and Italian manufacturing make these frames fit for a royal. Be a showstopper! Adorn the Salina and wait for the compliments to roll in. Ego swell in 5,4,3,2,1

Native Footwear
Light, functional, and fresh this yellow sneaker had me at hello. Now it’s your turn to grab the attention of onlookers. The AP Mercury Liteknit sneakers comes in a plethora of punchy colors. From groovy yellow to sherbet blue your feet will be doing a happy dance all day long.

The Graffiti Art Collection of Fragrance Body Sprays by Jo Loves
Jo Malone has tickled my fancy again. An avid fan of graffiti, I hunt cityscapes in search of this form of artistic expression. So, thank you in advance Jo Malone for helping the world to paint our bodies in beautiful fragrances and be the work of art we are designed to be. Shake up the grapefruit and go!

Written By Patrick T Cooper

Diggy Simmons Attends Interactive “Life Coach” in NYC

JUNE 12TH, 2018- NEW YORK, NY – Last night , rapper, singer, model, and actor Diggy Simmons attended the “Life Coach” Launch in New York City. The multi-hyphened artist was spotted wearing the iconic illustrations of Keith Haring on a suede jacket from the Coach Spring 2018 Keith Haring collection.

To celebrate today’s opening, the brand hosted an exclusive event last evening. Guests were able to experience each of the interactive rooms, with music sets by DJs Stretch Armstrong, Quest?onmarc and Jubilee, live graffiti by artist WhIsBe and a performance by the BKSteppers. Notable guests in attendance included the brand’s Creative Director Stuart Vevers, CEO & President Joshua Schulman, Tapestry, Inc. CEO Victor Luis, Bria Vinaite, Joan Smalls, Ne-Yo, Sheila E, Jon Batiste, Luke James, Paloma Elsesser, Soo Joo Park, Londone Myers, Diggy Simmons, Cara Santana, Angel & Dren, Kodie Shane and Vanessa Hong.

Located at 107 Grand Street in SoHo, New York, Life Coach opens today through June 17. Admission is free, and guests are invited to book appointments in advance, with walk-ins welcome. Guest fortune-tellers and artists are scheduled to appear throughout the experience’s six-day run, and the brand has partnered with Balamii Radio to curate DJ talent throughout the week as well. Programming during the week will include appearances by Oskar Mann, The Hoodwitch, Venus X, AstroTwins. Visit www.startyourlife.coach for more information, including booking and event schedules.

About Coach
Coach, the original American house of leather, was founded in 1941 in the heart of Manhattan. Today, it is a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. Defined by a free-spirited, all-American attitude, the brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style. Coach products are available in approximately 55 countries through its network of directly operated stores, travel retail shops and sales to wholesale customers and independent third party distributors, as well as through coach.com. Coach is a Tapestry, Inc. brand. Tapestry is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TPR.

DURBAN × ART SCENE

DURBAN’S CREATIVE SCENE IS BUZZING IN THE STATION DRIVE PRECINCT AND BEYOND

In just a few short years, Durban, South Africa’s Station Drive Precinct has grown from a rundown warehouse district to the go-to spot to eat, drink, shop, and play like the city’s creative class. Thanks to a collaborative group of artistic individuals, businesses ranging from homegrown distilleries and breweries to locally produced home décor stores, art galleries, and coffee shops line the area. Station Drive Precinct is also home to the Morning Trade market on Sundays and a family friendly First Thursday open gallery program.

Station Drive Precinct is an ideal place for visitors to be inspired by Durban’s innovative energy, and there are plenty of other art-infused experiences that capture the spirit of this seaside city and its people, both past and present. The following attractions are great ways to experience a truly cultured take on the destination:

DURBAN STREET ART

Originally associated with local gangs, street art has found new life in redevelopment projects across various Durban neighborhoods. Durban’s street artists are inspired by their surroundings, with many exploring themes of politics and nature and using their work as a form of social activism. Louis de Villiers aka Skullboy, Sakhile Mhlongo, and Daniel Chapman aka Mook Lion are just a few of the prolific street artists to look out for. Tour companies like Street Scene provide visitors with plenty of context during half-day graffiti tours that come complete with lunch at a local pub.

I HEART MARKET

I Heart Market is a food and design market held at Moses Madhiba Stadium on the first Saturday of each month. It is a great spot to shop for locally produced goods and artisanal creations ranging from ceramics to crochet toys, original prints, home goods, and more.

THE BAT CENTRE

At Durban’s BAT Centre, visitors can meet local artists and crafters who work on-site, exhibiting and selling their works in a vibrant, harbor-site complex. Founded in 1995, this nonprofit arts center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of the visual arts, crafts, music, dance, and literature of KwaZulu-Natal Province. It has become a must-visit spot for visitors seeking to learn about the region’s cultural heritage, enjoy performances, and shop for original artwork. The BAT Centre is also home to a drum shop selling a variety of African instruments.

AFRICAN ART CENTRE

Founded in 1959, the African Art Centre on Florida Road is designed to preserve traditional forms of arts and crafts while promoting financial empowerment and self-sufficiency among underprivileged South Africans. The African Art Centre helps those in townships and rural areas hone their crafting skills including beadwork, ceramics, traditional Zulu baskets, textiles, and more. The colorful works of art are on display in the gallery and available for purchase at the on-site gift shop. Every purchase made helps provide a sustainable income for some of the more than 1,000 crafters associated with the African Art Centre.