Huun-Huur-Tu

How I found this youtube video by watching dub stepping turkeys, I don’t know. But I’m pretty stoked that I did. After listening for a few minutes, I found myself closing my eyes and bobbing my head like those haole people in the audience.

Huun-Huur-Tu at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California November 18, 2008

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Unbeliveable Kung Fu Battle?

“This is probably the greatest kung fu battle of all time”, is the quote that some people are giving this fight seen. I say, Hah! Your Kung-Fu not so great!

In this clip from the 1986 flick “The Young Taoism Fighter”, one of the fighters (Hero Ko Sheng) demonstrates his “Separate Body Style” to defeat his nemesis. Hero Ko Sheng discovers that the best way to defeat the pee drinking, placenta eating, skeleton hand/sword/whip-wielding villain Tien Wu is to come apart at the seams.

Shiet, my cousins and I came up with this shit in our back yards and all we would hear from our parents was, “Quit that, where do you come up with all this weird stuff. Go play a board game to stimulate your brain instead.” Our glamourous career as a Kung-Fu movie producer quashed.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrnI1a8Zg5s[/youtube]


Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

I still remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was only 12 years old at the time and had never seen anything like it.  Of course it was the first of it’s kind, but it’s the kind of thing that Apple and Steve Jobs have been able to do over and over for almost 30 years, to arouse, invigorate, enkindle, transform, influence, stimulate and inspire. From that very first day 27 years ago to today. Thank you Steve.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/zTR6B7CBKmo?hd=1[/youtube]


Tokyo Rising

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams has always been fascinated with Japanese culture. His frequent involvement with the arts and fashion communities of Tokyo made him a natural choice to lead our exploration. From his two-year collaboration with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to create the artwork entitled Simple Things that kicked off the official opening of Art Basel Switzerland in 2009 to Nigo of A Bathing Ape fame designing the cover of Pharrell’s solo debut In My Mind, the creative forces of Tokyo have been a constant source of inspiration for Pharrell throughout his many projects. He has been a great supporter of relief efforts for the Japanese citizens affected by the incidents of 3/11. He jumped at the chance to visit the metropolis that has had such an impact upon him as an artist and as an individual.

 

Link: Tokyo Rising | Palladium Boots


GLOBE “Bantam” Video

The latest addition to the GLOBE family of skateboards comes in the form and shape of the “Bantam.” While it may appear like a colorful toy from yesteryear, these are serious boards with lifetime guarantees on the trucks. The nostalgia behind the design is evident in the video, which is sun-kissed and feels reminiscent of the pool skating era in Dogtown.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/32991189[/vimeo]


Lupe Fiasco feat. mdma

After garnering Grammy nominations for “Best Rap Performance,” “Best Rap Song,” and “Best Rap Album,” Lupe Fiasco releases the video for “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now,” off his latest album Lasers. Featuring MDMA, the video shows a collection of clips of Lupe on tour performing the energized tune. If you’ve never seen Lupe live in concert, this most certainly will make you check for when he’s visiting your home town.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0eh6T52MTE&hd=1[/youtube]


Genki Sudo - World Order

Too bizarre to have been made up, but Genki Sudo, a former Junior Olympic & Japan National champion in Wrestling, a K-1 fighter & UFC champion along with the well-attired members of Japan’s World Order come together for their latest music video, featuring yet another demonstration of their perfectly-synchronized dance moves. His first album, which is creating a world of it’s own by fusing together digital techno house music with the original dance of Genki Sudo’s entrance performances during his days as a MMA fighter!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlK5abIJRyM&hd=1[/youtube]

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http://www.genkisudo.net/dl_2012/worldorder_2012_128.zip

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WORLD ORDER are…
須藤元気(GENKI SUDO)
野口 量(RYO NOGUCHI)
内山隼人(HAYATO UCHIYAMA)
森澤 祐介(YUSUKE MORISAWA)
高橋 昭博(AKIHIRO TAKAHASHI)
落合 将人(MASATO OCHIAI)
上西 隆史 (TAKASHI JONISHI)

 

 

Best Of Genki Sudo
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlW0_r_japA[/youtube]


Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci

Although some musicians claim that the internet is killing the music business, here is another case study to prove them wrong. Meet Kreayshawn, a cinematographer and a rapper based out of Oakland, California who has become an over night sensation thanks to YouTube. Her success came after posting the video for her single, “Gucci Gucci” (video directed by Joseph Zentil of Strange Customs), generating over 4 million YouTube views in a month. Who needs record labels right? Anyway check out her video “Gucci Gucci” below and see what made her famous…

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WJFjXtHcy4[/youtube]

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Tashi Mannox

Tashi was born in England in the year of the water tiger, for the past 30 years he has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions in his journey as a painter and calligrapher.

Shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order and at the tender age of 22 was given the name Tsering Tashi.

For seventeen-years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, studying the Tibetan language and traditional temple decoration which coincided with the timely building of the Temple at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland.

During this period Tashi studied under many Tibetan Lamas, including the artistic guidance from H.E Situ Rinpoche and inspiration from the calligraphy works of Chogyam Trungpa. However the foundation of Tashi’s training is set by the high standards and clarity of his spiritual father Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

Part of Tashi’s monastic training was in 1988 to enter a closed four year Buddhist retreat, which also gave a sensitive environment to meticulously copy ancient Tibetan texts, furthering his training as a scribe in the highly disciplined, and multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.

In 2000 Tashi Travelled to India, where in Dharamsala he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit: Lama Pema Lodrup, These artistic forms of Sanskrit called Lanza and Wartu, are preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today.

Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative awareness, formed through years of practicing the Tibetan Buddhist Tantras and philosophy – to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, spiritual themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist calligraphy and iconography.

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[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/14611158[/vimeo]

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Amazing Glass ArtDoc

David A Smith is a name that has become synonymous in Sign-Writing and Glass gilding circles, with high quality, hand crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors.

In this beautifully shot documentary, they reveal behind the scenes work, techniques and visions that Dave uses when carrying out his passion as a glass embosser – One of the few remaining traditional UK glass artists.

I appreciate the work of any meticulous creator, well told and shot. Check it out below.

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[vimeo width=”650″ height=”325″]http://vimeo.com/14985356[/vimeo]

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