VIDEO: Banksy sells his art on the street for $60 a pop – and we all missed it!
This past weekend graffiti artist/prankster/statement maker Banksy pulled another one of his stunts by selling his art on the street for a mere $60 a pop. He brought in an older man to play the street vendor, set up shop with 100% authentic pieces on display – and documented the one day sale on video. Watch it all happen in the clip above as much of the prices get haggled by customers, many of them unfamiliar with Banksy’s work obviously, as one man put it “I just need something for the walls.” Perhaps this is art being appreciated in the purest form, without hype or expectations, but don’t we all feel dumb for missing this one.
Artist Highlight: Alex da Corte
Philly-based artist Alex Da Corte is an all-around multi-tasking multimedia creative. Known to also be an avid collector and scavenger, he often draws inspiration from found objects and his works in video, installation, and painting consists of “mis-matched” objects. Through Alex’s creations, he makes work that transcends its material origins, inviting his audience to challenge the notion of authority while simultaneously outlining the communities from which they exist. His latest works (which includes sneakers he bought from UBIQ) can currently be seen in the “Camp Paradox Days” group exhibit at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts, right here in Philly. We caught up with Alex to see what his transformative pieces were all about.
The Sneaker Pimps Tour Hits Philadelphia Sunday, October 6th.
You know the deal. The world’s largest touring sneaker/hip-hop/lifestyle exhibition is back in Philly this Sunday, October 6thfrom 1PM-6PM at the TLA. Tickets are ranging in price from $15 to $100, depending on which level you prefer. A link to purchase tickets has been added at the bottom of this post, so get psyched and make sure you get yours before they’re gone. The event will feature over 1500 pairs of rare, limited edition, vintage, and signed kicks as well as shoe inspired artwork, fashion, and photography. The tour also focuses on related fringe cultural elements such as skateboarding demonstrations, basketball competitions, street art instillations, and of course; live music. This year’s performance is by Grand Hustle’s own Travi$ Scott, an up-and-coming rap artist who has been gaining a buzz from his TI and 2 Chainz collaboration “Upper Echelon.”
Bodega x New Balance 577 ‘HYPRCAT’
Boston retailer Bodega teams up with New Balance for their 577 “HYPRCAT,” inspired by the ’90s video game Star Fox. The Bodega x New Balance 577 ‘HYPRCAT’ models its design from the game’s outer space setting and vintage graphics. The predominantly light-colored low-tops are presented with bright color pops throughout and the outsole in a light translucent blue, which is said to give a 3D feeling to the 577. These colorful kicks feature a fine upper construction, comprised of premium suede and nubuck.
UBIQ The World Over: August trip to NYC
Last week, UBIQ made its way up to NYC for the day to visit with some of our favorite vendors and shops. It’s always nice to pop out of Philly once and a while and see all the innovation and creativity that New York City has to offer. Take a closer look as UBIQ buyer/brand manager Paul Lee and I tour the city, traveling up and down Manhattan, stopping in at the Asics Showroom, Stussy NYC, Vans x DQM General Store, Reed Space, and many more exciting places on this rainy day in NYC for this UBIQ The World Over feature.