Friday, May 30, 2008

Upper Playground LA grand opening tomorrow

Upper Playground LA, along with Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol's respective retail spaces, "The Last Laugh," will be celebrating their grand opening tomorrow, May 31, from 1—8PM. Come down to Skid Row and enjoy the fun.

As well as the three retail spaces celebrating their grand opening, a fourth retail space, serving as a revolving concept space next door to UP LA and "The Last Laugh," will occupied by Roland Sands Designs. During the open house, it will feature a display of custom motorcycles from 1998 AMA 250cc Champion-turned motorcycle designer Roland Sands and limited-edition fashion pieces from designer and model Tony Ward’s line, Six in the Face.

Upper Playground LA will also be unveiling their FIFTY24LA Gallery, with an opening show featuring the works of Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis.

Upper Playground & The Last Laugh
125 E. 6th Street (between S. Main St. and S. Los Angeles St.)
Downtown Los Angeles, California

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


It happened, we made the bold move of covering you where the sun don't shine and putting our logo on your unmentionables. Keep it clean would you! Boxers are available here.

Friday, May 23, 2008


Need a drink? Want a drink? Can i have a drink? Where's my drink? Love this drink?
A new line of glass wear for all your drink needs

Step One: Try to make you way through the maze printed on the glass at the start of your beer?
Step Two: Every time you mess up you have to take a drink.
The first one to make it through the maze and not puke wins.

Big enough to host a whale, big enough to quench your thirst.


Give this glass to anyone you really just dont like.
Family members, guests, those friends of friends that come over, your girlfriends parents. Just anyone you really want to send a message, see if they pick up on it.


Mr. Pardee stopped by to sign his limited edition Obama print.
Then we enjoyed a most fulfilling lunch and The Hard Knox Cafe.
Soul food and Soul power.
Get his print here
200 Available. 100 Black,yellow,and grey. 100Red,white,and blue

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Upper Playground Los Angeles / Mister Cartoon & Estevan Oriol's "The Last Laugh"

The Upper Playground LA opening and the FIFTY24LA Gallery's Grand Opening will be Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 1 – 8 p.m. Read all about it below, as well as check out some new tee shirt graphics we have ready for the LA store.

Upper Playground & The Last Laugh
125 E. 6th Street (between S. Main St. and S. Los Angeles St.)
Downtown Los Angeles, California

San Francisco-based apparel and art company Upper Playground, photographer and director Estevan Oriol and artist Mister Cartoon are excited to announce the unveiling of a series of four one-of-a-kind retail establishments in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. Each storefront will offer customers a unique fashion and fine art experience. In celebration of the new properties, the three entities will host anopen house on Saturday, May 31, 2008 that will feature a special art exhibit and appearances from some of the world’s leading designers involved in the project.

Upper Playground is the pioneer of combining fashion and fine art. In celebration of the new store opening, there will be a special art exhibit featuring the works of Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis. Many of the featured artists on display also contribute designs to Upper Playground’s apparel line.

In addition to Upper Playground, the new venture includes “The Last Laugh,” which will house the Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol retail experiences.

Mister Cartoon
Popular L.A. tattoo and graffiti artist Mister Cartoon’s new store will house signature Mister Cartoon items and artifacts from his passions and hobbies. “I wanted to create a space that was open to the public that is an extension of my lifestyle and culture,” said Mister Cartoon. The Mister Cartoon experience will include a special tattoo station for a select group of tattoo artists to make guest appearances.

Estevan Oriol
In 2006, photography legend Estevan Oriol selected Upper Playground as his official apparel partner. This new retail space will house Oriol’s apparel line with Upper Playground and his iconic photography prints will also be available for sale to the public. “Upper Playground understands what I want to convey with my art and they have given me the freedom to transcend my imagery with my apparel line in the way that I want,” comments Oriol on his experience working with Upper Playground. Oriol is a longtime resident of L.A. “I wanted to open a store in downtown L.A. because it’s where we’ve spent a lot of our time for the past thirteen years,” said Oriol.

Bonus Space
The fourth location involved in the new retail project will be a rotating concept that will house unique fashion and art concepts for short periods of time. During the open house, it will feature a display of custom motorcycles from 1998 AMA 250cc Champion-turned motorcycle designer Roland Sands and limited-edition fashion pieces from designer and model Tony Ward’s line, Six in the Face. From August through September the site will be transformed into a truly unique promotional experience for the upcoming feature film from Overture Films called “Righteous Kill” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. SA Studios Global, the agency of Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon, was selected to produce the iconic poster for the film. The space will become the exclusive promotional headquarters for the film and will feature a shrine to the film’s stars.


Some new stuff by Estevan Oriol for your shopping pleasures.
Get Loco!




Friday, May 16, 2008

Fecal Face Gallery tomorrow night

66 Gough St @Market
San Francisco, CA

Savage Whiskers featuring Alexis Mackenzie & Jessica Cusik
Opening: Saturday, May 17th (6-9pm)

Yone in LA


In preparation for the upcoming feature film from Overture Films, Righteous Kill, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, SA Studios principles Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol have collaborated with the Overture to create an iconic movie poster to promote the film's September 12, 2008 release. The movie poster is just the first in a series of collaborations between SA Studios, Upper Playground, and Overture Films to promote Righteous Kill.

In August of 2008, SA Studios ( will open the SA Studios / Righteous Kill Downtown LA Experience next door to SA Studios' and Upper Playground's retail spaces in Downtown Los Angeles. The Righteous Kill Experience will feature limited edition merchandise and lithographs signed by Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol relating to the film.

Saelee Oh @ Tinlark Gallery

Saelee Oh has a show at Tinlark Gallery starting this weekend. The show is called Tangled Tales and goes through June 14th. Check out the opening reception: Sat. May 17th, 6-9 pm.

Tinlark Gallery
Crossroads of the World
6671 Sunset Blvd. #1512
Hollywood, CA 90028

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Alex Pardee x Obama x Upper Playground

The Alex Pardee designed, 18" x 24" limited screenprint for Obama 2008 is now available for purchase. The print comes in two colors, blue and gray, with100 prints available in each colorway. Each print will be signed and numbered by Alex Pardee and retail at $200. Each poster is a pre-sale item and will not ship until June 2, 2008. All proceeds from the sales of each design from the Alex Pardee Obama poster will go directly to creating more campaign T-shirts, posters and stickers by other artists in support of Obama's bid for President. The previous Munk One poster design was used in bus shelter and billboard advertisements throughout Philadelphia prior to the primary in Pennsylvania.

Buy them here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Here is a small selection of designs by misprinted type for our premium line of T's.
This Brazilian really came with it this season, his designs are crazy, out of the ordinary, and to be honest a breath of fresh air. Buts that probably cause they run there cars on ethanol down there in Brazil, less pollution.



Monday, May 12, 2008


Peanut butter & jelly. Cheese & wine. Oil & vinegar. Jeremy Fish and vibrators? The unthinkable has happened, as Jeremy Fish ( has joined forces with Upper Playground to create the worlds first (tighty-whitey wearing) vibrating beaver*. Barry The Beaver will be making his debut at Good Vibrations this month and to celebrate, Upper Playground ( and Good Vibrations ( are throwing an old fashioned party/beaver signing, with Mr. Fish himself. On Saturday, May 31st, come down to Good Vibrations (603 Valencia St. @ 17th St.) for food, booze, DJ's (Magnificent7) and Jeremy Fish.
Barry The Beaver is for sale at Good Vibrations (stores and website), so you'll be able to pick one up on the day of the event. Good Vibrations will also have the ultra rare Black Barry The Beaver, but they will be gone fast (on the endangered species list...only 200 pieces, worldwide), so pick yours up IMMEDIATELY.
This will all be going down from 3-5 pm, so bring your appetite and something for Jeremy to sign (preferably your beaver).
See ya there...


Dug 1 was here signing a slew of posters. The Morning Breath poster is on sale now, screen printed and hand signed. Why should you get one of theses you might ask?
Well maybe because it will be the only thing in your life that you purchase where the money you spend goes back into something that could forever change your life, for the better. Just something to think about. Also don't forget you will have a really sick poster to hang in your crib.

A gang of posters

Signing off.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

From Mexico City

Look what UP found in Mexico City, via The City Loves You website.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Is that a Mac Obama?

Saw this image on Wooster Collective, and we swear that looks a lot like the Mac x Obama poster that we sold a few months back. At least the head portion of the Mac x Obama. What do you think?

In case you missed it...

Here are the flicks from last night's successful opening at Fifty24SF Gallery. Both shows, "RockFace D'Arm" and "Orchestrated Oddities" brought in a great crowd of both collectors and artists. The shows will run through May 29th so be sure to come see the work in person!

Installation with CliChe by D*Face

D*Face's one-offs

Work by Romanowski

Collaborative installation by Brian Barneclo, Dia, and Romanowski

Pieces by Armsrock

D*Face's, "Street Improvements" pieces

Work by Dia

Work by Brian Barneclo

Follow the records

Ferris Plock, Dia, and others at "RockFace D'Arm"

Installation by Armsrock

WalrusTV vid:

Thursday, May 8, 2008



If a Badger sews in the woods can you hear it?


This dirty little pigs been around the world picking up dirty little habits in all her favorite cities. What does she have to show for it? A bunch of weight on her back and some Bastard kids leaching off her.


This reminds me of my youth. If you skateboard you might now why. If you don't you'll never know. It will just be another sick Superfishal graphic.

Don't Forget, Tonight @ FIFTY24SF



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

El-P x Dizzee Rascal Tour Opens Tomorrow Night

Upper Playground is sponsoring the No Chiefs Allowed Tour featuring hip-hop MC/ producer kings El-P and Dizzee Rascal. Not a bad line-up, especially if you include the fact that Mr Aesop Rock will be showing up in SF and NYC. Brooklyn and London will be represented well . . . .

Mr. Cartoon x Roland Sands Design

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sam Flores in Mexico City

Here are some photos that Sam sent to us from his mural-painting trip in Mexico City.