Thursday, July 31, 2008

QB Killa Warren Sapp

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp flossin’ an Estevan Oriol tee.

Get your Aesop Rock Kicks Now

What are you waiting for? Get your Aesop Rock Stan Smith sneakers here.

Aesop Rock created an exclusive score for his sneaker. Peep the video below to hear it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tiger Eyes

San Francisco-based artist and 12Grain maestro Sam Flores has designed a real San Francisco treat for you. Now you can have the perfect starry night on your wall with the SF skyline and of course the ever-present Flores character possessing a tiger mask and signature big hands. Even better is the fact that it has been produced in a limited quantity of 100, signed and numbered by the artist himself. The poster may even talk too, who knows? It has all the other fixings. Purchase your print here.

**Please note: this item will not ship until the week of Aug. 18, 2008.

Stay tuned to the UP blog for details on the Sam Flores adidas Originals sneaker that will be available next week. Tomorrow you can purchase the Aesop Rock sneaker beginning at 8 am PT online. The Herbert Baglione and David Choe sneakers are available now.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Aesop Rock x Upper Playground x adidas Originals

This Thursday, July 31st, Upper Playground will release the new Aesop Rock adidas Originals sneaker. The Stan Smith shoe is the third release in the four-part series that also includes designs from fine artists Herbert Baglione, David Choe, and Sam Flores.

Aesop Rock is an American hip-hop artist from New York that is known for his storytelling style of rap. He has collaborated with established entities such as Nike and painter Jeremy Fish on various projects, and he is excited to introduce his first sneaker design with Upper Playground.

Aesop Rock explains the design concept behind his Stan Smith sneaker: “The faded green and gold colors have a strange eerie-meets-regal vibe that I liked when designing the art for last year's None Shall Pass album. I wanted to continue that color scheme, and keep it pretty simple. I didn’t want anything too intrusive. Basically I just wanted something that I’d rock, and my mother might even wear them.”

There are only 500 pairs available of this sneaker worldwide. Sizes range from men's size 4 to 13.5. To get your hands on the Aesop Rock adidas Originals sneaker, go here
or head to an Upper Playground retail store. The sneaker will go on sale online at 8 am PT on Thursday, July 31st.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Reign x Upper Playground London

UK artist Reign leaves his mark at Upper Playground's London store.

Friday, July 25, 2008

JR in Spain

Past Upper Playground contributor, JR, just posted this video up on his site and Wooster Collective, and now we have it here.

Set your TIVos Tonight

Comedian Daniel Tosh will be hosting a new Live at Gotham special at 10 pm tonight. If you have not witnessed Tosh's sharp humor, you're missing out. He'll also be doing stand-up in San Francisco on Sept. 27th at the Palace of Fine Arts.

As you can see in the video clip below, Tosh is a fan of Sam Flores. To purchase the hoodie he's wearing, go here.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

N8 Van Dyke Vinyl Figures Now Available

There are things that you don't know about N8 Van Dyke, like the fact that he doesn't care for cabbies. But what you do know is that he can create a chimp character better than anyone on this planet. This vinyl figure is no different, and available in three colors (brown, gray, and glow-in-the-dark). Put it on your shelf, recreate a bank robbery, or put it on your desk.

Stay tuned to the UP blog in the next few weeks for details on a limited-edition Pay Day toy that Nate made exclusively for Upper Playground.

David Choe x adidas Originals: Available Now!

Get your pair here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Photos of Herbert Baglione Installation

Herbert sent over these photos of an installation he just did in Sao Paulo.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Photos of Skinner Show at UP Sacramento

Check out these images of the Skinner exhibit at UP Sacramento and then head to the store to check out his art in person.



So, for the last year and a half, I have been working on a fully 3-D animated movie with Warner Bros & HD Films based on my character, Chadam, that i created for THE USED.
I am learning a ton and it has been quite a ride. I have been lucky enough to be involved in every aspect of the project, from the initial concept, to the script, the storyboards, the animation, the voice-acting, etc. And so far, it has been kept under wraps.

But now I am happy to say that this week, at the insanely large San Diego Comic Con, you will finally be able to see a glimpse of what we have in store for you.

A teaser including the first footage ever shown publicly will be playing on a loop the entire convention on the
JumboTron in the PROBABLY RIDICULOUSLY LARGE WARNER BROS booth as well as before select private screenings.

And I will be signing free locker posters created exclusively for
Comic Con at the WBTV booth ONLY on:

Thursday, July 24 @ 5:00-6:00pm
Friday, July 25 @ 3:30-4:15pm

I'm trying to get as many people as I can to show up and say hi because this whole project has been a long time coming and just to fight for the chance to debut it at SDCC means that I need everyone's support to come through the booth and show everyone that we rule.

Oh, by the way, if you have been following CHADAM'S STORIES
...The poster will feature your first ever look at Simkin, Sandy, Ripley....and even VICEROY...but that's another story alltogether.

Here is a teaser of a teaser poster;)
Is that Simkin in the background?

So make sure you tell your friends about this, and warn everyone of the awesomeness that is CHADAM.


David Choe x Upper Playground x adidas Originals

This Thursday, July 24th, Upper Playground will release the new David Choe adidas Originals sneaker. The Stan Smith shoe is the second release in the four-part series that also includes designs from Herbert Baglione, Aesop Rock, and Sam Flores.

Los Angeles native David Choe is a muralist and graphic artist. He has designed and produced apparel, comic books, movie posters, album covers, fine art books and toys, among many other projects. Choe has collaborated with companies such as Electronic Arts, Levi’s, Sony Pictures and now adidas.

“I wanted to convey a mixture of serial killers, ninjas, nightmares and Ice-T lyrics,” commented David Choe about his new sneaker.

Choe is currently the star of a feature documentary on his life called Dirty Hands. The film documents Choe, a young near-schizophrenic street artist that devises numerous criminal schemes that allow him to hitchhike across the globe.

There are only 500 pairs of the Choe sneaker available worldwide. Sizes range from men's size 4 to 13.5. To pick up your fresh pair of David Choe Stan Smith sneakers, visit
www.upperplayground or head to a UP retail store. The sneaker will go on sale online at 8 am PT on Thursday, July 24, 2008.

Friday, July 18, 2008

New Munk One Tee for UP Portland

Munk One designed a fresh new t-shirt for Upper Playground's Portland store. The $24 t-shirt comes in cream or silver and is available exclusively at UP PDX.

New Site Targets Skater Community

New website The Clustr launched today. Think of it as the Facebook of the skating world. The Clustr describes itself as a grassroots mapping project that is designed for skaters all over the country to track their favorite skate spots, shops, and connect with other skaters. There are maps, videos, and bios of the featured places. Take a peek for yourself.
Shops Page

Skater Profile

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sam Flores in Mexico City

MARCHANTE! Urban gallery, is a project whose objective is to bring art into a popular space; a traditional Mexican market. Earlier this summer the face of the market was redone by 12Grain's Sam Flores and Saner (Mexico City). MARCHANTE! is a project presented by adidas Originals and curated by ELABORAtorio, a gallery based in Mexico City.

Check out the video that ELABORAtorio put up on YouTube..

Brits Go Crazy for the Herbert Kicks

At 4 pm on the dot (London time), the London Upper Playground store opened its doors to fans queuing up to get their hands on the limited-edition Herbert Baglione Lo Centennial sneakers. The sneakers are now available online and check U.S. retail store hours for when they’re opening their doors today.

Now Available: Herbert Baglione x adidas Originals

The Herbert Baglione designed adidas Originals are now available for sale. Go here to get your pair before they disappear.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It’s Almost Here…

Don’t forget. Tomorrow is the release of the Herbert Baglione adidas Originals sneaker. The Centennial Lo sneaker is the first design in the four-part series that will also feature designs from David Choe, Aesop Rock, and Sam Flores.

There are only 500 pairs available in each sneaker design so grab your Herbert Baglione pair right away. The shoes will drop tomorrow at 8 am PT online and at Upper Playground retail stores during regular retail hours.

And ladies, we didn’t forget about you. Sizes go as low as size 4 men’s.

Rapper Murs stopped by Upper Playground’s L.A. store last night and got a sneak preview on the Herbert Baglione kicks. He wasn’t the only celebrity to get a sneak peek at the sneakers.

Banksy Discovered?

The identity of the world’s most famous anonymous graffiti artist Banksy might be revealed. Check out this article and video for more details.

Introducing "The Citrus Report"

Upper Playground is launching a new online publication called The Citrus Report. The new outlet is a daily and monthly news source for fine art and pop culture information. Whether covering internationally known artists, political figures, athletes, and musicians, or providing a forum for these noted figures to converse and debate amongst each other, The Citrus Report publishes the inside stories that inspire people in various pop culture and social fields.

This month’s issue includes features from Big Brother Magazine and “Jackass” founder, Dave Carnie, hip-hop artist Aesop Rock interviewing rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, and interviews with artists Ryan Jacob Smith, Ben Tour, and Basco. Next month stories will range from “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Married with Children” star, Ted McGinley, skateboard photographer Ben Colen, Swindle Magazine editor Roger Gastman, and fine artists Usugrow, Cody Hudson, and Michael Sieben.
Del the Funky Homosapien is Interviewed by Aesop Rock

Chilean Artist Basco

Big Brother Magazine and “Jackass” Founder Dave Carnie