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Banksy Gets Plexi'd

banksysaved.jpg In case i don’t say it enough ~ you, readers, are awesome! And when i get fun emails with pictures of running into Banksy’s being covered in LA that a reader’s wife sent him… how can i not share? (Thanks, Abner!)

So what’s the story? My wife was with her brothers, sister in law and 2 year old niece hunting for Banksys and they encountered that scene: Banksy was being preserved. Here is how she describes it: I asked who had told them to cover it up, it had been the owner of the building who had asked them to do this. They only said, “Him, the guy that made it.” Photo credits to Sandra Gonzalez! While it’s tempting to veer into the state of the cultural perception of Banksy… or discuss shark jumping, or impressive impact beyond the street art/art world… How about we just revel in the amusement of turning a corner and running into a team of guys trying to plexiglass the side of a building? Take a peek at the close up on the next page too…

p.s. it’d be perfect if someone added imagery ON the plexi of the guys putting it up. And then added another layer above that to protect it… and so on… and so on… street art sandwich?

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Banksy in LA

elephantbanksy.jpgFirst things first - no one can ignore a Pink Elephant in LA. Or probably anywhere for that matter. Especially behind a white picket fence, on a rug, being tossed pretzels... the question of everyone who sees the pics from the internet is always "is it real?" well proof of how real it is is below in pictures.

Checked out the Banksy Barely Legal show a few hours ago, and it IS as fun as all the hype... while most of the pieces you may have been seeing online for a while - still fun to check out, and it really is all about the elephant. I know this will be all over every site (if not already) ~ but took so many pics, feel free to take a look at my perspective.

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Banksy Film: Exit Through The Gift Shop

exitthrough.jpg Leave it to Banksy to branch out once again… this time with a feature film launching here at Sundance! Exit Through The Gift Shop is apparently coming in the spring, check out the trailer on the next page…

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Banksy Updated

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While i hate to further indulge this media circus that has been Banksy's Barely Legal... i couldn't resist going back today to see what a front page LA Times image (with article on front of the California section) & expected animal rights controversy yesterday turned the show into... The result? A line longer than one would have expected at the opening to Space Mountain... one of the most bizarre mixed crowds pouring into a small downtown LA street/alley. An overheated fire hazard where you are elbow to elbow looking at "art" while being yelled at to keep circulating so others too can see the art. And saddest of all? No more pink elephant... just a slightly pinkish hued one... And the security (hardcore woman with beret and all) was trained to search my purse for a SHARPIE - not weapons..... So kudos to Banksy, for using LA to do what it's best at. It was certainly one hell of a weekend. [New updated images in the Gallery... extensive discussion on BoingBoing... and tons of youtubes of the pink elephant.]

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Banksy Statues

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Of the pieces shown at Barely Legal, this set grabbed me the most. Statues just pull you more in person, vs the paintings... and really just watching PEOPLE at this show is worth going back for. Check out the images below (aka cropped and sorted for your viewing pleasure) - or you can also view my larger unedited set in the Gallery.

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Banksy's Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill


First super pretty NOTCOT Video... in HD even! I'm sure you've heard about Banksy's Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill by now ~ we haven't been able to stop envying those who have seen it in person, and we have posted the best photosets we can find on .org... even been debating flying out just to go see it! For those catching up, Banksy (the subversive, cheeky, street artist known for stencil art, adding art to museums, pink elephants and more) branched out into animatronics with his Banksy's Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill

It has been so painful to see so many terrible youtube videos floating around, when i could only guess what the experience must be like in person. Since this is something that deserved to be well documented before it disappeared at the end of Oct, i commissioned filmmaker, Seth Brau, to capture the experience (especially the details!) for those of us too far to visit in the flesh... and when i got back from SF, seth had this incredible video (that i can't stop watching!) waiting for me! He even found music that closely matched that which is playing in the actual store! Huge thanks to our friend, Daniel Holter of the Burst Collective for helping with the music.

After this incredible piece, i think we may have to see more of Seth's work on NOTCOT soon... maybe we will have NOTCOT videos more regularly yet... and for comparison (and incase they disappear someday) on the next page you can see screenshots of the official Banksy's Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill, as well as the Banksy vids (shot in cages/rooms other than the actual petstore).

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Banksy "Exit Through The Giftshop" Premiere

banksmain1.jpg While on a bit of a travel bender, i was SO tempted to reroute myself home to LA for the Premiere of Banksy’s “Exit Through the Giftshop” at the stunning historic Los Angeles Theatre, but since teleportation has yet to be perfected, luckily awesome photographer friend of NOTCOT, Lou Mora and his assistant, Jack Wittbold, stepped up and offered to not only check out the premiere for us, but also take some stunning pics to show me what i missed! So take a look at this latest Dear NOTCOT ~ his pictures of people and the art especially blow me away! While i sent him mostly to take pictures of the artwork and installations happening around the film… here are a few quick comments i got from him:

“The crowd was definitely pumped and cheered throughout the movie. The venue was stunning. There were 4 installations. Alongside the red carpet you could grab some spray paint (from the girls dressed in red) and do whatever you wanted to either a box truck or limo. Second, there was an older gentleman with a black mask on playing piano. Third, was Tweetie bird in a cage. Tweeties eye would slowly open as you got closer to the cage. Really amazing and probably my favorite. Fourth, was the security pole w/ cameras at the top, which also acted as a strip pole for the cops. All the ushers and waitresses had black masks on so their identity would be hidden. I have a feeling Banksy was there somewhere. He’s has two brand new pieces here in LA that popped up yesterday morning so we all know he’s here.”

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RUGENIUS at Banksy's Cans Festival

banksycans.jpgNOTCOT Note: Yes, Justine (aka RUGenius) was really there. And i'm envious. Although i did get to go to the incredible painted elephant LA Banksy-fest... this one looked like quite the mob scene in a london tunnel! About 30,000 people showed up over the 3 day period, and over 600 artist took part in covering the walls! Apologies for taking so long to sort through her hundreds of photos... SO, without further ado take a look at her MANY awesome pictures on the next page as well as in the Gallery, and here is Justine's account of the festivities:

Over 28 thousand people turned up to Leake Street, effectively an underpass within sight of the London Eye and moments away from Waterloo. And yes, I was among them. We all know I can't resist a good stencil. So how could I possibly miss a stencil only event, just a train hop away? Not to mention, the Cans Festival was the kind of event that brought in the A-list of street artists like Bsas Stencil, Run Don't Walk, James Dodd (dlux), Tom Civil (civilian), Vexta, Prism, Daniel Melim, Altocontraste, Bandit, Roadsworth, 3D Del Naja, Artiste-Ouvrier. Blek, Sten, Sadhu, C215, Lucamaleonte, Lex, Orticancvoodles, Kaagman, Dolk, Pobel, M-City, Vhils, Btoy, Coolture, Schhh, Borbo, Sam3, Faile, Eine, John Grider, Logan Hicks, Pure Evil, Dot masters, Dan, Eelus and Banksy.

Starting with the art... The space within the tunnel was itself a hodgepodge of mock classical sculptures, trashed and stenciled cars, vans, even a playground. There were rugs, couches, and even a piano, all of course adorned with the patina only a tunnel could bestow. The combinations pushed the boundaries of the bizarre and the contrasting styles of the artists clashed as often as they complimented, yet somehow it all worked. It was as if everyone just suspended belief for a moment to soak it all in and it was particularly surreal as the sun was setting.

So, are you ready? See my highlights from the Cans Festival on the next page... and even MORE in the Gallery (there were so many, i couldn't fit them all here).

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New Yorker 2009 Eustace Tilley Contest

newyorker1.jpg On fun design contests ~ just saw the final picks from the New Yorker's 2009 Eustace Tilley design contest, and i love what their picks say about the state of things in 2008 ~ everything from iPhones and Banksy to Watchmen and Mondrian... Can you believe Eustace has been on nearly every cover in the magazine launched in 1925? The original was created by Rea Irvin. Check out a few more of my favorites on the next page, and the full gallery here.

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NOTCOT.ORG #037 - vids

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Welcome back after the gorgeous long weekend... to all you stateside kids. I've decided to do my .org roundups still weekly, but more of a whenever i feel inspired to do one as themes pop up. And this week there has been so many great videos i get lost in... if notcot has a tv channel, this is the type of stuff you'd be watching... So as you sit at your desk and need some inspiration to sit back and zone out too:

- 3135:: Pleix's Birds :: what feels like dogs on trampolines in slomo with Vitalic in the background... i can't stop watching this one.

- 3173:: Pes' Human Skateboard Ad :: Mesmerizing... and you must check out all of his other shorts and ads as well, i particularly recommend the Roof Sex and the Making of Roof Sex.

- 3169:: Ok Go's Do What You Want Video :: Banksy's elephant stunt meets crazy Ok Go fast paced tune is a sure waker upper.

- 3158:: Guinness' Hands :: You can even cut and paste your own video... it will make you look at your hands differently for at least a few minutes.

- 3192:: Podlove :: It really is a few shorts about life, love, and the technology that effects them... especially "i love like blood".

- 3112:: Rabbids Don't Date :: Rayman's Rabbids are the BEST game ever on the Wii especially... and their animated shorts are pure brilliance. If this doesn't make you smile, i worry for you.

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The Cans Festival Zine/Program

cover (Custom).jpgOk, so you've now seen the pictures and heard Justine's adventures at the Banksy Cans Festival this week... and for those unable to be there - to stand in line to pay 3 pounds for an awesome official Cans Festival Program/Zine... she took the time to scan in each and every page for our viewing pleasure! (Thanks, Jus, you're the best sister to vicariously live through!) So check it all out on the next page, click each page to view it high res and read the manifestos and gawk at the gorgeous stenciling.

p.s. don't forget to take the Consumer Survey in there...

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Inside Shepard Fairey's Studio

shepf.jpgOk, so i am still kind of giddy from how awesome it was to meet Shepard Fairey and his studio pretty much blew my mind. To see what type of space other creatives work in is one thing... but to feel like you walked into a gallery filled with history and inspiration and visual food for thought in every detail, well that just floored me. I really need a larger space to spread out and fill the walls ~ how can you NOT be creative surrounded with all of that? For now, i share my wall of inspiration with you as NOTCOT.org, my portable digital version... you will enjoy exploring Shepard Fairey's studio through the pics on the next page, and since there is so much in the details, i left the high res version for you to click through to.

And for the record, he was one of the kindest, humblest, down to earth folks i've met in a while. It was great to see that he still has so much passion for what he does, and gets down right giddy when talking about his new projects (and politics). Also above is a new print that he is releasing on Thursday at noon, Duality of Humanity 3 - if you want one, these things disappear within minutes.

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