Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Table on trucks, $1700+
Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Graffiti on stuff
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Another article about graffiti innovations
Breakthroughs? You be the judge. Some cool stuff in there for sure, but plenty to get riled about as well. As a commenter put it, graffiti is usually associated with "a certain demographic" but apparently when people of other demographics do it, it's cool. Can you smell the racism there?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Surveillance cameras: the simple approach
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Graffiti World 2008 Calendar
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Dondi - Converse
The Michael White x Dondi White 1HUND(RED) Artist collaboration shoe will be available in December 2007 at Bodega, 6 Clearway St. Boston, MA 02115. MSRP $90 with 10% of the net wholesale price of this shoe going to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Geneva, Switzerland).
Friday, November 09, 2007
New shoes by Persue
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Another good reason to buy condoms ... a new artist series
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Kaws laptop/book sleeve with Arkitip #41
Sunday, July 01, 2007
iPhone FTW on Googlefight
Well the iphone is certainly winning the hot-air wars. Go Apple. The next version will be even more fun, and so will the next. And pretty soon most other phones will be tolerable to use too. Now if we could just replace all the mobile phone reps with helpful people and get competitive phone plans that don't suck, we'd be ready to go.
But it's an exciting time to be alive here at the dawn of the information age ... and we are there.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
GPS, Graffiti, and Self-Incrimination
The article above describes a system of graffiti surveillance involving police using Global Positioning System (GPS) tagging of photos, etc. We could worry about that, but consider this bigger picture:
GPS is a system that involves a satellite and a ground receiver. The satellite tells the receiver on the ground where the receiver is located, to within a few feet. This system is very handy indeed when, for example, you happen to be lost.
Problem is when your devices report your location without telling you. Your phone might already be GPS-enabled. If not, your next one likely will be. It's not something you can turn off in most cases, because it's used by the emergency services, for example when you dial 911 for an ambulance, in the USA. You have to be tracked for your own good, see?
Your car might already be GPS-enabled. Maybe it has a map or direction finder, very handy. Or maybe it has an antitheft system like OnStar that keeps track of where your car is without telling you. Or maybe your rental car, company car or truck tells the company where you are all the time and your route, again without your knowledge or permission.
Your camera is next, and of course your phone camera. They will have GPS and it will be a "feature." Your photos will automatically contain where and when you took them and with what device, and when you upload to Flickr or whatever, the websites could display that info on a map. Cute, right? Except when the buffers come to the wall hours later or your secret bridge turns into a tourist area, or when the cops need a quick list of every place you hit this year.
GPS is only one of these passive-surveillance technologies of concern. There is also RFID, unencrypted wireless (email, texting, web browsing, pagers, keyboards, cordless phones, most cell phones), surveillance cameras, outdoor listening devices, and cell-phone triangulation, just to hit the high spots.
Clearly, humans need to be more in control of the kind of info their devices are sharing without their permsission. Nothing else will do. Try to buy stuff that has controls that put you in charge and features that are not hidden or automatic. Be aware that your devices can create big security problems for you.
And let's not forget the most dangerous form of self-incrimination: running your mouth. What you say in chatrooms, on phones, on Myspace, in email, to reporters, and to the nice policeman who promised to let you off easy if you just showed him every piece of graffiti you ever painted -- are the most dangerous kinds of self-incrimination available.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Fun things to do with stencils: print clothes
Monday, May 14, 2007
Forget LEDs, here come the shoes that authenticate you.
From Threat Level, which often warns about real threats that are worth fighting against. Bluetooth shoes may not be one of the worrisome things -- that is until they start broadcasting your identity or exhibiting other promiscuous or spoofable behavior.
On a similar note, some video cameras are being hooked up to software that attempts to identify people by their gait (how they walk). This type of mass surveillance may turn out to be more evil in the long run than shoes that let you into your workplace without a keycard.
Monday, August 28, 2006
From the press release:
"Eindhoven, the Netherlands -- Philips Research intends to impress the visitors at this year's IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) with a world-first demonstration of promotional jackets and furniture featuring its innovative Lumalive technology. Lumalive textiles make it possible to create fabrics that carry dynamic advertisements, graphics and constantly changing color surfaces. The Philips stand in Hall 22 will act as a showcase for the Lumalive textile products that will be worn by Philips' hostesses and embedded into booth furniture of the Future Zone.
Although the technology has been developed only recently -- early prototypes were exhibited at IFA 2005 -- Philips Research has made immense progress in fully integrating Lumalive fabrics into garments demonstrated by the jackets worn by Philips' hostesses at the show. These first-generation jackets are ready for commercialization by companies partnering with Philips Research, particularly those in the promotional industry looking for a new, high-impact medium. Interested parties could use the technology to transform their event and enhance their visitors' experiences.
Lumalive fabrics feature flexible arrays of colored light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fully integrated into the fabric -- without compromising the softness or flexibility of the cloth. These light emitting textiles make it possible to create materials that can carry dynamic messages, graphics or multicolored surfaces. Fabrics like drapes, cushions or sofa coverings become active when they illuminate in order to enhance the observer's mood and positively influence his/her behavior.
The jackets are comfortable to wear, and the Lumalive fabrics only become obvious when they light up to display vivid colored patterns, logos, short text messages or even full color animations. The electronics, batteries and LED arrays are fully integrated and invisible to the observer and wearer. The jackets feature panels of up to 200 by 200 sq. mm, although the active sections can be scaled up to cover much larger areas such as a sofa."
[See the link for more info and a photo -- finally, some serious fun can be had with clothing. Clearly they need artists to apply the tech. - Susan]
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Roll your own Art Crimes gear
Announcing our new shirt shop!
+ Ship to USA, Canada, and Europe.
+ Print our designs, your designs (vector), or you can write some words and wear them.
+ Bulk discounts are automatic, starting at $100 in merchandise.
+ We need more "AC" and "Art Crimes" designs to put in the store.*
+ And you can open your own shop. See ours for details. It's free.
* Email email@example.com with designs you'd like us to consider (and your thoughts about the new shop, please). Final designs must be in vector format (EPS / Illustrator) in one or two colors (no fades, no tiny lines). Please send a JPG or screen capture for consideration, and if we like it, we'll send you more details. We pay royalties on the sales of your designs (50 cents each in USD).