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Skate Decks By Paul McCarthy

Skate Decks by Paul McCarthy
Photos By Gail

If you are acquainted with art of Paul McCarthy, then you’ve come to understand that McCarthy’s art is centered in taking the familiar and banal and fucking it up a little bit, because that is how he rolls. Paul McCarthy and The Skateroom is a collaboration between the artist and the organization that supports non-profit projects that empower children through Skateboarding and Art, which nobody can deny is a truly excellent cause! Here, McCarthy’s provocative and socially critical art celebrates the skateboard as a symbol of youth empowerment and freedom on a deeper level, as proceeds from sales will entirely fund the building of a skateboarding and educational center for vulnerable youth in South Africa, led by international NGO Skateistan, which builds skate parks in poor, traumatized areas of the world.

Mayo Lotion Teddy (Detail)
Mayo, Lotion, Teddy (Detail)

Available in two limited editions as follows:

Collector’s Set (Edition of 35) 10 Decks + 1 signed exclusive deck, packaged in a custom flight case: $30,000

Box Set (Edition of 215Sets) 10 Decks: $3,500

Single Deck: $350

Available in the MOMA Design Store!

Children Of Loss Come Together: Atalie’s Hope Gala June 26th!

Atalies Hope Gala

Atalie’s Hope will host its second annual gala, Thursday June 26, 2014 in New Hyde Park, NY. Cost is $150.00 per person and all proceeds will go towards the foundation. Atalie’s Hope was founded in honor of Atalie Bernic, a young mother who lost her battle against triple negative breast cancer when she was 39 years old. She is survived by her daughter Julia, age 9, who inspired the formation of this organization.

A night of hope will include honoring two important members of our Atalie’s Hope community:

Ms. Susan Thomas, the program director for the Center for H.O.P.E. (Healing, Opportunity, Perseverance, Enlightenment) and Mr. Howard Capell, ESQ an attorney of law that has graciously given probono work for the support of the Atalie’s Hope cause along with a number of other charitable endeavors.

“Susan Thomas and Howard Capell were instrumental in the formation of Atalie’s Hope. Their daily work for those in need is truly inspirational, and it is our privilege to honor them.” – Nada Bernic, President of Atalie’s Hope.

Atalie’s Hope will also announce the first ever family recipient of the “Gift of Hope.” The Gift of Hope was founded in efforts to continue to inspire families that are coping with loss. This year, the Gift of Hope will be given to a family that recently lost their mother to breast cancer; the children and their father will receive all-expenses paid trip to Disney.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in American women; about 1 in 8 US women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This has the potential to leave a large number of people indirectly affected by the disease as they continue to live in the aftermath of this disease. If you have (std testing), flexible spending account or health reimbursement arrangement, you can use that to pay for testing. Ensuring those affected, especially the children, have the support they need is critical and that’s what Atalie’s Hope stands for.

Atalies Hope Gala Details
For tickets to the gala, please purchase through our Eventbrite.

About Atalie’s Hope

Atalie’s Hope is dedicated to providing financial assistance to the children of women who have died from breast cancer to help them offset the costs of healthcare, food, clothing and other necessary expenses. This organization serves as a network of the children of women who have died from breast cancer to provide guidance and support; and to conduct community discussions and forums to disseminate information regarding the issues facing children whose mothers have passed away.

To contribute to Atalie’s Hope, you can donate on our website: Atalie’s Hope Dot Org.

Open Call to Artists: Dave Brockie of GWAR Memorial Art Show

GWAR Full Band
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March 23rd, 2014 marked the untimely and tragic death of Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band GWAR. On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is hosting a special memorial art show dedicated to this legendary artist. Dave collaborated many times with MF Gallery, from his solo show / performance piece in 2004 to GWAR’s Crack-a-thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.

This is an open call to all artists who want to memorialize the Universe’s Greatest Scumdog, or the man behind the mask. MF Gallery will accept all submissions representing GWAR/ Oderus/ Brockie, as long as they are received by April 25th. Interested artists should email info@mfgallery.net for mailing address and more details.

The Opening Party, on Saturday May 3rd (7-10pm) will be a cash & carry sale, with one third of the proceeds going to The Dave Brockie Foundation. Art from the show will be available for viewing and purchasing online at: MF Gallery DB Memorial.

Donations can also be made directly to The Dave Brockie Foundation at: This Link.

Special party events and further details to come. Admission is free and open to all ages. Artists, fans and friends of GWAR / Dave are all invited to come see the show and celebrate this great man’s life with MF Gallery!

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond St. in Brooklyn, NY. Take the F or G train to Bergen St. The A or C to Hoyt/Schermehorn or the R to Union. For more information, contact Martina Secondo Russo at (917)446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net.

Two Contests to Enter! Hang with Linkin Park!

Linkin Park MusicCares Chester Bennington

Linkin Park rose to fame with its breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, gaining an immense following. Today, after collaborating with artists such as Jay-Z, selling over 50 million albums worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards, the band members are making themselves available to fans on an intimate level. Omaze.com is offering anyone not just one but two chances to kick it with the guys from Linkin Park. Read on to find out more.

Omaze.com has partnered with Linkin Park and MusiCares to offer fans a chance to win 2 Front Row VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30th, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The concert honors Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington as well as skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis will be presenting with special performances by Slash and more surprise guests! One lucky entrant and his or her guest will get to experience an historical event in person while helping people in need through the Linkin Park-founded organization, Music for Relief, for only  $10, or less!

Each entry to win Two VIP Tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert gives you a chance to:

  • Win 2 Front Row, VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Airfare & Hotel are included!
  • Funds received from Every Entry help provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy

You will get one entry for a donation of just $10, but you can also buy 5 chances to win for just $40 or 10 entries (regularly $100) for $70 total. Visit This Link for more information and to enter the contest for the Concert Ticket package! Enter By May 20th to be eligible to win!

Hang With Linkin Park Studio

But wait, there’s more: For a one-of-a-kind preview of Linkin Park’s next album, Omaze is offering anyone the chance to win VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head. The winner and his or her guest will hear material that the band is working for their next album and hang out with the guys between sets.

Each entry for the Hang in the Studio with Linkin Park experience offers a chance to win the following:

  • You and a Guest will get VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head
  • Airfare & Hotel are included!
  • Funds received from Every Entry help provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy

Pricing on entries for this contest are the same as noted above. Enter to win the Recording Session Experience at This Link. Enter By May 31st to be eligible to win!

Metal Guitarist/Producer James Murphy Suffers Brain Tumor Relapse


James Murphy Has Brain Tumor Relapse; Donations Welcome

James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, as well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.

To donate funds to help offset James’ medical bills please visit PayPal at this secure link. Thank You!

Read more about James previous surgery and ongoing treatment after the jump. Continue reading

Fresh & Fast Burgers Announces Feel-Good Friday to Benefit the Bowery Mission this Thanksgiving

Fresh & Fast Burgers, the Flatiron District’s fast food burger joint, is proud to launch Feel-Good Friday this coming Friday, November 18th. For every burger sold throughout the business day on Friday, Fresh & Fast will donate a burger to the Bowery Mission this Thanksgiving. The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, and is one of the oldest and most recognized shelters.

Fresh & Fast is a classic fast food establishment that celebrates ‘fast food’ similarly to the way it was before it became a bad word (synonymous with poor quality food). Using all fresh ingredients, Fresh & Fast serves a custom blend of beef from NYC’s own Master Purveyors; the burger is a custom-created blend by New York’s most respected meat company, featuring angus prime cuts taken from the same cattle that supply premium steaks to Peter Luger’s. The result is a flavor greater than any of the other fast food burger in New York, whose beef would not pass muster in New York’s best steakhouse. While Fresh & Fast beef is served in a fast food setting, you won’t find this flavor and quality anywhere else.

In an effort to support hungry New Yorkers this holiday season, Fresh & Fast asks their customers to help support this cause, and it’s as easy as just buying a quick lunch or dinner. The first Feel-Good Friday will go towards a delivery to the Bowery Mission for Thanksgiving, and additional Friday promotions will be implemented throughout December for the Christmas holidays. Visit Fresh & Fast between the hours of 11 AM and Midnight November 18th, and your burger order will also feed a hungry New Yorker for Thanksgiving.

Fresh & Fast is located at 111 East 23rd Street between Park and Lexington in the Flatiron District. For more information on how you can support the Bowery Mission, please visit Bowery Dot Org.

Sssh.com to Donate Percentage of Monthly Revenue to Various Charitable Organizations!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 5th, 2011)Sssh Dot Com, the erotica and sexuality website designed and maintained for women by women, has begun a new program this past month to donate a percentage of each month’s revenue to charitable organizations serving worthy causes worldwide. The organization with the most votes for August, as chosen by subscribers, was Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, and exclusion from health care or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sssh.com takes time and consideration that each organization is chosen based on a commitment to excellence, accomplishment of stated goals and ratio of funds distribution (direct application to the cause vs. administrative expense). The list of potential beneficiaries includes social, medical and environmental charities that get little attention and deserve so much more. Some are large associations known for touching lives in positive ways. Others are small but cutting-edge research foundations determined to cure debilitating diseases. Still others are cultural and community outreach programs devoted to enriching lives.

Sssh.com’s members will select each month’s beneficiary, giving women a voice in ensuring dollars go where they will do the most good. Each month’s beneficiary will be announced at the beginning of the following month. Organizations and foundations that would like to be included may email editor@sssh.com.

Thanks to BSGPR For the Tip!

Be Freddie Mercury For One Day


“We’ve Got Your Moustache”

On September 5, 2011, late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury would have celebrated his 65th Birthday. In remembrance of his life, UK-based Global AIDS charity, the Mercury Phoenix Trust is sponsoring the annual charity event, Freddie For a Day. Created by Liz Swanton, Freddie For a Day encourages participants to dress up like Freddie Mercury for a full day and collect sponsorships from friends and co-workers, whose donations then go to support the AIDS education and prevention efforts of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. This HIV AIDS charitable organization was founded in Freddie’s memory after his passing almost 20 years ago. Having spent the majority of my High School years dressed like Freddie, I can say that this event sounds like a lot of fun, and a great way to remember Freddie’s specialness while raising money for a good cause. Plus, who wouldn’t want to rock that moustache?

Find out more about Freddie for Day a Day (FFAD) and how you can participate by visiting This Link!

Thanks to Ivy Vale For The Tip!

WorleyGig Supports Covenant House

You may notice that I’ve added a Covenant House Donation Banner to the upper right-hand column of the homepage. Please consider clicking on the banner and making one time or reoccurring donation to Covenant House, an extremely worthwhile and proactive organization which rescues homeless kids from the street.

2010 Canstruction Exhibit Now on View at NYC’s Winter Garden

For all fans of art and also those fascinated with architecture and design, the annual Canstruction exhibit is a must see. Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization – and the most unique food charity in the world – that holds annual design and build competitions among those in the architecture and design field where the challenge is to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. After the structures are built, with the winners in each city chosen, the “canstructions” go on view to the general public as a unique and cohesive art exhibit. This year, 25 amazing sculptures are on view in the Winter Garden Atrium located in the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan.

At the close of the competition, all of the food used in the structures will be donated to local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs. In this way, not only the participating Architects, engineers, designers, contractors and students contribute, but the local community also participates to raise canned food donations.  More information on Canstruction is available by visiting Canstruction Dot Org at This Link. View more amazing pictures of Canstruction sculptures from previous years at This Link.

Canstruction will be on display in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden from 10AM to 7PM daily through November 21 and until 5PM November 22. Admission is free, with the suggested donation being a can of food.