If supporting social causes is important to you, and you also like classic American punk rock, you might feel the need to dress yourself in this attractive Black Lives Matter T-shirt. This sharp design by Noble Tee Shop incorporates the image of four white bars on a black field that any fan would instantly recognize as the iconic logo for LA-based punk band Black Flack. Yes, it is pretty cool, and available in a variety of shirt styles, sizes and colors for $24.95 each at This Link!
In the past few weeks, the city streets have become a canvas for protest art spawned in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the police. On one of my regular evening walks this week, I spotted this small mural of George’s likeness, bearing the words ‘justice’ and ‘coexist,’ at the corner of First Avenue and East 13th Street. You can see that someone has placed a prayer candle on the sidewalk in front of the mural, but it’s easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention, because the mural sits below eye level.
This mural is entitled Justice, and it was painted by New York-based Japanese artist Dragon 76 (@dragon76art). Update: As of July 25th, 2020, this mural has been painted-over as a black background with the word “CoExist” in white. New photo below!
Everyone should be familiar with the basic facts of how George Floyd died, but it case you aren’t, you can read it in the above photo. This is one of a series of stickers posted along Avenue B with the names and stories of black people who have lost their lives to police brutality and racially motivated violence. It is extremely sobering but also inspiring to join this call for justice.
Say Their Names.
In the windows of closed businesses, merchants and residents stand in solitary with our African American neighbors.
Let us not allow this moment in time to pass without enacting real change, starting within ourselves.
I found this one in Freeman Alley.
George Floyd’s sacrifice will not be in vain.
Rest In Peace.
If there is one band that can always be relied on to deliver the goods when you just want to Rock Out, that band is Monster Magnet. This week’s featured clip is a performance-based lyric video for the group’s current single, “When the Hammer Comes Down,” and it does not disappoint in its delivery of the relentless heavy metal Sturm und Drang that defines iconic front man Dave Wyndorf and his head-banging bandmates.
Visually, this clip reminds me of classic Black Sabbath, with its film negative imaging and minimal, but signature, visual effects. Though not an overtly political song, I’m pretty sure that Wyndorf is opposes the current Administration, which makes me love him even more. Point being that the basic titular theme, and the song’s refrain, “The Universe will do you right/ when the Hammer Comes Down,” can certainly be embraced by the Resistance movement going surging in this country. It could not come at a better time.
The video release of “When the Hammer Comes Down” coincides with the kick off of Monster Magnet’s North American Fall Tour, dates for which are below, in support of their most recent album release, Mindfucker. Enjoy, bitches!
10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/9: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/10: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/13: Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
10/15: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20: Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21: Houston, TX @ White Oak (Upstairs)
10/23: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/24: Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/28: Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
I was out in the Chelsea Gallery District for a weekend afternoon Art Safari when I spotted this Giant Inflatable Rat in the likeness of Dump, parked adjacent to the High Line on West 26th Street. As you can see, the resemblance is uncanny!
Dump Rat (my words, since I do my best to never say or type the name of The Evile One) is a take on the Inflatable Scabby Rat, an enduring sign of resistance, which has been re-purposed by BravinLee gallery to help lead protest against Trump’s policies. Their intent is to fabricate an inflatable Trump Rat and get it out into the world, keep it circulating, and loan it out to protests. What a Genius idea, and one I can very much get behind!
According to the gallery’s mission statement: Trump Rat is not about ridicule as in tit for tat or a comeuppance. It is way more than that. It is classic satire, it is art imitating life, holding up a mirror to a president whose modus operandi, MO, every single day, is about governing by ridicule, communicating by ridicule, decision-making by ridicule. Trump Rat is, of course, not literal, but it is in a long tradition of artistic satire and psychological portraiture.
They are also selling Dump Rat T Shirts! Info on how to get one for yourself is below:
Trump Rat is 15’ tall and comes complete with comb-over, unsightly eye bags, a long rat tail, confederate flag cuff-links and Russian Federation lapel pin.
Dump Rat was design by artist Jeffrey Beebe and fabricated by Mac Yates at Inflatable Images. This inflatable was made In America! Find out more about Dump Rat at This Link!
These stickers from Trumpo Collective — featuring the likeness of Drumpf wrapped in bullet belts and wearing a sombrero — were seen all over various light posts, street signs, distribution boxes and other surfaces near Pier 94 over the weekend. No me gusta El Trumpo.
Buy this design on a T-Shirt for just $21.95, or choose a Hoody or Other Swag at This Link!