SHAKASTICS x Ken Kagami



California-based custom skateboard builders SHAKASTICS have teamed-up with Japanese artist Ken Kagami and his fantastically irreverent illustration work. The chosen graphic is a shameless doodle of Bart Simpson with the profile of a skateboard forming his eyes.

The SHAKASTICS x Ken Kagami collaboration includes four deck variants (90's Football Shape 8.5" and Popsicle Shape available in 8.25", 8.38" and 8.5".) A T-shirt available in three colour variants, and a very limited 6 panel cap made in conjunction with The Hatsmith. The limited nature of SHAKASTICS releases means many of these items have already sold out! Grab what you want via their online store whilst you still can.

Also check out the excellent 'Bartworks' zine published as a co-production between Kagami, Swiss publishing house Nieves and Hungarian art publisher Innen.






John Jones Studio: Tribute

Baptiste Humler of the John Jones Studio animated this marvelous tribute to his favourite super heroes. Bruce Banner's muscle popping transformation into The Hulk is especially pleasing.


Yawen Zheng: Every Star

Yawen Zheng's 2014 short 'Every Star', a first year animation created at USC - School of Cinematic Arts, is finally online for us to enjoy in all its charmingly sweet magnificence.

A mysterious boy from nature collects stars from the nights sky and sends them to every city child, who are unable to see the stars through light pollution and smog.

"In everyone’s heart, there lives a little boy and his star."


Judie So: Hidden Pirate Island Zine



Judie So aka WOLVES&OWLS is a Sydney-based freelance illustrator with a focus on creating predominantly monochromatic artworks showcasing her delicately intricate line work and characters with a sense of nostalgia & curiosity.

As part of an ongoing personal project the SMPSNS collects a series of Simpsons inspired illustrations featuring obscure characters, memorable quotes, ink brush writing and a tattoo flash aesthetic. As an outlet for these drawings Judie has published the 'Hidden Pirate Island' zine, a reference to a quote from season 11 episode 'The Mansion Family', compiling a selection of the best.

Limited stock of 'Hidden Pirate Island' is still available to buy via Judie So's online store, priced $10.00





Kool A.D. - Hickory

Youth Experimental Studio (YES) a multidisciplinary graphic design studio based in Lima, Perú are behind this superbly animated music video for the track 'Hickory' by Kool A.D. The rotoscoped video, animated and edited by Muriel Holguín, features colourful and painterly illustrations from herself alongside Paulo Novoa and Delphine Lejeune.

The track, featuring Talib Kweli & Boots Riley, is taken from the new Kool A.D. album 'Word O.K.'


Sundeep Toor: Soft Disney Jelly

Sundeep Toor has animated an abstract series of amorphous Disney characters from classic icons to the more obscure. The short contains just shy of 70 distinguishable characters... can you name them all!?

Visit here for an accompanying GIF gallery and a list revealing the whole line-up in order of appearance.


The Man And The Mouse: Pixel Mickey Pin



The Man And The Mouse created their 'Pixel Mickey' image, inspired by our two favorite things while growing up - playing video games on the original Nintendo (NES) and going to Disney World, back in early 2014. Their vinyl stickers were left lying around The Walt Disney World Resort to be discovered by lucky park guests. Since then their work has organically grown to encompass a variety of graphic styles all with a Disneyfied slant.

To celebrated where it all began, The Man And The Mouse have released a limited edition 1" 'Pixel Mickey' lapel pin. The pin is available now via The Man And The Mouse online store, priced just $9.00!

Simon Landrein: Spead Magazine

Simon Landrein animated this pair of ass-slappingly good teaser for the launch of Spread Magazine, a brand new quarterly publication focusing on original and curated visual work from the worlds of Art, Music & Photography.


Asavari Kumar: Parallel

LA-based visual artist, designer and filmmaker Asavari Kumar describes her animated film 'Parallel' as "a video installation and a short film that attempts to explore the multiple possible outcomes of the same situation at key points in an individual’s life. It aims to investigate the effect of these outcomes on the individual while exploring the structure of a linear but parallel narrative and the possibility of simultaneous existence of multiple realities."


COSMO : A Graphic Space Journey

This animated odyssey through space was conceived by artistic director Gabriel Aldama and motion designer Pierre-Guilhem Roudet.

The resulting short amalgamates 2D & 3D animation into a style influenced by retro sci-fi and monochromatic graphic novels. The creative duo encourage viewers to press pause at any moment and admire individual frames as if the were panels in a comic strip.


Craig Metzger: This Happy Place Zine



Art director, graphic designer and artist Craig Metzger lives and works in Southern California. Over the last decade he has visited the "The Happiest Place On Earth" countless times, collecting strange stories and dark rumors from former park workers, seasoned park goers and even law enforcement officers!

Becoming fixated with these Disneyland urban legends, Craig decided to publish a zine as a personal creative project and as a cathartic release for these gathered folk-tales. Visualised in a series of bizarre illustrations, doctored photographs and found images, the zine encompasses stories ranging from murder & suicide, the ups and downs of the 'Captain EO' ride marred by Michael Jackson's child molestation rumors and the infamous (albeit photoshopped) images of Donald Duck exposing Christina Aguilera's nipple ring!

'The Happy Place' zine is available to buy from www.craigmetzger.bigcartel.com now, along with a series of complementary sew-on patches and stickers!







Art Department - Walls

It's rare to see anything more than pseudo-film trailers and fragments of animated science fiction from Hugo Moreno.

In this music video, accompanying the track 'Walls' by Art Department (a musical partnership between Jonny White and Canadian Techno-legend Kenny Glasgow,) we're treated to a full three and a half minutes of Hugo's inimitable style brought to life. The video depicts a venomous black ooze leaching from the body of a guilt ridden man, infecting the water supply of a futuristic city before consuming it entirely.

This directorial collaboration between Grandson & Son, Jonny White and Hugo Moreno, combined with the animation talents of Hugo's fellow Gobelins' graduates Hanne Galvez and Bernard Som, really compliments the ominous vocals & the futuristically electronic music and reaffirms our desire to see more of Hugo Moreno's work on a grander scale.

Emily King - The Animals

Tomek Ducki directed this wonderful animated new music video for the track'The Animals' by Emily King.

Ducki animated the sand art (albeit actually being animated with coffee grounds) sequences, Gina Thorstensen created the spiraling psychedelic strata-cut clay animation (A similar process was used in her previous collaboration with Tomek Ducki in the Bipolar Sunshine 'Day Dreamer' music video,) whilst Weronika Banasińska handled the hand-drawn 2D elements. The collaborative whole is a stunning amalgamation of styles, truly mirroring the depth and warmth of Emily King's soulful lyrics.

The track is taken from the forthcoming album 'The Switch' - available June 26th via iTunes.


Lee Hardcastle: Expensive Spliff

Lee Hardcastle animated this spot on cheeky homage to stop motion maestro PES.

Wong Ping: An Emo Nose

The latest absurdly amusing animated short from Wong Ping follows the story of a wandering nose and the face it leaves behind. The fact this is the first of his films you can show your friends without looking like a pervert is an added bonus!

"I have lost my interest in any kind of social activities after my nose leave me. Am I enjoying loneliness as I thought, or the ugliness of the people around me makes me feel being alone is actually not bad at all?"