Star Wars Mashup Figures by Michael Leavitt

These awesome figures were created by artist Michael Leavitt, who was also responsible for the Banksy toy line from a while back. This Star Wars line mashes up Star Wars characters with important figures in history and pop culture. We’ve got Darwin, Gandhi, King Jong Il, Obama, and plenty of others.

See the full line at Leavitt’s shop. Each character is sculpted as a one-off, so no replications are made. The sculptures are currently being displayed at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.

(via Nerdcore)

Pics & Video From the New Leaf Launch at Nintendo World NY

Oh man! So me and my special lady took the 5am bus from Reading, PA to New York City this past Saturday for the Animal Crossing New Leaf launch event and holy geeze was is fun! There were games to play sweet pins to collect, and StreetPasses aplenty. They even had a tiny replica diorama of an Animal Crossing town!

Check out the swankily edited video below for a better look at what you missed if you couldn’t make it out to NY over the weekend.

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Robin Rhode Turns New York Gallery Into Massive Coloring Book

South African artist Robin Rhode is turning New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery into a massive coloring book for an exhibit titled “Paries Pictus.” Rhode apparently splattered many walls with different colors, drew on walls with various stencils and illustrations, and invited 37 first-grade students to come out and help draw what was left untouched with giant crayons. Cute photos from the gallery are pictured above.

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IndieCade Kicks Off This Friday
If you’re in the NY area this weekend, you should probably plan on getting your righteous butt over to The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria for the first ever IndieCade on the east coast.
The festival takes place Friday – Sunday, Feb. 15 – 17. Special guests include Kris Piotrowski (creator of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP) and Doug Wilson (Johann Sebastien Joust).

Activities include:

Night Games, a Saturday evening of game play over two floors of the Museum


A New York-centric game design challenge: students and faculty from NYU Game Center and Parsons The New School for Design will face-off in a real-time competition to design a video game in one hour


Game Slam, in which game makers present their works and an ongoing festival Show and Tell, inviting attendees to share their own games and to receive feedback


A 10-game arcade tournament


A festival-long game jam, in which invited participants work day-and-night to build a game, culminating in a presentation of the completed games


Oh yeah, and I’ll be there taking pics, video, and passing out free high-fives. If there’s anything you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comments.
See you there!

IndieCade Kicks Off This Friday

If you’re in the NY area this weekend, you should probably plan on getting your righteous butt over to The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria for the first ever IndieCade on the east coast.

The festival takes place Friday – Sunday, Feb. 15 – 17. Special guests include Kris Piotrowski (creator of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP) and Doug Wilson (Johann Sebastien Joust).

Activities include:

  • Night Games, a Saturday evening of game play over two floors of the Museum
  • A New York-centric game design challenge: students and faculty from NYU Game Center and Parsons The New School for Design will face-off in a real-time competition to design a video game in one hour
  • Game Slam, in which game makers present their works and an ongoing festival Show and Tell, inviting attendees to share their own games and to receive feedback
  • A 10-game arcade tournament
  • A festival-long game jam, in which invited participants work day-and-night to build a game, culminating in a presentation of the completed games

Oh yeah, and I’ll be there taking pics, video, and passing out free high-fives. If there’s anything you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comments.

See you there!

"SUPER MARIO DOESN’T CALL ME A FAG SO WHAT THE FUCK MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL."

This is the snarky 8-bit art of melonjaywalk. Each piece has a pretty unique story, for example, here’s the story behind the “Mario Fag” piece:

This was done..

As..

I dunno’. It’s half a response to the question ‘why do you like video games so much’. Well, Mario’s not gonna’ complain about the state of the economy, or call me an abomination and tell me who I can’t marry, or criticize the way I dress, etc.

So how could I not prefer videogames to real life.

Or something.

Check out the artist’s deviantART page for more awesome art with equally awesome stories behind each piece.

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THE PERFECT SKETCH BOOK FOR GRAFFITI ARTISTS WHO ARE AFRAID OF GETTING CAUGHT.
The Walls Notebook from ThinkOfThe has 80 pages featuring pictures of real New York City walls instead of boring ol’ blank pages like your normal sketch book. Any aspiring Banksys out there should scoop one of these up pronto. For just $17 a pop I think I just might get one for myself.
[Via High Snobiety]

THE PERFECT SKETCH BOOK FOR GRAFFITI ARTISTS WHO ARE AFRAID OF GETTING CAUGHT.

The Walls Notebook from ThinkOfThe has 80 pages featuring pictures of real New York City walls instead of boring ol’ blank pages like your normal sketch book. Any aspiring Banksys out there should scoop one of these up pronto. For just $17 a pop I think I just might get one for myself.

[Via High Snobiety]

Graffiti + Mario = Sideway, a New Platformer Headed to PSN and PC this Year.

If you’ve been following our site for a while, you know that we’re huge fans of both street art and video games (if you’re new, check out our Daily Graffiti archives!), so it’s only natural that this trailer for Sideway from Playbrains blew our faces into pieces. Not literally, mind you. That’d just be gross and probably fatal.

In Sideway, you play as Nox, just your average graffiti writer who gets sucked into Sideway - a 2D graffiti world where you have to navigate through the walls, ground, and rooftops of the New York streets. Aside from the single player campaign, there’s also drop-in/drop-out local co-op!

With awesome art and a sweet hip-hop soundtrack, you can count us stoked as balls for this when it drops later this year.

(Source: youtube.com)

Mark You Calendars! Blip Festival NY 2010 Is This May!
Put in that vacation time, book your ass a hotel, and get ready for three days of “unconventional devices doing unconventional things" when BlipFest brings the chipmusic heat courtesy of 8bitpeoples and The Tank.

// BLIP FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2011 // fifth anniversary edition // May 19-21 2011 @ Eyebeam // 540 West 21st Street, New York NY 10011 US // map: http://goo.gl/ju6DT  {lineup to be announced}

Mark You Calendars! Blip Festival NY 2010 Is This May!

Put in that vacation time, book your ass a hotel, and get ready for three days of “unconventional devices doing unconventional things" when BlipFest brings the chipmusic heat courtesy of 8bitpeoples and The Tank.

// BLIP FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2011
// fifth anniversary edition
// May 19-21 2011 @ Eyebeam
// 540 West 21st Street, New York NY 10011 US
// map: http://goo.gl/ju6DT
 {lineup to be announced}

Brisk Bound!

So for those who don’t follow me on Twitter (@brownkidd you should totally follow me) the Mekanism ad agency recently contacted me about covering their new campaign for Brisk (the drink, duh!) on Albotas. At first o thought the idea was whack until I saw the Machete Brisk commercial in all its hand-washy glory.

So I’ll be staying in NY until Saturday to cover all sorts of claymation and canned iced tea brujaja (brew-ha-ha… cuz it’s tea!)

Keep checking the site and follow my ass on Twitter for updates and general tomfoolery.

Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that my time, travel and accommodations have been compensated by Pepsi Co. for my participation in the “That’s Brisk, Baby!” campaign. Although I have a material connection to Pepsi Co., any publicly stated opinions of Pepsi Co. remain my own.

Brisk Bound!

So for those who don’t follow me on Twitter (@brownkidd you should totally follow me) the Mekanism ad agency recently contacted me about covering their new campaign for Brisk (the drink, duh!) on Albotas. At first o thought the idea was whack until I saw the Machete Brisk commercial in all its hand-washy glory.

So I’ll be staying in NY until Saturday to cover all sorts of claymation and canned iced tea brujaja (brew-ha-ha… cuz it’s tea!)

Keep checking the site and follow my ass on Twitter for updates and general tomfoolery.

Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that my time, travel and accommodations have been compensated by Pepsi Co. for my participation in the “That’s Brisk, Baby!” campaign. Although I have a material connection to Pepsi Co., any publicly stated opinions of Pepsi Co. remain my own.

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