Stuff posted in the ‘Culture’ Category

Best Worst Movie Limited Edition Posters


A good friend of mine, Michael Paul Stephenson, has been working on a documentary for several years now called Best Worst Movie. In a nutshell the film is about a movie called Troll 2, which is indisputably the “worst movie ever made”. I have been really impressed watching how well the documentary has done on the festival circuit and how successful it has been so far. It’s a great film so keep your eyes out, it may be coming to a theater near you.

He has just released this awesome a limited edition screen printed movie poster available here. Also watch the trailer, which is currently featured on the front page of iTunes Movie Trailers.

TrustoCorp and… Guerilla Grocery Art?


Street art has changed a lot over the years. From simply marking your spot in a public domain to well thought out political statements and full out attacks on the corporate world. TrustoCorp is a New York based artist (or artists) that has taken it to the next level by replacing products in grocery stores with products reflecting their own agenda. The packaging is done so well you may not even notice it if it weren’t pointed out to you. I would love to find one of these while shopping at the grocery store.

via Changethethought




Shanghai Five Skate Documentary Teaser

Shanghai Five

The second teaser for the documentary Shanghai Five has been released and is said to be due out late 2010. The film, shot by Charles Lanceplaine, gives a look into the growing skateboarding culture in Shanghai. Looking at the teaser Shanghai Five looks to be filmed really well. I am especially looking forward to seeing it because one of my friends, Brian Smith (shown in the photo), is in the film. He has lived in Shanghai for something like eight years and has been a huge part of the upcoming skate scene in Shanghai. Watch the first teaser.

via: Shanghaiist

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Imagine Blade Shun

Imagine Blade Shun

You probably remember the days when rollerbladers would skate around wearing their baggy jeans doing badly named tricks like alley-oop fishbrains. Well, some of the tricks might still be named weird, but the rollerblading has changed. The sport has matured and has endured beyond being the “cool” thing to do. Imagine Blade Shun is a movie that shows a new generation of rollerbladers adding a creativity to the sport that it has never seen. Just watching the trailer for this movie makes me wish I had never stopped rollerblading.

Giant Bowery Series


Giant has some nice stuff going on with their Bowery series. With a throwback look and a nod to designs of the past the series may have design elements of the past, but be assured the components are everything you would expect from a modern quality bicycle. I am liking the clean, minimal look of the Bowery FMX. Here are some others from the series I like as well.



55DSL + Dim Mak + Ferrino Survival Kit

For those of you headed to Coachella this year and feel like braving the elements (and smelly hippies), 55DSL, Dim Mak and manufacturer Ferrino bring you the Coachella Survival Kit. The kit includes a tent with a cool all-over illustrated print, t-shirt and mix CD featuring tracks from artists like Bloody Beetroots, Shinichi Osawa and Steve Aoki.

Leader Bike Commercial Featuring Massan

Super cool commercial for Leader Bike shot in San Francisco featuring rider Massan.

Issuu Web Publishing

I am a huge fan of magazines. Nothing can replace the smell of fresh ink on the pages of your favorite magazine, but the next best thing would be a super-sleek way of browsing thousands of magazines at the click of a mouse or tap of an iPad. Issuu is a web publishing site that offers a huge selection of all kinds of magazines. If you are a publisher it’s a totally free and very streamlined way of reaching a worldwide audience.


I am admittedly no fan of anime or manga, so for those of you that are please excuse me being way behind on this. This post is for those like me who wouldn’t normally watch anime and missed out on the movie Tekkonkinkreet. A friend of mine showed me this film, based on the manga Black and White, a few months back and I was blown away. The animation is like nothing I have ever seen and is completely amazing. I couldn’t find a trailer that would do it justice, so I can only give you my word that it’s worth a watch.

Kitsuné Maison 9 Coming Soon


The latest Kitsuné Maison Compilation is due out at the end of April. This compilation is said to be much more mellow than the previous. In their words it’s “the most snuggly, peaceful, motherly Kitsuné compilation until now – soft as cotton.” Even so I am looking forward to it. It consists of tracks and remixes by artists like Arthur Baker, Crookers feat Yelle, Holy Ghost!, Hurts, Joan Of Arc, Two Door Cinema Club, Yusek  and more. I will keep you posted on any previews available before the release.

Incase Travel Dop Kit


I really wish I had discovered this before venturing out of the country for the summer. The Incase Travel Dop Kit is a mini case meant for your iPhone, iPod and other goodies that need some extra protection. The case has a fur lined pocket with cord management, mesh pockets and a removable accessory clip. It’s a simple case, but  I have a thing for bags whether they are small, big or whatever their function. Especially if they are made with the attention and quality of Incase bags.

Limited Edition Supra Stubb’s Skytop: SXSW Edition

Supra and Stubb's

I am not what you would call a “sneaker head” by any means, but I think this collabaration between Supra and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is pretty unique. The shoe is called the Stubb’s Skytop and is being released at SXSW in Austin, TX this Friday. Apparently Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is known for its amazing barbeque sauce as well as being a great venue to see live music. The special edition package will include a pair of Stubb’s Skytops, a 2009 SXSW apron, a bottle of Stubb’s sauce, all inside a handmade wooden numbered box that is branded with the 2009 SXSW seal. There are only 50 of these packages being sold, so if you are at SXSW and want to go stand in a long ass line in the Austin heat to pay a shit load of money for some really cool kicks you had better be at Stubb’s! Info Below.

Stubb’s Skytop: SXSW Edition
Friday March 20

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
801 Red River
Austin, Texas 78701

Eliss for the iPhone/iPod Touch


Eliss is a game for the iPhone and iPod Touch that caught my attention from the second I heard the soundtrack and saw the semi-8-bit style graphics. The game was developed by Steph Thirion who seems to have a background in this “retro” style gaming and design. It took me a bit to get a hang of the game, but after I did I was hooked. Even if the game wasn’t fun I would still play it just to hear the soundtrack. Eliss has a reasonable price tag of $3.99 and is available at the iTunes App Store.

Cut & Paste Competition L.A.

Cut and Paste LATomorrow is the kickoff of this year’s Cut & Paste competition in Los Angeles. If you are in LA I suggest you check this event out. Just watching the footage from previous events makes me excited.  I have been wanting to attend for a long time and barely missed the contest in Hong Kong last year. But I just so happen to be in LA right now so I won’t be missing out again. They have expanded their tour this year to include 16 cities worldwide  so check out the city schedule to see if Cut & Paste is coming your way. Keep your eye out for upcoming coverage of the LA event here on TheDopeFiend.

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Doors open 5:00 PM
Avalon Hollywood
1735 Vine Street
$15.00 online
$20.00 door

XLR8R’s Vis-Ed

The other day I walked into some random convenient store in Los Angeles and found the special edition magazine that XLR8R recently published (I love that convenient stores carry ‘zines like this in LA). The magazine is dedicated solely to the section of XLR8R called Vis-Ed, and is cover-to-cover full of featured artists. XLR8R is one of my favorite magazines, if not my favorite magazine out there and I think what they are doing with Vis-Ed is really cool. They have also launched a website dedicated to Vis-Ed which I am hoping is updated frequently.


XLR8R Adds Miami to Their Guide

XLR8R's City Guide now has Miami.

Griffin Slap Watches

Remember slap bracelets? Like those, but cooler.

Eboy’s FixPix App For the iPhone

Great puzzle game with graphics by Eboy himself.

XLR8R Atlanta City Guide

XLR8R added ATL to thier city guide. Check it out.



Hooray For Earth – Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow Remix)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010


Twin Shadow has been making some waves throughout the internets lately. I recently purchased his new album Forget, and I must say I quite like it. I am also really liking this remix he has done for Hooray For Earth, who I had never heard of before this song, but will surely be checking them out after hearing it.

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Muscles – Girl Crazy Go (Muscles Inception Remix)

Monday, October 18th, 2010


The last I heard of Muscles he had quit the music business because of problems with his label Modular. This disappointed me because I love his music. However, I was happy to see that if the rumors were true at the time he has apparently changed his mind. A new EP by Muscles titled Younger & Immature is due out October 29.

Here’s a remix of the first single from the EP ‘Girl Crazy Go’. Check out the music video for the original version here. From the sounds of it Muscles hasn’t lost his musical touch, or his ego.

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Sleigh Bells – Run the Heart (Bassnectar Remix)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


Music by Bassnectar isn’t something I would normally post here. For the most part I feel his stuff is for dirty rave hippies, and if you read this blog at all you probably know how I feel about the wobbly bass-heavy Dubstep. That being said this remix done of Sleigh Bells‘ song ‘Run the Heart’ is still bass-heavy, but not completely overboard. It also manages to keep a lot of what makes the original track so good.

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Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – Hello

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010


Chances are if you spend any amount of time on the internet you have heard ‘Hello’ by Martin Solveig featuring the lovely Dragonette (considering it went number one on Hype Machine). But I couldn’t resist posting this super-fun dance-pop masterpiece. It’s basically impossible not to want to dance to this song. I don’t know a lot about Martin Solveig, but from what I have heard and seen so far I am liking his stuff. Purchase the EP with several remixes on Beatport now.

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Millionyoung – Local Joke (Neon Indian Cover)

Friday, October 1st, 2010


Millionyoung, aka Mike Diaz, is shaping up to be one of my favorite artist of 2010. I really love this cover he has done of Neon Indian’s ‘Local Joke’. He adds his own personality to the song, so much that it sounds as though he could have written it. I am looking forward to a full-length album from him.