Stuff posted in the ‘Culture’ Category

Juxtapoz Feeds the Need

Yes, there is no doubt about it, I am an admitted ‘zine fiend. I simply love flipping the glossy pages of my favorite monthly publications. Yesterday another magazine was added to my favorites list. I picked up an issue of Juxtopoz for the first time. I had noticed on the newsstand before, but surprisingly had never actually read it. Juxtapoz is a magazine featuring the up-and-coming, as well as the already highly-respected artists throughout the world. From Shepard Fairey’s street art in L.A. to Yumiko Kayukawa’s cutesy Japanese pop art, Juxtapoz has it covered.

Who is “The Don”?

With his posts over the past week, you may be wondering who this new author is going by the name of “The Don”. Donnie “The Don” Millar, also author of Design/Tech blog MassPlastic, is the newest member of TheDopeFiend family and is bringing a lot to the plate. His excellent writing skills and his uncanny ability to soak up and stay up to date on what’s going on in this world around us will surely be a useful tool here at TheDopeFiend. We would like to officially welcome Donnie to the family, and thank him for being a part of it.

Graff Research Lab Wins Award

Graffiti Research Lab won an ARS Electronica Award, quite deservingly.

“Billboards and neon advertising signs determine in increasingly radical fashion the appearance of our streets and squares. The Graffiti Research Lab has taken up the task of actively opposing this state of affairs. In light of the thoroughgoing commercialization of public space, its aim is to redefine and rehabilitate graffiti as an individualized means of expression. Reasonably-priced technologies are designed to give individuals the opportunity to stake a claim to a public space and to make an impact on it. In collaboration with street artists and activists in New York and Washington D.C., Graffiti Research Lab has developed actions that bring software and electronics into traditional forms of expression of urban protest. This gives rise to completely new forms of Street Art in which building walls, streets and squares are painted with light-graffiti. provides instructions on how to go about it and documentation about what’s been done so far.”

Sneaker Templates by Pigmag

I never cease to be amazed at the underground, cultish sneaker culture. Sneaker-heads are a strange breed. Elite, passionate and sometimes snobby they will pay $500+ for something you put your smelly foot into. And although sometimes I am amazed by their loyalty to the sneaker, I understand it. It’s more than a shoe, it’s art. That’s why I think Pig Magazine’s sneaker templates are such a cool idea. In honor of 30 years of “Air”, these templates allow you to download and Photoshop your own Dunks, Air Maxes and Waffle Racers in any color you like. There is an endless amount of possibilities, now only if you could find a way to make Nike produce your style.

[via Mustache, check out his own gallery.]

Apartment Overheads

If you’ve wandered around sites like Ikea, Dwell, and Design Within Reach you’ve seen overhead apartment shots before. Graphic designers Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga have done some photo compositions of their aparment in Warsaw. The article tells you how this effect was accomplished so you can compose your own overhead shots.

EverywhereWeShoot’s Style You Can’t Ignore

EverywhereWeShoot’s Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garovillo are not afraid to try new things and present them to the still untrained eye of the regular Filipino hoping to open their minds. Both artists graduated from The College of Saint Benilde (School of Design and Arts) in Manila finishing Mulitmedia Arts and Fashion Design and Merchandising respectively. They are deeply rooted in popular culture while at the same time, living the independent lifestyle. Their art is a mix of class and decadence, modernity and nostalgia, completely new yet strangely familiar.

EverywhereWeShoot seeks to change the current trends in fashion photography and graphic design. They take each project to a higher level, which enables them to get ahead of the pack and this is what they promise clients every time. Ryan and Garovs have broken the mold of mediocrity and are now challenging people to embrace their creativity and show it to the world.

Frankie Magazine

One thing I always have to buy when visiting another country are magazines. Even if the text is written in a language I can’t read or understand, I buy it. I figured that these are way better than tacky souvenirs and at the same time, keeps me updated on the current trends and issues in that specific country.

A friend recently came back from Australia and brought with her a copy of Frankie which impressed me to no end! The layout and photographs are superb, articles are humorous and well written (personal favorite would be the one on swearing), and the current fashion/music/art trends happening down under are presented very well. Frankie deserves to be recognized internationally (or maybe it already is) along with edgy magazines such as NYLON, Tokion, Paper, Soma, etc.

Honeyee Web Magazine

Honeyee is an online magazine from Japan that updates me with news about art and fashion through the eyes of Japan’s cool hunters. For people who love high end street-fashion such as Number (N)ine and Neighborhood, you’re in luck (Although you’d have to know how to read Japanese) because these are a few of the favorites.

Honeyee also has personal blogs of people in the know such as FPM’s Tomoyuki Tanaka, Hiroshi Fujiwara, VISVIM’s Hiroki Nakamura, Undercover’s Jun Takahashi, and Hong Kong superstar Edison Chen. Head on over to Honeyee and enjoy the high style Tokyo’s coolest denizens has to offer.

Busy Work Shop Opens In Hong Kong

Busy Work Shop just opened its doors to Hong Kong residents last Saturday, April 1. That’s a pretty cool way to celebrate April Fool’s isn’t it? Of course, the brains behind the Japanese fashion empire, Nigo, was there to join in on the festivities. And as expected, he was wearing his ubiquitous neck gear. I wonder how much those necklaces weigh…

Photo courtesy of Denise via the Hypebeast.

Books Actually

Books Actually isn’t just a bookstore. It’s heaven. This was one place I knew I had to go to once I arrived in Singapore. It was rather hard to find at first but I assure you, you won’t regret it. Think of it as a treasure hunt and in the end, you’ll know the hunt was worth it because everything there is so damn nice! The books are really actually worth reading and the people are actually worth meeting (puns intended). Once you go up the second floor of the shophouse where the store is located, you are teased with bits and pieces of literary foreplay. The walls are lined with paragraphs written on tape and photos of books are mounted on the wall. There is a little corner with a green chair with a dunce cap playfully awaiting customers. An army of toy soldiers are displayed on a ledge (I don’t know the literary significance of soldiers but they work) just beside the main entrance. Once you enter, everything is a dream.

Books Actually is at 125A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068594. Look for Karen or Kenny.

Humans by Mike Mills

For some strange reason, I cannot upload photos right now so please bear with this entry. I know things look a lot better with something visual, especially here at The Dopefiend. But right now, I’m itching for an update and I cannot wait until later in hoping that I can upload a photo.

Humans is a wonderful project by Mike Mills that has been around since last year. Nevertheless, it is never too late for me to share and tell you all about this wonderful project. The products range from t-shirts to bags to posters with a very human aesthetic to them. Behind the artworks are lessons to be learned and emotions that are genuinely very human. Mike’s art and products show us that nothing lasts forever or sometimes a dumb drawing is just a dumb drawing and that in itself is beautiful. The website also contains a blog updated by Mike himself and information on his latest film, Thumbsucker.

M3 Miami ‘06

For those of you living on the East Coast unable to make it out to California for Coachella, you may feel a little left out. Well, the answer for you is Miami’s M3 Music Festival. M3, as I see it, is in many ways better than Coachella. I used to see the M3 festival as more of an event for your typical “club-goer”, but over the years it has become more eclectic. Featuring not only DJs and electronic acts, but also hip-hop and rock such as the Strange Fruit Project and She Wants Revenge. Advantages over Coachella would be that the event lasts for not two days, but four. It takes place on a sunny beach, not a sun scorched polo field. And the real advantage being that it costs half as much, tickets are onlt $99.

Kamenoko Tawashi

24-year old Shunsuke Iwata is responsible for the beautiful photographs found in his website. The photos are in themes, ranging from beautiful scenery to delicate portraits. The photos also have a very clean, immaculate feel to them due to the brightness and use of natural sunlight. Style, solitude, and an understated happiness radiate from the photographs and these will make you want to go back to the website over and over again.

The Bold And The Beautiful

Bold & Beautiful is the project of Ezra Petronio, editor-in-chief of Paris’ ultra-hip magazine, Self Service. The book features polaroids of some of the most influential people in fashion and the film industry. Perhaps this book will enable all the fashionistas and budding stylephiles out there to put a face to the name of their favorite designers such as Agnes B., Kim Jones, and Jean Touitou of A.P.C. If you’re someone who is into fashion, photography, and art, what are you waiting for? Go grab the book now.

Flatpack Printable Toys

For those of you who aren’t quite ready to blow your paycheck on expensive collectible toys, there comes an alternative that is a little easier on the pocket-book. Readymech brings you these DIY flatpack toys that you can download in PDF format, print out on heavy-stock 8.5″x11″ paper and build your own little paper toys. All you need is an X-acto knife, some double-sided tape and paper. There are eight really cool designs, so get to downloading and you will be on your way to having yourself a toy collection in no-time.


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.