“International icon of black ink, artist Michael (GIANT) LeSage incorporates a broad swathe of influences and skills in the creation of a singular, unmistakable aesthetic. Mike’s central practice, drawing, is informed by his training in architectural drafting, his illustrious career as a tattooist and worldwide exploits writing on walls. Within his latest and most complete monograph, the reader will enjoy photos of perfectly executed tattoos, page after page of Mike’s inscrutable tattoo flash, hand lettering nonpareil, and of course tons of drawings, graffiti pieces and action shots. GIANT’s worldwide exploits, inking people, places and finer drawing paper around the world from Amsterdam to London, Thailand, Toronto, New York and back home to San Francisco are also given due prominence. Buddhism, track bikes, designing for apparel brand Rebel8, and painting fill Lesage’s hours, but at the end of the day, it all comes full circle, back to his unwaveringly mindful, solid black lines.”
I headed up to Windsor this weekend to pick up my friend from Portland, Jason Sturgill. Jason was in Windsor to work on something with Broken City Lab called “Windsor Is Forever.” It’s a great project and now I’m brainstorming on doing something like it in Toledo.
After making my way through the border patrol, I grabbed Jason and we headed to Detroit. To be honest, I didn’t really understand how awesome of an experience I was in for. Our first stop was to the Power House. Gina Reichert (from Design 99) and her daughter gave us a tour of the project.
We checked out the Juxtapox X Detroit houses, which seem to still be works in progress. Above is a house sculpture by Ben Wolf, which blew my mind.
Walking down the sidewalk and seeing a SWOON piece in Detroit was a thrill.
Later Jason and I did a little exploring and were surprised to see so much random art on walls. Not all of it great, but it’s everywhere. Graffiti, street art, random shit you can’t even describe… everywhere.
We also hit the MOCAD which I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never visited before. The experimental space was filled with compelling and thought provoking contemporary art.
The city is filled with boat loads of ruin porn. Loads and loads. And it’s all good, even when it’s bad.
Like all good Detroit urban explorers, we had to grab a picture of Michigan Central Station. Even in all of it’s dust and decay, we felt a lot of life.
… and always will as long as they keep up with these amazing collaborations!
“Louis Vuitton has invited three personalities from the world of street art to give a new look to its emblematic scarves. Under Aiko, Retna, and Os Gemeos‘ impulsion, the giant silk scarf, the stole and the regular silk scarf devote themselves to a new look, with inscriptions and colors bursting with style.