Via: GQ March Issue
Filed under: Popular Culture | Tags: Blackberry, Halloween, iPhones, New Yorker, Trick-or-Treat
There’s something about Halloween I just don’t get and I’ve never been able to get into. Although I do appreciate the creativity and dedication that goes towards some costumes, I just get too bogged down by those who lazily slip on negligees and bunny ears and call it a night. Also, sadly I just can’t afford the energy or money it takes to making the most out of that one night.
But this post goes beyond my disdain for the holiday; what I want to talk about is the clever cover art made by Chris Ware for the New Yorker. The seasonally themed cover cleverly brings the age-old trick-or-treat tradition to modern-day times. As the children make their way to the front door, parents stand back in the night with only the dim from their iPhones and blackberries to light the night. Classic.
A mural by Brazilian street artist duo, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo or more commonly known as simply Os Gemeos, was completed this week in New York City to an audience of anticipated artists, vidoegraphers and curious passerby’s. The twin artist brothers even sat and posed with their completed work. The up-close photos, courtesy of Death from Above, show the incredible detail of the loud and colorful mural. If I could be in New York right now, I would head straight to Bowery street and Houston to see this baby up close.
Filed under: Popular Culture | Tags: Death, Michael Jackson, MJ, Popular Culture
The world was shocked today as the news of Michael Jackson’s death made its way around the globe. The self-proclaimed King of Pop suffered from cardiac arrest this afternoon and passed away at the age of 50, as the number one selling musical artist in history and just a few short weeks before his highly anticipated sold-out concert scheduled in London this July. Today will be remembered in history as the day the world lost an icon.
It’s hard to properly summarize the contribution he’s made to popular culture and the music industry at large. To say he was a music video pioneer or an incomparable performer or even the best dancer the stage has ever seen, would hardly give his creative vision any justice. With superstar cameos in his music videos including Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman, Macaulay Culkin, and Chris Tucker, Jackson extended a full 180 degree vision to his music that morphed his videos into mini-movies complete with pyro technics, full out costumes and complete movie sets. Not to mention blockbuster directors like Martin Scorsese who worked with Jackson on the video to his 1987 hit, “Bad.”
Jackson became the complete artist, an entertainer who defines the term “Pop Star” to this day. Thousands of aspiring performers including some of today’s biggest pop superstars such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Usher (to name a few) have taken point from Jackson’s lead and his historical performances. As an entertainer, Jackson had the impossible ability to captivate millions around the world with a signature single spotlight, one sequined glove and his characteristic impeccable dance moves; pelvis thrust and moon walk included.
But maybe the best testament to the influence he made on music would be through the words of the countless musical protégées he has indirectly developed through his music, style and performances. Jackson, an icon who will forever be immortalized in the entertainment business by some of the industry’s best and most talented artists and someone who will live on through the music of today and tomorrow, as the reigning musical genius that inspired generations to rock, jive and moon walk.
See quotes after the jump.