Thursday, December 17, 2009

Public Art of Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton is a surviving member of a group of artists who had great success during the art boom of New York City in the 1980's. Richards work is often compared to graffiti art but he has always considered it "public art." His most famous work's, "Shadowman" paintings of the early 80's in New York. Theses paintings were splashed with black paint on buildings and other structures throughout the city. It later extended to other cities such as Paris, London, Rome and even the Berlin Wall.

Other public art's included his Image Mass Murder concept from '76-'79 in which he would paint police "chalk" outlines of volunteer "homicide victims." Giving it splashes of red paint and making them look like realistic crime scenes. This project stretched in several major cities from US to Canada. Giving viewers and passerby's a startling or shocked effect.

Earlier this year the work's of Richard Hambleton were displayed in a exhibit celebrating his 40 year career. Thirty five pieces of spanning from early 80's to present were exhibited. Photographic images from Hank O'Neal, who had taken many photos of the of "Shadowman" works in 1982.

Richard Hambleton has had many exhibitions, both solo and group, his work can be found in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Brooklyn Museum and the Houston Museum of Fine Art.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Smoking Mirrors Gallery in Pomona

This past Saturday D.V.C's close friend Victor Bono was one of the featured artists showing at the Dia De La Virgen De Guadalupe at Smoking Mirror's Gallery in Pomona. This was a tribute to our Grandmothers, Mothers, Sisters, Daugthers, Tias and Comadres.

Works featured various mediums from copper, acrylics, pencil and photography showcasing hispanic lifestyle. With a great atmosphere and beautiful artwork it was a successful night. Definitely keep you posted on any other shows in the near future and I hear the folks at Smoking Mirrors are working on a website as well. STAY DIRTY!

Smoking Mirrors Gallery
565 W. Second Street Unit 5
Pomona, California 91766

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mastering His Craft: Victor Bono

Featured in Dec-Jan 2010 article in Lowrider Arte, Victor Bono. Accomplished artists in copper portraiture and plaques. Pick up a copy today!

Photo: Erwin Recinos

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Single Color Prints - DVC

DVC has been working hard to design some new single color shirts here is a glimpse at some of those designs coming in the near future. STAY DIRTY!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

D.V. Clothing Skins on Persona.

Personas are lightweight “skins” that change the look of your Firefox web browser. Go to and click the download button. After install you will be asked to restart Firefox. Once Personas is installed you will be able to choose and change between Personas by simply clicking on the little fox mask in the lower left-hand corner of your browser window.

Erwin Recinos has designed some of theses "skins" for our D.V. Clothing fans. Here is the link to Erwin's Persona library, There will be more posted in the near future and we hope you enjoy them and keep supporting D.V. Clothing. STAY DIRTY!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jeanne-Claude 1935-2009

Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca, Morocco June 13, 1935. Working with her husband Christo Claude, their endeavors together brought 51 years of contemporary art all over the world.

The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to create works of art or joy and beauty and to create new ways of seeing familiar landscapes. In February 12, 2005, The Gates opened in Central Park in New York City. A total of 7,503 gates made of saffron color fabric were placed on paths in Central Park.

The cost of the project was $21 million US dollars which was raised entirely by Christo and Jeanne-Claude selling studies, drawings, collages, works from the 1950s to 1960s. Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg described "The Gates" as "one of the most exciting public art projects ever put on anywhere in the world - and it would never have happened with Jeanne-Claude."

The new big project is Over The River, fabric panels suspended horizontally clear of and high above the water level will follow the configuration and course of the river. This will take place between mid-July and mid-August of 2013. The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Walking down the street...

in the neighborhood and came across this great piece of work. Asked the owners of the work a couple of questions about them. Says he purchased them from a Cuban artists that lives out of Arizona. He makes a trip out to his studio to purchase his art work before it ever comes out. As you can see, it well worth the trip. STAY DIRTY!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

La MISSION featuring Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt plays Che, a reformed inmate from the seedy streets of the Mission District of San Francisco. A haunting story of healing and transformation: the healing of a broken man, of a father’s relationship with his son, and of a neighborhood struggling to break the chains of violence. Poster art StreetLow's Tyrone Diaz.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Get them while they last...

Just received our first shipment of DIRTY SKINS that are now available at our webstore. We will be selling theses skins for $8.99 thru the 2009 holiday season. So get them while they last cause we have a feeling they will be gone. STAY DIRTY!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Roy Decarava 1919 - 2009

Roy DeCarava worked as a  freelance photographer for magazines and commercial, but he consciously approached photography as an art, not as a form of journalism or documentary history. He was trained as a painter, printmaker, and commercial illustrator and with his photographs often had the composition and gravity of painting. Roy was drawn to photography by “the directness of the medium,” and soon found himself communicating the themes and ideas of his paintings photographically.

DeCarava and a poet, Langston Hughes, would collaborate on publishing a book titled, The Sweet Flypaper of Life, documenting the lives of Harlem residents. Between he and  Gordon Parks are often considered the foremost African American photographers of the 20th century. Roy DeCarava died October 27 at the age of 89.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Grey Matter Logo

We have just released a new logo design for the Grey Matter line of D.V. Clothing. With the help of Robert G., we are proud to give you the first glimpse of our new logo, check it out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dirty Skins by D.V. Clothing

If you have been browsing our webstore and our Fan page on Facebook, we have been working on new products called Dirty Skins. These skins have great pictures from our in-house artists, Leo Quijano II and Erwin Recinos. We are currently working on 5 designs for this holiday season. Theses products will be available mid November. STAY DIRTY!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Together CC in Pico Rivera

Video featuring Together Car Club in Pico Rivera, California that breaks the sterotypes of lowriders and how they play a part in Latin Culture.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

MOCA turns 30 / Irving Penn 1971-2009

In honor of it's 30th milestone, the museum will unveil Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years. A massive exhibit featuring 500 of the nearly 6,000 pieces in their permanent collection spread across 50,000 sq. feet space of both the MOCA headquarters building on Grand Ave and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo. Check out work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Nancy Rubins, Ed Moses and many more. Opens Nov. 15th through May 3.

Irving Penn worked for many years doing fashion photography for Vogue magazine. He was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and used this simplicity more effectively than other photographers.

Clarity, composition, careful arrangement of objects or people, form, and the use of light characterize Penn's work. Penn also photographs still life objects and found objects in unusual arrangements with great detail and clarity.

He has published numerous books including the recent, "A Notebook at Random" which offers a generous selection of photographs, paintings, and documents of his working methods. Irving Penn died October 7 at the age of 92.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GRAFFROOTS / Airbrush work of Asher.

This past weekend while at the Long Beach Latino Festival we met up with this great artist from Seattle by the name of Asher. This talented artists creates work from apparel, decks, shoes and even your walls. Asher's blog, graffroots.blogspot, he shows you all his custom work and projects that he's might be working on.

Asher's airbrush work is great. This beautiful Dizzy Gillespie piece is just great. The shadows and tones just pop off the canvas. We would definitely love to have this gallery happen if ever Asher is in the LBC. STAY DIRTY!

Zombie Girls

Browsing thru UpperPlayground's post of artist's interviews & updates when we came across this amazing artist right here in the L.A. area, Heather Carlton. Her resume speaks for itself: Famous Stars and Straps, Marvel and Monster Garage. Her paintings have great color and composition and her graphic tees have a great play of feminine and masculine themes that women love. What really caught our attention are her Zombie collection prints on deviantArt. This running theme is just great with allot of character and style. Check out more of Heather's work at

Through My Eyes - Jordan Eismont

Born in Tarrytown, New York, Jordan has been showing since 1998 in various venues in Amsterdam and Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he studied painting and fashion design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunst; in New Hampshire, where he attended both primary and secondary school; and in Los Angeles, where he studied garment design at FIDM and now resides.

The inspiration for Jordan’s featured artwork comes from great painters of the cubism era, Picasso, Miro, DeGas, Cezanne, Mattisse, and many others. Jordan’s approach to his art is one of exploration. He is always trying to adopt ideas used by the other artists and incorporates them into his own.

As a recent graduate Jordan has been exploring his ideas through the fashion world and finding ways to incorporate his artwork into his clothing designs. Creating a wonderful fusion of art and fashion. Jordan feels as though fashion today is defined by ones uniqueness, and that art should play a large role in the style of the person.

Jordan wants to continue with his career in art as well as express his talent in fashion.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sevket Sahintas - Capturing Istanbul's Underbelly

Sevket Sahintas is a self-taught photographer and cabbie by night in Instanbul Turkey from midnight until dawn. Sahintas, who began driving a taxi when he was 19, said he started taking photos five years ago when he began working the night shift. His work highlights the huge income gap in Turkish society. Even though the Turkish economy enjoyed steady growth for much of the past decade, the latest government statistics show that nearly one in five Turks live below the poverty line. During the past year, the economic crisis pummeled Turkey's export-driven industries, pushing unemployment to record highs.

"I like to capture those contradictions," he said. "Happy smiling people on the ad boards beside that unhappy person who is trying to sleep. I want the happy people to see that minority and do something about it." Sahintas also takes black-and-white portraits of the other characters who roam Istanbul's streets at night: dirty street children, garbage pickers, transvestite prostitutes.
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