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Art-Tech Startups Disrupting Collectors and Curators

While art and technology industries continue to live in different orbits, both of them are closer to collide due to the meteoric rise of e-commerce, blockchain art networks, and disintermediation.

As a result of this art-tech clash, today’s art collectors are more active, and artists may interact digitally with galleries or museums, showcasing their work through multiple channels. On the other hand, new technologies simplify the workings of the art world, offering solutions and tools that art tech startups are providing to this new audience and clientele.


Robot muralist embellishing many cities all over the world
The spraypainter robot. A spray painting by art-tech startup Robot Muralist


Immutable ledgers as blockchain transactions can be used in a particular work of art to trace their journey from the artists to the owners. A new cryptocurrency with its own exchange rate and tokens is provided by the system, making it a groundbreaking resource for the art world. Dealing with art pieces in a completely different way in which prices are set by AI blockchain processes. Think of it as a cryptocurrency specifically for art transactions.

The art industry has generally been ruled by a few people who didn’t really care about digital evolution, as the means for it to coexist weren’t there. How would have they envision the blockchain revolution that was about to take the whole industry for a trippy ride?

The core idea of these art-tech startups is to help galleries and art collectors with their transition to the digital sphere. Art-tech startups have enabled collectors and art acquaintances to move away from museums into a wider public. From a visit to an online gallery to a new level of transparency in art history through blockchain. These startups are offering solutions to some of the problems in the traditional art world dealership.

Is niche-dating the future of dating apps?
Find art dates with muzing

Here are 5 of the most innovative art-tech startups. They keep the creativity going at all times and encourage artists to do what they like the most, curate, collect and exhibit their art.


1. Robot Muralist has developed a climbing robot known as Albert that can paint images of any size on any surface. Designed for both DIY homeowners and street artists, the spray printer robot muralist can efficiently transform any design into wall art, both cost-effectively and in time. This TechChill Pitching Competition winner is based in Tartu and Silicon Valley. Most importantly, they also help cities become public galleries and contribute to the happiness and of people living in more eye-pleasant spaces.

2. Muzing: Visiting a museum is as much as of an enrichment self-act as it is a social one. Muzing is about sharing this cultural, art interests with others. Discover people interested in the same art shows, connect and plan your outing. This niche-dating app might just be the future of dating.


Art Tech Startup Fresco blockchain

3. Fresco: Designed as a trust distribution platform for artists, retailers and art associations, Fresco is a Swiss startup created in 2017 aiming to simplify the art industry’s trust-checking process. The company has also presented the FRESCO Art Award, the first blockchain art prize in the world, and plans to build a digital museum to showcase FRESCO artists’ curated work.

4. DADA.nyc: A social network to connect art lovers. Artists who use DADA are encouraged to work with other artists to bring their work to life and when the work becomes a reality, the platform acts as a marketplace that can be powered by smart contracts to solve their work.

5. Artbinder: Back in 2014 ArtBinder raised more than $3M to help galleries doing the transition into mobile. Since then it has attracted an international client list, including over 300 of the most well-known galleries and dealers. Galleries joined because it allows them to show art to their buying clients in a simpler and accessible manner and to organize and manage their inventories.

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Anna Sui NY Exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design

Rooted in Detroit and based in New York, Anna Sui is the current cult designer and fashion icon to be exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design. She became part of the New York socialite and global pop culture in the 90s. Her sensual fashion designs and artistic 60s hippie vibes make her instantly recognizable and famous worldwide. 

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Rock n roll boho vibes at the Anna Sui exhibit in NY

Sui’s fashion always goes the extra mile, sampling and drawing inspiration from movies, music, history, cultures, and literature. These elements are blended into the designer’s fascination for different historical periods. Sui has a natural drive to experiment with different materials and pop-culture references in her repertoire.

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Anna Sui with models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid fashion show
The designer with models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid

During her extensive career, Anna Sui created a unique aesthetic with many noteworthy hits such as Japanese handkerchief and qipao dresses, combining artistic poles and filters to create narratives of different bits of cultures. 

Grunge, hippie, rockstar and hula fashion are only a few of the frames-up that one can appreciate from Sui’s narrative, but it is all part of her expression, of the artistic process.

Kate Moss at Anna Sui Fashion Show in the 90s
Kate Moss at Anna Sui 90s Fashion Show
Men's Anna Sui Fashion Show in the 90s
Anna Sui 1990s Fashion Show

The exhibition debuted in London back in 2017, it features more than 100 pieces from the designer and aims to help the viewers dive into the artistic archetypes of Anna Sui. Originally curated by Dennis Nothdruft for the Textile Museum, London, it was adapted for the MAD Museum Exhibit in New York by Barbara Paris Gifford. 

This time, “The World of Anna Sui” exhibit in NY presents approximately 100 looks from the collection of the designer, showing staples pieces, roll and roll looks, archetypes of Sui aesthetics. It also highlights her idols as a child and the importance of her partners, including the Garment Center in New York City.


“The World of Anna Sui” exhibit is currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan 2 Columbus Cir, New York, through February 23, 2020

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Barcelona Music Festival Primvaera Sound

Barcelona Music Festival Primavera Sound 2020 Lineup

For about two decades now, Barcelona music festival Primavera Sound has been consistently giving us top-notch performances with over 50 hours of live music by the best of the rock, pop, and dance music scene.

Primavera Sound is one of the most acclaimed music festivals in Spain. Since its first edition in 2001, the festival has greatly helped the underground music industry based in Barcelona. Therefore, establishing itself as an international model guide for urban music festivals.

The Strokes at Barcelona Primavera Sound Music Festival
The Strokes will be back at Primavera Sound 2020 – image by Andy Sawyer


Primavera Sound 2020 takes place at its usual location for the main acts of the festival, Barcelona’s Parc del Forum, note this year is a few days later than usual from Wednesday, June 3th to Sunday 7th.

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is also known for being a festival that has developed a strong commitment to social issues beyond music. A gender-balanced line-up with equal numbers of male and female performers has been shown since last year. The’ new normal’ initiative of the festival aims to set a standard for gender-balanced music initiatives that other festivals should follow.

For 2020, Primavera Sound’s 20th anniversary, it is going paperless moving towards a mobile-only ticketing and access system. No physical nor “print-at-home” tickets.

Lana del Rey will be playing at Barcelona Primavera Sound Music Festival
Lana del Rey confirmed for Primavera Sound 2020

As noted by one of the organizers of Barcelona’s music festival, Pablo Soler, this new ticketing system will lower down the number of touts while helping the festival to fulfill some of its environmental goals.

Some of the big foremost music major acts include Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, The National, Disclosure, Pavement, Tyler, The Strokes, The Creator, King Krule, Bikini Kill, Caribou, among many others.

The Jesus and Mary Chain at Primavera Sound 2020 – Part of Primavera a la Ciutat events

If you plan on staying in Barcelona for the full week, more events will be held throughout the week all over the city, as part of Primavera a la Ciutat set of events. Including The Jesus and Mary Chain, Metronomy, Jawbox all will play outside of the festival main arena between Monday, June 1st and Sunday, 7th.

Tickets are on sale at Dice, 4-day pass cost €195, for more information and alternative partner venues visit Primavera Sound Festival’s official website https://www.primaverasound.com/en/barcelona

Primavera Sound 2020 Full Lineup
Primavera Sound 2020 Full Confirmed Line-up

Before Fierce: Remembering Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

An Amazonian woman draped in exotic materials stands before him trying to change her pose as rapidly as the young artist finishes another drawing. His vibrant eyes move over the model capturing more than the newest fashion in which she is adorned; he is able to put on the page a bold and palpable as well.

When Viramontes worked, he did so in a fervor.

Frank Anthony Viramontes was born in Santa Monica, California to first generation Mexican parents. Having an artistic inclination at a young age, Tony drew everything from cheerleaders to matadors, finding himself enamored by their bright garments. His supportive parents would bring young Tony along to bullfights in nearby Tijuana where he developed an intense appreciation for elegant yet brash masculinity.

The way in which Tony would work in fashion illustration throughout his career was reminiscent of the toreador’s movements that he studied as a boy. Seizing the aggressive and energetic styles of the 1980’s came naturally to him. With the slashing stroke of his charcoal pencil, he was able to say more in the movement of his line than a photograph ever could.

80s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

Tony Viramontes Fashion Illustration – October 1984 – “Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes”

Fashion illustration had its time in the limelight during the midcentury when the delicate and detailed works of René Bouché and Erté were swooned over by Vogue and Vanity Fair. These publications would continue to feature fashion illustrators but with the rising popularity of photography, the demand of drawings declined.

This did not stop Tony Viramontes from following his passion, however, and he moved from Santa Monica to New York to attend the famous Parsons School. After an important relocation to Paris, he quickly discovered commercial success and began work with a multitude of houses and publications.

He would go on to illustrate for such legends as Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as publications like Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Vogue Italia.

His collaborations were at the furthest edge of trending couture. He continued to push his artistic boundaries by collaging in his sketches with his photography to create striking and innovative new pieces.

Viramontes was not confined to the world of fashion and many of his most known pieces are for musicians. In 1986, he showed a new audience his talents by illustrating the cover art for Janet Jacksons’ album Control. Duran Duran listeners became familiar with his work as well when he did the illustrations for their album Arcadia.

Album Cover Arcadia - Duran Duran

Viramontes did not want to be pigeonholed into the simple title of “illustrator.” In personal works of portraiture, he stood apart as truly unique artist. In these pieces, Viramontes experimented with an androgynous style that the world had yet to see. Giving young, sculpted Adonic men a curl of snarky red lips combined with bejeweled adornments, he offered viewers a new take on masculinity.

When drawing women, Viramontes preferred to depict them with strong, angular faces and prominent noses. Often these beautiful women were shown with contorted expressions of rage rather than demure or natural looks. For both men and women, he challenged viewers by offsetting their perception of beauty within the confines of gender.

‘Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes’ by Dean Rhys Morgan and published by Laurence King Publishing, celebrates the artist’s work and life.

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THE FACE, SEPTEMBER 1985

Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

WALTER SHUPFER BY TONY VIRAMONTES, RIGHT: THE FACE, SEPTEMBER 1985

80s fashion illustration and layouts Tony Viramontes

MIMI SHOT BY FASHION ILLUSTRATOR TONY VIRAMONTES

New York Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

FROM THE BOOK “Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes”

Tony Viramontes, polaroids and Illustration 1980s

FROM THE BOOK “Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes”

Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

Surrounding himself with the likes of Janice Dickinson, Naomi Campbell, and Paloma Picasso, muses were never in short supply (male or female), and he immersed himself in his art and as well as partying. Viramontes’ work represents an important, slightly hedonistic embracing of the wild.

His perfect portrayal of the excessive nightlife of the 1980s was a result of Tony Viramontes being a part of the glitterati, spending much of his time in the nightclubs of New York and Paris.

He, like many other young gay men of the 1980s, fell victim to the AIDS virus and died at the age of 33. The pain of losing such an immensely talented young man as Viramontes was not a loss felt just by his contemporaries.

Energy pulses in his work, each line flowing with movement and attitude. You can envision his hand rapidly sketching out eyes, hips—a ribbon of color. Because he, the models, and the era were all so present within his material, his images have a timeless quality that makes them immune to antiquation.

His influence reverberates continuously throughout fashion illustration as well as in the global artistic community.

The tides are turning in the 21st century and words like, transgender and homosexual are no longer whispered. Gay rights are finally moving in the right direction and what impact this will have on current and future artists can only be anticipated. If Tony Viramontes had not died so young, this certainly would be an exciting time for him. One cannot help but wonder what his career would be like if suddenly his striking images were seen by larger venues and recognized as the exciting triumphs they really were.

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 ALBUM COVER  JANET JACKSON – CONTROL BY TONY VIRAMONTES

Cover for Janet Jackson Album

Janet Jackson Album Cover by Tony Viramontes

EARLY VIRAMONTES, A TWIN PORTRAIT OF RENE RUSS HIS FIRST MUSE.

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‘Bold, Beautiful and Damned: The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes’ by Dean Rhys Morgan and published by Laurence King Publishing, celebrates the artist’s work and life. — words by Ashlee Girdner

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Meant for Beautiful People, Stephen Sprouse Collections

Mauricio and Roger Padilha of MAO PR are the co-authors of the best-selling “The Stephen Sprouse Book” by Rizzoli, 2009. Their affair with Stephen Sprouse started as a teenage love and continued through the decades. The two brothers are the owners of the largest collection outside of Stephen Sprouse’s personal archive.

Mauricio and Roger Padilha of MAO PR are the co-authors of the best-selling “The Stephen Sprouse Book” by Rizzoli, 2009. Their affair with Stephen Sprouse started as a teenage love and continued through the decades. The two brothers are the owners of the largest collection outside of Stephen Sprouse’s personal archive. –Interview by Natalie Kates

Natalie Kates: How did you start collecting Stephen Sprouse?

Roger Padilha: We grew up on Long Island and didn’t really have access to a lot of fashion. When I was 13 years old and Mauricio was 16, we were watching some TV News Channel and they showed a fashion show on Stephen Sprouse. We stole our parent’s credit card and went to Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan where we charged up a bunch of clothing. We got severely punished for it! That is really what started it. We saw the clothing and just needed to have it. It went beyond us wearing it; we bought women’s clothing, we bought clothing that was too small for us or too big for us, clothing that we would not be able to wear anywhere. We just wanted to have it. His clothing was artwork to us from the very beginning.

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Stephen Sprouse Collection 1983 Fashion Show

Mauricio Padilha: For us Stephen Sprouse was a combination of everything that we liked. We loved Marilyn, Monroe, Andy Warhol and Debby Harry. Stephen put it all together and threw it back as fashion. He did day-glow clothing, things psychedelic, Warhol prints. We call Sprouse one of Warhol’s children because he came from that generation that came to New York, met Andy, inspired and worked with him. He was the first designer that Andy personally allowed to have prints made of his paintings onto clothing. Only today, through the foundation, do others use his prints. He is part of the reason why we came to New York and got into fashion.


NK: What year was this?

RP: 1984. When you see the clothing in person, it’s so vibrant, exciting and so well made. The clothing that you see here today in our collection is over 35 years old and still so luscious and wearable. You still look cooler than anyone in the room when you wear it. It’s timeless but very of the moment.


NK: It is also very relevant. Like you just touched on, it was one of the first artist/designer collaborations. Stephen was one of the firsts to blur the lines between art, fashion and music. We all grew up in the NY club scene and I remember seeing him out quite a bit. Were either of you friend’s with Stephen while he was alive?

RP: No and we actually stayed away from it. About 10 years ago, when Stephen was still alive, “The New York Times” wrote an article about our collection and Stephen saw it and decided he wanted to meet us. Shortly after, we were at a party and a mutual friend tried to introduce us. We actually bolted out of the party. We have met enough of our idols to know that if you meet someone and you don’t like them, you suddenly don’t like their artwork.

Stephen Sprouse 1984 Collection

Stephen Sprouse RTW Collection 1983

MP: Stephen’s art was everything to us. The clothes were more important than meeting the actual person. The funny thing is, now that we have worked with everyone who has worked with him (Debby Harry, Marc Jacobs, his family) and they’ve all said that he would have loved us and that he was such a nice guy. I now kind of regret not getting to meet him in person, but we are honored that we were the ones given his legacy to promote.

Stephen Sprouse 1988 Collection

Stephen Sprouse Collection RTW 1988 – New York Fashion Week


NK: How did the Rizzoli book deal come about?

RP: We had a small magazine called MAO Mag. in which we did an article on Stephen when he passed away. When he died we were actually very upset about the coverage of his death. All the obituaries mentioned the Louis Vuitton collaborations, the Bryant Park tents that he customized, his Diesel collaboration but they really didn’t talk about this amazing 25-year career. That was so much cooler than any of the commercial work he did the last year of his life. We wrote an article and basically showcased our collection, spoke to Kate Moss and Debby Harry who were some of his muses. The article focused on his impact. We received a call from his mother, Joanne Sprouse, who said of all the magazine articles that were written, that Stephen would have loved ours the best. She sent us a big box of cookies with this great note and a check for a $100.

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Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton Agyness Deyn

MP: She asked for us to send her how ever many magazines $100 can buy because she wanted to save them for his nieces and nephews when they grew up. We of course sent her back the check and included a box of magazines. She called us and told us that there were two things that Stephen always wanted: one, he always wanted an exhibit of his work and two, he always wanted to have a book of his work. She said that if you ever feel like doing a book, I’ll let you do it and would give us an exclusive to the archives. We thought about it and decided a book is just like a magazine, which is what we were already doing. After five years passed, she called us again and we said we would definitely do it. We spoke to Jeffrey Deitch’s people and he decided to do an exhibit. Roger spoke to Marc Jacobs who agreed to re-release the collection he had done with Stephen so long as our book came out in 6 months. So, we rushed the book and completed it in half the time we had originally planned.

NEW YORK – CIRCA 1987: A model walks during Stephen Sprouse Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week 1987 in New York. (Photo by PL Gould/Image/Getty Images)

NK: How many pieces would you say that you have, including his accessories and shoes?
MP: At least 1,000 pieces. I have boxes and boxes in warehouses. We have 2 closets here in the showroom. We have bracelets, shoes, pieces made just for runway. Some are just art pieces while others are t-shirts and jeans. At one point we got crazy and would take anything that said Stephen Sprouse on it.

RP: What’s funny is after we did the book, Stephen’s mother said, “If there’s anything you want from the archives…” and we said, “We have enough.” [laughs].

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Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton


NK: Stephen passed away in 2004 at 52 years old. It’s both poetic and sad that he found great success later on in his life. He collaborated twice with Marc Jacobs on Louis Vuitton’s Speedy bag that he defaced and instantly became an iconic collector’s piece.

MP: He was the first young designer that Target did a collection with. Before Stephen Sprouse there were no designers working for Target. He opened the doors up to everyone, like Peter Som and Jason Wu who are doing it today.

Stephen Sprouse Men's Clothing

RP: The great thing about Stephen was that he was a visionary. He was making clothing that was advanced by 25 years. The bad thing about Stephen is that he was making clothing that was 25 years too advanced. He was never really appreciated in his own time. There were certainly people in the club scene who were wearing his clothing. I wish he were alive today to look at Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s because all that stuff looks like Stephen Sprouse. Topshop looks like Stephen Sprouse from 1982. The genius of Stephen was that he was an artist and he was making things that we wanted 25 years before we realized we wanted it.

MP: He would never compromise. That’s one of the things that’s an essence of a true artist, which is what Stephen was.

MAO PR Private Collection

Part of MAO’s private Stephen Sprouse Collection


NK: Roger, what is your favorite Stephen Sprouse collection?

RP: Spring 1988. It was a camouflage collection loosely based on the Black Friday that had happened in 1988. It was very dark, skateboard punk. It was really longhaired, skinny models wearing day glow camouflage. They were real skater clothing: board shorts, blazers and tattoos but done up in silk and cashmere.

NK: Mauricio, what would your favorite collection be?

MP: Fall 1984. Basically that show was a rock concert. There were over 3000 people in attendance. It was held at the Ritz nightclub. There were huge speakers that the models were walking on while they were blasting. He had everyone from Terry Toy to the top models of the time. It was space age inspired. That show really solidified what his aesthetic was: rock n’ roll, outer space, and the 60’s. He put it all together and it came out perfect.

Debbie Harry in Stephen Sprouse Collection x Andy Warhol

Debbie Harry look Stephen Sprouse Andy Warhol collection


NK: Joanne Sprouse (Stephen’s mom) is overseeing the archive now and you guys most definitely have one of the largest collections aside from her. What do you hope will happen to your collection when you are gone so others can enjoy it and have his legacy live on?

RP: If anyone would like to purchase anything…. [Laughs].
MP: Ideally I’d love to sell it so it can be kept together and housed where it will be safe and where young people can come view it year after year. Unfortunately, a lot of museums (even with the book and the press) don’t see it as couture or as a very important time period for 80s fashion in New York. We always have stylists calling us for it. If it’s someone I know understands Sprouse’s aesthetic then I will let him or her have the collection. His clothes have attitude and museums don’t.
RP: I’m on the fence with it. Many of these notable museums and university archives have all this incredible clothing but no one has access to it. Basically the clothing gets stuck in a back room and no one gets to see them. Every now and then they pull out one or two pieces for an exhibition. I love to wear my Sprouse and I’d love to see people wearing it out. Clothing only has life with a human body in it. I think Stephen would love for people to wear it. It was meant for beautiful people to wear out to clubs, get drunk, smoke cigarettes and have sex with a stranger… and looking great and feeling fabulous doing it.

Social Permaculture, Landscaping the City

The concept of permaculture was defined in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Its origin is linked to the contraction of the words Permanent (in the sense of sustainable) and Agriculture. Permaculture landscaping is conceived as a discipline aiming to design sustainable environments in all its dimensions: social, economic and environmental.


To this end, permaculture landscaping designs are framed in three ethical principles: caring for the earth: preserving the soil, forests and water as necessary for the development of all living beings. Caring for people: which implies satisfying basic human needs. Distributing the surpluses: inviting the surplus to be reinvested in the system so there is no waste and, it is shared.

Urban Farms in NYC

This are some general guidelines on the complexity of developing sustainable permaculture landscapes for human environments in urban settlements:


Observe and interact: take nature as a reference, a large complex system of interrelationships, to create beneficial, integrated systems.

Capture and store resources: given the current use of non-renewable sources, it is ideal to develop smart and sustainable ways to generate and store resources that enable future generations to develop.

Get a return: Fruits must be generated by the engineered systems that guarantee survival without mortgaging the future.

Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: just as feedback works in nature, so it is possible to design self-regulated systems and ecosystems. 

Use and value green services and resources: Making the best use of natural and renewable abundance possible.  

Stop waste generation: and appropriately integrate every available resource within natural cycles. 

Develop patterns to details: it is possible to detect general patterns or motifs that can then be used as the backbone of our designs and implemented in the details. 

Use slow and small solutions: it is easier to maintain slow and small systems than large and fast ones, make better use of local resources and yield lasting results.

Permaculture landscaping is now being recover as another strategy for moving towards more livable cities with lower social and environmental costs.

As early as 1992, at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro: “The global sustainability battle will be won or lost in the cities.”

Now, permaculture landscaping adds to the concrete urban planning proposals for the creation of ecologically viable systems. They produce what is necessary to meet their own needs and those of the environment, and are sustainable in the long run.

Permaculture in the city - NYC Urban Farms


That is an ambitious challenge. Cities require a large number of inputs (energy, water, food, etc.) and also produce large quantities of waste (water, air pollution, garbage, etc.) The proposals are therefore diverse and range from local actions and specific to more extensive urban designs.

  • In the field of consumption and food, various cities are putting forward proposals, primarily aimed at prioritizing local and seasonal products or avoiding overpackaged products. Thus, there are numerous towns that have seen ecological gardens reappearing in their streets in recent years. And organic farming initiatives of increasing impact, as in Kathmandu City.


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  • Another great challenge for the big cities is sustainable mobility. An example of this is the increasing use of bicycles in urban centers such as the recent Pikala Bikes project in the heart of Marrakech City. Pedestrianization of central areas of big cities or ambitious environmental bets such as Hamburg’s, which announced its decision to suppress car traffic within 20 years.

  • The use of renewable energies is another focus dimension of creative programs for many cities. For example, in Holland, ReGen Villages is being prepared, the first city to build clean energy and self-sufficiency to combat climate change. Or the “perma-cultural streets” proposed by the Anglo-Australian permaculture Geoff Lawton, which would be those conceived with a system of water redirection to green areas, with fruit trees or edible plants. With composting places and waste depositing, recycling or re-use for citizens.


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  • As far as waste management is concerned, the current urban initiatives focus on recycling and reuse. Paris, for example, plans to build 100 hectares of gardens throughout the city by end of 2020, utilizing walls, facades and roofs. And it encourages the entire population to practice gardening under a number of conditions: to use organic practices, to avoid the use of toxic pesticides and to encourage biodiversity in the region.

The world’s main cities consume between 60 and 80 percent of electricity. Being responsible for 75 percent of carbon emissions, their patterns of industrial growth and consumption conflict with the limits of scarce natural resources.


In 2050 70 percent of human beings will inhabit urban centers, according to the United Nations, so making a city should be more oriented than ever towards establishing processes that make sustainable urban development possible.


Permaculture landscaping is about how to build sustainable settlements. It is a way of using land that incorporates microclimates, annual and seasonal plants, livestock, soils, water use and human needs, to create efficient and integrated communities.


And in architecture and urban design, permaculture can engage in perfect symbiosis to provide responses in urban centers to the needs of water, food, housing, energy, or society in a robust, sustainable manner. The satisfaction of basic human needs as a priority. Not only the plants are irrigated, but also the people, the neighborhoods and the cultures.

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Before & After Permaculture Landscaping – img source


See more about permaculture and off-the grid living.

How to Dress Like an Eboy, Outfits and Style

The latest trend in men’s fashion comes from the forthcoming TikTok social network. The eboy style may be guided towards a younger audience, but some features can be integrated into a more modern style. Here is how to dress like an eboy and stay current in 2020.


If you want to dress like an eboy think emo. The look is characterized by its emo-influenced appearance. The typical outfit has skater-boy, goth, as well as, a ton of influences coming from k-pop style, 90s grunge, 2000s normcore to Billie Eilish—and her recent “Bad Guy” song. Finishing off things with strikingly dyed hair and graphic makeup that often featured a little heart or teardrops under the eyes.

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Johnny Depp Cry Baby John Waters 90s movie

There are many examples of eboy types in Hollywood and popular culture. From Johnny Depp’s impersonation of Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker in John Waters 1990 cult movie Cry Babyin a 50’s rockabilly way— to ‘softboy-of-the decade’ Timothée Chalamet.

Essentially, a good eboy outfit includes Thrasher T-shirts—and alike—worn over long sleeves, Vans, wallet chains, and black nail polish. Personally, I hate the ubiquity of thasher t-shirts, we guys have a tendency to mimics is other styles so try with some other t-shirt brands. Eboys are basically gothic, but they’re not made fun of as much as someone who calls himself goth because their looks are seen by girls nowadays as cool.

Looking at how eboys dress, it also seems obvious that what comes next is simply more skater, urban, Supreme-ish style, this time tightly wrapped up in some smart trousers, mismatched pieces and nail polish. All in order to create a casual look that isn’t that casual at all.


It seems that many high-end designers agree as some of the largest New York City, London or Paris retailers reams of clothing that look like grown-up updates to eboy apparel. You’ll see design teams at brands like Off-White, Celine, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang or Jacquemus testing the eboy look for 2020. 

Here is an overview of how to dress like an eboy and keep on with current trends on your 20s (or 30s…)

  1. Layering, Stripes, plaid joggers. Clashing is an essential part of the eboy look. Every combination of colors works so long as you know how to layer.  Wearing at least a minimum of three layers, combining denim and zip-up hoodies, the whole point of the eboy outfit is to look as unfit as it can.


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  2. Chains. You can either use it as a choker, wear it as a bracelet, wear it as an earring, use it as a belt around your pants. It is a decorative element as well as functional for every eboy look.

    Eboy Style Outfit with wallet chain layering
  3. Androgynous, unisex, gender-neutral aesthetic. This is maybe one of the most interesting parts of the eboy look. The aesthetic is soft and feminine as possible whilst still maintaining the air of the skater, urban guy. The curtain haircut, Dyed hair is a key component + k-pop style haircut:

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    Dyed hair is a key component + k-pop style haircut
    how to Dress like an Eboy - Hair

  4. Black Nail polish. Get some nice black nail polish but don’t go crazy or too weird.  Chipped manicure, looking like you don’t care, but you do, is part of the main ingredients of the eBoy look.

    Some good eboy nails examples:

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  5. Shoes. You’d need the perfect pair of shoes to complete your outfit. Leave your shoes loose enough so it’ll untie itself as you’re walking down the street. You don’t really care that much. (images @alexgianola at Tiktok)

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    The classic Vans, Doc Martens boots or ankle-high ones and of course,  Converses, a forever stylish shoe you can find everywhere, but they’re also a signature piece on the eboy’s wardrobe. For a sleeker look you can also try with chunky oxfords.

For some more visual inspiration on how to dress visit men’s style editorials.  

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Phillips Inaugurates 2020 with Banksy & KAWS Art Sale Show in New York

Ten Monkeys and a Dolphin: Banksy & KAWS.” the auction house opens with a show of 19 pieces by the last decade’s most celebrated street artists. —January 14th at PHILLIPS X in New York.


The story of KAWS begins in NYC, Brooklyn and its surroundings packed with skateboard and street art crews. During the early 1990s, Brian Donnelly selected KAWS as his nickname to cover city streets and it wasn’t too long until he became a recognized star in the urban art and graffiti scene. A long way since trading spray paint for fine art, explorations spanned through sculpture, painting, and collage.

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Banksy ‘Love is in the Air’, 2015 – for sale at Phillips Auction House


The exhibition brings together two of the last decade’s most celebrated street artists. Banksy and KAWS art for sale, including rare paintings, screen prints, and sculptures. The show aims to create a dialog between these two controversial artists, through their own disruptions and interpretations of the current social and political climate. 

4FT COMPANION (BROWN) — KAWS at PHILLIPS X private art sale
Man's Best Friend - Kaws Art For Sale at PHILLIPS
Man’s Best Friend – KAWS art for sale at PHILLIPS


KAWS, which exhibits and sells internationally and most often in Asia, Europe and the United States, has attracting mass media appeal and mainstream recognition. Venturing into the world of big fashion labels, noteworthy his collaborations with DIOR, as well as, a widely-known collab with Disney. For which he created huge fiberglass sculptures that replace Mickey Mouse’s body onto KAWS ‘ imaginary creatures; with his characteristic x’-ed out eyes and ultra-animated features. Through neon and vibrant colors KAWS works, bring humor and meaning to contemporary paintings in a crossing art genres and definitions.
 

KAWS art for sale signed and dated "KAWS..12" on the reverse
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Signed and dated “KAWS..12” on the reverse acrylic on canvas


Phillips already hosted a Banksy art sale in 2018: “Who is Laughing Now?” in Hong Kong. Also last year, “The Authentic Radical” in Taipei. Both shows were tremendously successful, bringing a whole new audience to Phillips  Asian galleries. The “Ten Monkeys and a Dolphin” New York exhibition marks the first time that Phillips presents a private selling in the US dedicated to both artists Banksy and Brian Donnelly.

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Monkey Poison Banksy art for sale – spray paint on canvas, in artist’s frame

The show and art sale summarizes 19 art works—including rare paintings, special editions, and sculptures, offered from a single European collector whose identity was not revealed. Prices vary between $25,000 and $4 million.

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Banksy art for sale at Phillips – Laugh Now – 2002


The show, inspired by the Laugh Now from Banksy, and the art show Piranhas When You’re Sleeping features some of the artists most celebrated works. Major Banksy and KAWS art pieces for sale including the “Kids on Arms of Banksy(2003), “Monkey Poison” (2004), “Love is in the Air(2015), and the “Four Foot Friend” of KAWS (Brown), among others.

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Bullet Hole Bust – Banksy art for sale at PHILLIPS


Banksy’s political satire Devolved Parliament sold at Sotheby’s in London last October for £ 9.9 million (US$ 12.1 million) setting a price record for the artist at auction.

In Hong Kong last April 2019, KAWS private sale record was set when The Kaws Album (2005), one of the artist’s KIMPSONS series featuring characters from the TV show, sold at Sotheby’s for HK$115.9 million (US$ 14.7 million).

Mona Lisa Pink — Banksy – spray paint on canvas
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Barcode Leopard – Among Banksy’ art for sale this week at PHILLIPS


More from New York art scene and auctions

Where to find KAWS art for sale?

Directory of KAWS art sales — http://www.artnet.com/artists/kaws/
https://www.graffitistreet.com/artists/kaws/
https://www.kunzt.gallery/artist/kaws/ —limited edition prints

Where to find Banksy art for sale?

Directory of Banksy art sales auctions by collectors and galleries and http://www.artnet.com/search/artworks/?q=banksy

“Touching Color” 98 disruptive pastel paintings by 68 artists at the art gallery Fundation Mapfre Barcelona

The show “Touching Color. The renewal of pastel” highlights the critical moments and key figures in the revival of pastel paintings in the first half of the 20th century, a period when this technique came to be considered an art of its own.


Certainly, the history of art is also the history of the techniques and the materials. This exhibition focuses on one of its most important, pastel paintings, as its rebirth as an art form at the turn of the beginning of the past century.

From a global perspective, ‘Touching Color’ analyzes the importance that pastel had compared to the most venerated oil paintings, especially during the 19th and 20th  centuries. There were many reasons that pushed different artists to use this medium as a way to lead their own mark. The show highlights specific moments and notorious figures in the rebirth of pastel. During the initial modernism, the moment in which this technique acquired the level of art itself.

Louis Anquetin Pastel Painting 20th century French artist
Louis Anquetin

Pastel is a historically associated technique with female artists. Conscious of being confined to academic circles, many of these visionary women embraced pastel, an accessible and economic medium. It would provide them with an alternative path to fine arts that was traditionally reserved for men.


Therefore, pastel allowed impressionists artists to emphasize the atmosphere with sublime emotions through color. It is remarkable the case of Degas, who was losing his sight, almost unable to paint, this technique allowed him to create masterpieces in which the veiling replaces detail.

Edmond Aman-Jean Pastel Painting
Edmond Aman-Jean


As a dry technique, pastel is expressed through the overlay of colors layers. Mixtures of colors are not prepared in advance, it is worked on the actual surface, on paper. This allows us to better identify the strokes of the artists as they explore the process. We see how the canvases end with more or less force, agitation or harmony. 


The extensive use of pastel for sketches tended to confuse it with graphic arts. It was only through the first half of the 20th century, pastel acquired a new status, as a representation of the rupture of languages that the next generation would see. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, María Blanchard and Theo van Doesburg, to name a few, will use this technique.

Pastel Paintings
Louise-Catherine Breslau


The show, entirely produced by the Fundación Mapfre, consists of 98 pastel paintings by 68 artists. Likewise, just the beautiful building Casa Garriga Nogués itself is a good reason to visit the space.

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Casa Garriga i Nogués 
Carrer Diputació, 250

Fundación Mapfre
Casa Garriga Nogués
Carrer Diputació, 250 — Barcelona
(Balmes and Rambla Catalunya)

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“Tocar el color – Touching color – The Renewal of Pastel Paintings”
Thru January 5th, 2020





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Men’s Streetwear Industry Due to Continue Expanding

The men’s streetwear industry is revolutionizing the textile trade worldwide. Fashion has opened new borders and a simple sweatshirt is no longer just a sports item. That can be carried in various situations gives it versatility and, therefore, offers added value.  Urban fashion is one of the trends in the retail world that is gaining more momentum, targetting young people looking for exclusive products with an urban touch.

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In recent years, the raise of this phenomenon focused on casual wear such as t-shirts, sweatshirts and sneakers inspired by music, hip-hop, skateboarding, graffiti, has been unprecedented and the data suggest that streetwear accounts for 10% of the world textile and footwear industry.

It is affecting several areas, such as production, sale, and promotion. Its revolution has reached such a point that it has made brands that a priori do not have any kind of relationship, juxtapose. Luxury brands and sportswear brands have intermingled. From that fantastic Alexander Wang 2009 Fashion Show, that idea of treating sportswear as a luxury item. Nowadays everyone has joined. Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Balenciaga, Prada, just to name a few, now offer a range of products that are out of its traditional catalog: sweatshirts, shoes, etc.

Experts conclude that there are 5 keys factors to go far in the urban fashion market:
Be authentic The shortage explodes
Be aware: social matters … and much.
Design affordable and versatile garments.
Connect online and offline.

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In conclusion, the information from this report reveals that the growth of urban fashion has consolidated and is expected to continue to increase since 76% of the industry professionals surveyed believe that this market will continue to rise in the next five years.

A few streetwear brands to follow 2020:

ALL DAY WORLDWIDE is a streetwear clothing line with headquarters in New York and Barcelona. Established 2019, the brand aims to connect emerging artists from remote regions of the world to major fashion hubs.

Off-White
The brainchild of Virgil Abloh, have collaborated with Kanye West and is now creative director at Louis Vuitton. Think Bold and Unique.

Palace Skateboarding
According to several leaks, Palace Skateboards and Adidas (sponsor of Juventus today) could be preparing a special kit in collaboration to dress Juventus during the next 2020 season. In addition to football kits, the triple union will culminate with the launch of a collection of several collaborative clothing items that include t-shirts, sweatshirts and pants.

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Leo Peralta at La Fresh Gallery in Madrid

Málaga-born artist Leo Peralta is currently showing at La Fresh Gallery in Madrid. One of the most-acclaimed and forward-thinking galleries in Madrid. Peralta is the second malagueño to be shown at La Fresh after fellow Marbella-born fashion designer the late David Delfin.

This exhibition works as a homage to the darkest, most melancholic and unapologetic side of pop culture. The artist mixes different elements from the 80s and 90s. Reinterpreting icons from the entertainment industry and pop culture into a whole new surrealist scenario.

Peralta’s work is well-known by Madrid fellows for its transgressive and forward thinking background. Among his numerous exhibitions, Peralta has been recently feature on the group show VIVOS at the Museo Carmen Thyssen in Málaga.

This is the 2nd exhibition of Peralta’s work at the La Fresh Gallery after “Remixed”. The artist will develop this year’s poster for the upcoming Gay Pride Andalucía. —“50 years of fights, challenges and conquers.” —commemorating the 50th anniversary of the events at Stonewall Inn in NY.

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Before a biggest splash – Series: Popdown – Digital Illustration (Hahnemühle paper 310 grams)

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Snow Dark – Digital Illustration

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Marge de Versalles, 2018 – Series: Popdown – Digital Illustration (Hahnemühle paper – 310 grams)

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DIVINE III – Digital Illustration

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Leo Peralta was born in Malaga 1976, the city of Picasso and many other world-famous artists. He studied graphic design. His works appear in various publications (Vein Magazine, Zoom Magazine, Masmag, Starfucker Magazine, Rare People, Meat Chile…) Some of his new works were picked by Warner Music Spain for the release singles of the band Iceland’s album “The Mechanics of Impact.”

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Album Review: “Semper Femina”, Laura Marling

On Semper Femina, Laura Marling explores the lives of the exceptional women in her orbit as protagonists of their own stories, separate from the Male Gaze.

It is tempting – perhaps even unavoidable – to decipher works of art based on title tracks. After all, why would the artist name their work after a single line or lyric? It must be meaningful – it’s the musical equivalent of when an actor will break the 4th wall, look straight into the camera, and say the name of a film. It drops like a hammer-blow, when we pick up on it.

On Semper Femina’s second-to-last and standout track “Nouel”, British folksinger Laura Marling sings, “Semper Femina, so am I,” paraphrasing a line from a Virgil poem, translating roughly to “always a woman”. For her sixth LP, Marling initially sought to explore the lives of exceptional women from the vantage point of a man, but had to abandon the quest. She simply couldn’t get out of herself, and didn’t think it would be wise to do so. Instead, Marling explores nine very different women’s journeys, over just as many different musical styles.

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All of Marling’s musical meanderings are loving, thoughtful, appreciative to the point of being sensual and romantic. Interestingly, Marling identifies as straight, as she commented on during her Reversal Of The Muse podcast series. This allows Marling to view her subjects objectively, and seeing herself in the process.

Over this last weekend, pop star Lorde appeared on Saturday Night Live, guesting on a skit parodying a couple of well-intentioned male feminists who wrote a skit in solidarity for their strong women co-workers, in which the men proceed to roll out a bunch of random and unrelated feminist cliches. The only lines the women are allowed are, “Thank you for saying that.” They even sing over Lorde at the finale. It was a funny moment based on a sad fact – that even feminist spaces are being taken over by cis white men, even if they don’t mean to. For women, it’s nearly impossible to find a safe space where they can just be themselves without the world having opinions about every single molecule of their experience. This makes it hard to find real representation of what women really think about, care about, and do when they’re alone. (hint: it’s not just makeovers, cocktails, pillow fighting, or talking about men.) This distortion perpetuates stereotypes, making the same, tired old cliches, flat characters, and tired tropes repeated ad nauseam.

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This is what women look and sound like when no one wants anything from them. You can hear the solidarity and support on tracks like album opener “Soothing”, or the slinky, selflessness of “Don’t Pass Me By,” where Marling sings of an old friend with whom she used to share an old guitar. She uses the old guitar and old songs as a metaphor for wishing someone well, singing, “take my old guitar/sell it off for parts/take my old tune/turn them into something new/something good.” How often are we able to be this selfless in romantic relationships? Feelings too frequently get hurt, people are left feeling insecure when their partner starts to wander and stray. Here, Marling wishes her cohort the best – the actual best, what is best for her.

Perhaps this is an example of The Sisterhood everyone’s always talking about, and one slight example of what can be gleaned from listening to women’s stories. We learn how to really love, not selfishly but selflessly.

What is most telling about Semper Femina is that the music isn’t pinkwashed. This is no Katy Perry-pop, no spangled and glittery r&b soaked hip-hop. It’s not plastic or glittery or any of the other lifestyle cliches of feminine pop music. This music is as raw and authentic as it comes, built around Marling’s delicate, deft fingerpicked acoustic guitar and warm, Mancunian brogue. It reminds us that women do more than go to the gym and to the salon – surprise! Frequently, they’re up to their knuckles in mud, sometimes in blood.

Girlhood is often a cherished and precious time of a woman’s life, as is commented on the gorgeous “Wild Once.” Is it truly that childhood is just a better time of life, or is it also partially to do with the fact that it’s the last time in a female’s life that she gets to be autonomous and her own person? As soon as adolescence sets in, society will set it’s meathooks in but in a fair and just world, women could be wild for as long as they like.

Score: A+

—words by J. Simpson