March 11th, 2010
Upper Playground releases 10yr Anniversary book.
October 10th, 2009
We are taking a short break from our “Move #19 up close tour” to bring you news about Upper Playground’s ten year anniversary book. Simply put: it’s bad ass.
Weighing in at 3 pounds and 10″ thick with 612 pages of graphics and artist commentary, this is a better investment than most college text books. Seriously. A straight up catalog that tracks the evolution of both the company and the work of the artists involved.
Here are some between the sheets shots.
Available at UpperPlayground.com and for only $40. Congratulations and thanks to Upper playground for bringing us over ten years of the best artists and graphic tees on the planet.
Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park
September 15th, 2009
Awoken by some seriously, ominous sounding thunder claps at 5am on Saturday morning, a single thought was shared by most ( if not all) participants for this years Power to The Peaceful event in Golden Gate park; what happened to the sunshine?!
Well, we all forged ahead, braved the rain and lightening to bring the Sam Flores live painting experience to the people.
And for those of you who stayed in your beds on that rainy, gloomy Saturday you missed out. But as always, we won’t leave you hanging…
After, rocking out on canvas, Sam sat down for a few to sign autographs and doodle in some black books. He was probably approached over a hundred times for an autograph while painting and being the gracious guy he is, he greeted each person and was happy to indulge.
Thanks to everyone who came out. and An enormous thanks to Sam who, like a rock star, braved the rain to paint for us.
Sam Flores, up to some new tricks…
May 15th, 2009
I recently braved the 6 hour drive down to LA to check out Sam’s new show “Ego, Addiction, & Other Bedtime Stories” at Subliminal Projects. The show was phenomenal.
It’s always heartening to see artists that are constantly striving to expand on his or her already well developed skill set, and Sam is no exception. Apparently, he spent the past year developing a new style and has very clearly been able to add an immense level of depth to his new body of work. I was impressed to see such dark imagery mixed seamlessly with the familiar characters and vibrant color palette that we know and love from Sam. Some of my favorite works from him are the deeper, more emotionally charged ones. And in the past i have only seen a handful of pieces that reflect what his new work openly celebrates.
Hats off to you Mr. Flores, ”Ego, Addiction & Other Bedtime Stories” is a very thoughtful and well executed show. Weren’t able to make it to LA?… Click here to get a more extensive look.