The befuddling clashes of imagery and color that compose Dan Baldwin’s paintings and pottery make for heady viewing. Most of the images, on their own varying from third-grade classroom appropriate to biker gang-style, are oddly discordant when piled one on top of the other in a profusion of line and hue.

The artist, who received formal training starting in 1990 at the Eastbourne College of Art and Design and then the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone, told us he took the long road to becoming a full-time artist.

“In 2006 I took the leap, but I’d been selling and exhibiting for years,” he said. “Not many people would be prepared for 16 years but that time was crucial for development.”

The artist, who is known for his beautifully hectic renderings of childlike themes, has spent the last year working purely with ceramics, a medium he’s wanted to perfect for about 6 years now, he said. For those projects he works with photography 3D clay casting, pure gold, lustres, precious metals, and more.

When he paints, on the other hand, it’s canvas, emulsion, aerosol, and often mixed media with silkscreen. The only medium he doesn’t have time for is oil paint. “They dry so slowly,” he said. “I need paint to dry fast so I can build up layering – ceramic paint dries so fast, it’s the opposite.”

According to this self-described workaholic, one of the best parts of being an artist is setting his own schedule, though that does mean he can never leave his work behind at the end of the day. “It never reaches a satisfaction point,” he said. “You end one work and then think, ‘Right, the next one I’ll do this.’ That’s why artists don’t retire.”

At least, that’s why Baldwin isn’t retiring. That, and he enjoys the fact that his work can trigger a response no matter what the age of his viewer. His art is a study in contradictions, he said, a dialogue between different themes. He points out that the obvious one is between life and death, but there also exist motifs of harmony, nature, war, religion, love, science, and decay, blending into one another so seamlessly that it is hard to tell where one ends and another begins.

His final words? “I love the subtle edge between innocence and death.”

“Oblivion” from Grimes’ third studio album Visions is eerie yet captivating, a mismatched mishmash of image and sound that seem utterly strange in each other’s company. The heavy synth and her angelic baby-doll voice are equally surprising when paired together, but nonetheless enchanting.

In the music video, Grimes (Claire Boucher) hangs out in a locker room with body builders and at a dirt-bike rally, certainly not the visuals we expected from dark-leaning lyrics that include the lines “Cause when you’re really by yourself/it’s hard to find someone to hold your hand” and “I see you on a dark night.”

Dada Life, the Swedish electro house duo, held nothing back when it came time to lay down the electro beats in their song, “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker.” The vocals and the beats ride alongside each other, neither overpowering the other, while scattered in time throughout the song.

During the most upbeat sections, Office Space-style smashing of a printer and everything else you can imagine (even ballsy destruction of a guitar and drum kit) provide a matching visual during the music’s most “epic” moments.

Back in April, INSA, the street artist known for splashing his designs not only on walls, but on women’s shoes, called out for help from his followers. He needed 12 supporters to buy this artwork in order to ship him off to Los Angeles where he would give a building in the downtown district a much needed facelift.

INSA’s artwork sold out in five minutes, and he was on his way that week. Those contributors, who bought INSA’s unique series of paintings on paper, can find their names mixed within the design.

This massive project covers the building back-to-back, making it currently the largest mural in L.A. at 9,300 square feet. The building houses the Art Share L.A. organization, a non-profit dedicated to making art more accessible. The abundance of mismatched windows that cover the building end-to-end are thankfully swallowed by INSA’s detailed work.

The photographer behind these shots is Birdman, known for his photography of street art and galleries.

The work Bleeps stamps out is heavily concentrated in life and death and fundamental subjects involving everyday living. The use of poetry, words, and thoughts in written form are used to engage dialogue between fans of street art, artists, and possibly clueless passersby.

Bleeps faces many of the same adversities that other street artists face: finding a space, the fuzz, and being involved in activism, even though he jokingly says “washing brushes afterwards,” can be one the most difficult aspects.

Back in 2003, Bleeps moved to the U.K. for school, and was inspired by the work of 3D and Inkie. Although having received some art training in Greece and Bristol, Bleeps doesn’t consider those experiences formal training. Since then Bleeps has been making a living by way of “irrelevant” jobs and uses art to express philosophical quests, rather than as a form of income.

Using a technique of whatever materials work best – markers, sprays or acrylics, and a mixed technique based on free painting and stencils – Bleeps creates these thought provoking pieces.  He said he sees his work as “an opportunity to document the present and pass it to future generations, interpreted through my perception,” Bleeps says.

When you spend a grip load of money on an iPhone, you obviously want to protect it. Vans had Apple junkies in mind when they created the Vans Phone Case for iPhone 4G or 4GS. This flexible case has a replica waffle sole on the back and the well-known red heel tag on the side. Vans even worked in the toe cap replica on the top of the case. The only foreseeable issue might be that it’s made from flexible rubber, which doesn’t exactly slide in and out of a pocket with ease, but you know what they say: Pain is beauty.

This baby definitely wins the biggest watch on the block award. Shock and water resistant to 200 meters (roughly 600 feet), the black G-Shock Digital Anti-Magnetic Gold Tone Analog also boasts a 1/1000th Second Stopwatch, 5 total alarms, Auto LED with afterglow, and so much more.

World travelers will be delighted to know that the G-Shock is fully equipped to handle every time zone Earth has to offer, as well as daylight savings and home city/world time swapping.

Oh, and it’s also magnetic resistant, so all of us who liked to turn our electronics pretty colors with magnets as children … prepare to be disappointed.


Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, a.k.a. Vhils, is known for his striking monochromatic faces, huge and installed on the sides of buildings by chiseling away the outer surface to reveal what’s beneath. Some of his newest work in Shanghai demonstrates the same subtle adherence to realism, and we love the three-dimensional effects.

Check out this nifty Parisian collaboration between OX and BLA, the product of imaginations working in tandem to produce brilliant public art. We especially like the double take on the ghost and heart shapes, as well as the awesome colors and billboard frames.

The new SNAP skateboard is the World’s first folding skateboard, and unfortunately, currently sold out. Made from three separate pieces of high-grade aluminum, this board’s stowing capabilities make it ideal for bringing along for a lengthy commute combining board with train or bus.

Also coming soon from SNAP is a foldable long board. Along with the launch of the longboard,snapskateboard.com is re-launching its website in June, so check back soon.