The response online really speaks for itself doesn’t it? I hope @hm take heed. These words are a from @alanket who as per usual has articulated this succinctly.
For all to know. Choose who you spend your money with wisely. Boycott those that would do us harm........... This week, fashion retailer H&M filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in New York, allegedly asking the court to essentially rule that any and all unsanctioned or illegal artwork, such as street art and graffiti, should be devoid of copyright protection and can be used by any brand or corporation, without any payment or even needing the artist's permission. This action taken by H&M is a full out assault on artists' rights and we must raise our voices. This could render millions of murals and important pieces of artwork worldwide completely unprotected and available for corporate use, without any payment or permission needed whatsoever.
We must not allow this company to use our artwork and appropriate our culture to sell their products, for their own financial gains, while at the same time allow them to devalue and delegitimize our artwork, our culture, and everything we work for.
This all began when H&M was caught using REVOK's artwork in an advertising campaign without permission. When REVOK asked them to stop, they responded by threatening him with criminal charges and filed this lawsuit declaring that all artists of unsanctioned artwork should be unprotected and have no rights whatsoever.
There are many things wrong in the world today, and most of them are far more important than this issue. But if we don't take action now, many of us may find our careers and livelihoods in jeopardy, or one day see our artwork plastered all over an advertisement for some brand we hate and there would be nothing we could do about it.
Go on social media, get the message out to the global artist community, and let H&M know how you feel about them. They have made it clear how they feel about us.
@hm we see you once again being a poor corporate citizen. Wake up.
Fantastic catch up with some of the TMDEES tonight - a few birthdays & a few farewells ahead in the next couple of weeks. Proud to see everyone thriving so much at the moment! Photos by @mr_rimonitmd - thanks to you Maria for hosting dinner tonight!
This is a little concept I’ve been playing with, it could develop into something more consistent if there’s interest - still playing with a name, perhaps ‘lolty places writers revere’ 😂 - I’m actually thinking ‘places of interest’ might be better! Anyway, this first one is about Combat Zone and how it got it’s name. It’s essentially the first place I ever saw incredible burners in this city and under that grey buff are layers and layers of stories. Like a lot of writers, some rather grimy, even insignificant looking spaces in my city have a huge amount of meaning & history. I met life long friends like @benjaminwork for example. My intention is to tie together the history of our scene, the history of its contributors and also the history of infrastructure in our city and how it’s also shaped the trajectory of events. I want to bring a broader contextual understanding to how we as people have occupied and moved through our local spaces. This video is based on the story I was told about the origin of the name, I’m certain others out there can confirm, correct or add to the story but this is at least a starting point. Huge thanks to @petraleary for the drone footage! *my apologies, I did get 2 captions during the Dam Native clip in the wrong order somehow, hopefully it still reads ok!
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Hip Hop in New Zealand is looking really healthy right now. So many good releases over the last year and so much more consistency in how people roll out their additional content namely their design and videos. I have always worked around the periphery of the music industry since I was about 19 - started doing party flyers and mixtape covers (@p_money & @djsirvere hooked me up that work) graduated on to album cover artwork (@p_money @callum_dirty & @scribes_here_so_give_it_up probably gave me my first chance and also @andy1979mgmt when we did @marekothehorse cover art - later handled a good amount of Breakinwreckwordz design for years) worked as a graphic designer for a music magazine for 5 years (shot @djsirvere & @nikkistreater ) and during that time got convinced to make music videos (all @andy1979mgmt doing!) - all of this has been haphazard, not my main focus but a really fun opportunity to support myself while striving to make art and so I’m forever grateful. I would say I’m always going to be an avid supporter of artists from my part of the world. In this current climate the most successful musicians are the ones that have a cohesive vision for themselves, that are self-initiators with the ingenuity to see things right through. There isn’t the same type of money being thrown at them there used to be so it usually takes a small dedicated team to achieve things and a lot of resourcefulness & cooperation with other likeminded & supportive people. If I have any platform at all to shine light on other creative people from my home I want to use it and hope it encourages a few of you from elsewhere to investigate these artists more and support what they do! here’s 4 snippets of recent videos from 4 artists/groups at very different stages of their careers: 1. @ddotdallas - Probably (easily my favourite track off his last album Hood Country Club) 2. @swidtmusic - Conquer (this is from their recent Stoneyhunga: the bootleg EP) 3. @ogjessb - Take It Down ft. @rubi_du off her brand new EP Bloom and last but not least 4. @raizabiza - Full Time - can I just say, this guy really works so hard - he is the most consistent, head down, focussed dude ever!
Finally watched the @natgeo documentary LA 92 last week - I actually had to break it up into instalments to really absorb it properly. The layers and complexity of that whole situation really had me thinking a lot and reflecting on what’s really been learnt since - sadly I feel like the tensions bubbling today, the divisiveness of the social, political, economic and environmental climate at this current moment, especially the mood of ‘kick back’ against positive progress across every issue you can name is so rife that I felt unsettled all week.
The people that have inspired the paintings. A selection of portraits I’ve shot in Ra’iātea, Kalgoorlie, Mount Maunganui & Paris. It’s the greatest gift to spend time with people albeit fleeting sometimes, to be given a window into their journey and over all it’s an honour to paint them.
Huge thanks once again to @petraleary for this footage. An awesome but fleeting moment put in context by way of drone. Legend! 👍🏼✨✨✨✨ track: Dam Native ‘Behold My Kool Style - instrumental’ produced by Zane Lowe in 1997.
Some tracksides in my home town.
Two new studies - Acrylic and waterborne glaze on glass. Painted with brush, wire brush, screwdriver and T shirt 😂 - 30cm x 30cm (12” x 12”) 2018.
Nice to see the trackside pieces creeping back in Auckland! West Side has some life again!
- that time in Basel when I tried to explain what a Moa was to someone in MOAS and ended up painting a character of one in sunglasses 😂 - I just got reminded on @nilkowhite account that yesterday was the anniversary of Dares passing, the Basel line was so full of his pieces from over the years it was incredible. So different to here where the lifespan was so quick. There was about 20 years of Dare pieces, they had more damage from the sun than anything else - pretty remarkable.