Todd Francis In Berlin For, "Look Away..." July 8, 2014

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Large (4.5' x 18') charcoal piece by Todd Francis

Quintin Co. x Todd Francis', "Brain Damage" Collection

By: Yong-Ki Chang
My friend, Todd Shimabuku has done a lot in his short time from building Non-Fiction (clothing line), Define (shop in Honolulu), In4mation (the venerable Hawaiiian-bred street brand), Illest, and now heading-up collections for Quintin Co. for artists like Todd Francis.  The, "Brain Damage" collection is brought to you by both Francis and Shimabuku and will be shown at Agenda Long Beach from July 10 & 11, 2014 at Booth: N21.  

Todd Francis Book Launch & Live Painting in Berlin

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Todd's going overseas for the next leg of the, "Look Away, The Art Of Todd Francis" book launch!  He'll be signing books, body parts and painting in Berlin at the Bright Tradeshow on Tuesday, July 8th at 4:30PM at the Element Europe booth.  

Todd Francis at Element Branch: Photos and Video

By: Yong-Ki Chang

For complete photo selections from Todd Francis' first book signing at the Branch on June 19, 2014, please visit: ELEMENT and TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING

Todd Francis Book Signing at Hennessey + Ingalls, Hollywood

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Todd Francis has a book signing this Thursday, June 26th at Hennessey + Ingalls in Hollywood from 6-9pm. 

Todd Francis Book Release at Element Branch June 19, 2014

By: Yong-Ki Chang

The first date for Todd Francis' book release will be held in Costa Mesa at Element Skateboards' The Branch on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 from 7-11PM.  

His book, "Look Away, The Art Of Todd Francis" will be available along with a curated show of original artwork in conjunction for the evening. 

Element is also releasing a special run of Todd's, "Natural Dejection" series, which is featured in the pages of, "Look Away..."

4 decks in this set, handscreened along with a shirt and limited run of prints will be available in celebration of Todd's book release.

For more information and to pre-book this title from WINS Publishing, please visit: http://www.winsthings.com/product/look-away-the-art-of-todd-francis 

ADDITIONAL DATES FOR, "Look Away, The Art Of Todd Francis" BOOK RELEASE TOUR:

June 19, 2014 at ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS Branch in Costa Mesa, CA

June 26, 2014 at HENNESSEY + INGALLS in Los Angeles, CA

July 8, 2014 4:30PM at BRIGHT TRADESHOW in Berlin, Germany

July 17, 2014 at DLXSF in San Francisco, CA

Todd Francis - Juxtapoz July 2014, Issue #162

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Click HERE for the full article in JUXTAPOZ Issue #162, featuring the almighty, Todd Francis!


[o] by: Amber B. Dianda 

The Art of, "LOVE MORE" - Taylor Dunfee & Mark Oblow

By: Yong-Ki Chang

I was privy to witness and admire the skills of both Mark Oblow and Taylor Dunfee for their opening, "Love More", curated by Bobby Tang in Long Beach, CA.  "Love More" was a single evening event and a month or more has passed since the reception.  Shown below are the pieces exhibited outdoors on that beautiful evening.  Both artists skillfully hung the show (and with time to spare) and allowed the rest of us the rare chance to see the first public showing of Mark Oblow's creative output, outside of his successful photography career alongside the consistently talented Taylor Dunfee.

Both are unique and have styles that are instantly identifiable as their own. Taylor's ink on paper are classics that wouldn't surprise me if they appeared magically in all of my daughter's children's books. Mark Oblow's mixed, varied and disciplined style is simply stunning, photographing models himself then creating and cutting layers upon layers of stenciling as just a catalyst before he adds paint to paper.  

For full sized images and additional information, contact each artist directly and they'll guide you towards the easiest and best way to acquire their work.  

I'm proud to own a piece from each artist myself from, "Love More"... #16 from Oblow and the AP of #19 from Dunfee.

SOLD pieces below are from the 4 hour opening reception. 

CLICK MOBLOW & DUNFEE OR IMAGES BELOW TO ENLARGE ARTWORK

 
 
 

Neil Blender's, "The Heated Wheel" & Transportation Unit

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Russ Pope and Transportation Unit consistently provide fun and quality goods and this time around, a dream shape in the form of Neil Blender's, "The Heated Wheel" deck (same shape as his 1982-1985 pro models).  

Available in the Equal Dist. Mini Skate Shop

Dimensions: 9.75" (widest) x 31.75" x 15.75" (wheelbase)

Isaac McKay-Randozzi - 35th North Photo Show

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Equal Distribution family member, Isaac McKay-Randozzi is part of the 35th NORTH PHOTO SHOW coming up on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 from 7-9PM (shown for one month), hosted by Amigos Skateboards.

Taylor Dunfee and Mark Oblow: May 5, 2014 "LOVE MORE"

By: Yong-Ki Chang

SAVE THIS DATE!

Taylor Dunfee and Mark Oblow are having an opening at the Attic in Long Beach, CA on May 5th, 2014 from 6-10PM. 

@markoblow  @tsdvision

Look Away: The Art Of Todd Francis 25% PROMOTION CODE

By: Yong-Ki Chang

"Look Away: The Art of Todd Francis", is now available for PRE-BOOK. Receive 25% off the cover price of $19.95 by entering code: ILOVETODD until release date.  The books are scheduled to ship this coming June so click HERE to preview and order yours today.

toddfrancis.com

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equaldist.com/toddfrancis

Todd Francis in STAF Magazine - Spain

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Todd Francis has an interview in STAF Magazine's online section of Art/Skate... in Spanish.  

instagram.com/markoblow

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Just a couple of shots of Mark Oblow's style on the board from his instagram feed.  The Vision ad below is from 1990. 

Russ Pope's, "Life Lines" at Needles and Pens 021514

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Russ Pope's opening for, "Life Lines" (and zine release) is happening at Needles and Pens in San Francisco, Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 7-9:30pm. 

 

Transportation Unit Decks Available at Equal Dist.

By: Yong-Ki Chang

Stoked to have some Transportation Unit in the Equal Dist Mini Skate Shop.  Mahalo's to Russ Pope and Damon at Armory Distribution

Congratulations, Bryce!

By: Yong-Ki Chang
We have a wiener! The Special Crud painting contest has been won by proud Crud tee owner, Bryce .... Congrats! He wins a slightly upsetting painting of a handsome lil' devil (shown below). Thanks to everyone who participated, and more importantly thanks to everyone for supporting Special Crud. More good stuff to come, so stay tuned you buttnuts. - @toddfrancisart 

SPECIAL CRUD Contest: Todd Francis Original Painting

By: Yong-Ki Chang

To say thanks for all the support during the launch of SPECIAL CRUD, its time for a contest.  The winner gets this signed original 5.5" x 8.5" lovable pigeon painting, (yes its true!) by Todd Francis

Here's how it's done: Order a SPECIAL CRUD tee at Equal Dist and you're automatically entered.  Another way to enter is to tag #specialcrud on a photo showing someone who'd look good in a Special Crud tee on Instagram.  Basically, we encourage you to have some fun with this and to not turn this into a selfie shooting spree.  And if you've already bought a tee, you're automatically entered too!

We'll be announcing the winner @toddfrancisart and @equaldist next Tuesday, Feb 11th.  Thanks to everyone for getting behind SPECIAL CRUD...lots more to come in the future from everyone's favorite diseased pigeon.  

Painting Size: 5.5" x 8.5"