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A Community Memorial: Dash Snow Show at Deitch Projects

A Community Memorial: Dash Snow Show at Deitch Projects

Dash Snow: A Community Memorial at Deitch Projects

Dash Snow: A Community Memorial at Deitch Projects

The good people over at Gradient Magazine got a preview of a very vital exhibit that has just opened at influential New York City art gallery Deitch Projects, a memorial to the recently passed multimedia artist Dash Snow. Entitled A Community Memorial, Deitch and friends and family of the artist, who died on July 13th due to a heroin overdose, are encouraging Snow’s fans to join together and publicly mourn the photographer, graffiti artist, and videographer that NY Magazine hailed as one of “Wharhol’s Children” .

Snow's photography was gritty and portrayed the Downtown scene realistically

Snow's photography was gritty and portrayed the Downtown scene realistically

The show will feature some of Snow’s most popular, often gritty, photographs as well as scores of unreleased Polaroids that were found in Dash’s studio.  Running from July 23rd to August 15th, the gallery has erected an open wall for fans to scribble, paint, or post art and messages in Snow’s memory. If you are in New York, make sure to stop in and get a glimpse of all Snow accomplished in his lifetime as well as pay your respects to the artist whose work made him a downtown visionary.

Dash's work was multimedia in nature, from T-shirts to photography.

Dash's work was multimedia in nature, from T-shirts to photography

Dash's work often payed homage to his closest friends.

Dash's work often payed homage to his closest friends.

His work has been shown at prominent galleries in New York, Los Angles, and London

His work has been shown at prominent galleries in New York, Los Angles, and London

R.I.P Dash Snow, 1981- 2009

R.I.P Dash Snow, 1981- 2009

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R.I.P. Dash Snow 1981-2009

R.I.P. Dash Snow 1981-2009

R.I.P. Dash Snow 1981-2009

R.I.P. Dash Snow 1981-2009

The young art world lost a rising star last night. Dash Snow, a promising multimedia artist who was profiled in a 2007 New York Magazine cover article entitled “Warhol’s Children” passed away at the age of 27 last night, due to a heroin drug overdose.

Dash came from the prominent De Menil art collecting family, but shunned the pretentious art world, and focused more on creating art in the seedy downtown New York street scene. Known by his tag Sacer in the graffiti world, Snow was a founding member of the infamous IRAK graffiti crew, and gained prominance along with downtown artists Dan Colen and Ryan McGuinness with his gritty candid poloroid photos, sculptural work, distinctive collages, and debaucherous live installations. His art was exhibited in galleries and museums such as Deitch Projects, The Royal Academy in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2006 Biennial “Day For Night,” and is currently featured in “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture” at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

According to his family, Snow had recently been in rehab, but unfortunately succumbed to the lure of addiction. He leaves behind an infant daughter, Secret. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Little Miss Frustrated: HBO’s All ‘Bout Hipsters!

Little Miss Frustrated: HBO’s All ‘Bout Hipsters!

Little M.I.S.S. Frustrated sez: Click THIS!

Little M.I.S.S. Frustrated sez: Click THIS!

[HIDEMI] Late 20s to late 30s, a Japanese taste-maker fashion king, he works with up and coming designers and selects which trends he’ll break in Japan. The kind of man who visits Manhattan every six months and can make or break a career…

[HIPSTER DESIGNER #1 & #2] A pair of hipster designers with fashions to market…

[HENRY] Male (20s). Williamsburg artist. He silkscreens t-shirts. Hip and cool in appearance but slightly unsure of his work.

The above listed roles come live and direct to you from the casting calls for the high anticipated HBO show How to Make it in America, which will premiere on the pay-cable network on Sunday, February 14th. Brainchild of Entourage mastermind Mark Wahlberg, the show centers on a group of three twenty-somethings trying to pursue their own versions of the American dream in downtown New York. Producer Rob Weiss promises that How to Make it in America is HBO’s attempt to “examine the cross section of people  in NYC”. As nice as that whole “cross section” thing sounds, let’s keep it real–the “bros n hos” market is a dying, so, to quote Jigga, it’s on to the next one!

The cast list for How To Make it in America features well-publicized streetwear and hipster figures like A-ron, the "Downtown Don".

The cast list for How To Make it in America features well-publicized streetwear and hipster figures like A-ron, the "Downtown Don".

And the next one, in this case, happens to be the loathsome but completely lovable downtown New York hipster! What started in the early part of the previous decade as a small cluster of influential cultural movers and shakers has now spread to a near worldwide phenomena– don’t try and tell me there isn’t an Urban Outfitters within at least 25 miles of where you live! The hipster, in all their no-showering, indie-rock-listening, ironic-glasses-and neon-color-wearing glory, is here to stay, which is why when you tune in on Valentines Day to HBO, you’ll see a show chock full of headlining hipsters like Kid Cudi and Shannyn Sossamon in lead roles. Nothing’s wrong with a little exposure, and I’m dying to see the emo rapper of the new decade get his act on, but when names like Aaron ” A-Ron” Bondaroff start popping up on the cast list, I feel the need to jump up on my soapbox for a rant!

The cast for How to Make it in America-- your favorite hipsters including Kid Cudi!

The cast for How to Make it in America-- your favorite hipsters including Kid Cudi!

I know it’s inevitable, but as a 20-something “hipster” (ok, I admit it, I’m a total hipster!) living in New York for the past 5 years, it’s upsetting to see everything that was/is cool about the concrete jungle being whored out to corporate execs! I’ve seen the scripts, and they’re ripped straight from the headlines of your favorite blog! With story lines about a high-end Japanese clothing lines that bare more than a passing similarity to BAPE, and a visionary wild child artist “based” on Dash Snow,  I can’t help but feel a little upset that every little secret artist, show, musician, club, or even that bodega that plays bachata at an awesomely loud volume at 3am on a Thursdays, is being broadcast to the world at large! Seriously!  Japanther playing in the trailer?! I remember going to see Japanather at a dirty basement show when I was a senior in college, and now they’re plastered all over the trailer?! Basically, everything I held on to for dear life to make me feel cool, is crumbling thanks to corporate entertainment.

The Search for Hipsters to fill the background of How to Make it in America continues!

The Search for Hipsters to fill the background of How to Make it in America continues!

My chief beef centers around the fact that the show seems intent on simply replicating the downtown culture without providing any valuable insight or commentary on it. Of course it’s fun to see your favorite spots on the tizzube, or wonder if that hipster in the back of the club scene is really your homegirl who had nothing better to do than make a couple hundred working background for the day. But I’m worried that they show will make the youth subculture appear as an even bigger waste of time than what people already believe it to be. “Hipsters” are constantly accused of replication without appreciation (there is probably a group of hipsters being photographed at some party right this super second donning Slick Rick T-shirts yet who have no idea that he’s the man behind “Children’s Story”!), and it seems like the show is headed down the same track. As neato as “those crazy hipster kids” appear to the rest of the world, this culture does have meaning to a lot of us who aren’t in it just for the parties! Dash Snow made art with a purpose, A-Ron revolutionized the way a streetwear company could truly represent a lifestyle to the fullest, and music like ghettotech is actually going places beyond just getting girls to bootypop at parties!

With a barrage of cattle casting calls and a crew that took over the trendiest blocks of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, the motto of  How to Make it in America should be “hipsters! get em’ while they’re hot!” I guess it’s just time for me to face the fact that downtown New York culture is no longer obscure and closeted, it’s the newest trend! Can we say LE SIGH? I guess my only consolation in this whole mess is that when I tune in to watch the show on Feb 14th is that with all the work they went through to recruit “real life hispters”, there’ll be plenty of eye candy for me to crush on this season!

Check out the trailer for the show below, which premiers on HBO after Big Love on Sun, Feb 14th.

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Letter From The Editor: 07.14.09

Letter From The Editor: 07.14.09

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Hello M.I.S.S. Crew!

We hope you’ve been enjoying the new layout of the site. M.I.S.S. is constantly a work in progress and we have some new developments that I’m excited to share with you!

Today, we’re launching M.I.S.S. TV – weekly video episodes featuring everything from behind-the-scenes videos of photo shoots, product reviews, short interviews and “Top 5’s” with some of M.I.S.S.’s illustrious friends and family. We hope you enjoy M.I.S.S. TV as much as we enjoy creating it. We hope to keep you up to date and entertained in new ways and we will continue to grow and evolve with you.

We also have some new columns that we’ve added to our roster. We’ve got “Eyes to the Sky” covering future trends about 6 months out, “Ears to the Street” for current trends, and a weekly column on vintage clothing for all of you “Second Hand Roses.” We’ve also brought on a new art writer who will be helping M.I.S.S. Lexx revive her Art Herstory posts. And finally, you may have noticed a lull in some of our music posts – we’re not stopping, just re-grouping and we’ll be back with weekly playlists, new columns and exclusive M.I.S.S. mixes.

We also found out some pretty interesting news – about 45% of our readers are boys! We see you! We’re not going to start covering men’s fashion (just yet), but we will continue to keep you informed on the best in film, music, art and design. Thanks for making M.I.S.S. a place where men and women can come together.

We’re also branching out so that you can find us more places… Juxtapoz Magazine has included M.I.S.S. on their guest blogs so be sure to show Juxtapoz some love!

Finally, I end with some sad news. Last night, NY-based artist Dash Snow passed away. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Summer 2009 is turning out to be a very morbid one. Let it be a lesson to you, and enjoy every moment you have and live each day as if it’s your last. No regrets!

Keep your eyes to the sky, and your ears to the street,
xo GDK

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Nails Did: OPI Holiday 2012

While we’re busy dashing through the snow to find the perfect gifts for loved ones, the folks over at OPI are creating some holiday cheer of their own for Holiday 2012. This year, the nail lacquer brand is going above and beyond and giving gifts of soft skin along with a line of James Bond inspired polishes.

OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers Hand & Body Lotion

Cold winter temperatures can leave your skin frosty and dull. Rejuvenate and refresh with OPI’s Avojuice Skin Quenchers lotions. The Skin Quenchers are being released in two limited edition scents for the holiday season. Vanilla Snowflake is a blend of vanilla and butter creme, while Peppermint Shimmer has a light peppermint scent with a touch of sparkle. Both scents are now available in 1oz  and 6.6oz bottles.

The Top Ten and Bond-ettes Mini Lacquer Sets

Just in time to stuff stockings, The Top Ten and Bond-ettes mini lacquer sets are set to release. Inspired by the latest installment of the James Bond series, the Bond-ettes set includes four shimmer polishes guaranteed to give your nails that Bond Girl glamour.

The Top Ten mini kit is a great gift for the girl who has to have her nails did. It includes ten of OPI’s most popular colors ranging from Alpine Snow to Lincoln Park After Dark.

Skyfall Magnetic Lacquer Packs

To celebrate 50 years of Bond, OPI has released three magnetic lacquers (the first for the brand). The three shades, each comes with a unique magnetizer which will create a striped ( Is That Silva?), diamond (Bond…James Bond) or wavy (Morning, Moneypenny) pattern in the polish. Very Bond-esque. The packs are now available for $17.50 each.

Pure Lacquer Nail App with Skyfall Inspired Designs

OPI’s series of nail appliqués, Pure Lacquer Nail Apps, are getting a limited edition Skyfall look for Christmas. Decorated with dragons, gold glitter, zig zags and martini glasses, the 100% real polish strips are Bond approved. The high-shine finish of the quick drying stickers allow you to hit all your holiday parties without the fear of an accidental smudge.

The Man with the Golden Gun 18K Gold Leaf Top Coat

Nothing says luxury like gold. We’re not talking some metallic coating that looks like gold. OPI is coming with the real thing. Their 18K gold leaf top coat, The Man with the Golden Gun, has been the talk of nail blogs for months now and has finally hit shelves. The polish can be applied directly to a bare nail, or added on top of your favorite shade, to add a luxurious gold leaf texture. Get your fingers on it now for $30.

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