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Walrus TV Artist Feat: SWOON

In this episode of Walrus TV by Upper Playground, innovative street artist SWOON shows us her paper wheat paste cutouts that have been commonly seen throughout the urban playgrounds. Her art draws inspiration from actual people she interacts with on a daily basis. Unlike graffiti art, her work displays a beautiful type of deteriorating state before nature vanishes it from the walls. Just another great example of a talented artist taking it from the streets to the gallery showroom. Check it out and tell us what you think. Comment is open.
Photo: Upper Playground

Upper Playground

Since 1999 Upper Playground has been committed to representing progressive urban lifestyles. With headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Upper Playground has established itself as a leader in the contemporary art movement.

Upper playground創立於舊金山結合了許多藝術家的作品,呈現不同藝術家所要傳達的視覺饗宴。

Upper Playground x Alex Pardee T-Shirt Collection

Upper Playground is releasing a collection of four T-shirts designed by Alex Pardee. Alex Pardee has done works for Hurley International, Kid Robot, Aiden and Upper Playground before.
This collection includes four Tees each called- Hellraiser, Spider Ram, The carpenters, and The Second Hugging.
Aside from releasing of the tees, Upper Playground and Alex Pardee are offering an opportunity to snag some limited edition prints, the first 15 purchases of each of the four tees from the Upper Playground online store will receive a corresponding print of the design.

Upper Playground x Snoop Dogg T-Shirt Micro Collection by Dustin Canalin

Upper Playground and Snoop Dogg are relasing a limited-edition micro collection of three t-shirts designed by Dustin Canalin.
The three t-shirts are each titled ‘Chronics’, ‘Hockey Snoops’, and ‘You Don’t Love Me’ inspired by Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin & Juice’ music video.
These t- shirts have very limited quantities and is available via Upper Playground.

Estevan Oriol: unique photography & everything that comes with it

Let’s see how much stuff this gifted artist has done with capturing the raw essence of street life through his photography …

In the 90’s, within a short time, Estevan Oriol became one of the most sought-after photographers of the Urban and Hip Hop community.
Check out Upper Playground’s artist feature of Estevan:
In ’95, Estevan created Joker Brand Clothing. The Joker brand has been solid as a rock. While numerous other clothing franchises have fallen by the wayside over the years, Joker has grown into a mature brand, garnering world-wide recognition. A decade later, he established SA Studios Agency, a multicultural multimedia design/art company.
In 2006, Estevan teamed up with clothing powerhouse, Upperplayground, a noted leader in specialty artists’ inspired T-shirt lines. Estevan’s line expresses his photography on limited edition T-shirts. In five seasons, the line and its following continues to grow at a tremendous rate.

Today, in addition to being CEO of Joker Brand Clothing and his fulltime career as a photographer, Estevan also directs music videos for groups.
… so let’s count … that’s photography with T-shirts, clothing, films, music videos, magazine shots … see how amazing this guy is now?

讓我們看看這個具有天賦的藝術家,透過攝影捕捉了多少沒有經過修改的街頭本質. 九零年代,在很短的時間內,Estevan Oriol 成為城市嬉哈中最受矚目的攝影師。

2006年,Estevan 和 Upperplayground 服飾合作。 Upperplayground 最知名的是與許多具有特色的創作者的賦予靈感的T 恤系列。

九五年,Estevan 成立 Joker 牌服飾。品牌發展穩定- 當許多其他服飾連鎖漸漸沒落,Joker成長為一個獲得世界認可的成熟品牌。

十年後,他成立SA Studios 經銷處: 一個多元文化性的設計/ 藝術公司。

Estevan 的服飾系列呈現的是在限量T 上的的攝影作品。 短短五季裡, T恤系列和持續以相當快的速度成長。

今天,除了是Joker Brand 服飾的CEO及全職的攝影師之外,Estevan 也指導許多MV。

T恤、服飾、短片、mv、雜誌攝影…現在了解Estevan 多令人驚喜了嗎?

SHINGANIST: A Further Look

Derived from the Japanese word “Shingan,” meaning mind’s eye, theline represents those people who create by seeing things in their mind’s eye, and are not bothered or influenced by things around them.


What started off as a drawing hobby as a kid for Tokyo based artist,USUGROW– creator of SHINGANIST , has gradually evolved into a fully respected US based brand.The art work is recognizable through his Usugrow’s monochrome tone and minimal black and white style

His early work quickly spread and became popularized in the hardcore underground scene through word of mouth. Graphics in the graffiti, skateboarding, hip-hop, and tattoo culture or anything that was respected by the underground music scene all heavily influenced him.
mrcoveran Usugrow style album. Usugrow (via usugrow.com)
the ‘street art” here is a nature extracted from each influences and a basic nature that they’ve looked back deeply at in everyday life in Japan as Japanese. When these natures got blended together, categorizing doesn’t seem all that important. The art is based on Japan as subject, but it doesn’t make a Japanese artwork. It’s something everyone can really relate to.

What is important is that the feeling and the process behind the artwork:they surely reflect to artwork. Therefore, the nature of Japanese appears strongly in medium and process of expression than subject matter.

由日文的 “Shingan” 取義,Shingan 指的是意念的眼睛 『心眼』,代表著創造事物的人們由透過心來看事情,並不為其他事情所動。

當初一個東京小孩的畫畫嗜好,已成 為USUGROW– SHINGANIST 所創的品牌,並進化成備受尊崇的駐美品牌。 所有藝術品皆不難透過簡單的、黑與白風格認岀。

他早期的作品在地下文化中備受矚目: 塗鴉中的繪圖,滑版,嬉哈,刺青文化或是任和其他被地下音樂所受尊崇的文化都深深影響他。

最重要的是創作過程中的感覺; 它們絕對都反映在藝術中。因此,關於日本的相關元素也在藝術媒介、創作過程中比主題本身更強烈地表現。

這些作品中的街頭文化和創作元素從簡單的日本生活中截取。當這些不同的元素混合,分門別類不再 那麼重要。





A skull, flower, horror character, delicate line drawn by black ink on white paper in a pointillist,

and complete commitment to the detail. Whether its motif is negative or positive,

what you will feel consistently from Usugrow’s piece is the dignified beauty.

Usugrow established his own clothing line with the style wars revolving around the underground.

He is working based in Tokyo, doing album covers and merchandises for foreign hardcore and metal bands

and hip hop groups as well as domestic bands. He’s been also working on artworks for several clothing

brands and skateboard companies, and trying some paintings instead of using an ink and some

experimental artworks by using organic materials such as wood for several years now

SHINGANIST is Usugrow’s first U.S. based apparel collection.

visit www.upperplayground.com for more of his work.
We are now collecting orders for Shinganist collection for at once or June delivery. Contact us
for ordering info.




Usugrow 的衣飾是地下的風格。他在東京工作,製作專輯封面以及國外許多商品




SHINGANIST是Usugrow 第一個在美國的品牌。


Estevan Oriol


Estevan Oriol is the CEO of Joker Brand Clothing and his full time career as a photographer,

Estevan directs music videos for groups including Eminem, Cypress Hill, D12, L

inkin Park, Blink 182, Paul Wall, P.O.D., and Xzibit.

He devised shooting campaigns for Nike, Rockford Fosgate, and Cadillac.

He has directed new media projects for My Cadillac stories, MTV, and Apple Computer.

Estevan invoked his unique photography style to catalogue the outrageous experiences

he had on tour and began taking pictures of his neighborhood homies and the low rider culture.

He had a gift for capturing the raw essence of street life through his photography.

Within a short time, he became one of the most sought after photographers of the Urban and Hip Hop community.
His work has been featured in magazines

visit www.upperplayground.com/ for more of his work. We are now collecting orders for Estevan Oriol t-shirt collection for June delivery. Contact us for ordering info.

Estevan Oriol 是Joker Brand 的CEO,但他的主要工作是全職的攝影師

Esteavan 曾導許多MV歌手像是阿姆,Cypress Hill, D12,聯合公園,眨眼182, Paul Wall, P.O.D
和Xzibit. 他曾經設計Nike, Rockfor Fosgate 和凱迪拉克的攝影廣告

其他作品包括My Cadillac 故事、MTV 和蘋果電腦的新媒體計畫等

Estevan 獨特的攝影風格的影響來自於紀錄他在旅程中瘋狂的經驗。他開始



請上www.upperplayground.com 參閱Estevan 的更多作品