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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

Knewseen ‘Horror Series’!!

Joshua Lucian Rickenbaugh. This dude is an obsessive madman. No, seriously. His new book ‘Horror Series’ contains 600, yes, 600, drawings he has done over the last several years. That, my friends, is a lot of drawings. Each page displays four drawings and it is a beautifully simple book. Josh sent me a copy as well as some originals and there is just something about his work…It is so recognizable but so incredibly random. His sheer consistency blows my mind, not to mention the compositions and dedication to his own work that really makes him set apart. You can buy the book at his site Knewseen or online at YouWorkForThem.

‘One Hundred Seasons’ / Tiffany Bozic!!! A modern master…

In my personal opinion - Tiffany Bozic may very well be the most talented and unique artist around right now. She is doing her thing like it’s nobody’s business. Like my title said, she is a modern master - nobody can argue this. Her brilliantly detailed paintings coupled with intensely emotive subject matter is something that VERY few people can even come close to. BLK/MRKT tipped us to the closing of her exhibition titled ‘One Hundred Seasons’ which is happening Saturday, May 7th at 8PM - 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232. See the link below for some more details on BLK/MRKT, Tiffany, and the show. Wow.

Cam’ron, Any Way You Want It!

Why am I the only person really talking about this track? And I’m late! For real, I haven’t heard anyone else really mention it. Cocky, brash, arrogant, and perfectly smooth, Cam’ron Jiles. This track is fantastic, yes… Fantastic. Talking about his medical aliments over a sick sample of Journey’s ‘All Night’ track? Always new. Cam’ron is so fresh right now, Purple Haze is still in heavy rotation for me, that CD is stacked with tracks, stacked!! Anyway, I need more than just the minute long snippet of this track from Kay Slay’s Let The Games Begin Part 4. Much respect to Cam… Medallions in my ear, whips on my fists, houses on my wrists!

EQ3 Furnishings!

Good variety within their lines, really affordable, and excellent quality. I know of EQ3 from their flag-ship store which is only a few blocks from my place… I think it’s their flag-ship store anyway. Either way, they have some really fresh stuff. Similar pricing to IKEA but way far better quality in my opinion. I’m partial to the ‘Replay’ sofa, but in white or black rather than that red they always show it in, or maybe mint… And honestly, I wouldn’t have it in my current home, I feel like a lot of their stuff is for homes with concrete / poured resin flooring. I guess that’s just how I envision it. So check EQ3 at your local gallery or check it on their site, good stuff.

PS3 Screenshots / Bast graff in bg!?

I’m not a huge video game fan, I enjoy a fair share of Halo 2 with friends from time to time…maybe a little NBA Live 2005…Maybe some Mortal Kombat or Yu-Gi-Oh…Or not…Anyways, here are some unbelievable Playstation 3 screenshots from the game “2 Days to Vegas.” Now - if this is real - and they’ve managed to get games to look this crisp and this realistic, that will be wild. What REALLY got my personal attention was in the first photo on this site - the background - check out that poster on the wall in the background from Brooklyn graffiti artist Bast. That is some nice attention to detail right there…Nice.

The Extra Apartment, Marlon’s Green Space!

ApartmentTherapy.com is a website run by two brothers, Maxwell and Oliver, out of New York City. It’s serves as a resource for all things apartments. Including interior shopping guides, furniture classifieds, and hilarious open threads. Recently they started a “smallest, coolest apartment” contest. They capped the entries at 30 and have an amazing judging panel. Unfortunately, the 31st entry was over the size limit of 500 square feet, but the apartment itself was amazing that they showed it anyway. Usually interiors aren’t worth talking about but this one is just so fresh. The Kaws artwork collection is arguably one of the best personal collections I’ve ever seen. Listen up, gentlemen: This is what your pad should aspire to. Take notes.

The Royal Magazine launch party photos!

You saw them here first! If you didn’t make it to the Royal Magazine launch party last night for issue five, you are a total n00b. Ok well, I didn’t make it out, mostly because I couldn’t go to NYC from Chicago on a Wednesday night…BUT I would have…Anyways, check out some photos, courtesy of Lauri from The KDU. Look, there’s Daaaave Gensler looking happy, so you KNOW it was going well…And my man Kareem Black…And some other people. Hey - if you were at the Royal party and took pictures - PLEASE send them to us at Review@thebrilliance.com and CC Pressoffice@thekdu.com. We’ll be doing a feature on the party and new issue soon and we’ll post & credit your pictures if you send em! < lil jon >yeeeeeahh!< /lil jon >

Getty Images, Editorials!

A different entry… This site is simply incredible. The Editorials is simply an off-shoot of Getty’s classic stock photography model, but so much more fun. Every event, every candid, every concert, every everything. Wherever the ‘stars’ may be you’ll surely find a pesky photographer taking a zillion shots, this is where they end up. The site is geared towards print and web publications as a source for fresh shots to accompany press/new related write-ups. But I find it as a brilliant resource for extra fresh trend watching and tracking. Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Damon Dash, and everything they are wearing, driving, doing, etc… And yeah, I’m not a stalker; I just enjoy watching people and trends as they emerge. And I know this isn’t new, so don’t email me, you’re not clever.

Futura Nosferatu - soon!

OK so let me just say - Futura is one of my favorites. I think he’s a lot of people’s favorites. A nice guy, a living legend, and a very admirable and influential artist. The Pointman figures are always hot - they fly off KidRobot shelves and online toy stores, and pre-orders are no exception. Enter the Futura Nosferatu. A sick new figure coming out very soon in mid-May. Here’s a rundown:

8 Colors of Nosferatu will be produced - 400 in each colorway - Each territory region will receive a specific colorway. Eric So will retain an HK version while Maharishi will retain a Euro version. MSRP is $120.00 USD. 360 Toy Group is putting this out so you KNOW it’s going to be quality, since they’ve worked with KAWS, ALife, etc. There is info all over the net about this so I’ll just link to my favorite, Toy Tokyo, where you can pre-order if you move fast enough.

Promise Land ft. Mister Cartoon!!!

THE BRILLIANCE! loves Mr. Cartoon. How many people can say they’ve tattooed 50, Travis Barker, Nas, and a sweet Wu “W” on Method Man’s arm?!? Mr. Cartoon is a staple in today’s art world. A true modern master, his culturally inspired work, clean lettering, and unbelievable tattoo work coupled with a very easy to use and nice site completes the package. Now on to the news since you either already knew this or now know. Promise Land, hosted by Mister Cartoon and presented by Nike is going on TONIGHT - Thursday April 28, 2005 from 8:30 PM - 1AM. Live boxing and musical performances?! Mister Cartoon!? Art auctions? If I wasn’t dwelling in the Chicago suburbs who didn’t get out much other than to the post office and the grocery store, I’d fly out to LA for this. Check the flyer for more details.