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Linus Coraggio talks Club 57, Adventures in the East Village and his Sculpture Work

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Linus Coraggio and I met up to talk growing up on the Upper West Side, the Guinness Book of World Records, adventures in the East Village, Club 57, his sculpture work, surviving as an artist, making his own rules and getting ideas from dreams.

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More about Linus Corragio

  1. Website: https://linuscoraggio.com/
  2. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/linuscoraggio/
  3. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb8YU0BiBQSdB__DLzts01g06B-ueCK8E
  4. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linuscoraggio

This is how you survive in NY as an artist according to New York Native and Artist Linus Corragio:

  1. Keep making it
  2. Keep documenting it
  3. Keep showing it to other people, even if it is just your friends and family
  4. Go to galleries and meet other artists
  5. Try to bump into people
  6. Having a physical portfolio is not a bad thing
  7. Have cards that have your number on it and say you are an artist
  8. Try to exchange contact information with people who are older than you, people who know more about the art scene, those that might have ideas for your work
  9. Think outside of the box on where you can put your art (restaurants, and cafes are options to galleries
  10. Have website and invest in it
  11. Don’t give up.

Show Notes

  1. Talking about West 100th Street  
  2. Renaissance of the Upper West Side by Nicholas Pileggi (from the June 30, 1969 issue of New York Magazine.)
  3. No street lamps? No trees?
  4. How do you answer to “Let me get a ride on your bike?”
  5. Toothpick Sculptures and Elmer’s Glue
  6. The Guinness Book of World Records
  7. World Land Speed records for Cars and Motorcycles
  8. The current holder of the Outright World Land Speed Record is ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved 763.035 mph – 1227.985 km/h – over one mile in October 1997. This was the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016.
  9. The Largest Toothpick Sculpture Guinness World Record
  10. The Young Filmmakers on Rivington Street (Doesn’t Exist anymore)
  11. The Cooper Union
  12. Henry Brant space music
  13. Henry Brant: Orbits (1979)- YouTube
  14. Jump city
  15. Pot
  16. Psilocybin mushroom
  17. Canal Street
  18. Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY Purchase)
  19. Flatbush, Brooklyn
  20. New Yorkers ignore crazy, we see it all the time.
  21. “Pre cellphones when your day was pretty existential…” Linus Coraggio
  22. Breakdance Crews
  23. Mudd Club
  24. Images from the Mudd Club
  25. Club 57
  26. ‘Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983’
  27. AVANT Street Art New York City, 1980-1984
  28. 3-D Graffiti was created by Linus Coraggio
  29. The Museum Of Modern Art MoMa
  30. Fab Five Freddy
  31. Volkswagen Bug
  32. Tribeca
  33. East village
  34. Eat sushi, get fat.- Linus Coraggio
  35. Socio-political Comments
  36. Ronald Reagan
  37. Leo Castelli
  38. 420 West Broadway
  39. “F*ck Leo Castelli, my art goes here.” – Linus Coraggio
  40. Kids on Ave. D robbed Basquiat for his bike.
  41. Alphaville (book) by Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett
  42. A Beautiful Mind (film)
  43. Reichmann Corporation
  44. The Memory Chair Sculpture
  45. Landline Phone Service
  46. Got paid not to exhibit my art.
  47. Gentrification
  48. New York is becoming an anti-artist enclave of business and real estate.-Linus Coraggio
  49. Rivington & Forsyth Street
  50. Claiming space
  51. Homeland Security
  52. 9/11
  53. Ave. B and 2nd Street
  54. Crowd-pleaser type of artist
  55. Sculpture Garden Between Ave. B & Ave. C
  56. Dot’s New York Said Episode- Growing Out of the Hood with Dot
  57. DJ CherishTheLuv New York Said Episode- DJ CherishTheLuv shares her Incredible Story
  58. 15 minutes of fame, I have 30 seconds there and 30 seconds there.
  59. Struggling to pay the bills is a real artist experience.
  60. The Village Voice
  61. Who did 3-D art first?
  62. Graffiti Writers-The 50 Greatest NYC Graffiti Artists by Complex
  63. Burning Man
  64. Digital Underground
  65. If you like videos, here’s one of their…Same Song by Digital Underground
  66. The city of rats
  67. Anybody want to buy a grenade?
  68. Washington Square Park
  69. Characters of New York
  70. The Harlem School of the Arts
  71. 42nd and 8thThe Port Authority
  72. Guardian Angel Mad Max
  73. The Warriors (film)
  74. The Warriors – Trailer
  75. Injuries of an artist
  76. I make my own rules. Just keep doing what you are doing. –Linus Coraggio
  77. “I get my ideas from dreams.” –Linus Coraggio
  78. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  79. Dreams About Flying: Dream Meanings Explained by Wendy Gould, The Huffington Post

 

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Solving for X with The Mazeking

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In this episode The Mazeking and Amon talk meditation, Marcel Duchamp, Buddhism, film, physics, the big bang theory, being bullied, the process of living and the purpose of art.

 

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American artist The Mazeking 飛龍 (Gabriel Asoka) is known for creating colorful, bold, and provocative artworks. He officially began making art in 1998 and started painting, creating various works, ranging from oil on canvas to acrylic on paper. The majority of his work is done in themed series, sometimes taking months or even a year to complete.

In 2002, Asoka had his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at the O’Melveny Gallery. His love of life, and passion for exploration springs forth in his works of art. His works are about the Unseen (esoteric), Balance (duality), and Energy; what Asoka calls the “three keys”. When asked about his subject matter “I have always been deeply drawn to the esoteric (spirit), science and philosophy. Which are all, one and the same to me”. Inspired by everything from daily encounters to dreams, he explores various themes, including consciousness, sexuality, and the mystical, offering us a richer and more engaging perspective.

Asoka utilizes colors, contrast and forms as symbols. “I’ve used symbols in almost all my work, sometimes it’s just the color of something, or a shape or form, to represent an aspect of something, states of mind or experiences. It’s something that arose in my life and work over time and became part of my process”. Asoka places no labels or categories upon his work. He does not see art in classifications or categories, such as abstract or representational, stating “Everything is abstract in a way and representational in another way, it’s all perception”.

Over the years, his artworks have been collected by private collectors and can be seen in exhibitions around the world. The Mazeking currently lives and works in New York City.

 

Happiness Here Street Art 64NYC

Art by Artist The Mazeking, Happiness Here Street Art.

Show Notes

The Formula Painting

The Formula Painting by Artist The Mazeking

Fashion Maze Carine Roitfeld

Fashion Maze Carine Roitfeld by Artist The Mazeking

 

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The Story of KRINK with Craig Costello

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Krink ® New York City, Courtesy Craig Costello

Krink ® New York City, Courtesy of Craig Costello

 

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Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention should have been the title of this week’s podcast episode but it’s already the title of Craig Costello’s new book that just dropped with Rizzoli.

In this episode Craig and Amon talk about growing up in Queens, life in San Francisco, the birth of Krink, Alife, minimizing risk, field testing, racking and the challenges of growing a small business.

 

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

More About Craig

Craig Costello, aka KR, grew up in Queens, New York, where graffiti was part of the landscape and a symbol of the city. While living in San Francisco, he quickly garnered attention when his signature “KR” tag popped up throughout the city. As he became one of the more prominent figures on the streets of NYC and SF, he began to hone his craft by creating better tools launching his own line of homemade markers and mops, combining his moniker KR with the word INK. In Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention, Costello has compiled a visual memoir: from his early days of the ’80s and ’90s and launch with the hip New York City retailer Alife, which put his brand on the map, to his evolution as an artist and high-fashion collaborator.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

More about the Book

The book showcases Costello’s seminal style and his extensive body of work, including site-specific installations around the world. It also chronicles his myriad collaborations with Alife, Nike, Coach, Moncler, Modernica, Marc Jacobs, Levi Strauss & Co., Mini (BMW), Carhartt, Casio G-Shock, Kidrobot, Medicom Toy, Stance, agnès b., and colette, among many others. Today, Costello’s reach and influence goes far beyond urban street culture. Krink has grown exponentially into a global artist materials brand with expanding collections of apparel, tools, and accessories; while Costello’s unique aesthetic can be seen on objects from sneakers to luxury goods to cars.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention is both stylish and informative, capturing the ethos of punk and hip-hop culture, and is sure to appeal to the fans of high/low cultural crossovers, as well as die-hard fans of street art and fashion.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

 

Show Notes

  • Craig Costello
  • KRINK
  • Taking Risks
  • Conservative on the risk tip
  • Minimized Risk
  • Keeping KRINK a Secret 
  • Drippy Tags
  • Didn’t write graffiti on trains in the 80s
  • Ink tags
  • Ditto machine
  • Mimeograph
  • Supermarket ink
  • Grew up in New York
  • Graffiti traditions
  • Making ink
  • Being resourceful
  • Graffiti zines
  • Skills Magazine #7
  • TAKI 183
  • Cornbread
  • Silver KRINK
  • The early process of making KRINK
  • Field testing the product
  • Stop racking 
  • ESPO
  • The Art of Getting Over
  • Alife
  • Futura and Stash Recon Store
  • Getting press
  • The Fader
  • Keeping costs down
  • Learning things the hard way
  • No plan 
  • Pigment in solvent 
  • Graffiti carries a lot of baggage
  • Minimal actions
  • The Red Door
  • Sculptural piece
  • Beyond the Streets
  • Scaling up using color 
  • Using fire extinguishers
  • Skating banks at JFK
  • Infamy (Film)
  • Kunle Martins “Earsnot”
  • IRAK
  • Dash Snow
  • Giant silver drippy tags
  • Controlling the narrative 
  • Keep things extremely simple
  • Canon G7
  • Curious Artist 
  • Ricardo Gonzalez – It’s A Living
  • Shantell Martin
  • Built in aesthetic 
  • “Don’t Blame the Tool, Blame the Fool”
  • Hand made in small batches
  • Keeping the standard
  • Quality Control 
  • Trust yourself
  • Self-doubt

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Inside the Mind of Jim Tozzi

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Jim and Amon sort of go off the rails talking about Wonder Showzen, PFFR, Bert’s Tit, Underground Comics, almost drowning, the Mystery of Picasso, food fights, Federico Fellini, Chuck Jones, puppets, sharpening your eye, sewing machines, Chewties and a bunch of other stuff.

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Jim Tozzi grew up in Everett, a city to the north of Boston. The most distinctive thing about this town was the smell of freshly roasted peanuts due to the Teddie Peanut Butter factory. The factory’s emblem, a grinning cartoon bear with a bucket, would be one of the first influences of advertising on Jim. He went to Everett public school: always an outsider, he preferred drawing weird cartoons and watching monster movies to playing sports.

Jim Tozzi

Jim Tozzi

In his early teens, Jim borrowed a super 8 camera from his Aunt and began experimenting. Lacking a tripod, he would tape the camera down onto the kitchen table and animate various toys, Star Wars figures and clay monsters. He also created a live action series starring his little sister as “Chico” the heavily mustachioed drug dealer who would meet an unlikely demise in every episode. Jim went on to study film and illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. He continued doing both animated and live action films creating a short film parody of an after school special called “Sunday School Girls” which tackled the subject of what Jesus really looked like.

Jim Tozzi

Jim Tozzi

Jim moved to New York and started working at Broadcast Arts inking and painting animation cels. He also started directing music videos for obscure alternative bands. One of the first was for Mercury Rev and featured Ron Jeremy as a floating space traveler. Jim approached Nick at Nite with his reel and some promo ideas; he was brought on to TV Land to come up with a new promo campaign. This campaign conceived, written and directed with his wife Vezna, developed into the award winning “Twip” series. “Twip” was an imaginary product in which it’s evolution was traced in commercial parodies from the early 1950′s through the 90′s. Now as a directing team, the “Tozzi’s” signed on to Bob Giraldi’s company and began directing spots for Miller Lite, Sprite and Florida’s anti-tobacco campaign. The “Tozzi’s” split up and Jim went solo; joining M-80 he directed an award winning campaign for Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats for Leo Burnett. He went on to direct comedy spots for Sony Playstation, Nick at Nite and Miller. In his free time Jim likes to draw, paint, take long quiet walks and is a member of the art collective PFFR. Jim is now signed with THEM and living in New York.

Jim Tozzi

Jim Tozzi

Part One Show Notes

Jim Tozzi

Part Two Show Notes

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