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“Fame Is a Facade”: COOLS Sits Down With Grime Pop Artist Richie Velazquez AKA Dela Deso

Richie Velazquez, the man behind Digital Death and Grime AKA Dela Deso, is an artist based in LA. The 31-year-old grew up in San Bernardino, California, and he credits the city’s gritty character as one of his biggest influences. The primarily social media-based artist is known for his #30DaysOfGrime challenge on Instagram and one of his most recognized "gag pieces" The Mona Pizza. He has recently had success selling his prints as a featured artist during the Bringing Back Broadway art sale in L ...

A Quick Chat with Artist, Gab Bois, An Art School Drop-Out Turned Internet Sensation

Situated on the border of the grotesque and the avant-garde, the work of ex-art student turned Internet sensation, Gab Bois, writhes with the pulse of our generation. Based in Montreal, her work has infiltrated the far corners of the world while creeping into the dark spaces of our mind as she creates a visual conversation that speaks in universal tongues. Using her own body as canvas and a $100 point and shoot camera, she's less concerned with photographic technique and more so wants to change

For Francisco Correa Cordero, Running a Gallery is an Artform

How do you show art in a 200-square-foot gallery? Just ask him. Up an office building’s wooden, maroon stairwell, down a skinny hallway with white walls, there’s a crowd of people standing near suite 207. Wearing glasses and jackets and all manner of interesting tote bags, they sip beer or Coke and lean against the walls, chatting about weed or hamburgers or poetry or nothing in particular. It’s a Saturday night, a time when people might normally be out having dinner or hanging out at a bar ...

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Meltdowns & Mugshots: Nicky Ottav Talks Art and Eccentric Individuality

“It’s called fashion, look it up.” Nicky Ottav’s infamous line, uttered first on Jimmy Kimmel Live, expresses the innate sass and bold personality the artist and entertainer embraces.  At 23, Ottav has already accumulated an impressive following from his nightlife stardom as a “clubkid.” After reigning over the second wave of clubkid future — which led to his appearance in Christian Coppola's documentary "Clubkid" — he's now refocusing on his art. His debut show "Saints of a Different, 2017" por ...

Tapes, Tits, and Twins Have us Seeing Double

Meet Allie and Lexi Kaplan, the identical twins taking that “send nudes” text to the next level. The twins graduated from NYU with degrees in studio art and made the decision to move to the West Coast where they could combine art with entertainment. The Kaplans' work is an array of risqué pieces that reimagine celebrity sex tapes and ‘leaked’ nude photos into stylized paintings. The twins believe they are taking ownership of their own narratives by exposing the female form and playing towards ma ...

Scooter LaForge Knows Humor, Pain, and Beauty

Scooter LaForge’s fuses art and fashion with his eccentric clothing.  The New York based artist and Patricia Field’s protege grew up in a family full of creative individuals.  He took the leap of faith by pursuing his art as his career, finding inspiration in the little, everyday things.  Scooter speaks to the ups and downs he’s had as an artist and as an individual during his career.  For Scooter, happiness is not guaranteed by fame and fortune, instead it is something to be worked towards ever ...

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NYC’s notorious guerrilla florist, Lewis Miller on making flowers for the people

Bringing New Yorkers back to nature, one flower flash at a time New Yorkers are a special breed of human. We thrive in a frenetic metropolis, collectively chasing dreams and yet often existing in our own little bubbles. They call it the “concrete jungle” as it lures millions of denizens to live an animalistic pace, roaming in a cage of sleek, manmade architecture. With the exception of Central Park, greenspace is a luxury that’s hard to come by, but floral designer Lewis Miller is trying to bri ...
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Takashi Murakami Goes to Moscow

It’s the artist’s first show in Russia, debuting at Moscow’s Garage Museum Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is bringing his toys-on-acid style to Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. The show Under the Radiation Falls is his first show in Russia and is on view from now through February 4, 2018. Murakami’s signature — playful, toy-like designs underlaid with more nuanced, occasionally graphic subtexts — is on full display in the exhibit curated by Garage’s senior curator Katya Inozemtsev ...