We enter the 2010 winter season of the World Dodgeball Society as the DEFENDING CHAMPIONS. Yeah, that means we are the BEST team. The team to beat! Last season our shirts said “Kill ‘Em All and Let T$F Sort ‘Em Out” an ode to the Marine Corps. T$F team did just that, wiped out our whole league and took the title.
Oddly enough, and ironic to “sorting people out”, several members of our team secretly plotted against us. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY! Without our knowledge, near HALF of our superstar team chose to jump ship. In the form of revolt, and without reasonable motive, these people attempted to create a SUPER team of hand-poached dodgeball veterans and register to play AGAINST the T$F champions. We are equal parts disappointed by their lack of loyalty and shocked at their stupidity! YOU ARE REALLY DUMB! FOR REAL. SO DUMB.
Ultimately, the league chairmen denied their application to join the league (it’s invitation only league- don’t forget!). After that happened and the captains were made aware of the deception- we made an easy decision to deny them from returning to our team. OUR TEAM IS INVITE ONLY TOO. It’s cold to lose some great players, but their heart was in the wrong place. DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR! Please be conscious that The $tatus Faction is waaaaaay bigger than a dodgeball team. We’d rather lose with pride than win by associating with posers. You are repping a name that has value far beyond the court in the gym.
We won’t name names, but you know who you are, and you are fucked. Two games in, and several hands short, we are STILL undefeated. This shirt is dedicated to those lost in direction. You forgot where you came from! RESPECT FEW / FEAR NONE!!
Now presenting our latest in graphic design, inspired by both military and criminal motorcycle clubs, THE NEWEST IN NEW T$F DODGEBALL UNIFORMS:
THE STATUS FACTION NATION!!
This design carries several symbols for T$F. The “DC” on the right is specific to “Dodgeball Club,” after all this is not a MOTORCYCLE club shirt. The infamous “13” patch refers to ‘M’, the 13th letter in the alphabet, and often means “Marijuana.” “NATION” is what we represent, and “Lost Angeles” is the local L.A. chapter. The center design is based on The Status Faction’s signature iron cross. It’s also reinterpreted with the Pentagram, symbolizing “Death” and the crosses symbolizing the opposite. “S.A.L.G.I.A.” is a Latin mnemonic where each letter symbolizes the “Seven Deadly Sins.” Now you know!
Beyond the design work, if you can’t afford to out source- the production is always a pain.
HUGE THANK YOU to PAY RAY from Hit+Run Crew and T$F.
We dialed in American Apparel for the blanks, and used a DISCHARGE for the printing ink. Discharge is essentially bleach. Instead of adding a white ink (water or oil-based) on TOP of a blank shirt, discharge ink REMOVES the dye from the cotton. Resulting in a 100% soft to the touch and a very bright tonal color.
It’s some professional shit- not for your home use. You must mix a discharge BASE to an activating powder before printing. The shelf-life of this mixture is only 8 hours.
After printing the shirts, we used a flash dryer to begin the activation process and dry the ink to the touch.
After that we put the shirts in an industrial-grade heat press for 15 seconds. This is 300 degrees and also utilizes alot of pressure.
It’s kind of a bitch process without access to a proper conveyor dryer- but the results where the same and the quality is professional on all levels. GOOD WORK PAY RAY!
T$F WILL SEE YOU ON THE COURT!!
T$F GOT STUNNER CONTRIBUTIONS
PLUS THE MOTHER EFFING HIT + RUN
Smashing it. Hard to cover it all and harder to document everything.
Weekend started on Thursday. The $tatus Faction DJ’ed a live art / happy hour dry run at LaCita for pre-downtown artwalk drinking.
Went smooth, Frank hooked it up and the staff was money money. We’re doing a full on take over for the NEXT artwalk (May 6th?).
Or you can skip the artwalk and hang out for DanceRight which starts at 10pm on Thursdays.
reminds me… remember when Alistair was DJing at the Hit+Run party on Abbot Kinney the week before, LOL WTF?
SATURDAY ate a bunch of this stuff:
Remember those janky 3D glasses they used to use? The new digital 3D technology kills this. The old style was like two blurred pictures that came together when you put the glasses on, it only KIND OF works but SURELY gives you a headache.
Save your time for Alice in Wonderland– Captain EO is waaaaaaack!
Sunday Smash Day. Took the bikes out and mobbed slaps.
Still plenty of room to put up stickers but for sure there were grips of MEAR, CAT CULT, and CORN/ERIE stickers everywhere- props!
Peep these old RUETS and SEIZER sticker…. nice.
Smashed this JUMBO vinyl on a truck.
On this weird abstract eyeball tip- this one doesn’t even say T$F.
Hit up some combos like this “cross combo” + vintage “TIE” slap.
80% of these stickers are hand-made hand-cut one of a kind vinyl stickers.
This one here prob took 30min with an exacto to cut out the letters.
Seen these BANSKY posters EVERYWHERE. For his new film release “Exit Through the Gift Shop” looks hilarious. These were just taped around poles, but I’ve seen two new Banksy pieces in L.A. recently.
Also saw this funny “Camo UFOs” sticker on a pole,
that’s the homie Nate Day & Thee Mike B tag team DJ duo… HA!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our interviews with RICH (HBT) & INEPT, as we continue with our third installment of our “Artist Spotlight.” Today we present Los Angeles based street artist/musician/anarchist: ABCNT.
1. Explain where the name “ABCNT” comes from, does it have any significant meaning?
In the mid 90’s I used to write the alias ‘Absent’ and even had an acronym for it (Always Be Successful Entering New Terrain) and my DJ name was ‘AbcntMnded’ so I merged the two to simplify into one main idea, or entity. Not a brand— that’s one thing I am not, and will never be, I’m just me.
2. Where can one see your artwork?
Spots in L.A., Hit+Run events, or on the web at www.abcnt.info (technically on TV as well!)
3. How Long have you been doing art in the streets and how did you get started?
1996 was initially when I first started tagging, catching spots, thinking more about style and art, before people were even saying “street art.” Inspiration was just more about keeping up with graffiti and stenciling. But I didn’t come up with the ABCNT “business bandit” logo until 2004, which is just more iconic and easier to stamp in a persons head.
For those who don’t know- can u explain the meaning of your iconic “business bandit”?
At the time I made the “business bandit” image, it was a few years into the Dick & Bush era and I was more involved with protests and it was always mandatory to avoid police profilers who videotape the identity of protestors, to look for the regulars aka dedicated activists, to establish so called ‘leaders’ for some bullshit fascist data, who knows. So we’d go masked up to protect our identity. With that scenario constantly in my head, fucking around one night the image just naturally merged into the idea of creating this anonymous yet professional figure that people can identify and rely on for a message of truth. Adding the drips just helped the image float and communicates an aesthetic that to me is timeless and connected to the zeitgeist. The business aspect is my form of subversion. If I can infiltrate a company or establishment with my ideas, that seemed more productive to me than screaming at some sanctioned protest surrounded by police.
4. What do you enjoy most about street art and How does art affect you?
I like originality and creative solutions that enhance the landscape of the city. Style is cool but gets boring, someone with something to say is always more interesting. Content is king. Every major city’s art scene is crackin’ right now and there’s a lot of great shit happening, its all inspiring. Except for the cute shit, I can’t stand toy bugged eyed Mickey Mouse bullshit, and biters with wack ideas and poor execution.
5. What’s the theme of your art? Where does your inspiration come from?
Politics & activism is a heavy influence in my work. When I read things, ideas come to me and I’ll write them down in my book and revisit it build on it etc. I just gravitate towards that realm, it’s in my blood and I’m here to address issues that I think are important. It channels through me, I’m just a messenger. I try to keep ABCNT on that avenue of focus while other types of work & style I get out my system through either working with Hit+Run or commercial work as a freelancer.
6.) By design, you’re clearly a dedicated activist/anarchist, do you ever create abstract visual art too or exclusively stick to political art? Would you describe art with no meaning like a non-alcoholic beer?
My collage work is sort of abstract. I guess it may depend on who’s viewing it. I definitely explore different realms of visual art. Political art is just easier for me and feels more important and immediate. I don’t hate on anything if it doesn’t have any meaning to it necessarily, because sometimes the meaning is in the process and technique. For instance my friend Vahe Berberian does a lot of abstract paintings and I really love his work. Recently I was allowed to select a few of his paintings and collage them for a new EP by BEI RU. That’ll be out soon.
7. Many people may not know your involvement in the music scene— how does this differ from your visual art that most people are familiar with?
Well I came up in the 90s “golden era,” before the internet really became accessible to the population. A real west coast hip-hop fanatic, with a kind of militant attitude towards consciousness, and I made an extra effort to practice the elements. So if I wasn’t working on styles & letters, I was trying to uprock and do a power move, or freestyle and write rhymes with my crew. Surprisingly to a lot of people (except my inner circle) I did more rhyming than anything else. As a result I started diggin’ in crates, making beats, mix tapes and still doing it but more to maintain my own spiritual connection to music. (Download ABCNT’s latest mix tape HERE.)
Do you prefer one medium over another?
I’m not sure if I prefer one over the other. It’s just a matter of what I feel like creating at the moment. It just happens that visual art has more of my time occupied.
8.) Since leaving rhyming in the past- what’s your opinion on the current state of lyricists? What/who is fresh and what isn’t?
It’s evolved. I mean artists that come to mind from; Saul Williams, Ras Kass, to Mos Def, and GonjaSufi They did it, and in most cases, are still doing it and taking it further. But yea no one is checking for rappers these days, shit’s dead. If the lyrics are real though, I will dig it. As of now, I’m bumping that CRIME Kills Kids, DamFunk, Zackey Force Funk, GLK, KUTMAH, that whole BRAINFEEDER experimental beats movement. Everyone else is sort of making history because TV or iTunes said so.
9. What are you currently working on and what are the future ambitions of ABCNT?
Currently I am working with Stardust trying to pay my bills and move this ABCNT movement forward by the same means, but bigger and better like everything else that grows with time.
10. Any readers you wanna thank or famous last words?
“He who seeks titles, invites his own downfall.”
Big shout outs to Restitution Press, CRYPTIK, Brandy Flower and the Hit+Run Crew!
Tuesday rolled thru the Snoop Dogg 10th Album “Malice In Wonderland” Record Release Party.
Party was epic. Not shittin’ I caught the Doggfather himself coming off the red carpet. I put my camera away and pressed the flesh with the D-O-DOUBLE-G.
We thought it couldn’t get an iller when out comes QUIK to perform TONITE, then Pharrell Williams did a couple tracks, followed by The Game to wrap it up. Everyone was in the building…. Travis Barker on drums, The Hustle Boys, Mike Epps did a verse for Game, Butch Cassidy, The Snoopadelics, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Lamar Odom, Cypress Hill, Mr. Cartoon, some dude from DTA’s mother, shit was craze!!!!!
Check this video out of Snoop and Game performing Gin and Juice:
Then thursdy on a very opposite but equally respected tip- MORRISSEY at the Gibson in Universal City. Dude can still perform- sounded great- no weird shit popped off- fairly subdued audience…
had a good time. And yes Morrissey did several Smiths songs, included the one I taped below:
Saturday night stopped by the Hit+Run Repeat Offender party @ the Echoplex.
Lots of t-shirts presses going that night, and Zackey Force Funk performed with this crazy dude CRIME from Texas I think…. Shit sounds like electro metal with mosh dance floor appeal…. Hard to explain- but very interesting. Check this dude out- nucka looks like a shaved Arab Parrot with that crazy eye!
EPIC WEEK IN MUSIC FOR $TATUS FACTION