Issue X: The Free Issue
It's all about living in a loft in Greenpoint. Check out the amazing space that these five dudes built themselves. Doesn't hurt that four of them are architects.
Slim took some time out to chat with Working Class about connecting with his fans and what it means to be set free.
Renowned street artist Billi Kid stopped by Working Class' headquarters (aka my loft in Greenpoint) to give his perspective on what street art means to him.
We can all bow our heads and hold touching palms to hearts for a prayer of thanks to the dirty, bearded rock and roll Jesus for bringing us Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Being a successful artist is a fine balancing act between the exposure of the art and the introverted tendencies to get it done.
What a difference an escape makes, Adriana Rizzolo temporarily freed herself from the concrete jungle for a trip to Costa Rica.
Turn trash from the streets into treasure.
Photography by Ryan Bailey The idea of freedom often goes hand in hand with some kind of substance that can take your mind to a “free-er” place. Ryan Bailey captured these people at a moment when all inhibitions were thrown out the window; three sheets to the wind and ten shades of shit-faced. You know when
Brandi Kaseta has collected pieces of earth from a young age and turned them into art.
It's always interesting to see what people are willing to give away for free. Here's a couple of things one of our contributors Caroline Bach found free on Craigslist here in New York.
New York is one of those places where “making it” is more like figuring out how to get all the hook-ups without any of the bills. Some of the most successful New Yorkers I know are always at the party where you never have to take out your wallet; maybe that’s why they’re so rich?
Photographer Andrew Tyson asks new recruits going through army officer training why they would risk their lives and be willing to take someone else's for our nation.
This article is from several issues back, but I’ve seen a resurgence of Ian Mackaye in the blogosphere as of late on sites like Buddyhead, and Arthur Magazine. So I figured I’d re-dedicate myself to the genius that is Mackaye and re-post my interview with him. He is such a well-spoken and intelligent guy; best
Living in New York was one of the hardest things I have ever done; leaving it was harder.
Fashion designer Suzanne Rae Pelaez lives and designs out of Brooklyn. Her professional career began in the design ateliers of Costume National in Milan and Morgane Le Fay in New York City, eventually leading to the fruition of her namesake fashion line: Suzanne Rae.
It’s pithy that The xx’s name employs the same sort of intentional poetic colorlessness as did the name choice of The Smiths.
A couple of my buddies out west have a gallery called Ambient Art Projects. They feature both established and emerging artists from all over the country. Recently, I was walking through one of their exhibits looking at work when I walked up to an enormous print on the wall that struck me. The image was of an airplane frozen in mid-flight surrounded by white space. The plane’s under-belly was exposed, revealing all the details never seen by the average eye.
"Oh baby, watch my fears hold for a million years. I know what you're thinking, but its not love that's making your heart sick." –‘Divider,’ JM Airis
Photography by Andrew Tyson These are photos Andrew Tyson took while in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 and 2007. He superimposed toy soldiers over the real soldiers in order to protect others and himself. It was the only way the photographer/soldier could re-create some of the scenes he witnessed in order to make it less real.
Working Class hit the streets to see what people in Brooklyn had to say.
Photography by Tom Winchester
Photography by Allan E. Schoening
Dutch designer Maarten Baas turns furniture into usable pieces of art by burning and lacquering. Check out his revolutionary technique.
Despite the liberal and openness characteristic to Williamsburg, “there still exists a narrow view that pornography is a shameful thing.”
Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's historic PBS documentary Style Wars tracks the rise of subway graffiti in New York in the late seventies and early eighties.
So we've all been back in New York for a couple months now, and in that time we've been sitting on rolls of film left over from this journey.
Photography by Walker Brockington and Fernando Lahoz
Jennifer Vasher creates pharmaceutical flower clusters and vines.
Ty Cole uses photography to expose the contradictions, contrast and purity of the world he lives in.
Words by Harry Smith Armed with a steady hand, an X-acto knife and a stack of colored cards, Miami-based artist Jen Stark creates paper sculptures that your first grade crafts teacher could only dream about. Drawing inspiration from nature, science and the cosmos Stark’s sculptures ooze and explode with color creating a series of meticulously
Stuff we love.
It's nice to know that there is a world outside of New York City, and it's beautiful.