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Art Basel was kind of a blur. These are a few of the people that were blessed enough to receive an Art Bastard shirt. We did alot of roaming around miami that week. Max Fish (formerly PS14) Shore Club, Vagabond, OhWow Gallery, White Room, Awarehouse. Not included in the pics, but lucky recipients of Art Bastard shirts include Fab 5 Freddy, Danger Mouse and Iggy Pop.

We were hanging out at the Shore Club when Russell Simmons showed up and kinda flew through the crowd. So Carlos approached Uncle Rush and before he could say anything, Russell Simmons saw the Art Bastard shirt and said “thats a cool-ass shirt”. Nuff Said.

legendary graffiti photographer Martha Cooper

Liz of Gang Gang Dance. they destroyed Max Fish with their performance. that was a helluva show my friends. the real deal. and because we appreciate great shows, Liz got a shirt =]

more pics coming soon!!!

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ART BASTARD

design by Carlos

Art Bastard by Rok The Spot

Rok The Spot and its partners in crime will be going around numerous events handing these shirts out fo’ free. if you want one, just ask! =]

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I read an interview/conversation with Doze Green and David Ellis around the time of their collaborative show “Rubicon Son”. In it Doze makes the point that galleries are nothing without the artists. We dont need them, THEY NEED US! and therefore we shouldnt be concerned with what they dictate are standards for art. To me it was a kind of a slap to wake the fuck up and stop stressing trying to “make it”.

The name Art Bastard was a combination of wordplay and the ideal of not compromising our artwork for the sake of marketing to galleries.
It embraces all the dope, original, struggling local artists far and wide who dont make it to the fancy shmancy shows and galleries.
Art Bastard is a middle finger to those who bite styles and kiss ass to make their way to the top.
Create for YOURSELF and nobody else.
Its a stance.
A call to arms for everyone to find themselves and let that be the representation of their work.
Use YOUR flaws,smiles,insecurities,pain,passion,love,hate,customized distortions as tools to create.
There should be no mistake that it was YOU who created the work.
Too many times I’ve seen a piece and thought, “oh dope, its blahblahblahs work”. only to find it was somebody from the other side of the planet with no relation to the artist. thats for suckers.
If youre not going to be yourself then get outta the way.
Imitation is not the highest form of flattery,its the quickest way to socked in the mouth.

Rok The Spot

and now a word from Doze Green:

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