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Nov 18, 2014

Exhibition of Painted Subway Trains Opens November 22 in Grand Central Terminal

Bigshot Toyworks and PIQ Products present All City Style: The Grand Slam, an art show of one-of-a-kind custom painted All City Style subway train models. The Grand Slam opens on November 22, 2014 at 4PM in the PIQ shop located in the Shuttle Passage of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. The Grand Slam show runs concurrently with several different model train shows on display in NYC during the holiday season.
Celebrating the unique creative expressionism of late 20th century NYC, The Grand Slam art show brings viewers back to the days when each passing train exploded with color and style.  The Grand Slam showcases the works of the pivotal artists that pioneered this art form, as well as many others that have been inspired by the vibe, aesthetic and spirit of the past. The All City Style 20-inch-long subway train “canvas” allows these artists to express themselves freely while paying tribute to the movement and culture that inspired a generation.

The idea for the All City Style platform was conceived amidst the creative fervor of 1980s-era NYC by Klim Kozinevich of Bigshot Toyworks. First unleashed in 2004, with the support of multiple gallery shows worldwide, the All City Style trains were embraced by the global street art, fine art, and designer toy communities. Artists of all styles agree that the All City Style train is an excellent and unique platform for creative expression. In celebration of a decade of All City Style trains, PIQ gallery and Bigshot Toyworks proudly present The Grand Slam: the next chapter in this ever-evolving concept.

The artist roster for The Grand Slam includes some of the most respected names in aerosol art, fine art, illustration, graphic design and tattoo art:

123KLAN Scien & Klor • KR.ONE • PHASE TWO • VULCAN • DOME • RIFF • CHOR BOOGIE • Galen McKamy • Joshua Izzo • BRISKONE • APEXER • MCA / EVIL DESIGN • Bio TATS CRU • BG183 • NICER • DERO • PER • Carlie Ramer • Hieronymus • MERES CBS • James "SEXER" Rodriguez • ZIMAD TD4 CBS • Brutherford • Eternal 7VIIth • Rob W Hunt • Prox One • Ralston Fox Smith • Gabriel Shaffer • Joe MacCarthy • Tragnark • Steve Talkowski • Frank Kozik • Task One • AngryBlue • Lou Pimentel • AW177 • Eric Orr • Frank "Wore" Croce • Original GEE • Glenn Barr

This show is open to the public for one month and the pieces will be available for purchase in the PIQ shop, with pickup available after two weeks. Art aficionados of all ages are welcome to attend the show, as are members of the press. Blank All City Style trains will be available for purchase at PIQ or from one of the All City Style retail partners listed on the website. Kids can download the All City Style Training Page or papercraft model from the All City Style Downloads page. Attend the opening to grab an All City Style Training Page to get your favorite artist to sign!

RSVP at The Grand Slam event page:

Nov 17, 2014

SNEAK PEEK: All City Style trains for The Grand Slam (Nov 22 at PIQ)

L, top to bottom: Bio TATS CRU, NICER & BG183. R, top to bottom: Spencer Herr, Original GEE & Ralston Fox Smith.
We are super excited for Saturday, which is the launch of the next show that we are helping out with! Klim Kozinevich, owner of Bigshot Toyworks and creator of the All City Style 20-inch DIY trains, managed to pull together an absolutely ALL-STAR crew of artists for this show, which he dubbed The Grand Slam. Graffiti legends, designers, and artists of all stripes all exhibiting together at PIQ in Grand Central in NYC!

RSVP to the show here on Facebook or just drop by PIQ at 4PM on Saturday November 22nd to check out the trains. 

If you can't make it to NYC for this show, make sure you are following All City Style on Facebook and on the All City Style website. There will be many more ACS shows popping up around the world, as the next batch of All City Style trains are set to hit US shores in early December. Ask your favorite retailer to stock All City Style!

Till Saturday, we leave with with the video below of some of the trains Original GEE had painted in the past... chalk another one up for this legendary artist!

Killer Donut Choco Bear by Angry Woebots x FLABSLAB

Available now from FLABSLAB is the Killer Donut Choco Bear edition by Angry Woebots. Created as an homage to J. Dilla, Killer Donuts first released during SGTCC, in the OG Angry Woebots colorway. The latest release is this Choco colorway. All of the Choco Killer Donut's were painted by Angry Woebots during his short stint in Singapore a few months back. Priced at $300 plus shipping, these massive pieces will go great in any collection. These are limited to just 20 pieces, so be sure to pick one up now, before they hibernate forever.

Jeremy Fish Moc Toe Shoes - Mr. Jeremy Fish x Upper Playground x Al's Attire

Fans of Jeremy Fish can now purchase some Jeremy Fish Moc Toe Shoes from Upper Playground. On sale for only 48 hours, starting at 3PM PST on November 17th, these individually hand made shoes are created by the legendary shop Al's Attire. Using premium cowhide, Jeremy Fish's design has been laser etched into the hide, creating a unique pair of shoes. Priced at $389 a pair, those who actually want to wear these shoes have to be able to fit within a small range of US Men's shoe sizes: 9.5-10-10.5-11. The lead time on these shoes are said to be 6-8 weeks, so those expecting to be able to purchase these as a gift for the holidays may have to keep that in mind.

Giveaway from Prints on Wood and Luke Chueh


The great people over at Prints on Wood are giving away one of the sold out BOBA Wood Prints, image created by Luke Chueh. With a winner being announced on November 18th, time is running out to enter. This giveaway is through Instagram, so unfortunately, only Instagram users can participate.
All you have to do to enter is
Again, a winner will be announced on November 18th, who will receive this limited edition 8"x10" wood print of Luke Chueh's Boba painting, created by Prints On Wood. Good Luck!

threeB - Boba, Bears and Bounty Hunters - Luke Chueh at FLABSLAB


Luke Chueh has teamed up with Singapore based FLABSLAB to create BOBA! Inspired by one of the universe's most famous Bounty Hunters and a delicious beverage, BOBA is a resin sculpture of Star Wars' Boba Fett character enjoying a drink of Boba (aka Bubble Tea). Luke Chueh originally created this representation as a painting, which was later turned into more affordable prints. Lately, Prints on Wood was able to create a small run of 100 wood prints for Designer Con 2014, which has since sold out. FLABSLAB was tasked to create BOBA in 3D and will be releasing this limited edition sculpture on November 21, 2014. Priced at $300USD/SGD380, BOBA sits around 9.5" tall. Now, for those Boba Fett aficionados out there, Boba is not 100% accurate by design(or by accident, does it matter?). FLABSLAB will be having a launch event on November 21st, in Singapore. Luke Chueh will be in attendance and has brought some goodies along with him for attendees to purchase. For all those not in Singapore and interested in purchasing BOBA, any leftover pieces will be made available for purchase online for $300 plus shipping, around November 24th.
SUCKLE Bears - Customized by Luke Chueh
1 Commonwealth Lane
#06-11 One Commonwealth
Singapore 149544
Republic of Singapore

War Elephant Custom by Jon-Paul Kaiser

Jon-Paul Kaiser just finished a short stint in Southern California, hitting up Designer Con 2014 and even attended the opening reception of his "Unamerican Activity" art show at Toy Art Gallery. As always, Jon-Paul's work is traveling just like he is. Jon-Paul's latest completed commission to reach it's owner is a custom what-did-I-eat-ephunt by Amanda Visell, called War Elephant. Combined with a few of the Cavemen from Amanda's Tic-Toc Apocalypse series, Jon-Paul was able to create a wonderful piece, using pieces designed by a single artist. Jon-Paul crafted a wood-built howdah on top of the elephant to house the crew of 3 Caveman and elephant mascot. Two of the Caveman sport a spear, while the third was given a banner, to give the entire piece a more epic appearance. Utilizing clean and expertly painted shadows and lines, each individual piece was given the JPK custom touch. The War Elephant should make the lucky collector pretty happy. All of the wonderful photos were taken by Justin Allfree. For those wanting to get a commission from Jon-Paul Kaiser, be sure to contact him through his website and get the ball rolling.
War Elephant by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree
War Elephant by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree
War Elephant by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree
War Elephant by Jon-Paul Kaiser, p.c. Justin Allfree

The Polarized Polar Bear by Riser

Jordan "Riser" DeVries took part in the Urban Vinyl Daily group show with his customized JC Rivera's Dead As F*ck Bear titled "The Polarized Polar Bear. A ton of work was put into the awesome base, rather than into the resin Bear Champ, creating a pretty kinetic feeling custom piece. Riser took a simple approach to customizing the Bear Champ, essentially completing the Champ to go with the created base. Riser did some great work with the floaty and facemask the Champ has on, while having some awesome details in the form of corporation stickers on the floaty. Unfortunately for most collectors, this piece is already sold. There are several pieces from the show up at the Urban Vinyl Daily store, be sure to check out the rest of the available pieces before they are all gone.

Mech-Azrael Champ by Josh Mayhem

Designer Con 2014 had a bunch of great artists exhibiting and even a custom show put on by Urban Vinyl Daily. Featuring the Dead as F#ck Champ, designed by JC Rivera, Urban Vinyl Daily held the custom group show at Designer Con 2014. Josh Mayhem's piece consists of a great black and gold armor clad custom Dead as F#ck Champ. Resembling the armor typically seen with Gundam models, Josh's "Mech-Azreal Champ" also features the movable wings and extra appendages. This piece has been sold, but there are still a good number of custom Champ's available through Urban Vinyl Daily's online store.

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