Archive for May, 2011

THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

From June 16th – June 19th, more than 150 bands, musicians, artists, filmmakers and more will take Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, by storm during the Northside Festival. Northside is a four-day showcase “at the center of the universe,” as the Northside Festival’s organizers (our friends at L Magazine) describe it, of the local and national indie music & creative scene. Bands are being added to the lineup every day, but so far we know you can see Guided by Voices, Wavves, Surfer Blood and The Babies play at McCarren Park on June 18; Atlas Sound, White Rainbow and the Lichens play at St. Cecilia’s Church on June 16; and so much more: just click here for full festival details.

Tickets can be purchased to individual shows, or limited access all-event badges (giving you first come, first served admission to all events, plus dozens of other perks) are available as well. OR you can enter for a chance to win two badges here or in any Brooklyn or Union Square Brooklyn Industries store location through June 12. BKI has also co-designed the Northside Festival’s official t-shirt! Stay tuned for more details on how you can get the shirt later this week.

FUTURE T-SHIRT DESIGNERS IN TRAINING

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Earlier this month, Brooklyn Industries hosted a Design Your Own T-Shirt Booth for kids at Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue Street Fair. Dozens of kids flooded the booth to show us their talent. One lucky winner has been selected to have his/her design printed on a BKI kids t-shirt later this summer! We are keeping the winning design under wraps for now, but click on the image below or here to see a slide show of some of our favorite designs.

BEATS BY DJ MANIK

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is tomorrow in Philadelphia. Walnut Street,  from the Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square will be abuzz, including the Brooklyn Industries Philly store! Stop by between 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. to hear live beats by DJ Manik. See you there!

CRUISER STEALS THE SHOW

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries’ Creative Director and co-founder Vahap Avsar‘s first U.S. solo art exhibition, NONEISAFE, launched last week at the Charles Bank Gallery. The exhibit, on display through June 19, presents a collection of politically innovative works. The exhibit’s most striking work, however, is the wrecked NYPD police cruiser installation (also named NONEISAFE). Today’s Wall Street Journal, which profiles Vahap and the exhibit (read article here), explains in detail the interesting feat of getting the car through the gallery’s doors.

More photos from the exhibit’s opening event can be found here. The gallery is located on 196 Bowery (at the corner of Spring St.), New York, NY. For more details on the exhibition, visit http://www.charlesbankgallery.com/

(Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.)

NONEISAFE

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries’ Creative Director and co-founder Vahap Avsar will present his first U.S. solo art exhibition, NONEISAFE, this Thursday, May 12, at the Charles Bank Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The exhibition, on display through June 19, presents a collection of politically innovative works signature to Turkish-born Avsar’s artistic style. Featured works include Ipdal, a series of vintage Turkish postcards (example pictured below) censored by the Turkish government, as well as Tekmil, a video that challenges roles and their empowering – or disempowering – qualities.     

In the spirit of BKI’s brand motto, Live, Work, Create., Vahap has remained a working artist while serving as Creative Director of Brooklyn Industries since its inception in 1995. He most recently held a retrospective at the RAMPA gallery in Istanbul, December 25, 2010 through February 5, 2011. His first published book of art is scheduled to premiere later this month.

NONEISAFE will debut at the Charles Bank Gallery opening event this Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6-9PM EST (open to the public). The exhibition will run through June 19, 2011. The gallery is located on 196 Bowery (at the corner of Spring St.), New York, NY. For more details on the exhibition, visit http://www.charlesbankgallery.com/.

FREE AI WEIWEI

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Today, Brooklyn Industries released a limited edition Ai Weiwei t-shirt with 100% of net proceeds from sales to be donated to Human Rights Watch.  

Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and activist, is (as of today) being detained by Chinese authorities for his outspoken criticism of the Communist Party of China. He was seized by police 33 days ago, and he has not been seen publicly since.

The t-shirt, priced at $24, is available on BKI online (starting May 7), as well as at Brooklyn Industries’ Williamsburg, Smith St., Union Square, West Village, Chelsea, SoHo and Grand Central store locations.  

Human Rights Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, is actively calling for Ai Weiwei’s release. For more information on Human Rights Watch and the current status of Ai Weiwei’s detainment, please visit http://www.hrw.org/ or http://freeaiweiwei.org/.

Ai Weiwei. Photo courtesy of BBC.

BKI Limited Edition Ai Weiwei T-Shirt

SUMMER IN ROCKAWAY

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Today, we reveal the Summer in Rockaway photo campaign and the Summer 2011 collection, photographed by Brooklyn Industries’ CEO Lexy Funk. This season’s styles are inspired by the relaxed vibe of east coast surfing and the bright colors of vintage surf-inspired apparel. What better way to present this collection than to photograph it at Breezy Point, a beautiful beach on the western end of Queens’ Rockaway Peninsula. We also ventured to Fort Tilden to explore the abandoned military buildings, visual gems rich with history. We hope you enjoy the new campaign. For more photos, click here.

INNER TUBES IN THE AFTERLIFE

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Have you seen our new windows yet? Brooklyn Industries has launched a series of window installations in all stores using dozens of used inner tubes from tractor trailer truck tires. The sculptures represent an interesting cross between American industry and summertime fun.

The inner tubes were gathered from a New York-based industrial recycling plant that collects used tires from all over America, separates the tires, tubes and rims, and then ships the tire parts out to locations across the world for re-use. This form of tire recycling and others, such as repurposing tire rubber for asphalt, fuel, mulch and artificial reefs, is vital in the movement to alleviate one of the most problematic sources of landfill waste.

“We are upcycling an object vital to industry in America – truck transportation – while also portraying something naïve and playful. I think of floating on tubes in the summer, as well as the people who used them to make crude boats to escape Cuba in the 1990s. The tubes are rich with naiveté and a sense of freedom,” said BKI’s creative director, Vahap Avsar, of the installations.  

Prior to installation in each store, the inner tubes were blown up in Brooklyn Industries’ warehouse and then painted or dripped upon with white paint. The voluminous sculptures were assembled differently in each store window and provide an artistic backdrop to Brooklyn Industries’ new summer collection. Stop by any BKI store location this month and take a look.

To learn more about tire recycling, click here. For information on how you can dispose of tires in the New York City area, click here.