Whatever It Is
Conjured by SeMeN SPeRmS on August 15, 2014
I was crusin’ around LA one day ‘n saw some wheatpastes of a mighty familiar image.
Ewww, why did you havta go ‘n stretch it in photoshop…
Thought it was just street art but it seems to be a band or a night…
Okay, wait, now I googled ‘Alfred E Neuman Misfits Shirt‘, ‘n found a bunch of weird copies, I guess it’s bein’ assimilated by the internet ‘n mutant modern streetwear appropriation!
Boing Boing wrote it up in 2008 ‘n it got indexed on search engines, seems like most of the appropriated versions come from the Boing Boing picture, they have some distortion from the photos perspective, ‘n look like they were thrown into Illustrator by a savvy ‘graphic designer’ ‘n auto traced ‘n vectored at a low detail
Love Is Lame Is Lame
This one really sucks…
Let’s take it back to the OG version in 2006 ‘n Jason Dill (plus eye buttons)
Conjured by SeMeN SPeRmS on October 7, 2013
I didn’t have time to post this before the openin’, but the show’s up for a month,
Join us this Friday, September 13, 2013 from 7 to 10pm for the opening of MONDOFORNIA, a group exhibition featuring artists Peter Sutherland, Steve Lee, Jane Moseley, SeMeN SPeRmS, Nick Stewart, Maia Ruth Lee, Jack Greer, Brendan Lynch, Aine Vonnegut, Evan Robarts, Jeremy Anderegg, Kyle Yanagihara, Carly Mark, Dean Levin, Sage Grazer, and Grear Patterson at 9 Dudley Avenue, Venice Beach CA.
Conjured by SeMeN SPeRmS on September 16, 2013
Narc is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics and programmed by George Petro. It was one of the first ultra-violent video games and a frequent target of parental criticism of the arcade game industry. The object is to arrest and kill drug offenders, confiscate their money and drugs, and defeat “Mr. Big”.
It was the first game in the newly restarted Williams Electronics coin-op division, and features their notable use of digitized graphics (later made famous in games such as Mortal Kombat). In fact, the quality of the graphics in terms of number of colors would not be surpassed until the game Mortal Kombat II (released in 1993). The game features what in arcade terminology is termed a medium resolution monitor – higher resolution than televisions and normal arcade monitors, although often in a smaller physical size. NARC was also the very first arcade game to utilize the TI TMS34010, which is a 32-bit processor. The game was also notable for the numerous voice samples used during and between levels.
The game’s main characters are Max Force and Hit Man, who have received a memo from Spencer Williams, Narcotics Opposition Chairman in Washington, DC dispatching them on Project NARC. Their mission is to apprehend Mr. Big, head of an underground drug trafficking and terrorist organization.
The player controls either Max Force or Hit Man, who are mowing down junkies, drug dealers and organized crime kingpins. Max and Hit are equipped with an automatic weapon and missile launcher. When an enemy is dispatched using the latter, they explode in a torrent of scorched and bloody body appendages. Some enemies can be arrested after they surrender and then float away with “BUSTED” over them, this is then added to a tally at the end of the level along with drugs and money confiscated from other enemies that they dropped when killed (the game actually awards more points at the end of a round for arresting enemies without killing them). The game’s objective is to reach and destroy various drug dealing ringleaders.
Rock group Pixies recorded a cover of the theme song from the original arcade game, originally written by game music composer Brian L. Schmidt, and released it as a B-Side to their 1991 single, “Planet of Sound“. They titled the cover “Theme From NARC”, and it consisted of frontman Black Francis singing the song title several times, while the band played the theme music. The song is also included on their Complete ‘B’ Sides compilation album.
A NARC arcade machine is being played by some of the youths in Shredder’s compound in the 1990 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Another NARC arcade machine can be seen played by Jami Gertz in the 1990 movie Don’t Tell Her It’s Me.
Conjured by SeMeN SPeRmS on July 29, 2013