Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Art Whino and Crystal City BID to Host Crystal Art: Inked Souls Exhibition

DATE: Saturday, April 18th, from 6pm Midnight
Exhibit will run until May 9th
Exhibit hours: Fridays, 4pm-8pm and Saturdays, Noon-6pm

LOCATION: 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA
12,000 sq. ft Space in Crystal City!

Inked Souls is back, and Art Whino is raising the bar on its most anticipated exhibition of the year with an amazing new line up and expansion of the show to include photography!

The Crystal City BID and Art Whino have teamed up to host the Inked Souls exhibition, featuring customized sneakers and fine art by local, national and international leaders in the Pop Surrealism/Urban Contemporary art movement. This provocative exhibit will showcase paired works of customized sneakers and canvases from 30 artists from around the world as well as images from select photographers.

The FREE exhibit will be held in newly renovated retail space, donated by Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, at the corner of 23rd Street and Crystal Drive. Inked Souls will offer multiple dimensions in art, music and performances, so be sure to check it out! For more details, go to

Art Whino: Inked Souls 2009

Art Whino is teaming up with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Tagr sneaker company to bring you an incredible exhibition of one-of-a-kind, customized sneakers, paintings, and photography.

Each artist will feature one pair of customized AKA Blank Tagr sneakers along with a painting.

Four photographers will be featured whose subject matter rangers from 80's Breakers to customized semi trucks.

Music by Black Cats Resident DJ Lil'e
Special live performance by Big Benz from TTM Entertainment.
Special Appearance and Performance by Los Angeles Finest.....DJ HEAVY GRINDER!
THE DOCUMENT will be doing a special Break dance Performance.

Metro Accessible: The metro stop is a 2 minute walk!
The event is FREE and open to the public.

Featured Artists

Adrian Akerman - DC, Asylm CA, Cutthroat TX, Decoy - DC, Dolla FL, EyeOne CA, Frerk DE, Garry Booth CA, in.fa.mousIKB-- DC, James Walker- VA, J Asher Lynch CA, LECKOmio DE, Luis Lorenzana PH, Marc C. Woehr DE, Marie Barr- CA, MDOK - NJ, Molly Crabapple NY, Nychos Austria, Raudiel MX, Rick Reese CA, Rudy Fig - MN, Sam Ramos - PH, Skibs CA, Sole Junkie CA, Surge CA, Truth Among Liars DC, The Krah UK, Zach Tobias OR

Featured Photographers

Lady Glock, Michael Colon, James Walker, Roger Snider

AM Radio in the house!

Am Radio Crew have blown up a HUGE mural in the space! Along with the mural, World Class Cuts will be supplying a Barber chair and 2 barbers to give you a old school fade. Yes old school fade!

AM Radio is a collective of visual artists, whose mission is to infuse the raw elements of sound and texture to inspire life. The creative process incorporates the work of artists and DJs to paint large compositions before live audiences. With each painting taking approximately four hours to complete, the technique is a challenge of graphic resourcefulness. It compresses the creative experience into spontaneous reactions of time, space and energy - a result that captures the mood, sound and electricity of the environment.

Jazirock and Crew
Jazriock, Adrian Akerman and crew activate the space with amazing huge pieces throughout the exhibit!

Jazirock hit the Charm City graffiti scene at 12 and made the transition from street graffiti to canvas in the mid-1990s. Today, he takes what he learned growing up in the streets of southwest Baltimore and from the Baltimore graffiti artists that mentored him, and applies it to the world of fine art, creating volume and texture that give life to abstract, socio political and pop culture images and scenes. Frequently, Jazi seeks to express a playful presence in his soul that translates to paintings that tap into the world of the child within us all. For example, the character Pinocchio is an iconic figure that appears in his work.

Jazi has produced work for Red Bull, Adidas, rapper Paul Wall and the Washington Childrens Hospital charity events. He has shown and performed at Art Whino (where his work is in the permanent gallery) the Low-Fi Social Club (The Bugout) and Joes2 (Nothin but the Breaks) in Baltimore and at Artomatic, where he designs and paints many of the performance spaces each year. He often paints live, this past weekend performing live at a street art party at Rockstar Bar, in Williamsburg, NYC.

Truth among Liars
Bring your favorite T-shirt and Sweatshirts. Truth among liars will have a customizable silk screen station. They will be silk screening a truth among liars design, Inked Souls logo and Art Whino logo on your shirts!

They have a wheat paste style mural in the space as well!
Tim Slayton is the founder and principle artist for Truth Among Liars..., an art, clothing and design collective based in Washington DC. He showcases his skill as a visual street artist using graffiti, wheat paste, digital art, silk screened canvas and clothing to create the simple, yet gritty and thought provoking images and designs that dominate the Truth Among Liars style. This collective was developed with the idea of informing the masses of the balance between opposites in all aspects of life particularly fact and fiction.

Music by Black Cats Resident DJ Lil'e
Black Cats Resident DJ Lil'e, aka Erin Myers, specializes in rare extended mixes and one-hit wonders whose names have been swallowed by time. Remember Flesh for Lulu, Kon Kan or Anything Box? But Lil'e does not sacrifice a solid dance floor just to showcase her extensive record collection.

Lil'e, 32, who started "Right Round" in 2002, focuses on skillful mixing, but she still finds a few moments of each song to step back from her mixer and do a little dancing herself. When she plays at other venues such as Felix or Saint-Ex, Lil'e strays far from the '80s, breaking out underground hip-hop, big beat and assorted electronica.

TTM Entertainment
Take The Money Entertainment is an Independent Label, as well as a Public Recording Studio founded by Robbie Sanchez and Brandon “Big Benz” Martin. “TTM” Entertainment offers an array of services for musicians and recording artists of all skill levels. As a Record Label, TTM offers such services as “Artist Development”, “Promotion”, Album Scheduling/Release, and Distribution.

Tag├╝r is a dynamic sneaker company that allows the consumer to become the producer. Any artist whether internationally renowned or novice can have a shot of having their own sneaker line. You are the artist, you are the market, you deem what is legit.

Infinite Possibilities

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