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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Can Be Downloaded



Madonna is aiming to start yet another revolution with her latest film, secretprojectrevolution. Co-directed by the pop legend and Steven Klein, the movie will serve as the launch of Madge’s Art For Freedom initiative, which aims to promote freedom of speech and expression. Created in collaboration with Vice Media and BitTorrent, the seventeen-minute short will be available for download on September 24 from, and because we know you were wondering, yes—M’s wardrobe for the cinematic uprising furthers her longstanding embrace of fishnets as pants.

Photo: Courtesy of VICE

Roman Grandinetti’s Got the Blues


Roman painting

“I was looking to speak to the street,” said Brooklyn-based artist Roman Grandinetti of the point of direction for his new murals. Currently on display on Kenmare Street and Ludlow Street, the works were commissioned by Vice and the Gap for Gap’s Art of Blue project—the visual street component of Gap’s just-launched denim-heavy Back to Blue campaign. “The concept of the wall is about different tones of blue being thrown together—it’s not so directed, kind of like how downtown is,” explained Grandinetti, who grew up in New York, moonlights as a deejay, and is a largely self-trained. “On top of that design, I injected how downtown is becoming a tad more organized and a little more fine-tuned with numbers. Saint Laurent is now downtown. Balenciaga is now downtown. The newcomers are kind of making it streamlined,” he added.

The two murals—which Grandinetti will complete today using a paint-filled fire extinguisher—are an ode to today’s downtown New York. The walls are splashed with chaotically strewn shades of ultramarine and cerulean, which are overlaid with bold, printed numbers—including a very prominent 1969—stamped in Gap-denim blue. “It was a way to tie all my favorite places that are influenced by art or that attach themselves to art in one way, shape, or form,” explained the artist of the numbers (which refer to phone numbers in downtown Manhattan). “And [to convey] that blue has a feeling.”

Grandinetti, who got his start in the music industry and just recently put up a mural on Ludlow commemorating A$AP Ferg’s debut album release, is one of five artists to leave their vision in blue for the Gap. “There’s one in London. One in Paris. I’m super psyched [to be a part of this],” says Grandinetti. “It’s an amazing feeling to have something in the street and have people live with it.”

Photo: Sasha Frumin

As 2012 Comes To A Close…


Newsweek—in print form—closes with it. The magazine will go digital-only in 2013; this week, the historic title released its last paper-and-ink issue, complete with hashtag coverline. The announcement a few weeks ago raised (again) the print-is-dead alarms, but 2012 wasn’t all bad for magazines. Several others did shutter, including Vogue Hommes Japan and Whole Living, but the year also saw the launch of Du Jour, M, and the relaunch of Best Life, as well as the late-breaking sale of i-D to Vice Media. Onward to 2013.

Let’s Give ‘Em Something To Wink About


Food for “Thoughtful”: Vice, the guerrilla media organization that currently runs both the namesake magazine and a thriving network of online channels, has bought i-D, the London-based style magazine founded and edited by Terry and Tricia Jones, The Guardian reports. The Joneses will stay on as editors and minority shareholders.

Photo: i-D

M.I.A., Mark, And More Party At Milk


Vice magazine can mobilize the hipster masses, but isn’t necessarily known for its ability to keep them organized. Interesting, then, that the mag teamed up with Intel to present 12 straight hours of movie screenings, digital art, and precisely scheduled musical acts at Milk Studios. Anyone with memories of Vice‘s chaotic Halloween party last year (or the riotous door situation at Milk’s recent Corduroy bash, for that matter) could be forgiven for thinking the so-called Creators Project might end up more madhouse than funhouse—especially considering all the free booze.

Miraculously, that wasn’t the case. From Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning, crowds flowed easily in and out of Milk’s multilevel complex, and organizers even installed a bunch of silver bike racks along 15th Street as a courtesy to visitors, like Nate Lowman, who rode over. The audiovisual amusements were loud and varied, and anyone who thought Interpol’s show at the loading dock was too mainstream could go upstairs to see Die Antwoord, the unlikely South African rap sensation. Ryan McGinley, who shot M.I.A. (top) for the Times Magazine‘s controversial recent profile, was one of few fans not snapping photos of the pop star during her unannounced but not-so-secret performance, which had her on-stage team taking a moment to pour drinks for the front rows.

Mark Ronson (above), who served more or less as the event’s busy mascot, circulated in a white jacket, sipping from a carton of orange juice. After midnight, he set up his DJ station on the first floor. He’d already done a discussion panel and created a pop song in front of an audience. Now, he had Alexander Wang swaying to his tunes and his sister, Charlotte, proudly looking on. She’d missed the M.I.A. set and just about everything else, she said: “I came for him.”

Photos: Courtesy of Milk Studios