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Demolition of Graffiti Complex 5POINTZ Was Illegal, Brooklyn Jury Rules

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A Brooklyn jury has found that the New York City real estate developer who tore down the iconic 5POINTZ complex in Queens three years ago broke the law. Along with the buildings that were torn down, nearly 50 colorful murals and pieces of street art were destroyed forever.

21 artists who had their artwork displayed at 5POINTZ over the years joined a lawsuit against the developer, Jerry Wolkoff, arguing that 5POINTZ and its art was protected under the Visual Arts Rights Act, which has been used to protect public art created on someone else’s property that is of “recognized status”.

Mr. Wolkoff is alleged not to have given the artists proper 90-day notice before destroying their work, while the developer’s lawyer argued that the artists had known for years that 5POINTZ was to be developed into luxury apartments at some point and that they themselves had destroyed much more art in constantly changing the murals and graffiti that was on display.

Ultimately, the Brooklyn jury rendered its decision in favor of the artists after three weeks of testimony. The finding will serve only as a recommendation to Judge Block of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who will render a final verdict.

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manier x Embellish ?

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Brand new images of hand stitched and curated denim by manier  brand’s very own Maximillian Manier have surfaced!

Being the innovator of the renound- “self titled-seasonal wear” alone has mapped out a sure fire and trail blazing route to atop any list of up and coming designers.

His designs include reworked masterpieces which mainly consist of Levi’s Brand denim, although there has been verifiable accounts (as well as the D.S.D exclusive pictures we’ve featured below!) of Maximillian working on mock ups with what some have identified as Embellish Denim. Which may have surfaced on either’s social media accounts (links below).

Maybe it’s the ever-changing names, or maybe it’s the superior hand craftsmanship that will forever be synonymous with either brands. One thing is for certain is that regardless of the times or collab at hand, Manier is a force to recognize and reckon with. I’d keep a close look out for a chance to snag any limited production pieces for the up and coming 2020’s!

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Herschel Supply x Basquiat

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Following recent collaborations with Sankuanz and Teva, Herschel Supply Co. is back with another dope partnership that’s perfect for art lovers.

The bag brand has hooked up with the Jean-Michel Basquiat estate to bring fans a series of accessories showcasing some of the late artist’s most eye-catching sketches. The Herschel Supply x Basquiat collaboration not only looks sharp, but it’s super-functional too, boasting everything from travel pouches and cross-body bags to backpacks and holdalls perfect for a weekend getaway

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Get Inside the Mind of Gorillaz Legend Jamie Hewlett With Taschen

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From co-creating the iconic punk-inspired comic Tank Girl to working on live-action animations for Gorillaz and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, illustrator Jamie Hewlett releases his first major monograph with Taschen, featuring more than 400 pieces of work.

The designer has maintained a steady career since his emergence in the mid-1990s. After the success of his early comics, Hewlett, with then-roommate Damon Albarn, went on to create the unique cartoon band Gorillaz, designing the animated characters in print and for live stages. In conjunction with the band’s success, the polymath artist has conducted work for the stage, television, film, and even a collaboration with ABSOLUT vodka.

With a recent exhibition of his prints running at Saatchi Gallery, London, this exclusive Taschen print is a must-have for those looking to inspire and expand their creative horizons.

In case you missed it, Damon Albarn from Gorillaz announces potential album release. 

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