November 26, 2011
Earlier this year, after finishing work on TRESPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, we were asked by TASCHEN if we would be interested in curating a series of 2012 Street Art Calendars.
Over the years TASCHEN had been approached by numerous museums and bookstores inquiring about urban art calendars. After speaking with many of the artists featured in TRESPASS, we quickly learned that they loved the idea. We also realized that this would give us an opportunity to showcase some of our favorite images and work from emerging artists from around the world who we were not able to include in TRESPASS, being that we had completed the book almost a year before it hit store shelves.
This month TASCHEN is releasing three 2012 Street Art calendars curated by The Wooster Collective.
(1) A 52 Week Diary Calendar
(2) A 12 Month Wall Calendar
(3) A 365 Day Daily Tear Calendar
Some of the artists included in the calendars are: Roadsworth, JR, Dan Witz, Laura Keeble, Faile, Alexandre Orion, Paolo Buggiani, Nele Azevedo, Slinkachu, //kneeon, Jorge Rodriquez-Gerada, Skewville, Mark Jenkins, Swoon, Vhils, Sr.X, Hyuro, Kenny Random, The London Police, Escif, Roa, Thundercut, Phlegm, XOOOOX, Faith47, K-Guy Gabriel Specter, Michael Aaron Williams, JJ Veronis, Slow, Edina Tokodi, Buff Diss, Paul Notzold, Gaia, Invader, Other, James Kalinda, TrustoCorp, Elbow-Toe, Masquerade, Mentelgasse, Ji Lee, Dan Bergeron, C215, Chor Boogie, and more.
We had a lot of fun putting these together and the quality of the finished product is extremely high.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
2012 Street Art Diary Calendar
Plastic Protective Cover, Spiral bound
52 pages, yearly planner and notes pages
Artists Include: Skewville, Mark Jenkins, Swoon, Vhils, Roadsworth, Sr.X, Hyuro, Kenny Random, The London Police, Escif, Roa, Faile, Dan Witz, Jace, JR, Thundercut, Paolo Buggiani and more.
2012 Street Art Wall Calendar
Approximately 12" by 12"
Artists include: Roadsworth, JR, Dan Witz, Laura Keeble, Faile, Orion, Paolo Buggiani, Nele Azevedo, Slinkachu, //kneeon, Jorge Rodriquez-Gerada
2012 Street Art Calendar (Daily Tear)
5" by 4.5"
313 pages (Sat/Sun are combined)
Artists Include: Skewville, Mark Jenkins, Swoon, Vhils, Roadsworth, Sr.X, Hyuro, Kenny Random, The London Police, Escif, Roa, Faile, Dan Witz, Jace, JR, Thundercut, Paolo Buggiani, Phlegm, XOOOOX, Faith47, K-Guy Gabriel Specter, Michael Aaron Williams, JJ Veronis, Slow, Edina Tokodi, Buff Diss, Paul Notzold, Gaia, Invader, Other, James Kalinda, TrustoCorp, Elbow-Toe, Masquerade, Mentelgasse, Ji Lee, Dan Bergeron, C215, Chor Boogie, and more.
We have a limited supply of calendars that we can sell via the Wooster Collective website. Due to the high cost of shipping, we're limiting our sales to US ONLY.
The price of the calendars through the Wooster site are:
12 Month Wall Calendar // $17.50 (includes shipping in the United States)
52 Week Diary Calendar // $15.00 (includes shipping in the United States)
Daily Tear Calendar // $15.00 (includes shipping in the United States)
If you are interested in purchasing them, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 19, 2011
Our friends over at Pictoplasma have given us three conference passes to give away to Pictoplasma NYC which will take place in Manhattan on November 4th and 5th. (Each ticket has a $260.00 value)
At midnight tonight, we'll pick the three winners from the comments at random. The winning names will have their tickets available at will-call.
Sara and I will be speaking on November 4th. We hope you can join us.
October 11, 2011
As more and more artists begin to use Google+, we're creating a G+ circle of artists who have been featured on the Wooster site.
While we don't have a Wooster page on G+, Marc can be found here.
So if you're an artist who's been on the site, add a comment here and we'll add you to the circle.
August 25, 2011
Sara and I get asked all the time, what else do you guys do other than Wooster Collective?
The answer is - "A lot!"
So we thought we'd let you know a bit more about the "other things":
Marc runs a digital strategy and marketing agency called Electric Artists.
Sara and Marc own a creative meeting space in Soho called Meet At The Apartment.
Marc is the President of the Board of Directors of Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City.
Marc and Sara are very committed to raising awareness and funding for research for Angeleman Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that their daughter Samantha has recently been diagnosed with.
A few of the film projects Marc is heavily involved in include:
So that's a little bit more about us. Now tell us a little bit about you either via email email@example.com or on our Facebook page.
August 22, 2011
We're finally back from our Summer holidays and excited to share with you a ton of new material that's come in over the past few weeks when we've been offline. We know we've missed a lot while being away from the computer, but we hope to catch up soon.
Oh, we also have some news to share...
We're expecting another child. ;)
Another girl. A sister for Sammy.
Sara's due in December and we couldn't be happier!
Marc and Sara
July 5, 2011
Earlier this Summer, Sara and I travelled to Indiana to give a talk at TEDxBloomington. The theme was "The Wisdom of Play." We entitled our talk - "Gaming The Streets". Here' the final edited video....
April 4, 2011
Author Talk, Book Signing, and Wine Reception!
Sunday, April 10, 2011; 3 to 5 pm
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel 203.438.4519, Fax 203.438.0198, www.aldrichart.org
FREE member; $10 non-member
Marc and Sara
What's in Store? is an Aldrich series that highlights the intersection of social and cultural trends, introduces the people at the forefront of these trends, and brings their innovative products to the Museum store.
March 2, 2011
If you're planning on attending the SXSW Interactive of Film program, you can RSVP to the party by going to:
Hope to see you there!
February 17, 2011
We're thrilled to announce the launch of the "Wooster Collective Curated Kickstarter Projects Page", the first step in a series of collaborations with the wonderful website Kickstarter.com.
Beginning this month we'll be showcasing Kickstarter projects that we love and support on both Kickstarter.com and here on the Wooster Collective page. The curated projects won't be limited to street art and will be updated each week.
In the coming weeks we'll be launching our own Kickstarter projects as well as proving other projects with gifts and incentives for them to use in their fundraising.
Stay tuned for more information, but for now check out our curated page here and lend your support.
Here's a few projects we hope you support:
December 22, 2010
For a long time, Sara and I have been strong supporters of the concept of arts patronage which allows individuals and groups to realize their creative projects without having to make accommodations to appease corporate backers and brands.
Because of this, we've been huge fans of the fantastic website, Kickstarter.com
As we head into the final weeks of 2010, we wanted to let you know that in early 2011 we'll be launching an initiative with Kickstarter that will help fund projects from the Wooster Community of artists and fans of the site.
We can't say too much about it now, only that if you have a Kickstarter project that's currently up or are planning on launching project in the coming months, please let us know by dropping us a note at woostercollective (at) gmail.com
Stay tuned for more info in early January...
Marc and Sara Schiller
December 4, 2010
It's our final day in Miami for Art Basel. Problem with traveling is that we aren't in the hotel much to update the blog. Follow us today on Twitter as we'll try to post from the road a bunch before heading to the airport and back to New York.
September 30, 2010
How cool would it be if you could take a screenprinting "master class" by the artist collective, FAILE?
But for those of you who are parents -- How cool would it be if your KIDS could take a screen-printing class by FAILE?
Well, if you act quickly they can do exactly that.
Sara and I have curated a couple of elements of the massive (and important!) RE:FORM SCHOOL event that will take place in New York City from October 9th to 11th.
We we thrilled when FAILE agreed to teach a screen-printing workshop for kids and teenagers ages 9 - 17. All to support a great cause - education reform.
Here's the info and sign up page: Screen Printing with Faile
September 23, 2010
Join us Wednesday evening in New York City for the first of a series of book launch parties and signing for Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art.
Many of the featured artists will be present (Faile, Billboard Liberation Front, KR, Steve Lambert, Leon Reid IV, Laura Keeble, Vomito Attacko, Martha Cooper, Michael DeFeo, WK Interact, Ron English, Thurndercut, Txtual Healing, Alexandre Orion and many more)
All of the artists will be signing books along with Sara and myself, author Carlo McCormick of Paper Magazine, and editor Ethel Seno.
This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space and books will certainly be limited.
For all press related inquiries, please contact Creed Poulson at email@example.com.
September 3, 2010
Note: USA Network is a client of my agency, Electric Artists.
July 21, 2010
Sara and I are thrilled to let you know that starting today we will be contributing twice a week to USA's newly launched "Character Approved blog", joining an amazing roster of though leaders that includes Chad Smith (writing about architecture), Stefan Boublil (design), Alyse Wax (fashion), Bags Hooper (television), Terry Boyd (food), Matt Jordan (music), Jerri Chou (social good/giving), Rohit Bhargava (tech), and Ann Kingman (writing)
Each day, USA Network's CHARACTER APPROVED BLOG celebrates the people, places and things that are transforming the American cultural landscape. The project is an outgrowth of USA Network's annual Character Approved Awards that pay tribute to the innovators who are influencing our opinions, our style, and our view of the world.
We're thrilled to be a part of it and do hope that you check it out. Our article today is a celebration of the photography of Dennis Hopper.
(Disclosure: USA Networks is a client of my agency, Electric Artists)
June 22, 2010
Again with the hopes that the weather will be cooperating with us this weekend in Paris, we thought the Canal Saint Martin next to the Républic metro station would be a good place for the Wooster Collective meet-up this coming Friday in Paris.
At 8pm we'll be meeting at l "Jemmapes" where we'll grab some beers inside and then meet next to the Canal. We'll also order some pizzas from Pink Flamingo.
So drop us a note at woostercollective@ gmail.com if you're planning on coming
Looking forward to seeing everyone this Friday night in Paris.
Marc and Sara
June 20, 2010
On Wednesday morning we leave Berlin for Paris where we'll be giving a talk and slide show at the OFFF Festival on Thursday at 6pm.
We're thinking of doing a Wooster Collective Meet-up in Paris on Friday at 8pm. Not sure on the location just yet.
Any suggestions? (email woostercollective @gmail.com)
June 17, 2010
With the hopes that the weather will be cooperating with us this weekend, we thought Club der Visionaere would be a good place for the Wooster Collective meet-up this coming Saturday in Berlin.
We're thinking we'd get there around 17:00 on Saturday evening. It's going to be a terrific (and perhaps quite large) group of artists and art fans from all over Europe. So drop us a note at woostercollective@ gmail.com if you're planning on coming
Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.
Marc and Sara
June 15, 2010
This weekend Sara and I will be in Berlin, Germany. We're planning on a Wooster Collective "meet-up" this coming Saturday evening.
We haven't picked the place yet (any suggestions?) so drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in joining us.
It'll be a terrific group of artists, designers, and art fans.
Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin this weekend!
April 28, 2010
Tonight around 8pm ET, Wooster Collective will stream online a live event featuring artists exchanging ideas on creativity, inspiration, art books, and more. Participating Artists: Chris Stain, Elbow Toe, Pax Paloscia, Ivory Serra, Logan Hicks, Swoon and WK Interact.
Tune In Live Below Or Watch @
April 27, 2010
Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at around 8pm ET, Wooster Collective will stream online a live event featuring artists exchanging ideas on creativity, inspiration, art books, and more. Participating Artists: Chris Stain, Elbow Toe, Pax Paloscia, Ivory Serra, Logan Hicks, Swoon and WK Interact.
Tun...e In Live and Watch @
April 22, 2010
For a long time, Sara and I have been struggling with the fact that for us, the Wooster Collective website is still a very small and personal blog with no agenda other than to use it as a way to share with our friends the things that inspire us. Some of those friends we know very, very well. We meet each week face-to-face in New York to talk about art, family, New York, etc. Other “friends” we have never met, but we know from the emails that we receive that we share with them a common view of the world and the way we wish to live in it. The blog is a way for us to learn about new things, meet new types of people, and to take us out of our comfort zone so we can achieve new goals. It’s 100% a passion project and a passion project only.
What we struggle with is the fact that the popularity of the blog has brought to it people who expect more from it and more from us than we are willing to give. While Wooster started as a “street art blog” it was always more than that for us. We’ve always posted on the site things that we love, regardless of whether it was a piece of street art or not. We’ve also posted a lot about our family, especially our dog Hudson and our daughter Samantha. We’ve never felt that we needed to say more than what we wanted to say. Transparency came from our integrity, not from a need to answer every question posed from others. And we always knew that the more personal and intimate the blog was, the more “connected” people became to us, and us to them. And this is what has kept the blog going. We’ve always felt that the people who read the blog a lot “get” us. So when I say we do the site for our “friends” these are the friends that I am speaking about.
We never wanted to turn the Wooster site into a business but at the same time we’ve allowed it to grow into something much bigger than the two of us. We struggle with this every day, but the joy we get out of the site still makes it well worth it. Today, while tens of thousands of people come to the site each day, we still treat it (rightly or wrongly) as a small personal project.
Six months ago we were invited to see a rough cut of Banksy’s film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. When the film was over, I looked at Sara, she looked at me, and we saw that both of our jaws had dropped. We were blown away by the film. We both felt that it was so much more than a “street art” film. For us, the film was about the human condition. Why do we seek fame and acceptance? What do we do to achieve it? That night we said that we would do anything and everything we could to help make this film a success. We loved it so much. It wasn’t about money, it was about passion.
And while Sara and I are both involved in marketing, for us, supporting the film on our site and by getting involved in more traditional marketing methods comes out of our true love for what the film is and the fact that we want it to be successful. We hope you see the film not only because we post about it, but because you’ve heard about it from others.
To be honest, we’re not sure how long we can do the website. We have no intention of stopping it, but one of the joys of the site is that we can end it tomorrow if we wanted to. Since it’s not a business, the only ties we have to keep it going is our true passion. Our support of Banksy and the commitment we have to the film is at the heart of that passion.
April 16, 2010
To celebrate this weekend's opening of Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop in theaters (NYC, LA, San Fran, Berkeley, Palo Alto and San Rafael) Sara and I will be hosting an afterparty tonight and tomorrow night in New York City at the famed street art watering hole Max Fish (178 Ludlow Street) starting at 9pm. Join us... to talk about the film after you've seen it at the Sunshine Theater or Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.
April 15, 2010
We love this. Jaimie D'Cruz, the editor and producer of "Exit Through The Gift Shop", along with Roger Gastman, a graffiti historian and Banksy collaborator went on Al Jazeera teto talk about Exit Through The Gift Shop.
April 12, 2010
Later tonight (Monday, April 12th) Sara and I are going to try to report as much as we can LIVE from the big Banksy premier here in Los Angeles.
Expect lots of photos, videos.. who knows.
Check and become a fan of Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop (United States) page on Facebook starting around 7pm local time in Los Angeles tonight.
April 10, 2010
The little Wooster Collective Facebook page we set up this week as a hub for fans and content to come together as we head into the US release of Banksy's film Exit Through The Gift Shop is starting to gain some terrific momentum.
Check it out and become a fan here.
February 25, 2010
Tomorrow night (Friday February 26th) we'll be meeting up with local artists and art lovers at The Waiting Room, a bar on Long Street. We'll be there at 9:30 pm (21:30) on the upper balcony.
Join us if you can!
Marc and Sara
February 18, 2010
In a few hours Sara and I head across the globe to Cape Town, South Africa to give a presentation next week at Design Indaba. We're thrilled to be taking the stage with on of our favorite artists, Faith47.
Once we get set up, we hope to be blogging from S.A. If you're in town for Design Indaba drop us a note as we most likely will be doing a meet-up next week for artists and fans. It should be a terrific time.
January 15, 2010
(image by Brusse)
Sara and I want to thank everyone who have sent such kind thought to us over the last few days. As we said in emails to some of you, for us, the most important thing about the Wooster website are the amazing people that we’ve come in contact with along this journey. The last few days have brought us closer to so many of you and for this we feel very fortunate.
Again, thanks for all the wonderful messages. We're now back in New York and slowly getting back into the swing of things. It'll take us a while to go through all of the emails and notes so please be patient with us if we don't respond quickly.
Marc and Sara
January 13, 2010
Today, Wooster Collective mourns the loss, but also celebrates the life, of a close loved one. Stephanie Schiller.
You'll remain in our hearts forever.
January 9, 2010
Sometimes life throws you curve balls when you least expect it.
For Sara, Samantha, and I, this has been one of those times.
As most of you know, while the Wooster Collective site often appears to be bigger than it is, it's never really been anything more than a small personal blog. But that small personal blog has been something that for over seven years we've updated almost every day without fail. We update it with new inspiring images every day not because it's something that we feel like we have to do, but rather, because it's something that we want to do. It's something we love.
To explain why we haven't updated the site in the last few days - a very close family member has unexpectedly become gravely ill. We received the news on New Years Eve and ever since that moment have been supporting our family and close friends away from home in Los Angeles.
Sometimes you don't fully realize how much a part of your life something is until you begin to lose it. Right now words cannot express what we've been feeling in our hearts so we won't even begin to attempt to describe it. It's been a very sad and trying time for us and we so greatly appreciate everyone's kind and loving words of support.
We do expect to be back full speed next week.
With Much Love,
Marc, Sara, and Samantha
December 2, 2009
Saturday's Wooster Collective meet-up in Miami during Art Basel will be at Churchill’s Pub at 5501 NE 2nd Ave at 5pm.
Marc and Sara
November 29, 2009
We're planning on doing a Wooster Collective Meet-up (for wine and beers) this weekend in Miami at Art Basel. We're thinking Saturday around 5pm.
(Email us at woostercollective (at) gmail.com for the location)
October 16, 2009
We're spending a few days in Napa drinking the new wines. The internet access in the house we rented sucks, so expect more posts when we return to New York on Tuesday, if not sooner.
Enjoy the weekend!
Marc and Sara
We're spending a few days in Napa drinking the new wines. The internet access in the house we rented sucks, so expect more posts when we return to New York on Tuesday, if not sooner.
Enjoy the weekend!
Marc and Sara
October 14, 2009
If you've been following the Wooster Collective website for any amount of time, then you know we're massive supporters (and fans) of how artists are incorporating video content into their work. Over the last few years, we've showcased hundreds and hundreds of amazing videos on our site.
So today, working with our good friends over at YouTube, we're launching an official Wooster Collective video channel that archives and curates some of the best art videos on the web.
Each week we'll be adding new videos as we find them. From time to time we'll also be uploading videos of our own. We hope the Wooster channel becomes a "one-stop shop" for people who want to discover amazing artist videos and then be able to follow the work of those artists afterwards. Like the Wooster site, our goal is to lead people to great content that inspires them. We'll be putting videos into playlists so if you want to immerse yourself in, say, timelapse films or artists interviews, you can.
So late last night we recorded a short intro for the channel that presents our thoughts. Check out the channel when you can and let us know what you think.
Finally, we'll be in the YouTube offices on Monday morning, so if you work at YouTube, come find us and say hello.
Marc and Sara
You can subscribe to the Wooster Collective video channel by clicking here.
July 1, 2009
In a few hours we're heading to Nice for a few days of vacation over the 4th of July holiday. We won't be posting much over the next few days, but be sure to follow us on Twitter here.
We'll be back to full swing on the 12th of July.
Hoping everyone is having a terrific Summer!
Marc and Sara
Wooster Collective is a fierce supporter of those in Iran who are currently standing up and fighting for change and democracy.
Today's masthead was created by a graffiti artist currently living and working in Iran.
Wooster Collective is indeed a Celebration of Street Art and FREEDOM.
June 13, 2009
Today, Saturday, at 3pm, Sara and I will be will be giving a talk and slide show at Figment, a free arts event on Governor's Island in New York City. Join us if you can!
May 21, 2009
Each and every day we get more excited about the discussions that are taking place on our Wooster Collective Facebook page. The responses to our recent questions:
For those who risk getting arrested while putting up street art or writing graffiti: What motivates you to do it?
What's currently inspiring you?
How would you describe the "role" that graffiti or street art plays in your life? What does it "add" or subtract?
If I gave you $50 today, with the condition that you had to spend it on "art", what would you do with it?
If you haven't yet checked it out we can't recommend it more highly. It's become an incredible companion to the Wooster blog.
May 6, 2009
If you've never seen the Wooster Collective talk that Sara and I give, the full video of our PSFK talk is now online:
April 21, 2009
April 12, 2009
Each and every week we probably receive five to ten requests from major brands for us to post open calls for submissions to various design competitions.
And we never post any of them.
The reason is, if we put the open call up on the site, it implies that we are endorsing it. But the truth is we would never advise any artist - even those we don't know - to enter 90% of these competitions.
It's not that we don't think that winning a big prize isn't a good opportunity for a young artist.
Many times we do.
It's because nine times out of ten, the terms and conditions (i.e. "the fine print") is so onerous and unfair to every single person who enters, that we would never, in good conscious, suggest that people participate.
The reality is that in almost all open call competitions promoted by brands or major companies, lawyers include language in the Terms and Conditions that strip the artist of any and all rights to their work when they submit it into the competition.
In 90% of these competitions, when you submit your work you have given the brand all rights to it - for free.
Many competitions generate thousands of submissions. And technically, if you read the T's and C's, the brands now own all of this work.
Here's a recent example:
The Italian fashion brand Ellesse just launched a design competition called CREATE TENNIS ART in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The competition has a grand prize of €4,500.
And here's bullet point #6 in the Terms and Conditions.
6. Ellesse shall own the entire copyright and all other rights in and to all of the entries to the Competition. By entering the Competition, entrants irrevocably grant and assign to Ellesse all rights in their entries and agree specifically to Ellesse's unrestricted use of the same for Ellesse's own purposes in all activities including, without limitation, marketing, promotion, distribution and sale worldwide as Ellesse sees fit, without any further payment or acknowledgement to the entrants. All copyright, intellectual property rights and all other proprietary rights whether now known or in the future created shall vest in Ellesse which it shall be solely entitled to register or otherwise protect at its own expense. By entering this Competition, you irrevocably assign to Ellesse all right, title and interest in and to all such intellectual property rights. You will co-operate fully in obtaining such registrations or other protection and shall execute such documents as Ellesse requires in order to give effect to this paragraph.
When we read stuff like this, it absolutely infuriates us. We know why the lawyers do it. To protect their clients.
But if you're willing to give away all rights to your work simply by entering it into a competition, what value does it have?
For us, the answer is simple.
March 29, 2009
CREATIVE DATABASE - 2009
Over the years, as the Wooster site has grown in popularity, almost on a weekly basis we're contacted by brands and companies from around the world looking for our thoughts and recommendations for artists and designers for a range of amazing projects, both commercial and non-commercial.
We've never had a good comprehensive database to tap into to connect artists with opportunities that come our way.
Given the current economic environment, we thought now is the time to put together, as comprehensive as possible, an informational database of all the incredibly talented Wooster artists that we've featured on the site (as well as those who we haven't). With the database we can then more efficiently recommend artists who are interested in being considered for commercial projects.
If you're an artist interested in being included, please download the attached form, fill it out, and email it back to us at email@example.com
Then when we're contacted by companies looking for artists, we'll have the information handy to make recommendation when appropriate.
If you have any questions, let us know.
Here's the link to download the information sheet: Download: Wooster Collective Creative Database Info Sheet
March 19, 2009
In the headline of a recent post we put that Ethos' opening was Wednesday (last night). It's actually tonight, Thursday. If you showed up last night, only to find the doors locked, we apologize.
The good news is that you can still attend tonight.
Where: Christopher Henry Gallery
When: 03/19 - 04/12
Opening: 03/19 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Address: 127 Elizabeth Street, New York, New York, 10013
Cross Streets: Broome Street and Grand Street
January 19, 2009
Leaving in the morning for a few days in the sun. Not sure what our wi-fi will be like so posting may be limited until next week.
Marc and Sara
January 17, 2009
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December 31, 2008
As we enter the final day of 2008, Sara and I want to wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year.
For Sara and I, the "mission" of the website has never changed. The site has only one purpose:
To share with our friends those things that inspire us.
So as we end the year, we want to thank all of the artists and art lovers who have sent us incredible images over the last twelve months. On behalf of not only us, but also all of the readers of this blog, we can't thank you enough.
Here's to a wonderfully creative 2008 and what will surely be an incredibly inspiring 2009!
Marc, Sara (and of course Samantha and Hudson)
December 26, 2008
We're taking a few days off to celebrate the holidays. Back with some new posts on Monday.
Hope everyone had a terrific Christmas!
Marc and Sara
December 21, 2008
Tina Roth Eisenberg's Swissmiss Blog
Michael Surtees' Design Notes
Jörg Colberg's Conscientious blog
Laurel Ptak's I Heat Photogtraph
December 16, 2008
As we count down the final days of the year, on Marc's Twitter feed - @MarcSchil - we're asking the question:
What was your favorite art event/show of 2008?
@vandalog says - "Cans Festival. Otherwise José Parlá in London. Then again, I haven't seen Haring's show or Banksy's Pet Store"
@everydaydude says Shepard @ White Walls or current Jeremy Fish show at FIFTY24SF.
@cyclejerks says "Manifest Hope Gallery during the DNC at Andenken in Denver, Co"
What event/show was your favorite in 2008? Answer via Twitter at http://twitter.com/MarcSchil
We'll post all the responses we receive via Twitter on the Wooster site later this week.
December 10, 2008
Over the last few of weeks we've received a lot of emails asking us if we are "on Facebook" and "on Twitter."
So while the Wooster Collective blog is our primary focus, we do indeed have a Wooster page on Facebook, and Marc (while it's not solely focused on Wooster) is on Twitter.
Here's the links if you'd like to connect with us:
December 8, 2008
Congratulations to Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada and his wife Ana who on Thursday night at 1:20 in the morning welcomed Little Alén Emiliano. Mother and baby are doing great. Wonderful news.
November 18, 2008
If you're a long time reader of the Wooster website, then you remember things like -- "The A's To Our Q's", "Five Tips", "How To's", and "A Day In The Life".
When Sara got pregnant with Samantha we slowed down (and eventually stopped) doing these types of series on the site as they were really time intensive (and we didn't have the time).
But lately we've been missing these early things that we used to do on the site so we've decided to revive some of this earlier stuff starting with the "The A's To Our Q's".
Beginning today you'll start to see some of our original formats return to the site as well as some new ones.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Marc and Sara
September 13, 2008
What we do (or do not) post on the Wooster website can sometimes be a very difficult decision.
Yesterday was one of those difficult decisions.
If you know us, then you know that the Wooster Collective is much, much more than just a website. In some ways, it's a shorthand way for us to communicate with our friends. What's most important to us is meeting and interacting with an incredible group of people from around the globe who share a common view of the world. The site is our way of communicating with them. It isn't perfect, because it doesn't need to be perfect.
We, like so many others around the world, love the Brazilian street art scene. We love the street artists there, and we love the team that runs the Choque Gallery. We consider them part of our family.
When we first saw the photos of the Choque Gallery we were shocked and incredibly saddened. Our hearts sank. And we knew others - our friends - would be saddened and shocked too. We put the photos up on the website yesterday for only one reason - to share the news of what happened in Sao Paulo with our friends who may not have known that this incredibly violent act had taken place. We knew that they would be shocked and saddened as well. We knew that they would come to the support of the gallery and the artists. It was one of those instances where the pictures spoke for themselves. We were speechless and we knew others would be too.
We now realize that by not speaking out yesterday we may have given the wrong impression to those who do not know us.
To be clear - In no way do we want to appear to be promoting or condoning what happened in Sao Paulo. By not commenting on the photos yesterday we now realize that some people may be thinking that we took this act lightly. We didn't. The Choque Gallery is a true labor of love and we want to see it thrive and provide new platforms for Brazilian artists. We believe strongly that these artists have every right to find success in and outside the galleries.
The work that was hung on those gallery walls was done with incredible heart and love. We know that because we've met the artists and we know the passion that they have.
We support the Choque Cultural Gallery and the artists who's work is shown there and we hope you will as well.
August 25, 2008
A short not to say that we're taking a bit of break (without much internet access) in the New York countryside (Woostock) as we close out our summer vacation.
We'll be back to full steam next Tuesday, after the Labor Day break.
August 12, 2008
...we're very sorry.
Today, without any warning, Facebook completely wiped out our profile (Wooster Art) because - so we've learned - we created an account presenting the Wooster Collective as a single person (Wooster Art) rather than as a "group" or a "page".
For us, this really sucks because the sole reason we created a profile for Wooster on Facebook was that we really enjoyed getting daily updates on what everyone else was doing around the world. We enjoyed seeing photos uploaded, new groups created, messages being sent, etc..
In short, the cool thing for us about Facebook is seeing what everyone else is doing.
And because of this we're bummed tonight because suddenly - without any notice - we've lost touch with over a thousand people living in places all across the globe...
July 17, 2008
Just a short note to say that we're back in London and looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night, Friday, at the Tate Modern for our talk/slideshow at 18:30.
After the talk we're hoping to find a pub nearby for some beers and food, so definitely stick around if you can.
Marc and Sara
July 14, 2008
Just getting settled in Paris. More posts coming soon.
Marc and Sara
July 7, 2008
Later this week, Sara and I (along with Samantha) will be heading across the Atlantic for two weeks in London and Paris.
A week from this Friday, July 18th, Sara and I will be giving a talk and slideshow at the Tate Modern at 6:30pm in the Starr Auditorium. If you're in the area, definitely try to make it out for it.
In addition to the Tate Modern talk we're planning on meet-ups in both London and Paris we artists and art lovers. More soon..
June 5, 2008
Earlier this afternoon we finally dipped our toes in the water and joined Facebook
On Facebook we're "Wooster Art" and there's a Fan Page that we launched called "Wooster Collective"
While we're forward to connecting with people on Facebook, we're even more excited about connecting people together on Facebook through the message boards and tools.
May 23, 2008
Sorry for the silence the last few days. We've taken off a little bit early to enjoy the bank holiday this weekend. Will be back on Tuesday with tons of new stuff.
April 4, 2008
Over the last few days we've been preparing to move the site to some new servers. This weekend we make the transfer, so stay tunes for new posts hopefully later this weekend.
Marc and Sara
March 21, 2008
Two years ago we had the great fortune of meeting Caroline Cummings and Bill Elias. It was both Caroline and Bill who donated their builidng at 11 Spring Street to us and the artists in what would become an incredible weekend of free art in New York City.
Tragically, last week Bill died unexpectedly in New York, leaving his family and partner behind. We want to thank and honor Bill for giving us and the artists the opportunity to experience the magic that was 11 Spring.
Our prayers and good wishes are with his family and loved ones.
Marc and Sara Schiller
February 7, 2008
Congratulations to Shepard and Amanda Fairey, who on January 31st, 2008 celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Madeline Shepard Fairey. Welcome Madeline!
January 3, 2008
A quick note just to say that we're finally back from vacation. Should have a ton of new posts up by morning.
Hope everyone had a terrific New Years.
Marc and Sara
December 22, 2007
Update will be sparse (if at all) for the next week or so as we head off the grid for some much needed R&R in Belize and Guatemala. We'll be back on January 2nd.
Happy Holidays and A Terrific New Year!
Marc, Sara, and Samantha
October 31, 2007
We have only one motivation for doing this website. And that's to share with you those things that inspire us.
In the five years of updating this site each day, we have never disclosed the identity of an artist without their permission and understanding.
We know that many of you have sent us emails and links with good intentions, but please know that featuring photos that allegedly show the identity of an artist who wants to be anonymous is just not something that we are interested in doing. We have no idea if any of the numerous photos we receive each week are real, and in truth we couldn't care less one way or the other.
Plain and simple. It's not what we're all about.
October 30, 2007
Took a quick trip with Sammy to the Bahamas. Hope to be all caught up with new posts by morning.
Marc and Sara
October 2, 2007
... On our way to a quick trip to Istanbul. More updates as soon as we find some wi-fi.
September 24, 2007
Over the years, we've featured the work of Mezzoforte many times on the Wooster site. Most of the Mezzoforte's work on the street featured his cat, Basquiat. We were saddened to hear the news...
September 19, 2007
.. offline for just another day but back on Friday for sure.
Marc and Sara (and Samantha)
August 7, 2007
Sara and I wanted all of you to know that this morning the Wooster Collective welcomed it's newest member.
Samantha Lily Schiller.
She was born early this morning, 08/07/2007 at 12:32 am and I'm happy to report that she and Sara are doing incredibly well.
In the end, it could not have gone any smoother. Samantha was born at 7 pounds 6 ounces and looks absolutely adorable.
As many of you know, the last few months have been an absolute roller-coaster ride for us. For months we were told by the doctors to expect the baby early, as they told us that the chance of Sara going full term was almost zero. While we were always hopeful, there was a time when Sara and I had to prepare for the fact that things were not going to go as we had wished. But in the end, the incredible thing is that Samantha arrived three days past Sara's due date.
Life is indeed full of surprises.
Sara and I can not tell you how much all of the love and support from people around the world, most who we have never met in our lives, has meant to us. Our friends Bo and Microbo told us late last year that the street art community was really one big family, with people all over the world in very different places and cultures all sharing a similar view on life. That view of life is one that Sara and I have come to admire and cherish.
All I can say is that we can't thank all of you enough for the support you have shown us.
Watching your own child be born is absolutely the most incredibly experience you can ever imagine.
It's everything people tell you it it. Absolutely breathtaking.
Sara and I can't wait for all of you to meet her!
With much love,
Marc and Sara
August 3, 2007
Unfortunately we're having some computer problems. Hope to be back up and running later today or tomorrow....
July 6, 2007
Off for an early weekend. Back on Monday with lots of new photos...
July 5, 2007
After more than a year in development, we're extremely pleased and excited to announce the release of "All My Friends Are Made Of Paper" - A Survey of The Work of Armsrock" , the latest limited edition book in our "Wooster On Paper" series.
It was back in October of 2005 when we first learned of the work of Armsrock, an artist originally from Denmark who has been living for the last few years in Bremen, Germany. In December of 2005, Swoon chose Armsrock as her favorite new artist of that year. She described Armsrock's work as "full of magic". We couldn't agree with her more.
His work sprouts from fragmentary moments of observation gathered in the raging stream of signals that fills the urban space. He attentively portraits his fellow humans, attempting to capture the stories impersonated in their moving forms. He creates life-size paper portraits of strangers and friends alike, each a complicated and original drawing, to honor the originality and complexity of the human nature. His artwork is limited to a temporary existence, it is as ephemeral as the encounters on which it is based.
By making hundredths of singular images, each constructed from fragments of reality, processed through sketched lines of black, returned to the streets where he first found them, he attempts to create a vast set of "open sketchbooks", documenting as many facets of life in the urban society as possible. Showing his admiration for the "real and grim beauty" that houses in every life. He is trying to create a counterweight to the fabricated air-brushed reality created by the commercial imagery invading our visual turf. He uses his work in attempts to understand the world as it unfolds around him.
In choosing who to portrait, he has a clear priority for that part of humanity which is products of our cities, but isn't granted any space within them. He "steals" space to tell stories that we all know and encounter daily, but which has grown so common that they no longer have any impact on us. By returning every image to the urban space, he conveys a signal of passionate attention. His work is a small disturbance in the rushing current of signals in the streets, a little voice, "asking us for a moment of pause, so that we might pay attention to it too."
So at the beginning of 2006, Sara and I talked about doing another book in the "Wooster On Paper" series, this time concentrating on the work of a single artist. When we sat down to come up with a short list of artists, Armsrock was the first name written down by both Sara and I. Later that night we called Armsrock and invited him to visit us in New York.
A few weeks later, Armsrock arrived at our flat with hundreds and hundreds of photos. For the next four days we sat together drinking wine, going over images and talking about possible designs and essays. Once we decided on the type of book we wanted to publish, we called our friends Thundercut and invited them to work with Armsrock on developing the final design of the book.
We're absolutely thrilled with how the book has come out. In addition to lots of color photos and essays from Armsrock and Swoon, there's 16 pages from Armsrock's sketches. We hope you like the book as much as we do. Here are the specs and an exclusive link to purchase it online.
"All My Friends Are Made Of Paper"
A Survey of the Work of Armsrock
With An Introduction By Swoon
Limited Edition of 2000
$25.00 USD plus Shipping and Handling
96 Pages / Color
Hand Screenprinted Cover
Softcover / 6.5" x 8.5"
June 21, 2007
By taking his desire for attention to a new level, has the "Splasher" actually been caught tonight while trying to sabotage Shepard Fairey's high profile opening in Brooklyn?
Here's what went down a few minutes ago:
Two young guys entered Shepard Fairey's opening night party at 81 Front Street in Dumbo with a backpack. Moments later they were seen attempting to light a homemade stink and smoke bomb that was hidden in a coffee can. As they were setting it off, two guys nearby saw what was happening and managed to stop the guys from igniting it before it went off. Seeing the scuffle, the security guys hired for the evening caught one of the two guys (shown above) while the other was able to get away.
So as we write this the police are now detaining the guy as they figure out what, if any, charges to file.
So why might this be connected to the Splasher?
For the last few weeks speculation has been circulating amongst the art community here that is was the Splasher who lit off a similar stink bomb at the Faile show a few weeks back in Nolita. Going beyond it just being a practical joke, the guy who lit the stink bomb then called the police informing them that there was a gas leak in the building. Minutes later fire engines arrived and the show was cleared out.
One thing seems clear - there are two motivations that have been driving the Splasher. Attention and a jealous desire to sabotage and ruin the work of well known artists who have gained a certain amount of notoriety. It then makes sense that after gaining a ton of press over the last few weeks, that the Splasher would try to take things to another level by not only ruining the artwork on the streets of people like Faile and Shepard, but by getting even more attention for ruining their gallery shows as well. Since it would be all too obvious to walk into an art show and throw paint on the wall, why not then attempt to close down the show by causing a panic?
Obviously at this point we don't know if the guy above is indeed the Splasher. But in the next couple of hours we expect that now that a photo has been shown of the guy caught tonight for trying to sabotage Shepard's show, that more of the story will come out.
June 1, 2007
After six years of maintaining the Wooster site each day, we've realized that it has become a bit overwhelming for the two of us to maintain by ourselves and so we've decided that we need some help with not only with the site, but on a few special projects that we're working on.
As Sara and I count down the weeks until the baby is born, we're now looking for an Intern or two to help us out. The characteristics and skills we're looking for include:
passion for street art
strong ability to write
good communication and interpersonal skills
experienced (or at least interest) in organizing events
We can be flexible in terms of working location and hours, however ideally we'd love someone in the NY metro area so that we can meet face-to-face.
The opportunity for you is to deepen your knowledge of street art, write, meet new people and become part of something special.
If you are interested, please send your resume along with "Intern" in the subject line of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc and Sara
May 24, 2007
... to say that we'll be offline until Tuesday due to the bank holiday and the "official" start of Summer here in the States. We hope to catch up a bit on email this week and are planning on putting together some terrific posts for next week and the weeks to come.
Also, as it's been a few weeks since we mentioned on the site that Sara was having some complications with her pregnancy, we wanted to say thanks so much for all the well wishes. The good news is that over the last few weeks things have going extremely well. While still on bed rest, Sara's feeling great and the baby is healthy.
We're now at 30 weeks, which is great, so each week that goes by is a good thing.
So far, so good :)
Until next week...
Marc and Sara
May 23, 2007
Congratulations to Django on the birth of his beautiful daughter, Ginevra Liu!
May 17, 2007
A warm congratulations to Dan and Kalene (aka Thundercut) on the birth of their son Easton.
May 14, 2007
April 1, 2007
March 23, 2007
This was a week with some incredible highs and lows for us. And because we won't be able to attend the GOOD Magazine event tonight, Sara and I felt that it was important for us to explain why.
First, some good news: On Tuesday Sara and I found out that we're going to be having a little baby girl. Since there aren't many girls in my family, this wonderful bit of information came as an incredibly welcomed surprise for the both of us. To say that we're thrilled would be the understatement of a lifetime.
But unfortunately things don't always go as planned.
During the ultrasound, the doctor noticed that while the baby is healthy there was a problem with Sara's cervix. She asked us to return the the next day for another examination and a few hours later, Sara was admitted into the hospital for an emergency surgery.
The surgery went fine and we returned home late last night.
The good news is that both Sara and the baby are doing well. But for now, Sara needs to be at home on bed rest.
Our hope is that for the next few weeks (and hopefully months) the baby will stay put and continue to grow and gain strength before being born.
We're extremely optimistic and hoping for the best.
This little girl's definitely a fighter and we're rooting for her.
Sorry for the light postings. Hope to be back on track next week.
March 1, 2007
Sara and I have talked a lot about whether or not we should address the issues that have been raised surrounding "the splasher" on the Wooster site. As you can tell by our silence, our stance has been not to say anything at all about it. The truth is that it's not something that we're all that interested in, and commenting on it only gives the guy more attention, which is exactly what he wants. The Wooster site is about the inspiration and joy that street art brings, not a showcase for those who want to destroy it.
But things changed a bit today as during a conversation with a reporter from the New York Times, we were asked about it and while we told the writer that we weren't all that interested in the story, he included a couple of short quotes in a story that ran this morning.
Because the only quote in the article was from us, today's story in the Times has lead to more reporters calling us for interviews. But our feeling is that we've said all that we want to say about the situation in the Times, and aren't all that interested in talking any more about it to the press.
For us, the situation is pretty simple - it sucks that someone is defacing artwork that people in the city love and connect with. What many people have learned is that while much of this art is done illegally, it beautifies ugly spaces. It counteracts the negative effects of the proliferation of advertising, and adds a lot of joy to the residents of the neighborhoods where street art flourishes. (Not the Upper East Side)
We don't buy into the pseudo intellectual argument that the activist is claiming to make, because, for us, destroying art is purely a selfish act that has only to do with the person destroying it, not the object of the anger. While claiming to be intellectual, the more you think about what he's doing the more you realize that it's completely irrational. And as my mother used to tell me - "It's not possible to be rational with an irrational person"
The bottom line is that we feel that person who's destroying the work has probably bullshitted themselves into believing that by destroying art they can get a name for themselves as well. (i.e. How can i get famous?)
What's unfortunate to us is that now that the mainstream press has picked up on the story, attention is exactly what he's getting. But our interest is not to fuel his ego any further than it has already been fueled.
The one upside in all of this is the possibility that from articles like the one in the Times this morning, more people will find out that this movement brings a lot of joy to our daily lives and should indeed be celebrated.
The most important line in the Times story is the last one:
"That was a revered and respected piece of art," he said. "This is just vandalism"
February 22, 2007
Over the last couple of days, Sara and I have received a ton of wonderful compliments about a portrait of the two of us that is included in the most recent issue of GOOD Magazine.
Everyone has been saying that Sara looks absolutely radiant in the photograph.
And I couldn't agree with them more.
But there's a story behind the photograph that we haven't yet shared with many people yet, so we thought we'd share it here now....
That morning before heading over to Timothy Greenfield-Sanders studio in the East Village, Sara and I found out the most wonderful news - that Sara is pregnant with our first child.
The due date is August 3rd and we couldn't be more thrilled and excited.
So during the whole Wooster on Spring project we kept the baby news a secret and in many ways this made the whole event even more enjoyable, and emotional, for us.
Spending that day at Timothy Greenfield-Sanders studio was absolutely wonderful. After seeing the first Polaroid, Tim looked up at us, smiled, and said “We’ve got it! Now let’s take a couple more just to have some fun”
Seeing Tim smile like he did, Sara and I looked at each other and smiled too.
In her eyes, I could see that this was going to be one of the best days in her life.
(And one thing is clear - this kid is going to grow up with the most amazing group of "aunts and uncles" one could ever ask for. )
February 10, 2007
As we wait for our flight to return to New York from London, we've been catching up on emails and compiling what we want to post on the site come Monday.
The reactions we've received and read about two recent posts - regarding Julian Beever and the Boston incident - have been really interesting. Those posts have compelled a lot of people to tell us how much they either agree and respect what we wrote - or how angry they are that we wrote it at all.
We've always been a fan of Stencil Revolution, so when we were asked to respond to a negative thread about the Wooster blog, we began writing our thoughts and realized that it covered more ground then what the thread was addressing.
Knowing that a lot of people have opinions about our opinions - not just on Stencil Revolution - we thought we'd post our response to their comments on our blog as well.
Here's the thread - and here's what we responded by email so that it can be posted later today:
Sure. I'd be happy to respond.
At the end of the day, all the Wooster site is really, is a personal blog of Sara and mine. We've always treated it as just that and have never changed that attitude or approach since the day we launched it. And so while we understand that because it's become somewhat popular and at times influential, at the end of the day, all it is, and all it has ever been, are the personal feelings of Sara and mine. All it is are little things that we want to say and share. Sometimes we share our opinions with just photos, and sometimes we share them with text that includes our opinions in written words. And because we are passionate people, our opinions are quite passionate. (just like our commitment to the site itself and to the movement.)
Because we don't need (or want) to make money from the blog, and because we don't want to be influenced in what we want to say, we have carved out a lot of freedom. We're learning that this freedom motivates and inspires most people, but also threatens and confuses others. In Western society most people don't have the freedom and an audience for their opinions like Sara and I have. But it's this freedom we see in street art and that's why we love it and why we love blogs where people share their passion. The true rewards of the site for us are the inspiration it gives us from the incredible emails we receive each morning and the ability it allows us to meet amazing people around the world. We don't seek out anything from it. All of the incredible good that it has given to us has come to us, not us seeking it.
When we launched the Wooster site five years ago, there wasn't things like Flickr and Streetsy where people could easily post their work. The only thing that existed at the time was Fotolog. There was also Ekosystem, Stencil Revolution. We liked these sites a lot - and still do.
So five years ago we felt a bit more obliged to the community of street artists (mostly sticker artists) to post as much of their work as we could. We put up a lot of stickers and a lot of photographs that we didn't feel all that passionate about because we felt that it was important to show as much as we could because we wanted to show that there was a real global movement out there. At the time, most people didn't know it existed at all. We did, and we wanted to share that fact. We felt obligated to recognize that there were street artists in places like China, Singapore, Russia, etc. What was important at the time was that the work existed, not that it moved us. But now the movement is "on the map", we don't feel an obligation just to report that it exists. Now, with Flickr and Streetsy, we don't feel like the street art community needs us to be human conveyor belts that put up photos all day from every email we receive.
Maybe it's important to remember that Sara and I have been doing the Wooster site for over five years. It's only the two of us. Each and every day for five years we do it. We don't have "editors" that change each year so we can take a break, or new writers that allow us to do other things. And in the last five years, we've learned a lot, experienced a hell of a lot, and quite frankly our opinions have changed. We're not stuck in one way of thinking or seing. Our opinions continue to evolve and we are quite willing to show and share the grey areas as well as the contradictions.
I'm 42 years old. Sara is 37. We feel that we're very open and exposed on the site. But at the same time we don't feel like we owe it to anyone to tell any more or any less about ourselves then we want to. We don't hide anything, but we also don't feel like we need to respond to each and every request for information just because it's made. We have day jobs and lives to attend to.
So when we read things on Stencil Revolution like - "wooster has gone to shit" sure it bothers us a bit. But we also understand why it was written and where it came from. We think the person who says that Wooster is shit isn't actually unhappy that the Wooster site has gone to shit, but rather, they say that because they want the Wooster site to be something that it isn't. The truth is that if you agreed with the Wooster site each day, then it would really be shit. Because it would then be predictable, boring, and ultimately stale. Everyone has a different opinion.
We feel that very rarely do we use the site to criticize people or bring them down. It' not in our personalities to criticize people. In the case of Julian Beever, it wasn't about him as a person. We actually tried hard to show the respect we have for the people who like him. And actually we respect his skills a lot. What we did was to use a discussion about why we won't post his work to to share our opinions about the importance of having passion in the art you create.
In regards to the Boston incident, we knew we were strong in our language in saying that the two guys who put up the ads weren't artists when they did it. Some people got angry that we said things like - "Fuck these guys". But at the time we wrote it, that's the passion we felt and still feel. They're big boys. They can handle it. We don't think that by saying what we said we were betraying the street art community. We didn't say that they weren't artists in life, we said that they weren't artists when they put up the ads and weren't artists when they spoke to the press. They were employees.
Our opinions haven't changed.
So to make sure that this email doesn't get to be two miles long. Here's some quick explanation:
-- We don't think the site needs to be only about street art. It's a personal blog that has become popular. Sometime we like to post personal pictures and things that aren't for everyone. We use the blog to communicate with our friends as much as we do to communicate with people we don't know.
-- Comments are never going to return to the Wooster site. While we understand that people want to use the site to share their opinions, and we want those opinions, comments in which people can talk shit without exposing who they are will only take away all of our reasons for doing it.
-- Getting 400 emails a day is not only impossible to respond to but impossible to read. All we can do is do our best.
Here's some what the Spring Street experience taught us:
1. That we only want to be around passionate people in our lives.
2. That if you put all your heart and soul into something, you can achieve anything - absolutely anything.
3. That it's not possible to please everyone. That the more people you please, the more people will want to take you down.
4. That you must trust your instincts. Don't let people tell you that things have to be done a certain way. They don't.
5. Share things with others. Don't make it all about you. Make it about "us".
6. Keep listening and keep learning.
7. Take criticism seriously, but don't let it stop you from doing what you want to do.
8. Be true to yourself.
Getting on a plane now to go back to New York. Hope this email was of value to the discussion.
February 8, 2007
Come celebrate not only Wooster in London but London's Heaviest Snowfall in Years.
9pm. dreambagsjaguarshoes. 34-36 Kingsland Road, Hoxton & Shoreditch, E2 8DA
See you there.
February 2, 2007
Dreambags Jaguar Shoes it is then. Thursday. 9pm. Should be a terrific group.
February 1, 2007
Leaving now for the airport. Will be in London all next week. Maybe we should set up a Wooster Meet-up at Jaguar Shoes next week? Next Thursday Night? Email us if you're in town and would like to get together for a pint.
January 31, 2007
Wow. You go off line for a few hours and all hell breaks loose. What happened today in Boston was absolutely nuts.
We're off to Europe tomorrow so unfortunately things may be a bit slow for the next couple of days until we get our internet sorted out.
November 20, 2006
On jury duty.... More fresh stuff later tonight....
October 25, 2006
... Unfortunately sick in bed with the flu. Hope to be back up and around tonight or tomorrow with lots of new photos.
October 17, 2006
We've been thinking a lot lately about how people in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, use graffiti and street art to express themselves during times of war.
Over the years we've received a lot of photos of graffiti from places like Iran and Israel, but never Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. So if you have any pictures of graffiti from these areas, we'd love the see them as we're in the process of putting together a survey of graffiti in the times of war.
Thanks in advance,
Marc and Sara
October 8, 2006
A lot of people have been asking us about how Hudson's been doing. (Last weekend she had to have some surgery on her leg)
Well she's finally up to her old tricks and it looks like shes on the mend. :)
September 11, 2006
One of the new features we added to the Wooster site last week is a "Most Recommended" page that ranks the most popular stories on the site based on how many people have "recommended it.
At the bottom of each article you will see that we've added a new link that says "Recommend this!" When you click on the link your vote is tallied along with everyone elses.
A new page on the site (which we'll add to the side bar in a day or two) lists and ranks all of the most recommended stories each week.
So, wanna know what stories have been most recommended? Click here.
September 7, 2006
Just a quick note to explain the radio silence. We're moving flats here in New York this week, as well as upgrading the web server with a couple of cool new features. We should be back in full force in just a day or two. Bare with us.....
Marc and Sara
August 8, 2006
Have gone "off the grid" for a few days of Holiday.
Back tomorrow with new stuff.
June 29, 2006
Just a quick explanation on why the posts have been light the past few days. We're currently up in the mountains of Colorado and an Internet connection is hard to come by. Hope to get back on track in the next day or so....
June 9, 2006
Have been in Europe this week with a dodgy inteternet connection. Flying back to New York today. Will hopefully catch up on all the email and put together some new posts this weekend.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the start of the World Cup!
May 5, 2006
Not to worry. We haven't dissapeared. Just enjoying the terrific weather and taking a couple of days off to regroup and relax. We'll be back with more posts on Monday.
Have a great weekend!
Marc and Sara
March 27, 2006
For the last couple of weeks, we've been thinking a lot about the intersection between street art, graffiti, and brand advertising. Opinions about whether brands and graffiti and street art can (or should) co-exist vary from one end of the spectrum to the other.
So an idea we have is to put together a group of informal and relaxed meetings and get togethers where brand managers, creatives at advertising agencies, designers, can meet with a group of graffiti and street artists informally over beers and share their thoughts, ideas, and vision for how both brands and artists can mutually benefit.
For us, the successful campaigns happen when brands get the details right. When they listen to, and respect, the audience that they are marketing to. When people get together and share ideas, good things happen. It's in conference rooms and presentation sessions that things seem to get fucked up. So our idea is to keep it chill and relaxed - sort of an "unconference" - a discussion - on creativity, brand advertising, and street art.
We know that not only a ton of artists hit the site each day, but also a ton of creative execs and brand managers. If you're interested in participating in the dialogue, let us know. We don't know yet exactly what the format for the discussion will be, but most likely the first session will be at our flat in New York. If it works out well, we'll also do them in cities like LA, London, Paris, etc so let us know if you are interested, even if you are not in New York.
If you're interested in particpating some how, shoot us an email at email@example.com (When you send us an email, tell us a bit about yourself - what you do, what city you're in, etc)
March 13, 2006
Wishing Chaz and Tina all the best on their wedding day. It's been a terrific three days of celebrations, parties and amazing people.
March 10, 2006
Just arrived in Amsterdam. The Wooster Meet-up is set for this Sunday, March 12.
Meeting Location: The Monument in Dam Square
Date: This Sunday the 12th
Time: 8pm (20:00)
Don't be late.
Marc and Sara
February 24, 2006
From March 10 - 13, we'll be hangining out Amersterdam. More details regarding an Amsterdam meet-up coming soon, but if you live in Amsterdam and would like to join us for a beer while we're in town, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 14, 2006
Recently, the posts on the message boards only reinforced our worst fears about how the comments section on the Wooster site would eventually be used. Those of you who know Sara and myself, know that the Wooster site is a labor of love for us that comes solely from a deep admiration and passion for art and our support of all of the artists on this site. To log on and see negative - and inaccurate - comments about not only our firiends - but now us as well - is extremely depressing and quite sad for us. But I guess it was inevitable.
The bottom line is that we believe quite strongly that the energy you put out is the energy that you will receive. And because of this we can't continue to see the Wooster site be turned into a place where people spread negative crap about others, including ourselvers
We encourage anyone who wants to know more about us to send us an email and we can hopefully meet up for a drink one day.
A very disheartened, saddened, and quite franky - angry,
Marc and Sara
February 13, 2006
On Wednesday, Febrtuary 15th we will be arriving in Florence. Here's the info for the meet-up:
Place: In front of the entrance to the Piazza Duomo (We'll go somewhere close-by after meeting everyone there)
Time: 8pm (don't be late!)
The Milan meet-up was amazing. Looking forward to meeting everyone in Florance
Rome info coming soon
February 7, 2006
So, tomorrow Sara and I leave New York for our 10 day trip to Italy.
Our first stop - Milan.
The meeting point for the meet-up on Thursday night (Feb 9) will be the statue below in the Piazza Duomo. After meeting up we'll likely be heading to Cuore in the Colonne di S. Lorenzo zone.
Date: : Thursday, February 9th
Time: 7pm in the evening (Don't be late!)
Place: The statue in the Piazza Duomo (see image below)
Info for Florence and Rome coming soon....
See you in Italy!
February 2, 2006
So we've finally set the specific dates for the Wooster "meet-ups" this month in Milan, Florence, and Rome. Here they are:
Milan: Thursday, February 9th
Florence: Wednesday, February 15th
Rome: Saturday, February 18th
Next step is to lock down the places to meet. For this we need your help. Any suggestions? (Please post in the comments below)
January 27, 2006
We've received a few emails asking us how we pick which masthead goes on top of the Wooster page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The way we pick them is actually completely random. We choose one based on pulling is out of a hat. Thanks again for everyone who's put together a masthead for us. They're amazing. We keep getting new ones each day and we couldn't be more pleased.
January 19, 2006
From Februay 9th through the 20th, we'll be travelling throughout Italy, hitting Milan, Turin (for the Olympics), Florence, and Rome.
If you live in any of these cities and would like to join us for a beer, we're gonna get a bunch of Wooster artists and art lovers together in each city for our first ever Italian meet-up.
Excact locations and times to come, but here's the schedule
Milan/Turin: Feb 9th through Feb 14th.
Florence: Feb 14th through Feb 17
Rome: Feb 17 through Feb 20th.
Shoot us email at email@example.com if you're around and would like to join us. It should be a good time with a terrific group of artists and art lovers.
January 12, 2006
Over the last couple of years, the amount of emails that we receive each day has grown from one or two, to now over 400. While we love getting the emails, they've become harder and harder to manage. Because of this, we thought we'd give you some suggestions on how best to email us at the woostercollective.
First, what NOT to do....
+ Please do not send us an email if the only purpose is to ask us to link to your website. We link only to sites that are featured on a regular basis on the Wooster site. In addition, we never link to sites that are purely a retail site for t-shirts, posters, etc.
+ Please don't send us an email that says only "Hey Dude, check out my site at blahblahblah.com" Make sure to tell us a bit about yourself and what your site is about. Email us three or four photos so we can see your work. Similarly, don't send us an email that says - "Dude, check out this site at blahblahblah.com. It kicks ass." Tell us about the site and why you like it.
+ For attachments that are photos, send us jpegs only. Don't zip the files, as most often we dont have time to open them.
+ Try not to make your email too long. Sometimes we don't have time to read all of the emails each day, so the longer the email the more it may site in our email box until we have more time to read it.
+ If you get a note back from us that says only "Thanks!" or something short, please don't think that we are being rude or that we don't appreciate your email. Rather, we're just going through as many emails as we can, and time is probably short for us that day.
+ If you don't hear from us at all, please don't take it personally. Email us back a second time. If we mentioned that we were going to put something up and we didn't do it, it may have fallen through the cracks. Feel free to email us back to remind us
+ Don't send us a ton of pictures of the same exact sticker or wheatpaste, just on a different wall. Pick out the best one or two to send us.
+ Send all photos as jpegs. The maximum size of a photo on the site is 500 pixels wide. If you can, make the photos as "light" as possible without losing any quality.
+ All photos need to be in focus. Don't send shots that are blurry.
+ Make sure that we can clearly see the artwork in the image. Don't send photos where the artwork is too small to see.
Again, this is not to discourage anyone from emailing us. We love receiving the photos each day. It's just that we want to make it as easy and efficient for everyone.
January 1, 2006
We'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year!
May you all have time to spend with your families; may your creative energy flow; may you have happiness and peace. We are looking forward to new projects, new experiments, and new travels to meet people around the world.
It has been three years since we started this site and we are more excited than ever to discover art and be inspired by you - the artists!
Happy New Year!
Sara & Marc
December 25, 2005
Hope everyone's having a terrific Christmas Day!
Marc and Sara
December 22, 2005
Just a quick note to say that the all of the Wooster podcasts, including the Vitamin_F mixes, interviews, and soundscenes, have all be uploaded to the new servers. To view them all, check the "Podcast" link under "Categories" on the right nav bar.
Also, the RSS feed for the podcasts seems to be working well. To receive new podcasts automatically, all you need to do is to put this url:
... into your RSS reader or iTunes.
In the next couple of wees we'll be working on a new set of podcasts for the site.
Until then, enjoy the archives. (Be sure to download the mix by Maya Hayuk. It's amazing)
December 21, 2005
You may have noticed that we've added some new features to the site today:
1. You can now forward articles to your friends directly from the site. (Click on the date link at the bottom of each article. The article will appear with the entry fields underneath it)
2. If you use de.lici.ous you can now bookmark and tag specific articles on the site by clicking on the +del link at the bottom of each article
3. If you use del.icius.us and want to submit a link to the Wooster site, all you have to do is to add the tag, for:woostercollective, and the link will automatically show up on the right hand nav bar above the links to the artists websites
4. If you're using digg, you can now submit an article on the Wooster site directly into your digg links by clicking on the +digg link
You may have also noticed some additional adjustments:
1. So that they take up less space, we've cleaned up the long list of archive links on the right nav bar by placing them in a drop down menu (We've also moved the categories to a drop down)
2. We've started to archive all of the past mastheads. So if you've missed one of them, go to the masthead category in the categories.
So we've had comments on the site for about a week and it seems to be going fairly well. We've received a lot of comments back, both positive and negative about adding permantently them. Since we're on the fence about having them on the site (I want to keep them as long as we can, Sara doesn't want them at all), we thought we'd launch a simple poll to get your feedback. While we're not sure that we'll definately go with the top result, we thought it would be interesting to see where people stand as a group on this issue.... So Vote Now below...
December 18, 2005
For a project that we're putting together - if you've ever been arrested for graffiti or street art in New York City, send us the address where you were caught. Include if you can, the specific street address, the names of the intersection, and even the zip code if you have it. We thought it might be interested to map out (using Google Maps) where the highest concentration of graf related arrests are in the city. Send us the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
December 15, 2005
You may have noticed that on some of the posts we've finally enabled comments to the site.
And while were excited about doing this, we're also cautious and a bit concerned. It can either make the site far better then before, or it can fuck the whole thing up.
For over a year, Sara and I have debated back and forth about adding comments. And each time we've decided not to. There are good reasons to add them, and there are good reasons not to. You may remember that for one day earlier this year, we did open the site up to comments.
And it was a fucking disaster.
While we're very eager to take on the likes of Sony, or publicists, or video game companies, we've made it a point to try as much as we can not to be judgemental about the art or artists that we come across and feature on this site. This site is about celebrating work on the street, not about judging it or deciding it's value.That's what people like about it. They like that we're not critics. We're fans and we see no reason to use this site - our site - to start to encourage a separation between the "star" artists and everyone else.
The Wooster site is not an online magazine. We are not trying to showcase the "best" that is out there. Rather, we use the site to share with our friends shit that we like... or stuff that makes us smile or think.
Sometimes we hear people say that a problem with the Wooster site is that some of the art on the site "is not that good." But what they don't understand is that the piece may have been done by a 13 year old boy who adolizes Faile, or Bast, or Swoon, or is just starting out.
The problem in the past with comments is that people have used them to trash other artists. Mostly out of jelousy. Thiis is a site that all artists should feel comfortable coming to to check out new work each day and to participate in a global dialogue. Artists should not have to worry about how people perceive their work publically on this site.
The comments should not be used to judge "value" or quality. You can do this on sites like Stencil Revolution. Not Wooster.
So, we've launched comments today. But one thing we request of you.... please don't use them to talk trash. Don't use them to criticize another artists. If you don't like a piece of work, move on and scroll down. Keep the comments postive and constructive. Encourage and celebrate, rather than devalue and criticize. If the comments add to the site by bringing in new voices and perspectives, we'll keep them going. If they are used for attacks or negativity, we'll turn them off.
Basically what we're saying is... Be respectful. Share your opinions and thoughts. But don't use them to take anyone down. Use them to start a dialogue shared by a fantastic community of like-minded people. Don't use them to judge what is "worthy" and what is not.
Artists: seres krew
December 14, 2005
It's good to have strong loyal friends. Case in point, Jake Dobkin. When our site crashed about 24 hours ago and I realized that there was no way it was gonna come back to life one more time, I called Jake in a panic. He responded immediately by helping us set up new servers, programming a new design, and within an hour he started to port over what he could from the old site. 24 hours later we're up with beginnings of what is gonna be the type of site that we should had for years. Don't worry though, we're not gonna have flash animation introductions, banner ads, or anything like that. Only better functionality, a cleaner look, and most importantly, an easier site to nagivate and develop.
Our first masthead artwork is by UPSO. So far, we've received a ton of amazing submissions from all over the world. They are all really fun and inventive. We can't wait to show them all to you. While we thought we'd feature one a week, we're thinking that we may do two or three a week. We'll see.
Anyway, let us know what you think of the new look and feel. Drop us an email at email@example.com. If you wanna do a graphic for up top, the dimentions are 800 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.
If all goes well, we should have a new design up by later this afternoon. We'll be working on tweaking it and adding new things throughout the week. So definately check in from time to time each day to see our progress. We hope to have the archives back up next week.
A major thanks need to go out to Jake Dobkin of Gothamist and Streetsy fame. Jake who jumped in at our time of need to help us program the new site. Also, thanks to our friend Ben Lord for creating the design and layout. You guys are amazing!
Check back this afternoon to see the new site come to life.
December 13, 2005
Actually, we're not exactly sure. What it looks like is that the crap Blogger software we've been using since day one couldn't hold the site together any longer and it basically fell apart. There were over 5,000 individual articles on the site going back three years and it was falling apart at the seams.
Beginning of this morning, the site wouldn't load at all. We tried for hours to fix it but it didn't solve the problem. So rather than try to fix it again for the 1000th time, we decided to scap Blogger all together and move things to new software (Movable Type) and a new server
So the bad news is that the archives won't be accessable for a little while. Right now were' not able extract them out of Blogger to load them into Movable Type. As soon as we can, the archives will be live on the new site. We're also going to rebuild the site so that it loads faster, so that it's easier to navagate, and so that it has all the bells and whistles that a site like the Wooster site should have.
But we need your help!
Help us design the new Wooster Collective site.
Each week we'd like to have a new masthead (the artwork on top) so that it showcases a different artist in a different part of the world. If you're interested in helping us out, send us your design for a masthead that is 800 pixels wide and 200 pixels high. The only thing that needs to be in the graphic are the words "Wooster Collective" and "A Celebration of Street Art"The graphic should be sent to us as a jpeg. We're also going to switch to a new email system. Starting today you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the old adress, email@example.com
So, if you're an artist and have been a fan of the Wooster site (or featured on it) help us out by submitting a design for our masthead. Size is 800 pixels wide by 200 pixes wide.
Thanks for your patience,
Marc and Sara