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Eddie Colla has worked on a special print for the team over at 1xRUN, which will be available today at Noon (pst)!  This is a brand new piece titled, Radio Yau Ma Tei, comes in two different versions (Red Lettering, $120, 20 available and 22K GOLD, $200, 3 available!!!) and both are Limited Edition.  The prints are 18″ x 24″ Giclee/Silkscreen on 300lb. Italian Hotpress Acid-Free Paper.

1xRUN is the premier online destination for exclusive one-of-a-kind artwork in any and all forms.  1xRUN is focused on bringing limited-edition time released artwork to collectors across the globe.

Eddie explains the piece, saying :

“This piece is part of an ongoing series around this character (Bike Girl). The text on the piece loosely translated says “I have a name, but it doesn’t matter” The pieces are vignettes of her life and part of a larger story. The story takes place in Hong Kong. I had a rough idea and layout of this image, but I didn’t really want to make a straight giclee for this. I wanted some randomness and some expression in these. The embellishing wasn’t very planned, I’d just sit down with some prints and go at it. It changed from day to day and the prints done at the beginning and at the end feel pretty different.”

The RUN comes signed, numbered, and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Eddie Colla and 1xRUN.

 

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via Good.is Science has verified something that may appear obvious at first glance: The direct connection between the presence of bike lanes and the number of bike commuters. The more infrastructure exists to encourage biking, the more people bike—and the more society reaps the public health, energy, and lifestyle benefits that come with an increasing share of people-powered transportation. Beyond the availability of bike friendly-infrastructure, other hypotheses explain why people bike more or less—whether a city is wet or dry, hot or cold, has high gas prices, is densely constructed or sprawling, is populated with young or old people. All of these variables play some role in motivating people to get on two wheels, but until now, we didn’t have a good sense of which was the most important. A new study [PDF] of 90 of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. helps answer the question of what makes a city bicycle-friendly—and it turns out that the most important factor affecting the number of cyclists is the prevalence of bike paths. That makes sense to me: When I lived in Washington, D.C. last year, I rode my bike to work and nearly everywhere else, despite the city’s crushing summer humidity and chilly winters. Now that I’ve moved to Los Angeles, which boasts temperate weather basically every day, I barely ride at all—the absence of road shoulders, much less real cycle paths, makes bike commuting here a rather dicey prospect. Indeed, depending on how you judge what makes a city best for cycling, it’s often the colder ones that win out: Frozen Minneapolis is one of the best biking cities, thanks to well-built infrastructure and a bike share system.  Rainy Portland continues to have the largest percentage of its population commuting by bike, a fact that should continue to shame city managers whose polities stay pleasant all year round. Still, Portland’s 4.2 percent of commuters biking is nothing compared to Copenhagen’s 37 percent. Reaching that level of bicycle penetration in American cities would have numerous positive effects for society, and judging by this study, demands increased investment in the bike lanes that will bring cyclists out in droves. It’s also an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: It turns out that building bike lanes actually employs more people than projects like road resurfacing, since it is labor-intensive, not machine-reliant, business. In cities where NIMBY activists and budget cuts are raising the political cost of laying bike lanes, the employment argument is a powerful case for additional investment. on top of all the other benefits that come with bike commuting. Less traffic for folks who stay in fossil fuel vehicles is part of the argument, too. With this research in hand, the prescription for cities is clear: Want bikes? Build lanes. Photo via (cc) Flickr user Paul Krueger

April 17, 2012 12:30 pst, Oakland, CA-

Fiftyseven-thirtythree is excited to announce it will be a featured brand on Fab.com – The Fashion Shop on Tuesday, April, 17th at 4pm PST.  The sale will be active until Tuesday, April 24th, at 4pm PST.

Fab.com is a website which features daily design inspirations and merchandise at up to 70% off retail.  Access to the sales are through signing up for the website’s email list, which sends out daily deals.  Fab is circulated to hundreds and thousands of people on a daily basis.

We, at fiftyseven-thirtythree, are excited to have the opportunity to showcase our designs and reach out to this many people. Designs for sale on Fab.com will be:  Ambiton, Anna May Wong Rebel, Gaze, Gorilla Cop, Freedom Fighter, Hi Brad, Protection, Rickey, T-Party, and Yellownecks.

To sign up for Fab.com for deals on fiftyseven-thirtythree and other great brands, sign up here!

Sniffin Glue 1, by Eddie Colla
7" x 9.5", Mixed Media on Wood Panels

The second set of original pieces, titled “HK”, from Oakland-based Artist, Eddie Colla, will be released on his website, on Wednesday, April 18th, at Noon.  The  three pieces being released are titled: Kowloon Alley, Bike Central, and Sniffin Glue 1.  All pieces are Mixed Media on Wood Panel artwork.  These pieces were featured at Telegraph Art Cafe during February’s installation of Oakland Art Murmur.  The final three works will be released at a later date in April.

via Good.is

Caine Monroy is a 9-year-old boy in Los Angeles who, like many other children, loves arcade games. For some kids, that love prompts frequent trips to Chuck E. Cheese’s or any other place stocked with the beeping and whirring of arcade games. But Caine is a bit more industrious than other boys and girls.

Using a vacant space in his dad’s auto parts store and some of the larger empty boxes his dad’s business accumulates, Caine constructed his own arcade, complete with a claw machine, tickets, and prizes. Two turns on the games costs $1, or, for $2, you can get a Fun Pass, which gives you 500 turns.

Though graduated pricing strategy seems to not be Caine’s strong suit, his tiny arcade remains an inspiring DIY accomplishment. So much so that filmmaker Nirvan Mullick decided he wanted to cover Caine while simultaneously giving the arcade owner the most profitable day of its life. Watch the mini documentary below to meet Caine, see his games, and see what happens when a Mullick-led flash mob unexpectedly floods the cardboard arcade one sunny afternoon.

It’s starting to get sunny outside again and we’re excited about that!  Not only are we getting a little pale, but we’ve been stuck inside the warehouse working on ton’s of new projects and now we can’t wait to show you!

The first festival of the season is definitely one of our favorites, 2012 Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival!  The festival will take place two consecutive weekends, Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 and April 21-22.  The festival is full of great: music, dancing, food, and art! Best part, MOST of it is FREE! 

The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place near and around the Japan Center on Post and Buchanan Streets, in San Francisco. Come say WHATTUP to fiftyseven-thirtythree!

(04-06) 05:09 PDT Oakland, Calif. (AP) —

The founder of a Northern California medical marijuana training school raided by federal agents says he’s giving up ownership of his Oakland-based pot businesses.

Richard Lee, who has been instrumental in pushing for ballot measures to legalize the drug, says it’s time for others to take over.

Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided his downtown Oaksterdam University on Monday. Agents also raided Lee’s home.

The purpose of the raids hasn’t been disclosed.

The school offers classes to would-be medical marijuana providers in fields ranging from horticulture to business to the legal ins-and-outs of running a dispensary. It does not distribute marijuana.

The 49-year-old former rock-band roadie and paraplegic tells the Los Angeles Times                       ( http://lat.ms/HqS4PW) he’s worried he could face major federal drug charges.