Oy, so sorry for slacking with posts – BUT – I have some exciting little tidbits to share! First of all, seems like Fall has come early this year. I’m bummed, but I did snag a few beach photos while chasing surfers at the beach with Shark Mask. But, if it’s getting colder, time to start thinking about Halloween. On that note… Masks are now sold at Desert Island, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Also, in the past week or so, Matt Donohue of A Tana Studio did a photo shoot with the masks while collaborating with an awesome urban apparel label On the Lam NYC. The combination of dusty urban street atmosphere and models is perfect. Next time, we’ll have to stage a bank heist! The location may have been at an undisclosed alley in Chinatown, but who am I to say?
And FINALLY, let me just follow up this amazing all-masks update by giving a shout-out to the aspiring rapper – Bas – from J. Cole‘s Dreamville collective, and member of the Super Mookin’ Fiends. Today, Jay Z’s Life+Times released the fresh music video by Bas – “Mook II” Ft. Hemdi… and it looks SO GOOD (special thanks to Oakshades for being the fiendish director)! Now I know where my masks belong – the super mookin’ rooftops in Queens. Here is the video:
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Get ready East coast! This year Spring will welcome 1 TRILLION cicadas emerging from underground, to take to the skies.
It’s been 17 years since their last appearance – I remember seeing them for the first time when walking to the tennis courts one afternoon in Brooklyn as a kid. A massive tennis-ball sized black fly was sitting still on the ground, and when my father went to tap it with the net of his racket, the lazy thing rose sluggishly into the air with about the same sound and enthusiasm of a helicopter! #neverforget
Share this meme everyone! And if you have the opportunity, tag me @torynova so I can check it out. =) Feel free to snag the above image and write your own!
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You may not know this, but I’m a little bit of a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fan. Me… and all their angsty teen followers fall into Macklemore’s coined twitter term #sharkfacegang. Before hearing their music (being too busy with Torynova Monster Masks at the time), I had conveniently created the Shark Attack mask, which I now sell in my etsy shop. So when their song, Thrift Shop became an online sensation, I got familiar with the duo and their entourage. Needless to say, the next obvious step was to create this…
Shark Face Mask
Inspired by Macklemore’s #SharkFaceGang
In a perfect world, I would be able to show this awesome mask to Macklemore and get it selling in his merch shop so all the #sharkfacegang fans can wear Shark Face to represent their favorite Seattle rapper. Till that happens, I will be rollin’ out these masks into the Etsy shop, so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks! And be sure to get your hands on a copy of The Heist.
! UPDATE ! | Shark Face Mask is now for sale!
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Tagged #sharkfacegang, black and white, concerts, cover art, design, digital art, etsy, graphic, Halloween, hip hop, illustration, jaws, macklemore, monster masks, rapper, ryan lewis, same love, scary, seattle, shark, shark attack, shark face gang, shark mask, the heist, thrift shop, tory novikova, torynova
One of my close friends from way back when has started a beat-blog. He runs it like a source for “baller” underground music found from various low-key sources. Behind him is an entire collective of people who either scout for cool sounds or contribute by posting articles. It’s a really fun idea and a great source for good music and new DJs. Check it out: Food for Your Mind Grapes
As a self-initiated fun surprise, I designed him an image to promote the blog. I put it on a shirt like a walking advertisement. Get it? It’s a skull, wearing headphones with his mind-grapes exposed. *crickets* Well if you LIKE THE SHIRT and would want to buy one for cheap, any size, let me know. As for the blog, remember to check it out.
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