The eggs have arrived safely… Watch out for them in and around Nelson Street, Bristol on the 18th! Squaaaaark!
The Dreamcast console made it’s debut in November 1998 in Japan and was later introduced to the North America and Europe markets.
What sets the Dreamcast apart from other consoles of the time and indeed today is the high concentration of fresh, stylish, innovative and playable games. The Dreamcast console’s lifespan ended prematurely after a few years but in that time so many excellent games became available – Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead II, Samba De Amigo (with maracas controllers). There were some pretty weird, mostly Japanese only releases to boot:
Seaman – a ‘game’ in which you raised your own half fish half man from an egg via communication through a special microphone controller add on.
Tokyo Bus Guide – another ‘game’ simulator in which you learn how to erm, drive a bus accurately around Tokyo picking up and dropping off Tokyoites. Don’t bump the Kerb or it’s game over???
Rez – a fast paced shooting game with unique visuals set to a banging house soundtrack.
Get Bass – you errrr get bass fish by plugging in your fishing controller and ah,, waiting for fish.
Sega Karaoke – here you bought yet another machine add-on which fit at the bottom of the console and allowed you to download the songs of your liking via the Internet and yes, sing them through a microphone controller!
However, there was really only one specific title that caught my eye, a game called Jet Set Radio.
Graffiti, Shibuya, Sega’s arcade freshness and underneath that a really fun game that was and still is very interesting to watch and play. I made it my priority to get hold of this and a Dreamcast as soon as it became affordable and it didn’t disappoint. After a brief challenge to get the hang of the trigger boost system similar to Tony Hawks, you are invited to barge recklessly into rival crew members, rack their paint and get up on the side of a bus in broad daylight in Shibuya bus station! This game is haaawsome!!
Luckily the Dreamcast came with a serious hardware fault in terms of piracy – the laser inside can read normal CD’s burnt on your home PC. If you can find a cheap Dreamcast from Book-Off or ebay and a couple of CD-R audio disks you can burn these games and see for yourself what I’m onnabout. Below there’s a link to De La Jet Set Radio (the limited edition Japan only release) which has extra levels and characters.
You’ll definately have fun playing this game. The soundtrack is radickle, the gameplay is fun and the graphics still fraxilate my cranium over 10 years later. Keep a flying eyeball out for Bristol writer Inkie’s graffiti in there too.
here (.nrg file)
Emulators for the Dreamcast and other games can be found here
Discjuggler trial version (trial version burns .cdi files onto your CD-R audio disk)
“Hey kid! Lend us some of that Carplan blue!”
It was Dekode of TCF, and next to him was Paris and perched rather precariously atop of him was another scruffy-looking East Hull youth type adding the finishing touches to their production. He looked a bit frightening, I better give him my paint I thought.
We came back the next day (what else to do on a grey cloaked Northern weekend?) and found a dazzling piece, a masterpiece production with spinning B-boy rockerz awash with energy.
My! Those East Hull ruffians certainly knew how to make the best of a bad can of Boys’s Carplan. Throughout those summers at the warehouse there was a friendly rivalry with TCF and DRA. For all intense purposes they were the same crew.
Nonetheless you could see the TCF crew had an energy and force that set them apart from the chilled vibe of the DRA at that time.
TCF were a three-headed beast and it worked so well. Dekode the egg-chasing friendly powerhouse, Paris the dark horse dreamy schemer and then,,, Sens,,, l’enfant terrible.
It was said he would on occasions leave pieces half-done much to the chagrin of other writers. “What is it?”… “Why’s he not finished it?”
Xens came at it all from a different angle, a rusty busted perspective.
Fired-up twisting metalic shapes were left scrappy and unfinished – where the hell was he going with all this? And then came the first buildings and tower blocks complete with roads and metal panels and cables and wires and beams and lights and cars set to a moody futuristic Turner-like sky and his style blossomed. Bristol was his platform and like his famous budgerigars, canaries and cockatiels, bird-brained Xenz had taken flight: Gambia, Australia, Switzerland, France and this summer to Ibiza to paint with old school writers Goldie and Inkie. David Sausage talks to Xenz.
1) What is graffiti inside your mind?
A big dog that’s soft as a teady bear that has multicolured triangular hair with millions of spots .
2) Urban in Ibiza August 8th featuring Cheba, Inkie, Goldie, Xenz, Cept, Kid Acne, Chu, Zeus, Ben Slow, wow… What’s that?
Its an exhibition on an island full of hippies and loonies from all over the world.
3) Who was the cock of your year at school and if he saw you now would he spark you owt or say niyus won?
Can’t remember his name he was a dick but hed say Niyus won.
4) Why did graffiti happen so much and take such a decidedly experimental twist in Hull?
Lots of empty buildings and bored kids with the city devided in half by a river.
5) You’ve been a friend for a long time, after all what are friends for?
Borrowing things from.
6) Roads, Birds, Futuristic landscapes, lines and Twitter where are you going with all this?
Allong the spiral of life trying to help people feel ok about thinking outside what they are told is the way to do it or trying to counteract negative vibes with niceness.
7) Why do we paint graffiti?
To have trendy finger nails.
8 ) What’s the most ultimate maximus radickle thing you can do?
9) What will you be painting at Inkie’s See No Evil?
Something abstract with something real in the middle and something wrong up the top.
10) What’s your impression of Japan? Do you plan to exhibit here?
I have very good impression of Japan – very pretty, very futuristical and beautiful. I’d love to come and do my thing.
Xenz is unavoidable, but if you really need help finding him he’s here:
(C) Kunihiro Saito
When one of the chipolatas came home from nursery the other day and showered me with a bundle of papers something caught my eye. ‘Twas the glint of a silver penguin silhouette slipped loving in the corner. Upon further inspextion one found these joyous critter clips!
This range of cute stationary says everything we have come to associate with great Japanese design: cute, compact, colourful and just totally random.
From Midori’s site:
“The animal-shaped paperclips,“D-CLIPS have always been hotsellers. Carefully and meticulously designed to the last detail, the paper clips artistically represent cherished animals and are among the favorite items of many MIDORI lovers. The D-CLIPS began with eight animals. Then in 2009, we introduced the “Aquarium” series of marine animals, as well as the “Pet” series of house pets. Now, the paper clips come in 16 animal shapes. In addition, this year again, we are offering new, improved versions of the limited-time Christmas designs, which enjoyed high popularity last year. The more designs of “D-CLIPS” you collect, the more fun you have!”
D Clips come in a range of shapes and styles dogs, cats, ducks trucks and horses.
Mini cleaner II will skilfully sweep any eraser residue in the most erudite fashion.
Swingbird correction tape which won a Good design award, spares any blushes with a swift drag of it’s beak!
You’ll never be alone with your new stationary buddies, except if you have an unhealthy obsession with stationary in which case you’ll probably be left alone by other humans.
Take a butcher’s at Midori’s English page here:
Sakuragichou graffiti wall was well over a mile long. Not far from the center of Yokohama near the famous Landmark Tower chock a block full of pieces including works from Kress, Kane, QP, Ames, Daste, Dems, Esow, Phil, Neim and some out of towners Very and Casper. Just begs the question why the hell would you cover the wall?! Does it really look better? Maybe Yokohama should take a look at how most major cities are capitalising on graffiti. The wall is a gift. It’s strange to see all the perspex Banksy shields in the UK and then come back here and they’re painting over what had to be one of the longest fully pieced stretches of wall in the world with grey, GREY! Isnt there enough of that colour already? Suppose it didn’t fit in with all the swanky new shopping malls and apartments being built around there eh?
Here is a very looooong join up: