Unconcrete Architects: Skateboarding and architecture collide at 98 Orchard

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French duo Mathieu Claudon and Etienne Bouet have been cooking up something special for the last two years, and they’re ready to unveil it at 98 Orchard this Thursday night.

Their new series, Unconcrete Architects, explores the intersection of modern architecture and skateboarding through paintings and photographs. The pair work together seamlessly; Mathieu shoots skateboarding in some of their favourite historic spots around the city, and Etienne then uses paint to highlight architectural elements within the composition. While modern architecture as a whole inspired their approach to each artwork, it was the watercolours of Finnish architect and designer, Finn Juhl, which really set the tone for the whole series.

Using black pen and blocked primary colours, the series builds upon skate shots and portraits of big names like Christian Hosoi, Eric Dressen and Ray Barbee to bring a whole new meaning how skateboarding toys with modern architecture, and vice versa. Unconcrete Architects is a fresh take from two talented Frenchman you should definitely check out this Thursday night, but don’t forget to RSVP below before you do.

See you there.


Banjo McLachlan’s Celebrity Photos Are Too Good For Gossip Mags

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Banjo McLachlan might hate being a paparazzo, but we love seeing the fruits of his celebrity stakeouts.

The New York-based celebrity photojournalist is someone you’ve probably seen on Monster Children before, and now he’s bringing his work to 98 Orchard for the very first time in a new exhibition entitled Big Deal.

Defying the shitty quality of celebrity photos that define this particular line of work, Banjo’s photos of your favourite stars are so good, they belong in a gallery.

Whether it’s capturing everyone’s least favourite James Bond, Daniel Craig, getting a haircut, or Jerry Seinfeld zipping around NYC on a neat little Vespa, Banjo’s got a knack for cracking the shiny veneer of modern-day celebrity, and you’ll see exactly what we mean if you get down to 98 Orchard Street this Thursday night at 6 pm. See you there.


At the Arthur King 3-for-1 Installation

The show by Los Angeles based art collective Arthur King was rad. Each one of the 3 installations was based on a separate project by Arthur King, and they were all roommates at 98 Orchard last week.

Using multi-channel headphones, attendees could listen to the music dedicated to each installation as they moved along the gallery.

First up: Randy Randall’s solo album project, Sound Field Vol. 1, released earlier this year in collaboration with artist Aaron Farley. Randy played a intimate show at the gallery, and that alone is a gift. You didn't need headphones for that one.


The second installment was an interactive audiovisual installation that involved playing with a bucket of soybeans. As guests interacted with the beans, sound waves would distort the accompanying music and visuals.

The third installment was NYLONANDJUNO, an experimental album and visual art piece by Grandaddy founder, songwriter and producer Jason Lytle and creative collective Mind Palace.

Check out the photos by Aaron Farley below


We are excited to announce the gallery takeover of Arthur King, a Los Angeles based collective creating experimental music and visual art performances in unique spaces and places.

Starting on August 15th, ARTHUR KING PRESENTS, the art of Arthur King that does ongoing album series featuring an array of artists pushing personal boundaries, will be coming to 98 Orchard to display 3 shows at once.

More details about the installation below, and don't forget to RSVP via the link.


In the Wauters Farm installment of their Changing Landscapes series, art collective Arthur King travels to a small family farm in rural Iowa in order to gather audio and video field recordings and reuse them creatively in a large-scale, improvisational visual art and music performance within the same setting. These musical and visual experiments incorporate an artistic methodology that aims to create a deeper connection to our surroundings and ourselves.


Sound Field Volume One is an album and visual art piece containing a series of ambient musical compositions created by Grammy nominated composer, songwriter, and No Age guitarist Randy Randall and visual artist Aaron Farley. Inspired by California’s I-10 highway; from the desert sunrise in Palm Springs to the dense traffic of Downtown LA and the sunset at the Santa Monica Pier, the album and visual artworks takes listeners on a journey through the various landscapes along the route.


NYLONANDJUNO is an experimental album and visual art piece by Grandaddy founder/songwriter/producer Jason Lytle and creative collective Mind Palace. Unlike Grandaddy or solo works, this album was created exclusively from one analog synthesizer and one nylon-string acoustic guitar. These restrictions provided Lytle with a minimalist compositional process he describes as “oddly refreshing", allowing him concentrate on going deep to achieve certain feelings based on song titles and subject matter. The results evoke both futurism and intimacy. Inspired by the nature element of Nylon and the synthetic aspects of Juno, Mind Palace created an accompanying short film featuring a series of real life scenarios based on the themes of the compositions, made of hand made miniatures.

‘Above the Noise’ is Coming to 98 Orchard

Never look at the comments section.

We all know humanity’s worst plays out in the feedback section below everything that gets posted online, and some of us are in the trolls’ firing line more than others. Take, for example, female skateboarders. More and more women are getting into skateboarding, which is awesome, but there are still some insecure creeps trying to bring them down with abusive, sexist and even threatening comments on social media.

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Above the Noise is a film and photo show by The Smiths (Aaron and Lwany Smith) that recently came to 1700 Naud in LA and shone a light on how female skateboarders like Lizzie Armanto, Samarria Brevard and Jenn Soto rise about the negativity. This incredible show is coming to 98 Orchard in September, and The Smiths (and us) want you to come along.

Q&A after the screening with Jenn Soto.

Don’t miss it. RSVP here.


Did you manage to make it to the opening of Street Cats?

No? Well, we hate to say it, but you missed a good one. It was a packed house at 98 Orchard for exhibiting photographers and skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Zered Bassett, Al Davis, and Brian Delatorre, with illustrations by Alexis Sablone. Also thrown in the mix were birthday celebrations for the skateboarder and musician who’s been sipping at the fountain of eternal youth for 40 years, Nuge, who also got on the decks for the night.

If you’re scrolling through the photos from Street Cats below and feel like you missed out, fear not—the entire collection of photos and illustrations from the talented group of skateboarders has been rounded up into a single limited-edition zine, thanks to Cons and yours truly. In it, we find out why Al Davis needs a wife to help with his cameras and cats, how Kenny Anderson first got into shooting back in Vegas, and more… but you’ll need to get the next issue of Monster Children #63.

Photos by Andrew Peters.


Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records turned 10, we helped them celebrate.

The iconic record label took over 98 Orchard on May 28 and 29 with a pop-up shop dedicated to their iconic roster of artists including Karen O., The Strokes, The Growlers, The Voidz, The Virgins, Albert Hammond Jr., and more. The pop-up had something for everyone: music nerds were treated to Cult Records’ limited-edition merch, zines and music, and freeloaders enjoyed free-flowing Pabst, CBD cocktails, and the best DJs in the world probably.

If you missed out, check the photos by Dennis Williford.


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One skateboarder, two surfers, and a stretch limo hit the East Coast of America for eight days–and the whole thing was caught on film.

Featuring Nora Vasconcellos, Laura Enever, and Jaleesa Vincent (and presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Patti People), This Way premiered at 1700 Naud last night before a huge and wildly enthusiastic audience. Rounding out the A+ viewing experience were cold cans of PBR, hot pizza from Pizzanista!, and music by the Deap Vally, Kim And The Created, and LA Witch. It was, in word, radical.

The night really was as good as it sounds, and we’ve got the photos to prove it below. But wait! There’s more—if you’re in New York, make sure you get down to our new spot 98 Orchard (at, you guessed it, 98 Orchard Street) on May 11th at 7 pm to be treated to the epic new film, free food and beers, and a performance by Brooklyn’s best, Surfbort.


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98 Orchard is off to a strong start.

Our new NYC gallery space ( in partnership with Pabst Blue Ribbon) kicked things off with a photo exhibition titled Untitled 01, featuring work from Ryan Allan, Cheryl Dunn, Jonathan Mehring, Andrew Peters, Giovanni Reda, Paul Garrrrr, Rafael Rios, Lele Saveri, and more.

As you can see, the world-class photos drew a huge crowd that spilled out onto the street and around the corner… to the conveniently located after party spot at The Flower Shop.

Thanks to everyone who came out to christen our slick new spot, and stay tuned for exciting things to come.

Photos by Morgan Rindengan