Saturday, May 23, 2009

Going Postal Revenge!

Oh shit, the buzz surrounding this show is going nuts! Easily the world's largest sticker-art event

Buy, sell, and trade labels.
All stickers sell for $5! All money goes straight to the artist.

Signed copies of Martha Cooper's Going Postal, which documents the lively sticker art scene in New York, will now be available for sale at our show! The book is hard to find and has already sold out at Quimby's, The Novem Store, and the MCA Store. Get Some!

Upset Presents:
GOING POSTAL'S REVENGE Sticker Sale + Art Show
All Stickers Sell for Only $5
Friday, May 29th 6-11 PM
4357 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Be there or be a hatin' fucking square.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

FYI, what is a brother.

One of the realist of real, Mr. Percy Carey AKA MF Grimm AKA GM Grimm AKA The Grimm Reaper AKA Superstar Jet Jaguar AKA Build and Destroy speaks the really-real-talk of keeping it real in reality. The message to me translates to mean; In these days and times we are constantly confronted with ego-maniacs that act larger than life, there big-headedness has ballooned do to clouds filling their lobes. Their vision is cloudy and they have lost sight on what truly matters. These perpetrators will jump ship upon the forcast of rocky waters, they are out for self and will never actually have your back. Brotherhood is a life deal, when you start breaking the unspoken contractual obligations your true colors show, and everything that made our history is now in the past. Meaning regardless of who we were, we are who we are and you must be dealt with.

Story 'bout retarded nigga, went against his main nigga
Started rollin wit other niggas, knew they wasn't feelin niggas
Niggas had beef wit niggas, now he breakin bread wit niggas
Jealousy and envy, money leave ya dead nigga
Clip in ya head, throw ya in the bathroom
Inside tub, chainsaw rub
Cut down to nubs, bag like work
Thought he was my man, he was a motherfuckin jerk
From his face wipe smirk, flip the script kinda lurk
But I'm a gravedigga nigga, so I put 'em in the dirt
At first shit hurt, reminiscin' when we laugh
Havin' fun bustin' guns, but yo fuck it that's the past
Had to kill his ass, lose cannon wanna scheme
Free agent over cream switchin' teams
Can't let him slide, time to take this ride
Popped up the trunk, throw 'em inside

Died on the tracks like the rat he was
Before we blew his brains out, he screamed out "WHY?"
Didn't tell 'em shit, let 'em find out
From his maker, why he was aired out, FUCK 'em
Cobra Commander, strip the life
Metal Face lay loss, ain't No Snakes Alive
Rakim said, no mistakes allowed
So we corrected 'em, by dissectin 'em

He flipped (oh yes he did)
Went to war against his click (oh yes he did)
Even though to us it did really hurt
Still we got together and we tied 'em up (oh yes we did)
Still we got together and we beat 'em up (oh yes we did)
Still we got together and we chopped 'em up (oh yes we did)
-Words from Percy Carey

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Talk like a Chicagoian

Da Chicago inflection is often imitated but just about never properly annunciated. Here is my small breakdown of how to talk like dem guys in Chicago, ovah by dere.


"S"s are generally hissed or prolonged, especially at the end of words.
"Gesssssh, dissss knucklehead again." or even "Da busssdrivah taken dat asssss to ssschoo."

Over emphasize all "D"s at the start of words, and while you are at it take every "TH" and switch it to a "D". Like, " Oh ya, u'se talkin about d'ose ddudesss ovah by d'ere.
There: D'ere
Those: D'ose
and so on...

The true keey to talking like a Chicagoian is knowing how vowels are pronounced.
Basically every vowel turns into an "A" however there are three "A" sounds in the Chicago vernacular Think of the words Cot, Cat, and Caught; they all sound the same but are pronounced differently "Cahht" "Caaaat" & "Cawt".

If you ever find yourself stalling and confused on how to say something just turn all the vowels in the word to flat "a"s. This isn't proper Chicagoese but it's close.



All of, not to be confused with Allah.

Hello; especially when answering a phone. "Al-Oh diss is Pequod's, whaaaat caneye get fahya"


Beer. Actually almost anything can have a -ski suffix. It's a joke based on a time when Chicago had more Polish citizens than any city in Poland, even Warsaw! Here's a decent example of abusing the -ski "Aye broski, grab dem keyskies for da carski and we'll goski."

italian beef sandwhich and italian sausage sandwhich combined to create 1 mighty chicago-sammich.

Can of. "yo pass me a canna oldssshtyle"

Cuppa Too-Tree:
A couple, two or three; a few

Chicaaaago Dahg:
All beef hotdog on steamed poppyseed bun.

Chicago Style
Means "the works" or "everything"; yellow mustard, bright green relish, onions, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers and celery salt.

Da Wahrks:
See above "Chicago Style"

how to pronounce "hotdog". "We'll take 2 Chicaaago Dahgs withda werks."

Mike Ditka, greatest coach of all time. "okay how abawt Didkah vs. 12 Mexicans with da Swine Flu?"

Said or Say. "I goes, "Aye ef u brah!". and den he goes, "no, ef U, braaaah!"

Group of people regardles of gender. "Use guys go find da line fo da ladies room, imma piss right 'ere.


I am about to.

Did you eat yet

Jewel grocery store

For french-fries and children.

Simalar to shit-head, with the difference being their stupidity generally starts fights.

Ovah by Dere:
A location. "U'se know UIC, right? Well use take Taylor west 'bout too-tree blocks and it'll be ovah by Dere."

Softdrink. Chicagoians don't drink cola or soda, they drink pop, yet they pronounce it "pap" or "pahp", when eating chicago deep-dish, the pop of choice is Grape.

Chooped up neon green pickles. Classic Chicago Dogs have bright green relish. Other relish is used at times, but then the dog is not authentic. Fluky's is the originator of the relish.

S. Rosensbun. Bun of choice for hotdogs is S. Rosens, also pronounced with an "a", "Where are yah Rahsen's located?"



Snap. It is extremely cool to speak about the sound a Chicago dawg makes when yo bite into it. "aye gawddaaamn right, I love d'at snaaap sound from my dawg"

Three. The number between two and four.

You all, or y'all. As in "Where u'se bastards goin?"

Vieana dog of choice. it's made in the city. You don't buy another cities dog, as of recent a company called "Red Hot Chicago" has hit the market.

Time to shut up. This is a new classification of a word. Not a noun, verb, or whatever, it's an interuption. "Yeah-sure-guy" is often said when a bitch is talking that is in need of taking a seat. "Yeah-sure-guy" sounds the best when pronouncing as one syllable.

I'm sure I missed a ton so feel free to add your own.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Friday, May 1st, Chicago

Upset and Novem are doing some God-damn things. On Friday, May 1st Martha Cooper will be in Chicago signing copies of the new 25th Anniversary edition of Subway Art and Going Postal books! Upset is curating a huge handmade sticker exchange for the event. And just a few doors down at the Novem Studios Store, our own Frank Serpico will be premiering his new zine, Making Deals.

Martha Cooper’s 25th Anniversary Edition of Subway Art
and Going Postal Book Signing
First Ever Chicago Handmade Sticker Exchange--All Stickers $5 100% of Money goes to the artist.
and Making Deals Zine Premiere
Friday, May 1st 5-10 PM
More information on our blog

*Designed by me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate, every ITSOK purchased today only (April 22, 2009) will plant 10 Trees!

After that, they will go back to planting 1 tree for each ITSOK, through the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Sighn is steadily on his way to cutting out 1 million pieces. Hopefully he'll complete his task over the next 50 years, and we'll have planted 1 million trees to boot.

Multi Polar Projects

Keep up the great work Sighn.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tribute to Kep

All photos taken by me. Kep piece by JACK, Evol piece by GEM.

Friday, April 17, 2009