Summer Supreme

Whether you're rolling along Venice Beach in Los Angeles, popping it in Brooklyn Banks or grinding on London's South Bank, the skateboarding community - and international art collectors alike - will no doubt want to get their feet on Damien Hirst's customised decks in collaboration with Supreme. A rerelease from the original launch of designs in 2009, a selection of forty decks with the artist's original signature and trademark art will be made available at Other Criteria in London this summer.
The decks will exclusively launch in store at 14 Hinde Street, London W1U 3BG on 13th July with a limited amount available online from 14th July through the Other Criteria website.


Living The High Line

Cloud, FriendsWithYou
For those of you in the Big Apple, head to the High Line this weekend and discover the kid in you at the colour and stripes extravangaza that is Rainbow City.
Created to celebrate the opening of phase two of Manhattan's elevated park (East Coast Recap: Garden EditionOctober 2009), AOL's AOL Artists programme invited Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou to create an interactive sculpture park on the newly refurbished section of the elevated freight rail structure that extends from West 20th Street to West 30th Street on the Lower West Side.
A forty-piece installation of inflatables, design work and a pop-up shop designed by HWKN consume the sixteen-thousand square foot space that makes it the perfect go-to this summer in the heart of Chelsea - click here for more details, updates and visiting information.
Rainbow City runs from June 8th - July 5th 2011
10th Avenue & West 30th Street
New York 10001

Buddy, FriendsWithYou
Images courtesy of FriendsWithYou & AOL Inc


Royal Roundup Weekend

Royal Box, Epsom Derby 1991
It can only mean one thing when the Saturday papers are replaced with the Racing Post - and wallets - at the breakfast table in early June - it's the Epsom Derby. This iconic sporting event held at Epsom Downs epitomises the beginning of the summer season in both sporting and social calendars for all classes and will be made more prestigious should, as the British Press fervently reports, Her Majesty The Queen win her first Derby winner in her reign with her runner, Carlton House. All eyes will be on the Queen's horse at today's big race at 16:00 - carrying the Royal silks of purple, gold and scarlet - a win for the Royal Stud will be the fairytale ending for Crown and Country in The Sport of Kings that is said to be the Queen's passion in life. Watch The Derby live on the BBC here.

Carlton House
This week also saw Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay (titled when in Scotland) paying a visit to the artist studios for the Elephant Family, also supported by the Prince of Wales, in Edinburgh. The Duchess viewed several animals by local artists who are participating in this year's Jungle City event which I have contributed to with my own design Tribal Tigris - Urban Jungle, May 2011 - while touring Dovecot Studios on Wednesday. Visit the official Jungle City website for updates on events and sponsors in Edinburgh this summer.

"This remarkable initiative aims to help alleviate the crisis facing so many species on our planet today... Your generous support of Elephant Family and Jungle City in Edinburgh will quite simply make all the difference so I can only urge you to support this innovative campaign in any way you can."
HRH The Prince of Wales