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Thug for Life Gets Sadistic

October 28, 2011

The hyped concept store unveil their surrealist Shibuya skater heaven Sadistic Skatepark Exhibition 2011

  • Text by Sophie Jackson



Developed by the creative design company Geograph's owner Takagi Takanobu, Thug for Life is a concept store which sells products from a selection of designers as well as their own creations. And the latest addition to the group is the Sadistic Skatepark Exhibition.

Art installation cum interior skate park, Sadistic Skatepark Exhibition 2011, was unveiled last Friday, the result of the creative efforts of Thug for Life. The result is a space that transports visitors into its own surrealist vision, as much an artistic experience as a skater's dream. Beginners beware, it isn't exactly user friendly with only the seriously macho taking part in any of the skating.

At the opening on Friday a bar was positioned on the side of the space as party goers came to many narrow near death experiences as young and enthusiastic men flung themselves up the ramps and then raced back towards the crowds. Coupled with the many dalmations that were littered around the result was an exhilerating and slightly unnerving experience.

First opened in 2007 the space has been entirely transformed by the Thug for Life team with sculptures, photography showcase from Taro Hirano and illustrated skateboards.

The space also features music from COS/MES who have developed the album "Sadistic Skatepark" for the exhibition.

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