Date Archives August 2007

Happy Birthday To Me

Today I am officially 25 years old!
I have to say, 25 feels good. I don’t feel old, in fact I feel like I’m finally making something of my life. Although I wish I looked like I was 20 again, haha…


It Looks Like A Smile by Geoff McFetridge

Jeff and I went out to the Third Street Promenade on Saturday, and on our way back we decided to stop by Giant Robot and GR2. As we walk in something immediately catches my eye… it’s one of Geoff McFetridge’s books he put out for Nieves! It’s called It Looks Like A Smile, and it was made for the ‘All Smiles Have Teeth’ exhibit at the Kernistry Gallery in London.
And because my birthday is tomorrow, Jeff went ahead and bought it for me! YAY!

I looked on Nieves’ website and it says they’re all sold out, so I’m really glad I picked it up! I also got one other Geoff item, but I’m going to wait to post about it till tomorrow or the next day!

Check under the cut for some more pictures from the inside!
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Repeatafterme is the shared blog of French designers Benoit Lemoine and Guillaume Ninove, who it seems are both living and studying in Budapest at the moment.
The image above is one of Benoit’s, which I thought was really funny. For some reason it reminds me of my childhood, stuffing all of my things into places they didn’t belong to make it look like my room was clean.


Uptight Issue 2

I picked up the latest issue of Jordan Crane’s comic book Uptight last week at Secret Headquarters. Yet again he delivers a totally beautiful cover, and some really odd, ghost-related stories inside.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he has any for sale on his site yet, but I bet if you e-mailed him you could snag yourself a copy!


Shipping Container Tiles by Jason Miller

I saw the tiles above over on Design*Sponge and started to drool immediately. The tiles are made to look like shipping containers, one of the ‘coolest’ things to design with these days (see the Freitag Shop). I love all the colors the tiles come in, and the proportions of the boxes are so spot on, it’s amazing. It would be awesome to have a bathroom wall covered in these, or even a floor!
Check out Jason’s site to see all of his other projects as well!


Charlie White’s Monsters

I was looking through a magazine last week sometime and came across an article about Charlie White’s new book, Monsters. The book is a culmination of his work over the last decade, collecting images from his Joshua series, photos of kids interacting with creepy ass child puppets, and his newest series, Everything is American.
I personally love Charlie’s work, I’ve always thought his images were so amazing. The second image above is entitled ‘Champion’, and is absolutely stunning to me. I love that the figure appears to be in an art museum, but that they’re very much alive and real at the same time. Mixing classical posing with modern day American brutality and gore.

Also, Wired has a pretty cool interview with White from 2004. In it he talks about how he went about creating some of the images that are in his book.


Scion Space Presents: To The Masses

I’m not a really big fan of their cars, but Scion does have a really rad art gallery over in Culver City, called the Scion Installation L.A. Space. Starting next Saturday they’ll have an exhibit up called, To The Masses, which is being curated by Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot.
The show features Caroline Hwang, Ben Woodward, Feric, Dan-ah Kim, Brian Ralph, Eishi Takaoka, Kohei Yamashita, Olaf Ladousse, and French. There will be an opening reception on the 25th from 7-10PM, and there’s also free valet parking!
The show ends on September 8th, so be sure to check it out soon!


Hoppy, Japanese Bubbly Beer

I was reading over at Jean Snow and come across this delicious looking beer, so I thought I’d do a little investigating of my own, and see what I could find out.

Hoppy was first introduced in 1948 as an alternative to beer, which at the time was too expensive for most people to drink. People would take ShōchÅ«, an alcoholic beverage, and mix it with the Hoppy, 5 parts Hoppy, 1 part ShōchÅ«. Unfortunately, during Japan’s economic boom in the 60’s and 70’s, Hoppy had gained a rather tacky image, drank mostly by working-class men, causing many bars to pull it from their menus. The beer slowly disappeared because of this swing in attitude in the country.
But in a pleasant upturn, Mina Ishiawatari, the granddaughter of the company’s founder, joined Hoppy Beverage in 1997, managing to rebrand the beer as a nostalgic type of drink, making people think of times long past and turn it into an extremely successful business again.
I personally think the bottles look really fun, and the ad above is way too cute to not want to drink some. Unfortunately, Ishiawatari has made it clear that the only market Hoppy Beverage cares about is the Japanese one, stating:

“Hoppy’s main market is Tokyo and Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures. We do not intend to expand it throughout the country nor do we plan to expand into the global market.”

To read more about Hoppy’s financial turn around from The Japan Times, click here.
To read about Japan’s interest in nostalgia relating to Hoppy, click here.


Threadless Store Opening in Chicago, the internet’s favorite t-shirt store, is finally opening it’s first real store in Chicago on September 14th. The store will be 2 stories, the downstairs where you shop, and the upstairs which will act as a gallery space, consisting of mostly artwork from Threadless designers.
Not only that, but they’ll also be teaming up with Digital Bootcamp to “provide courses on all sorts of different creative subjects and programs right in the store. Anywhere from courses on ideas like web design or photography to specific programs like Photoshop or Illustrator.”
In addition to all of that, they’re giving away recycled bags when you buy something. And then when you bring it back in the next time you shop, they’ll give you a $1 off every shirt you purchase. They’re also having their in-house artist, Joe Suta, do 3 huge mash up paintings of all the wining designs of the week, which will be featured in the store windows. Not only that, they’ll be giving the paintings away or auctioning the off for charity.

The whole deal sounds pretty exciting, hopefully they’ll be able to expand these stores to other locations soon!