Date Archives October 2007

Tet T-shirt for Supreme

I’ve never really been a fan of Supreme, the New York based skate brand. When I walk into their store on Fairfax, I’m even less thrilled because usually no one will give you the time of day. But I spotted this shirt on Hypebeast the other day, and well, I really like it a lot. The design is by Tet, better known as Tetsu Nishiyama. The graphic is a simple pencil drawing of Robin, yes, Batman’s sidekick, cruising on a skateboard. There’s just something about this I love!

The shirt should be out by the end of this month, and will probably be more than you’re willing to spend for it.



Check out these awesome fold-up paper toys by Illunatic. They’re available as a free download from his site. There’s the old man with his doggy, and Mr. Smeary, the scary, car salesman looking guy. I like the crazy old man better, probably because of the funny dog.


Dumbledore is Gay

The world is in a fit this morning, but it’s not over the horrible state of the country, or our idiotic president with his 24% approval rating… it’s because Dumbledore is gay. It turns out this entire time, author JK Rowling has thought of the Hogwart’s headmaster as playing for the other team. Being gay myself, it’s kind of cool to read something like this.

But right-wing, ultra-conservatives are definitely going to have a heyday with this one. I was reading on the ABC News message board and you already have tons of morons out there saying things like, “Is he having sexual encounters in the book?” or “One word…Boycott! We had a right to know what she was up to.”… It absolutely blows my mind that people still think this way. It’s not like Dumbledore is having guys creep out of that turning eagle thing in the middle of the night. There was never any mention of it in the book, she didn’t think it was relevant, and she didn’t say anything until someone asked.

Good for you, Ms. Rowling.


Scott Hansen’s ISO50 Blog

Images of the brochure for the NYC OFFF ’07

I guess about a month ago, Scott Hansen, sometimes better known as ISO50, switched his amazingly beautiful site over to a site/blog, which he updates a lot more regularly now. I’m actually kind of upset, I wish someone would have called me to tell me he was doing this! His blog is so rad!

He posts a lot of 70’s Swedish graphics and modular housing and awesome looking B&O headphones from back in the day. You know, when people were designing shit that was good, and not pulled out of someone’s ass so they can sell it at Wal-mart for the holiday season. Plus the whole site was built in flash as well, so the the thing runs super quick, and look absolutely beautiful.
Definitely worth wasting some time over this morning.

KDa / Klein Dytham architecture

Started Royal College of Art graduates Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, KDa is becoming one of the most exciting architecture firms to come out of Tokyo. Started in the early 90’s, KDa is a multi-lingual office that finds inspiration in Tokyo itself, and the people who live there who demand more from their environment.

My first siting of their work was the second image above. I remember this floating around a few blogs months and months ago, and I was so enamored by it I dragged it off and into my folder of inspirational images. It turns out it’s called the Billboard Building because most of the building faces toward the road, like a billboard would.
The top picture is the Undercover Lab, which is basically this huge, “floating” box that holds a studio, a press showroom and an office. It extends over the driveway, which might give you a better idea of how the hell they had room for this sort of building.

There are a ton more pictures under the cut, so be sure to check those out. Some really inspiring stuff.
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My Story’s on Digg!

So I’ve hit a pretty cool milestone, at least in my own opinion. I wrote a story for LAist yesterday called ‘Kreepsville Industries Presents: Cereal Killers‘ that just made it onto Digg! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Digg (like you, mom), Digg is “a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.” So basically, there are thousands of people from all over the world looking at my little article.

It’s got quite a lot of momentum right now, meaning it might end up on the Top 10 stories being Dugg! Pretty nutty, but really exciting. If you want to sign up and vote for my story, then click here! And be sure to go read the article over on LAist as well, it has a lot of rad pictures!


Street Fighter IV Teaser

I can’t say that I was ever a huge Street Fighter fan, but I did play it somewhat when I was younger. But I was browsing through someone’s blog this morning (but I can’t remember who’s it was, it was too early!), and saw this awesome teaser for the upcoming Street Fighter IV game.
The inky splatters when they hit or kick at each other are so awesome looking. It reminds me of Capcom’s other game, Okami, which has a very painted feel as well, in fact, you control the game with a brush.

Just be sure to watch the teaser above all the way through, the ending is the bad ass part. If you liked the game at all, you’ll get a big grin from it.


Alex Ross Totally Ruins The Captain America Costume

Continuing with the comic book theme this morning, I just thought I’d comment on the new Captain America, and his ultra-shitty new costume. To give you the backstory, there’s going to be a new Captain America, coming in January. The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, was sniped and is totally dead (for the time being). I think it’s cool that they’re finally having someone else take up the mantle of Captain America, and it should be a good story.

My problem comes with this new costume, which was designed by a guy named Alex Ross. Ross is an incredible painter, and has told some of the most iconic comic book stories of the last 15 years. But I also think he’s an ego-maniacal asshole. The guy thinks he’s the savior of comic books, but 15 years later, his style really hasn’t changed and he’s still drawing the same “iconic” way… basically he’s a one trick pony.

And now he’s redesigned the new Captain America costume. Just look at it. It’s black pants, a black shirt, and then some god awful, ultra shiny, metal head/chest piece thing-y. I think what really bothers me is how unrealistic this is. Not that comic books are firmly rooted in reality, but I feel like Marvel tries harder than the other companies to keep things in a more realistic world.

My point being, how the hell would anyone fight in a giant metal head and chest piece?! If he bends over to touch his toes, he’s going to gore himself in the abdomen! How is he going to lift his arms above his head?!?! it makes no sense at all that anyone would ever try to fight in a silly get-up like this.
It also looks like all of the character designs he did for Kingdom Come, and that JLA thing where they got those metal costumes. Seriously, Alex? This is the best you could do? Stop being a one trick pony, and start doing edgy, creative things like Uncle Sam again.



Zombies vs Robots vs Amazons Covers

I’m so frigging excited for this! Here are the two covers for the Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall’s next big thing, Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons. I know I’ve posted about this project before, but I can’t get enough of Ashley Wood’s art, and so I’ll take any reason to post about it.

I’m guessing that this comes out in the next couple months? This would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for your children.