Last weekend Chris over at Gama-Go emailed me letting me know that they released a bunch of new hoodies and they look pretty rad. My favorite of the bunch is definitely the Yeti Woodland which you see above. The design has a forest wrapping all around it, and then a yeti tearing through the trees on the back. The hoodies also come with a little pocket inside them which can hold your iPhone or iPod and a sleeve on the inside of it that you string your headphones through. Pretty smart thinking.
I also had a look around the rest of the site and they have a ton of other cute little things as well! In their Bric-a-brac section they have a couple really cute mugs, one with an owl and the other with the Yeti Woodland print, serving trays, a funny sleep mask, and a ton more. I want to get those serving trays so bad and have a party just to show them off. But there wouldn’t be anything on them, there would just be awesome looking trays sitting out, haha…
The last awesome thing I found was a Deathbot Suit Wooden Figure, which is probably the raddest/cutest thing ever. This little guy comes in at 5.5″ and has little poseable arms and legs so you can make him look like he’s dancing. I don’t know what it is about this little guy that I love so much, but it’s a fun mix of new design with an old fashion toy.
Check under the cut for pictures of the Deathbot figure and the serving trays!
Hopefully you’re having a miserable day so far which is now going to be turned completely around by what you see above. This week’s wallpaper is brought you all by the extremely talented Rey Ortega. Rey is a Toronto based illustrator who graduated last summer from the Sheridan Institute of Design. Since graduating he’s been drawing up a storm including creating pieces for an upcoming show at the Pony Club in Portland that opens on April 3rd.
I personally came across Rey’s work from his participation in the I Am 8-Bit show at Gallery 1988 last summer. I totally lied, he commented on the blog and stalked him through that, haha… Since then I’ve been keeping tabs on Rey and his work and had to ask him to participate in the project.
The piece above is titled ‘Fantômes’, and when I opened my email and saw this I just about shit myself. I couldn’t believe all the detail and effort Rey went to, and I had a feeling of utter excitement that didn’t go away for days. He describes the piece in pretty simple terms as a bunch of ninjas chasing after a fox over some French rooftops. So it’s a little bit Japanese, a little bit French, perfect for Kitsune Noir. Here’s a little bit more he had to say about the piece:
The wallpaper image, called ‘Fantômes’ is one of the largest pieces I’ve done yet, the original is 15″ x 26″. I tried to leave a decent amount of open space at the top half of the art, that way desktop icons can be easily seen, for both mac and pc users.
I hope you all enjoy his wallpaper as much as I do. One of my absolute favorite parts about the whole thing is the +KN that he hid in there… can you guys find it? As for next week I’m not 100% sure who is going to be next, but I think it’ll be something a little different from the last few weeks… you’ll just have to come back next week to see what I mean.
Newsarama posted some new images of the second run of Astonishing X-Men, one of the best things in comic books these days. Currently it’s being written by Joss Whedon and drawn by John Cassaday, both incredibly talented people, but their run ends with Giant Size Astonishing X-Men. That leaves the reins falling to two other extremely talented guys, Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi.
Warren Ellis has helped to change the landscape of comics over the last 10 years or so. His creation of The Authority brought a more mature, grittier edge to comics (along with others of course) and one of my personal favorites, Planetary, showed everyone how a brand new comic book could have an immensely rich past and a mystery that unravels after every issue. Simone Bianchi on the other hand is a relative newcomer, who’s only mainstream work that I know of was a few issues of Wolverine. But as you can see in the image above he’s definitely got an amazing style.
Together I think these guys are gonna’ make some rad comics, hopefully just as good as the previous run.
This Friday night I’m flying out to Florida to spend some time with Jeff, relax, and get a tan! Because of my leisure time, posting will obviously be a little slow next week, but I think I’m going to keep my Tumblr filled with photos like I did last weekend, I really enjoyed doing that.
The thing is, I’ve never been to Florida, so I want to get suggestions from all you awesome readers who might know a couple places I should check out. I’ll be staying in Miami, but I’ll be visiting the Keys and South beach and… well those are the only places I really know of, haha. I’ve got the Wallpaper City Guide for Miami, so that should help somewhat, but I want to know about all the cool, artsy, hipster places and yummy restaurants to eat at! Rad art shows would also be fun, as well as parties or anything else exciting going on.
Fill the comments with lots of tips!
I’m having a pretty busy morning so this is going to be kind kind of brief.
These New Puritans led the pack again, so I may as well talk about them now because I doubt I’ll get around to writing them their own post. TNP are an English quartet who sound somewhere between electro or punk or, hell, I really don’t know. It’s been tough for me to try and put them in a category. So when I started listening to the, I wasn’t quite sure if I liked them, but they’ve really grown on me.
They are also favorites of Mr. Hedi Slimane who had them create the music for the Dior Homme Show 2007, so that might give a few of you and idea of their freshness. Their album Beat Pyramid came out in January in the UK and comes out tomorrow here in the States.
After that was the Illinois sweethearts Headlights again, then came Jason Collett and his new album Here’s to Being Here, which sounds a whole lot like Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. Then there was The Books, which I think are on here because I fell asleep while listening to them. After that is Gnarls Barkley who’s new album The Odd Couple is light years better than St. Elsewhere. Cee-Lo’s voice is way less annoying and Danger Mouse’s production has never sounded more crisp and awesome. It also has a great soul/60’s/70’s sound this time around, which I’m much happier with. Definitely check it out even if you didn’t liek the last one.
On a sidenote I’ve started linking to Last.fm pages so that if you click any of the links you’ll be able to hear what the artists sound like. This makes way more sense, and hopefully you guys can see if you like a band easier.
I’m back home from Northern California and I had a really great weekend. While I was up there I had a chance to watch Saturday Night Live which I never get to do because I don’t have cable… or a TV. The episode wasn’t very funny, but the special appearance by Tracy Morgan made the whole thing worthwhile. As of lately SNL has been catching a little flack for being too “Hillary friendly”, so they got Tracy Morgan to even the tide a little bit. I thought what he said was really great, but the very last part had me laughing and jumping out of my seat. Just watch the clip (which might have a commercial before the video, not my fault) and see for yourself.
Like I mentioned in the previous post, I’ll be out of town all weekend visiting family and friends, so there aren’t going to be any posts. But I think what I will do is send a ton of photos to my Tumblr account, so if you’re curious what I’m up to then click here and you can see my fat ass eating a ton of meals and having a blast. It’s my goal to take tons of photos and I’ll be sure to update it throughout the day as well.
I also want to say that I need to email a ton of people still, so if I haven’t emailed you back yet I’m sorry, but I swear I will. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!
Deep Blue Sea | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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In about 30 minutes I’ll be driving up north with my best friend to visit family and friends for the weekend, so I wanted to leave everyone something to keep them occupied over the weekend. So I stayed up way too late last night working on another mix that I’ve had floating around forever. It’s called Deep Blue Sea, and that’s pretty much what it’s got on it, songs about the sea. The inspiration for this album was hearing Anchor Song by Björk, and then listening to the new Shins album which is very ocean-y itself. What sparked the idea to finish the Mixtape was hearing Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles, that was like the last piece of the puzzle.
I hope you all like the mix, it’s pretty simple and should be good for the rainy day weather that California is supposed to have this weekend, the same weather I’m sure a lot of you out there are having as well.
01 Anchor Song by Björk
02 Sailing By Night by Department of Eagles
03 A Sea Chantey of Sorts by Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s
04 The Sailor by The Album Leaf
05 Tereza and Thomas by Bright Eyes
06 Salwater by Beach House
07 Black Wave by The Shins
08 Sæglópur by Sigur Ros
09 Deep Blue Sea by Dan Rossen
10 Anchor by Devendra Banhart
San Francisco is a city unlike any other, and while I love to visit, I’d never want to live there. But then there’s guys like Danny Espinoza, who make really art that seems to feed off the city itself. Danny is an all-around talent, taking photos of the city and its inhabitants and drawing pictures that I would describe as “a hippy acid trip”, and I mean that in a really good way. I really love the black and white ink drawings on his site, the texture in them is really cool. I’m always amazed when people can do something so simple and yet it looks so good. Also check out his “shapes” section as well which features… well, a bunch colorful shapes.
Diftype is the aka of Niklas Lundberg who lives and works in UmeÃ©, Sweden. His work is extremely digital, which usually isn’t my favorite, but I think that his extreme acceptance of the format is what makes his pieces so amazing. The amount of detail in each piece is pretty overwhelming, but I bet if you looked at one them printed out and up close that it would be quite a treat for your eyes. His sense of color and composition is also really great, especially in pieces like ‘A trip to elsewhere’ and the piece above, ‘Aesthetic Mathematics’.