Date Archives July 2008

Icare Motorcycle

Maybe I’m still on an awesome motorcycle kick from The Dark Knight, but I saw this Icare prototype by the folks over at Enzyme and nearly wet myself. The Icare looks something like Kanada’s bike from Akira but stolen and appropriated by Batman, and I absolutely love it. There seem to be two versions as well, the one in the top photo, and then the two below it. I’m slightly in love with the top version and it’s uni-light, something about that makes my heart flutter.

The bike is designed to use a six-cylinder 1.8 liter Honda engine, which I guess should give you some pretty decent power. I just think it would be awesome to tear around town on one of these, people would totally think you’re some kind of super hero. But as usual this is still just a prototype, and I’m sure when it comes out it’ll cost a pretty penny, but it’s always nice to look, right?

Found through Core77


The Dark Knight

Saturday night I went out with my best friend and a bunch of his friends to celebrate his birthday, and what’s a better way to do that than to see the new Batman flick? Both my best friend and I are closet nerds, we have many other interests, but when it comes to comic books, we know ungodly amounts, probably to the point of embarrassment. So saying that we were excited about the movie was a slight understatement, not that we dressed up or anything!

Now having seen The Dark Knight, I can without a doubt in my mind say that it’s my favorite movie of the year so far, if not the best all year. The movie is two and half hours of perfection, every performance is nuanced, every directorial decision is flawless, and you’re left sitting in the theater as the credits are rolling wanting more. Heath Ledger was so amazing, it’s kind of hard to put it into words. I know a lot of people are seeing this movie because of his tragic death, but that has nothing to do with my thoughts on his role. He made you laugh and creeped the shit out of you. What he did with that character was above and beyond what I think anyone ever imagined, and I wholeheartedly believe that he should get an Oscar nod. But really, every actor int he movie was absolutely amazing and gave flawless performances.

But I don’t think any of it would have been possible without Chris Nolan’s amazing vision of the movie. The fact that he directed and helped write it definitely plays a large role in this, as he really oversaw every bit and detail. The movie is PG-13, but there are definitely some VERY visceral scenes where even though they don’t show anything, you’re definitely disturbed by what just happened. Anyhow, I hate writing this really vague reviews, I just don’t want to spoil anything. Just go see the damn movie, it’s definitely worth your time and money.


Freeman Bikes

So this one might not fall under fashion, but in my brain this is a natural progression. Lately I’ve really been wanting to get a bike, especially with gas being as high it is and not having a job, a bike would be a mighty helpful thing to own. Seeing the bikes that Freeman are putting together then is making me drool with lust. Hand built in Missoula, Montana, these bikes aren’t just any ordinary fixed gear bike, this bike can be taken apart with one simple tool and folded into a bag. Basically the frame breaks in half, allowing you to then take all of the pieces and neatly put them away.

I think this is a really rad idea, especially for people who travel a lot and want their bike with them. Plus look at that bag! It’s totally rad! Hopefully over the next few years bikes will continue on this innovative path, especially with recent economic developments. If more people start riding bikes, it can only help things.

Found through UO Blog



Continuing the fashion trend are Billykirk, comprised of brothers William and Chris Kirkland who make some really amazing leather bags and accessories. Together they trained under a third generation leather maker for 3 years, eventually moving out to the east coast where they now work with Amish leather workers who help manufacture their pieces. Their leather is vegetable dyed because it results in a better finish over time, and it’s much more environmentally friendly than chrome dying.

In their shop they carry bags, wallets, cuffs, card cases, belts, and compatibles, anything you might be look for. My favorites were their bags, as you can see above. The one at top is based on a World War Two Belgian map case that they made a bit larger to fit more modern day conveniences. I love the color of it, and I would imagine it looking even better after it’s aged and been scuffed up. The other is a large travel bag that I think is absolutely sexy. I would imagine if you traveled with this bag you’d get looks from people with obvious luggage-envy. Really beautiful stuff.


Martin The Tailor

While perusing the Band of Outsiders blog I came across this wonderful video simply titled Martin the Tailor. This is the story of Martin Greenfield, a man who went from working in a workroom in a concentration camp in Germany to the owner of a garment factory and a tailor to many an important person. Martin talks about how he crafts a suit for a person, how everyone is a “perfect person”, because we’re all different and unique.

What really makes the video extra special is how well it’s put together. The footage was shot by a Ed David and directed by Galen Summer, and they did an incredible job. The music, the editing, the shots and angles, all work together seamlessly to make the story even stronger. There are a ton of tracking shots that explore the factory that are really rad, and watching some of the seamstresses sewing is so incredible. There’s one woman who from afar, looks like she’s kneading black dough to bake bread, but she’s sewing up a suit of some kind… it’s really fascinating.

The video runs about 8 minutes, take the time to get wrapped up in it.


Pieces from Band of Outsiders Fall Collection

So far the last couple of hours I’ve been following fashion related links, slowly finding more and more awesome things to post, so expect the next few pots to be in the sartorial vein. First off, I found myself at Band of Outsiders, one of my favorites as they make such perfectly simple, but stylish, clothing. About a month ago they released some polaroids of they’re upcoming fall collection and I immediately was trying to figure out how I can create this looks on my meager (read: nothing) budget, because the whole collection looks awesome. In the top photo I love that vest, especially with the oxford shirt and striped tie, perfect for a night out on the town. In the smaller photos I totally want to copy the pink shirt with dark striped tie idea, and the other photo I’m smitten with that hint of yellow tie underneath the sweater.

Take a look at the rest of the collection and their blog as well, lots of great gems in there.

Vincent Fournier

I’ve always been interested by things like science and space, but as of lately that’s been one of my big influences. I think this was re-awakened when I saw the Aaron Morse installation at The Hammer, something really struck a nerve. So as I was looking through the photos of Vincent Fournier I got really excited by his series called Space Project, a collection of photos that are all over the place, from full on giant space crafts to a desert somewhere that looks like it could be another planet. His shots are absolutely stunning, filled with wonderful hues of pink and bright blues and tons of details and textures.

His name may also sound familiar as he shot those ads with the people wearing giant, full body sweaters. Definitely check out all of his work, he’s one talented guy.


Insound 20

The folks over at Insound, one of the finest purveyors of indie music, has gotten together with Jason Munn from The Small Stakes to create a line of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and posters based around 20 of the best bands they carry, calling it Insound 20. For those who don’t know Jason’s work, he’s one of the finest poster/graphic designers out there, creating images that are usually quite simple, but bold and extremely memorable (I have this Sufjan poster he did). Now he’s created 20 different graphics, all of them quite stunning, for 20 incredible bands. The list of artists is as follows:

Death Cab for Cutie, Grizzly Bear, Jose Gonzalez, Beirut, The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River, The Thermals, Built to Spill, Calexico, She & Him, Magnolia Electric Co., Peter Bjorn & John, Department of Eagles, The Hold Steady, The Constantines, Spoon, Black Heart Procession, The New Pornographers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

The shirts go for $20, sweatshirts for $35, and posters for $40, all of which sound pretty reasonable to me, especially for such awesome stuff. I’d also just like to point out that this Low poster is one of my absolute favorites. How rad would that be to get tattooed? Anyhow, check out all of the fun stuff, and if you’re in need of a new cool tee, definitely stop by.