I can’t remember where I came across this print by Mareike Auer, but I really love it for it’s simplicity (and the fox, duh). It’s called The Story About Me and the Fox, and comes in 4 sizes and are all signed and dated. I think this would look awesome in a bathroom or a kitchen, something quirky to spice an area up. Can anyone say holiday gift?
My love/hate affair with Monocle continues. As I previously wrote about Monocle’s City Guides, I love a lot of the stuff they do, but they can be equally annoying and pompous. So what do I do? I buy a bottle of their cologne, Scent One: Hiroki. The cologne is a team up with Comme des Garcons, created by their perfumer Antoine Maisondieu.
The bottle came with a card that describes the scent:
“The inspiration for this fragrance comes from a perfectly still, slightly chilly spring morning spent soaking in an indoor/outdoor tub at the Tawaraya in Kyoto. It pulls together our memory of the mosses and trees outdoors, and sharp notes of the boxy, hinoki tub.”
Gag me with an F’ing stick.
That being said, it is one of the most amazing smells I’ve ever encountered. It’s a unisex cologne, but I’d say it’s extremely masculine smelling. It’s very woodsy, but thankfully you don’t smell like your grandpa. The other ridiculous thing about this cologne is that it costs around $150. I know, insane. But it’s honestly amazing, so if you ever have the chance to sample I highly encourage you to do it, because it’s hard to smell a cologne being sold in a magazine.
P.S. I took that photo on my dining room table, though it may not look like it. I just thought that was funny.
I’ve really been enjoying the work of Canadian illustrator/designer Jared Nickerson today. He’s got this style that kind of reminds me of a mix between Friends With You and Genevieve Gauckler, lots of bold shapes and fun critters. The piece above is titled Comfy Coma, and I love the stark black and white with the old timey background. Most of his work is a lot more brightly colored, but I’m really digging this one a lot. Be sure to check out the rest of his stuff, he’s got a lot of it!
This morning I woke up at 7am with a drive to get shit done, and shit was definitely done. Not really planning on it, I decided to pop over to Space 15 Twenty, a”retail experiment” created by the folks over at Urban Outfitters which allows them “to collaborate with creative brands we find inspiring and interesting.” I parked in front of the Space, walked up, and started taking photos, no one said anything to me, so I was able to get some pretty cool shots. Basically what they’ve done is taken a big warehouse off of Sunset Blvd. and turned into a hipster strip mall, and I don’t mean that in a negative way whatsoever.
The Space so far features Urban Outfitters, Alife, What Comes Around Goes Around, Hennessey + Ingalls, We The Free, Snack Bar, Samantha Pleet, and Hope Gallery. The space is absolutely amazing, lots of natural woods, exposed bricks, and little nooks and crannies to explore. Space 15 Twenty opens today/tonight officially, so if you’re in the LA area you should definitely pop over and check it out, though I’m sure it’s gonna be a hot mess.
There are a ton of photos under the cut as well, so be sure to check those out!
P.S. How rad is that giant Andy Rementer billboard?!
Good morning everyone, so glad that’s already Wednesday… alright it’s Thursday, I’m a liar and a day behind! Better late then never is hopefully what you’re all saying to yourselves! This weeks artist has been a favorite of mine for years now, first catching my eye with images of dance parties filled with yetis, elves, crystals, break dancing, Star Wars characters, all done in needle point. Her name is Meg Whitmarsh and she’s not only handy with needle and thread, but she’s also an awesome illustrator as well.
Meg was nice enough to grace us with one of her dance parties. It’s all done with colored pencils and features an awesome chick jamming out on the keyboard while a yeti chills out and smokes a cigarette. I think this one makes a perfect desktop, lots of colors and lots of room for your icons. I think I’m gonna come out with two desktops next week, one will be a special edition one of something that’s been floating around the web for a while… but you’ll have to wait and see!
Kettle Drum (I Left a Note) by Pale Young Gentlemen
Marvelous Design by Pale Young Gentlemen
Our History by Pale Young Gentlemen
I know a lot of you like when I suggest music, so I thought I’d do a little write up about Pale Young Gentlemen’s new album, Black Forest (Tra La La). PYG started out as a three person band in Madison, Wisconsin, consisting of Michael and Matt Reisenauer and Brett Randall, but then added Andrew Brawner and Elizabeth Weamer to the mix, filling out the band to it’s current state.
Their newest album Black Forest (Tra La La) just came out in October, and I’m sad that I didn’t hear it when it first came out. The first time listening through, they sound like Andrew Bird. The comparison is easy to make, but after listening to this for the last week straight, they’re much different. PYG has a darker, more romantic sound to them, it kind of reminds me of Fleet Foxes in a way. Honestly my favorite part is Ms. Weamer’s cello parts, which give everyone such a rich and deep sound.
If you like Andrew Bird, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, or any of those kinds of bands, this is definitely for you.
Over in Montreal, Quebec, the kids are becoming the tastemakers. Bancroft Elementary has started an awesome after school program called Modern Music Makers, which basically take students between the ages of 5 and 10, and gives them the means to create music. Their tools are things like drum machines, laptops, microphones, a midi keybaord, as well as cameras and a make shift green screen to make videos with.
I think the results were pretty awesome, as you can see above with Nigel’s awesome song U.F.O. I would have absolutely loved to do something like this when I was a kid. I taught in a before and after school program for three years, this would have been something I would have loved to do with the kids. Hopefully this can inspire a few of you to do something just as fun.
Read more about the project over at Naked Eye Magazine.
Last Saturday I headed down to city hall for a rally to reverse prop 8, something I’m obviously passionate about. The rally went well, there were thousands of people there, and our fight continues on. But as my friends and I were leaving the rally, something odd happened… I ran into Richard Dreyfuss.
At that moment, my head kind of exploded, and it was the most surreal feeling I’ve ever felt. Richard Dreyfuss, a hero of mine, whom I grew up watching in movies like Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was standing in front of me smiling. And like any dumb struck fan does, I said the stupidest thing possible, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!?!”. And like all amazing actors should react, he wittily responded, “C’mon, I know where to pick up all the hot guys…” – I started laughing, thrilled that he was ready to be my best friend.
It turned out he was waiting for his family to pick him up, so he just happened to be there. I asked him if I could take a picture of him with the Reverse Prop 8 sign that I created, and he graciously accepted. Someone mentioned offhand that we wouldn’t leak the photo to the newspapers, and he struck back, “Fuck the papers, you leak it wherever you want.”
So there you go. Richard Dreyfuss, one of my favorite actors since my childhood, supports me and my right to get married. Thank you sir, you are truly an awesome actor, and amazing human. I’d also like to suggest that everyone who supports this as well should click the banner over on the top right and join the group my friends and I have created called Actual Action. The name pretty much says it all, and you’ll definitely be hearing more about it in the near future.