Things That Made Up My Weekend

This weekend was a pretty fun one for me, though it felt like it went by way too fast. But I thought I’d share a few of the things I did with you all, one or some of them might spark something in some of you!

1) Los Angeles Derby Dolls
I went and saw the LA Derby Dolls play the championship match between the Sirens and the Tough Cookies, and OMG it was so damn exciting! I’ve never been to a roller derby match before, so I wasn’t really sure how it worked, but I picked it up rather quickly and it was a total blast. My favorite skater was Mila Minute, a jammer for the Sirens. That girl was unstoppable, and scored a ton of points. In the end the Tough Cookies won though, but all involved had a great time.

2) Kentucky Mint Julep at Seven Grand
After Derby Dolls my crew rolled down to Seven Grand for some mint juleps, my favorite being the Kentucky version. It’s served in an authentic julep cup and is quite strong and syrupy, but it’s watered down by the scoop of crushed ice they put on top of it. It’s like a delicious alcoholic snow cone!

3) Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
My friend Max let me borrow Franny and Zooey on Friday and I couldn’t put it down, it totally entranced me. The book is kind of odd, it’s basically about the Glass family, though this book concentrates on the youngest brother and sister, Franny and Zooey. Franny starts to have a slight nervous breakdown, and her brother Zooey tries to help her through it. Reading it, I realized it was near identical to The Royal Tenenbaums, and sure enough, Wes Anderson was totally inspired by it, especially the bathroom scene. It’s a short, fun read, I’d highly recommend it.

4) Grey Microplush Blanket
Somehow when I moved into my apartment I lost both of my blankets… how do people lose blankets? Anyhow, I needed a new one, so I popped by Target and grabbed this amazing grey microplush (aka heaven) blanket for $50. I have full sized bed, but I went with the king size blanket, because I’m kind of a whore for big blankets. I took a nap with it yesterday, and slept like a baby last night. Viva la blankets!

5) Bande à part
After reading Franny and Zooey I was feeling a bit nostalgic, so I decided to watch a little Godard as I fell asleep last night. My choice was Bande à part, a wonderful little film about love, robbery, and deception. That makes it sound worse than it is, it’s a pretty silly movie, but I enjoy it.

6) David Bowie
The last thing on my list of things I did this weekend is David Bowie. My roommate showed me the episode of Flight of the Conchords where David Bowie shows up in that dudes dream, and it totally got me in the mood for him. I listened to Space Oddity mostly, I really love everything Janine and beyond, aka Side Two of the record. Random, I know.


November 10, 2008 / By

‘Dark Days’

I was out at a bar earlier tonight and the DJ was playing some really great, laid back music, which made me think of DJ Shadow, which then in turn made me think of Dark Days, the documentary by Marc Singer featuring a group of homeless people who were leaving in the abandoned Freedom Tunnel in New York. The documentary came out in August of 2000, and shed a light (literally and figuratively) on a subculture of people living in abandoned tunnels under New York, showing how they survived in such an odd circumstance. There are scenes of drug use, a lot of strong language, but it’s such and interesting look at a time and place that seems impossible in a city like New York.

The soundtrack is also by DJ Shadow, which is what made me think of all of this in the first place. The video above is the whole doc, so if you have some time, try and watch the whole thing, it’s absolutely worth it.


November 10, 2008 / By

Molotov Polo Player by Morning Breath

Upper Playground killed yet again, recently releasing this awesome collection of pillows design by David Choe, Sam Flores, and my personal favorite, the one by the guys at Morning Breath you see above. Yet again, simplicity really strikes here, as they take the iconic Polo logo and give it a slight anarchistic touch, the rider now sporting a molotov cocktail instead of a polo mallet.

All the pillows are 20 x 20″ and run for $40 a piece. Get ’em while you still can.


November 7, 2008 / By

Thornton’s ‘Stuck’ Commercial by Harmony Korine

I saw this commercial for British chocolatier Thorntons on today’s Very Short List and I had to post it for several reasons. The first is that Harmony Korine, the director of wonderful movies like Gummo and Julian Donkey Boy, as well as someone who I have a soft spot for, directed this spot. Second, it’s a really simple, but creative little idea that embodies the idea of ‘Stuck’ so well.

Watching this I can’t help but smile, especially how well the little boy moves at the very end of the commercial. An extremely cute idea.


November 7, 2008 / By

No on Prop 8

It’s Election Day here in the U.S, a day which is now so important for the entire world. If you’ve read my blog before you know that I’ve voted for Barack Obama, I’ve been supporting him on this blog since last April when I first heard about him and heard his intense passion for this country. At this point I’m fairly certain he’s going to win, even my mother, a republican, just wrote me saying that she thinks he’s going to win, and Karl Rove, one of the most vile men on this planet, has stated he will win. So I’m feeling good about that.

My other concern is called Prop 8, a proposition currently being voted on here in California. Basically Prop 8 wants to make a constitutional amendment stating that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Currently in California same-sex couples can get married, and enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples. If people vote yes on Prop 8, then people like me, a gay man, won’t be able to get married to the person I love.

A lot of people who are voting yes on 8 say they want to “protect marriage”, which confuses me. Let’s take for example Bristol Palin, a 17 year old girl who got knocked up by her 18 year old boyfriend… they plan on getting married because she got pregnant, not because they’re in love. So, how is any of that sacred? How many countless heterosexual people get married in Vegas on a whim? Is that what people are trying to protect?

Then there’s the issue of religion. I’m not a religious person in any way, shape, or form. I wasn’t raised in any particular way, and I’m quite happy the way I am. That being said, I don’t want to get married in a church, I want religion to be no part of my ceremony. I want to be married on the beach, surrounded by all of the friends and family I love, telling all of them that I’m committing myself to one person for the rest of my life.

The last issue comes from the false statements from the Yes on 8 people stating that children will be taught about homosexuality as early as kindergarten. From the No on Prop 8 site:

“Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education. And no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it.”

That’s what I have to say about the issue. It’s about equal rights for everyone. And c’mon California, we’re one of the most progressive states out there. We can be a beacon for change for the rest of the U.S., paving the way for other states to follow suit. So please, VOTE NO ON PROP 8.


November 4, 2008 / By

Sleep Is So Last Night T-shirt

I spotted the t-shirt above in Threadless’ weekly email blast and immediately thought to myself, “That statement is so true.” I think I went to bed before 12:30 once last week, haha… I’m sort of over clever t-shirts, but this one is simple enough that it’s not offensive.

Click here to snag it for $15.


November 3, 2008 / By

Videos from the Cold War Modern Exhibit

Good Monday to everyone. It’s not always easy to get into the groove Monday, creatively or any other way, but I was watching these videos from the Cold War Modern exhibit and they were totally inspiring to me. The exhibit is currently taking place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and features art, design, architecture, and film that was coming out during the Cold War, from 1945-1970. The range of items produced is fantastic, as you can see on this page, where you go from Eames chairs to Vespas to environmental posters designed by Buckminster Fuller.

The two videos above were my favorite. The top one is the master of industrial design Dieter Rams, a man who’s vision shaped and inspired Jonathon Ive, giving us the wonderful Apple products we have today. He’s still as sharp and insightful as ever, and it’s really cool to listen to him speak about the items he’s created and his thoughts on design. The second one features the Jested Telecommunications Tower and Hotel which lies in the Czech Republic, an amazing absolutely amazing building. What they decided to do was create a dual space, both a communications building and a hotel. The story is quite incredible, and watching the video and seeing the spaces they’ve created is marvelous.

Check these out (and the beautiful V&A logo) and hopefully this sparks something in everyone!


November 3, 2008 / By

Liquor Store: Tribeca Mens Shop by J. Crew

J. Crew is stepping up it’s game with it’s newest venture, a pop-up shop in an old liquor store called the Tribeca Mens Shop. The shop features a good selection of items, I mean, it’s a full mens clothing store, but these aren’t pieces you’ll find in a normal J. Crew store. But what I’m more interested in is the store itself, which takes an older space and revitalizes it, a trend that’s proving quite popular right now.

First there’s Earnest Sewn, which is moving into the old Good Year Tires building on Beverly, here in Los Angeles. Then there’s Malin + Goetz which is opening it’s second store in an old Puerto Rican owned barbershop on Amsterdam and 82nd in New York. I’m personally loving this trend, to me it makes the experience of shopping so much nicer as these places are already filled with years of charm and character. I also think it’s pretty inspiring as well, especially when it comes to how I’d like to decorate my apartment, haha…

You can check out more photos of the store as well the collection by clicking here.


November 2, 2008 / By