The Bicycle Safari

Continuing our day of bike related posts we’ve got a charming little photoblog called The Bicycle Safari which is run by a fella’ named Lawrence. Based out of Lund, Sweden the goal of the blog is document the bikes that occupy the streets. as well as the small details that make them so special. So far his collection of images is really great, made up of bike plaques, interesting type and even a bell with a vibrant color wheel.

He hasn’t updated the blog in a little while but I certainly hope he keeps up with it since there isn’t anywhere in Los Angeles where you could appreciate stuff like this. Maybeeee Venice, but still, those are mostly boring beach cruisers.


May 26, 2010 / By

Eight from Etsy: Bike Edition

Did you know that if you enter the keyword “bicycle” into an Etsy search that you will receive over 200 pages of results? In amongst slogans informing shoppers that “bike is the new black”, that you should “keep calm and ride on” and that, ahem, you should “put the fun between your legs” is a super collection of bicycle-themed wares. I have trawled through the huge selection like a crazy scavenger to pick out what I believe is the top eight. I hope you like them.

Further and better particulars can be found after the jump.

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May 26, 2010 / By

Safety First

This is what I remember about my seventh birthday: 1) My friends and I went to see Batman Returns; 2) my twin sister insisted that I wait 12 minutes to blow out the candles on my half of the cake since she was born 12 minutes before me and 3) I gladly received a Sega Genesis. I didn’t spend as much time outside that summer; my bike collected dust in the garage while I navigated Sonic the Hedgehog toward elusive golden hoops on the TV screen.

So why do the most popular bike helmets look like they were designed for Sonic the Hedgehog? Does an exaggerated aerodynamic form really improve your time biking to the office? Do golden coins appear only to folks who wear this style of helmets?

Wearing a helmet is not optional, both from a safety standpoint and in states where laws require cyclists to wear them; this is a good thing. So I wanted to share with you folks a helmet that costs as much, or less, than most bike helmets and will not make you look like a 16-bit video game character. (First of, as an aside, it’s hard to beat the Bell Faction helmet in terms of simplicity, but I don’t like how low the front of the helmet is because some folks wear glasses. Secondly, I know there are fancier bike helmets like those from the Danish company Yakkay, but I don’t share their impulse to disguise my helmet as a hat.)

Which bring us to Nutcase Helmets. Nutcase helmets are (mostly) simple and colorful. It’s hard to go wrong with one from the Super Solids group, but I would steer folks toward the brighter helmets with higher visibility. If you know of a better-looking bike helmet, please share. Bike safety is no joke, and the more hip helmets there are, the more heads will be protected from unexpected encounters with concrete, cars, branches, rocks, license plates, golden coins and angry siblings.


May 26, 2010 / By

Amandine Alessandra

The portfolio of London-based photographer and graphic designer Amandine Alessandra is a typography lover’s wonderland. Using language as the raw material for her art, Alessandra skilfully transforms words into embodied forms composed of varying shapes and textures. Moving beyond ideas of language as something that is simply heard or read off a page, the communicative possibilities of text are rendered multi-sensory, whereby words are highly visual and tactile objects.

My favourite pieces in her extensive body of work are the typographic installations that display Alessandra’s deft hand at physically embedding language into the urban landscape. The words that she creates – whether constructed through handwoven embroidery, the sprinkling of birdseed, or via bodies – work to construct an alternative architecture that literalises the fleeting nature of language. Her pieces are like secret messages that leave a trace on urban space, waiting to be deciphered before they disappear.


May 25, 2010 / By

The Animal Series by Okayboss

It’s a pretty common fact that just about every other band out there is named after an animal. The biggest band the world’s ever seen were named after beetles and the trend hasn’t lost any steam, especially as of the last 15 years. With that in mind Okayboss has created a series of animal band inspired prints that feature his beautiful illustrations. The series so far includes Animal Collective, The Dodos, Grizzly Bear, Wolf Parade, Modest Mouse, Deerhunter, The Mountain Goats and Noah and the Whale.

I’m the first to admit that I’m kind of over prints in general, but hot damn is is his work amazing. It’s all so playful and colorful, like hard drugs for your eyeballs. My absolute favorite are the Animal Collective (top) and Wolf Parade (bottom) posters, there’s just so much life and exuberance to these, I can’t stop smiling over them.

Each poster measures in at 12″ x 16″, come in a limited edition of 50 and are printed on 310gsm Canson Rag Archival Fine Art paper. Each is only $45, which isn’t honestly too bad. And you’re in the mood for something larger there’s always the 18″ x 24″… Click here to visit the Okayboss Shop.


May 25, 2010 / By

Typography for Lawyers

Typography for Lawyers is a useful resource for those of us who didn’t study graphic design in school and want to avoid snide looks from our friends who did. Maybe you are a Lawyer, and have been wanting to add pizzaz to your next memo by selecting a new typeface… maybe you just want to distinguish between en and em dashes for personal pleasure. In either instance, Butterick (the site’s creator) explains the principles clearly. For instance, about font selection he says: “Distinctive is fine; goofy is not. Novelty fonts, weird fonts, outline fonts, shadow fonts—these have no place in any document created by a lawyer. Save it for your next career as a designer of breakfast-cereal boxes.”

While the site’s emphasis is on legal writing, but much of the sites content is easily applied to type outside the lexicon of lexis nexis.


May 25, 2010 / By

‘Moonlight Kawasaki Ride’ by JETSKIIS

I got an email earlier tonight from a band named JETSKIIS who describe themselves as “a singer living under house arrest, a bassist without a valid mailing address, two recently unemployed drummers, and a guitarist in the midst of a gender epiphany.” Nonetheless I took a chance and decided to listen to what they were selling.

As it turns out they make some pretty fun music. The call it ‘island skuzz’, which is one of the most disgusting descriptions I’ve ever heard, but as it turns out it’s kind of rad. They sound a bit like Roxy Music, very lo-fi, and it really works. Definitely curious to hear more from these guys.


May 25, 2010 / By

Soon Will Be The Break Of Day | A Mix by Pollyn

Soon Will Be The Break Of Day | A Mix by Pollyn
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Last week was kinda stressful with traveling and trying to get my life back into order so unfortunately I didn’t have time to put together a quality Mixcast. To make up for it I’ve decided to release a Mixtape that was put together by the folks of Pollyn. This Los Angeles based band is made up of vocalist Genevieve Artadi, guitarist Anthony Cava, and beatmaker Adam Jay Weissman, who together make dark and moody music fronted by a beautiful voice and backed by rad beats.

They’re having a show this Saturday at Bordello here in Los Angeles with The Robotanists which I’m actually presenting. It’s always fun to try new things! So I thought it would be awesome if they made a little Mixtape and then gave it away to you. It’s a pretty wide range of songs from all over the place but I think you’ll really like. You’ll also have to check it out for their cover for Tom’s Diner, it’s absolutely top notch.

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend be sure to snag some tickets to the show by clicking here, they’re only $10. And for more information and music from Pollyn click here. Big thanks to Pollyn for making such a rad mix.

Enjoy the Mixtape and I’ll be back next week with a brand new Mixcast, cross my heart.

1. Blue Jay Way – The Beatles
2. Bad Trip – Cilibrinas Do Eden
3. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy – Radiohead
4. Hearts Entwine – Branda Ray
5. Histoire A Suivre – The Honeymoon Killers
6. Tom’s Diner – Pollyn
7. Destination Vertical – Masha Qrella
8. King Kong – Psapp
9. My Rocky Mountain – Erik Sumo
10. Lawdy Rolla – The Guerrillas
11. Roscoe (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix) – Midlake
12. Black Balloon – The Kills
13. Nightless Night – Husky Rescue
14. Ice House – The Creatures
15. D.A.R.E (Pollyn Remix) – Gorillaz
16. Captain Easychord – Stereolab
17. Moscow Nights – The Feelies
18. Purple (Ummah Remix) – Crustation
19. All Is Full of Love – Bitone
20. This Deed – Electrelane


May 24, 2010 / By