Photo by Andreas Gursky.
You Are What You Grow by Michael Pollan
This is a really interesting article concerning the farm bill, something that I had no real knowledge of before reading this. I guess it basically gives farmers money based on how much of their crop they grow. But it’s sort of become twisted and being used to fund the junk food industry more than anything.
In the article they use the point of, why is it cheaper to by a pack of Twinkies then a bunch of carrots? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? It also goes into detail about how the bill effects other countries, immigration issues, and how we’re all getting fatter because of it.
Really interesting read.
This guy has the raddest photos. France based photographer Cédric Delsaux takes our favorite Star Wars characters and puts them into very moody, modern French environments. I guess he uses toys or models and places them into the photos? It looks really rad no matter what it is. Sort of like if the Star Wars characters were in THX 1138 or The Matrix.
Check out more of his work here.
I’ve loved Travis since basically forever. I was that sensitive kid in high school wondering “why does it always rain on me?” and cutting my hair into a faux hawk because Fran Healy, the lead singer of Travis, had it that way. I want to interject here, that Fran Healy totally, and completely started the faux hawk. He was rocking it WAY before everyone, and I copied him way before it was the cool thing to do… we’re talking 10 years ago.
Anywho, The Boy with No Name is an excellent album so far. It’s a return to form for the band, after their last album, 12 Memories. This new album seems much happier again, moving away from the dark political feel of the last one. It might be partially because Nigel Godrich came back to produce for them again, injecting his bit of genius into the mix. I’ve only listened to it about 3 times through… but so far, so good.
P.S. I read this on Wikipedia and thought it was really rad.
“When Travis took the stage to perform [Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”] at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being dry for several hours, it began to rain as soon as the first line was sung.”
I wish I would have been there for that, I’m sure it was such an incredible experience.
Last Saturday I went to Scion’s Want 2 B Square show in Culver City. It was a one night only event which featured Dalek, UPSO, Maya Hayuk, Sage Vaughn, Matzu MTP, Kelsey Brookes, and Freddi C. The artists painted 48″x 48″and 24″x 24″panels, the larger ones being constructed into boxes that hung from the ceiling. You could then step onto a platform and look at the art from inside the box. A very cool way to display it.
The show ended up being really awesome. I recognized UPSO, but didn’t speak to him. All of the artists did a really great job on their pieces, and there was free beer, which is always good. There was also a really rad custom built photo booth that took while it took your picture, it showed a piece of art on your face. At the same time, it was broadcast the picture to projectors around the room, showing everyone the pictures you took. Garrett and I made friends with the creator of the thing, and were able to each get a print of it.
We also got a big bag of free shit, which ended up not being that great. But they did put a lot of effort into it, I’ll give them that.
Lots more pictures after the jump!
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These are the new totes from Futura’s ‘For Love Or Money’ line. I think they’re pretty damn hot. It comes in the color and monotone version. It’s too bad they’re 180 bucks. You can buy it at We Sold Out! now, but they probably won’t be there much longer.
I love the Japanese, but I have to say it’s pretty hard to get them sometimes. Take for example the website of Koji Tomoto. He does these awesome illustrations using bright contrasting colors and simple shapes. Really cute art. But the front page of his website definitely says, “welcome to balls!”.
The image above is of the Polar Clock by Pixelbreaker.
It’s one of the cleanest, most beautiful screen savers I’ve ever seen. I’ve been turning it on randomly all day so I feel like I’m in a sci-fi movie.
You can download it here.
I remember the first time I went to Urban Outfitters, it was the one down the street from Union Square in San Francisco. It was the coolest store I had ever been in. The fact that it was like 4 stories just made it amazing to me. Now near 10 years later, I realize that Urban Outfitters is really over priced and rips off t-shirt designs.
But the one thing I still love, is their graphic and in store design. It’s always consistently well done, they’re current design being done by the EXTREMELY wonderful National Forest. Now they’ve taken the style that they carry so well and translated it into a blog. So far it seems pretty cool showcasing magazines, music videos, bands… although it seems like most entries are somehow tied into the brand of the store. The formatting of it is really interesting as well, with the entires being divided up by place, like Los Angeles or London, instead of category.
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