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Monday, December 29, 2008

Want to put you on to: Alexey Brodovitch

Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and oddly, my grandmother (she was a prominent textile designer through the 50's to 2006) all studied with this man, hailed as the ultimate graphic design and aesthetic genius of his time. His work was so forward thinking, he revolutionized how people saw layout forever.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

teach yourself to draw

Post Christmas, I spent two or three days doing something I absolutely love, researching and putting myself through my own kind of art school. I (obviously) had classes with the great photography masters I've been obsessively posting on lately, but also, I discovered a whole free drawing school just waiting for those of us looking to teach ourselves. It's free, on youtube. Duh.

Here are a few examples of the lessons I got and geeked out on, but put in 'how to draw' and hundreds of awesome videos will pop up.

CHad Kouri's sketchbook

If you're calligraphy obsessed, as am I, you will appreciate the sketchbook expose 'Book by it's cover' did of CHad Kouri's sketchbook.

CHad Kouri's sketchbook feature

Book By It's cover

Saturday, December 27, 2008

lion love

I was reminded of this incredible story on Christmas eve. Nothing tragic, just amazing. Watch.

dinner fight matrix

This is random as all get out, but phenomenal:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

this is what Christmas looks like

This is the Ansco Shur Shot Jr. It shoots on 120 film, and you can't adjust anything at all. It is awesome.

For Christmas this year, I was paid a visit by two of the finest photographers in history, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon. Kaching.

Avedon interviewed by Charlie Rose:

There is nothing like having a couple genius' around the house to teach you an art form. Thank you Katie.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12 year old 'style god'

This is Tavi.

She is 12, and she is my hero.

I first fell in love with her because she has incredible style, and SHE IS TWELVE YEARS OLD.

Then because she has a blog that she keeps up impeccably with super genuine and interesting content.

Third because she has great taste and is super humble, even though the whole fashion world is flipping out over her.

Now I find out she cuts her own hair? Jesus christ, this kid is my new hero. I want her for my little sister.

(one of her awesome photos)

Find her and her great blog here:

God, not often that we gush out like this.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weegee's world

I thought Weegee was a standard mainstay for those interested in photography and/or art, but apparently not. Allow me to share for those who don't know.

Weegee (nee Arthur Fellig) was one of the first photographer's to document crime scenes in New York City, back in the wild days of the 30's and 40's when the mob was knocking people off left and right. He is a huge influence on a number of notable modern photographers.

"In 1938, Fellig was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at night; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene." *

Weegee's stark black and white's documented grimey city life like no one before him, and almost none after.

To find out more about Weegee hop on the google train. There isnt one cohesive website for him, since he was in the ground 30 years before the internet got big.

*This quote was borrowed directly from Wikipedia.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

this is what impeccable taste looks like

I dont know these people from Adam, and for the purposes of this post, I'd rather not, but they have incredible taste. Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato, hoteliers and perfumers.

See the rest of the great visit the Selby did with them here:

food for thought

I don't know about anyone else, but I love to exercise my noggin. In the miami airport earlier this month, I picked up a copy of an old favorite magazine for flexing the brain deck, The Atlantic Monthly. Started in the 1800's to promote independent thinking and liberal politics (think anti-slavery, etc.).

They print some of the most thorough, intelligent (and readable!) journalism out there. Anyone looking for genuine news and unbiased information, this will be appreciated.

They just went through a design overhaul, and I only just discovered their website, but if growing your skull sponge interests you, I would recommend you look into the Atlantic.

You can find them on any newsstand pretty much, or online, here:
If you're lazy, they even have a group on Facebook.

All photos borrowed from's current home page. Hit it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Barnstormers - pure inspiration

Stolen from

**I sit around with this DVD playing in the background while I work, just so you know.

The Barnstormers are a classic, as is this DVD they brought out. It is pure inspiration, and this post is simply to remind you of that, and to buy it if you havent.

It's too bad that this clip doesnt have Jose Parla or Alex Lebedev in it. Those are soooooo good. Sheesh.

You can get it here:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Soundtrack to today

How the fuck did these two gawky white boys get so much soul. I am lying, this is not the soundtrack to today, this is the soundtrack to the week, and to the last month while we're at it. Ladies and Gentleman, by way of Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys.

I give it to them for keeping their grungy nerd looks intact.

I think the below video is pretty boring, but the song is great:

That's it, if you know the Black Keys' manager per chance, send them my way. I am going to direct their next video. They need something as epic as their music:

Their website is here, with all the information you need:

Monday, December 15, 2008

just a reminder

that you should probably check out this film, if you're into what we are.

Beautiful Losers film trailer from beautifullosersfilm on Vimeo.

want to put you on to.. Lykke Li

If you didnt know, now you do. Dont tell anybody you didnt know. Just front.

Tags zine. gotta have it.

Stolen from

snap this little ditty up before their all gone. At 3 GBP, they are a STEAL. God bless the internet.

"Tags: East London" is a DIY zine for all you lovers of letters / tags / drippy tags and features a collection of photos documenting some of the tags that we have spotted in and around the streets of East London. The zine is A5 in size, a yellow cover with black and white images and a splash of colour images. 30 pages in total and yours for only £3.00.

The zine includes photos featuring tags from Oker, Nylon, ATG, INk F, Tek13, Cept, Sickboy and Word To Mother to name a few.

Get it here

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Emily King, talented as fuck, live tonight for free in NYC

I went to elementary school with Emily. Like five fuckin years old, running around the gym pulling people's hair elementary school, a million years ago. Granted, that was where all the artsy parents and freaks sent their kids so we expect weird miracles, but homegirl was just nominated for a grammy. She taught herself to play the guitar at 16. Now she is twenty three.

Her album came out in the summer on J records, and if you like neo-soul, urban pop, R&B, guitar strummin' soulful girl-singing type music, you will love her. I'd call her the female John Legend.

This is her official music video, which is dope (and I hate that I can't embed):

A little acoustic jam:

This is her performing her ass off live:

Oh, and guess what, she is performing tonight, for FREE, at Rockwood Music Hall, which has a dope sound system. SOOO worth the trip out. It's not raining. Go.

Saturday, December 13th 2008
Emily King sings @
Rockwood Music Hall
9:00 show
196 Allen st.
bet Houston and Stanton