I’m sure there are some of you out there who read this blog who still have no idea what Kitsune Noir means. Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox, and Noir is the french word for black, so if you put them the other way around you get Black Fox. Up until now though, I didn’t realize there were such things as black foxes, that was until my buddy Max sent me this article from The Telegraph titled, “‘Unlucky’ rare black fox spotted in Britain.”
Supposedly in the medieval times (read: stupid times) people thought that the black fox was a bad omen, which is ridiculous, look how cute that little guy is! They’re also rather rare in England, which is what the article is mainly about, as they were hunted near extinction for their pelts. Scary enough, the photo above was taken in a graveyard (aka eating the flesh of dead bodies, duh) but that the man was able to get rather close to it, so it doesn’t eat living people… yet.
Personally I’m quite proud to have the black fox as my mascot! Viva la Kitsune Noir!
One of my favorite things to see in a student’s portfolio of work is a really cool book. For Sarah Kahn, a recent graduate of Pennighen Easg in Paris, this meant creating a book around “the emotional intellect delivered by some computing tool and functions.” That sounds pretty ominous and slightly vague to me, but what she created was a book that takes the digital world and makes it physical.
Through creative uses of cutting, folding, and layering, she’s created a bunch of pieces that absolutely blew me away. Creating physical versions of Photoshop has been done before, but there’s something about the way she took the pictures and the precise layout, especially of the pieces above, that really struck me. Also be sure to check out Chocolat, a book filled with illustrations made from chocolate wrappers and unfolded chocolate packaging, quite brilliant.
I came across this article in the NY Times a couple weeks ago about a fashion spread in Vogue India that showed “normal” Indian citizens posing with high fashion accessories. The thing is, the accessories they’re posing with were with hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars, while the Indian citizens portrayed make somewhere in the ballpark of $1.25 a day. Some people are outraged by the spread, claiming that it was “tacky” and “distasteful,” while editor of Vogue India Priya Tanna thinks that people should “lighten up”, that â€œWe werenâ€™t trying to make a political statement or save the world.â€
Personally I side with Ms. Tanna on this one, mostly because I found the photos to be absolutely beautiful. The subjects, though not identified, are all smiling and laughing. Though the man above is holding a $200 Burberry umbrella in a mud hut, I feel like he’s portrayed in a beautiful light. You can see another photo from the shoot by clicking here.
What do you all think? Leave your take on the photos in the comments.
I’ve had a total shoe-boner for Common Projects for over a year now, they’re the closest to perfection I think you can get in a shoe. Well Blackbird has a sweet preview of their Fall/Winter 2008 line-up and one shoe in particular has my heart, the Achilles Mid Top in dark gray, the shoe you see above. There’s something about the all gray that gives me chills. I’ve seen a couple other shoes that were similar to this, but it’s the fact that even the rubber sole is gray that excites me.
Sadly, these beauties are $516 $346, something I would personally never pay for a shoe, but if you have the cash just laying around happen to rob a bank, totally snag a pair of these perfect shoes.
I try not to make this blog about my personal life, though my personal life is mentioned here and there as a point of reference. But I had to show you all the video above because, well, it’s pretty ridiculous. The company I design for, Causecast, has this thing we call The Causecast, which features news about causes and things happening in relation to causes. Well, my boss Levi asked me if I wanted to present one of the stories in my “sassy, Bobby fasion”, and since I have no shame, I decided to do it.
It’s kind of weird because now you’ll all know what I sound like and how I move, but it’s kind of funny at the same time, like breaking the third wall in a play or something. Anyhow, I hope you all get a kick out of this, and if you need to cast a leading role in an action movie, I’m definitely available.