I came across the work of Nate Duval after he added me on Twitter, my social network of choice. I went through his portfolio and then stumbled across his store where I found the prints you see above. The big one on the top is some kinda acid trip version of Al Capone, and the pair below are simply just beautiful flowers.
Aren’t the colors on these fantastic?
I figure it’s winter-y weather for most people right now, so when I saw Andy Smith’s beautiful little book called The Rainy Season, I thought it was quite appropriate. The book features a ton of fun little dooddles of people, all of which are stuck in the rain. It’s beautifully silkscreened and on sale here.
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Earlier today I saw a tweet from Tom over at The Scout, confirming that Monocle was indeed opening a shop in Los Angeles, something they hinted at in their most recent issue. As critical as I can be about Monocle, I feel like I hold them to higher standard because they do so many things so very right.
Excited, I was curious to find out where the shop would be, but to my dismay, they chose… Brentwood. For those who aren’t familiar with Los Angeles, Brentwood is a “fancy” neighborhood, but it’s also completely out of the way from anything cool. I feel like I know Los Angeles pretty damn well, and well, I couldn’t tell you a damn store in Brentwood.
There are so many places in Los Angeles for a Monocle store to go. There’s the REALLY rich folk in Beverly Hills, the constantly gentrifying Downtown, the hipsters in Silverlake… but they chose the most out of way place in this entire mess of a city. Yet again Monocle, you seem to not understand a damn thing about Los Angeles, and this further proves that point.
Tyler BrulÃ© is quoted as saying the location offers, “a great space in a high traffic area which possesses a similar demographic and ‘community feel’ to our Marylebone store in London.” If the demographic he’s speaking of is Ed Hardy wearing moms driving around in FJ Cruisers, then I suppose he’s right on the mark. But in my opinion, a Monocle store would fare better in an area that is more urban, cares about what’s going on around the world and appreciates well designed things.
I’ll still visit the shop… but it’ll have to be a very special trip.
I just got back from seeing The Present and I had a blast. I’ve been surfing many times before, but I’m far from a surfer dude, so at times I felt like quite a voyeur. But the movie was shot really beautifully, and guys in the video were doing some amazing stuff with some amazing boards.
I also saw Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd there, I had no idea hobbits love to surf! If you get a chance to see the film you should definitely check it out.
Tonight I’m lucky enough to be heading to the premiere of Thomas Campbell’s newest film The Present. The film is sort of an homage to old school surf films, with lots of surf footage from all over the world. The whole thing is shot in Super 16mm, so the colors are absolutely beautiful, and with a vision like T-Moes, you know it’s gonna be good.
The movie starts at 8 PM tonight with a reception starting at 7. If you want to come out and see this, be sure to come early cuz’ it’s gonna’ be packed.
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