A long time ago I was really into graphic t-shirts, it was like my very own addiction. After a while i had amassed a collection of close to 100 shirts or so, which is absolutely silly to think about now. But one of the first really cool shirts I remember ever buying was a Crownfarmer tee. A company started by Bob Kronabuer, he released 100 shirts by a cool artist each month, a concept that was still new at the time. The first ever shirt was a light blue tee with a Don Pendleton drawing that said, “I Get Down and I’m Stoked” which I still have sitting in my closet.
Well Bob is back and he’s starting up a new line with 6 weeks of artists. The first is by Todd Bratrud and features a squidy guy on a bike cruising around and leaving cool looking ink stains all over the shirt. You can read an interview that Bob did with Todd over on Mumble by clicking here.
Stereohype has released their 8th B.I.O. (By Invitation Only) series of designer badges and there’s quite a good selection this time around. The artists include Andy J. Miller, Allan Deas, Allistair Burt, Anja Gerscher, Bálint Egyed, Fiona Hamilton, FL@33, Greig Anderson, Heiko hoos, Jan von Holleben, Karin Kloubert, Madeleine Duba, Peter Crnokrak,Supersentido, TADO, Tom Würzburg and Yuko Michishita. I love all the variety they have to the badges, so no matter what your style you can probably find one that speaks to you.
There’s a really great post over on Garance Dore’s blog right now which talks about her experience going back stage at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show as well as getting to sit in the front row. Dore, along with fashion bloggers Scott Schumann (The Sartorialist), Tommy Ton (Jak & Jil) and Bryan Boy (Bryanboy) were personally invited to see the inner workings of a Dolce & Gabbana and D&G shows as well as being able to live blog them if they wanted. As she explains, Stefano and Demenico (the guys behind Dolce & Gabbana) have realized that their customers are very connected to the web, and they want to embrace the things that their customers like. So asking 4 of the biggest fashion bloggers to come to their show is just one of for them to reach out and do that.
I think this is such an interesting moment in the online community and blogging. A lot of smaller companies with younger people involved are quite fluent in the web, take for example Threadless. But a huge fashion house inviting bloggers is an entirely new page for blogging, showing that there is some validity to this new form of journalism. Though on that same note, Garance mentions that she would be a horrible journalist, saying, “have absolutely zero objectivity. I asked them a whole bunch of questions, and I definitely liked their fresh answers.” And this, I think, is a part of the appeal of bloggers. You know it’s one person’s opinion and if you learn to like and trust them, it’s becomes something like getting news from a friend.
Just something I’ve been thinking about that I wanted to share.
About a week ago Banksy updated his site with new images from his trip to Africa as well as pieces from his show at the Bristol Museum. Going through the outdoor images I came across this image of a black fox nibbling on Colonel Sanders head, which of course I had to post. I also thought his shop section was a nice touch, especially all the photos of “merchandise.”
*The last part of the title of the blog post is probably, most definitely not true.
I’m really digging the work of Demetrius May, an Art Center and grad and Los Angeles resident. His paintings feature an odd mixture of nostalgia and pop culture, with halftones and really bright colors being popular themes. The two images above were my favorites, they’re both so bright and almost to the point of being surreal. Imagine one of these blown up to an enormous size and hanging on your wall… people would definitely notice.