I came across this amazing photo by Raymond Meier over on the T Magazine Tumblr and haven’t stopped thinking about it. They’re a part of a small series that he shot for this story called Naughty by Nature, about the Big Island of Hawaii. But there’s just something to fascinating about this photo. I didn’t know you could stand that close to “flowing” lava and not melt, but clearly you can. It’s also quite lovely how the pinks and yellows of the shoes almost match the lava. Wonderful work.
Ted and Angie of Poketo have been very busy lately. Not only is Poketo rapidly expanding as a brand but they’ve been in the process of switching spaces from a small Downtown Los Angeles loft to a spacious new hub for the brand. Oh, it also has space for their first brick and mortar store, too. That’s right: Poketo have finally opened up their first store!
The retail space soft-opened Saturday and is now officially open. We popped in over the weekend to check out the final space and were blown away with how many things they have. We were very aware of the products they carry on their website but seeing everything in person on shelves, tables, racks, and more you really realize how they have become this empire. No longer are they simply selling cool wallets but there are now t-shirts, cups, books, towels, soaps, plates, pots, shoes, socks, and so much more.
The goods are all very nicely curated in a very open, warm space that perfectly translates the online Poketo experience to the IRL Poketo experience. From the red painted entry way to the small upside down planters, their space is totally them and unlike any other art/design/lifestyle store because they have such a heavy hand in creating the goods. The store has personality and a homeyness to it that truly is unrivaled.
As mentioned, the store is now open and is located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. If you are in town, stop into the store and tell them we sent you. They would certainly be glad to see you. You can read more on the store and the space here.
I received an email yesterday from Carson Davis Brown, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based photographer and designer who’s doing some nice work with smoke. The series is called Cabin Time Project and features a number of folks treading about the woods in colorful bursts of smoke. It’s a simple but beautiful effect that I’ve been seeing quite a lot lately. Is smoke the new lens flare? Maybe, but I don’t think it’s played out quite yet.
I’ve been lucky to work with Michael Cina in both a personal and professional manner, and he’s without a doubt one of the hardest working individuals I know. He’s also one of the most multi-talented guys I’ve ever encountered as well. Somehow he can effortlessly maneuver between design and fine art without missing a beat. A perfect example is the ongoing project he’s been working on with Matthew Dear called Beams.
The Beams project has been the most ambitious music packaging project that I have worked on to date. It started in November of 2011 and ended in May of 2012. The full scope involves almost 100 paintings, two of the paintings being 20 feet long, flying to NYC to be filmed painting a 6 foot portrait, another porttrait that took 2 months to paint, a custom typeface, and countless designs. There will be four singles to come off this record as well, each requiring new pieces as well.
The work is really remarkable and so dynamic feeling. I love that he chooses to get so close paintings, cropping these beautiful fragments of art. When I go to a museum the first thing I want to do is look at the paint up close, to see the subtlety of the strokes and how the painting came together. With these works I feel like Michael is giving us a peak inside his brain, and that he sees value in each every stroke, whether consciously made or not. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the rest of the project turns out.
These portraits are brilliant! Painted by illustrator and artist Rich Pellegrino, they capture their subject in such a unique and colorful way. Based out of Providence, Rhode Island – Pellegrino’s pop icon portraits are particularly great. From Molly Ringwald’s Andie Walsh to Owen Wilson’s Francis and on to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka – Pellegrino’s ability to capture the idiosyncrasies of these characters is uncanny. Filled with bold strokes of color, his work is definintly worth taking a look at. See more online here.