A little after I turned 19, I started to realize that my taste in foods was changing. Being out of high school, I no longer went to McDonald’s everyday and eat a double cheeseburger with fries and a coke, I was craving better foods. So I ventured out of my suburban area and started eating more Downtown Sacramento, which by most standards wasn’t that exciting, but it was a starting point. I was able to try foods that took time to prepare, that didn’t come wrapped in wax paper.
Spork, a new restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District, sort of reminds me of my journey to good eats.
Spork started it’s life out oddly enough as a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Clearly the KFC didn’t make it, so Spork owner Bruce Binn moved in, but opted out of tearing the structure down. Instead he left the outside as it was, only painting the building gray. The inside though is another story. What was once tacky, plastic furniture is now an entirely warm environment, decorated in an Americana-esque decor. It’s now a casual, unpretentious, no reservations, diner.
To get a sense of what the foods like, head over to the Yelp entry about it, so far it seems like people are really digging the place.
Ward Zwart, aka Ward Kuypers, is a Belgian artist who draws sort of like your friends did back when you were in school, but he makes it look awesome. Kinda’ fucked up on purpose. Anyhow, he draws a lot of people, but he draws some really awesome posters and flyers.
I had to post the fox one above (obviously), but I also loved his awesome squirrel one as well.
He also has a new book out now as well, so be sure to check all his stuff out!
The newest member of the Vans Sky Gallery is Mount Washington resident, Cole Gerst. Cole runs Option-G, which designs CD covers, concert posters, t-shirts, and everything else you can think of. He also has has two monthly comics in the LA Weekly as well.
I saw his promotional poster the other night and really enjoyed it. The little trees and deer and the blue colors all played together really well. I also really like the pair of shoes he designed above, clean and simple.
Since the previous post was about a Berlin based eyewear company, why not continue the German love with a Berlin based illustrator?
Mathis Rekowski is a 29 year old illustrator/photographer who makes some really crazy ass collages and drawings.
Once again I am wooed in by flashy colors!
Located in the Mitte district in the heart of Berlin, MYKITA is an eyewear brand that’s starting to garner a lot of good buzz in the “design world”. What really caught my eye though, was their amazing space they’ve opened. It’s designed completely minimally, with the only color coming from the glasses that line the walls. I love that the floors and ceiling are white as well, it totally adds to the overall effect. The concept was inspired by the look and philosophy of the MYKITA brand.
Be sure to check out MYKITA’s eyewear collections as well, which is pretty rad in it’s own right.
Link via The Cool Hunter
I’m posting this really early, at least early by my standards, so this post might be shit. Luca Tieri is an Italian illustrator and designer who does some amazing things with his line weights and color. His style kind of reminds me of Jamie Hewlett, but with less posing and more action.
He also has a new book out which you can pick up by clicking here.
Link via Meathaus
This is kind of a silly post, but I thought it was fun, so whatever. Browsing over at Tokion’s website, I noticed that they had a wallpaper section. What got me really excited was the Geoff McFetridge wallpaper you see above! But they also have a bunch more, like Ashley Macomber, Mike Pare and Deanne Cheuk. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to get to the next page of wallpapers!
Marcus Walters is a graphic designer/illustrator from the UK who does has a really great portfolio site. I Spent a good chunk of time searching through all of his work, and everything is really beautiful. I especially liked his hair illustrations he did for Wonderland Magazine, the colors and halftones are awesome.
Also be sure to check out his blog, which he seems to update often.
Link via Kanardo