Obselete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By





A couple weeks ago my buddy James Gulliver Hancock sent me a book he illustrated called Obselete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By. The book is a funny look into how quickly things are becoming obsolete, everything from body hair to lickable stamps, hotel keys to tonsillectomies. The author, Anna Jane Grossman, is really funny and gives you a little history on each of these things, how they fared and ultimately why they’re going away. James also provides some really great illustrations for some of the stories as well. Here are a couple of passages which made me giggle.

Here she writes about Privacy:

In the late 90s in Japan, the assumption that people would be lucky to have their private lives publicized was taken one ste further when a weekly “reality” show called Denpa Shonen featured a naked man locked in a room where he had to subsist ob only what he could win from sweepstakes advertised in a pile of magazines he was given. His place in the room was the prize he received after winning a raffle; he wasn’t told he’d be filmed. He went long stretches of time crying and eating nothing but rice cooked in a tin can. The crew left him inthere for more than a year before they told him that his confinement was being broadcast all over the country.

The show received stellar ratings.

And one more part about Eating for Pleasure:

Sara Moulton, Gourmet magazine’s longtime executive chef, has watched wholesomeness challenge convenience – while pleasure sits on the bench.

“It’s gotten to an extreme, and I could without the snobbishness. At the end of the day, food should be fun and tasty and that’s what maters more than anything else,” she says. “The plus side of the so called ‘locavore’ movement – getting food from local sources – is that that food tastes better because it’s not being grown with the purpose of holding up during shipping, it’s being grown for taste and not sturdiness. But a side effect is that it’s made some people view food as a religion, which is ridiculous. Food is first and foremost there to nurture us. It should never be this intellectual, psychological, crazy thing. To get so obsessed about where thing on your plate came from and what’s in season – it’s admirable but also elitist.” Indeed, the poorest people in this country are also the most obese, largely because they can’t afford to shop at local farmers’ markets or Whole Foods. They’re instead trying to get enjoyment from fast-food burgers, “which to be honest, don’t taste as good as they used to if they’re not made with trans fats!” Ms. Moulton says. “So on the one hand, you have the elitists who are worshipping their food instead of enjoying it – those who just assume that because something is organic it automatically means it’ll taste better – and on theother you have those who are craving sugars and salts and fatty things because it’s what they’re used to and what they can afford”

Definitely pick up a copy of yourself by clicking here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 23, 2009 / By

Richard Hogg

Richard Hogg is a British illustrator who does some really simple and fun illustrations. The piece above is my favorite, which is a textile design he did for Labour of Love, a boutique in London. Al of the imagery is so rad and old time-y like the cameo, ship in a bottle and the aviary under a bell jar. The colors are also quite fitting. Richard also has a Downloads section where you can snag a couple cool wallpapers and a Shop in case you want a cute print.

Bobby Solomon

October 23, 2009 / By

Blue Inks by Andy Smith







The awesome Andy Smith was nice enough to send me a copy of his new book Blue Inks. The story is about a family of blue folks and their day to day life, all drawn in Andy’s great style. The book comes in a limited editinof 200, all silkscreened, which gives it such a nice tactile quality. This is definitely recommended for kids who will get a kick out of all the weird things the blue inks do, but adults will enjoy it just as much for it’s craftsmanship.

You can pick up your own copy here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 22, 2009 / By

Rory Kurtz



I’m really enjoying the ultra-detailed illustrations of Rory Kurtz, a Chicago based artist. Rory works in both ink and paint, creating these kind of surreal images that have kind of an Aeon Flux/Peter Chung feel to them. The people in his work have this distorted, stretched out look to them but they still look perfect and are only made better by all the subtle line work he uses.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 22, 2009 / By

Fujimoto Hideto



Born in 1970, Fujimoto Hideto is a Japanese illustrator who has a great retro feel to his work. A lot of his pieces feel like they should be album covers to records from the 60′s, and I think that’s what’s so great about them. He also works really well with colors, bringing a vibrancy to his work. I think he uses illustrator to create his images, but I definitely could be wrong. I guess that means he’s succeeded if I can’t figure out what his medium is.

Found through the Poolga Blog

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

October 21, 2009 / By

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