Over at the Tokyo Auto Show last week there were a couple of new vehicles that caught my eye. Both are scooters, though one of them looks more like an X-Box with two wheels attached to it. The first and second photos are of the Yamaha EC-f and EC-fs, respectively, both of which are electric scooters with lithium ion batter packs. They may look somewhat Tron-esque but sadly probably aren’t going to go much faster than around 30 MPH. I’ll admit that the green one looks a bit silly, but that black one looks like it would have a hover mode, shooting you off into the night sky.
The third and fourth photos are of the newly augmented Honda EV-Cub, the rebirth of Honda’s classic motorcycle. Like the Yamaha this one has electric motors powering both wheels and a battery pack of some kind, details are still sketchy. But judging it purely on it’s aesthetics it looks like it has a nice mixture of odl and new, with a creme colored body but also shiny blue LEDs popping up in places like the wheels. It’s almost like a Vespa from the future, which I personally think is pretty rad.
Photographer Christopher Payne recently shared with Dwell some images from his bookAsylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, and boy are they something. Christopher spent six years documenting these amazing old buildings where in 1948 more than half a million people were being kept. To say the buildings are lavish is an understatement. While the occupants may or may not have been able to appreciate them, these buildings are magnificent.
Honestly they’re still kind of spooky as shit, but there’s something about abandoned buildings that for some reason tend to resonate with people. To think that these buildings were bustling with life in the last hundred years is remarkable.
One of my favorite illustrators Christopher Lee, whom many of you should know as The Beast Is Back, is back with a brand new portfolio of envy-inducing work. He’s quit his full time job and is heading into the vast wilderness of freelance illustration. Going through his work I don’t think he’s going to have any problems at all.
The images above are from a personal project called The Great Hunters. I love these wacky looking characters, each one more outrageous than the previous. For some reason I really like that log and branch guy, maybe it’s the browns with lavender and the awesome eye holes. I also think the Zulu tribesman looking dude is amazing, the colors are perfect and the little spatter of blood on his spear shows he means business.
I received an email from photographer Pedro Ramos letting me know he updated his site with new work and I’m definitely digging it. My favorite photos were his landscapes which are absolutely magical looking. In the first photo I love the way he caught the sun over the mountains like that, and that big purple sunburst on the mountain peaks couldn’t be more perfect. In the second photo I’m trying to figure out if it’s night or day, but either way it’s spooky and wonderful. The third one makes me think of an impossible scenario of an astronaut taking a photo of a plant on the moon or some other barren planet. Too cool.
Editors Note: I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it out to the Hello Kitty: Three Apples event over at Royal/T last week, so I asked my fellow Angeleno blogger Robert Vidaure who runs the blog Nerdski to fill in for me.
Last Thursday I got invited by Bobby to attend the special press event opening of Three Apples, an exhibition celebrating 35 years of Hello Kitty. It all went down over at Royal/T, a gorgeous art and cafe spot in Culver City. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect but when I finally got through the doors I was totally overwhelmed by all the Hello Kittyness. As soon as I walked in I was greeted with a massive movable Friends With You installation that you could actually get in and give it a try.
After a quick meet up with the Kitsune Noir boy himself I took a personal tour of the gallery and snapped a bunch of pictures of all the amazing art. From Buff Monster to Baseman, to TokiDoki to Kozik I was really impressed with all the interesting interpretations of Hello Kitty. It was a little hectic with all the press, and someone mentioned Paris Hilton and Dave Navarro were roaming around, so I enjoyed what I could. I ate a little bit of finger food, kicked back some pink champagne and then headed out.
I was a little bitter about not getting there early enough on Thursday to get a goodie bag, so my girlfriend and I decided to try our luck again on Saturday. I’m not sure who dragged who but we somehow found ourselves standing in line early in the morning waiting to get back in and experience the Hello Kitty madness once again. Even though we still didn’t make the first 100 cut we decided to make our own goodie bag and buy a bunch of Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary exclusives. With our pockets empty I decided to take a few more pictures while enjoying a piece of Hello Kitty birthday cake.
It was definitely a fun filled Hello Kitty weekend, and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet you should go November 1st for Hello Kitty’s official birthday party. You’ll most likely see me there.