Earlier today The Royal Mint unveiled a new set of coins that will be released in the UK. The coins were created as a part of a national redesign contest held in 2005. The winning designer was a guy named Matthew Dent (who’s website is surprisingly working) who created a design that’s pretty rad. The coins feature the Shield of the Royal Army, but split strategically into 6 different pieces, with the 7th coin carrying the entire shield.
The design ends up looking rather contemporary and fun at the same time. Only putting portions of a design on the back of a coin is rather ballsy, while lining all of the coins up to create the shield gives you the fun part. I’d also like to point out that I love the odd shapes of the coin, whereas here in the States we differentiate coins by their size, thickness, and the pattern along their edge.
My last thought on this though, is however cool they are, do we really need coins anymore? I almost feel like it’s a waste of time, energy, and money to make them anymore. With credit cards doing the majority of our purchasing these days, I feel like we don’t really need coins much longer. But then again the other option would be to round the prices of all products up or down, and that could be a serious pain in the ass.
It’s been a while since I’ve spotted a pair of shoes I really like, but when I came across the Kenji Nakayama designed high tops I did a double take. Kenji created the shoe for Converse’s (PRODUCT) RED campaign, which I’m honestly not a huge fan of, considering that only “10% of the net wholesale price” goes to fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. How much would that even be per shoe, like three or four dollars?!
Anyhow, the design of the shoe has a red stripe around the bottom which is supposed to be a timeline, and all of the vertical lines represent a moment in time. Overall it’s supposed to represent all the tiny moments that make up our lives. I think the shoe is really rad looking, I especially love the colors, and all of those vertical lines are absolutely beautiful. The other cool part is that the shoe is only $56.99, and you can buy it in their online store and have it shipped directly to you. Also be sure to check out all of the other designs as well, as a part of their 1HUND(RED) Project.
Last night I panicked for about 5 minutes, suddenly realizing that it was already Tuesday night and I hadn’t gotten anything ready for today! But I pulled it all together, so now I can proudly present the man who makes you realize why the Midwest is the best, Mike Perry.
I actually met Mike last summer when I helped out with The Parking Lot Art Show, and was lucky enough to watch him staple up about a million pages of newspaper in the back of an extremely hot U-Haul! Some people might know him from his extremely popular art book, Hand Job, all about hand drawn fonts, and he’s also running a magazine called Untitled a. You can also see him from time to time gracing the pages of Dwell, NY Times Magazine, and Readymade, as well as skate decks and all manners of things.
Mike was kind enough to give us all TWO designs this week, one is a sort of a castle-car, the other a really awesome explosion of colors and patterns. I’ve used these as my background for weeks at a time, and they both look amazing, though the pattern one might give some people seizures, so don’t even try to sue us.
The Music Man by Lynn Hirschberg
I’m not really sure why, but I find myself often thinking about the Rick Rubin article I’m about to talk about, even though it was published last September. For some reason when I read it, I felt like I really understood what Rick Rubin was all about, and that a part of me was somewhat like him.
For those who don’t know, Rick Rubin is known mainly for being a music producer. He’s been in the music game for about 30 years now, and has helped people like The Beastie Boys, The Dixie Chicks, System of a Down, Neil Diamond, and most notably, Johnny Cash, create amazing records. But it’s the way he guides people that really intrigues me. He’s often called a guru, as he tells you exactly how to make a song sound better by just knowing what it needs. There’s no science to it, he just has a gut feeling when he hears things and he goes with it.
One of my favorite parts of the article talks about Rubin and his interests:
Rubin loves research. He’s always on a quest to find just the right thing, whether it be a book or a building. Recently, he hunted down the brand of water that claims to have the greatest level of purity (Ice Age); he pored over architectural manuals to determine what kind of hinge would have been used in 1923 (for his house); and when Johnny Cash was ailing, Rubin discovered a kinesiologist whom Cash credited with extending his life. And so on. Rubin has always been passionate, even compulsive, about his interests.
Something about that really strikes a cord with me. I feel like what really sets him a part from other producers or people in general is that he’s so passionate about things. I definitely suggest reading this article, it’s kind of a pain to read online, but I think it’s totally worth it.
A couple weeks ago my best friend Garrett suggested I check out this comic book called The Walking Dead, which he described as a really good zombie story. I’m a big fan of zombies, so I bought the first trade paperback and gave it a try. I ended up getting completely addicted to this comic, and have since bought trades 1 through 7 in an effort to try and catch up.
The story is a pretty simple one, a good cop gets shot and put into a coma, wakes up to find the world’s gone to hell. There are zombies everywhere, and no one has any idea why. There’s no government, no law, just a lot of random people trying their best to survive. But what really sets this story apart is the incredible writing from Robert Kirkman. I think he described it best in the introduction to the first trade paperback when he said, “With The Walking Dead I want to explore how people deal with extreme situations and how these events CHANGE them.”
This isn’t just some zombie story, this is about people trying to keep their humanity in a world that’s been turned upside down. What also makes the story so amazing that it doesn’t hold anything back. People cuss, people get eaten, people die. Nothing is taboo or off limits, this is how fucked up the world would be and how people would react. It’s also pretty gruesome, so if you have a problem with gore, this probably isn’t the book for you, but it’s certainly not what this book is all about either.
I can’t say enough great things about this book, so go to your local comic book shop or even a bookstore and take a peek for yourself!
Radiohead are once again upping the stakes and pioneering new trails with their newest endeavor, an open contest to create a remix of their new single, Nude. Okay, this isn’t the first time that anyone has had a remix competition, but its certainly the first time a band has huge as Radiohead has opened their arms to anyone and everyone who wants to be a star.
The only catch is that you have to buy the song clips, like the vocals, drums, guitars, from the iTunes store, they’re not just giving them away for free. But it’s still pretty rad to see the band being so open like this. So far the guys from Holy Fuck have a sizable lead, and with good reason, they’re remix is pretty amazing. I’m only on the second song so far, and as of writing this there have been 48 remixes submitted, so it should be pretty fun to listen what everyone has to offer!
Check out the site, DL the tracks and get famous!
I have such an art boner for Paul Pope, so whenever he comes out with something new I instantly want to post, much like how I am with Geoff Mcfetridge’s work. So while I was on vacation I saw on Paul’s blog that he’s going to be releasing a line of clothes with DKNY Jeans, and well, they look kind of cool. I’m not really sure how many pieces there’s going to be total, but it looks like several shirts, some hoodies, a blazer, a snow jacket and even snow pants.
The four pieces you see above are the ones that I think I would wear, but I’m not really 100% on them sadly. I’ve never been a fan of DKNY or DKNY Jeans, and I’m not really a fan of all-over prints or shoulder prints. I like my t-shirts to be straight forward and let the art do the talking. I think my favorite is the black hoodie with the white print, I think that could be rad. The collection should be coming out soon, so if you’re into fashion or Paul Pope keep your eyes out.