I came across the photos of Johnny Lucus rather randomly on Behance tonight. He’s a photographer living in Monroe, Washington and takes some really creative photos, the likes I really haven’t seen before. I picked my favorite shots which you see above. Two of them came from his Scales series, the other two from his Cinema series. I think they go together rather well, and you can definitely get a sense for the mood that Johnny creates with his photos. Really stupendous work.
Props go out to Buck, one of my old co-workers, for pointing this video out. We definitely don’t share a love of Jack White, but we both love the directorial work of Jonathan Glazer. I honestly know nothing about this band, but the video features Jack White and some chick with her hair dyed black. They’re walking along the undeveloped area of a suburban housing community, very similar to where I grew up, singing and shooting each other up.
The video is filled with lots of beautiful scenes of shoout outs and squibs firing left and right. But the real awesomeness doesn’t start till about 4:15, where Jonathan Glazer really starts to shine… that’s sort of a pun, once you get to that part.
I mentioned in my Gingham Vans post that I was more into stripes these days, so I thought I’d put my money where my mouth and give some good examples of what I meant. I was browsing Urban Outfitters today and found a couple of gems that I really like, despite the UO owner hating gay people and ripping off t-shirt designs left and right. Nonetheless, I found the shoes and striped shirt above, each of them going for less than $30.
I really like the Feathers Jesper V-Neck because the dip in the neckline isn’t painfully low and the buttons give the neckline a little bit of style so that it’s not just a regular ol’ tee. The Raben Striped Slip-Ons on the other hand are really rad and I would probably rock these until the bottoms wore out. Note to everyone though, these are not meant to be worn together, you’ll just end up looking like a weirdo.
I was looking through my bookshelf earlier this morning and I came across this book called Marvel, Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics. The book covers the history of Marvel including behind the scenes looks at art and stories that tell a little bit more about how the Marvel universe was created. I totally gushed over this book as a kid, but looking at it now it’s kind of silly.
But in the back of the back they reprinted some original stories from some classic comics, and one page in particular definitely caught my eye. It’s from Fantastic Four #51, a story called This Man… This Monster! about The Thing being shunned by society. The story isn’t really relevant, it’s all about the art above drawn by Jack Kirby. As the description in the book reads:
During the 1960′s Jack Kirby experimented with photo collages as a device for altering the look of comic books. The idea never really caught on, but it influenced the work of later artists from Jim Steranko to Todd McFarlane.
Why wasn’t this done more?! I’m guessing this was a bit far beyond what people were used to in the 60′s, especially in a comic book, but it absolutely looks like something someone would create now. Jack Kirby was certainly a pioneer far beyond his time.
Well we’re definitely in the throes of summer here in the northern hemisphere, so I thought another mixtape may get everyone excited and the hot weather off their minds. This is kind of the first part of a summer mixtape called I’ll Carry You On, while the second part will be released in about a month or so. This mix has been kicking around for a little bit now, it was originally inspired by a side project of mine that I felt needed some music.
It doesn’t really have a theme, but I feel like it flows together rather well. The songs are new and old, not quite as up to date as the other summer mix is, but this should still make your head bounce. I’d also like to suggest that you listen to this one with headphones on. There are lots of rich sounds in these songs, and even some things I’ve added in myself here and there. I hope you like it and be ready for another mix to drop on August 21st, which is my birthday, so it’s like a birthday present to all of you for being such awesome readers.
I also have a new project that I think I’ll be releasing on Friday that’s related to the mixtapes but an entirely new endeavor altogether. Keep your eyes peeled!
Here’s the track listing:
01 Eulogy by Patrick Wolf
02 Cello Song by The Books & José González
03 Knife by Atlas Sound
04 Island by Black Dice
05 Head Spins by High Places
06 Only Pieces by Here We Go Magic
07 Boneless (Panda Bear Remix) by Notwist
08 Track 14 by Karen O
09 The Ephemeral Bluebell by Bibio
10 Blue Imelda by Final Fantasy
11 Down From Above by Vetiver
12 Storm The Gates by P:ano