My buddy Ryan over at INVENTORY (formerly h(y)r collective) sent me a copy of his new magazine which is dedicated to “products, craft & culture”, as the front of the magazine says. Over the last couple years there’s been a huge surge in men’s fashion and the idea that durable, well-made clothing is your best bet. INVENTORY covers exactly that trend.
What they’ve managed to do is create a magazine around this new niche while it’s still relatively new and fresh. The style of the magazine is reminiscent of Monocle, in that it’s rather clean and simple with large, bold photos. The editorial is great, featuring stories about Mister Freedom (who I didn’t realize lived in Los Angeles), Duluth Pack (who’s been making men’s bags since 1882) and others. They also offer style tips on how to layer, how to best wear a parka, as well as offering items for sale that they’ve created through exclusive partnerships.
Overall I’d say the magazine is a hit. If you love men’s fashion, especially if your style is more reserved and leans toward classic Americana, you’re going to love this magazine.
Flickr user ck/ck has created this simplified poster for Tom Ford’s A Single Man and boy is it pretty. This sums up the movie so well, the tie and glasses are totally spot on and the solitude and grayness of it all really hits the mark. I’d totally buy a poster of this, it would fit in with my black and white motif in my bathroom.
For our final interview from the Kitsune Noir Poster Club we have Garrett Vander Leun, a Los Angeles based illustrator who chose The Road for his poster. Garrett has been drawing since he was a little kid, influenced by his father’s illustrations and comic books growing up. Garrett’s artwork has been featured on music packaging and t-shirts and he is currently working on several series of portraits.
Why did you choose The Road?
The book hit me very hard when I read it, unlike any book has before or since.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say I’ve had some amazing women in my life, and both my mother and grandmother have had a profound influence on me – but there’s something about the relationship between father and son that is almost indescribable, a kind of shorthand where words are often exercised in light of an unspoken understanding. That bond, and that relationship, is so strong in this book and it reminded me very much of the relationship I have with my father. Even without the father thing, the parental instinct in this novel, the need to blindly do anything for your child’s well-being, has never been captured so elegantly and pure. These two characters live in spite of their grim surroundings, live only for each other really, for as the book progresses you’re overwhelmed by hopelessness and despair. At one point, the boy talks with his father:
What would you do if I died?
If you died, I would want to die too.
So you could be with me?
Yes, so I could be with you.
That’s it right there, the subtext of the entire book. Two people trying to survive in spite of the ever-changing times, a world where love and kindness is endangered, if not already extinct. Cormac McCarthy is a modern master, and the beauty of his words are very subtle, they’re all just-so deliberate and perfect. No quotation marks, no dialogue modifiers, no excessive flourishes of any kind. It’s like a novelized poem or something. Cormac McCarthy operates on this other level – he reminds me of Terrence Malick, the filmmaker, in a lot of ways.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my favorite video at the Flux event was NASA’s Spacious Thoughts by the duo of Fluorescent Hill. The duo is made up of Montreal based Mark Lomond and Johanne Ste-Marie who make music videos, commercials and short films.
The song has lyrics by both Kool Keith and Tom Waits so the idea of duality must have popped up somewhere. The video features this awesome little character they created, a kind of rain drop guy with a red mouth and a Geordi LaForge visor kinda thing for eyes. He also wears cowboy boots. It’s what they do with the character that is really startling and amazing. I was sitting in the theater and I couldn’t close my mouth, I was amazed. I love how the little guy starts to move and 3D colors start to appear, or he slams his fists into the ground and paint splatters everywhere to increase the emotion.
Whatever you’re doing just stop and watch this, it’ll make your day.
To see more of Fluorescent Hill’s work, click here.
After my delicious meal at Isaac Toast I met up with Matt and we headed over to the Hammer Museum for the Flux Screening Series. This month’s series presented Mia Doi Todd & Michel Gondry as the center piece with a screening of her newest video which was directed by Mr. Gondry.
The night started with music videos for Grizzly Bear, NASA, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Múm and more. My favorite of all of them was the NASA video for the song Spacious Thoughts which features Kool Keith and Tom Waits. The video was made by Fluorescent Hill and as I started to watch it my jaw dropped. More on this video in another post. After the videos they had some of the directors come up and talk about their videos and some of the process behind each of them, which was really fun to see and hear. What I learned is that most directors are totally crazy.
Then we were treated to a live performance by Mia Doi Todd and her band which included Michel Gondry on drums. It was a beautiful performance and Ms. Doi Todd has a really beautiful voice. At times her music sounded like Portishead, Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan, but with a more Latin flavor. I’m hoping she releases an album next year, the songs she played could be a perfect compliment to the summer of 2010.
Overall it was one of the best Flux events I’ve been to and I left with a huge smile on my face. If you’re in Los Angeles next year I highly suggest checking out one of their events.