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About six or seven years ago, maybe more, I bought a t-shirt from the Giant Robot store on Sawtelle, it featured the words Cookie’s Surf Shop with a simple drawing of a female surfer. I didn’t really know anything about it, only that the line work seemed so perfect, a mixture of times gone by with a sense of modernity. It turns out the shirt was based off a painting by Margaret Kilgallen. The saddest part is that she had already passed away from cancer.
When I think of the story of Margaret Kilgallen it makes me incredibly sad. Only in her early 30′s, she was diagnosed with breast cancer… while she was also pregnant with her husband Barry McGee. In order for their daughter, named Asha, to survive, Margaret forwent chemo therapy, sacrificing her own life for that of her unborn daughters. It’s a sad and tragic story that I feel should never be forgotten, because she was not only completely unselfish, she was one of the most incredible artists from the Beautiful Losers movement.
I had the extreme pleasure of seeing her work at the opening of Art in the Streets, one I chose to truly relish. I sat back and soaked it in, absorbing the way she drew people and the curves in her type. I sat there thinking of all the time it took her to hang paint each of these panels, and how beautiful it all looks as a complete thought. It saddens me that the world has lost such a brilliant artist, but I always look on the bright side and think of how glad I am that she was here at all.
Check out the photo gallery below, and if you have the chance, visit Art in the Streets so you can see her brilliant work in person. If you’re in San Francisco, there’s also some of her pieces up right now at Ratio 3, you can get more information here.
The fires here North of Los Angeles are still raging, it’s starting to look a lot like Mount Doom, in fact. The other day Matt mentioned that it would be cool to see a time-lapse video of the smoke from the fires. As crazy scary and horrible as the fires are, watching the smoke can be pretty beautiful and amazing. The video is pretty surreal, I never really knew how smoke reacted on such a large scale.
Update: +KN reader Emily just sent me this video by Brandon Riza, which is quite terrifying.
Update 2: And here’s another video showing the fire as it burns at night.
This is kind of a two part post, so bear with me on this one. I came across this really amazing blog called Bike EXIF, which is all about bikes, be they motorcycles or the motorized bicycle you see above. There are new and old bikes, but generally they were all pretty cool, even for someone like me who has no real knowledge about the subject.
As I was browsing though I came across this post on Derringer Cycles, a company here in Los Angeles that makes 20′s-era board track racer bikes (whatever that means). These bikes come with a 49cc Honda four-stroke engine, which in turn gives you 150 miles per gallon. Yes, you read that right. I totally want one of these now, I could totally imagine cruising over to the west side on one of these. Be sure to check out their gallery to get a better sense of how great these bikes are.
Today feels like some kinda weird flashback day, but sometimes these things happen. Diana Koenigsberg is a Los Angeles photographer who I posted about almost 2 years ago (so crazy) and she happened to email me today letting me know that she had started an Etsy shop where she’s selling some of her prints. I love Diana’s style, there’s just something so vibrant and fun about it. She has 10 prints up for now but hopefully she adds more!
Last year Stop Smiling magazine asked Geoff McFetridge to illustrate the differences between Calgary, his hometown, and California, his current place of residence. I totally missed out on this when it was printed, but Stop Smiling put up some additional images that weren’t run in the magazine. I don’t know much about Canada, but I do know a lot about LA, so I love hearing Geoff’s thoughts on our shared hometown. The illustrations are great as usual, the guys art is just such a treat to look at.
I’ve posted more of my favorites under the cut, especially the last one, which I though was rather cute.
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