Friday, August 21, 2009

Image of the Day

If I remember correctly my aunt Shan took these photos of my mom, my brother and me and we made them into a poster for my dad's shop (click to enlarge).

The layout (all my mom's doing) reminds me of this post.


More details from the Sunshine & Shadow Spring/Summer 2010 lookbook shoot: the models. Above left, Laurel at New York Models, and above right, Mariel at Ford.


Happy Anniversary, Hawaii


Hawaii officially became this great nation's 50th state 50 years ago today.

In March 1959 both houses of Congress passed the Hawaii Admissions
Act. The voters in Hawaii approved a referendum endorsing the
statehood bill in June, and President Eisenhower declared Hawaii
a state on August 21, 1959. (The referendum was
subsequently criticized because Hawaiians were not offered the
option of voting for independence, thereby ignoring controversy
surrounding the legality of Hawaii's previous annexation
by the United States.)

The haoles at Pacific Standard love Hawaii for many reasons, but most importantly because it is the beautiful home of some of our oldest and dearest friends.

Here's to you!

Fireworks at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, July 2007

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

...Inez edition:

Inez is a tiny, tiny little wild animal that lives with us. She was born in the backyard of a Brooklyn brownstone, and trapped by the owners along with her brother, sister, and mom because it was getting cold out. They kept the mom and gave the other two cats away, and we got Inez when she was about two months old – she fit in the palm of my hand. She's a sweet cat but she's almost six and is still basically feral. She's not much of a pet but we feel we are doing our duty by providing her with (as Emily says) three hots and a cot. She also scratched the shit out of our new couch which really pissed me off. Pretty cute though.

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

untames itself / breaks its owner

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Image of the Day

One of my favorite T's from the pages of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this past Sunday with a special issue. Photograph by Gary Simmons for a Spring 2007 issue.


Clips from the portfolio of Greg B., who handled makeup duties on the Sunshine & Shadow shoot I mentioned yesterday. Greg B. is represented by defacto and you can see more of his work here.

It's Cave Week at Pacific Standard

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Image of the Day

Natasha Kroll: Katie and Kelsey in La Push, WA

We're gonna start posting an image of the day, just random stuff from the archives and elsewhere. This first one is by a very talented young Seattle photographer and good friend of ours, Natasha Kroll. Something about the bright/matte color makes it seem like a photorealist painting meeting Peter Blake's Babe Rainbow.
Anyway, I dig it.

Brioche Please

Glo's and Lowell's are probably tied for a close second, but after this morning I'm ready to rule that of the places I've been, Skillet serves Seattle's number-one best breakfast:

skillet breakfast sammy
housemade guanciale
organic egg
toasted brioche
organic american cheese

Perfect cure for a slightly hazy morning after the
Dow Constantine victory party.

Locations, more info, bacon jam:

It's Cave Week at Pacific Standard

Antarctica, ca.1911-1912: a photograph from inside an ice cave by Herbert G. Ponting. Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition ship Terra Nova is in the distance.

The photo is one of 11 million tucked away in the massive underground archive of the National Geographic Society. National Geographic is beginning to open the collection to the art market for the first time, and a selection of the images will be displayed in a show next month at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. More info and a slideshow at

Photo: Herbert G. Ponting/National Geographic Society and Steven Kasher Gallery

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dirty Hands / Dirty Minds

Debbie Millman, the new President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA...which I just rejoined in Seattle), recently conducted a fascinating interview with William Drenttel and Julie Lasky, editors of Change Observer (f/k/a Design Observer). They discuss their newly re-formatted website, the state of online media, changes in the field of design, and the end of print.

Click here to listen

Cast Your Ballot


The Stranger's endorsements, all of which we agree with, are here.

Mike McGinn photo by Kyle Johnson

It's Cave Week at Pacific Standard

Welcome Joy, the second album from hometown heroes the Cave Singers, is out today. Here's a sample:

The Cave Singers Beach House mp3 (via Matador)

We first saw these boys in Brooklyn at Luna Lounge, and several months later at Union Hall, on solid recommendation from the ubiquitous Cherry Canoe. Their first album Invitation Songs has been on steady rotation ever since. Here's one of my favorite cuts:

The new record sounds like a slightly more self-confident progression of the same, which is a great thing. Without launching into a full-blown review, I would just say that I find the Cave Singers to be a fitting accompaniment to whatever locale or state of mind I happen to be in, above ground or below. Additionally, I recommend attending their live shows soon and often, as they will surely be in your area some time soon.

In the mean time, order up some MP3s, CD or vinyl from Sonic Boom or directly from Matador.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's Cave Week at Pacific Standard

On Sunday morning we hopped in my dad's Land Cruiser and drove down to Mount St. Helens National Monument to explore Ape Cave.

It was discovered in 1951 by Lawrence Johnson, who nearly drove his tractor into the bottom entrance, above.

His friend Harry Reese had three sons, members of a local outdoor exploration club called the Mount St. Helens Apes; they called the lava tube Ape Cave, and the name stuck.

After a short walk to the top of the tube, we made our way underground. Emily and I have been to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, which is gigantic, but feels a little less remote because all the tours are guided. Here you're on your own, save for the other explorers you pass along the way.

At over two miles in length, this is the longest known lava tube in the country. It's pitch black and a steady 42º inside.

If you go, be sure to bring a headlamp and a good flashlight. It's not a strenuous walk, but some scrambling is required as you pick your way over the rocks, so it's good to wear some stiff-soled shoes or hiking boots.

When we were done we stopped in at Cougar, WA for some provisions, and hit the road. It was a cool trip.

The Kindness Kind

A belated congratulations to our friend Carlene Bauer, whose first book was published last month by Harper. Not That Kind of Girl is an autobiographical coming-of-age story, what Walter Kirn calls "A journey from faith and innocence to something less comforting – but decidedly more interesting." I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, but I love the cover, designed by Leanne Shapton – and if it's anything like the other things Carlene has written, it will be unique and smart and funny.

Get it here or there or wherever you git yer books at.