Friday, October 22, 2010



1968 advertisement for the German soft drink Afri Cola by Charles Wilp

Image of the Day

. Yves Klein directs paint-smeared women in Anthropometries of the Blue Epoch at the Galerie internationale d'art contemporain, Paris, March 9, 1960. Photo by Charles Wilp.

A new exhibition, Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers opens tomorrow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Daniel Moquay of the Yves Klein Archives will discuss Klein's work with Dia Art Foundation director Kerry Brougher in an opening day talk tomorrow at 2PM. If you happen to find yourself in the Minneap and want to check that out, click here for info.

Everyone else can v
isit to watch
Peter Schjeldahl's audio slideshow on Yves Klein, and read an accompanying article article here.

Image Courtesy Yves Klein Archive © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo by Shunk-Kender, Photo © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Jealous Much?

Vintage Smith Tower postcard by Asahel Curtis (brother of Edward Curtis)
Vintage Seattle

Yesterday the New York Times ran a big feature on the inhabitant of the two-story, 1750 square-foot apartment atop one of Seattle's most iconic buildings, the Smith Tower (1914).


Read the article and see many more photos at

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Jeans gets really into Seahawks games.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Best Foot Forward

Three for one: next summer you can wear these to the office on Friday, out to happy hour at 5, and to that wedding on Saturday.

Alexander Wang Resort 2011.



Freeway "Escalators" (prod. Jake One)
Dope loop, unusual but hitting drums reminiscent of vintage Tribal Productions.

[via Matson]

High Smut

Bob Guccione in New York, 1984. Photograph by Harry Benson.

Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse magazine, has died at age 79 after a long bout with cancer.

Penthouse was founded in the late '60s as a racier answer to Playboy. Guccione shot most of the early cover stories himself.

It got more and more hardcore as time went on but the design of the early issues is pretty classic. Back then, magazines like Playboy, Penthouse, and Oui were winning design awards for their bold layouts and typography – and photography that, while pornographic, was often also beautifully composed.

I posted previously about Viva, Guccione's legendary short-lived adult mag for women, for which Anna Wintour was once fashion editor.

Guccione founded Omni magazine as well, which I think we subscribed to when I was about 9 years old.

Guccione also had a 17,000 square-foot mansion in NY (some say the largest in the city) which we did a story about in V magazine several years ago. Not bad for a former dry cleaner. Say what you will about the guy, but he created his own world and lived in it – I don't think I'd want to hang out with him all the time, but he was definitely noteworthy. Click here to read Guccione's obituary at the New York Times.

Image of the Day

. Sunset's October 1945 cover, from a New York Times article and slideshow about the magazine's history as arbiter of West Coast cooking and living. Like a lot of people out here, I grew up with a stack of Sunset magazines and cookbooks laying around, and a forthcoming new book, The Sunset Cookbook, will collect some of the best recipes from their pages.

No. Maybe

I bought this in Eastern Washington because I liked the label. I tried it out on my eggs this morning. Big mistake. Too hot. Burning, burning hot. Those ingredients are italicized and all caps for a reason.

I will try it again tomorrow and see what happens.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Image of the Day

Cover of Hannah Höch's Picture Book
(originally published in 1945).

From the International Center of Photography's description:
A central figure in the Berlin Dada circle, friend to Kurt Schwitters and Piet Mondrian and lover of Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch (1889-1972) is probably the most important female artist from the German modernist period. She is best known for her pioneering works of photomontage, which briskly juxtapose mechanical and organic forms, ancient and contemporary bodies, symbols and text drawn from brands and headlines, also edging feminism, commodity critique and other political concerns into the mix. 'It is striking how contemporary to us much of Höch's work feels,' Luc Sante wrote recently, 'in its sexual politics, its humor, its gleeful appropriation of anything and everything at hand.'

In 1945, Höch made this fantastical full-color children's book, which chronicles the adventures of the four mythical creatures (Runfast, Dumblet, Snifty and Meyer) in an enchanted garden, combining photomontage with the hallucinatory plant imagery she had come to favor.
The book, which contains 19 spreads that each consist of a poem and corresponding collage, can be purchased through the ICP's online store. (The holidays are just around the's not too early to be thinking about what to get the sophisticated munchkins on your list.)


I've been meaning to post about the cover story in the current issue of Dossier...

...Freja Beha Erichsen styled by Gillian Wilkins and photographed by Cass Bird.

The colors are great and they capture a sense of early Fall nicely.

Over six issues Dossier has become one of my favorite magazines – it's more about creating and/or reflecting a feeling than it is about fashion. I don't love all of the design but I appreciate the thought behind it and it's never boring. The photography is great and there's a good variety of stories – I always look forward to seeing what they do next.

In Seattle you can find it at Bulldog News, and check out for more info.

Still Running Life


This is for everyone, you're welcome. But especially for Emily, because she hates DVD techmology so very very much.

A special note from the collector:
"If you likes my collection show me you intresting hobby, own videos and show in the hole world when factory models is stupid drop off carbitch when maschine still running life."

(via SLOG)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Image of the Day

This was a weird thing in the sky when I left the apartment around 7:30AM the other day to go have breakfast at Glo's with my dad – two crossed jet streams that both went from one horizon to the other. Never saw that before. The wonders never cease around here.



Her/She – Directed by James Oakley, featuring Natasa Vojnovic and Eleanor Friedberger (with music by Pacific Standard favorites the Fiery Furnaces) for VPL by Victoria Bartlett. Via Nowness (click for more info).

Di Doo Dah

Light in the Attic is on a roll. Their latest release (with design by yours truly) is a re-issue of Jane Birkin's extremely rare 1973 debut solo album, Di Doo Dah. Written entirely by Serge Gainsbourg with arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier, it reads like a sequel to "Je T'Aime...Moi, Non Plus" but, in my humble opinion, delves into deeper and more subtle territory musically. Visit to hear sound clips and order on gatefold LP or CD.

Past Imperfect

Our friend Chad just launched an app for the iPhone called Bad Camera. Basically it is what it says: an application that applies digital glitches to your iPhone photos, replicating weird effects on traditional film caused by light leaks, expired film, emulsion drips, scratches, and approximately fifty other beautiful accidents.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I'm both iPhone and app deficient, so this is impossibly cool to me, and yet one more reason why I've decided to trade in ye olde Crackberry. Those of you already living in the future can get more info at, or go straight to the app store and download Bad Camera for a mere $1.99.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Image of the Day

Larry Clark: Untitled photograph from Tulsa, 1971

I finally had a chance to read the interview by Ralph Gibson of his friend and fellow photographer Larry Clark in this month's Interview magazine. Clark is probably most widely known as director of the movie Kids (written by Harmony Korine) but first gained attention and infamy for a collection of photographs of his friends published in the book Tulsa (1971). It's a good interview, worth reading, but this is the part that most caught my attention:
My lesson for photography... I tell people to frame the picture. Make the greatest, most perfect composition you can...and then take a step forward. It skews it a bit and makes it more interesting.
I remember [in the '60s] everyone was leaving all this space around their pictures. The subject would pretty much be in the middle but there would always be space. You would see landscapes and see space around them, but at the same time I was going to museums with [Ralph Gibson] and looking at paintings... painters are chopping off people's arms and feet and just hacking off their heads. It was so much more interesting. My greatest lesson in composition was looking at paintings.
A retrospective of Clark's work, Kiss the Past Hello, opened October 8th at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, and you can pick up the current issue of Interview (the one with Naomi Campbell on the cover) to skip the Naomi Campbell interview and read about Larry Clark. See more images at Luhring Augustine.