December 28, 2010


Found these guys via Deus Customs' Tumblr blog (which should be in your daily roll). The illustrations of Silence Television look like the pen & inked baby Evan Hecox and Dave Kinsey would have if such an offspring were possible. Did this just get awkward?

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December 23, 2010

Clap Clap Clap

One of my favorite photographers, Benji Wagner, is the man responsible for the new Rapha film, Continental. The teaser leaked yesterday and it's not looking like it's going to disappoint. The teaser has everything we have come to expect and love about Rapha -- talk with style and a sense of humor and a walk that can back it up.

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December 22, 2010


If you're anything like me, you too are waiting until last minute to pick up a few small things for the holidays. Let me help you out with a couple things I wouldn't mind having crammed into an old sock on the mantle.

An original WWII black crackle Zippo. Although not as cool as the "Red" crackle, still mighty tasty.

A Red Wing (no, not the boot maker) Pottery mug.

The Ashley Book Of Knots. A comprehensive guide to over 3,900 knots complete with over 7,000 illustrations.

The Criterion Blu Ray version of the greatest film of all time.

A pocket knife blank kit which allows you to make your own handle.

Pillows made from US Army wool blankets. Because why the hell not.

A do-it-yourself kit for making your very own Root Beer. Although the picture of the kit on Amazon scares the shit out of me and looks like something you could get arrested for, I'd be willing to take the chance.

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December 20, 2010

Lined Out

I've been slightly obsessed with vintage, flannel-lined, Levi's denim jackets lately. The fit is a little boxier than their contemporary get ups, but you gotta love 'em. These are all on eBay right now. Yup, I just screwed someone's eBay game up with this post.

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Take Pride

Hedi Slimane's shots of Sam Adams just might be some of my favorites of his yet.

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For The Guy Who Has Everything

... or wants a ton of shit he sees on blogs you can't afford to get him.

While shopping for a nephew the other day, I came across an aisle in a toy store I couldn't pull myself away from. It was like stepping into a time machine which let me out in my version of Aladdin's cave circa '86. Legos, Constructs, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Amaze 'N Marbles and of course Erector sets. I found myself forgetting all about my little nephew while trying to figure out how I could justify spending a few hundred dollars on myself a few days before Christmas... on toys.

Seeing all of those endless possibilities packed into bright, colorful packages made me remember what it was like to create for creating-sake. What it was like to clear a space in my messy room big enough to dump out a Tupperware container filled with the remnants of random Lego sets acquired over the span of my short life. And what it was like to lose myself in my own creativity, learning the meaning of structural integrity. If walking down an aisle in a toy store can bring all that back for me, just imagine what an actual Erector Set would do for someone. Grab an old set on eBay or just go to the toy store. Hell, pick one up for yourself too.

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December 16, 2010

Solved For X

In sticking with the theme Enzo set for us, I bring you a couple more designers from across the drink, Young And Norgate out of Devon, UK. Their simple yet intricate approach to modern furniture has us coughing up comparisons to the most Danish of Mid Century designers, stuttering over van der Rohe quotes, and leaving us speechless.

The apparent flagship of their fleet is the Wellington chair which the designers saw as an experiment in wood working. It is the product of a complicated equation where materials and classic methods are pushed to the absolute limits while maintaining comfort and craftsmanship. The chair is available from the designers directly as means to keep the cost as low as possible by cutting out the middle-man, a method we simple folk seem to appreciate more and more these days.

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December 14, 2010

At The Speed Of Life

Everything looks better in super slo-mo, just ask Jake Davis. Defgrip has been showering Oton Bacar with love for a minute now, and it seems it's time for ATG to do the same. I want to live somewhere between 1000 and 2000 frames a second.

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December 13, 2010

Nailed It

When this guy speaks, we listen... even if we can't understand him. Enzo Mari's chair is perfect, I know this because he told me so. "The curved shapes of any other chair are only embellishment." Learn more about the meaning of life by watching this video

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Small Big News

This may be old news to some, but nonetheless... news. Our favorite children's line and store, Trico Field, is now producing, in limited runs, adult sizes. Although I find it extremely awkward to look at a website of children's clothes, trying to imagine me in them, and equally awkward to go to the store, hold up a tiny t-shirt and ask, "do you have this in my size," I'm still excited. I got a few flannels from there already and they fit. Like... actually fit. It's about time. Oh yeah, if you have kids I guess it's a pretty rad place to shop too.

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December 9, 2010

Shooter, Shooter, Shooter

I went to the camera store the other day to look for an equipment bag. I have just enough pieces in my kit to necessitate such a purchase, so I headed over to Samy's to see what they were pushing. Out of the two aisles of bags, I found one that was decent at best, but gave up on the whole trip once I saw the price tag. 350 bucks for some small canvas bag with a couple movable partitions... nope. Discouraged, I went home and did what I normally do in this situation... turn to military surplus.

Turns out "shooter's" and "tactical gear" bags are just about perfect for what I was looking for. Eagle's "escape and evasion bag" is a nice one for about 170, and you can find way cheaper as well. Most come with the same adjustable Velcro partitions as the $350 deal you get at Samy's. In the words of Vince, "I don't know, it sells itself."

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December 7, 2010

Liquor In The Front

Store Front has been out for a minute but I havn't had the chance to flip through it until a couple hours of time killing lead me to McNally Jackson. If you haven't seen it, go check it out, or do yourself a favor and just order it.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Tucked away on a small side street in SoHo hides one of the most fun retail experiences in NYC. EXTRA is filled with all the curiosities and what-the-fuck-is-thatities one could dream of. Not only is the small shop filled with mind blowingly rare and obscure whosits and whatsits galore, but the owner is the nicest man I had the pleasure of speaking with in NYC... sorry, Myles. He knows dates, places of origins, and years of production, and if he doesn't, he must've done one hell of a job covering it up because I was a believer. Whether you NEED the stack of Whole Earth catalogs, the black chalkboard map, or the floating pocket knife is besides the point, because I'm sure they'd all make perfect holiday gifts for someone.

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