Thursday, April 29, 2010

Crafting Community

Amazing time in the desert last weekend for Karen Kimmel's Crafting Community at the ACE in Palm Spring. An unreal gathering of like-minded families...I'll post pics later in the week. (oh wait, it is later in the week already)

"Surfing on Mushrooms on Mars"

I received this this photograph and the accompanying note from the furthest reaches of the Southern Hemisphere this morning. I love the spirit of the words included below...sometimes a little trouble insights creativity...

"I'm in OZ. Kinda laying low for awhile, I pissed a few people off in the Cali when there last and feel a bit ostracised at present time. Totally sucks, but shit happens I guess...Check this- surfing on mushrooms on MARS!!!!!!! Talk soon, DP"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ray Kappe in the Canyon...

Sort of head tripping on this one...bad staging and all!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

An architect and a basket weaver collaborate...

Matt emailed me the above image with the subject line "You would like this dudes stuff I think." Ah, yeah, Duh. You know me well Matt! The best part is that he also bought this piece so I will actually get to see it one always, thanks for the inspiration Dude.

The Article. The Architect. The Weaver. The Gallery. The Dude.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A work-in-progress...

Another beautiful work of art by Mark Mahoney. This one is a work-in-progress, completely drawn by hand and inspired by The Great Wave, by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ghost Busters

Lennon and I went searching for ghosts and we found one. If you look closely to the right of Lennon you will see a crazy little apparition named Costa Cat...beware.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hand Wrapped and Signed by a Legend!

And three days later my new S/Double shorts arrived just in time for the weekend. Hand Wrapped and Signed by a Legend! Nice personal touch...class act Shawn.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Arkitip Issue No. 0054

Serena Mitnik-Miller

Serena Mitnik-Miller executes her painting with watercolor on paper, employing transparent, all over repetitive shapes in vivid colors that reference nature specific to the sea. Mitnik-Miller associates these colors and geometries with organic vocabulary and palette, most importantly its complex dynamic. The paintings become increasingly disorienting with layered internal space and vortex like sensibility shifting the image beyond the paper.

In her photographic work Mitnik-Miller both seduces and alienates the viewer employing graphic and abstract approach to her images. Experiential qualities of light abound within the images, embracing the films grain to create a watercolor-like effect when printed on natural matte paper.

Hand packaged neatly with natural twine is a map she designed of her Treasured Spots of San Francisco. The map lists a handful of places the artist visits frequently, giving the viewer a closer look into her daily travels.

Serena currently lives and works near the ocean in San Francisco, where she helps to run the Mollusk Surf Shop Gallery and her own new venture, General Store.

Artwork Photographer
Erin Kunkel

Creative direction
Peter McBride

6.5 x 9.5 In. (16.51 x 24.13 cm)
128 pages + covers
Four color offset printed, perfect bound
Bundled neatly in natural twine (image link)
Hand packaged & numbered ltd. edition of 1500

Packaged with:
Serena Mitnik-Miller Treasured Spots of San Francisco map

Available for order today.
I don't work for Serena or Arkitip, but maybe I should. I'm just a fan...

Sea Glass from the Rose Bowl and the World Wide Web

I went to the Rose Bowl on Sunday and purchased a small bag of Sea Glass for a quarter (25 cents). I thought it would be great inspiration for a color palette at some point. Well, of course every new inspiration will always lead you to people and places that have already considered the beauty of sea glass. Actually, the gay (as in happy) little houses at the bottom have nothing to do with Sea Glass other than the fact that they seem to be the perfect place to store your collection if you happened to be a collector of these colorful treasures. Or they could also be a great place to store your My Little Pony collection. You have one right?

(Late morning Editors note: The gentleman who shot the happy little houses, Mr. Yen, also confirmed that beyond Sea Glass, you can store your summer stuff in them too - like your deck chairs.)

Monday, April 12, 2010


I've been following Sean Stussy's blog for a while now. I don't know Sean personally, but I feel like I do - you know what I mean. From my art school days until my first design post at Freshjive in the mid-nineties, Sean's always been an inspiration. I hardly know much about his earlier days as a shaper, but I certainly look forward to following his new endeavor...check out S/Double, freshly opened just a couple hours ago on a browser near you. One thing has always stuck with me from my earliest days as a designer - someone told me that the original Stussy concept was inspired by a white Agnes B button down shirt. I'm not sure if that was true...but from that day forward, the idea of a strong reference point became the backbone of my creative process. Thanks Sean and best of luck with S/Double! And by the way, that new mark is the sickest logo I have seen in a long time!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Faena Nueva



Family on the Farm, Phoenix

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nat Russel and His Crooked Arm

once I was riding my rad skateboard down ocean park and I got hit by a car. my rad skateboard snapped. i wanted another one, but Kyle's graphics were no longer available so I discovered Nat Russel. now I have another rad skateboard. here is Nat Russel's Crooked Arm. You can buy stuff here...enjoy.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Diana Vreeland rhapsodizes on Surfing and Skateboarding ...

Oh, to be a Surfer! And also Skateboarders, I think are great...GREAT!
Thanks Helen.

5 Hundo 4 you...

Indigo Boro Sashiko Table Cover, 100% cotton - Handspun & Hand Loomed Fabrics
Early 1900s, 46 X 49 inches, 118 X 125 cm
Thanks Hannah!