Plastered

August 31, 2009

Threadless of the East.  Plastered was originally started by a Westerner in 2006.  his Beijing T-shirt company has rapidly grown to become internationally coveted. Combining historical slogans and street images, the designs are visually interesting juxtapositions between old and new.  Below are a few of my favorites.  Oh how I miss Beijing…

Image of a thermos between the characters for Beijing.  Thermoses are a staple of Beijing daily life.

Erguotou, a variety of Baijiu, a Chinese liquor made of sorghum.  This stuff will clean you out (about 80 to 120 proof).

Buses rule Beijing.  This bus line takes you towards Zhong Nan Hai, the central headquarters for the Communist Party and Chinese government. Stops along the way include Tian’anmen Square, Wangfujing, Forbidden City, Houhai, Lama Temple, and the Drum Tower.

Love the Andy Warhol Campbell Soup effect of this shirt.  Three Chinese cups with the slogan “Socialism is great” written across.

When the Communist Government came to power, one of the first items on the agenda was to ensure men and women had equal rights. And that’s worth celebrating. The beautiful images on this design are taken from a propaganda poster from the 1960s, originally all in blue. Plastered colored it up and used one of the slogans that came with the poster: “Women can be heroes too”.

Nothing says Beijing like Gong Bao Ji Ding (or Kung Pao Chicken as they call it in the West).

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Quotation Marks

August 30, 2009

Popular culture is a contradiction in terms: if it’s popular, it’s not culture. -Viviene Westwood

Vino Down Under

August 29, 2009

This is fantastic.  I must have one.

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Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali.  The couple, known as “the blind couple from Mali” met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music.  Here is a song they did with Manu Chao.  Lovely track.

Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/amadouandmariam

New York, J’taime

August 27, 2009

Opens Oct. 16th!  The background music is great too!  “1901” by Phoenix.  If you haven’t seen Paris, J’taime, you need to!

Chemical Romance

August 26, 2009

Call me a nerd, but these rings rock!  Rings by Lisa Freede

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“The Elements of Islay,a new range of Single Islay Malt Whiskies, draws its inspiration from traditional medical laboratory labels and packaging – even the bottle used is called ‘pharmacy’. Each label depicts the distillery’s ‘Element’ symbol alongside a batch number (eg Lp1).” Designed by Specialty Drinks (source: Lovely Package)

Oh periodic table, you can never escape thee!

Miu Miu Bliss

August 25, 2009

Shenae Grimes in an Isabel Lu dress (with zippered fringe…LOVE), Miu Miu shoes , Loree Rodkin jewels and a Kotur clutch.

I WANT these Miu Miu heels! NOW!

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Stop…and Enjoy

August 24, 2009

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Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:
the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:
A3 year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly, as the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced them to move on.

45 minutes:
The musician played. Only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace.
He collected $32.

1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $35 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments …..
How many other things are we missing?

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Tru Blood Opening

August 23, 2009

Tis the season of vampires!  After hearing many good things about Tru Blood, I decided to watch an episode.  I’m not really into supernatural storylines, but to my surprise, it was pretty damn good!  Got to say, the opening sequence is pretty awesome.  It is like a psychedelic collage of  sex, roadkill and southern culture to the tune of “Bad Things” by Jace Everett.

Check the show out on HBO

Tie Me Up

August 23, 2009

Love these pieces from WhiteFly.

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