Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
There's a really great article up on rippedlaces.com about Frank Boistel, the designer behind Sole Tech's many iconic skate shoes from the Millennium era. With just a background in graphics and advertising, Frank was able to learn from scratch how to be a shoe designer for skateboarders in an era where the aesthetic of "tech" skate shoes experienced rampant popularity and growth. I was undoubtedly shaped by the aesthetics of this era so I find this interview especially meaningful since shoe designers, unlike regular fashion designers, often evade the public eye.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Met Arpana through Manu Kondo. She is a super talented NYC based artist/jewelry designer born and raised in Nepal. She has started a Gofundme page to raise money directly for SHELTER, a children's home, and other organizations that she is still narrowing down.
"1 USD = 101.94 NRS.
That is almost two meals worth for an average Nepali. Now we can only imagine what we can do if we raise even 1000 USD." she says.
I largely agree with this article although I think it's quite obvious that what it means to "be American", the VERY DEMOCRATIC IDEALS, that separate us from "Third World Dictatorships like China" and "hardworking Americans" from "everyone else in the world", is that we still manage to find ourselves in another delusional, fucked up, and violent reality that nobody from any country would be proud of.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Quartersnacks has a really great travelog entry on their visit to Yume Farm in Japan.
"Japanese culture is well known for its attention to detail. They seem to master everything they pursue, sometimes even surpassing original versions of things indigenous to other places. Why else do Americans fly to Japan, convert dollars to yen, and spend money on superior Japanese versions of traditionally American products? So in hindsight, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to learn that the most impressive D.I.Y. spot I’ve ever seen — save Burnside, FDR and places that have been around for twenty-plus years — was in Japan."
Heard "Cab Fare" on this youtube and started to try to remember who skated to this song in an actual video. It's probably one of the best possible songs to skate to, ever. When I die, I definitely want this on the soundtrack to my funeral. So google gave me this youtube. "H Street 1990-1991 Carroll" lines at EMB, not mad at this at all.