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. 


Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy, investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.
The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.

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.