Thursday, June 07, 2007
The Rothko sale at Sotheby's confirms a few things that I've been thinking about lately.
1) There is too much money floating around out there in Crazytown.
2) Rothko is TRENDY.
Yes, trendy. I have been reading one too many creative types citing Rothko as an influence these days in little online interviews and such. I'm kind of annoyed by it. Of course I'm gonna take credit for setting that off -- only a few people used to loooove Rothko (mom, you're first for sure -- thank you for the cultured upbringing) but now everyone looooves him.
Let's move on, kids. And if we have to stay within Ab Ex, I'm proposing we all turn to Motherwell.
Even better, Helen Frankenthaler.
You heard it here first.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I don't know about you, but in my teen years on the Westchester scene,the Gund Snuffles was the bear to have. As for all other stuffed animals, the Gund tush tag was as requisite as the real deal $12 EG Smith scrunch socks. Now the kids want Dooney and Bourke bags. Same status bs, but those seemed like simpler times.
Was thinking about Snuffles recently and saw that the company came out with a 25th anniversary edition a few years ago. According to the Wikipedia entry:
"Snuffles was designed in 1980 by the mother of Bruce Raiffe, the President of Gund between 1993 and July 2004. She was inspired by the shape of a beautiful crescent moon in the sky, and designed a happy bear looking up at the moon. Snuffles debuted in 1981, and he is now the oldest bear in Gund's product line."
The pink one was the best.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Of course I wasn't alone with my sweet fox. He's been keeping me company for the past few weeks on my iGoogle homepage and frankly, I'm in love. Mr. Fox lives in the Teahouse theme, a new feature for a souped up Google experience, and he's a busy little guy -- in a very Zen way. Others have taken note: Wired blogged a good overview of the new features, and a Layercake shows screencaptures of all the Teahouse skins that change throuhgout the day. From morning (fishing for the daily catch in a lil boat) to night (chilling on the dock, entertaining the troops) foxy is doing his thing.
Monday, April 09, 2007
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Monday, February 26, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
And now, cool kids are following suit with assorted graphic greasy goodness on tees, bags and more:
Best of all, is CLAWZZY's take on it all.....BurgieMushkins with cheeeeeezy talons:
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Rob's a writerman and loves the biz of branding, the ins and outs of the dolla dolla bill, nerds who make tees, hating on Mahattan, the 504 and the consumer landscape (he writes "Consumed" for the NY Times magazine, duh) among other things. Rob has a blog called Murketing and he recently ran a convo we had over email about Mashimoro vs. Kitty, Sanrio and San-X. Rob's kinda new to kyewt and I was more than happy to lend my retarded expertise. I was also honored to make the Murketing blog -- a good look for the kyewt crusade!
I shared the link with my sister and she said "for the record, Mashimoro sucks."
SIDE NOTE: I love to say Mashimoro (marshmallow). In fact, I love english words turned Japanese, like "Karisumasu Keiky" (Christmas Cake) which is used to refer to a woman of a certain age who hasn't yet married, like an old holiday fruit cake sittin' around uneaten. Heh heh heh.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Well, well, well....what better way to end a three month long blogging hiatus with the posting of this picture from Sunday's NYTimes Styles section. Look at my very handsome better half, Bahr Brown -- role model, community leader, entrepreneur and fashion plate. His store Everything Must Go is the best in the city right now, simply because it's truly unique, straightforward, authentically cool, a gathering place for the community and an extension of his personality (warm, kind, tasteful, hip - blip? - and just a little bit weird).
I'm sick of slick, overly designed, prop laden, cool guy shops with invisible owners who feebly attempt to dictate style. Taxidermy, a beard and some 'tude do not = cool. Rare sneakers, kissing Nike corporate ass and being rude to young fans of streetwear is not cool. But hey, you're cool, or you're not. Helping kids is cool. Being nice is cool. Doing things for the community is cool. Being present and sweeping your own floors is cool.
This Times article is not the best (poor Jessica Pressler's work got raped by NINE editors at the grey lady -- and through all the editing and rearranging they can't get the facts straight -- Bahr doesn't live in East Harlem, we live in Gramercy but ok). The picture however, is amazing. He invited all the kids to the shoot, they were all giddy with excitement, their moms came out, the little one inside the shop in the window was too shy to have his picture taken...it's real folks, it's real. Blipster or no blipster, great things are happening in the 'hood thanks to my honey.