Who woulda known? Ice Cube likes Eames too!

December 8, 2011

off the wall & against the grain

December 4, 2011

Dia de los muertos!

October 31, 2011

Muerte by Mike Giant, finding it.

Retna: Black Magic

October 24, 2011

Speaking of black on black and ballin’, one of my fave artists El Mac’s great collaborators, Retna, using his heiroglyphic style calligraphy as a backdrop for Mac’s signature portrait murals, is releasing a new print in the following week titled “Black Magic”.  5 color hand pulled print at a giant 38.5″ x 55″, signed and numbered edition of 30.  How about a $6,500 art investment?  Dude is being slept on and blowing up quick.  Been a while since I’ve invested in art, but if I had $6,500 to drop within the next week, that means I could probably be closer to being engaged within that time instead.  I’d end up getting black on black eye from Linda.  Lmao.

http://www.digitalretna.com/

Different kinda Ballin’

October 21, 2011

If I were ever ballin’ literally, and figuratively, this is what I’d have in my garage.  Peep the price tag on this thing.

re:  I think I’ll just paint mine flat black… oooooooooh… or paint a mural on it… ooooooooooOooh… ideas.

October 16, 2011

Timeless Time Keepers

September 10, 2011

Daily + Occasional

I’ve been staring at that red dot on my Dad’s wrist since I was a kid.

Now I could stare at them on my wrist and my future kid’s wrist.

If you ever find another pair, let me know.  Good luck.

They’re old enough to be your parents.

Timeless design circa 1970.

Eff a G-Shock.

The Haymaker

September 6, 2011

I’m probably the worst with keeping plants alive.  So bad that I’ve been called the “Hay-maker” due to the plant massacre I’ve committed so far that I could probably make a hay stack.  This past weekend, we got lucky bamboos that were in little shot glasses as party favors from our friends Mike and Cheryl’s wedding, and my friends were joking to keep them away from me and that they’d have a better chance of life with other guests.  We took the bamboo home anyway and I thought I’d give it a shot.  In doing so, I also finally put this empty Crystal Head bottle to good use since I’ve been thinking forever of what I could possibly do with it.  The funny part is being that I’m known to be bad with plants, I put the bamboo in a bottle that pretty much symbolizes death.  Haha.  But as a whole, I think it could actually be looked at and interpreted in other ways.  It ended up looking pretty dope with the roots looking like veins in the skull and would def be another conversational piece in the house.

Kaws xx Hennessy

September 2, 2011

“Friends, work, music, art. It’s important to find the right blend…” -KAWS

Yea Buddy!  Too bad it may never be opened.

Clever Packaging: Watch The Throne

August 29, 2011

On the way to Va Beach last week, we stopped by “Tarjay” off I95 for a quick rest stop.  We decided we might as well browse through the music isle to pick up some tunage for the road so I picked up Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch The Throne”.  I know many people got it off iTunes, but as I mentioned before, I personally still enjoy the excitement of opening a tangible copy of an album.

Going through the music isle, this album is hard to miss since it stands out with the gold cover with embossed designs by Riccardo Tisci c/o Givenchy.

it opens up with 4 flaps on all sides revealing more photographic designs with the center holding the disc.

on the flipside, the gold embossed design is repeated on all panels of the cover.

While driving and half way into listening to the album, the repetition of the gold panels and the way the album cover panels opened up all of a sudden clicked and made sense to me why it was designed that way.  I had to grab the album packaging while driving and folded it up to this…

(queue transfromer’s sound effect)

not sure if this was the designers intention, but it just made sense for it to be which I thought was pretty…Pretty dope.  I really like that there’s been an effort in making album covers interesting and creative lately to hopefully entice people to actually buy the record as opposed to downloading it.

As for a review on the actual album, I thought it was OK.  It get’s progressively better, and it’s interesting to hear the some tracks influenced by Dubstep.  As for the rest, I’ll leave the details up to the other blogs.  I mainly just wanted to comment on the clever packaging and hopefully encourage people to at least try to buy an album every once in a while.  It’s worth it.

-Kanpai