I’ve already posted Day 1 of LetterCult’s massive Custom Letters: Best of 2012 line-up. In the meantime, they’ve added Day 2 and Day 3, and if you just want to see the whole lot – all three days at once, now you can do that too.
Fans of Ludwig Clothing probably already know that founder/creative director Mike Dytri is big on MMA and takes his training seriously. So it’s only fitting that he’s just launched an awesome series of giclee prints, which pay homage both to the art of Keith Haring and to the art of wrestling. Impressive stuff. 15% goes towards the RED HOT foundation. Available here.
It’s great to see some nice video content from my old friends Andrew and Johan at 3sixteen again. This day-in-the-life is shot really well, and follows the two talented denim experts as they spend time in SF for their latest denim production. Andrew also manages the NY branch of Self Edge while Johan manages the LA location.
Imprint have a great creative conference taking place in Downtown Long Beach on Friday 4/26. The speakers include John Jay (Wieden+Kennedy), Jonathan Gold (LA Times), Jeff Staple, Dengue Fever, Jack Grisham (author/TSOL), Chad Tim Tim (pro skater), Paul Kwon (Skate shoe designer), and many more. The focus is on a) the unique qualities that make Long Beach awesome and b) how creatives and entrepreneurs can bring more to the table. More info here.
Imprint’s Architecture for Dogs project, in partnership with the incredibly talented designer Kenya Hara, has just launched an exciting new contest: Build Challenge. It’s a Facebook contest, open to US residents who want to try their hand at building one of the free architectural designs for dogs, by world class architects. The blueprints can be downloaded directly from the Architecture for Dogs website. [Read More]
Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s is a new hardcover title from Rizzoli, which documents the popular LA-based Pop Surrealist’s latest works. The new title certainly offers an excellent opportunity to investigate what all the Mark Ryden hype is about – with over 140 pages and 80+ illustrations, including beautiful and unsettling examples of his trademark bulbous-headed debutantes and nearly as many examples of his fixations on red meat and a rather uncomfortable-looking Abraham Lincoln. Yes, it’s quite eerie, dark, and creepy, but it’s also amazingly skillful, cohesive, and thought-provoking. It also contains something of a centerfold, which is fun. My favorite aspect of this coffee table all-star, however, is all the initial sketches and drawings it contains – several per completed artwork in some instances. An appealing offering for both dedicated fans and newcomers to the weird world of Ryden. [View Images]