Australians are taking over California, have you noticed? Between DABS MYLA and MEGGS, half the active artists in LA I follow seem to be Aussie transplants like me. Founded in 2005 in Melbourne, Australia and currently located in Vista, California, Ninety Calibre is the freelance face of designer Mexi (John Parry). Dude has done some epic decks for the likes of Stereo and Lurkville Skateboards and tees for the likes of BlankTM and Melbourne’s well-respected Burn Crew too. Check ‘em out.
Lovers of fine graphic tees from the City of Angels should be happy to hear that Foreign Family are currently taking pre-orders on several of their popular classic designs, mostly by the talented MR44 and Johnny Kim. The eye-catching and enduring designs include “Chasing the Dragon,” “Coi,” “Foreign Affairs,” and more. You can check them out in their online store.
Pretty excited about this. I’ve been a big MUJI (no-brand) fan for years now, so I’m really excited that they’re opening a flagship store in the LA area tomorrow! It’s going to be located in the Hollywood Galaxy Shopping Center at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it should be worth a look, for its minimalist “no-brand quality goods.” This year I got to visit the “MUJI Mecca” in Yarakucho, Tokyo, which stocks every single MUJI item, and Imprint has been working closely with MUJI Executive Creative Director Kenya Hara on the Architecture for Dogs project too.
Thought this “Common Thread” article from Mass Appeal was interesting – it’s my former employer Jeff Staple chatting with NY-based designer/illustrator Grotesk, about how they first met maybe 15 years ago. This was right around the time I’d been working for Jeff for a couple of years – when aLife had just opened in the L.E.S. Both Jeff and Grotesk have come a hell of a long way in the years since. Impressive.
3 Union Shop: The Colby Poster Company is a short documentary about a famous LA screen printing shop which ran for three generations, starting in 1948. It’s a great watch about a dying industry and communication in the pre-internet era. Directed by Felipe Lima and C.R. Stecyk III. Via The World’s Best Ever.
I’ve posted about the amazing work of Russian typographer Maxwell “86era” Lord several times here. He did an amazing job on the Selector “Best By Any Test” tee graphic earlier this year, and the shirt has had an amazing reaction so far. More recently, Max posted about this impressive graphic he did to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal hip-hop album Enter The Wu-Tang / 36 Chambers. The original graphic cleverly incorporates each of the core members’ names (based on the roll-call in the song “Method Man”) into the iconic W logo shape. Hit the link to Max’s site for more details on the process.
My talented former employer, Jeff Staple, has teamed up with three other respected brands (10.Deep, HUF, & Black Scale) to create a special apparel design collaboration which will release on Black Friday. The release consists of limited edition varsity jacket and hat the proceeds of which go to benefit Art Start, an award-winning, nationally-recognized New York City non-profit organization. [Watch Video]
So if you’ve been reading my Architecture for Dogs posts you’ll know Imprint have partnered with Japanese designer Kenya Hara to rethink doghouses, with the help of some world class architects. All the blueprints are available for free download, so you can get your DIY on, or, you can order the great Wanmock designed by Torafu Architects in a ready-made easy-to-assemble flatpack in the online store!
A week or two back, I posted about the great Class Acts initiative from the good people at Knockaround sunglasses, outta San Diego. They’re raising money for school art education by repeating a successful formula. They asked a class of kids to design their very own sunglasses and chose an eye-catching Nacho Sunglasses design by 5th grader Vanessa K. Check out this video starring young Vanessa talking about her design and the project.
I was really stoked to see that Hypebeast recently interviewed SoCal’s own Rob Myers, creative director and founder of SLVDR. And not just because I’ve been lucky enough to interview him twice myself – once for The Hundreds Chronicles (many years ago) and more recently for Imprint Culture Lab. SLVDR is a really great brand – definitely one of my favorites, anyway – and it’s great to see Rob and the SLVDR crew get some well-deserved recognition on such a popular platform.