The Architecture For Dogs catalog (bilingual – English & Japanese) is the first in-depth look at Kenya Hara’s project in conjunction with world class architects and Imprint Venture Lab. Includes notes on the Architecture For Dogs challenge, the design process, the original works created, and how each meets the needs of a specific dog breed. It also features photography by Hiroshi Yoda, the blue prints for each design, and photos from the three gallery exhibitions so far: Miami Design District, Long Beach Museum of art, and TOTO Gallery Ma, in Tokyo. Last but not least, it also boasts exclusive interviews with project director Kenya Hara, Imprint founder Julia Huang, and some of the contributors. Hardcover, 238 pages. Available here.
My little tee brand Selector has just put out a brand new graphic tee by the very talented Benjie Escobar, so excuse me while I shamelessly plug my side project. It’s available in black and navy. And there is a World Jam dancehall mix by DJ Akaida which goes out with each World Jam tee. You can check out the mix online too.
One week from today, Slow Culture are hosting the LA stop of the Love For Leni fundraiser to help Leni Hsiao fight leukemia. It’s a repeat of an event first held at Reed Space in NYC – a silent auction art fundraiser with contributions from oodles and oodles of talented creative types. The Reed Space auction was a huge success so I’m really excited to check this out.
The Hundreds have just done a collab with Benjie Escobar and they produced this video “Behind The Shirt: Creativity” about it. It’s not as risqué as it sounds – Benjie keeps his T-shirt on the whole time. Sorry. Shot on location at Slow Culture gallery in Highland Park. Shot & edited by Zach Marshall and Johnny Chang. Notice Benjie showing off his limited addition FF x Skulls hat too.
I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I’m not going this year, but POW! WOW! 2014 gets underway tomorrow, nonetheless. Another epic lineup of creative talent from around the world converges on the Honolulu neighborhood of Kaka’ako to collaborate on fine wall beautification once again. Last year, one of the best ways to keep up with all the artistry was via the POW! WOW! Instagram account.
Aside from creating great music, participants in this year’s Pow! Wow! School of Music will be the lucky recipients of these great-looking limited edition hats from Flexfit’s exploratory devision, Basecamp. Click the link to find out more about the Pow! Wow! School of Music (a music program which encourages youth to form bands and write songs, concurrent with the art side of Pow Wow).
I was lucky enough to get the new Nike FuelBand SE recently. I’m not getting any younger and it’s hard to incorporate exercise into my driving-heavy LA lifestyle. I daydream about kayaking, cycling, hiking, and jogging, but it rarely happens. I spoke to some friends, did some research, and decided to take the FuelBand SE plunge. The FuelBand SE quantifies some of your physical activity with a numeric value (or “NikeFuel” score). Does it track everything you do? No. Is it a heart rate monitor? No. Is it a pedometer? Yes, but I’m not sure how accurate. What it does best is track the movement of your wrist. It logs points if you walk, run, jump, dance, stretch, or do anything which involves wrist/arm motion. It’s not as good with activities which involve less wrist motion – such as cycling, or push ups. It’s not fully waterproof so you can’t swim with it either, but it is very comfortable to wear, importantly. But the main thing is, shortly after I wake up I think racking up some points. I’ll walk errands, rather than drive, for the points. One month into it, my baseline daily activity is up, and I’ve started more vigorous exercise on the weekend too – longer hikes and running too. So it turns out, turning your daily activity into something of a video game works tremendously well for me. You can see all your stats with the smart phone app, and also how you compare with other FuelBand users in your age group.
An eye-catching new print from Ernesto Yerena, created in honor of Texan Mexican-Americans, aka Tejanos and Tejanas. The artwork incorporates elements of German, Polish, Czech, Waila, Norteño or Tejano Culture – to reflect the cultural collage which exists there and in the north of Mexico. Signed & numbered, 18″ x 24″. Get it here.