Shadow Type, Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering by Steven Heller and Louise Fili is a visually beautiful and incredibly thorough investigation of monumental shadow typefaces from Princeton Architectural Press. Steven Heller is a historian of graphic design and the co-chair of the MFA Design Department at SVA, while Louise Fili is an accomplished NY-based graphic designer. It certainly seems to be a fruitful partnership, based on the astounding collection of typography they’ve compiled here. Monumental shadow typefaces were first introduced to metal type around 1815. The content is divided into sections by nationality – American, Italian, French, British, with a Miscellaneous section – and each includes numerous stunning examples of signage, advertising, posters, movie titles, and of course, rare typefaces. The artistic quality of the lettering contained within this title is quite amazing. So it is with great pleasure that I can share a few images from this incredible book here.
Tomorrow evening Reed Space are holding an awesome fundraiser for Love For Leni, a campaign to support Jerry and Amanda Hsiao, of the Staple Design/Reed Space family, whose 5-month-old daughter Leni has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. A bevy of amazing artists have contributed work for the event, including the likes of Aaron De La Cruz, Sophia Chang, Samuel Rodriguez, and many more. If you’re in the area, go and support Leni and pick up some great art in the process.
Check out the latest from Skulls – Ivan just dropped his Fall ’13 collection and it looks as amazing as we’ve come to expect from his label. The delivery includes a range of great-looking Ultra Suede caps in Fall colors, as well as Avocado, 99 Fishes, and Birds hats, and some amazing new wallets. If you’re interested in Ivan and his brand, check out the interview we did for Imprint Culture Lab last year.
Breaking Bad, one of the most-watched shows in the history of US cable television came to an end recently. LA-based artist & illustrator Suedehead paid homage to the series with this iconic Heisenberg Was Here capsule collection, inspired by the show’s main character, Walter White, and his meth-dealing alter-ego. It includes men’s and women’s tees, and a tote bag.
On the off chance that you-ain’t-even-know, Patrick Martinez is one of LA’s most accomplished contemporary artists. I was lucky enough to interview him for this site a few years back and you can read that here. This new studio visit video from Hypebeast really helps to put his work in context, and to illustrate the impressive variety of media that Patrick explores.
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and head over to Slow Culture, Highland Park’s newest art gallery. Next Friday, they open a new solo exhibition of work by LA-based tattoo artist, illustrator, and artist, Johnny Vampotna. The exhibition will include watercolors, oil paintings, photography, and abstract installations. See you there.
If you’re a David Choe fan, you’ll definitely want to think about checking out the upcoming #IMPRINTPRESENTS @DAVIDCHOE talk, which is coming up in three weeks, on Thursday 10/17. It’ll be an intimate and uncensored talk by David, about following one’s passion. Should be fascinating, and there should be some surprises too. It’s going down at the National Center for Democracy in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Don’t say I didn’t tell you about this one. Tickets and more info here.
As someone who spends quite a lot of time on LA’s many freeways, I’ve often thought to myself that the city’s striking overpasses and bridges are sort of like our answer to Roman aquaducts. Although they’re often seemingly almost purely utilitarian/functional in design, they also look quite amazing from the right angles. In this beautiful time-lapse video, Infrastructure: Los Angeles, photographer Hal Bergman has managed to capture a lot of that energy. Via Mashkulture.
If you’re familiar with Erik Brunetti’s seminal pre-”streetwear” clothing label FUCT, then you’ll immediately realize this eye-catching new hardcover title FUCT, from Rizzoli, celebrates the elusive 20 year history of America’s least-mainstream clothing brand and examines the work of the compelling character behind it. Now, if you’re not a streetwear veteran, historian, or super fan, then just know that the FUCT brand was a crucial addition to West Coast street fashion and counterculture in the early-to-mid ’90s. Heavily influenced by skate, the brand was largely about violently appropriating the mainstream in a controversial way. Rest assured, the brand is usually as hard to digest as its name implies. I’m pretty sure Erik Brunetti doesn’t really give a crap what you think, but that won’t stop him from trying to rile you up anyway. You won’t find a better documentation of the cult-like brand’s vibe, products, inspiration, or of Erik Brunetti’s art, elsewhere.