That one time we went on a trip… through Golden Gate Park. It might not have even happened. Who the fuck knows?
Recently I had the pleasure to meet the creator of Santa the Hutt, Cianna Valley. The piece was installed at our Betabrand headquarters in San Francisco where he lays sprawled out on a twin sized mattress, classyyyyyy. Let’s just say, the youngins are not too fond of Santa the Hutt.
I was extremely impressed by the realism of Santa the Hutt and wanted to share Cianna’s beautiful (or not so beautiful) creation with everyone.
While the piece is all fun and games I can definitely sense the irony and tongue in cheek humor behind the idea of Santa the Hutt… a Santa that just doesn’t care about the idea of a happy holiday and would prefer to drink and be pervy all night while free basing consuming copious amounts of egg nog
Check out more of her work at WWW.CIANAVALLEY.COM
Have a happy holidays!
That moment when you find your roommate up at 7AM with her Burner coat on and pupils the size of grapefruits. Damn.
I love Aaron Buckley’s view on the lifetime cycle of current products and what needs to be done in order to stop cheap production of consumer products, which will inevitably end up in a landfill within a years time.
Over at River City Leather, Aaron designs and constructs all of his products by hand with re-purposed tools and tools that he’s been able to create himself.
Check out his store here… https://rivercityleather.com/
Buy USA made products!
Today is my good friend Olivia’s birthday. It also happens to be Thanksgiving and we’re going to her old stomping grounds, Corning, CA. I like small towns, but I also like big cities. Having a perspective on both is a great quality to have. Rural America differs widely from the ideological standpoint than from the urban lifestyle many of us live out, and sometimes, it becomes very difficult for us to understand the points because we are not out there, but we are here.
My good friend and photographer Millsky just put up a new page, she’s had the opportunity to photograph the likes of Oscar Award Winning Marketa Irglova to little 7 year old brats along side me for 2 years, not gonna get into latter part of that. Anyways…
Check her work out here… (Krystle Miller)
She also enjoys blowing bubbles, going high on swings and wearing things the color of mustard 6 out of the 7 days in a week.
Teagan sitting on his throne at the GANT store in Hayes Valley.
How to Live Without Irony - by Christy Wampole
Recently I had the opportunity to read the article by Christy Wampole and was impressed by her incredible dissection of the current psychological state of what we like to Generation Y. The article touches up on many key points stretching from our hyper intensive interest in the virtual world to our inability to face failure and the truth to the the illusions we create by collecting material objects of the past.
It’s very interesting in a sense that most of us carry these unknown behaviors. Surrounding ourselves with material objects that we attain because we need to personify a specific image that we see fit to our lifestyle’s. I’ve always stressed the importance of diversification, it’s one of the many reason I moved to San Francisco, in my opinion, more diversified per square mile than any other city in the world. Even though there is a high concentration of diversification, you will undoubtedly see people trying to replicate times of the past, future and present, continuously shaping an image that they cannot experience. While submerging myself in this diversification and seeing so many people living in their own world made up of nostalgically tangible objects I’ve come to realize after reading the article that sincerity is a key to living a life without irony but also diversifying your mindset in order not to fall into any particular tribe.
I highly recommend that everyone read the article, especially if you happen to be an 80s or early 90s child. We are the ones that need to take control and begin to re-establish the non-verbal communication and sincerity that we are unknowingly beginning to mitigate.
A recent photo set that I worked on for the first year I lived in San Francisco was based around this subject and the continues virtue lodged in the back of my head about being real with the people I surround myself.
I met this girl Marina Andrijčić-Ojeda once, she happens to be be an artist and another fellow Croatian. She’s curating and part taking in an art show taking place in an abandoned prison in Estonia built by one of those wicked Russian emperors… sounds creepy and cold -__-
You can read about it right here http://the-penitentiary.com/about/