08.25.14

Rauschenberg's "Automobile Tire Print"

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The late Robert Rauschenberg is one of our all time favorite artists. He was a brilliant, resourceful and creatively fertile artist who fearlessly worked with a variety of media. In 1953 he created "Automobile Tire Print" alongside his frequent collaborator, John Cage. In the above short, shot in 1999, Rauschenberg discusses the creation with his usual sense of humor.

 

 

Video courtesy SFMOMA©2011

 

 

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08.21.14

My Rules- Glen E. Friedman & Ian MacKaye

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We've been fans of Glen E. Friedman for a long time. He's shot some of the most iconic images of our favorite subcultural anti-heroes, including Public Enemy, Tony Alva, Black Flag, Run-DMC, Jay Adams, the Beastie Boys, Duane Peters, Ice-T...the list goes on and on.

Friedman has a new book coming out soon titled My Rules, via his Burning Flags Press label. He recently sat down with Ian MacKaye to share a few stories behind  some of their favorite photographs. Amazing stuff.

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08.20.14

Model Citizen

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The folks at Obscura Magazine in Hong Kong are always publishing some interesting stuff. We have featured the Blackbird Automotive Division here on our blog a few times before, so it's no surprise to see this great, new teaser from them. Philip Mitchell-Model Citizen gives us a glimpse of the intense craft of scale modelmaking with a master. Read the complete feature in the Summer 2014 issue of Blackbird here.

That's not your old and forgotten Revell kit he's finishing.

 

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08.19.14

Cannonball Run Opening Sequence

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It was 1981. Cable was brand new. The Burt Reynolds classic, Cannonball Run, had everything a ten year old kid could ask for: women in leather racing suits, exotic cars, Farrah Fawcett, Kung Fu and giving cops the middle finger. It's mindless American pop culture at it's finest.

Dig the tune in the famous opening sequence above-"It's not what you do, it's how you do it."

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08.17.14

P1 Brand "Cutters" Tee Available Now

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We are very happy to introduce our newest release, the P1 Brand "Cutters" graphic tee. This is a concept that we've been wanting to produce for a number of years for a variety of reasons. Inspired by the classic movie, Breaking Away, shot in and around Bloomington, Indiana during the summer of 1978. This film ignited our own interest in cycling as a kid, when summers were spent fantasizing about pounding long stretches of highway, drafting big rigs and pedaling up to 60 mph. We also love the whole blue collar, working class underdog theme of the movie, which is something we can relate to, even today.

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08.14.14

The City Exposed: Typecaster for Life

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The San Francisco Chronicle produces an ongoing series of short films which highlight citizens from various walks of life. In the above episode, The City Exposed: Typecaster for Life  shows us a man and his lifetime of dedication to a dying trade, letterpress printing.

There are plenty of additional and fascinating webisodes over on the SF Chronicle Vimeo page.

 

 

Video courtesy of SFChronicle©2014

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08.09.14

What Drives Danny Thompson?

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A few days ago, the 2014 Speed Week at Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats was cancelled because of rain. And amongst the hundreds of disappointed adrenaline junkies in attendance from around the globe, perhaps none of them are as heartbroken as Danny Thompson. The 64 year-old son of Speed King, Mickey Thompson, was scheduled to make record-attempting passes with Challenger 2 with his eyes on a 450+mph benchmark.

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08.08.14

"Let It Rock" Surveys Malcolm McLaren

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A very interesting, but abbreviated, exhibition ran last weekend at the 2014 the CIFF (Copenhagen International Fashion Fair) in Denmark. The show, titled Let It Rock - The Look of Music and the Sound of Fashion, focused upon a fertile period of cultural contribution made by the infamous Malcolm McLaren. Curated and assembled by Young Kim and Paul Gorman, the inaugural presentation included a collection of rare clothes, prints, film, music and other period ephemera that charted McLaren's creative exploits.

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08.07.14

Worst Idea Ever - Dude

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A good vignette about a few Danish friends and the Worst Idea Ever - Dude. We were surprised to see that the short is underwritten by Ford (Denmark), but it's great to see them supporting micro labels in this manner. Check out Copenhagen-based surf brand, Oh Dawn, here.

Ford Motor Company is on a mission to find out who the modern craftsmen are. The search has brought them to the Danish surfdesigners Oh Dawn. Residing in a country with almost no waves and terrible weather, it seemed like an almost impossible dream, when Mathias, Bo and Simon decided to create the surf brand Oh Dawn in 2011. This is their story.

 

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08.06.14

Ryan McGinness "Signs, 2014"

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Artist and designer Ryan McGinness has recently completed, and with the assistance of the New York City Department of Transportation, installed, a set of unique, playful and thought provoking street signs amidst Manhattan. Signs, 2014 takes the familiar iconography and color palette of public infographics and subverts it into alternate pedestrian-oriented experience. 

The signage is scheduled to run through August 30, 2014 or until they're all stolen by would-be profiteers.

 

 

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