Chris Ware designed this striking mural for 826 Valencia, the writing centre Dave Eggers founded in San Francisco. Like a lot of Ware’s work, it seems off-puttingly complex at first but more than meets you halfway once you put the work in to reading it. As Daniel Raeburn wrote, “the mural is a diagram of the ways in which our need for food, sex and shelter drives civilisation and the development of thought, speech and writing.”
Everything in the diagram happens under the glare of the sun, top center. The rays of the sun in the diagram are drawn around the open pediment in the top of the building- a hole in the building’s facade that the real sun might shine through.
Anyway, I’m writing to point out that when the Google Streetview Car drove past 826 Valencia, the sun was in almost the exact right position for this diagram to be complete. Take a look for yourself! Whether this is by accident or design I don’t know, but it’s a fitting tribute to the building nonetheless.
Hey, man, love your work and just wanted to know what kind of paper you use to ink. I think you've said you use animation paper but I was wondering what brand and such is good for inking, in other words, doesn't bleed and such. Thanks in advance!
It’s this kind of thing here. I get pretty cheap grade paper. I use a pentel brush pen. It doesn’t bleed ‘cause I control the flow of the ink by taking the cartridge out and letting the reservoir run dry while I’m inking. It works for me! It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, though.
Black Hook Yokohama CEO James Stacey models a shirt with the logo I made for them. While brushing his teeth, apparently. Fact: Black Hook are way cool! And, as always, they’re publishing a couple of my things over on their site.
Hey! this year, this mixtape I made as a student is ten years old. This probably means nothing to you, but it means a lot to me. To celebrate, I wrote a tracklist for it. Man! It is a pretty dense listening experience. I still like it. I put a marker about 3/4 in to show the point where I think it gets really good.
Morton Feldman - Flute and Orchestra Bjork - Glóra Habanera (from Carmen) - Kahime Karie Beyonce - Crazy In Love (pojmasta edit) Bob James - Take Me To The Mardi Gras Basement Jaxx - Lucky Star (pojmasta edit) Cassetteboy - Fly Me To New York Animotion - Obsession Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah!! (Got You All In Check) The Jacksons - Shake Your Body Down (To The Ground) Camisra - Let Me Show You (Tall Paul Remix) Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf Major Force - May The Force Be With You
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights Mercury Rev - Holes Darsh - Cash Les Super Nanas (intro) Le Tigre - They Want Us to Make a Symphony Out of the Sound of Women Swallowing Their Own Tongues The Katzenjammers - Cars The Katzenjammers - Cars (Pak Chooie remix) Kahime Karie - Sleep Aphrodite - Ganja Man Audio clip from ‘Wild Style’
Prince - Love Machine (Morris Day outtake) Habanera (from Carmen) - Super Madrigal Brothers Mu - Paris Hilton Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood Missy Elliot - Gossip Folks Frankie Smith - Double Dutch Bus Bjork - It’s In Our Hands (Soft Pink Truth remix) Public Enemy - Who Stole The Soul? MIA - Fire Fire Denny Wright And The Hustlers - Shout About Pepsi Q-Tip - Vivrant Thing James Brown - Funky Drummer KRS One - The Prayer Of Afrika Bambaataa Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics Cornelius - E The Daktaris - Give It Up, Turn It Loose Dokaka - childhood recordings Brian Wilson - Cabinessence Stevie Wonder - As Vitalic - La Rock Ken Nordine - ‘Can You Feel It’ (spoken word intro) Pharrell Williams and Karolína Kurková - Models In The Hood LL Cool J - Control Myself The Jackson 5 - ABC All About My Naughty Little Sister - Felicity Kendall
Some friends of mine were talking about how the fashions in Akira just haven’t dated. They still look like the future to me. Katsuhiro Otomo at his best is a frustrating artist to look up to because he’s exceptionally good at almost everything he tries.
Here’s my friend Tim talking about the polo shirt:
"what’s so interesting about kaneda’s shirt in akira is that it’s so comic-book-artisty. it’s got this weird trapezoidal lower hem, which is super-radical as far as polo shirt designs go.
"it’s likely katsuhiro otomo was drawing the character and thought, "hmm, shirts should probably look like this". i don’t know if it was him being futuristic or him forgetting what polo shirt hems actually looked like due to some residual stored-up ideal impression, though whatever it is: wow, the shirt has a fabulous cut, right down to the buttons and the sleeves!
"every japanese fashion industry person i ever knew cited otomo as an influence! i wish he (and akira toriyama) would design some real-world clothes so i could cut out the middlemen."
I always wondered if Kaneda’s jacket was inspired by Michael Jackson in Beat It. If so, it follows that Kaneda’s pink polo, white pants and sneakers look could be inspired by Michael’s pastel-y yacht rock looks like this one.
Well, I was skeptical about this kickstarter-but-for-tshirts malarkey, but look at this: we’ve had about half our allotted time and we’re at about half our target. It’s looking good for this thing, you guys! So if you were on the fence about getting one before, hopefully this should tip you over.