The passing of Lou Reed the other week compelled me to listen to Velvet Underground and Nico for the first time since I was 16 and at art school. That bloody banana image reminds me of that time so much I’ve not been able to bring myself to listen to it in, well lets say a very, very long time. Turns out I still only think ‘its kinda okay’, for me Nicos wailing ruins it and I’ll will always prefer ‘Loaded’ from the VU back catalogue, nuff said.
Anyway during those art school years when I was channelling the ghosts of Haight Ashbury on a daily basis, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix also featured pretty highly in my walkman. As a result these two artists have also suffered the same fate as VU and Nico mentioned earlier.
Its only fairly recently that I’ve rediscovered both Jimi Hendrix and The Doors and have been regularly blown away by long forgotten album tracks and lesser know gems like the track above. ‘Far out man and stay off the brown acid’
VW killing back in the day with this era defining advert. If you need me to explain it you won’t ever get it. (Those indents and line breaks need sorting out though. Graphic Designer Pedantry)
Beautiful combo if used selectively, like on these pair of classics. 911 via Werks Crew and the Yama via Deus
A couple of obvious choices but you can’t deny that they look good together. I’ve seen this picture intermittently on a handful of tumblrs and always been taken by it but never known the source until recently. I found it here.
I don’t know whats more captivating the subject matter of these youths train-hopping across America or the pictures of them actually doing it. Either way thank god Mike Brodie was around to document this truly amazing, modern day Huckleberry Finn shit. Via
When I was at art college I had a friend called Lee, he was a great skater, but most notably when we were all studying graphics and getting all excited about Apple Macs and Photoshop, he chose to pursue the fine art of signwriting. I’d catch up with him at on the bus home and would take the piss that he was studying something so fusty and analog as paint and brushes. Secretly I was jealous when I would see him practicing on his designated window at college and I also loved hitting people with his stick with a pad on the end (a mahlstick). Anyway I lost touch with Lee but at least Nicolai Sclater is keeping the grand tradition of sign writing alive. I first became aware of Nicolais stuff from his work on motorcycles but for me I love seeing it best on actual signage, where it not only looks beautiful but also performs an important function and puts all modern methods to shame. See his blog here http://www.ornamentalconifer.blogspot.co.uk
The title says it all really, theres just something very quaint about these designs. Pete and Carl have always seemed somewhat self-styled anachronistic little urchins so this suits them perfectly. See the full set here.
If you’re not a surfer or a graphic designer neither of those things will mean anything to you, but if you are you’ve gotta agree? Old Al Knost is not everyones cup off tea but you can feel the flow in this shot. Even more of these amazing magazine spreads here that tube shot just made me feel a bit giddy too.
Sometimes an image literally falls onto a page in front of you, yup I’ve been particularly busy today.
Yes it cats and yes its on a blog but this tumblr had me at ‘Meowvin Gaye’. What was that? You’d love to see a cat on the sleeve of Blacks Sabbaths debut album? Well why not pop along to here and have your mind blown. Props to Crombie at Monster Children for the heads up on this awesomeness.