Flickr Finds: Technochiock's 90's Detroit Rave Flyer collection
Check out Dalmmatin, a fabulous blog on zines
SAD BLOG has posted spreads from a 1974 issue of Interview Magazine
All weekend: Komiks.DK, the Copenhagen International Comics Festival. Watch the trailer!
Sunday: PS1's Greater New York show is opening Sunday from 12-6. You should go and dress cute. We'll see you there.
The powder coated steel Slat Rack is perfect for a landing strip - it's a coat rack AND a magazine rack. You can cram mail on it, and there's a groove to hold keys. It has a bit of a cartoon quality that could add whimsy to a modern decor. Available in orange, brown, green and white.
The New Yorker still rules for covers. Ideas are king. Illustrations, especially by someone as clever as Daniel Clowes, can convey ideas photographs can't even come close to. I'd like to see other magazines doing more illustrations. On another note - this cover is so uplifting!
Etiquette ("For that special rude person you know.")
by Lacey Prpic-Hedtke
76 pages, 8.5x5"
Hand bound white copy paper with purple cardstock cover
Lacey, the mastermind behind the hilarious Likes/Dislikes zine, was tired of watching everyone treat each other like crap and took it upon herself to write us a guide to living, a book of manners for the common punk. She covers everything from sex to long bus rides to acceptable behavior on airplanes. I have a general fondness for books of etiquette so I liked this right off the bat. Lacey's book is especially fun/helpful because it covers incidents Emily Post would never dream of, like the polite locations for heroin shooting, the politics of the potluck party or what to do once you've accidentally puked on someone. Buy this useful handbook directly from Lacey's etsy site or from Microcosm and refer to it often.
Fellow magazine blog Magculture has released a print version of itself.
I've spent the past little while looking around in the Charts & Graphs section of Lapham's Quarterly. It's fun. Start with 6 degrees of Lord Byron.
This sculptural rack turns your 12 recent magazines into an art piece. Definitely great for a gallery like space, or loft, next to a sofa or chair that is set away from the wall.
The New York Photo Festival opened yesterday and runs through the weekend.
6pm tonight at The Mission Cultural Center in S.F, Hamburger Eyes opens "Casual Abyss," a photographic exhibition of modern artifacts that provide clues into the chasm hovering in another dimension beneath our own. This exhibition will attempt to explore the void and make sense of what lies in the hearts of men.
The Graphic Design Biennial Germany-China opens today in Offenbach, Germany.
Tomorrow night check out the Girls Like Us launch party for volume 2 issue 1 of the mag at Heathers Bar, 506 East 13 Street btwn Ave A & B, 7pm-10pm.
Vancouver non-profit art space and artist book publisher Artspeak opens Motto Storefront, a series of talks, workshops, and a zine library featuring the works of (PF favorite) Nieves. Motto Storefront starts this Saturday May 15th with a talk by photographer and Motto Distribution founder Alexis Zavialoff. The event runs through July 22nd. More info here.
Something is seriously wrong with the arts when older people are more outrageous, more fierce and more confrontational than the kidz. When Ms. Keough and I did the objectification issue of our college mag 10 years ago, there was such an outcry of offended students over an erect penis that we had to defend ourselves before a packed art and ethics class. One student stood up and professed that if his 10 year old brother was on campus and picked up a copy, it would be as though we had raped him. No teachers seemed to have a problem. In fact, my 80 something painting teacher walked up to me in the street and complimented my art direction.
I guess this rant is a symptom of my getting older, because I grew up in the age of zines and the sounds of "fuck shit up." In fact, I rebelled against that a bit, because I was always interested in taking from anything and everything. But it seems to me that the pendulum has swung too far, and that too many twenty somethings seem totally satisfied in doing things the way they were taught to. And what's worse - they completely believe in it.
It seems to me that artists are being too polite in their desperation for approval. When they are being "outrageous" i.e Lady Gaga, its innocuous and contrived. I'll take a bitchy Ms. Jones any day.
So please, lets have some more obnoxious bullshit, lets get our hands dirty and please lets not give a fuck.
In that vein, get inspired by Horseshit: the Offensive Review, a late 60's magazine out of California that covered politics, religion, the military and sex.
Q: I have always been willing to aid those around me with helpful suggestions, therefore your purely destructive attitude disgusts me. Just once why don't you offer some constructive criticism designed to make people happier?
A: Okay. If you will stop making suggestions, everyone will be happier.
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