oxford circusTongue at Oxford Circus        © Bob Mazzer

Second week into new job…deep in the woods…posting light…

[more on photographer Bob Mazzer here]

…time to make some choices…

this or this_2

[h/t to thisisnthappiness…of course…]

…back on Friday…off the grid for a few…


…and the team is waiting…so let’s roll…

hells-angels-irving-pennHells Angels (San Francisco), 1967.
Irving Penn – Look magazine, January of 1968.

Power. That’s what it feels like when we ride in. On a three day weekend, we might have one-fifty, two-hundred bikes out on a run. People all get excited when they see us coming, and– I don’t know– it’s beautiful.

You know what it is, it’s a mind-blower. They come around with movie cameras. It’s really beautiful.

My brothers– that’s my whole life.  My brothers.  That’s all I’ve got.

Look magazine, January, 1968

[Note – the Look building, at Madison Avenue and 51st street in NYC, is where me and the Brunette first met. It’s also where Dylan recorded “The Times They Are a-Changin.” The building was also declared a landmark in 2010. For at least two excellent reasons. Just thought you’d like to know some additional historical references…]

For the bookish in us…all available…and more… at the Out of Print shop:

out of print clothing arrayclockwise from top left:
Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintanance t-shirt,
Edgar Allan Poe socks, Moby Dick t-shirt, Library Card scarf,
The Little Prince socks

Best get there soon…lots of stuff selling out…

StuckInABookIncidental Comics
Words and Pictures by Grant Snider
[more here]


garfield 2Garfield by Jim Davis

Onchi Kôshirô, 1933
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
[Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection]

Onchi Kōshirō ((Japanese, 1891–1955)) is considered one of the leading innovative figures among Japan’s twentieth-century artists. He is credited with producing Japan’s first purely abstract work Light Time in 1915. He produced single sheet prints and book designs, as well as being a poet and art theorist. He began his career learning oil painting at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, going on to study sculpture, which he later abandoned. In 1911, under the influence of Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934), Onchi began to design books and quickly became involved in producing print and poetry magazines. He designed the first edition of Hagiwara Sakutarō’s (1886-1942) innovative collection of poems Tsuki ni hoeru (Howling at the Moon, 1917).

Onchi’s contribution both as traditionalist and innovator can best be seen in his single-sheet prints. He was one of the founders of the sōsaku hanga (creative print) movement. Unlike traditional commercial woodblock printmakers, these artists were inspired by painting and carried out every stage of production themselves: designing, cutting, and printing, then circulating the finished works to a relatively small élite circle.

Onchi started to make abstract prints at the beginning of the Taishō era (1912-26), and continued to experiment, drawing on traditional elements of Japanese color and decorative sense, combining them with motifs from international modernism. His prints were produced in very small editions, demonstrating his attitude to his works as one-offs, closer in spirit to paintings than to traditional woodblock prints.

Continue reading here


calvin and hobbesCalvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson

[via thisisnthappiness…]

françois_schuitenL’ombre d’un doute (The shadow of a doubt)
François Schuiten

François Schuiten was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1956. His father, Robert Schuiten, and his mother, Marie-Madeleine De Maeyer, were both architects. He has five brothers and sisters, one of whom is also an architect.

His love of architecture became apparent in the series Cities of the Fantastic [originally published as Les Cités obscures], an evocation of fantastic, partly imaginary cities that he created with his friend Benoît Peeters from 1983 for the Belgian monthly comics magazine (À Suivre). Every story focuses on one city or building, and further explores a world where architects, urbanists, and ultimately “urbatects”, are the leading powers and architecture is the driving force behind society.

Inspired by artists and scientists alike, Schuiten’s work can be considered to mix the mysterious worlds of René Magritte, the early scientific fantasies of Jules Verne, the graphical worlds of M. C. Escher and Gustave Doré, and the architectural visions of Victor Horta and Étienne-Louis Boullée. The creative synergy between Schuiten’s work and the books of Jules Verne culminated in 1994 when he was asked to illustrate and design a cover for the publication of Verne’s rediscovered book Paris in the Twentieth Century.

More background here


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