October 29, 2012

Where Folk Art Goes to Die

vintage sweater from Vacation SF // thrifted skirt // vintage boots // UO coat from several years ago
I've been having incredible luck with finding sweaters lately. This one is from an amazing vintage boutique / performance space / gallery space / all around good-time space in the Tenderloin called Vacation. I follow them on Instagram, where the owner Kristin devilishly posts her new finds every day. Everything is first come, first served (no holds!) so after seeing this shaggy Fozzie bear sweater show up on my feed, I hopped down there the next day to grab it, along with a few other treats (the prices are awesomely reasonable). Then while I was in Los Angeles last weekend, I found the exact same sweater in chocolate brown for $5 at a thrift store!  I get touched a lot whenever I wear them.

These were taken while Rachel* and I were snooping through antique stores in Oakland, looking for possible wedding presents for Annalise and Matthew. We climbed up into the attic of one particularly messy boutique and wasted a lot of time rifling through old textiles and terrible paintings. I love junk and bad art. I'm certain the Gods of Taste will bar me from ever having a nice home, because I would probably decorate it in some ghastly variation of memphis style.

*p.s. I'm selling some select vintage wares through Rachel's Etsy store and did a VERY candid interview with her over on the Mousevox blog - check it out

October 24, 2012

Field Trip: Guy Overfelt at EverGold Gallery

These are from a couple of weeks ago, when I met up with my hometown BFF as she was passing through San Francisco for a swing dancing conference (we are women of varied and sterling tastes). EverGold gallery was very hush hush about their latest opening, declining to release any images or even descriptions of the work beforehand, saying only that that it was a "hesher tribute to Dan Flavin" which turned out to be a ginormous blacklight pentagram installation in the first room. Normally it's a bit of flaccid make art that is a reference to a famous work of art that is a reference to a famous work of art but I think the infinite visual regression of the work due to the mirrored walls is itself a statement on reference and reiteration. It is such a striking and visceral experience—the light is so intense it's almost a fog and hanging out in it for too long WILL give you a headache.

The back room houses Guy's sweetly rendered painting of xerox-style punk posters; one-upping  the cut n' paste aesthetic that often gets conflated with punk DIY ethos. In truth, it's often a subcultural pose. Photoshopping and printing a stack of flyers at home might actually be easier now than hand-assembling and photo-copying them at the local Kinko's, but it doesn't, you know... look punk. I really loved these. They seem to be simultaneously commemorating punk (thus implying that it's dead) and asking the view how to update form of subcultural production in order to keep them relevant.

The singularity of the paintings is contrasted by the democratic, endlessly available "punk wallpaper" plastered on the opposite wall, custom made by the artist and available for $25 per square foot. I might order a small patch of it to frame in my home, but I'll admit that I salivate at the thought of papering a whole wall with it. Alas, it's out of my budget... and perhaps not so democratic after all.

*p.s., there's a very illuminating interview with Guy Overfelt in the current issue of SFAQ. That dude is PAF.

October 16, 2012

Time Bandit

vintage sweater // thrifted skirt // thrifted shoes // cheap shades from buffalo exchange - photos by Rachel!
Things are heating up with school and work lately; sometimes it's all I can do to put on (somewhat) clean clothes in the morning. Because I was born with a pathological inability to effectively manage my time—especially when I have multiple, unrelated projects to balance—I've become addicted to productivity blogs like 99u and Lifehacker. The irony is that I'm often trolling posts about "Making Good Habits Stick" or "How to Stop Procrastinating!" as a way to procrastinate. Reading other people's stories of successful productivity can temporarily abet my own anxiety by vicariously feeling the benefits of their good work habits, but when the article is over, I just feel worse, so I must find another similar article... and so and so forth... until the world explodes...

Reading about other people's tips and routines is nice, but only you know what works for you. I'm slowly trying to find my own work routines and habits, while fitting in time for exercise and possibly even socializing. One thing that works for me is making sure to get fully dressed first thing in the morning; none of this breakfast-in-sweats stuff. Some people work really well when they're comfy, but it makes me feel like I'm still halfway in bed... Another part of keeping on top of my workload is not stressing too much over making this blog "perfect", which right now involves cutting off this post to write a French paper and edit a review.

How do you gear up for a day of having too much to do?

October 9, 2012

Approaches to the History of Art

                                                                                                                     032c magazine, fall/winter 2012-2013 // via

There's something very real and kind of poignant about this spread. Fashion editorials are precision engineered to inspire an intentionally vague feeling of aspiration that can't be wholly fulfilled even if you possessed every single item in the shoot (but lord knows we'll try). Doesn't this look like the kind of girl you might actually spot in a museum? Even her clothes are suited to the occasion—cool, a little refined, but sensible for being on your feet for hours or sitting on the floor to sketch. I just finished an assignment which involved spending all day at the De Young, and this shoot really captures the lovely, quiet energy of having quality time by yourself in a museum, right down to the backpack and notebook. The vision this editorial presents is fully attainable, and it's oddly inspiring in a way that no space-monkey-fantasy-warrior-dripping-in-Balmain-and-glitter-makeup spread could ever attain.

October 6, 2012

Phở Baby

TopShop polo // Marc Jacobs jacket // "mom jeans" // Bass < 3 Rachel Antonoff shoes // vintage bag

These jeans are very fucking tight. I stole them from my mom when she last visited me, and as you may have inferred, my mother is very petite. Perhaps it's time I invest in my own black skinny jeans, in my own size, and give the poor little zipper on these things a rest. Look at him, clinging for dear life! Adieu, adieu! YKK, we hardly knew ye! It didn't help that I just eaten a huge bowl of phở with the mister. I try to only eat until I'm satiated—as opposed to immobile—but with phở all bets are off.

October 2, 2012


If someone had told me several years ago that my name would be in the Baker Skateboards catalogue, I would say to them, "I don't even know what that means... you can bake a skateboard?"

Chalk it up to the old man's nearly-neurotic attention to detail... if you read the letter in the first photo you will learn that every single item on these "investigation boards" is scanned or photographed from a real object. The dudes spent many sleepless nights putting them together, and when they wanted all of the fake newspaper clippings to be legible, fully fleshed-out stories, I had a few sleepless nights myself. Congratulations to Sterling and Jason for creating the largest skateboard series to date—I can't wait to see them in person.