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Archive for the ‘Art and fashion’ Category


More wacky Minor League Baseball jerseys

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

If you saw our last post about the Portland Sea Dogs and their Chewbacca jerseys, then you’ll understand the inspiration for this post: more wacky minor league baseball jerseys … these are some of the best ones we saw. Clockwise from top left: the Memphis Redbirds “Egypt” jerseys; the Lowell Spinners “Ugly Christmas Sweater” jerseys; the Fresno Grizzlies “Price is Right” jerseys; and the Kalamazoo Growlers “Selfie” jerseys, which features selfies sent to the team by their fans. Pretty wacky stuff indeed.

wacky minor league baseball jerseys


Star Wars and Baseball: Chewbacca jerseys make the scene

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team wore Chewbacca-inspired jerseys for their August 16th game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, on an evening billed as “Star Wars Night.” You’d think a team with the name like the “Flying Squirrels” would have some crazy uniforms too, but theirs are actually quite boring. It seems that “Star Wars Nights” are not unusual for minor league games, as the image of Chewie throwing his split-paw-fastball (top right) is actually from some other game … now that’s what I’d like to see, not just Chewbacca throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but actually pitching the whole game.

As wacky as the Chewbacca jersey is, you can’t give the Portland Sea Dogs total credit for the idea … the Toledo Mud Hens did it once too. But despite not being original, it’s still a great idea.

Portland Sea Dogs Chewbacca jerseys for Star Wars night


Crazy shoes

Monday, August 25th, 2014

As I was taking the train into NYC yesterday, I noticed these sneakers, below left, across the aisle from where I was sitting. It’s a little hard to see from this picture (since I was trying to be discreet about taking it), but there’s splatters all over the fluorescent orange surface, almost like Jackson Pollock had been wearing them in his studio.

And then there’s these boots, below right, which I saw on a woman at the Brooklyn Museum at the Swoon show, and whom I overheard making the claim that she had ridden on Swoon’s rafts down the Hudson River in 2008. At any rate, these boots look like they’ve been customized, as if she took the soles off, inserted the unusual pink and silver metal parts, and then reattached the soles again. Pretty crazy boots, don’t you think? I like the idea of one-of-a-kind shoes, though …

cool sneakers seen on NJ Transit, and custom boots seen at Swoon's show at the Brooklyn Museum


Funky street art t-shirts by Artsology

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

I guess it’s only inevitable that some people will get more excited about their Artsology t-shirts than others … check out our new designs here.

Edvard Munch The Scream and Grant Wood American Gothic


Flowers, Beards, and Arcimboldo

Monday, July 14th, 2014

A friend posted a link on Facebook to a story about a “trend” of guys putting flowers in their beards and then posting the pictures on Tumblr, and I have one example from this story, below left. I’m not sure if this is some sort of Brooklyn hipster thing or what, but the first thing it made me think of is this: these guys have nothing on Guiseppe Arcimboldo, whose painting titled “Spring” from 1573 is shown below right.

Guiseppe Arcimboldo Spring 1573 and Brooklyn hipster with flowers in beard


Sights in the Garment District, NYC

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I usually don’t have much reason to wander around the Garment District in NYC (roughly 34th-40th Street and between 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue), but last night I had tickets to the N.I.T. Final Four at Madison Square Garden, and was in search of something to eat before the games. The fabric stores were especially a big source of bright and wild color, but there was plenty of visual interest all over, as these four examples below indicate. You can see more of Artsology on Instagram here.

fabric samples and lots of buttons, as seen in the Fashion District in NYC

fabrics seen in Fashion District stores in NYC


The pensive rock-n-roller

Friday, March 28th, 2014

It seems this rock-n-roller is deep in thought as he wanders the streets of NYC. I couldn’t resist snapping this discreet picture due to such an unusual jacket.

A man deep in thought walking the streets of NYC


Pharrell Williams, Jack Kerouac, and hats

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I finally got around to watching Walter Salles’ movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road last night. My wife, who hasn’t read the book, had a hard time following the story, and I think I would have been a bit confused if I didn’t know the story so well. At any rate, after it was over, I found myself looking through my collection of Kerouac and Beat-Generation-related books, and when I pulled out “Angelheaded Hipster” by Steve Turner, I saw this picture (below right) on the cover and thought: maybe all of the recent hype about Pharrell Williams and his Canadian Mounties hat might be partially inspired by Kerouac and his French-Canadian background and his funky hat. Jack has the odd-hat look 60 years before Pharrell!

canadian rockies mounties hat by Pharrel and Jack Kerouac


Michelangelo’s David in the Ski Shop

Monday, February 17th, 2014

If Michelangelo’s David were a skier, do you think he’d wear “multifunctional headwear” like this one? Seen at the ski shop at Bromley Mountain in Vermont.

using Michelangelo's David to market ski wear products


Matisse, Picasso, and their pets

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

It has been said that there are many ways to describe the relationship between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. It could be called a rivalry, a dialogue, a chess game – Matisse himself once compared it to a boxing match. We can see here that they certainly had different philosophies when it came to how they dressed around their pets!

Henri Matisse and cat, Pablo Picasso and dog


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