Heard this song on Gossip Girl tonight and I decided to check out the new Yeah Yeah Yeah's album It's Blitz. This track is really beautiful this whole album is really, really damn good. The word disco was thrown around in reviews for it but I don't think the disco vibe is that strong, the album has a great spring/summer vibe to it. They are some some beautifully haunting mellow tracks and then they're some tracks that make you wanna dance. I highly recommend it!
From my favorite new alley called Try On. Gosh I'm so jealous of people who have these little courtyards with sakura trees! Also I feel a bit creepy peering through their gates to capture the beauty but I'm getting over it hahaa.
Slowly coming out
Another really spectacular small alley, I forget what its called but I got a lot of great pictures from that will be in another post soon.
Full brick & bloom
Same alley as above, I'm really loving the dark brick buildings around my neighborhood, I often feel a bit transported back in time when I come across buildings like this.
OMG when I entered this particular alley I was greeted by a HUGE cherry blossom dream tree, it was magnificent. I just love the whole environment of this alley.
Church in the bg, while I was taking this a pic two men were talking and one of them was saying how he was tempted to take a stem back to where he's from so he could plant a tree.
Taken at sunset, I love how my camera captures the sky reflected on windows. ♥
I love ukiyo-e style art so I thought this rendition of Wolverine was particularly awesome! They're many more interpretations of him in various art styles over on the marvel.com website, they're celebration Wolverine Art Appreciation Month in order to promote the X-Men Origins movie.
I've been taking photos for this photostory for a couple of weeks and its my most favorite one so far! As I was walking around I noticed some really great examples of typography on signs and row home addresses, but then I also found some cool uses on everyday objects and then of course the ultimate subversion of typography, tagging!
2006 Entrance of a row home, I kinda love everything about this pic, the textures, the paint splatter on the door and the decaying print of the letters. And the reflection in the glass, that was quite accidental.
Angled This entrance was quite odd, its on an angle like that. This was located in a small side street called Tryon and it has some really fantastic houses and architecture, I'm waiting for a sunny day to go take some photos over there.
Apt 1 & Apt 2 I was actually walking around Chinatown and saw a collection of mail boxes and the type on them looked so fantastic, I didn't have my camera with me at the time! Which sucked because I saw a lot of cool stuff I would have liked to photograph that evening, anyway I'm glad I caught another cool looking set of mailboxes.
2010 This is a new house they finished building last summer, I don't think anyone moved in yet though but I love all the modern elements on the door compared to the 2006 door.
IPA advice Lagunitas IPA beer label on my dark blue jeans. I was intrigued by the slogan, well the label had many sayings on it but this was the best one, "Life is uncertain, don't sip!". I'm not sure what that means though.
S is for schwinn
This is the same yellow bike I took a pic of a few weeks ago but this was taken in a totally different location haa. We meet again yellow bicycle! I just love the S on the seat and because S is my initial.
Books behind bars! I was wandering around and came across this amazing old bookstore, I didn't go inside because I feel bad going in small local businesses and not buying anything, but they sell like really old 50 cent books.
Twerp I'm kind of obsessed with Twerp's tags, I see them all over, there's even one outside my workplace!! Its on a small gold pipe, I haven't gotten a chance to take a pic yet because people take their smoke breaks there.
Meats and Provisions This was painted on the afore mentioned bookstore building, I loved the old Western type and style.
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The Diesel store in Philly has this weird new window display, usually their displays are rather innocuous but I walked by yesterday and out of the corner of my eye I saw this dude sitting there with his hands out like he was begging and I was like WTF? Then I looked closer and realized that he was a screenprinted rag doll of some sort but his facial expression and skinny body just made the whole thing rather bizarre looking, kinda reminds me of Christian Bale in The Machinist.
The girl one isn't nearly as terrifying, and I guess they should be congratulated for not using mannequins like every other store on the block, the whole thing is definitely weird and eye catching.
I feel as if her cardigan is having an identity crisis haha, its kinda weird yet hip at the same time. The sparkly detail on the ONE sleeve is just no.
I love this whole retro fullskirt x cardigan look, although the whole thing just makes her look like a passive 50s housewife doesn't it? But maybe that's the point, her approval ratings are at an all time high of 70-something percent, compared to the 32% they were during the campaign when she spoke at rallies and the media coverage of her dealt more with her words rather than her fashion. However I'm glad that she's no longer perceived as an angry Black woman, we need more positive portrayals of Black women abroad and at home.
Anthropologie's latest window visual, honeycomb! The lighting is really cool at night.
Joan Shepp has this awesome shoe display, I need to get some new shoes so bad! Pay day today I think :O! I've never actually been in this store because I could never afford anything in there but their visual merchandising is always pretty eye catching.
I'm doing some research for work, the project I'm working on is a flash piece which plays a snippet of FDR's speech regarding creating jobs. I was looking for some WPA posters for some art inspiration for the piece and I found these awesome examples on flickr, all uploaded by Banjohead except for the last one uploaded by wnyc. Click to enlarge.
These have such great composition and use of negative space, line and type.