Peace 2009. Hello 2010.

December 31, 2009

Peace to 2009. Photo by Ollie Neglerio.

Have a safe welcoming of the new year. On to the next…

On my desk: 14 Inches of Vinyl, Tommy Guerrero and Fantastic Magic

December 31, 2009

Tommy Guerrero and Fantastic Magic

Lunch at Mona Lisa Italian Deli. San Diego, California

December 31, 2009

Mona Lisa Italian Deli

Earlier today, I grabbed lunch with Gary Benzel, Mr Fuzz and Arik Acosta. I’ve heard so much about Mona Lisa’s Italian Deli, but for some reason I’ve never had the chance to make it out there until earlier today. Still family owned by the Brunetto family, Mona Lisa’s deli prepares everything fresh and aims to provide high quality offerings at wallet friendly prices. We ordered their Caprese Sandwiches over a few Oranginas. Two thumbs up!

Mr Fuzz and Gary Benzel

Gary Benzel's Sad/Happy card

Gary Benzel Happy/Sad card

Map Totes at igloo

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December 31, 2009

Muhammad Ali's boxing gear while training for Joe Fraser. Miami, 1970

Supreme LA via Arkitip via Jake Davis

James Jarvis at work

APC Jeans

Emeco Navy Chair

Ace Hotel. Palm Springs, California

Hello Gary Benzel. A Trip to Igloo Shop

December 30, 2009

Igloo Shop

Nestled along Beech and India lies Gary Benzel’s Igloo Shop. This is, hands down, the best place to buy hard-to-find design publications and design related goods in San Diego. Here, you’ll find an arrangement of goods from Arkitip, Jack Spade and HunterGatherer alongside prints by Geoff McFetridge and Todd St John. Last night, we made our way to Igloo to drop off a few gifts that Arik had purchased for Gary.

Arik Acosta and Gary Benzel

Gary Benzel, Mr Fuzz and Arik Acosta

This is Mr Fuzz. The famous K-9 behind the Igloo register. Apparently, he knows a few tricks. High five!

Random Run-ins on 30th Street. San Diego, CA

December 30, 2009

"AC" and Neill Orje

You can pretty much go anywhere during this part of the year and find San Diego transplants gravitating to their former waterholes in hopes of making a few impromptu reunions. Neill’s old roommate was in town and we decided to take the night away over a few pints. We started the night in North Park and worked our way south… to South Park.

Arik Acosta and Mike Tran

Arik and Mike Tran pick up on old conversations. Mike is a San Diego native now living in Brooklyn. He is currently designing for New York’s finest, Supreme.

Saul Q

Saul Q will be hosting a New Years shindig at El Dorado between 6-10AM on January 1st. Yes, you read it right. 6 o’clock in the morning. Stumble your way into the new year. Zombies!

We eventually ended up at Skull Kontrol’s Too Many Creeps to achieve their billed, “Maximum Joy”. This was, of course, right after we made a special visit to the residence of Mr. Sundar.

Arik visits Sundar

Sundar's Living Room

Sundar's gift for Arik

Whistle Stop

Whistle Stop

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December 27, 2009

Pekapeka House by Parsonson Architects. Photo by Simon Devitt

Visvim Americana Deck Shoe (Folk)

Double Shot by the beautiful Niagra Detroit

Toilet Polaroid


San Diego's legendary Sun Cafe (1986) by Harold Gee

On my desk: Beams Stationary and Toyama Medicine

December 27, 2009

Beams Stationary (Tombow) and Toyama Medicine

Arik Acosta is back for a quick visit from Japan. Upon arrival, he left me with these witty, well designed pens produced by the Japanese clothing retailer, Beams. The pen on the left (which doubles as a thermometer) reads, “Please, Calm down! Calm down!” On the right is a popular Toyama cold remedy. Japan is an awesome place. I’m way overdue for another trip.

Currently listening to: “Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die)” by Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls

December 24, 2009

Crocodiles And Dum Dum Girls - Merry Christmas- Baby Please Don't Die

The Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls put this wonderful holiday jam together for you and yours to enjoy. Listen to it HERE on Stereogum. ~via Skull Kontrol.

On my desk: Old Navy “Camp Style” Socks. Gift idea?

December 23, 2009

Old Navy Socks

Came up on these for a whopping $2 each at a local Old Navy store while I was shopping for gifts. Not bad at all. Comfy too. I’m gonna be honest, I would actually recommend these over my J.Crew ones in the fact that they actually stay up. Nothing worse than quitter socks that fall down your leg. Great gift idea, no? Happy Holidays!

Old Navy Socks

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