Last Fall, I had the rare opportunity to visit Tinker Hatfield and the crew over at the Nike Innovation Kitchen and one of the topics brought up was an upcoming project that utilized woven textiles. It was a few days before I was set to move back to California, and as much as I was pressing to learn more, that was all I was able to pry out.
Four months later, Nike introduces Flyknit Technology to the world—an advancement that would allow them to create shoes that were lighter, faster and formfitting. With sustainability becoming the forefront of design and technology, Nike’s Flyknit allows for less paneling, leading to less material and more importantly, less waste—and that’s always a good thing.
Over the weekend, I was able to grab a pair of the 3rd installment of the Flyknit HTM series—a collaborative range by Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker. I had my eyes on either of the two marled colorways, and lucky for me, I was able to bring home a pair of the yellow versions. Lightweight, breathable and good enough for runners. Not a bad shoe for the rest of the summer. Learn more about Flyknit Technology here.
It took over 40 years for Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass to become a reality. After sketching the idea in 1969, it took decades later for Heizer to find the perfect boulder to become the centerpiece of his work. Weighing 340-tons, the stone is held up by two 456-foot slabs of concrete which allow guests to walk underneath it. Visiting Levitated Mass is free of charge and is expected to remain on display for the next 3,500 years. Better hurry!
Also on display was Chris Burden’s latest piece, Metropolis II. Using 1100 miniature cars and a network of 18 roadways, the installation is a visual and audible commentary on the bustling complex of living in the 21st Century city.
Below, LACMA selections by John Baldessari and prints by Wolfgang Tillmans.
If you’re ever in Culver City, it’s a must that you stop by the new location of Arcana Books. Those looking for hard-to-find publishings in art, design and photography wont find a better place in town. The extensive inventory also includes out-of-print gems such as Aurel Schmidt’s, Maneater and back issues of Japan’s Casa Brutus. Be sure to swing by and when you’re done buying books, grab a pint of Pliny the Elder across the lot at Father’s Office.
Another Comic-Con in the books. Every year, about 130,000 people make their way to the San Diego Convention Center for the world’s largest gathering of its kind. After spending most of Saturday morning refreshing the classifieds on my iPhone, I was eventually able to find a badge on Craigslist for $50—which was about half of the going rate. These passes pretty much sell as fast as they release and all my friends were tapped out on any extras.
Surprisingly, the Comic-Con itself didn’t seem as crowded as the previous years. With a stew of media events and venue takeovers throughout the Gaslamp, there was just as much stuff going on outside the convention as there was going on the inside.
After a failed toy hunt for my friend Shaine, I ended up buying the first 3 issues of Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit after finding out that the Cannibal Fuckface figure that he had just released was sold out. Like many of the items limited to the Comic-Con weekend, it was almost impossible to make a purchase without elbowing your way through a gazillion-hour-wait in line. Take in mind, I was also a day late to the party. Next year, I’ll definitely need to make a checklist before making it out. Twas fun, Comic-Con. Till next time.
50 Things to improve your life ~ Monocle
Ken Block’s Gymkhana 5 has arrived ~ AutoBlog
Hippy Running Vibes Courtesy of New Balance ~ Oi Polloi
Brian Faherty speaks on IBM Wall Clock reissue ~ Schoolhouse Electric Co.
Breakfast tacos in Austin definitely live up to their name and the guys over at Juan in a Million sure know how to decorate their tortillas. After a long night of Lone Stars, there probably isn’t much I’d rather do in Austin than eat Mexican food. I opted for their Beef & Potato, Bacon & Egg and Guacamole breakfast tacos—which in the end, was a bit too much to handle. These aren’t the 3-bite, street tacos that I get back home in California. I guess some things really are bigger in Texas. Can’t wait to come back.
This is Juan Meza—restaurateur and handshake expert. Glad to see him running the ship after opening over thirty years ago in 1980. See that smile? That’s happiness.
Domy Books! My friends Jennifer and Coleman recommended that I check this spot out. I could’ve spent hours in here. After making a few laps, I ended up buying issues 4 and 7 of It’s Nice That. And looking at the photo below, I should’ve included David Shrigley’s Brain Activity. High five to Russell for the help.
Austin, fun times.