A day with Gary Benzel. @huganyc #igloostore

January 16, 2013

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A few shots from my Instagram feed on a quick visit to the Gary Benzel residence. One of my favorite people. Be sure to check out IGLOOSTORE.com for your favorite design goods.

Studio visit with type G. Solana Beach, California

January 16, 2013

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In 2004, Mike Nelson began typeG studio to help brands find a deeper connection between themselves and their audience. Along with Art Director Mark Cruz and Timothy Ryan, a Telly winning Producer/Director, typeG  provides a variety of creative services which include branding, design and interactive and video initiatives. As a three-man agency, their small scale allows them to spend less time analyzing and more time for creating great work. And their small size doesn’t mean that they aren’t able to take on big clients. Over the last few years, the studio has earned work for accounts including Quicksilver, Sklz Training Products and Pacsun. It’s an efficient bunch and they get things done.

Located in open, airy studio space in Solana Beach, their office gives off a coastal bungalow vibe—making those Monday deadlines just a little more welcoming. In between their extensive design library, the mini Polaroid museum and a lunchroom that comes with a beach, I’m not too sure if there many studios out their can seem more pleasant. In a few weeks, typeG will be launching their new site which will include a space for a their current projects and an updated archive of their past work. Be sure to bookmark it.

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Above, Mike Nelson and his Volvo 164 piece by Neil Blender. And below, Mike hitting a handrail (BS Noslide?) in an old Venture Trucks ad.

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Right behind Tim is an old billboard from Lou’s Records (I was here!). It was on its way to be trashed until Mike was able to save it. Smart move. Such a relic for the San Diego music scene. I can only imagine some of the handbills that have been pinned and stapled on this thing that I would’ve liked to keep. If walls could talk.

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Above, the 4th Beastie Boy in vinyl. #moneymark

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The Swami Sound System

January 8, 2013

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When I moved back to San Diego, I was bummed to hear that my favorite radio segment when off the air a couple of months before I moved back in town. But no need to worry—the Swami Sound System is now available (for free!) on Slacker radio. The segment came to mind after a brief run-in the other day with the Swami himself, John Reis. If you like rarities in the punk, primitive rock, soul, r&b and psych departments, this will probably be up your alley. Now go and let your eardrums melt. You’ve earned it. »»Swami Sound System

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

Best wishes to you all in the new year.

Happy Holidays :)

December 25, 2012

Recommusings: 077

December 21, 2012

Detroit (Cass Tech High School): Now and Then ~ HUH Magazine
The world has stopped moving ~ Designed to Move
Millard Drexler interview with Fanny Kiefer ~ Studio 4 (pt1 pt 2)
New Balance Showcases Its Flimby, England Factory ~ Hypebeast
Francesca Castor interviews Alyasha Owerka-Moore ~ Fashion Notes
*Nike Canada “Hockey is Ours” ~ Tuff Stuf

Words by coach Pat Kelsey

December 19, 2012

On my desk: Over the last few weeks

December 16, 2012

Above and below are a collection of things that I’ve accumulated over the last few weeks and are split between objects brought home from my latest trip to Portland and my friends bringing me stuff from Japan. I finally got my hands on Kenya Hara’s Designing Design on a quick visit to Ampersand Gallery (whoohoo!) and after a couple of laps around the holiday craft fairs, I was able to hoard a nice handful of vendor collateral.

My friend Ted (Jyumoku) and his girlfriend Yoyo just returned from a 3-week trip to Japan and brought me back a few prints from the Tim Barber Exhibition (w/Wacko Maria) along with a bag of goods from the Muji Found shop. Love it. You guys know me too well. Thanks dudes.

Also in town is my old friend, Arik. He’s been living in Japan for the last couple of years and is thinking about opening up a bottle shop in Kumamoto. Personally, I’d love to see a few San Diego-style DIPAs make it across the pond. Arik brought me back this beanie from one of favorites, Beauty & Youth. On the biggest exterior label, it says, “Made in the United States”. It’s funny how the Japanese sell our own culture right back to us—or maybe just to me.

Worth Magazine is definitely way out of my league—but a free subscription? Ill take it. Also in frame are the latest issues of familiar favorites Inventory, Wilder and Popeye. Looks like I’ll be spending a bit more time in front of paper than pixels over the next week.

Brandon Welchez of the Crocodiles and the Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee play the Soda Bar. San Diego, CA

December 14, 2012

Last Wednesday, show-goers at Soda Bar were treated to a nice intimate performance by Brandon Welchez of the Crocodiles and the Dum Dum Girls’ leading lady, Dee Dee. Playing a mix of hits from their respected bands, the husband and wife duo kept the holidays vibes alive by squeezing in their 2009 jam, Merry Christmas Baby (Please Don’t Die). The rare on-stage appearance by the two even brought in a good crowd of folks from as far as Tijuana and Los Angeles. Fun times. Happy Hanukkah, y’all. Welcome home.

East of PDX. Government Cove, Oregon and somewhere near St Cloud, Washington

December 14, 2012

Neil DaCosta wielding some super expensive camera gear. Thanks for showing us this spot, bud. Below, Alexander Barrett destroying the face of this huge rock.

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