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diamonds and knives.

November 30, 2009
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Swiss Army Knife. 1897-2009.

For reasons I can’t quite figure out, Victorinox is releasing a 125th anniversary Swiss Army Knife. From my most basic research, the company was registered in 1897 and the first knife built in 1890. Either way that isn’t 125 years. But, the black knife is clean, simple, beautiful – I like it.
Diamonds and Gold, gangster.
My favourite edition of this knife is probably the one built with a hardwood case. I like the red handle, have two of them myself, but wood is good.
And finally, my man Fidel with the classic Red Knife.

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collaboration.

November 27, 2009
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Here’s an illustration I did for the Spacing Atlantic blog.

My buddy Thom Bator wrote an article about the worst intersection in Halifax. I was happy to help with the visual.


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sure shot.

November 25, 2009
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Annie Oakley. Sharpshooter. USA. 1860-1926.

The Wild West: Guns and Girls and Guns.


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a new deal.

November 21, 2009
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FDR. USA. Works Progress Administration Art. 1935-1943.

Everyone knows about the New Deal. FDR’s a hero of the people.
But who knew that the WPA (the largest New Deal agency) made such great art? Not me apparently.
Terrific posters on everything from work, to venereal disease, to war-time propagandizing. Check out a great set of these WPA posters here.


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lubalin now.

November 18, 2009
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Herb Lubalin. Graphic Designer. NYC. 1918-1981.

I like type.
Herb Lubalin was designing magazines and creating type before I was born.
There is an exhibition on now at the Cooper Union featuring contemporary artists and designers who are inspired by and continue to reference Lubalin’s work. If you’re in New York, check it out.


živijo.

November 15, 2009
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Two Catholic priests. Mississauga. Mid-twentieth century.

I found these photos in my parents’ basement recently.
I presume they were taken by my grandmother – Francka Kavčič – because she was always snapping shots, always had a camera nearby.
More found-family photos soon.


homage to catalonia.

November 12, 2009
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Gerda Taro. Photographer. German in Spain. 1910-1937.

Gerda Taro is often considered the first female photojournalist to cover a war from the front lines – and to die while doing so. She covered the Spanish Civil War with her partner Robert Capa. The first photo is a portrait of Taro by Capa. The latter three are photos by Taro. I especially like the photo of the Republican militiawoman taking a knee, taking an aim.


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everything i know about writing, i learned from music.

November 9, 2009
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Haruki Murakami. My Man in Japan.


“She started asking me all kinds of personal questions – how many girls had I slept with? Where was I from? Which school did I go to? What kind of music did I like? Had I ever read any novels by Osamu Dazai? Where would I like to go if I could travel abroad? Did I think her nipples were too big? I made up some answers and went to sleep, but next morning she said she wanted to have breakfast with me, and she kept up the stream of questions over the tasteless eggs and toast and coffee. What kind of work did my father do? Did I have good grades in high school? What month was I born? Had I ever eaten frogs? She was giving me a headache, so as soon as we had finished eating I said I had to go to work.
‘Will I ever see you again?’ she asked with a sad look.
‘Oh, I’m sure we’ll meet again somewhere before long,’ I said, and left. What the hell am I doing? I started wondering as soon as I was alone and feeling disgusted with myself. And yet it was all I could do. My body was hungering for women. All the time I was sleeping with those girls, I thought about Naoko, about the white shape of her naked body in the darkness, her sighs, the sound of the rain. The more I thought about these things, the hungrier my body grew. I went up to the roof with my whiskey and asked myself where I thought I was heading.”

Norwegian Wood

I just finished reading another novel by Murakami. He combines all the things I love about life, about literature – women, sadness, sex, loneliness, music, drink.


glory days.

November 8, 2009
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Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Leafs won last night. It doesn’t happen often, so here’s a little tribute.
I particularly like the halo around Don Metz and that greasy mustache on Rene Robert.


tattoo you.

November 7, 2009
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Mexican-Catholic Imagery. Tattoos. Bad-Ass.

I grew up attending Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Etobicoke, Ontario.
I’m no longer a believer, but after visiting Mexico this past winter I came to re-realize the power of these images. If they’re tough enough for Mexican gangsters, well, that’s good enough for me.
I resisted the urge to get the Virgin tattooed onto my arm – it’s one of my only life regrets.


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