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Wu-Tang knit sweater
09.03.2013
11:16 am

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Shredders Apparel is taking pre-orders for this nifty black and gold Wu-Tang sweater. The description says it’s “black and gold” although, to me, it looks navy in the above photo.

The price is $79.99 and orders start to ship around early December.

Via Super Punch

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Breaking: Tacky-ass Muslims are as tacky as tacky-ass Christians
08.24.2013
04:29 pm

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I have often said there is nothing more consistent across geography, culture, or religion than the tacky-ass aesthetics of the nouveau riche. (Okay, so I haven’t always said that, but it’s clearly totally true.)

Whether they be the Texan Baptist oil baroness with her hair to the sky (the higher the hair, the closer to heaven, darlin’!), or the Long Island Catholic mogul’s wife with the face fulla’ slap, certain looks just transcend, and there’s nothing like seeing an Islam promo featuring what appears to be the cast members from “Real Housewives of Dubai” to really drive that home. (By the way, I would watch the hell out of a “Real Housewives of Dubai,” so why doesn’t it exist yet?)

These primped and coiffed (and glittered, glossed, nipped, and tucked) folks’ particular interpretation of Islam discourages Darwinism (as many religions do), atheism (as most religions do), and communism (well of course you’re going to say that- we can’t have the working class cutting in to your Botox money!) The only thing that really seems off is when they claim they’re against “materialism.” Come on dudes, I’m looking right at you! Own it!
 

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Shitty 80s sneaker commercials used to be almost unbearably stupid
08.21.2013
12:53 pm

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After a couple decades of being primed by the geniuses at Wieden+Kennedy (Nike’s advertising agency of choice for years and years), it was quite a shock to stumble upon these shitty L.A. Gear commercials from the late 1980s and early 1990s and tumble back, back, back into a world in which your parents might have been every bit as into these ads as you were. You can almost hear mom saying, “Now, those sneakers would be nice, don’t you think? They’re so fashionable....”
 


 
More vintage L.A. Gear commercials than you can shake a stick at after the jump…

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You’re A Wild Girl: Thai push-up bra ad will have you do a double take
08.06.2013
11:10 am

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If you haven’t seen this incredible Thai ad for a push-up bra yet, you’re in for a trick and a treat. A totally unexpected and clever marketing approach which I will not explain in detail because… well, you just gotta watch it!
 

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Extremely important! Pigeon spotted strutting around in tiny hard hat
08.05.2013
12:43 pm

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I’m assuming this news telecast of a mysterious pigeon sportin’—with what looks like—a stylish tiny hard hat is from Russia. I don’t know. I can only hope he or she—the pigeon, that is—makes an appearance in America. Because, well, you can never have enough of pigeons wearing tiny hard hats.
 

 
Via Arbroath

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Minor Threat t-shirts sold at Urban Outfitters now
08.01.2013
11:54 am

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Nothing is sacred anymore… nothing. Urban Outfitters is now selling Minor Threat t-shirts for a mere $28.00! What’s next? The Nation of Ulysses hoodie?

According to Washington City Paper even though Dischord doesn’t make t-shirts, Minor Threat is a different story because of all the gazillion bootlegs out there. Ian MacKaye and Co. hired a company based out of California to “oversee their official shirts, and when a bootleg crops up, let them deal with it.”

“It’s not a political thing for me,” MacKaye says. “I just don’t give a fuck about T-shirts.” At some point, the former Minor Threat frontman said to the band, “This is crazy. I spend so much of my time” chasing down bootleggers. He found that when he contacted the responsible parties about their bootlegs, they just gave him hell. “They get in your face… or they deny it,” he says. “It’s a complete waste of time.”

Just because the shirt is licensed doesn’t mean MacKaye approves of the sweatshoppy clothing chain selling his band’s shirts, though. “Do I think it’s absurd? Yes, I certainly do,” he says. He also thinks the asking price is ridiculous, but he’s more or less resigned to it. “Motherfuckers pay $28, that’s what they wanna pay for their shirts.”

He compares the pricey T-shirts to people happily blowing their money on expensive shoes. Why do they do it? “I guess it makes their feet feel fuckin’ rich,” he says.

And there you have it. You’ll be seeing a lot of youngins around town sportin’ a t-shirt of a band they probably don’t even know who the fuck they were. Or even if it was a band at all.

Below, Minor Threat live at 9:30 Club, June 23, 1983:

 
Via Washington City Paper and h/t Jeff Albers

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London Swings: Mary Quant’s revolutionary mod fashions, 1967
07.31.2013
10:29 am

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A Pathé News clip previews the fashions of ultra-cool British designer Mary Quant. Quant, was the inventor of the mini-skirt and minidress and popularizer of hot pants, PVC coats, tall boots, and patterned tights. She frequently used models such as Twiggy and Patti Boyd Harrison to display her designs.

Now 79 and an OBE Quant was nominated in 2011 for the Al Copeland Humanitarian Award for “improving the human condition both by adding to our material pleasure and by promoting liberty.” A Mary Quant dress from the 1960s (or earlier) is a valuable museum piece today
 

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Hunx (of Hunx and His Punx) has a fashion line and I want all of it
07.25.2013
09:42 am

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You may remember our recent post lauding Hunx and His Punx’ music video trilogy for their latest album, Street Punk (if not, go check that shit out—it is golden.) When Street Punk dropped Monday (it’s obviously amazing), I decided to peruse his website for swag.  Well, lo and behold, my favorite pomo homo punk rock dreamboat designs bitchen’ T-shirts, too!

Hunx (or Seth Bogart, to those in the know) has a pop art sensibility with a punk execution. His drawings are kind of like something Andy Warhol threw up, and I’m totally in love. Below are his “Boys All Over Me” and “Girls All Over Me” Tees, which I’m obsessed with—very James Rizzi, no?

The shirts are smattered with Hunx’ own influences, from Klaus Nomi to Britney Spears (rock snobs beware, nothing is sacred, so you might as well get over it now.)
 
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Faces on the “Boys All Over Me” T-shirt: Freddie Mercury, Darby Crash, Liberace, Plastic Bertrand, Little Richard, Dracula, Justin Bieber, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed, Justin Timberlake, Marc Almond, Sylvester, Joe Jonas, Vaginal Creme Davis, George Michael, Morrissey, Klaus Nomi, Nick Lachey, Boy George, Alexis and Pete Burns
 
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Face on the “Girls All Over Me” T-shirt: Lil’ Kim, Jan Terri, RuPaul, Exene Cervenka, Lydia Lunch, Lana Del Rey, Shannon Shaw, Poison Ivy, Angelyne, Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene, Courtney Love, Madonna, Britney Spears, Cherie Currie, Sade, Divine, Joan Jett, Francoise Hardy, Susan Fassbender, Debbie Harry and Grace Jones

The shop has a bunch of amazing designs by Hunx and fashion designer/artist Peggy Noland, but I’m completely smitten with a shirt that features RuPaul, Poly Styrene, and Hunx’ own bandmate, Shannon Shaw (how sweet is that?). You don’t even want to know what I will do to scrounge up the cash for one of these!
 

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Would you have a Live Snail Facial?
07.19.2013
09:11 am

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Plucky Telegraph journalist, Danielle Demetriou, was the first person in Tokyo to have a live snail facial.

Danielle had four, specially imported from Switzerland, “organic” snails (are there non-organic ones?) placed on her face.

The slime oozed by these terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks is said to be the “elixir for youthful and beautiful skin.” Snail mucus contains proteins, anti-oxidants, and hyaluronic acid, which removes dead skin and helps retain moisture. Over the past two years, sales of snail face creams, snail serum and masks have become very popular in Japan and South Korea. According to Yoko Minami, the sales manager of Clinical Salon:

“Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin.”

It may all sound like a plot device from a Guy N. Smith or Shaun Hutson novel, but this is not the first time snails have been used for medicinal purposes. In 400BC, crushed snails were commonly used to treat wounds and skin inflammation.

Today, the Celebrity Escargot Course costs around $300 (Y24,150) and lasts for around 60-minutes. The face is washed, before the beautifying mollusks are placed on the client’s face, and allowed to move about at will. According to Ms. Demetriou:

The snails feel slow, heavy and cool and slightly ticklish. The assistant attentively lifts the snails with a little tug whenever they go anywhere too near the mouth, nostrils or eyes. Many people would probably choose to undergo the snail facial with their eyes closed. There is little in life more unsettling than spying the rearing tentacles of an approaching snail on your cheek out of the corner of your eye. However afterwards, the face definitely feels cooler and plumper.

Now, you know what to do with those garden pests
 

 
Via the Daily Telegraph

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The Indefinable Leigh Bowery: Vintage documentary presented by Hugh Laurie
07.16.2013
04:57 pm

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“Fashion is a bit of a problem with me, because you have to appeal to too many people, and I like appealing to maybe one-or-two. Then, I like them to be interested in me, but never dare copy me.”

Leigh Bowery admitted he couldn’t tell the difference between a stage and a street. They were both platforms on which to present himself. But if asked he was asked to explain himself, that presented problem that Leigh thought best solved by being thankful he existed.

Well, of course, as Leigh gave much to be thankful for.

Though Leigh Bowery defied facile definition, he is best remembered as a fantastical character whose talent, energy and discipline gave others the chance to be themselves, and thus to be free.

In this episode of the London-centric TV show South of Watford, Hugh Laurie (yes, him off House) trails around with Leigh, and takes a close-up look at all of his different creations: from fashion and dance, to clubs and films. It includes interviews with dancer Michael Clark, director John Maybury and gender illusionist Alana Pellay.
 

 
The rest of Hugh Laurie in search of Leigh Bowery, after the jump…

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