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It Fades In

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Part of being an Internet DJ is fading in between articles and seeing connections between them, like these on what it means to collect art:

Review: At NADA Art Fair, Collecting for Pleasure, Not Status

Real collecting begins in lust: I have to have this, live with this, learn from this, figure out how to pay for this. It cannot be about investment or status. Like making art, writing about it or organizing its public display (in galleries or in museums), collecting is a form of personal expression. It is, in other words, a way to know yourself, and to participate in and contribute to creativity, which is essential to human life on earth.

The Maddening and Brilliant Karl Lagerfeld

‘‘Let me tell you something,’’ he began. ‘‘The great art collections were made from very little money. Nowadays, rich people wait for things to become expensive before they buy them. And why? Because they may not be flattered to have something in their house that they bought for little money, even if it is great. But you know, I had Warhols and Basquiats and I gave them away because I thought they would not last.’

What makes art valuable is not the price but the enjoyment in collecting what mirrors your own interests or confounds them.  Whether or not the item(s) ever become popular is secondary.

Buy low, stay high.

“It fades in,” indeed.

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Mars Effect: Download the new Nike Sportswear x VSCO filter

Image by Wells Baum

The new Nike Sportswear x VSCO filter dropped while I was on vacation last week in the Dominican Republic. It paints a Mars-like effect on your photos. This is how VSCO describes it on its blog:

“the preset creates a bold, duotone look using strong black and red hues. The tonal range of each image is remapped to these two colors, resembling the innovative look and expressive style of Nike Tech Pack.”

As I typically do with every new preset release, I go back and try it on recent photos to see what works. Portraits and scripture seemed to work out best. Here are some of the ones that came out.


Jimmy Chin teaches adventure photography


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Processed with VSCO with tech preset

Push the limits of photography


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Processed with VSCO with tech preset

Nike has sponsored a VSCOCam filter before with the NikeLab ACG x VSCO. It also featured a dark aesthetic.

I love creative accidents. I originally applied the Nike Sportswear preset on this image and the changed it to preset X5 but the sky retained some of the red and black from the Nike preset.

You can see a bunch more pictures from the trip on the VSCO Grid and on Instagram (@bombtune).

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The history behind the modern definition of ‘average’

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Everybody is unique, but on the whole, there’s still the average. Average height, average SAT score, there is even ‘average looking.’ From clothing to education to body features, there’s always been a standard.

According to 99% Invisible’s podcast ‘On Average,’ Belgian astronomer/mathematician Adolphe Quetelet discovered what we now know today as the ‘average’ when he aggregated the mean chest size of five thousand Scottish soldiers. Consequently, he took his philosophy and applied to other areas such as marriage and human lifespan, forever stamping his law of averages on the world, starting most notably with the Civil War.

The reason we have small, medium, and large clothing sizes today is that Abraham Lincoln needed a way to mass produce uniforms for the Union army. The US military would standardize both uniforms and airplanes in 1926, “the distance to the pedals and the stick, and even the shape of the flight helmets.”

However, with increased manpower required for World War II, the Air Force jettisoned the average American pilot for new planes with customizable seating, later adapted to account for female pilots such as five foot four Senior Air Force pilot Kim Campbell. She successfully flew her A10 Warthog to safety despite getting hit and losing all hydraulics during the aerial raid of Baghdad in 2003 Iraq.

So despite the continued standardization of certain clothing sizes and educational tests, today we are at least more flexible and egalitarian. You still have the option–albeit an expensive one–to order custom-made Nikes and a bespoke suit. The world is yours. Kind of.

Listen to ‘On Average’ from 99% Invisible

 

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Fashion

Cargo shorts, practical but uncool?

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Cargo shorts, too ugly to be cool.

Unlike technological innovations, fashion is cyclical — what’s uncool now will be fresh again decades from now.

The latest victim to fall into the uncool category of clothing are cargo shorts. The US and British military created cargo pants in the 1940s to hold more ammunition. Front-pocket cargos are perfect for the gadget-obsessed world we live in today. But practicality can be ugly. Even the GOAT got called out. From the Wall Street Journal article:

In 2012, Michael Jordan was playing golf in cargo shorts at a Miami country club when he was asked to change his pants. He reportedly refused and left.

I grew up in the 90s and just threw my last pair away this year because the pockets ripped. My wife was happy to see them go.

“Men want to be like James Bond. Bond never wears cargo shorts.”

I don’t want to be like Bond — I’m just ‘a dude’ in search of a one-stop shop to help carry all my pocket gear. Can slim jeans do that? But hey, if Jason Bourne wears cargo shorts how out of date can they be?

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Get Nostalgic: It’s National Coloring Book Day

A few days ago I tweeted “No more adult coloring books.” I did not mean to disparage the inner artist, just the fad that makes $12 million in sales a year. Why do people stop making art in the first place?

“Children learn through play, but adults play through art.” – Brian Eno

I found out that today is National Coloring Book Day, so I did a little research. I stumbled upon Back in the Days Coloring Book by photographer Jamel Shabazz. The 32-page coloring book is based on Shabazz’s 2001 photography book which documents New York’s hip hop scene from 1980-1989.

Here are some images from the coloring book:

 

 

 

 

“In essence, all of my work is nostalgic, so almost every photograph I took during that time period, could have had a place in the book,” Shabazz tells TIME. “For me personally, I knew that images reflecting the old subway trains and classic fashion were important ingredients.”

I just contributed to the adult coloring book craze and bought a copy myself.

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The paradox of commodifying art

It is cool to be a rebel, to rage against the machine, whether the machine is government or Fortune 500 companies.

However, what happens when the artists that criticize mass consumption are the ones contributing to it?

Hypebeast explores the contradiction of art and commerce through the works of artists KAWS, Ron English, and Shepard Fairey.

KAWS

Famous for creating the “XX” logo, he has since designed clothes for Kanye and UNIQLO. He also designed a Macy’s Parade balloon.

RON ENGLISH

The so-called “Godfather of Street Art” has designed shoes for Vans and made album art for artists such as Chris Brown and Pearl Jam.

SHEPARD FAIREY

The artist is responsible for creating Andre the Giant Has a Posse posters and the image for Obama’s 2008 election campaign. He’s since sold his Obey clothing into stores like Urban Outfitters.

Altogether, these artists were former street art rebels who have segued into becoming legitimate participants of the industry by continuing to grasp each rung of the art and business ladder

When artists become business people, it tends to upset the niche group of fans that followed them in the first place. We see the same thing in music. Former underground producer Diplo now makes beats for Justin Bieber.

The balance between making art and commerce is a creator’s challenge. As grime pioneer, Dizzee Rascal said in a recent interview with Pharrell Wiliams: “What happens when these people start to agree with you?”

The artist rejects the system but then gets paid for making it look cooler, even if it comes as off as “selling out.”

 

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