Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holidays in the Mission

One of my roommates came upon this Holiday Hours sign at one of my favorite coffee spots in the city, Four Barrel. That's the holiday spirit I like.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Can't Wait for the Weekend

There are few bands out there that will automatically put me in a good mood no matter what. I remember riding in a car with a friend of mine and writing them off initially because of their silly name...Vampire Weekend. what?
It didn't take more one listen from their first album to be immediately hooked. Originally from New York, they released their first album in 2007. Mid January the follow up, Cousins, comes out. It's been a long time coming but I think it will be worth the wait.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Wild About Charley

Every year in December I go out and buy a new calendar. As per usual excitement spirals into disappointment when presented with corny options. Calendars with cuddly creatures and bland landscapes are abundant. It's harder to find more clever and unique ones these days. Although I think I'm probably just not looking in the right place. Online shopping I think would be the way to do it.
When I was about to settle for one that didn't speak to me I came across a Charley Harper calendar. For those who might not be familiar, he is an american modernist artist, who died only a couple of years ago. He's best know for his stylized portayal of wildlife, using shapes, patterns, bold colors and textures in simple yet engaging ways. Take a look!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Personal

I like to think that I'm pretty good at keeping in touch with friends who have moved away. After 6 years in this city I have accrued friends all over the globe. If only there was enough money to pay y'all a visit.
Sometimes though, laziness, procrastination and random life events get in the way of staying close with those who are a mere miles away. On what was otherwise a miserable weekend, (where I gained a new appreciation for jello) I got back in touch with an old friend who is an amazing illustrator. Her work has been featured in several magazines like the Times and Mother Jones.
These are my favorites from her website devondoss.net This lady I have known for years and have always been in awe of her talent and imagination. I'm happy to say I have one of her creations forever tattooed on my forearm. And I'm ready for the next one..but before then a dinner date. There's alot of catching up to do.