It is not secret that the U.S could learn a thing or two from countries around the world, especially when it comes to celebrating gay culture— and Finland is really flexing its proverbial muscles. Itella Posti, the Finnish national postal service, has announced that it will release a line of postage stamps featuring the famous homoerotic art of Touko Laaksonen, better known to the public as Tom of Finland.
The hyper-masculine works depicted on the stamps were chosen by Susanna Luoto, the Finnish representative of the Tom of Finland Foundation, and Timo Berry, a graphic artist who designed the stamps. In announcing the September release of the Tom of Finland stamps, Itella Posti stated that:
“His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion,” they continued, “In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures…The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer.”
The release of the stamps has not come without criticism. One Finnish based organization has started a petition against the release of the homoerotic stamps stating that “traditionally stamps have shown themes that are aesthetically beautiful and culturally valuable. The strong homoerotic theme in these stamps is not either.”
We don’t agree. Though the release of such seemly provocative stamps is somewhat unexpected from a country that has yet to legalize same-sex marriage, it is a triumph for a culture that is so often misrepresented. The bold images on these stamps are a statement of confidence, pride, and beauty as well as a tribute to a trailblazing artist. High five, Finland.
I can’t stop laughing / loving these. This art business is the brainchild of Michelle Page, who after a trip to Nepal, found out that the hand-painted BEWARE signs she admired so much were quickly a vanishing art. In an effort to support this art form, she founded NEPAL DOG where you can get a custom painted sign of your dog/cat by Nepali artists who get to make a living because of you! Genius.
We are excited to announce the collaboration between fine artist Nathalie Du Pasquier and the American-made company, American Apparel.
Nathalie Du Pasquier was born in Bordeaux, France in 1957 and has lived in Milan since 1979. She works as a designer and is a founding member of the Memphis Group.
She has designed numerous “decorated surfaces” including textiles, carpets, plastic laminates and some furniture, and now clothing for American Apparel.
The 20 piece collection is currently available at 20 retail stores in select global markets and online at americanapparel.com for both men and women. The colorful and graphic textiles that are distinctly Du Pasquier’s signature style have been used for new and classic silhouettes. The outcome is the perfect meeting of the minds! New pieces, including swimwear and leather accessories will be released each month for the duration of summer.
All Artwork: Nathalie Du Pasquier
She’s back. For the first time since 2007, Kate Moss is teaming up with Topshop to create an effortlessly cool collection. Debuting in this month’s issue of British Vogue, Moss styles Freja Beha Erichsen in a rather autobiographical collection. Moving away from the usual Topshop super trends, Moss brings her personal style and own wardrobe heroines to the table. Here is a peak of what’s to come:
The full collection will be available in-store and online at Topshop from April 30th.
It’s fair to say that this film is at the top of the list for visual beauty and intrigue on its own, but these images of the goings-on behind the lens are just as mind blowing, if not more so. Not to mention the fact that these are all taken on film; remember when analog was the only option?
I love an artist with a signature style and Wes Anderson is nothing if not consistent. I fall hard for his colors, his costumes, his incredible recurring casts and the overall world that he creates through his obsessively curated shots and stories. Kogonada, who makes short videos that highlight the distinctive cinematic styles of some of the film-making greats (Stanley Kubrick, Yasujirō Ozu, and Richard Linklater, among others) has released a new project that highlights the ever popular “down the middle” shots in Anderson’s movies. Seeing them in this way was incredibly satisfying, especially on a Monday morning. Enjoy getting centered.
- Katherine Aplin
You can also catch Garcia’s work at galarie102 in Ojai, CA.
Yesterday Czech director, Vera Chytilova, often called the “First Lady of Czech Cinema,” died at 85 years old. She has left behind a legacy of 20 feature movies—one of which I truly believe changed my life.
Daisies is one of those films that once you see it—you’ll notice small influences from it popping up in your daily thoughts. I remember watching it in my early college years, bundled up in sweaters with my 4 best girlfriends in an old trinity in South Philadelphia. My initial reaction to Daises was one of complete disbelief, laughter and made me question if I was ALREADY on drugs.
A quirky feminist romp, Daises has two teenage girl heroes, who decide to get spoiled because let’s face it, the entire world is spoiled and they really just want to have fun.
As all good stories go, it was immediately banned, and then went on to win the Grand Prix at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy in 1967.
In celebration of her work, I highly recommend you immediately go see Daisies if you haven’t already! The surrealist imagery, combined with the concept of a doll-heroin who is so vacant and self-indulgent, was, at the time a huge step towards acknowledging the patriarchal ideal of femininity. And it’s pretty damn beautiful & weird.
— Jenelle Campbell
As a pioneer of the Beat movement, Jack Kerouac came to embody the counterculture that surrounded him. His most famous work, On the Road, served as a sort of Bible for the counterculture generation of the 1960’s and continues to be a fixture for the young rebellious souls of today.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!”
A very happy birthday to the man who, through his honesty in words, changed a generation.
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