Language preservation is a radical anti-colonialist act.
"The Untold Renaissance": Ikire Jones Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook.
It’s all dapper hommes, suave strides and bold prints and patterns in Nigerian designer Wale Oyejide’s Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook for his brand Ikire Jones.
“This collection pays homage to 18th century textiles and tapestries while exploring the absence of persons of color in Medieval and Renaissance-era European art. Borrowing from the sampling method employed in hip hop culture, each reinvented piece tells an original narrative from the perspective of Africans who have been placed in an alien context. Through this reverse lens to the past, the present circumstances of individuals who feel displaced and alienated may also be considered.”
Comedian Jamie Kilstein thinks we shouldn’t joke about violence against women. That view got him notably shunned from the comedy community; other famous comedians weighed in, called him names, it was a whole thing. As a result, he lost a TV deal, promotional gigs, and friends — all because he said rape jokes are bad.
Photographer: Izzy Berdan
Model: Aaron Foster
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Excellent reference for me of a chest tattoo that covers the entirety of the pec muscle (or at least one of them) without a weird nipple window.
~still in the process of flailing about tattoo designs for when my top surgery scars have healed enough. PS: If anyone has experience with tattooing over surgical scars, I would LOVE to chat with you.
Third narrative piece for thesis-
This story is from Russia and it is called “The Firebird and the Horse of Power.” I realized the firebird is a recurring element in much of Russian folklore, the most famous being Ivan and the Firebird.
This story however revolves around the Tsar’s servant/ personal archer discovering a firebird feather in the forest, leading to an epic adventure. Although the horse of power warns that great strife will come from retrieving the feather, the man does not listen. Although he experiences great strife to get there, he eventually becomes the new Tsar and is married to a magical princess from the edge of the earth!
Prints will be available here shortly.
her arms are everything.
“Whoa, that is a fucking big jacket. I think fit is important—I like to wear tight clothes. Punks who wear leather jackets with big shoulders look dumb. Also, I’m sure the guy was young because he’s got Sex Pistols patches. I love the Sex Pistols, but I wouldn’t put their name on my jacket. They were never really punk. The chain-mail cuff gives it that corny French-Canadian medievalism that’s popular here. This jacket’s not that bad. It’s worn out a bit, and I like that.”
“Oh no, that leopard-skin part? That just fucks it all up. The front looks like a jacket you could find in a store. There are too many different kinds of studs on it. The way they’re trying to do contrasting sleeves looks really bad. What is that on the back? It reminds me of the cover of Butchered at Birth by Cannibal Corpse. I’m not a big fan of this jacket. I wouldn’t wear it.”
“In the early 90s there was a fad where you would paint your sleeves and it would mean something different, like the old boot-lace code. Red sleeves meant anarchy. I forget what green sleeves meant. The arm of this jacket has a Banlieue Rouge patch. They were a Québécois punk band that pretended to sound, like, French from France. But the jacket’s nice because it looks like something a street punk wore for a long time. He’s no momma’s boy.”
“Oh! That’s my friend’s jacket. He was my roommate two years ago. I was there when he did that ‘Destruction’ on the right arm. The Crude SS logo is pretty faint but it’s there. Yeah, he fell into drugs and needed money and he sold it. He was a nice guy; he put a lot of time into that. He probably got nothing for it. He still regrets selling it.”
“Man, I really hate airbrushing on leather jackets, I prefer the hand-done style. What is that? Beherit? I don’t even know what that is. It could be a book company for all I know. This guy’s obviously a nerd and a bit mixed-up in the head. I mean, would you walk around with that shit on? This guy has long black hair for sure. There’s still hope, though; you could paint it all black and restud it.”
“The punk scene in Montreal is really centered on doing drugs. This guy probably just did a lot of drugs and listened to everything. You have Nausea—the New York crust band, really political—then you have Sepultura and then Slayer and Megadeth. The Cradle of Filth patch fucks everything up though because they’re the most stupid band in the fucking world. I don’t think he’s a poser, but he just doesn’t care.”
“Holy shit! OK, where do I start. The most obvious is the Lagwagon logo. That band sucks. Why did he ruin the jacket with that? I mean, yeah, everybody listens to crappy music, but you don’t tell anyone. You keep that to yourself. Screeching Weasel is the same thing. I kind of like that pop-punk shit, but I would never put that on my jacket. And Rancid? That’s not a punk band. That’s a band that ruined punk. I’m not talking about the music, I’ve heard a few good songs by them. But they’re just MTV fashion idiots.”
“Now that’s a real jacket. I like the studs, I like the bands; Oxymoron, Exploited… oh wait… Casualties? That just ruined it right there. I fucking hate that band. I hope the singer reads this because he knows I don’t like him. I recorded an album against his band once; the cover was a guy throwing his band’s logo into a garbage can. They started off punk and then they were into just making money and being rock stars. You have five girls doing your hair? Man, do your own fucking hair.”
“Look at this jacket: It’s not perfect. A shitload of studs on one side and on the other an ugly Dead Kennedys logo. When he tore the shoulder up he sewed in a metal plate. This guy is a fucking real street chaos punk. He obviously didn’t give a fuck. All his artwork is ugly. But it’s a real punk jacket. Every time it broke, he fixed it. There’s a lot of love in it. There’s a history, there’s life in it.”
“This guy has too many bands. Minor Threat, SNFU, Conflict, Crass, Black Flag, Dayglo Abortions. It seems like he might be trying to cover all the bases, like, ‘If I wear this, maybe the punks won’t beat me up, the hardcore kids will like me, and the metal kids will respect me.’ Also I really hate the blue, plus there are two different kinds of blue. It’s disgusting. At least on the back you’ve got Subhumans. No one can say anything bad about those guys.”
“Again, I hate the Casualties. If that wasn’t on the sleeve, I’d like this jacket. This could be a girl’s jacket. I moved to Montreal in the early 90s to escape the Nazi skinheads who were all over Ottawa. I spent five years sleeping in ATM vestibules with bums who would piss and puke on themselves. There were some pretty tough girls back then with badass jackets, fighting and shit.”
Punk leather jacket refs. (Legit punks out there - I mean you, ET! And your mom, Bryn! - let me know if these are actually not good representations.) I have also been looking here: http://www.vice.com/read/crusty-leather-362-v17n3, and will probably post a tumblr collection of those images too.
Long story short, I am designing a jacket for one of my two main characters in my graphic novel and need a lot of references. It’s an important extension of her passions and her street armor, basically, against the world. It’s a really important bit of characterization through costume, and I’d like to get it right. Case in point, I’ve already decided on some patches and pins that she’ll have prominently displayed; I just need to work on the layout and the actual anatomy of how these jackets work.
The primary back-piece is an album cover by taqwacore band Al-Thawra:
The devil design for Pure Hell over her right shoulder:
I’m also planning pins with “Silence = Death,” “Kill Your Rapist”, the black power fist, and probably this Tribe 8 logo:
Bleh. Hope this can all come together into a single jacket!
What a color scheme. I would have a damn hard time deciding how to paint each section of trim on a Victorian.
OH MY GOD THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
a paint job like this requires high quality paint, a lot of patience and a fuckton of masking tape
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ANGRY GREEN POOFED OUT BRUCE, OMG
can you imagine how fucking relieved the french must have been when we reached the year 2000?
they went from having to say “mille neuf cents quatre-vingt-dix-neuf” to just having to say “deux mille” to say the year