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December 4, 2016

Roman Polanski film posters

Bitter Moon - France

Bitter Moon – France

Polish born film maker Roman Polanski has been one of my very favourite directors ever since seeing “The Tenant” at the age of 14. That movie profoundly shaped my world view and its’ emotional impact was undeniable.  As with most of Polanski’s films, it is the pure emotion of them that really stays with you long after the film is over. That is  all one can really ask of an artist.

A few years ago, I was in Krakow, Poland and stumbled upon and exhibit of Polanski’s film posters from around the world. Not only are the films great, but these posters also capture the golden age of film poster design from around the world.

Knife in The Water - W. Germany

Knife in The Water – W. Germany

Fearless Vampire Killers - Italy

Fearless Vampire Killers – Italy

Cul-de-Sac - Finland

Cul-de-Sac – Finland

What? - Norway

What? – Norway

Repulsion - Japan

Repulsion – Japan

Rosemary's Baby - Poland

Rosemary’s Baby – Poland

Rosemary's Baby - Poland

Rosemary’s Baby – Poland

Chinatown - W. Germany

Chinatown – W. Germany

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November 12, 2016

The transgressive art of Pierre Molinier

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French born artist Pierre Molinier holds a special place in my heart. He was fully charting his own unique course and vision with plenty of wit, humour, beauty and total and utter commitment. Using photography and collage he redefined self representation and explored his fantasies. Read more about his life and practice

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November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen

 

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Leonard Cohen, the great Canadian poet, singer, and raconteur passed away this week. There have been so many beautifully written and poignant tributes pouring in from so many of his fans. Like so many others, I was a huge admirer of his work and was lucky enough to see him during his “The Future” tour. The gig was incredible, he was at once charming, eloquent and vulnerable as a performer. However, my most vivid memory of that gig was, as we were leaving the auditorium, there were people standing at each exit and handing out fresh red roses to every woman in the audience as they exited. I always thought that was the coolest and classiest thing I have ever seen. No one else could even attempt to do that. It just wouldn’t work.

 

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June 30, 2016

Tadanori Yooko = LOVE

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Tadanori Yooko is a genius master of graphic art that seamlessly blends Japanese sensibilities with western pop art and design. His work is absolutely unique, visionary and an absolute inspiration for myself as a designer.

There is just so many ideas literally bursting out of every one of his images. You can read many articles about him and there are many images all over the internet readily available.

This post is about a particular body of work from 1968 called “XSex”. On a recent trip to Tokyo, I visited the famed Gallery 360 in Harajuku. While talking with the owner, I expressed my love for Tadanori Yooko’s work. As soon as we finished our conversation, he briefly disappeared into an adjoining room and emerged holding a large hardbound portfolio. He laid it out on the table and basically said – What I am about to show you is very rare and very few people have seen this full collection of prints in real life. As he slowly opened the case and started pulling out these bright, acid coloured silkscreens, I was literally washed over in waves of joy and excitement. I can sort of compare it to seeing that glowing suitcase from Pulp Fiction and actually being shown the contents. These prints are really something.

I managed to snap a few pictures with my phone. Barely.

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March 1, 2016

The Grace Jones spell

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Last September I got a chance to see Grace Jones in LA at The Hollywood Bowl. The show and her on stage presence was easily one of the really great performances I have ever witnessed. Well in her 60’s at this point, Grace Jones was as dynamic and mind blowing as ever. Wearing nothing more then bikini bottoms, some incredible head pieces and white body paint, she was a true force of nature. No need for giant video backdrops or armies of dancers. It was just about as captivating a performance as I have ever seen.

 

About a week after, I started to sketch ideas that were very much inspired by Grace’s “body paint outfit”. These water colour sketches eventually made their way into some new graphics for our leggings. This new mini collection release features three designs in the spirit of the one and only – Grace Jones.

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FREEHAND MYSTIC 

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SYMBOLISM

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FUTURIST PATTERN

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Model: Lois

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October 24, 2015

Pierre et Gilles – a saccharine deception

 

Pierre et Gilles are French romantic and artistic partners that have been working together for close to 40 years. That alone is a reason to admire and love them. But there is more. Much more.

They create some of the most gorgeous, whimsical and provocative art in existence. The always slightly surreal and dreamlike mixture of photography and painting featuring famous and anonymous people is instantly recognizable and distinct.

The work is deeply rooted in popular culture and fuses themes of erotica, religion, sexuality, theatre and myth. Each portrait they create is infused with colour, wit and is a great reflection of the subject’s personality.

The creative process is precise and meticulously rehearsed: together the duo draft a project – first as a drawing, and then as an actual mise en scène where the use of a myriad of objects and accessories brought from their travels results in a rich theatrical spectacle, highlighted by their use of dramatic stage and lighting effects. Pierre and Gilles create their stunning costumes themselves, and they choose the make-up and hairstyle with the help of experts. Once the set is ready, Pierre photographs it and Gilles retouches the unique print with layers of paint.

At first glance, their photos have an almost kitsch, pseudo religious look to them, but once you dig deeper under the saccharine exterior, it becomes apparent that there is an enormous amount of “edge” and humour in everything they do.

The very first two professional portraits they ever did were of Andy Warhol and Iggy Pop for the very cool French magazine called Facade. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Since then, they have also worked with an absolutely amazing array of artists including, Marc Almond, Nina Hagen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Boy George and many more.

Most recently, they did a cover for one my favourite current fashion publications – “Fuuucking Young” featuring Lucky Blue Smith.

It’s difficult to even express how much of an influence their work has had on me and on Some Product as a creative entity. Having loved their work for so long, I think it’s safe to say that their approach and constant re-invention of popular culture is very much part of the ethos of what we try to do on a daily basis.

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August 27, 2015

Jamie Reid – Culture Shifter

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Sure, some people would argue Andy Warhol was the single most important artist of the 20th century, and at times I could be one of those people. But, if I really think about it, for me it’s all about Jamie Reid. He is my Andy!

He took elements of Warhol and pop art, infused it with doses of situationism, social commentary, dissent and a heavy dose of black humour and created a style so new and revolutionary that it literally became the visual language of a new and exciting subculture, aka Punk.

First gaining notoriety in the late 1970’s as a designer behind the Sex Pistols, his work has influenced everything from fashion, contemporary art to modern magazine design. In a way his work has completely changed the way we see the world around us. That is a very rare thing to do.

All hail a true Culture Shifter.

Jamie continues to live and work in England.

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April 30, 2015

What inspires us: Newton’s Eye

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Helmut Newton is just one of those people whose work I have had a love affair with, practically my whole life.  Really, what’s not to like? Beautiful people, photographed beautifully, in beautiful and seductive settings. His photographs are a sort of an affirmation of life. They seem to be saying – “Yes, life can be beautiful and glamorous, and that’s just how it’s supposed to be!”

La vita é bella

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January 27, 2015

The dark and beautiful art of Guy Bourdin

Sex, colour and desire have never been expressed more beautifully then in a Guy Bourdin image. His photographs are visually striking and complicated, all in one. They tell a story without ever giving away the ending or providing a resolution. His visionary work, is really one of my great life long loves and influences.

An excellent exhibition of his work is currently on view at The Somerset House in London. If you are there, it’s an absolute must.

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/guy-bourdin

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January 17, 2015

Deeeeeep inside our psyche

Our dreams and nightmares are a constant source of pure unadulterated ideas filled with endless possibilities. These glimpses into our own psyches are a reminder of the massive creativity we posses. We just need to look.
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