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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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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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July 3, 2015

To Fiorucci with Love

Fiorucci is an Italian street wear brand established in 1967 and it flourished in the late 70’s and much of the 80’s. Although the brand is still around in some form, it really is a shadow of it’s former self. In it’s heyday it was one of the coolest names around. Combining pop culture, art, and fashion while infusing it with a sense of fun and sex that was never really done before. Fiorucci was was affordable, street and cool long before any of todays’ “fast fashion” brands ever existed, and it’s attitude was always pure sass!

Some Product would probably not exist without Fiorucci. I can’t think of many other brands that have had a more significant influence on our aesthetic and approach to design. We have always aspired to make products that are fun and functional with a reverence for pop culture.

Enjoy some very amazing vintage Fiorucci print ads, and an absolute must is this gem of a news clip about the original Fiorucci shop in New York. Watch it here.

TACK-O is where it AT!

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January 21, 2014

Allen Jones Lust

Allen Jones is without question one of my all time art heros. While informed by the 60’s Swinging London and Pop Art scenes, his was a much darker and sexier vision. The sculptures in the Korova Milk Bar from the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange were based on works by Jones after he turned down the request by Stanley Kubrick to design the set for “credit only”.

The artwork on the home page of the Some Product site was done as a personal tribute to this incredible visionary artist.

A prolific sculptor, painter, costume designer and illustrator – now 77 years old, he continues to live and work in England.

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