• 9.22.14   Gary Baseman x Coach Spring 2015

    Gary Baseman’s style is signature and unique to him and him alone. When Gary works, he operates from a world other than our own. His creations live by different rules, not only physiologically, but also in terms of energy and focus. He constructs an emotional environment around what he does, and invites us into that world. Most recently, his show “The Door is Always Open” at The Skirball Center literally invited the viewer into Gary Baseman’s home to reach a better understanding of who he is and what he does. That’s why it’s such a revelation for Gary to be working with Coach for their Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Normally we step into Gary’s world, but this time he’s coming into ours. What Gary has put together for Coach and us is a series of monsters that visit the apparel. They mostly stopover on the front of knits, but also present themselves for inspection as the pattern for two airy chiffon dresses, and on the faces of bags from the accessories collection. Since their sojourn outside the world of Basemen is so rare, it puts us a little off balance in both expectation and results. “Is that really Gary Baseman?” we’re forced to ask. It is without a question. One of his monsters is even woven into the material of the show stopping pull over.Gary names all of his monsters, a testament to how personally he takes each piece and moment. One of his favorites, featured as a print on a knit is Lou. Gary explains that, “I named him after the amazing troubadour, Lou Reed, who saved my life on many occasions with his singing and lyrics.” Lou holds an umbrella that looks remarkably like his own head. It is a mirror of the self into form, and how just one small example of how deeply Gary reaches into his own experience to tell a larger story.Upon Coach’s debut of their collaboration with Gary, there was a strong response. InStyle remarked that “something was a little eerie about the scene,” during the Coach show, calling Gary’s monsters, “adorably scary critters.” Meanwhile, Kyle Fitzpatrick of The Fox is Black called the presentation of Gary’s work, “a seamless and quaint and quirky effect that takes Baseman’s creations and transforms them from art objects or cartoons to these high fashion objects of intrigue.”
  • 9.29.14   Stan Chow Doesn't Get Bored of Faces

    Stan Chow does a lot of portraits. If you follow him on Twitter or Instagram you’ll see a constant stream of famous faces, with some you might be seeing for the first time. He’s always current, using his cultural savvy to comment on recent events or express his interest in the biggest news of the day. For instance, during the World Cup this summer he didn’t let a match go by without giving us a new look at some of the sport’s biggest or greatest heroes. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes in many disciplines, so Stan’s work is never done. Wired Magazine’s upcoming uber-intelligentsia meeting of the minds, Wired by Design (WxD), has as many heroes as any other high profile conference with the MVPs in each of their own categories. “There seems to be plenty of pretty interesting people to see,” says Stan who is about to head over to the conference. David Chang who is at the top of the food world will be showing off his culinary wares for the attendees, along with his Pastry maven Christina Tosi. Rumors of an appearance by Jerry Seinfeld are afoot. And Wyatt Mitchell will be sharing wisdom as well. Stan says about Wyatt, “he’ll be talking about the New Yorker redesign, which I have involvement in, so it’ll be interesting to hear what he has to say.” Also speaking: Bernstein & Andriulli photographer Platon. For their super slick website presenting the event (that is totally sold out, sorry!) Wired had Stan illustrate all the portraits of these speakers. It’s a fitting way to bring together graphic stylization and some of the best minds around. Even though Stan has become known for his stylized portraits, having done hundreds of them, it hasn’t always been this way. It was something that he started with early on but moved in a different direction along the way. “Doing portraits and caricatures was what I was really good at since I was at school,” he explains. “I used to do my school friends, teachers, and popstars from the 80’s. Then when I was a little older I used to do caricatures of barmaids for beer. It was a lot of fun.” Not a bad way to keep the night going. “But for the first 10 years of my career, I never really illustrated portraits professionally. There were so many great portrait artists and caricaturists around the time I left art school that I felt there was no chance of making a mark amongst them.” Eventually he found his way back into it after working out his own unique style. The rest is a history of innumerable faces. With all those portraits you’d think Stan might get bored of it. He hasn’t. “It’s the fact that I am illustrating somebody different, that’s the challenge,” he explains. “It’s just that no two people are the same, so that’s where the excitement comes from. Nailing a likeness is like scoring a touchdown!”
  • 9.25.14   Sam Robinson Won’t Keep a Good Secret

    Some secrets are too good to keep. When Sam Robinson discovered BoomCase, the company that constructs custom stereos in vintage luggage, it was not something he wanted to keep to himself. He thought it was too good. “I bought a BoomCase maybe two years ago and I use it on set. People always comment on it, the incredible sound, and it looks unique,” he said. So he did something about it. He got in touch with BoomCase and said, “Let’s do a shoot.” So much of Sam’s photographic work is authentically organic. He adjusts his tone around the product or people that he’s shooting while always remaining true to his style. That’s why he responds so deeply to BoomCase’s process and method. “The thing I like the most was that it was unique. Each one is unique. Each case has its story before they come to Simo [Dominic Odbert], who makes them. Then he does his thing and he makes them all sound fantastic,” Sam says. “Each one is individual. I bought mine and they’ll never make another one like that. I like the idea that it was the only one in existence.” Their special process means each piece is a one of a kind tailored to the needs of the user. For Sam, he wanted to use his case on shoots, so his battery is super powerful. It will play for 24 hours on full sound. When he finally got to shoot for BoomCase, they let Sam do pretty much whatever he wanted. According to Sam, they gave him a wide berth telling him, “We don’t really mind what you do. Just do it how you do it.” So that’s what he did. They were in Miami, so Sam and his team traveled all over to prove a point. “We went to the beach, the city, under the highway, skating. Just trying to involve a little bit of action and movement to show that it’s portable,” Sam explains. “You can pretty much take your party anywhere.” Taking the party anywhere is a big deal, but for same it’s really about the object. The creativity. How special each one is, and the personality they have while still being good pieces of machinery.  “I like BoomCase because I like that they’re the best quality, the best creativity, and the best in what they are producing.” Lucky for us, he couldn’t keep it to himself.
  • 9.23.14   How Kareem Black Throws a Party

    If you’re familiar with Kareem Black’s ongoing series FeelsGoodLetsGo, you know he has a unique ability to elicit spontaneity on a level that is arrestingly intimate. It wasn’t any different for his latest shoot with Steve Madden featuring Kylie and Kendall Jenner. The last time he shot for Steve Madden, both Jenners were in front of his camera as well. But this time they had some experience behind them and the results were a little different. The Jenner sisters are experts when it comes to their public images. “They are used to having cameras on them, they are media trained,” Kareem explains. “We knew each other, we knew what we were trying to do. They kind of got my vibe, and I got theirs. And it was super cool.” It doesn’t hurt that the media storm around these girls helps to relax them in front of the lens. And Kendall is pursuing a career in modeling, taking it seriously as a job. They’re pros. The other half of making sure the shoot is as successful as possible is building trust with the Jenner girls. It was their second shoot together, and after seeing the results of the first campaign they knew they were in safe hands with Kareem. “We’re building up this trust between us. I think that trust is super, super important. Especially if you’re like them. They don’t want to be caught in off moments,” he says. It’s understandable. The voracious press is hungry for moments that could shed unsavory light for a manufactured story. But after working with Kareem, they knew that wasn’t going to happen. “They gave me latitude to be a lot more spontaneous, a lot more kinetic,” Kareem says. There’s a balance between the trust and the spontaneity. Kareem tries to keep that balance in place by having a simple philosophy in his shoots. “I want to have a really fun vibe on set, I just don’t want it to be stressful,” he explains. It’s not brain surgery. “My mom’s a doctor and she heals people for a living. We’re taking pictures. I want the vibe to be super light.” The feeling on set ends up similar to the parties that Kareem stalks for FeelsGoodLetsGo, which was partly the goal. That party atmosphere makes for an authentic good time that cannot be faked. “I want people to have a good time. If people are actually having a good time, I think it comes through,” he explains. The party vibe on set was so strong that it kind of turned into a real party. The shoot was on Kareem’s birthday. “Kylie and Kendall ended up singing me ‘Happy Birthday.’ I felt like the President of the United States. It was insane.” And that playful insanity shows up in the images, just like Kareem said they would.
  • 9.19.14   We Are The Rhoads Slows Down with Dockers

    Trends are for the young. The hype machine finds what’s hot, packages it, sells it and moves on. It’s a great system, but it’s not for everyone. When We Are The Rhoads dove into their campaign for Dockers they found a style that was a little more classic, a little calmer. Dockers, while still being stylish, isn’t about chasing trends. The look that The Rhoads were going for was about something else: “Grace. Being effortlessly cool. Staying relevant but still grounded and the wearer knows who he is,” explains Sarah Rhoads, half of the photographer duo. When describing the guy that wears Dockers, Chris Rhoads says, “They have a unique perspective on things, but they’re also far enough into life that they’re dialed in. They know what they like, they know what they don’t like and they’re okay with that.” They’ve gone beyond taking inventory and searching for identity. They find greater joys, deeper passions, and stronger relationships with themselves and those around them. The campaign with Dockers is a little different from what We Are The Rhoads has been doing recently. Usually they’re out in the field, running around with cameras in hand, capturing fleeting moments before they’re lost to time. The Dockers campaign, like the style of the brand, had more space to find the perfect pace. “It’s nice to slow down sometimes,” says Chris. “It allows us to focus on moment driven portraiture, which is something we really love,” adds Sarah. The luxury of time permits the careful balance of image, personality, and energy. What we get as the viewer is a world that is full of confidence and composure. These men don’t feel the need to express who they are, they already know. “It’s always a fun thing when you can have quiet and cool, effortless moments,” says Chris. It’s hard to not see the perfect pairing between Dockers and We Are The Rhoads. Whether it’s a faster paced, higher energy photo essay, or a campaign as cool and poised as the looks with Dockers, The Rhoads have presented their signature style that is effortlessly theirs and comes with no apology.
  • 9.24.14   He & Me Gets Real for SmartCar

    SmartCars are small. Their size makes them perfect for city living, they’re maneuverable and get great gas mileage. But even though their size is their strength, it in no way means that they inspire little interest. He&Me, the German photographer duo made up of Tom Mennemann and Yona Heckl, who shot the latest campaign for SmartCar put a heavy focus on the lifestyle portion of the concept and came up with some remarkable results. For the “Slice of Life” pictures we were asked to shoot 49 for the whole brochure but I guess we shot more or less 10,000,” says Tom with a laugh “We shoot quite a lot.” That’s what happens when you have two different photographers shooting at the same time. Two photographers means twice the work, but it’s all happening at the same time, so you get the same moments from different perspectives. “Two different cameras. Two different angles. Two different heights. Two different lenses. Even like two different characters. And that’s why we get so much good stuff, and that’s why there’s 70 images now,” explains Tom. He & Me shot the huge campaign in Los Angeles, touring sites in the city to highlight all the different feelings you could get with vehicle like a SmartCar. One thing was sure though, they wanted everything to be unique. When they chose their locations they had one rule: “Every location should have something interesting, and something original in it. The target was to find locations that were kind of true and not faked or composed,” says Tom. “So basically the location, the target was to find the spot for each image and not to compose things together in post production.” It was all about authenticity. Big production pieces like constructed sets and compositing can work against the goals of a campaign sometimes. As an extension of the locations, Tom and Yona only cast talent that didn’t need much work or direction. “The models were incredible, funny and cool. The casting was to find models that were cool as themselves, without big changes in hair and make up and styling. We were happy with the characters we got,” says Tom. Even just looking at the still images, the energy jumps out of the photographs. Tom and Yona constructed an authentic, engaging experience for their shoot and it translated directly into a sparkling collection of the lifestyle automobile photography that they’ve been increasingly known for. “Our goal is to mix car photography with people photography,” explains Tom. When it comes down to it, cars are human tools, so it only makes sense that the two worlds should meld seamlessly.
  • 9.26.14   Andrew Rae Has 'THE' Creative Partnership

    Creative partnerships are challenging. There are a lot of ideas, expectations, and complex communications that can get muddied in a creative relationship. That’s why revisions and drafting are such an integral part of collaboration. But sometimes a creative relationship just clicks. For Andrew Rae and The Martin Agency that’s the kind of relationship that’s shaping up in Stoli Vodka's “A vs. THE” campaign. In the campaign, Stoli shows the difference between making “a” choice and making “the” choice, meaning the right choice. A worm is insignificant: it’s a tube of an animal that feeds on dirt. But THE worm is an enticing and exciting dance. To elegantly express these ideas, they tapped Andrew Rae to create a fortune of images to use in clever, hilarious animations. “We seem to be on the same wavelength,” Andrew says about working with The Martin Agency and Stoli. “All the references that they’re giving me are things I’m familiar with or like already. We’re on a wavelength. It’s good. It’s nice when this happens.” It’s kind of rare, according to Andrew, to have a working relationship like this. But for a project like the one with Stoli it’s really important. Especially because of the scope. So far four spots have been released, but that’s a drop in the ocean. They’re gearing up to release at least 25, or possibly even more. Many more. They’re constantly on a roll out schedule to continue to produce all of the spots and that means Andrew has barely stopped working. When asked how much he’s working on the vast campaign, Andrew says, “It’s kind of all the while at the moment.” We’ve caught him at the beginning when only a handful have released, so he’s still at the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a fantastic artistic challenge. “Bonkers, isn’t it?,” he remarks. But there’s a lot to stay interested with a campaign of this breadth. And Andrew is already having a great time. Since he’s doing all the drawings, and the animations are being taken care of elsewhere, there’s still some surprise when he sees the final product. He says, “Those first three I particularly enjoyed. The hawk guy. I like the little sound he made: ‘Ku-kurro-ko.’” That exploration and surprise keeps things fresh and feeds back into the relationship that Andrew and Stoli are building together.
B&A Instafeed. Images From Our Artists & Community
  • Good Morning! Many of you may know Brian Graham, he was one of the most generous and sweetest guy I know! May you rest in peace, the pain is over! Love you!
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  • A drawing for Michael. 3 hour marathon studio visit today with the legendary #MichaelLau #michaelLau one of the founders and seminal figures in the designer toy movement ...lots of exchanged gifts and drawings, his new book #artoy #sinceMichaelLau from the 2014 #taipai exhibition, is truly superb. And thanks so much @lanciple and @davmok ! See you in Brooklyn next week Michael ! ✨✌🙏 #jeremyville #studiojeremyville pic by @megan_mair01 #vinylwillkill #cornersinjeremyville
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  • 3 hour marathon studio visit today with the legendary #MichaelLau one of the founders and seminal figures in the designer toy movement ...lots of exchanged gifts and drawings, his new book #artoy #sinceMichaelLau from the 2014 #taipai exhibition, is truly superb. And thanks so much @lanciple ! See you in Brooklyn Michael ! ✨✌🙏 #jeremyville #studiojeremyville pic by @megan_mair01 #vinylwillkill
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  • A commission by a private client to create a illustrative memory map, #london #hongkong #drawing #ink #illustration
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  • Did makeup for @cleanbandit ft. @jessglynne for tonight
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  • WIRED by Design name tags. Watch our Instagram over the next two days for a behind-the-scenes look at WIRED
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  • And superhero care of @mikhail_vos #mytinyatlas
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  • We are coming to London (party at the Ace Hotel London Shoreditch on October 15th details and invite coming soon in our feed) and are so looking forward to meeting our London photographers and readers! #mytinyatlas by @tilly2milly
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  • The Standard vista in the East Village, NYC by @andreabakacs #mytinyatlas (lots of good images in her feed!)
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  • Oh summer farewell! The beach at Monterosso, Italy #mytinyatlas by @jinerous
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  • My portrait for #WXD
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  • Do you love #Instagram and want to try your hand at guest blogging for ink361.com? Send an email to mandy@ink361.com today, no experience necessary!

Photo by your INK361 guru @kaecreative
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  • I need PURR, the magi spirit of COMPASSION! Do you?
#purr #blackiethecat #compassion #tobyssecretsociety #garybaseman #baseman
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  • Day 19! 😁 #bird#baby#head#pink#green#birdie#dailysketch#dailydraw#daily#birds#art#artist#addict#addicting#artistontumblr#print#artprint#burdprint#birdart#home#decor#buzzfeed@instagram
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  • #thefacinator
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  • Creating
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  • My day has been made by @guavalou love my @noahlyon zine @printedmatterinc #nyabf #canttouchthis #bartsimpson #michaeljordan ❤️🏀 #23
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  • Got a mile warm up run at my 7min pace. Then @bricknewyork for the warm up, then Strength & Skill of 12 min, every even minute 3 Hang Power Cleans + 2 Push Press at 50-75% of your 1Rm. Increase 5lb as able. 
Workout: 7 AMRAP
7 hang power cleans #115
7 box jumps with step down
7 hand release push-ups 
8 rounds + 1 rep 
#CanTrainWillTrain #CantStopWontStop #BrickNation  #fitnessfirst
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  • Tonight
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  • Happy #nationalcoffeeday to my favorite morning fuel! @traderjoesgrocery @iboughtitattraderjoes @traderjoesinsider.
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  • A special message for my dear friends here in #hongkong  #staystronghongkong #causewaybay #admiralty #staystronghk #jeremyville #studiojeremyville @leungmanlai @malisheep @lanciple #communityserviceannouncements #jeremyvilleCSA
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  • The Boxtrolls is the first period piece from stop-motion animation studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman), and the first of their films to include creatures—the terrifying(ly adorable) subterranean dwellers who wear boxes. Go to WIRED.com for a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the talented technicians and artists who brought the movie to life—by hand, over many years, one frame at a time. ( 📷 @jose_mandojana )
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  • The Boxtrolls’ art director Curt Enderle and some of the buildings of Cheesebridge. Note the many cheese puns in the film—like the stores Fun & Fancy Brie, and The Cultured Curd. ( 📷 @jose_mandojana )
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  • Eggs, the central character in The Boxtrolls, has 1,400,000 possible facial expressions in the film. Each face was 3D-printed in color, then coated in superglue and sanded to perfection. Laika
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