Sparkly orange paint and a nitrous tank. I so want to hate this bike, but I can’t quite manage it. It’s scruffy and over the top, but it’s utterly charming in that torn-up eared tom-cat kind of way. But it’s a CB750, so what do you expect?
Happy words make a bike. Bicycle Typogram. Bonus, pics of the press and the printing of the image.
Page down once, 1929 Neander. Perfection.
Art, Images, and Design
Lately a lot of things in my life have been appearing in twos. Odd linked images that tie across media. Here’s a mystery photo of a building that appears to be floating in the air (probably a loading shed for fertilizer trucks) and one of my favorite movies “Howl’s Moving Castle” tied up together.
The first time I heard of a pangolin it was on the cover of a text book in school (Mary Douglas’s Implicit Meanings.) The animal fascinated me. Still does. And I’m not the only one. A backpack and an over the shoulder bag inspired by the spiny anteater created by Cyclus and made of recycled inner tubes. Goth? Punk? I’m voting new-animist.
Oh wow. You can still license Jim Flora art for your album/CD. I may have to go back to planning on being a rock’n’roll star when I grow up.
Culture and Its Institutions
And traveling on from the oh wow jim flora… to ARC, Artist’s Recording Collective. A new business model for packaging, distributing, and promoting music. One of several ventures attempting to make the new media and distribution channels serve the artist first.
Information you need, a female demon who forces men to speak when they shouldn’t. Uh huh.
If you’ve got 25 minutes to kill and the desire for a new career in the exciting field of military aviation you might want to sit down with this video. Or maybe if you need at a look of the unfortunate history of humor and pretty girls in training films. 1943 Army Air Forces P‑47 Thunderbolt training video. That really is worth a watch for plane fiends. (Video 24:41)
For my SuperMoto loving friends. The Black Pearl. But could you go out and get this one all dirty?
Pure, unadulterated yum. BSA Gold Star Daytona Special. Because sometime restoration is way more effective than customizing.
Must be something about the holiday hangover but I can’t wrap my mind around any sort of serious science news. Instead you get shit like this… io9 writers and commenters rule the world (again.) Why we need to do real, experimental science. Involves giraffes and water and no computers.
More helpfully, and more seriously. An insightful deconstruction of the subtle aids that Google maps use to make their maps the most readable maps on the web. (Arguably.)
Art, Images, and Design
Jim Flora did this Baba Yaga late in his life. Wonderful depiction of the wise old witch.
Tangentially, I was watching a documentary recently and saw a picture of the cover of Charlie Parker’s Charlie Parker with Strings. Not my fav Bird album but the art work is way cool. So I went looking… David Stone Martin did tons of the covers that I remember from my childhood. Including the one at the top of the post. (NSFW — artistic nudes)
Pop-up fairy tales in French. Not at all what you’re expecting.
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Linkage is on hiatus while I deal with life, the universe, and my back (again) But I haven’t forgotten you all entirely. Here are two nice, happy links for hump-day.
Another installment in the Smashing Magazine series on letter forms and calligraphy — this one featuring Hebrew, Armenia, Mongolian, and Inuit among others.
I grew up with the work of Jim Flora, from the jazz album covers that were a part of my childhood to this friendly little cartoon. Mexican fireworks are the best!
The Friday freaky find. This was spotted on eBay and now it lives on pipeburn and perhaps in someone’s garage. Is it a Norton? A Triumph? An ungodly mashup? Twin engine goofyness.
You know that I love the work of Wrench Monkees. So do a lot of other folks and now we’re starting to see some very nice builds in the same gritty style.
Black and white image of an SS750 engine without the side case. This pic is big enough for netbook wall paper. Just sayin’
Society and Culture
Abandoned places. A Soviet missile defense installation, even allowing for the degradation of abandonment this must have been a grim place to live and work.
Art, Images, and Design
uhuru design in Brooklyn has brought out a line of furniture featuring wood taken from the Coney Island boardwalk. The lounger design is a swoopy delight.
A couple of days ago I mentioned Leandro Castelao in a post about rhinos. Here’s a look at some more of his work. Robots for T‑shirts.Click around for more goodness.
A sweet Jim Flora illo done for the cover of Computer Design some time in the 60s or 70s. Early geek art!
A dark world and a bright umbrella. A well done senior year project from CalArts by philip vose.
weekend ahead, off you go.