Los Angeles

Tom’s back.

The latest episode of Tom Explores Los Angeles is up and it’s a heavy one. TELA is a charming/disarming series hosted by Tom Carroll that digs deep into the curious corners of this weird, regenerative metropolis — tripping through the dead mallssunken cities and abandoned Nazi compounds that freckle greater LA with the best guide in the business.


London, Shoreditch
Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we we’re so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.  
Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.  


I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.
The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”

Most of the drawings for the Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.
Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them. 

Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:
#Takeapictureandlookatit
#rockstarstudyhall
#analogfoxtrot 
#discoking 
#morelightmorepower 
#Acelondon 
#paletteconstraintsmakesforinvention 
#arttakestime 
#remo 
#workaholicphonebooth 
#urethanegirl 
#WinsorNewtonIt


R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus
Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander

London, Shoreditch

Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we we’re so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.  

Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.  

I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.

The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”

Most of the drawings for the Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.

Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them. 

Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:

#Takeapictureandlookatit

#rockstarstudyhall

#analogfoxtrot 

#discoking 

#morelightmorepower 

#Acelondon 

#paletteconstraintsmakesforinvention 

#arttakestime 

#remo 

#workaholicphonebooth 

#urethanegirl 

#WinsorNewtonIt

R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus

Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander


Pittsburgh, PA
The Last Billboard is on the corner of S Highland Ave and Baum Blvd in Pittsburgh. It’s got five lines that take on up to twenty-eight characters each, which — if arithmetic serves — adds up to an eerily familiar number. Every month, the wooden letters are changed out and into a new arrangement, as curated by artist/social practitioner Jon Rubin. 

Pittsburgh, PA

The Last Billboard is on the corner of S Highland Ave and Baum Blvd in Pittsburgh. It’s got five lines that take on up to twenty-eight characters each, which — if arithmetic serves — adds up to an eerily familiar number. Every month, the wooden letters are changed out and into a new arrangement, as curated by artist/social practitioner Jon Rubin





Death Valley Junction, CA
For close to 50 years, Marta Becket danced in the middle of the desert. She built the Amargosa Opera House out of the shell of a “town” constructed by the Pacific Coast Borax Company, the admirers she painted around the theater’s back walls often her only audience. She studied ballet in NYC, danced at Radio City, danced en pointe until she was 80. She retired in 2012, but sneaks out of retirement to take to the Amargosa every now and again. She’s still there, along with the stage she graced for decades. 

Death Valley Junction, CA

For close to 50 years, Marta Becket danced in the middle of the desert. She built the Amargosa Opera House out of the shell of a “town” constructed by the Pacific Coast Borax Company, the admirers she painted around the theater’s back walls often her only audience. She studied ballet in NYC, danced at Radio City, danced en pointe until she was 80. She retired in 2012, but sneaks out of retirement to take to the Amargosa every now and again. She’s still there, along with the stage she graced for decades. 


Palm Springs, CA

@macmittch made this video and it’s also over on her blog


Downtown Los Angeles
Grand Park’s being commandeered by the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend — the nomadic national bazaar that jumbles up a frankly hedonistic number of makers and doers for a swap meet of epic proportions. They’re gonna bleed you dry and you’re gonna thank them for it.

Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Park’s being commandeered by the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend — the nomadic national bazaar that jumbles up a frankly hedonistic number of makers and doers for a swap meet of epic proportions. They’re gonna bleed you dry and you’re gonna thank them for it.


When you’re tired and shit’s bonkers: Time to push it.  


Palm Springs, CA

In the 1950s, when our little palm city was a sapling, the local rotary club produced this talky, top-full of kitsch. It’s a trip back to a more complicated time, when some people didn’t know the world was so simple: feed each other’s souls and we’ll all be more energetic and also we’ll simultaneously be more peaceful. 


London
Know how you can trust you’re in good hands in a store? When there’s a wall filled with every single Criterion Collection dvd still in print.
The folks behind some of our favorite clothing and curation and collaborations for the past dozen years — and our roommates at Ace NYC — are getting all extended-stay-cozy at 100 Shoreditch High in London. Welcome, guys. Happy we’re taking our love affair bi-continental. 

London

Know how you can trust you’re in good hands in a store? When there’s a wall filled with every single Criterion Collection dvd still in print.

The folks behind some of our favorite clothing and curation and collaborations for the past dozen years — and our roommates at Ace NYC — are getting all extended-stay-cozy at 100 Shoreditch High in London. Welcome, guys. Happy we’re taking our love affair bi-continental. 


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