January 2010

Max Dalton | Artist

Max Dalton is an artist based in Argentina. He made this limited edition print of guitar heroes he calls Guitar Lessons. The print features the following guitarists:

Frank Zappa, George Harrison, Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Johnny Ramone, Jack White, The Edge, Chuck Berry, Angus Young, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi, Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour, Ace Frehley, Ritchie Blackmore, Duane Allman, Kirk Hammett, Carlos Santana, John Frusciante, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kurt Cobain, Mike Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia, Ry Cooder, Bo Diddley, Jeff Beck, Tom Morello, Brian Setzer and Peter Green.

Max originally made 50 of these signed prints and they sold out in a couple of hours. He has now made 200 more. They sell for $40 + $11 shipping and they're going fast.


Olivier Mourgue | Furniture Maker

Below are some of the works of furniture designer & painter Olivier Mourgue. He's the dude who made the furniture in 2001: A Space Odyssey.



Thanks Jim!

Categories: Furniture, Design

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto 1969 Is Some Weird Shit


In 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono famously held a two week "bed in" to peacefully protest the Vietnam War. The first one took place in Amsterdam and the second was to be held in New York, but Lennon was banned from the US due to his Cannabis conviction.  They moved the bed in to the Bahamas but the heat bothered them so they moved it to again to Montreal, where it was documented by the CBC. The images below were taken by the CBC and were featured in an exhibition on the event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. More info on that here.



That same year John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band played the Toronto Peace Festival. The band, which also featured Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman (who designed The Beatles Revolver album Cover) and Yes drummer Alan White, were billed with Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis.



A live version of the performance was recorded and released on record in 1969, while the film footage, directed by D.A. Pennebaker, was released as Sweet Toronto in 1971. Both have been reissued within the last couple years.



Many people are familiar with the band's song, "Give Peace A Chance", but I don't think most people just how weird, and good this band was. Beatles fans obviously hate it, which explains why the were almost booed off the stage. Below is a clip.



For those who do like it. I would highly suggest you pick up John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band, which was co-produced by Phil Spector and Yoko's companion record, Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band. Both covers are shown below and if you look closely you'll see that they're not identical.



Categories: Music, Hippies

Avant Garde Magazine










Avant Garde was a magazine notable for graphic and logogram design by Herb Lubalin. The magazine had 16 issues and was published from January 1968 to July 1971.

From January, 1968, through July, 1971, Ginzburg published Avant Garde, which like Eros, an earlier publishing attempt, was a handsome hardbound periodical. While it could not be termed obscene, but it was filled with creative imagery often caustically critical of American society and government, sexual themes, and (for the time) crude language. One cover featured a naked pregnant woman; another had a parody of Willard's famous patriotic painting, "The Spirit of '76", with a woman and a black man.

Avant Garde had a modest circulation but was extremely popular in certain circles, including New York’s advertising and editorial art directors. Herbert F. Lubalin (1918–1981), a post-modern design guru, was Ginzburg's collaborator on his four best-known magazines, including Avant Garde which gave birth to a well-known typeface of the same name. It was originally intended primarily for use in logos: the first version consisted solely of 26 capital letters. It was inspired by Ginzburg and his wife, designed by Lubalin, and realized by Lubalin's assistants and Tom Carnese, one of Lubalin's partners. It is characterized by geometrically perfect round strokes; short, straight lines; and an extremely large number of ligatures and negative kerning. The International Typefont Corporation(ITC) (of which Lubalin was a founder) released a full version in 1970.

An article on folk music written by United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was a topic in the congressional hearings on his attempted impeachment in 1970.

Ritva Man Sweaters

I saw these Ritva man sweaters on Wary Meyers. The sweaters were designed by Ritva Ross and her husband, Mike Ross, in collaboration with artists like David Hockney, Liz Frink, Patrick Hughes, Allen Jones and others.

Allen Jones

Patrick Hughes

Liz Frink

Goats Head Soup

David Hockney


This was made for Paul McCartney's Wings Album

...More on the sweaters from Wary Meyers:

The knitwear business Ritva (1966 - ca.1980) was started by Ritva Ross, who had the idea of using crochet squares to make a dress, and her husband Mike Ross. The first designs were ordered by Annacat boutique in South Kensington. One was purchased by Lee Radziwell and appeared on the cover of Life magazine in November 1966. Having rented a flat in Chelsea which doubled as a workroom and showroom, Mike and Ritva Ross built up a network of out-workers using hand-operated frames.

The firm offered a limited number of styles but allowed customers to have garments made up individually in a range of colours and patterns. The brand was first publicized in Nova magazine and sold through stores and boutiques in London and in the U.S.A.. In 1969 Mike Ross started the Ritva Man label with sweaters inspired by baseball uniforms, and a Ritva boutique was opened at 8 Hollywood Road, Chelsea. Ritva knitwear was heavily influenced by popular culture and contemporary art and introduced innovations such as the knitted minidress. Mike Ross collaborated with David Hockney, Allen Jones, Elizabeth Frink and Patrick Hughes to produce the limited edition artists collection of sweaters. A Little Ritva label for childrenswear was also started and commissions were undertaken for the film and music industries. Mike and Ritva Ross separated in 1977 but Ritva Ross continued to operate the Ritva business abroad until ca.1980.

Michael Anthony Ross was born in 1936 in Portland, Maine, U.S.A. and was educated at Syracuse University. He settled in London in 1960 and attended the Royal College of Art painting school from 1963-1964. In 1973 he launched the Bear Creek General Store at 10 Hollywood Road to sell imported traditional American goods.

Ritva Ross (née Tera) was born in Helsinki in 1941 and moved to London in 1961 where she attended the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts. Prior to starting Ritva she also worked as a fashion and showroom model."

Categories: art, Artists, Sweaters, Fashion