Weapon Of Beauty

Tea Party Tattoo
December 21, 2011, 4:41 pm
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At the moment the term Tea Party brings out all sorts of bad vibes.
But this is the sort of tea party that I do like.
How cool is this tattoo!? (click to enlarge)

(design by Julia Pott)


Ladytron vs Goose – the album cover remix
May 23, 2011, 12:46 pm
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A follow-up on the follow-up.
After seeing my previous post, George Yanakiev got his hands dirty and mixed Ladytron’s new album cover with Goose’s “Synrise”. Proportions turned out to be perfectly equal…

(photo via georgetheniteversion)

Hipgnosis versus Neil Krug

A little follow-up post to the previous Ladytron post.  Last week Pitchfork premiered the new Ladytron album  cover (made by Neil Krug) and quite rightly pointed out that it looks quite a bit like something that might have come from the Hipgnosis design team (famous for their covers for Pink Floyd, Muse,…).
They should have put it next to the cover of the 2010 ‘Synrise’ album by GOOSE album which was actually designed by Hipgnosis. The similarities are quite striking.

Ladytron: Gravity The Seducer

GOOSE: Synrise

While I had a further look at Krug’s work I even found a second Hipgnosis rip-off.
Neil Krug:

Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

Coincidence or not?
That said, I quite like Neil Krug’s work.
It’s heavily based on the whole Polaroid retro color scheme.
Check out his work here: http://www.neilkrug.com

Ladytron release White Elephants
May 20, 2011, 10:41 am
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Ladytron are gearing up for the release of a new studio album ‘Gravity The Seducer’ on September 12.
Last year we got a first track ‘Ace of Hz’, now there’s a second single ‘White Elephant’s. It’s a bit Ladytron by numbers I’m afraid. I’d like to see them push the boundaries again, like they did with ‘Witching Hour’, an album that was quite a shift from what they had released before.
Listen to ‘White Elephants’ here:

Grinderman release sparkling Heathen Child 12”
November 12, 2010, 7:45 pm
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A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of the Grinderman ‘Heathen Child’ 12 inch, in part because of the great cover. Not only does it feature a haunting shot of the bloody eyed and orange-haired nubile from the accompanying music video, the cover also has the text in a gothic gold foil blocked font (see photo below). Nice.

The single is released on red coloured vinyl and also contains a poster of said girl (and her orange dyed nether regions) and the band.

As for the music, the single also features b-side ‘Star Charmer’ plus the bonus track ‘Super Heathen Child’ which is a collaboration between Grinderman and legendary guitarist Robert Fripp who added some sterling guitar work to an expanded version of the song.

And all this sweetness for just a baby fistful of euros*!

* FYI: a baby fist can hold 5 euros**.

** Yes, i know that the plural of euro is ‘euro’ and not ‘euros’, but I’m talking about the actual coins, in which case you have to add the ‘s’.

All shoes should look like this
October 25, 2010, 7:20 pm
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[Onitsuka Tiger Procourt AR]

[first shoes with QR code?]

The eternal ice
August 11, 2010, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Design, Literature

I somehow ended up at a second-hand book fair last weekend and I got me this little gem:
“Het eeuwige ijs. De Zuidpool-expeditie van kapitein Scott. Een verhaal van den laatsten tocht, Britse Zuidpoolexpeditie van 1910-1913,van kapitein Scott en diens tragisch einde, benevens een beschrijving van het natuurleven in het eeuwige ijs.”

It’s a 1915 book about Captain Scott’s South Pole expedition, and besides the lovely dated Dutch, it has a superb cover, which is actually the main reason why I bought it. Look at the font and the style of the whole drawing, all so very art deco – modernist.  And it has a penguin! Penguins are always cool. Sadly the book doesn’t mention who made the drawing.

If only all book covers were like this…