The Beauty Of Wisdom. Literally & Figuratively Captured By Andrew Zuckerman.

Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can pass to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience, the wisdom project, produced with cooperation from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seeks to create a record of a multicultural group of people who have all made their mark on the world.

Award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman’s beautiful book contains stunning portraits of artists, politicians, peacemakers, actors and other well known figures dispensing pearls of wisdom and an accompanying 60 minute film comprised of each and every interview. Below are a few of my favorite spreads from the book: And the book’s back cover: the book contains portraits of the following people (click to enlarge): See more of Andrew Zuckerman’s work here. The book makes a lovely and inspiring gift or just about anyone.

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Artist Decorated Brain Buckets Raise Money For Charity

This post has all the images of the artist decorated motorcycle helmets, a special Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle decorated by Barry McGee and limited edition apparel created for the Celeritas Show and Auction at SURU gallery to raise funds for Riders For Health. The Press release from Pirelli, with all the information, is at the end of this post after the images.

The Gallery:

above: Celeritas at Suru (photo by John Shearer/

The Helmets

Audrey Kawasaki:

Jesse James:

Alex Pardee:

And Alex with his helmet:

Joe Hahn:

James Jean:

Jim Lee:

Mark Dean Veca:

Jeff McMillan:


Mike Shinoda:


Troy Lee:


The Suzuki Hayabusa

Barry McGee (aka Twist) decorated a special Suzuki Hayabusa for the show:

Damien (aka DRx.) Romanelli’s leather outfit for the show:
“I worked in conjunction with Alpinestars whom provided me with technical motorcycle apparel as a canvas for our contribution to the show. Using an Alpinestars racing suit, gloves , boots and Mad Max as inspiration, I deconstructed and reinterpreted the motorcycle suit. Long time collaborator and good buddy Nathan Cabrera flipped the mannequin and helped me bring the creation to life.”– DRx. Romanelli

The Pirelli press release:
Suru Presents Celeritas on Sunday, July 12, at the SURU Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

A display of fine art, inspired by passion’s urgency, themed through the medium of motorcycling, and realized on the objects of road racing culture (a motorcycle, helmets and apparel), opened to the public noon, Sunday, July 12, at the SURU Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

above left: the invite. above right: Event Co-hosts John Hensley and Joe Hahn (photo by John Shearer/

The show, entitled Celeritas (Latin for Speed, like in accelerate.), features helmets, apparel, and a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa, each painted by one of 14 trend-setting fine artist, helmet artist Troy Lee, musician/artist Joe Hahn, and welder/biker-cum-risk-taker Jesse James.

above: Mike Shinoda’s limited edition T-shirts for the show

Limited edition Ts and other items related to the show will also be available for purchase. All, 100%, of the proceeds from the show’s sales will benefit the official charity of Moto GP, Riders for Health, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding the purchase and servicing of motorcycles for transportation of medical personnel to remote communities in Africa, that would otherwise be without medical care.

This show is conceived and curated by motorcyclist/actor John Hensley, known primarily for his role on the FX Channel’s award-winning series Nip/Tuck, and Linkin Park band member Joe Hahn, owner of the SURU Gallery. Pirelli Tire North America is a proud sponsor of this exciting cross-over exhibit of motorcycling and fine art, in concert with American Suzuki Motors, Oakley, Troy Lee, and Alpinestars.

Scott Griffin, VP of Pirelli Motorcycle Tire North America, said, “This sponsorship is a natural fit for Pirelli, a company defined by passion. We have a proud and long history of working with artists, actors, and photographers to create Pirelli’s world-famous calendars, videos and other works art. Applying this passion for the benefit of Riders for Health doubles the importance of this creative exhibit and we applaud John and Joe for this incredible accomplishment.”

Listed in no particular order, the artists participating in this exhibit are: Alex Pardee, Jeff McMillan, Stash, Barry McGee (aka Twist and the artist painting the Hayabusa, who is also featured on the cover of the latest issue (#14) of Swindle magazine), Futura, Mark Dean Veca, Usugrow, Joe Hahn, Jim Lee, Jesse James, Troy Lee, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, Darren Romanelli, aka DRx, Nathan Cabrera, Mike Shinoda, Estevan Oriol.

Estevan Oriol has released an original exclusive giclee print for the show. It is a limited edition of 50 and all are numbered and signed by Estevan Oriol:

The show opened to the public Sunday, July 12, at noon, and will run through August 16. Pirelli Tire encourages those interested to be certain to plan an early visit to the show, because the window for viewing of these works of art in this venue closes after 30 days. Artwork, and limited-edition clothing designed for the show, will be available for purchase for the duration of the exhibit, or for as long as supplies last.

The SURU gallery is located at 7662 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California

Huge thanks to Elizabeth Kim for her flickr photos of the show. And thanks to Hypebeast, Motorcycle USA , DRx. Romanelli and of course, SURU gallery, Los Angeles.

See photos from the event and many artists with their helmets here
Riders For Health

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Hookahs, Diapers and Smart Cars; The Ed Hardy Empire Continues To Expand (or Branding Gone Bonkers)

above: hookahs, Smart Cars and Diapers are among the Ed Hardy branded products

Think you’re sick of Ed Hardy? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Read more

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Meisel’s McMenamy For Italia Vogue (35 photos)

McMenamy The Legend by Steven Meisel

A legend shoots a legend.
Photographer Steven Meisel, whose been shooting for Vogue Italia and American Vogue for decades, shot now 42 year old model Kristen McMenamy, who was an uber supermodel in the late 80s and early 90s, for an editorial in the 2009 July issue of Italia Vogue. The results are amazing. Read more

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Kid Kustoms Tins For Tots: Artists Trick Out Fenders For The Roddler For Charity

Kid Customs tins for tots

You may have read, or seen, in some gadget and design blogs, Kid Kustoms very hip Roddler, a trike stroller with fifties-style fenders and embellishments. Or their new Trike conversion kit, The Enzo Trike, available with optional detachable “Buddy Wagon”. They are great looking, very pricey custom strollers for design-centric or uber fashionable parents. Read more

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Limited Edition Contemporary Artists’ Work Upon Which To Rest Your Head. Or Butt.

Click for art is a site that carries works from contemporary artists that are available as limited edition floor cushions or throw pillows. They only print 250 of each design and each arrives with a certificate of authenticity.

The cushions are available as 40 cm x 40cm throw pillows or a 100cm x 100cm floor cushions. Their stock is always changing but at the moment they carry one of my favorite artists, Tara McPherson, whose 4 available designs are shown above.

In addition to her work, they carry art from artists like Jules, Mizzo, Poked Studio, Alberto Cerrentiño, Vault 49, sockmonkee, Candybird, Caramelaw, and several more. Below are a few of my favorites:

In addition to each of the above 40cm x40cm limited edition cushion, they carry many more. Plus you can get the same art as prints or as boxed canvases.

Shop their cushions and more here.

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Make Your Modern Classic Chairs A Little More Comfy With Parkhaus Pads

Parkhaus seat pads hero IIHIH

As a project, Parkhaus of Germany, known for their wool products, created over 80 seat pads for 100 classic modern chair designs from Eames to Alto. Read more

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Cecil Beaton Sketches Become Fabrics (& Wallpaper)

Legendary photographer, costume designer and artist, Cecil Beaton has had some of his wonderful drawings immortalized in a new fabric and wallpaper collection from Beaudesert of London.

Launched at this year’s upcoming London Design Festival in September will be a collection of silk, linen and cotton fabrics and wallpapers based on the sketches of Cecil Beaton; one from the Ascher Studio archives and the rest from The National Portrait Gallery printed by Beaudesert of London.

Combining 20 years experience in interiors at the highest level with a Cambridge art historical background, Beaudesert director Andrew Ginger has also acted as editor for the house collection of archive document hand prints for the last 10 years. It is his passion for the work of Sir Cecil Beaton which has driven this first collection from the unique Ascher Studio archive.

The ‘Sketchbook’ collection takes Beaton’s fashion drawings largely inspired by his 1954 book ‘The Glass of Fashion’ (shown above) and reinvents them as fabric and wallpaper. This award-winning* collection features his art deco women, sketches of 1929 beauties, fashionable hats, whimsical sailors, his cross check pattern and a surrealist interpretation of Garbo’s Eye, with whom he had an affair. (*’Beaton Beauties’ Winner, Best of the Best Awards, Best New Fabric Print 2008, Living Etc / Focus 2008)

As of right now, the fabric and wallpaper collection consists of the following patterns and colors.

BEATON BEAUTIES (in red, grey or pink silk):


BEATON 1929 (available as graphite, taupe, lavender and soft violet):

(in blue or pink cotton):

CRISS CROSS CHECK (for which I only have a black linen example):



Below is Beaton’s sketch of Greta Garbo’s “eyes” :


Below is one of Beaton’s hat sketches for Vivien Leigh in Anna Karenina:

These wallpapers and fabrics are available exclusively in Los Angeles at the Suzan Fellman Showroom (yes, the same woman whose crystal animal horns I blogged about the other day).

Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)

above: Sir Cecil Beaton with his costume sketch for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

Beaton launched his career as a ‘society’ photographer in 1926 with an exhibition in London which won him an immediate contract with Vogue, where he worked for the next thirty years. His style was inspired by figures such as E.O. Hoppe, Edward Steichen and Baron de Meyer, the most successful magazine photographers of the 1910’s and 1920’s. Beaton’s fascination with glamour and high society prevailed throughout his life and in 1937 he became court photographer to the British Royal Family. He also became a successful stage and costume designer, most notably for ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Gigi’.

Some more examples of his costume designs and drawings:

above: costume sketch for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

above: Another costume sketch for Audrey Hepburn

above: An archival drawing of his

above: his costume sketch and the final result for Leslie Caron in Gigi

Some examples of his photography:

above: Cecil Beaton, silver gelatin print, Self portrait

above: Cecil Beaton, portrait of Miss Nancy Beaton as a Shooting Star, 1929

above: Vogue, June 1948, Women in Charles James Dresses, Photograph by Cecil Beaton (British, 1904-1980), Courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

above: Audrey posing for Sir Cecil Beaton in 1943

or purchase the collection exclusively in Los Angeles at the Suzan Fellman Showroom

Buy Cecil Beaton Books, Photos and Movies From Amazon

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Typeface by Toyota. The iQ font Designed By A Moving Car.

UPDATE 6.25.2010: The Toyota iQ Font takes home the prestigious Cannes Lion Grand Prix in Design with this clever concept and execution!

Belgian ad agency, Happiness Brussels, wanted to come up with a unique promotion for the new compact Toyota for Europe, the iQ.

above: the Toyota iQ

They came up with the clever idea to have a car-created font.

The agency hired two typographers, Pierre & Damien from Please Let Me Design and a pro race pilot (Stef van Campenhoudt) to pull this undertaking off. The car movements were tracked using a custom software, designed by interactive artist Zachary Lieberman. ( )

above: Stef, Damien and Pierre

They created a program to track the motion of the car’s skid; the designers told the driver exactly what sort of skids they would need to create strokes from which they could build an entire font.

The result:

Download the font here

See more shots from The Making Of The Toyota IQ Font set on flickr here.    

Special thanks to Pleaseletmedesign and Happiness Brussels for the images and video.

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