These! Friendly Animal Plates by Artist Mark Ryden

This year artist Mark Ryden released a special Snow Yak Ornament for Christmas and it was amazing. And, sadly, sold out. However, he also released this special set of six melamine dishes which are still available. And they might just be the coolest plates ever.

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Mark Ryden’s Sweet Costumes and Sets for ABT’s “Whipped Cream”

The American Ballet Theater presented the world premiere of its newest ballet, Whipped Cream, about a boy who consumes too many sweets and hallucinates about sugary treats, just last night. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, scored for ballet by Richard Strauss (who also concocted the original libretto), the show features sets and costumes by Pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. Read more

Mark Ryden’s Microportfolio 7 – 24 Oversized Postcard Prints

Mark Ryden Microportfolio 7. While you may not be able to afford an original piece of art by Mark Ryden, his microportfolios are the next best thing. Printed on heavy card stock and perfect for framing (I speak from experience), Porterhouse Fine Art editions has just released the first printing of his 7th microportfolio featuring 24 images from his exhibition, The Gay 90s. Read more

The Appeal Of The Astronaut Is Still Alive And Hipper Than Ever

Astronauts, despite the enormous change in their appeal as a career since I was a child, are still in fashion. The Millenials have never even heard of Major Tony Nelson nor have they seen The Right Stuff. And although little boys and girls may not list the profession amongst their wishful futures like they did 30 years ago, the image of the Astronaut is still in vogue as you will see in this post. Whether it’s in fashion, fun, art or film, the classic Astronaut is still alive and well.

Astronauts in fashion

Billionaire Boys Club

Pharell William’s Billionaire Boys Club (his fashion label he started with with his manager Rob Walker and Japanese fashion icon Nigo in 2005) not only uses the astronaut as their logo, but applies it to tees, sweaters and even jeans. With several different iterations of the icon by different artists, the collection is loaded with astronauts; male, female, funky, retro, psychadelic, you name it. Here’s just a few of their huge line adorned with astronauts:

Japanese artist, Rockin’ Jelly Bean created the artwork for this $190.00 sweatshirt of a pin up space girl astronaut for BBC:

To see tons more ‘astronaut imagery’ clothes from BBC and to purchase, go here.

Mark Ryden Astronaut T-shirts for Hurley.
Low brow artist and cult favorite, Mark Ryden, also uses the image of an astronaut in some of his artwork and now he has created men’s and women’s t-shirts for Hurley that uses his little astronaut from the lower right hand corner of his 2005 oil painting, Creatrix:

For men:
‘The Creatrix” by Mark Ryden; garment dyed and washed tee with woven icon loop label and soft-hand plastisol print. 30 singles ringspun cotton. (images below)

For women:
Ryden Juxtapoze Girl’s Tomboy T-Shirt (in white or black)
Tomboy tee with enzyme wash, soft hand screenprint, and H icon clip label (images below)

Available in white, men’s or women’s styles:

And in black, with a larger image, men’s or women’s styles:

buy them here.

Astronaut Toys

Doma’s Astronaut Jesus

Doma’s Jesus Astronaut by adfunture comes in 2 full color versions or in three limited flocked versions.

buy them here.

Unkl Unipo series

And Unkl’s Unipo series of cosmo knots are sweet little vinyl figurines clad in space suits and helmet:

see them or buy them here.

Buck Rogers Colectible Figure
Introduced at Comic Con, widely anticipated and now available for pre-order is Go Hero’s new Buck Rogers 1:6 action figure. A steampunk astronaut if I ever saw one:

pre-order/buy it here.

Mattel has produced several Astronaut Barbie Dolls:

above: Astronaut Barbie dolls, from left, 1963, 1985 and 1994, on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington. Photo by Greg Gibson/AP

The GI Joe Mercury Astronaut:

buy it here.

And many a dunny, munny, bearbrick and kubrick have been customized to resemble astronauts:

bill mcmullen’s astronaut dunny:

bill hewitt’s astronaut munny:

custom astronaut trexi

custom Astronaut Munny from kidrobot:

You can even share your bath with an Astronaut rubber duckie.

buy it here.
you can find astronaut teddy bears, dolls and more for sale here

Astronaut tech toys

There’s even an Astronaut Mimobot (USB flash drive). Albeit it’s a Russian Astronaut (aka Cosmonaut):

buy it here.

Popular animated television series like Family Guy, the Simpsons and South Park have all had their characters as astronauts:

Astronauts in Contemporary Art

Scott Listfield
Moving away from fashion and into the other artful endeavors, meet Scott Listfield, painter of astronauts (amongst other things):

Visit Scott’s site, Astronaut Dinosaur to see more of his work.

Sculptor David Mach created this astronaut from metal coat hangers!

above photo courtesy of Flickr.
David Mach

Paul Van Zandt‘s modern Astronaut sculpture:

On deviantART one can see over 6,600 contemporary pieces of astronaut art
Here are a few of my favorites:

above: Peace Thirteen by jasinski

above: Astronaut by dante1411

above: Skeleton Astronaut by amateur1314

above: Street Art Astronaut by Rul00

Astronauts in film

One of my favorite films of all time is The American Astronaut written, directed by and starring Cory McAbee with great music by The Billy Nayer Show. We’re talking ‘hip’ astronaut fare here, no The Right Stuff, Apollo 13 (both great movies) or The Astronaut’s Wife.

If you haven’t seen this award winning film, you are missing out. Please rent it or better yet, buy the dvd.

Credits for the film: Casting Director: Anne Goulder, Costume Design: Dawn Weisberg, Production Designer: Geoff Tuttle, Sound Design: Doug McKean, Music by Billy Nayer Show, Musical Director: Bobby Lurie Co-Producer: Michael Krantz, Director of Photography: Mott Hupfel III, Editor: Pete Beaudreau, Produced by: William Perkins, Joshua Taylor and Bobby Lurie Written & Directed by: Cory McAbee, and Developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute buy the film on DVD here

The Billy Nayer Show, in which Cory McAbee is also a member, did the music for the film:

buy the soundtrack here. So, as you can see, the Astronaut is still respectable, heroic and hip. UPDATE: Relive the APOLLO 11 MISSIONnow that we are celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, be sure to see this amazing site, We Choose The Moon.


Bunny Bonanza: In Art. In Books. In Movies. As Brands. And Just Big. (Over 80 pics!)

Bunnies in art
Dieter Roth, Shit Hare, 1975

Happy Easter, Happy Bunny Day, Happy Christ Resurrection, Jesus Zombie Day and all that. In honor of the holiday, I’m going to share with you a bunch o’ bunnies. Bunnies in art, in literature, in movies, as brands and some of the biggest bunnies in the world. I had to really cull down this post or by the time you finished reading it, it’d be Christmas. Read more

Hip Christmas Cards From Lowbrow Artists & Graphic Designers

Hip Christmas Cards

There are tons of beautiful Christmas Cards one can choose to give this year; designers like Snow & Graham, Elum and many others… just look at my page with all the links to paper goods, stationers and printers. Read more

A Big Loss To the Creative Community: Nagi Noda and A Look at Her Work.

animal hair hats by Nagi Noda IIHIH

The creative world lost a great talent last week. Sadly, Nagi Noda, the Japanese artist/designer/art director, (and most recently fashion designer) as well as the creator of hanpanda, passed away on Sunday, September 7. She was only 35. Read more