Thursday, October 04, 2007

Newest Designer Toy Sensation!

Or is it? This little creature is NOT a vinyl toy. Although, at first glance, it looks just like one.
There is a current Smithsonian Magazine article by Laura Helmuth that talks about "a new book called, The Deep (The University of Chicago Press), by French documentary film producer Claire Nouvian. It may be the most comprehensive look at this mysterious world (of underwater creatures below 650 ft.) that we surface dwellers will get for a long time ...with over 200 photographs. The scientists who discovered the creatures were apparently as amused as we are, giving them names such as gulper eel, droopy sea pen, squarenose helmetfish, ping-pong tree sponge, Gorgon's head and googly-eyed glass squid."
Thanks to Lori Langille for the link to this article. Lori has this wonderful blog called Automatism and a website full of beautiful art. She's a Canadian designer and illustrator and she blogs about a lot of great stuff. So, have a look!

Cats, Hokum Music, R. Crumb

Butterbeans (with hat) and Susie performed 1920's-50's
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE to see names of musicians including Butterbeans and Susie
This is a "faux rock poster that R. Crumb created in 1967 as a sort of 'calling card' to drum up work on the local San Francisco psychedelic concert circuit" - quote - link to supertouch

Lyrics from a Butterbeans and Susie Song w/double entendres:
"I want a hot dog without bread you see.
Cause I carry my bread with me.
. . . I want it hot, I don't want it cold.
I want it so it fit my roll."

Freud's Head Tastes Good!

Yes, Freud's head tastes like watermelon and Marie Antoinette's is cherry-flavored. The sales pitch reads: "Once you get over the initial reluctance to put a human head in your mouth, you'll find that the subtle contours and cherry flavor of these Marie Antoinette Head Lollipops are worth the strange looks you'll get as you suck them." They even have an Abraham Lincoln pop that tastes like orange. I can picture Mark Ryden sucking this one and getting behind this Meat Shower Curtain.
See more fun things to buy here :

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Vintage Little Girl Postcards

Butterfly Girl
Deco Girl
Dove Cart Girl
Fairy Girl
Chicken Girl
There is the most amazing collection of hand-colored, sepia-toned vintage postcards of little girls on flickr. This gallery has little girls posing in costumes for every occasion.Some are surreal, some charming, some religious, some shy. All are beautiful, innocent and dreamy. Thank you Chicks57 for sharing your wonderful set of little girls.

Jeremy Scott Dresses

Jeremy Scott Jukebox Dress, 2007 Paris Spring Show -Photo by Kirk McCoy
Jeremy Scott Guitar Dress, 2007 Paris Spring Show Photo by Kirk McCoy
My friend and I playing dress-up 1985 (?)
It looks like all manner of clown-attire is "in" and I love these two dresses by Jeremy Scott!!These have the "hokum spirit". I added another little personal photo just for fun because of the big hair.
More here:
(with a good dose of humor) at metromix.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

1920's Blues Artwork Calendar

It's time to start thinking about ordering your 2008 calendar with Blues ads from the 1920's. I get mine every year from John Tefteller's
Only $19.95 with a free cd of 15 blues songs by different artists. Here are a couple of examples of ads from the 2005 and 2006 calendars. The Mississippi Sheiks were amazing. The Hokum Scorchers played songs by Bo Carter and the Sheiks. Have a listen to a sampler of these guys on Amazon .
P.S. This calendar is also available here for a bit of a discount

NEW #1 Blues Gal Giclee Print by Amy Crehore

"Roaming Tomcat Rag" copyright by Amy Crehore 2006
The girl with the red guitar is now a print!
"Roaming Tomcat Rag" Blues Gal Series Painting by Amy Crehore is now available as a museum quality fine art, limited edition, artist signed giclee print for collectors.
It's an 8 1/2" square image on 10"x10" on Hahnemuhle acid-free photorag 308 gsm paper produced on the finest printer using superior ultrachrome inks.
Only 50 prints in this edition.

Free "Little Pierrot" and "Monkey Love" postcards and a certificate of authenticity come with each print. As seen on
Follow link to the "buy now" button on my homepage: