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NOTED KEEPING CONTENT Among the seemingly endless abyss of pinterest boards and regurgitated Tumblr feeds, lies our newest cyber obsession: The Great Discontent. Finally, a truly inspiring blog we can get behind with genuinely original and fresh content. Aside from the incredibly responsive and all-around striking design of the site itself, The Great Discontent is a weekly journal focusing on creativity, risk, and what connects us as artists. Published by Ryan & Tina Essmaker of No Little Plans creative studio, the blog has become one of our favorite destinations for inspirational interviews with people in the creative industry. Step off, Tumblr. We got real shit to read now. THEGREATDISCONTENT.COM // NOLITTLEPLANS.IS

STREET STYLE Recently, Kanye made a cameo at Pusha-T’s listening party and began spontaneously speedbagging about the state of streetwear, citing his experience at MAGIC in Vegas—pause—as proof of the fashion genre’s inauthentic use of sports jerseys, camo and the general bastardization of Pyrex Vision. Anyways, ‘Ye has a point, and while couture jerseys are clearly trending, shouts to UPXUNDR for staying on their chic James Perse shit. Basic palettes and lux fabric choices sans digits and wacky prints keep the hyped new line pretty neo-Dada, giving our retinas a well-deserved vacation. Can we get a rosy hue for Cam though? UPXUNDR.COM

DEATH OF A SALESMAN We’ve been in the market for locally made sustainable waterproof goods for a minute now, and looks like we can finally quit our Google thugging. KILLSPENCER, the somewhat eponymous line by former industrial designer Spencer Nikosey, is manufactured in LA and has just stepped out from behind the internet to open its first retail location slash workshop in Silverlake. Finally, the designer’s allegiant fan base can get a taste of the process IRL. A marriage of technical skill and aesthetic genius even the utmost elite and postmodern gentleman can really art direct an aerial Instagram around. KILLSPENCER.COM

FOR THE LOVE OF FISH Let’s face it. You need ceviche in your life. Or at least that’s what Octavio and Shannon Olivas would have you believe, the proud founders behind new pop-up concept and roving dining experience Ceviche Project. Their mission? Bring people together through new tastes and unique dining experiences. And, of course, ceviche. Through a carefully concocted menu of citrus juices, acid-based marinades, and special seasonings, Ceviche Project has taken raw fish to a whole new level. Perhaps we can’t live without a little ceviche in our lives? CEVICHEPROJECT.COM


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THE BACHELOR Before you amend your irreverent OkCupid profile or go on that second Tinder date, let’s take a look inward, shall we? Much like solid abs, the secret to attaining a sustainable romantic relationship is about as mysterious as eating healthy and working out. Oscar-nominated filmmaker (Muderball), former Spin Magazine editor and serial monogamist Dana Shapiro, went on a cross-country mission in search of ripostes and amorous insight for his latest book, You Can Be Right, (Or You Can Be Married). Turns out, a nuanced combination of chemistry and effort is the elusive alchemy for a solid partnership. The insightful doc-style amalgamation features clever dialogues that serve as a cautionary tale of, essentially, what not to do. Shapiro’s interviews manage to be both articulate and stylistically cohesive despite the sizable spectrum of the subject’s perspectives, leaving the audience hopeful in the least self-helpy way possible. As a 98-year-old Pauline sums it up, “You have to be sexually compatible. That’s very important. If anyone tells you differently, they’re nuts.” Hear, hear. DANAADAMSHAPIRO.COM


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GOING. FOR BROKE 2014 CALLED. AND THE ONCE HARD KNOCK BAND, PORTUGAL. THE MAN IS NOW ITS NEW MAINSTAY

photo HAYLEY YOUNG text JEMAYEL KHAWAJA


PORTUGAL. THE MAN HAVE BEEN FLIRTING WITH MAINSTREAM RECOGNITION

since their first release, 2006's Waiter, You Vultures!, a vaguely experimental take on indie pop characterized by lead singer John Gourley's distinctive warble and an adherence to moody, minor-key thematics. "When we started out, I didn't know how to play guitar," says Gourley, "I just really loved music." That considered, it was an auspicious debut by a band from a small town in Alaska.

Wasilla, Alaska, to be exact, of Sarah Palin fame. Population? 8,000. The environs of that distant hinterland still manifest in the band's creative process. "It's just a

veteran studio musician and Gersh's dad is the record exec

different fucking place," Gourley opines, "I write so much

credited with signing Nirvana for Geffen. "For a couple kids

more when I'm in Alaska. When you're sitting in complete

from LA, growing up in that music scene," Gourley laughs,

darkness and you're looking at a sky that's full of stars—

"they're really down-to-earth."

more stars than you've ever seen—you feel small. You really do feel small. And that's what makes you push harder."

It was a big step up for Ritchotte in particular, who celebrated his 21stt birthday on the road last year. "I'm

It was in Alaska that Gourley learned lessons

a good ten years younger than most of the guys in the band,"

that still shape the band's creative output: "Music should

he says, "It's always been that way for me, though. I started

make you feel good. That's something that I really stand by.

playing really young and always hung out with older kids."

Whether it's fucking Slayer blasting metal, satanists, all that

Ritchotte is aware of his good fortune: "Portugal made it the

shit...I saw Pantera in Alaska. It was my first concert ever.

hardest way you could possibly make it. They've been touring

I was a tiny kid and I was sitting up there in the stands

in vans, eating rice, making no money and being broke on

watching these biker dudes, these massive guys, beat the

the road, roughing it for much longer than I ever have. I'm

shit out of each other. It was the heaviest thing I'd ever seen.

just super lucky to join a band that's done all that work

If I had taken a step out of that headspace I was in as a kid

already. I feel a little guilty about it."

where I was just terrified of all these people, I would have realized...they were all just having fun."

The new album Evil Friends was made with Danger Mouse at the helm and is a notably guilt-free

It hasn't been all fun and games, though. Portugal

departure. There's a shiny conciseness and an unnerving

made their name through hard graft. They spent the better

poppy quality to Evil Friends when perhaps in the past there

part of a decade slogging it out on the road, clawing their

was a tendency to wander. The latent psychedelia is still

way up from basement shows to becoming a ubiquitous

present if you're looking for it, but the songs are shorter,

lunchtime presence on the festival circuit, all while releasing

tighter, and lean more heavily on catchy hooks. Sometimes it

eight albums (and four EP's). "It's all about work ethic," says

works ("Creep in a T-shirt"). Sometimes it doesn't ("Modern

Gourley, "just knowing that if you just work hard at something,

Jesus"). "We never really knew what we were doing," says

you'll be able to do it. It's just the way things work."

Gourley, "and we still don't. That's just the way it is. There

Turns out he's right, in this case at least. In 2010,

was no real pressure on it."

Portugal. The Man signed with Atlantic Records. For a band

The connection between Portugal and Danger

known for experimenting with their sound, signing with a

Mouse was triangulated by tourmates the Black Keys, for

major label may have been considered risky business by

whom Monsieur Mouse produced the platinum-selling El

some. Not to Gourley, "They were the first people to come

Camino. There are marked similarities between the two

into a room and say, Do whatever the fuck you want, we're

albums, but Portugal. The Man are a band with too lofty a

gonna put it out. They're real music fans. I respect them."

creative ambition to so readily submit to simulacra.

Around the same time, the band picked up a

That said, the tidier sound is bearing dividends.

couple of Angelenos, guitarist Noah Gersh and drummer

Evil Friends has been received well critically and is the band's

Kane Ritchotte, to round out their current line-up. Both

highest charting release by far. One gets the sense, though,

come from music industry pedigree—Ritchotte's father is a

that this is just another phase in Portugal's long and winding sonic adventure. Their sound never stagnates. Now that they've got your attention they can go back to creating the prog opus they've been threatening to make for the past decade.


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text VI NGUYEN Los Angeles may be known for its glitz and glamour, but our fair city is good for more than snooty bouncers, exorbitant ticket prices, and arbitrary dress codes. Might we direct you to the places and parties which dwellers of the underground embrace? In contrast to the recent meteoric rise of commercial electronic dance music, left-field dance music has had a home here for over two decades, starting out in clandestine warehouse parties and eventually finding itself in the mix with slightly more established venues and parties. With the proliferation of the internet and its social media megaverse, we’re not sure that anything is truly underground anymore, but let’s give it up for some of the movers and shakers of the scene still imparting the underground spirit of techno, house, and drum’n’bass.

DROID BEHAVIOR

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RESPECT

This techno collective started out when founders Vidal, Vangelis, and Mohamed put down the Super Nintendo and picked up a drum machine, laptops, and records, birthing what’s grown to become a label, production collective, blog, and events organizer. More importantly, the collective has helped redefine LA’s identity in the global landscape of electronic music, being recognized as a legitimate hub for techno and other left-field producers. Look out for their Interface events which meld techno together with innovative audio/visual elements to produce an immersive multi-media experience.

This female-run label and collective is all about blurred lines and connecting “the sound with the sensory.” With its foundation as a record label, Futra seeks out artists whose music can’t clearly be defined by genre, although admittedly, founder Tara LaPlante’s curatorial expertise is rooted in techno. Still, the collective embraces and actively seeks out ambiguity, organizing events that fuse together arts, design, and of course, music. In July, they held a hypnotic, polymedia shopping slash arts and music event, and their club nights have played host to Berlin-based Objekt, Romania’s Cosmin TRG, and the UK’s Dark Sky.

Quite possibly the longest-running drum’n’bass event in Los Angeles, Respect has been around since 1999. Each Thursday at The Dragonfly in Hollywood, Respect brings out a veritable lineup of leading international drum’n’bass DJs hailing from places like New Zealand and the Netherlands, although UK talent is in heaviest rotation. In a region where drum’n’bass events are rare to find, we’re especially thankful for the crew at Respect.

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SONIC FORTUNES Speculating as to exactly what the hip new-rave-post-postfuturists will be pirating ten years from now? Guessing it won’t be just electronic bleeps and blurps because, like fashion and art, music also enjoys the novelty of renaissance. Listen up ‘cause we’ve picked out a soundtrack to get you jamming to infinity and beyond. Rap game repurposed hooks for everyone.

playlist SANNI YOUBOTY

“Dystopia” YACHT

“Rap Game Albert Einstein” RIFF RAFF

“Tomorrow” NIKI & THE DOVE

“Lose My Head” BODY LANGUAGE

“Clint Eastwood” GORILLAZ

“DNA” EMPIRE OF THE SUN

“Republic” ALPACA

“Ayo Technology” 50 CENT

“Primitve” LUCIANA

“Radio” MANSIONS ON THE MOON

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“Music is Life” ELLIPHANT


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FUNK We were lucky enough to catch Mystery Skulls back in 2012 when we happened upon his DJ set at The Bootleg on a somewhat “blurry” September night. Since then, the sonically gifted Luis Duboc has been a clubhouse staple, deejaying

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summer and scoring some hypnotizing, synthladen tracks on our Spotify playlist this issue. Falsetto vocals, bouncy synth-pop beats, and a fusion of retro and futuristic dance tracks make Mystery Skulls a force to be reckoned with, a funky fusion of Chromeo, Yeasayer, and Daft Punk all rolled into one. Duboc has skillfully cultivated a sound that even Prince would throw an allusive nod to. Look out for his debut single “Ghost” dropping in November.

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ARTIST JEN STARK KEEPS US IN A HYPNOTIC DAZE text VIJA HODOSY

Jen Stark has us rooting for hands. And for

Born in Florida, Stark draws from its respective

some of us, more relaxed psychopharmaceutical laws,

ecology and lush animation. The wild, yet measured, continuity

too. How can we not celebrate those unyielding dukes of

of repeating patterns in nature coupled with Stark’s deliberate

hers? With their lofty visions, and their ability to conjure

and decisive construction process, manages an impactful

variegated wormholes from preschool art supplies? Her

presentation of her ostensible themes: precision, playfulness,

dedication to her studio practice, and to its demanding

and pattern. She is a young woman who approaches her art

long-game, is undeniably present with every spin of her

like a sniper, a calculated killer wearing rainbow tie-dye and

creative prism. This woman’s portfolio reads like one of

long strand pearls. And like our universe, Stark’s dance card

Carl Sagan’s psychedelic wet dreams, starring Austin

is expanding. Her growing international presence and her

Powers orating excerpts from a Ray Bradbury novel—and

unwavering work ethic are perfect precursors to the requisite

we dare you to try and tear your eyes away.

legwork involved in looming such ogled-on cosmic models.


Stark’s vibrantly hypnotic sculptures and illustrations are the anti-ageism of the contemporary art scene. or

Whether you get down on “Baby Einstein”

“Early Bird Specials,” you are equally as likely to

be hooked by her pigments and papers, moonlighting as organic fractalism. It’s refreshing to see good oldfashioned craft supplies, playing good old-fashioned mathematical truths, on not so old-fashioned eyes. An 8ft x 20ft escalator mural recently curated by Primary Projects and The Arts Initiative in Chicago, is now showing thousands of youthful mall goers that an investment in the creative arts could be a better idea than that “this-took-me-eighteen-weeks-of-allowanceto-afford,” first-person shooter game they’re waiting in line for. The underrated coolness of geometry is more apparent—thanks to Stark—and a lot more colorful. Her use of repetition and gradation perform a simple yet complex visual rhythm. A pulse as recognizable as music, a medium as impermanent as a biodegradable coffee cup.

The juice is proving worth the squeeze.

And, yes, it tastes like Florida orange juice, on acid.

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text RACHEL MANY After a spout working in the film industry, Otero met Andrea Zittel

Once upon a time, a walk down Fairfax Avenue yielded a line-up of antique Judaica shops and bakeries, a stream of rock-and-roll luminaries

who, thankfully for us all, reinvigorated Otero’s passion for art.

composing their LA debut at the Kibitz Room, and a tangled, hodge-podge of

“Andrea was more of a mentor and when I moved to Los Angeles,

Hebrew, Farsi, Russian, Arabic, and Yiddish chatter among the post-war immigrant

she asked me to organize an exhibition for the HDTS (highdeserttestsites.

population making their rounds at the open-air stalls. Today, the backdrop of

com). It was a pivotal point, after selling all the work from the show, I knew

this once old-world street has evolved into the epicenter of skate-punk loitering,

I wanted to become an art dealer.” Otero went on to work as an archivist for Regen Projects and then as

Supreme x Nike SB collabs, and OFWGKTA-sponsored palm tree arson. Just beyond the foot traffic and the sanctimonious pledges of cool,

the director at Jack Hanley Gallery in LA before becoming an art dealer for Larry

tucked away behind a lush, ivy-coated patio and modern French doors, lies the

Gagosian. “Working at Jack Hanley was the greatest learning experience. But I

hidden gem that is Martha Otero Gallery. Since 2008, Otero has been curating

was basically broke and living out of my car so I began working as a sales girl

a finely tuned palate of unique talent, carefully selecting artists through

for Larry Gagosian. It was like getting a Ph.D in art dealing from an Ivy League

an extensive network she has developed over the years. Between Jacob

school. My first sale was a $75,000 Hiroshi Sugimoto photograph and my second

Hashimoto’s three-dimensional kite installations, Tim Biskup’s whimsically

was a million dollar Damien Hirst butterfly painting.” Not too shabby for a gal

weird, geometric canvases, and Pedro Matos’ multilayered and ephemeral

whose home was seemingly propped up on four wheels. Despite the upper echelon art credentials, Otero is not what you might

paintings, Otero’s instinct is ahead of the curve, carefully cultivating a new

expect of well-versed gallery curator. There is no stuffiness or pomposity about

generation of artistic whiz kids. Otero’s credentials pile high, the birth of her art career beginning as

her. No fancy schmooze talking or strict formalities—just a sincere passion for

an intern at the famed Leo Castelli Gallery in New York while in college at NYU.

art. She is as down-to-earth as it gets, welcoming patrons into the enchanting

“This was my first and what I thought would be my last experience

gallery space in simple jeans and a tee with her affably mischievous dog, Osa.

of working in a gallery. Leo Castelli’s staff spoke about how they hadn’t done

It is a welcome respite from caps lock-tweeting trendoids just south of Melrose

an inventory in over ten years and how their apartments were filled with

and her gallery is an exceptional example of how versatile and inspired art can

‘borrowed’ art. I was disillusioned and decided to transfer to film school and

be. “I’m always looking for artists whose work is both visually stimulating and

focus on art history.”

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GALLERY OPENINGS RICHARD AVEDON: WOMEN Gagosian Gallery November 1st – December 21st Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st, 6 pm Photographs by the legendary photographer Richard Avedon will be exhibited in an all-encompassing display at Gagosian Beverly Hills. The exhibition will feature some of Avedon’s famous photographs of models in motion—household names like Ingrid Boulting, Gisele Bündchen, and Twiggy, along with other stunning black and white imagery of the female form. gagosian.com JOEL OTTERSON: CHANDELIER QUEER Maloney Fine Art November 1st – December 21st Opening Reception: Friday, November 1st, 6 pm This exhibition will load the ceiling with three fetishized chandeliers made of hundreds of goblets from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that mimic the silhouette of a Baccarat chandelier. Otterson attempts to demonstrate that pop art remains vibrant as it continues to undermine authoritative definitions of what constitutes aesthetic value. maloneyfineart.com MICHAEL BRUNSWICK: 79TH ORGAN GUSFORD | los angeles November 8th – December 21st Opening Reception: Friday, November 8th, 7 pm For his first solo show with the gallery, Brunswick will reveal a new series of paintings, exemplifying a distinctive technique that he has been developing for the past decade. 79th Organ focuses on largescale abstract works, in color and black and white, and characterized by slick, iridescent surfaces of illusory movement and depth. Pools of paint mix and mingle on the surface of the canvas, evoking the microscopic, the cosmic, and the corporal. gusfordgallery.com ERIC WHITE Martha Otero Gallery November 9th – December 21st Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th, 8 pm In his first solo show with Martha Otero Gallery, Eric White presents three masterpieces along with a curated collection of semi-surreal portraits, rich with nostalgia and meticulously executed. White continues to play with the notion that there are things that exist beyond our perception, meticulously and obsessively crafting an unhinged relationship with time itself. marthaotero.com PAUL FÄGERSKIÖLD PRISM November 15th – December 21st Opening Reception: Friday, November 15th, 6 pm Fägerskiöld explores painting from a semiotic position, relating symbols, colors, and motifs as building blocks for language. In his ongoing body of work, he explores language through the very act of seeing, employing principles of Impressionism, Pointillism, and Color Field painting to explore cognition and language in our modern society. prismla.com WOLF VOSTELL: ENDOGEN DEPRESSION The Box November 16th – January 4th, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 6 pm Wolf Vostell, a key figure in the Fluxus movement of the ‘60s, often used television sets to explore alternative sources of reality. His greatest work, Endogene Depression, originally exhibited in 1980, investigates themes of history and technology, of ritual and ruin. Twenty television sets in various states of disrepair are arranged in a roughly circular formation while chunks of rubble are strewn about intensifying the notion of creation and destruction. theboxla.com MATTHEW BRANNON David Kordansky Gallery November 16th – January 18th, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 6 pm Brannon’s images depict contemporary, metropolitan life, ranging from a conventional, everyday viewpoint to a more rarefied and luxurious one. Quasi-poetic phrases are incorporated into seemingly innocuous images and sculptures, suggesting darker undertones and allowing the visitor to decipher its “true” meaning. davidkordanskygallery.com DAVID LYNCH: NAMING Kayne Griffin Corcoran November 23rd – January 11th, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 23rd, 6 pm In a new installment of paintings, Lynch plays with surface, combining multiple mediums to a single canvas to create texture and depth. Combining image and text, his paintings examine the relationship between words and picture and the impact it has on the viewer. kaynegriffincorcoran.com

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impossibly

detail-oriented

O

Andreas

Melbostad has recently been named the new creative director of Diesel Black Gold, following last year’s announcement that Sophia Kokosalaki was leaving her three-year stint at the label. The Norwegian-born Melbostad, now the reigning creative czar of both Diesel Men’s and Women’s, has been assigned the epic mission of coordinating a global image for the iconic brand. His definitive men’s collection will debut this January during New York Fashion Week for the Autumn-Winter 2014 season.

ANDREAS MELBOSTAD IS BACK, INFUSING HIS TEXTURAL GENESIS AND STREET SMARTS INTO ICONIC LABEL, DIESEL BLACK GOLD

S TA N DA R D photography MATALLANA styling RAUL GUERRERO hair + makeup MARI SHTEN @ ARTISTS BY TIMOTHY PRIANO model LETICIA O. @ ONE MANAGEMENT styling assistants KIET TRAN + MATHEUS LIMA photo assistant DIMAS BRAVO text ERIN DENNISON ALL CLOTHING BY DIESEL BLACK GOLD (RESORT 2014)

No

stranger

to

luxury,

Andreas

previously

expanded his sartorial credentials at heavyweight design houses like Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, and Nina Ricci, giving up his latest position as a consulting designer at Roberto Cavalli to spearhead the most progressive line under Diesel’s umbrella. While his impressive resume would excite even the most casual laymen, for fashion heads, Melbostad’s most illustrious work to date was from his tenure as the former Creative Director of cult-adored, ready-to-wear line, Phi. Throughout Andreas’ time at the New York-based line, he explored his ability to make interesting shapes out of unexpected materials, cultivating a hard-edged, 80’s vibe for punks and party girls alike. Unfortunately, the economic downturn eradicated the brilliant label in 2009, but it’s muchtoo-brief run left the industry wanting more from the sartorial laureate. He was just too good to be out of the job. Fortunately for us, in 2012, Melbostad caught the eye of Renzo Rosso, president of Diesel and OTB, and the rest was history. A rep for Diesel raves, “Since joining the company, Andreas has been praised for his sophisticated style and cosmopolitan aesthetic, both of which support the brand’s contemporary premium DNA.” We sat down to chat with Melbostad about his plans for the powerhouse brand, his take on gender, and his penchant for iconic symbols. (continued on the next page.)


CONGRATULATIONS

ON

YOUR

PROMOTION

TO

CREATIVE

DIRECTOR OF BOTH MEN’S AND WOMENSWEAR AT DIESEL BLACK GOLD. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES WITH MENSWEAR? This is my first venture into menswear. I have not previously worked with men’s, but menswear has always been an inspiration for my womenswear. I like the sense of wardrobe and structure that men’s gives. When I cut a jacket, shirt, or pants, it is often informed by men’s technique, cut, shape, and utility. At the same time, I enjoy the freedom that womenswear gives. The exploration of silhouette is much freer and the range of materials and techniques is much wider.Working on both men’s and women’s is an opportunity for me to further develop both aspects within the collection with the goal to give a singular identity across both. THERE SEEM TO BE SOME DISTINCT SIMILARITIES BETWEEN DIESEL BLACK GOLD AND THE REGRETTABLY EXTINCT, PHI. INTERESTING TEXTURE, PROGRESSIVE YET VERY WEARABLE SLEEK

SILHOUETTES—MANY

SAY

THAT

THE

LABEL

CELEBRATED REBELLIOUS CHIC BEFORE THE REST OF THE SARTORIAL HERD, LEADING THE “COOL” 80S RENAISSANCE. WHAT DOES “COOL” MEAN TO YOU? DOES IT HAVE DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS FOR EACH GENDER? I love an attitude of irreverence and I love to think of my clients as individuals with a great sense of self and an unafraid drive to express themselves. This is what informs my overall approach. I want to give strength and confidence to the person that wears the clothes. My approach to men’s will be very similar to the women’s; the attitude is the same.


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DIESEL BLACK GOLD HAS SUCH AN ESTABLISHED AESTHETIC. HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT TO TRY AND FURTHER THE VOICE WHILE KEEPING THE COLLECTIONS COHESIVE? TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT DANCE. It was important for me to carry forward the codes established by Diesel Black Gold and it was also important to me to infuse the brand with my own sensitivity and vision. I have followed a very intuitive approach. Bringing myself into the collection has come very naturally and I have been very inspired by the DNA of the brand. The denim research and innovation is at the core of the identity and it has helped inform the attitude across all the other classification in the collection. Whether it is denim or not, it always comes back to a person that loves and wears jeans, so everything in the collection builds around this aspect. WE’RE GETTING A LITTLE AHEAD OF OURSELVES HERE, BUT YOUR RESORT COLLECTION FEATURING THE BANDANA WAS, IN OUR OPINION, BRILLIANT. IT EFFECTIVELY MARRIED THE BAROQUE PAISLEY PATTERN OF A BANDANA WITH ITS ICONIC AGGRESSION. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR DECISION BEHIND THAT? I love to work with iconic inspirations. I like pieces that have an almost cult recognition attached to them. I like when something is both timeless and irreverent; like a biker jacket or a bandana print. It is interesting for me to explore these iconic references and re-proportion or re-position them. I like bringing another context to them while keeping the authentic emotion that they signal. HOW MANY EXPENSIVE LEATHER JACKETS SHOULD A PERSON BUY IN A LIFETIME? WHY WILL THEY NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE? Hard to say. I know I have bought many over the years myself and I continue to be attracted to new ones. At Diesel Black Gold we view the biker jacket as an icon and we are looking to reinvent it every season.

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In Los Angeles, fashion is quickly becoming as pervasive as

“If I want something—I want it now! I’m not that kind of

the ubiquitous entertainment industry, permeating our social spheres

person who designs something and can wait for it to come out in

from all angles. Consequently, most of us have gathered through

a year. I’m so eager to just go! go! go! Everything’s made at our

either personal experience or the osmosis of workload complaints from

factory in Turkey and our shoes are produced here in LA. I just make

friends and acquaintances, that the business follows a pretty rigorous

whatever I want to wear very quickly.”

production calendar. Satisfying the industry’s manufacturing, editorial,

Italian fabrics, and flattering fits available in a classic

and retail needs has historically been a sequence of design-produce-

neutral pallet and amalgamated among measured bouts of boho-

show-sell-repeat. However, to citizens dwelling in a region that has

rocker chic outerwear make up an assailable assortment that can be

mastered incremental climate change, we find ourselves wondering if

shoved at random into a suitcase with the same amount of thought

resort collections are really all that applicable?

that goes into unceremoniously double tapping your best friend’s

Generally, only retail giants have the ability to replenish styles on a bi-weekly basis in lieu of the industry standard of biannual

and

quarterly

seasons.

Monopoly

retailers

like

instagram at first glance. An idiot-free assortment of minimalist separates allows

Zara

shoppers to attain the coveted trifecta of sleek, nonchalant and

described

important, without googling whether or not we are still color

by Louis Vuitton Fashion Director Daniel Piette as “possibly the

blocking. The elusive off-duty model vibe of Anine Bing effortlessly

most innovative and devastating retailer in the world,” have been a

channels our inner Miranda Kerr—specifically her expert heeled-

notable detriment to smaller brands, cutting the standard six-month

booty-to-pant spatial ratio.

#nodisrespecttozaraandtheirflawlessandafforableblazers,

production process into twelfths by manufacturing every garment in-

The perfect leather jacket(s), fitted tees, loose tanks and

house. As a result, “fast fashion” has been virtually impossible for

tailored bottoms are all manufactured by Bing’s factory abroad,

independent designers to compete with.

enabling her to produce garments as quickly as she thinks them

Until

Danish

model/musician/blogger-turned-designer,

Anine Bing, rode into town.

up—giving us the instant gratification of a H&M with the exclusivity of Opening Ceremony. We’re not saying seasons are irrelevant, but

Disregarding the establishment’s rigid schedule, she

there’s something particularly pleasant about immediate satisfaction

began to produce styles at a rate that satisfied her own ADHD closet

that doesn’t compromise quality, and bestows the consumer a unique

wish list. Bing’s eponymous line is one of the first independent

breed of sartorial fulfillment. This innovative, or perhaps more

contemporary labels to successfully implement a vertically integrated

fittingly, subjective interpretation of the industry’s cadence is the

business model, simultaneously employing both her adoration for

recipe allowing the young line to grow exponentially, with whispers of

luxurious basics and disciplined retail-lust compulsions.

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CHARLIE MCDOWELL LIVES BELOW YOU Usually the trolls live under the bridge. In Charlie McDowell’s case, he lives under the trolls. A lesser man might have relocated, but McDowell, an AFI alum and, like, really good listener, tolerated the girls upstairs—and luckily for us, documented them as well. Their profound discourses about Bravo, sideboob and The Cheesecake Factory mused for his hilarious blog turned book Dear Girls Above Me. Evidently unsatisfied with just writing credits under his belt, Mcdowell recently added filmmaker to his multihyphenate resume, directing his first feature The One I Love. The psychological Jonzeian dramedy stars Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss as a couple in pursuit of their better selves; an amusing and authentic take on the nuanced complexities of a relationship. Perhaps that involuntary eavesdropping served as insight into the feminine mystique for the introspective director? Regardless, there’s no doubt that The One I Love will be one to watch as it makes festival rounds, as McDowell has found his voice with this one. DEARGIRLSABOVEME.COM

DOUG EMMETT: THE SUNDANCE KID For an East Coast transplant, Doug Emmett is having no trouble making friends in LA. Emmett’s cinematography has graced the screens of independent theatres and major cinemas alike, earning him an elusive cocktail of simultaneous commercial and critical acclaim. Last year’s Sundance proved to be an overwhelming success for the DP, with both The Bachelorette and 28 Hotel Rooms showing at the distinguished festival. This year, the profitability and attendance of both Paranormal Activity 4 and The To Do List showcased his aesthetic range and, for those familiar to the filmmaking process, his considerable resourcefulness. The juggernaut’s well-rounded style is big and beautiful, ascertaining that beauty can be attained under any circumstance. Predictably his 2013 efforts mirror Emmett’s foregoing indie/commercial dichotomy, with the unreleased Sony thriller The Remaining, Sundance hopeful The Untitled Chris Messina Project and MTV show, Faking It promising to make our 2014 down time significantly more scenic. DOUGEMMETT.COM

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Nice crap impresses our parents and convinces potential romantic interests

While the rest of us were throwing back ramen and Red Bull in college, New York

we have our shit together, so it’s about time we start investing in some.

natives Josh and Benny Safdie were forming their creative collective, Red Bucket

Ever since founding CLAM LAB, Catillaz has been blazing and glazing the

Films. The brothers share more than a gene pool—their indie collaborations have

trail for handmade ceramics, pedaled by her perfectly arched feet. CLAM

already landed them at Sundance and Cannes for Daddy Long Legs and The Pleasure

LAB’s tableware collection is a spread of subtle colors and natural forms that

of Being Robbed. This past spring, their acclaimed documentary about NBA hopeful

breathe harmony into your cupboard. You don’t have to give up Kraft singles,

Lenny Cooke swept the Tribeca Film Festival, leaving viewers transfixed by the Safdies’

just put them on one of CLAM LAB’s side dishes and you have yourself a

delving into the universally pondered notion of coulda-woulda-shoulda. The success

cheese platter. Catillaz’s pieces are as graceful as they are durable, earning

of the brothers’ authentic narrative and stylized visuals prove that a broad audience

her our honorary Claymate of the Year Award. Step two: linens.

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79 EVER SAT GLUED TO YOUR TELEVISION ANGUISHED OVER YOUR INEXPLICABLE decision to flip to the Food Network or Top Chef Masters when you were just lamenting the pitiful state of your empty fridge? If so, chances are you’ve spotted culinary, multi hyphenate Curtis Stone on the screen, doing everything from cooking to judging and hosting. We caught up with the prolific cookbook author and host of Top Chef Masters as he dishes on his new restaurant Maude, the LA culinary scene, food-obsessed television, and his recent nuptials.

EVERYONE IS EXCITED ABOUT YOUR NEW RESTAURANT PURCHASE IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT AND WHAT INSPIRED THE NEW VENTURE? I am really excited about it too. It has been a dream of mine for quite a few years to have a tiny, little restaurant that I could just

ANY FAVORITE TACO SPOTS IN LA WHERE WE MIGHT SPOT YOU

work with a talented group of guys on, who could focus all of their

AFTER A LATE NIGHT?

energy into cooking beautiful food. Not having a huge menu or

Oh god, absolutely! I love tacos and the beautiful thing about

throwing huge numbers. The concept of the restaurant revolves

this city is that they are everywhere. The one that I sort of hit

around produce around Southern California. We are very lucky.

most often is Pinches on Sunset, which I am sure many know.

We are up there with the best markets in the world. I want to

¡Lotería! is really good as well. We go down to East LA for tacos

pay homage to some of those ingredients. Each month I am going

too. Too many spots to remember the names of. But with tacos,

to choose one ingredient and do a seven- or eight-course tasting

it’s usually the dirtiest hole-in-the-wall with the best offerings.

menu around that ingredient. I want to be as versatile and creative as possible. It will be a set menu, which allows me to put more

OKAY, ONE NIGHT IN LA—WHERE IS CHEF CURTIS STONE GOING

detail into each dish, rather than having hundreds of courses.

TO EAT AND WHY? I just ate at Lukshon in Culver City a couple of nights ago, and, I’ve

LOS ANGELES IS A MELTING POT OF CULTURES THAT OFTEN

got to say, it is one of my favorite dining experiences in this city. It

TRANSLATES INTO UNIQUE FUSIONS OF FLAVORS. IT IS ALSO A

is so innovative and Chef Sang Yoon cooks really beautiful food—

CITY THAT EMBRACES OVER-THE-TOP, GLAMOROUS PLATES. AS

same guy from Father’s Office. He’s one of my favorite chefs.

SOMEONE WHO IS COMMITTED TO LETTING GREAT INGREDIENTS SHINE WITHOUT TOO MUCH FANFARE, HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOUR

YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING FROM TELEVISION COOKING, TO

NEW RESTAURANT FITTING INTO THE LOS ANGELES LANDSCAPE?

HOSTING AND EVEN JUDGING. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE

I think LA has gone through such a huge culinary revolution. It

AND WHICH IS THE MOST CHALLENGING FOR YOU?

was all about the scene, glitz, and glamour not too long ago. But

They all have different things that I love and hate about them.

now, look at the restaurants that are popular. They are the ones

There are just certain things about the television world that

that really get their hands on great quality ingredients and come

I am really thankful for.

from a more humble place—like spending the entire morning in

so many things. Like Top Chef Masters, where I feel like the

my garden. I have a bit of an experimental garden, so I grow all

luckiest guy on the planet. I get to taste food from literally

sorts of different things. You know, that’s the place that I play

the best chefs in the country every single day. But, there is

with different varieties of stuff that you can’t get your hands

a lot of sitting around in television. It’s a lot of ‘hurry up and

on commercially. Also, the culture around great growers—that’s

wait’. I’m not that type of guy. I don’t sit around too often. So

something that makes me happy. Honoring the farmer that

I guess that drives me a little insane. I love being in a small

works his ass off. That’s what my restaurant will be all about.

kitchen with a group of passionate and committed guys who

You know, it’s opened my eyes to

work really hard to produce beautiful food. That’s probably been the biggest part of my career and why I am going back to it—certainly not for the money.

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THE ABILITY TO DO SO REMARKABLY WELL ON TELEVISION WHEN THE VIEWER IS UNABLE TO TASTE, SMELL, OR TOUCH WHAT IS BEING PRESENTED HAS ALWAYS INTRIGUED US.

WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE SO ENTHRALLED WITH

WATCHING CHEFS PERFORM ON TELEVISION WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THEIR WORK? That’s a really interesting one and I ask myself the same question from time to time. The thing about great food is that we went through a period where we had to learn to cook from our parents and our grandparents. We had family traditions in our homes. Then we sort of moved into an era where everybody was working so hard, two people from every household were at work, and there was less and less culture around food in the home. I think, eventually, you get to the place where you have your own family and kids and you actually want what you had, which is walking in and getting that home cooked meal, smelling something delicious, and wondering what they’ve made for you. I think that fascination with food is because that skill has been a little lost in the household, and it’s an interesting way that people fake it, which I am not complaining about!

ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE, YOU WERE MARRIED THIS YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WEDDING! BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW WAS THE FOOD? Well, my guys cooked it, so it was delicious! I took my whole team over to Spain, and we did a seven-course menu for the actual wedding night. Lindsey’s favorite cake in the world is carrot cake, so I decided to try my hand at making a wedding cake. So I actually made the cake myself. It was good fun.


LOVE BEING IN A SMALL KITCHEN WITH A GROUP OF PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED GUYS WHO WORK REALLY HARD TO PRODUCE BEAUTIFUL FOOD. THAT’S PROBABLY BEEN THE BIGGEST PART OF MY CAREER AND WHY I AM GOING BACK TO IT—CERTAINLY NOT FOR THE MONEY.

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EPICUREAN GEEKERY If your culinary skills are limited to scrambling eggs and microwaving MSG, you may need some cooking inspiration on a grander scale. Thankfully, Los Angeles is full of kitchen maestros who’ve got the fine art of satiating bellies and igniting the senses down to a science. Some call it molecular gastronomy, while others call it avant garde or modernist cuisine. Whatever it is, if creations like dragon’s breath popcorn and smoking goat’s milk cheese spark your gastronomic curiosity, peruse our list for the scoop on restaurants whose epic creations are the stuff of culinary magic. MID-CITY O SAAM / THE BAZAAR For one of the most exciting and entertaining dining experiences in the city, visit SAAM, Jose Andres’ “Chef’s Tasting Room” at the SLS Hotel. Essentially a restaurant within a restaurant, SAAM is a 40 seat dining space offering a set tasting menu of 20+ dishes for $120 a head. WHAT TO GET: A dinner and a show are in store when you visit SAAM. Dragon’s Breath Popcorn is a fun, bite-sized, caramel-corn morsel which, when eaten, allows one to breathe liquid nitrogen “smoke” through the nose. Other recent dishes have included a Peking Dumpling, made of a cotton candy wrapper and stuffed with chicharron and hoisin sauce. thebazaar.com/beverly-hills-saam

HOLLYWOOD O TROIS MEC In an unassuming Hollywood strip mall lies Trois Mec, pop-up master Ludo Lefebvre’s collaboration with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the dudes who brought us the pork-centric eaterie, Animal. Here, reservations are taboo, but limited slots to dine are available for purchase. If you’re willing to overlook the stringent ticket system, you’ll be rewarded with some seriously inventive cuisine. WHAT TO GET: The menu’s contents aren’t public but a sampling of previous dishes include Potato Pulp, a creative use of the humble spud, cooked with bonito, brown butter, and onion soubise. Past winners are the avocado with sushi rice and salt cod creme, and the buckwheat “popcorn.” troicmec.com

MID-CITY O RED MEDICINE This ambitious restaurant made its mark with bold dishes drawing inspiration from Vietnamese cuisine. More recently, however, the menu has switched gears with a more naturalist approach, with many dishes incorporating foraged finds and produce from local farmers. The result is a menu of visually-arresting dishes, appearring as though they’ve emerged out of an enchanted forest. WHAT TO GET: The desserts are the way to roll here. Try their Shaved Ice of Redwood Stems, topped with sour red currant berries and jelly, crème chiboust flavored with jasmine flowers, crispy rice crackers, verbena bubbles, and roasted almond praline. Feeling guilty tapping into this gorgeous dessert? Dont, you won’t regret it. redmedicinela.com

BEVERLY HILLS O SCRATCH BAR The term gastropub is often casually thrown about, and in the case of Scratch Bar, its categorization is as innocuous as ever. The unassuming restaurant houses some of the most inventive and tasty cuisine to pop up on Beverly Hills’ “Restaurant Row.” True to its name, everything is made from scratch here, and menu items are listed with only slight clues to the Scratch Bar’s creative concoctions. WHAT TO GET: The Smoking Goat’s Milk Cheese arrives under a glass box, smoked with Timothy hay and is topped with tapenade and pickled vegetables for some necessary crunch and acidity. Also try the Pork Belly and Raw Oyster roll for a slick convergence of textures, topped with fragrant coconut-chamomile foam. scratchbarla.com

WEST HOLLYWOOD O INK. Chef Michael Voltaggio’s first formal restaurant, Ink. is home to some of the most cutting-edge cuisine in the city, with the tattooed chef bringing with him a bevy of respected experience, including time at the aforementioned SAAM and a win on season six of Top Chef. Expect exciting cuisine which integrates a bevy of modern techniques and unusual combinations in textures and produce. WHAT TO GET: We’re oh-so intrigued with recent dishes like Asparagus cooked with hay and served with goat’s milk ice and Medjool dates, along with the Egg Yolk Gnocchi with mushroom brown butter and hen-of-the-woods. For dessert, try the apple with creme caramel, walnut and burnt wood semi freddo. pizzeriailfico.com

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text MEAGAN JUDKINS Welcome. Right this way. Please silence your smart phone. (And

dishes like pig’s head confit. And we can’t forget the baking room, which is furnished with a steam-injected bread oven from France. The restaurant also

forget everything you thought you knew about focaccia.) Bucato translates directly to “laundry”—a reference to the

houses a wood-burning oven, where the ubiquitous pizza is shunned and in

customary way handcrafted pasta dries on the line. Nodding to the time spent

its stead you’ll find things like whole fish being roasted or heavenly Rosemary

under Alessandra Spisni at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese in Italy, studying the

Focaccia being finished off.

traditional ways to properly handle pasta fatto a mano (by hand), Chef Evan

But what is a kitchen armory without knowledge of its artillery? Funke

Funke has thought of everything, and it is immediately apparent even before

comes equipped with years of experience from his time at Rustic Canyon, Milo

the first appetizer has had a moment to cool.

& Olive, and as the owner of the Porchetta Truck, bringing along with him the

Having recently opened their doors this past summer, Bucato is

nurtured relationships he’s developed with local farmers through his posts.

fetching new buzz to the already famed Helms Bakery District in Culver City.

Only serving seasonally current items and boasting an ever-changing

They nonchalantly advertise the sort of authentic Italian food celebrated in

menu, Bucato lets what’s fresh dictate what ends up between your fork and knife.

New York, but notoriously omitted from the Los Angeles foodie scene. Without

To start, you could get the Squash Blossoms, stuffed with sheep’s milk ricotta

the usual overwhelming onslaught of flavors (so common as to give LA its bad

and mint, or Fried Cauliflower, bursting with spice and flavor, done Sicilian style.

reputation for Italian cuisine), Bucato offers deep, rich fare without a pinch

While you ruminate on the delicious morsels you’ve just consumed, prepare for

of pretention. It is nothing short of refreshing to find friendly, accessible food

the real star of the show: the pasta. With an arsenal of over 300 types of pastas

that still allows for the feeling of fine dining.

up their sleeves, Funke and Kosaku combine a myriad of varieties with thick,

Before we talk food, though, let’s talk the method. Bucato boasts a

hearty ragus and vibrant, flavorful pestos, resulting in outstanding dishes like the

special glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled laboratorio of sorts, in which

Gnocchetti Pesto Genovese with pecorino stagionato, or the deceivingly simple

Funke and sfoglino Kosaku Kawamura (whom he met in Italy) create fresh

Corzetti Stampati with walnut pesto—these are just a few of the selections you can

pasta by hand. You won’t find any fancy rollers, extruders or pasta machines

expect to choose from Bucato’s seasonal menu on any given evening. Finished

here—the room is barebones, a perfect haven for hands to work their magic

off with banana nutella zeppoli sprinkled with fennel pollen sugar in an effortlessly

with simply a board and stick. There’s also a butchery room, where whole

concocted ambiance of sultry sounds, dynamic aromas, and bewitching lighting,

animals are broken down to maximize their use, resulting in unorthodox

you are in good favor. (And seriously though, order the focaccia.)

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text REBECA ARANGO I suppose we’ve been to enough speakeasies, Los Angeles. We’ve

Choices include cucumber, dill, pepper, and horseradish along with

been to enough biergartens and canteens and swank contempo lounges.

the usual fruity suspects. And they’re all made with Russian Standard Vodka, a

We’ve been to more than our fair share of rooftops and we even went to

premium brand distilled according to 19th-century chemist Dmitri Mendeleev’s

that magic castle place that one time. Screw it. Only place left to go is

groundbreaking formula. In the spirit of alchemy, consider a signature martini.

Grandma’s house. Except this time Grandma doesn’t live in Encino or West

The Frog Queen is a mean green savory bitch made with pickle juice and head-

Hills or Mexico or Florida or—wait did you say you were from Wisconsin or

clearing horseradish. More delicate palates may prefer the Kalinka-Malinka, a

Wyoming? She lives in a magical forest just outside of St. Petersburg, which

mix of strawberry vodka, peach puree and ginger syrup. Our favorite was the

also happens to be on Melrose.

apricot martini, which is named for everyone’s favorite Nabokov novel.

In a stretch of the city where most storefronts are glossy plate-

Five Lolitas in, an accordionist might pop out wearing a t.A.T.u

glass affairs, new arrival Mari Vanna has chosen a white wrought-iron gate.

t-shirt (this happened), and you might be getting hungry. Luckily the food

An overflow of flowerpots, foliage, and honey-gold glow spill onto the sterile

is so tasty you won’t even need Tapatio. Renowned Chef Galina Bovtun,

Melrose sidewalk, luring you into a world, not of earth, wind, fire, and water,

who cooked for Vladimir Putin once, handles the traditionally heavy Russian

but porcelain, kitsch, doilies and vodka. Welcome to the domain of a Slavic

fare with a California-friendly touch. A beet salad and some blinis would

folklore legend, like a Russian Betty Crocker-type, who always had enough

make a good snack, while a hearty plate of veal stroganoff might finish you

room for one more weary traveller ‘round her dining table.

off. Those of you who are still on that pork belly grind should get especially

As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by a handful of rosy-cheeked ladies who are just back from a flower-picking jaunt in the woods. Look up,

excited, because we had the Salo Plate and learned it’s entirely possible to eat uncured raw bacon and LOVE IT.

and you’ll notice enough birdhouses to drop-a-jaw (maybe yours) dangling

And that wasn’t the only surprise. Here’s another. What do Bill

from a twisting fairytale tree. You can stay out here in the garden with the

Clinton and Paula Abdul have in common? More than you’d think. For one,

gnomes, or retreat into the house’s intimate bar, bright sunroom, karaoke

they’re both vegans. But also, they both have keys to one of Mari Vanna’s

lounge or private dining room. Don’t sweat the decision, as any seat is plush

worldwide lairs. Play your cards right, and maybe you’ll get one too. Then you

and wide enough for you to comfortably contemplate which flavor of house-

can come to one of the bar’s exclusive Monday Night Key Parties, or sneak in

infused vodka will suit you best.

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RECIPE 2 OZ. BOURBON

In a small tin combine sugar cube, mint leaves, lime

1 OZ. FRESH LIME JUICE

juice, simple syrup, bourbon and absinthe. Give the

3/4 OZ. SIMPLE SYRUP

ingredients a slight muddle to awaken the mint; do not

2 DASHES ABSINTHE,

grind it. Take ingredients and dump into a Collins glass,

3 DASHES ANGOSTURA AND PEYCHAUD BITTERS

fill about 3/4 full of crushed ice, add three dashes of

1 SUGAR CUBE

Peychaud and and three dashes of Angostura bitters,

5-6 MINT LEAVES

lightly swizzle bitters to have them “blend” into the drink.

1 MINT SPRIG

Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

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NO REST FOR THE WICKED COVER ILLUSTRATOR ERIC YAHNKER TALKS MAGIC BEANS, SLACKTIVISM, AND POLITICALLY CORRECT SNACK FOODS

You’re going to get the joke right away. If not, you’ll still smile. Relish in that smirk, you should be proud of yourself for “getting it,” so quickly, and good for you, you “it getter.” But before you reward yourself with that dutch wrap and fro-yo, take a closer look at that illustration, be caught off guard by the astonishing skill required in immortalizing those buttholes in that Indian headdress (see. Chiefy Chief 5 Bunghole Hat). For a man who had expected us humans to be extinct by now, satirist and graphite guru, Eric Yahnker is having one hell of a time capitalizing on the accumulative laughability of our western pop and political cultures. Yahnker’s idiosyncratic strain of lowbrow, fine art is brimming with irreverence, familiar characters, punch lines, and, of course, all those diner condiments. MAGIC BEANS . . . MYTH OR BREAKFAST? More like a prescription. DO YOU PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS? Pass me the ball and you’re probably not getting it back. WHAT KIND OF BIRD ARE YOU? Ivory-billed woodpecker. HISTORICAL CRUSH? Col. Sanders. CLINT EASTWOOD OR JOHN WAYNE? That’s like choosing which one of my nuts to lop off. Way too difficult. TITS OR ASS? Ass cheeks with nipples. SHOULD WE BOMB SYRIA? Probably not bomb them, but definitely take away their phone and texting privileges. WHERE DO YOU HANG OUT IN LA? Mostly on the Eastside and Little Tokyo, where the beer is cold and the karaoke’s hot. YOU RUN INTO YOUR 16-YEAR-OLD SELF, DOES HE THINK YOU’RE COOL? Nope. He’s too busy jerking off and popping zits to even notice me. LIST SOME NON-RACIST SNACK FOODS… Martin Luther King, Jr. Pizza Bites, Gandhi Grahams, NAACPita Strips IRREVERENCE IS AN ART IN AND OF ITSELF, WHEN DID YOU REALIZE IT WAS ADVANTAGEOUS? WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD A PENCHANT FOR IT? I realized it was advantageous when it made the girlies squeal and boobies jiggle. I realized I had a penchant for irreverence as soon as I could spell it. SLACKTIVISM . . . PANDEMIC OR BREAKFAST? Three squares a day + midnight snack. TAKE IT OR TAKE A MESSAGE? BEN AFFLECK CALLS, YOU’RE ON THE POT . . . Take it. And then keep addressing him as Casey. WHAT DOESN’T EXIST NOW, THAT YOU THOUGHT WOULD EXIST BY NOW? Human extinction. I HOPE YOU’RE SITTING. I GOOGLED ‘LISTS OF SATIRISTS’ AND YOU WEREN’T ON ANY OF THEM . . . SSSSSSS . . . BUUUURRRN . . . WHAT’S YOUR FALL BACK? To keep calling myself a satirist until I make the list. THIS IS ONLY A SUGGESTION BUT MAYBE YOU COULD MARKET YOUR PORTFOLIO AS A LITMUS TEST FOR POTENTIAL SEXUAL PARTNERS, AND CONGRESSMEN... I have already been contacted by the N.S.A. and Amway. text VIJA HODOSY ERICYAHNKER.COM


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