Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Welcome to 2012...

The end of December came in a huge flurry this season. And now we are already looking at the first weekend of January! The blog needs some attention, and while I haven't done anything amazingly spectacular to report from the last 3 weeks, it still has had some drama. Let's see....gas leaking from the oven in the days leading up to Solstice/Christmas, Dimebash and Camp Freddy up on Sunset Strip, the (noisy) removal of 14 years of detritus from the hoarder in the apartment below us, and a little bit of arson. All that inbetween a couple of catch-ups with friends (par for the course at this time of year). 

One of my favourite moments from December though was finally seeing Mr Peter Murphy, singer of Bauhaus but also an accomplished solo artist of many years. He was spectacular to see - in amazingly full voice, dandyish stage movements and good humour. We were treated to some old Bauhaus gems and a good sized set, and we all left smiling.

Pete Murphy, Club Nokia, December 7th 2010.
Amazing tiramisu at Terroni - a dessert I usually hate but this has converted me.

Our pagan/athiest/black metal decorations....winter green man from our friends at Pan Pipes in Hollywood, black tinsel (AWESOME!!!) from, of all places, Target, and purple fairy lights.

These took me back...found them at one of the design stores on 3rd St here in LA. I distinctly remember one of these Japanese ladies being in my family in the 1970's, and I think she was at my grandparents house. I will have to find out...funny how things come around again and are "cool".

Presents for the tattoo studio library.

Emergency Tim Tams and the Boxing Day Test streaming on the can take the lady out of Australia, but you can't quite take Australia out of the lady.


Young Jose got the California tattoo a couple of months ago (his concept and I dig it), and came back for a bigger project on his ribs. Some shading is still to come. I feel like I've been doing a lot of type tattoos lately....
Speaking of which, love these screen printed maps from Best Made Company. They utilize old geographical survey maps, are handmade and numbered, and are available via their website, along with a lot of other beautiful handmade goods, all designed to inspire our connection to the outside. The company is based in New York and was founded in 2009 by Peter Buchanan-Smith, and their motto is "tools to empower and inspire." They emblazon the handles of the axes they produce with the words "courage", "compassion, "grace", and "fortitude" as an expression of the virtues they hold dear, in the hope of influencing their customer's relationship to the world around them. Pretty noble, I think, and the "Everything Here Is Wonderful" slogan on this map is a sentiment I am carrying into 2012. 
Let's live in beauty.