Our homage to JOY DIVISION’s UNKNOWN PLEASURES and to the friendly Earth plates underneath the state of California resulted in our Tectonics T-shirt release well over half a decade ago. The popular design is still in demand today and we’ve just released a collectible pillow version of this unique piece:
Checkout the Tectonics T-shirt and the new Pillow and click directly into the photos to get shopping:
Upper Playground favorite Jeremy Fish releases his Earthquake Hoodie this week with his signature style and storytelling capacity. Jeremy Fish explains the inspiration behind this art like this:
“According to the California natives, the reason we have earthquakes is because the land is built on the backs of giant turtles. Earthquakes happen when the turtles argue, and their shells grind on each other. Turtle tectonics!” -JF
Classic Fit, 10oz 80/20 Cotton/ Poly Blend Hoodie. Available now in stores and online at www.upperplayground.com
We don’t ride bikes as of now, because of the fear of death or serious injury in SF, but if we did move ourselves to Sausalito, California and needed a cruiser, we would go with this simple gem from Emer Bicycles with logo work by Seb Lester. The logo, as explained by Lester, “I was contacted earlier this year about designing the graphics for a new BMX frame, designed by Emer Bicycles. BMX was a big part of my life for the best part of ten years, and I still follow the scene, so I was really pleased to help out. Emer said they wanted a logo that conveyed speed and dynamic energy, as that’s what the bike is all about. It’s a very light and fast cruiser with 24″ wheels and modern BMX geometry. It seemed like a strong idea to make the letters out of the swooping flight path of a Swift with the inline treatment accentuating movement as well. The lettering style developed is a very modern, cursive, flourished script. Emer wanted the logo to look strong and robust, like the frame, so it’s got a solidly constructed feel to it without looking clunky.” (via)
One of the many, many Madlib produced projects, we start our Monday off with Dudley Perkins and “Flowers,” a great, poetic track from the Oxnard, California rapper. We have to wonder what is in the water in Oxnard…
A cool find. In the Oakland Museum of California collection is the 79-page, 1973 Sierra Designs catalog. As the museum notes of one of the great Bay Area outdoors brands, the catalog is “printed partially in full color and partially black and white. Many of the photographs in the catalog were taken as part of a 10-day hiking expedition up the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, which was organized by Sierra Designs. The first part of the catalog is a narrative of this expedition, with journal entries of two of the people on the expedition. Featured in the second half of the catalog are items, mostly illustrated by line drawings, which were manufactured by Sierra Designs, including sleeping bags, jackets, climbing equipment, camping accessories, footwear, tents, and backpacks.” (ocma)
A man in a black skinny suit skateboarding in Manhattan in the 1960s is just about the most perfect thing we can think of that has nothing to do with California or London. Or Tokyo. Or lots of places. But this is nearly perfect.
One of those really, really good ideas from one of the best men’s label we can think of. Band of Outsiders has brought in the embodiment of California art, Ed Ruscha, to be the face of their Spring 2012 line. The shoot was done outside Ruscha’s studio in Culver City, California, and it makes us want to be wearing a skinny tie more.
According to Blue Marble, this is the ““most amazing highest resolution image of Earth ever.” And California to be exact for our purposes. It is a 64-megapixel image weighing in at 8000×8000 pixels. See the real hi-res version here. (via)