With the recent release of Yoko Ono’s new book, I finally have vague license to post this music video for Yoko’s new(ish) dance anthem. No kidding, she made a dance anthem. Frankly, I’ve been searching for an excuse to post it since it came out.
It’s weird. It’s got two Beastie Boys. And yes, it’s got Ira Glass dancing awkwardly.
THE BEST EVER. AND QUESTLOVE. YESSS.
I’m currently loving this artist’s self-help guide, which has just been released by Perigee, the same folks who published Wreck this Journal, Keri Smith’s best-selling book/sketchbook hybrid.
Lee’s guide is similar in that it’s a playful, contagiously optimistic, creative kick-starter of a book, guaranteed to get those artistic juices flowing. As some of you may recall, overcoming artist’s block was the central theme of my graduate show earlier this year, so I applaud anyone who offers empowering exercises and methods to break down your monstrous block. As an illustrator, Lee understands firsthand the anguish of getting stuck in a miserable artistic rut.
Whether it’s perfectionism, procrastination, or plain old fear that’s holding you back, get ready to get inspired.
Krampus season is coming! ‘Tis nearly the season for roaming the streets dressed as ferocious, hairy, horned, snarling, tongue-waggling beasts in order to frighten all the naughty little children into behaving themselves. So grab that awesome Krampus costume from your costume closet and get yourself down to Los Angeles for the first annual Krampusfest. The 2013 Krampusfest festivities start on December 5th continue through December 21st.
"Conceived by the Cacophony Society, the festival features a public Krampus Run, the Krampus Ball, art exhibitions, and the Krampus Rumpus, with other events being added as they are organized. Many events will feature the Krampus LA Troupe in their elaborate costumes. Participants are also encouraged to dress as Krampus for the events.”
If you haven’t got a Krampus costume, you can always order one of our limited edition 2013 Krampus Sweaters and proudly cheer on the Krampusse from a safe distance. (Those chains and birch branches really smart.)
In the Victorian era, hand-fans were used not only to cool oneself but also as a secret way to communicate the language of love. For example, by running one’s fingers through the fan’s ribs, one is trying to say, "I want to talk to you." The enigmatic language of the fan was widely used by both men and women.
I. A fan placed near the heart.
"You have won my love."
II. A closed fan touching the right eye.
"When may I be allowed to see you?"
III. A closed fan moved threateningly.
"Do not act so impudently!"
IV. A half-opened fan pressed to the lips.
"You may kiss me."
V. Covering the left ear with an open fan.
"Do not betray my secret."
VI. Hiding the eyes behind an open fan.
"I love you."
VII. Shutting a fully open fan slowly.
"I promise to marry you."
VIII. Fanning oneself slowly.
"I am married."
IX. Letting one’s fan rest on the right cheek or the left.
"Yes" and "No", interchangeably.
X. Opening and closing the fan several times.
"You are cruel."
XI. Fan in front of the face.
XII. Twirling the fan in the left hand.
"We are being watched."
XIII. Fan held over left ear.
"I wish to be rid of you."
XIV. Carrying an open fan in the left hand.
"Come and talk to me."
XV. Opening a fan wide.
"Wait for me."
XVI. Placing the fan behind the head with finger.
[Artwork: Secret, by Lee Yun-hi.]