Friday, August 29, 2008

Has the hipster become pedestrian? Hell yeah!

The Independent(thanks Haute Concept) issued an article addressing the global hipster phenomenom. Basically there were always cities like New York, Tokyo, Paris, London etc. that were considered the cool city of the moment.
There always used to be a particular city that was the centre of cool at a particular point in time,” says Ted Polhemus, style anthropologist and author of Streetstyle: From Sidewalk to Catwalk. “But now there’s no longer a place where it’s ‘at’; there’s no longer any centre of the world’s popular cultural universe. For a time it seemed it would be a simple matter of shifting from London to Tokyo. But instead, street style is everywhere and in places you’d never have guessed it would be.”

This global hipster is everywhere, wearing similar clothing and listening to the same music, delivering the same ironic humour, leaving one to ask where the individuality and authenticity is.
The word hipster can even be viewed as an insult to some.
Thanks to the internet, trends can reach a global audience faster than ever. But is this giving us more popular cultural freedom or making us all look, walk, talk, act, think the same? What do you think?

Photos courtesy of Tanisthenewgray blog, Garance Dore and Cobrasnake

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Michelle Obama, Elegantly down-to-earth

Forget you don't vote for a second, take a break from your fashionable life and watch a little of what should be the future of America. Her speech was the perfect kick-off to what is usually an unbearable display of politics. How can you not like this woman?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

This week in the life of Shrink.....

Thanks to Ladies Lotto, we had the pleasure of visiting Grid Gallery in "it" neighborhood Pilsen. Owner Robin was a gracious and informative host and we even got to meet her partner Greg despite the girls-only rules. Greg and Robin's interior design work can be seen at Solemates in Chicago.
Check out the nice blend of interior design and classic gallery exhibition.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"Hollywood" a video by Hollywood Holt

This vid is like a polaroid of Chicago's usual suspects(depending on your crew of course). We just can't believe Nigel kept his shirt on.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How cute is Kid Sister?

We are loving this picture of Chi-town homegirl Kid Sister in the new VenusZine magazine. It doesn't hurt that she's wearing Brian Lichtenberg either. Damn we should have got this jumper too :(!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Sorry, It's been awhile since our last post because.....

We've been clownin around in L.A. for the past week.

The beach isn't really our thing but we had to see what all the hoopla about Malibu was.

This is right around where that surfer gang beat up Mathew McConaughey's paparazzi.

Shrink pres Nicole in JG4B bikini of course

Then it was off to the clubs

There's nothing I like to see more than a pair of flip-flops at a posh club than a pair of bandaids to match.

Great, more flip-flops. Does anyone care about shoe game anymore?

After a less than stellar nightlife experience, we gave culture a try.

This is an outdoor installation titled "Life is Beautiful" by MBW(That's Mr. Brainwash to you)

Can pop art occur without reference to Warhol?

The exhibit was actually closed and some crazies were trying to break in.

Brainwash himself

This actually my favorite. A mound of books topped with a laptop. The message is obvious.

And that's why they call it pop art.
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