Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys decided he wanted a Brooklyn inspired toile wallpaper that would line the walls of his Brooklyn brownstone. The vision was to pay tribute to all things Brooklyn in a way that would appear to be a traditional French Country Toile, but when you step to it the pattern reveals elements and vignettes that make up the truth about Brooklyn. Mike approached Vincent J. Ficarra of Revolver New York to help execute his vision artistically and Flavor Paper to produce the design as wallpaper.
Due to the level of detail and shading in Vincent’s design we decided to produce the Brooklyn Toile as a digital print, but stay tuned as it may be revised into a hand screened print soon! Brooklyn Toile captures many angles of life in the King’s borough from Coney Island to Hasidic Jews to Notorious B.I.G., the design covers many of the aspects of daily life dealing with subways and pigeons in a poetic way. Go on and get some!!! REVOLVER
Dir: Jonathan Daniel Federico
This unique play presents the afterlife as a steam bath, in which dead souls continue to obsess about the same petty concerns that obsessed them in their lives, until they are cast into a dark void by God, the Puerto Rican attendant (José Pérez). But new arrival Tandy (Bill Bixby) at first refuses to accept what’s happened, and when he finally does, he pleads to be allowed to return to his life. Steambath was controversial in its day for its obscene language (which was softened for this filmed version, originally presented on PBS), its satirical take on religion, and some brief nudity by bombshell Valerie Perrine. Today it’s still very entertaining, but mostly as a core sampling of the surprisingly uncensored male attitudes from the dawn of the 1970s. Everyone gives a solid performance and Bixby’s easy charm makes his self-centered character sympathetic. –Bret Fetzer
STITCHING STEVE: I am a gay textile artist living and working in Scarborough, Ontario. Since I was a teenager I’ve had an interest in folk textiles. I enjoy hiking and other outdoor pursuits and try to reflect the beauty of the flowers and such that I admire on my adventures in my work. Going into the woods was always a great away to get away from stresses at home, and the beauty of weeds and local wildflowers has been a source of inspiration for me. My fascination with folk textiles started in highschool, encouraged by some good friends of mine and by my dear Baba, who preserved a chest full of family heirlooms that have provided models for some of my work.
the 5000 fingers of dr.t (i know, i know… i’ve posted this a few times… but the film in it’s entirety! how could i resist.)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) is a musical fantasy film, the only feature film ever written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), who was responsible for the story, screenplay and lyrics. It was directed by Roy Rowland, with many uncredited takes actually directed by producer Stanley Kramer.
Made in 1953, a critical year, with Eastmancolor beginning to edge out “Three-Strip” Technicolor for color production. This film was formatted for the more traditional 1.37:1 “Academy” aspect ratio, rather than the emerging, beginning with Shane, 1.66:1/1.85:1 “flat wide screen” format, even for “Three-Strip” productions. Nevertheless, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. was a last-gasp use of the 1.37:1 Three-Strip Technicolor format, seldom used again, except for archival restorations. The film was re-released in 1958 under the title Crazy Music.
Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart’s existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker’s ominous influence, and gripes to visiting plumber August Zabladowski, without much result. While grimly hammering away at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a fantastical musical dream, in much the same fashion as Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.
In the dream, Bart is trapped at the surreal Terwilliker Institute, where the piano teacher is now a madman dictator who has imprisoned non-piano-playing musicians. He also built a piano so large that it requires Bart and 499 other boys (hence, the 5,000 fingers) in order to play it. Bart’s mother has been turned into Terwilliker’s hypnotized assistant and bride-to-be, and Bart must dodge the Institute’s guards as he scrambles to save both his mother and himself.
He tries to recruit Mr. Zabladowski, who has been hired to install all of the Institute’s lavatories ahead of a vital inspection, but only after much skepticism and foot-dragging is the plumber finally convinced to help. The two of them empty their pockets and construct a noise-sucking contraption which ruins the mega-piano’s opening concert. The enslaved boys cheerfully run riot, and the “VERY atomic” noise-sucker explodes in spectacular fashion, bringing Bart out of his dream.
The movie ends on a hopeful note for Bart, when the real-life Mr. Zabladowski finally notices Heloise, and offers to drive her into town in his jeep. Bart escapes from the piano, and triumphantly runs off to play.
Although he had written the original treatment and all the song lyrics, Geisel regarded the finished film as a “debaculous fiasco” and omitted any mention of it in his official biography with Random House.
At the Hollywood premiere, patrons walked out on the film after 15 minutes, and box-office receipts were equally disappointing. Nevertheless, the film has gained a cult following over the years, and has been favorably compared to the live-action adaptations of Seuss’s works made since his death.
The film is almost entirely musical, with either background music or actual musical numbers. Composed by Frederick Hollander (born Friedrich Hollaender) with lyrics by Dr. Seuss, the score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953. Along with standard orchestral instruments, the score also uses a theremin.
Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments. That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.
PJ’s Pussies explores individuality amidst form. As Homo Sapiens, we appear similar, an easily recognizable species. We come in different shapes and colors, but most of us have two arms, two legs, two eyes, a nose and a mouth on a relatively flat face. Some of us have more hair, some less.
However it is hard to mistake a Homo sapiens for any other type of animal. We often discuss diversity in form and variation among individuals, but no one talks to us about the variation of our genitals. Men are told they need to have a large penis. Women are sold products to bleach the skin of their vaginas in order to make them “more attractive.” WATCH THE ARTIST HERE ON YOUTUBE!
What is normal? We rarely look at each other “down there.” Society’s cross-section of genitals easily visible to us consists either of examples from popular adult media or medical textbooks. On the one hand, these images may be cosmetically altered or airbrushed, and on the other hand, are technical and often considered “abnormal.” With such a narrow spectrum of information to draw from, shame and fear of judgment about our private parts is common.
PJ’s Pussies are an exploration in the adorableness of variation. Each one is different, cut to an individually drawn pattern with an emphasis on large male, female, and variant genitalia.